A Farewell to Old Friends

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It’s been a year full of difficult cuts for my EDH collection of decks, and the cuts have continued with a massive culling that has seen me completely cut four decks from my pile of playable decks, and gut half of a fifth deck. Why and how have these cuts come about? What is being done with these decks and their various pieces, and what will replace them?

Let’s take a quick look!
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Single Card Discussion: From Beyond

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Hello and welcome back to the Single Card Discussion series! After my pieces on Chandra’s Ignition and Reaper from the Abyss, it’s time to take a look at yet another multiplayer gem.

Today’s card is one that I’ve liked since it was first spoiled, and I’m surprised that it hasn’t received more love from EDH groups: From Beyond, from Battle For Zendikar. That this card hasn’t received more love from the Commander community is kind of crazy, since it’s a potent ramp spell, token-maker, and game-winning card all in one. I’ve added it to one very specific deck, and it’s been incredible thus far.

Let’s take a deeper look at this powerful new BFZ green card!
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Battle for Zendikar: First Impressions, Part Two

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It’s been a while since I’ve had the chance to look at a new set, but Zendikar II has been out for a month now, and so it’s time to see what new toys we got to work with.

Last year was an excellent year for multiplayer Magic, as we were given a lot of fun, shiny toys to play with: the strong Khans of Tarkir block, which had lots of fun multiplayer cards in it, a very well-received Commander 2014 set of pre-constructed decks, and the very last core set ever, Magic 2015.

With BFZ having been out for a month now, it’s time to take a look at everything the set brought to my EDH table. The initial look I took at Zendikar II was very promising for EDH, with lots of fun cards, and tons of great lands.

Will the rest of Battle for Zendikar continue the trend of strong Commander cards in 2015? Let’s take a look!
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The Gold Standard Challenge

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One thing I am known for in my playgroup is the ability to create interesting formats for strange tournaments, and it’s been a long time since I’ve done so. The last interesting format we did was The Mono-Blue Challenge, quite some time ago, and so it’s high time we did another cool tourney again.

This time, our format is going to be called The Gold Standard. And what a format it will be! Let’s take a look!
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The BOO Draft III — Now With More Gratuitous Violence!, The Draft Itself

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Two years ago, I posted about a Challenge format that I was preparing to run, which ended up being highly popular with my playgroup. This was a challenge based off an old Noah Weil article on starcitygames.com, about something called a “BOO Draft.” “BOO Draft” stands for “Build Our Own Draft”, and it is a draft format where you get 8 creative people together and have them each create 45 original Magic cards (or three packs’ worth of cards), and then do a booster draft with the results.

We had set up the first BOO Draft in May two years ago, ran the draft over the summer, and found the format to be immensely fun.

Now, it’s time once again to run another draft. It is time for this year’s draft, which had the theme of TV shows and movies… It is time for The BOO Draft III: Now With More Gratuitous Violence!
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