This year’s BOO Draft replacement: Our BOO Battle Box

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For the past three years, I have posted about a Challenge format that I have run, which has been highly popular in my playgroup. It was based off of an old Noah Weil article on starcitygames.com about something called a “BOO Draft.” A BOO Draft (“BOO” stands for “Build Our Own”), is a format where you get 8 creative people together and have them create 45 Magic cards each (or three packs’ worth), and then do a booster draft with the results. We ran the first draft over the course of a summer, and found the format to be immensely fun.

Last year’s BOO III draft coincided with my wedding, meaning that it was especially important to me, because my little brother Joel who normally lives across the country from me got to participate. Once again, we all had a blast with our ridiculous made-up cards.

So, BOO drafts are fun and exciting. Sadly, this year most of the possible participants have adult obligations and things for the foreseeable future, and are thus unable to participate once again in this most fun of events. I found myself with a dilemma; what outlet could I possibly channel this creative energy into?

That brings us to this year’s BOO event: The BOO Battle Box. Let’s take a look at what this will be!
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The EDH Battle Royale IV: The Finals!

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Several months ago, I started a large-scale single-elimination tournament to see which of our EDH decks was the best of the best, in a series of three player games, the third such annual tourney: The EDH Battle Royale III.

I envisioned this year’s EDH Battle Royale as being the biggest yet, certainly bigger than last year, with a whopping 94 total decks competing (some of which were put together just for this event). This year, we even put together a Play-In Division, where the decks that had never won before would have to earn their way into the event. A whopping ninety four thousand plus cards and hundreds of hours of gaming later, we have our finals match set and ready to go, and we know who will be facing who in a bid for the championship:

Finals: Saffi Eriksdotter vs. Rasputin Dreamweaver

Who will win this match and become our fourth ever champion? Can Saffi claim her second title, or will Rasputin pull off the biggest upset in Battle Royale history? It’s time to find out!
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The EDH Battle Royale IV: The Semifinals

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After a very long tournament, both the prelims and the quarterfinals are over, and we have narrowed the field to six semifinalists.

We are down to Karona, False God, the Allies tribal deck; the winner of The EDH Battle Royale II, Saffi Eriksdotter; the +1/+1 counter-based powerhouse, Skullbriar, the Walking Grave; Keranos, God of Storms, the Izzet control deck who has been having a phenomenal Battle Royale so far; super fun Flicker-based deck Rasputin Dreamweaver; and the surprising Unhinged general Richard Garfield, Ph.D.. Who from among this elite six will wind up winning the whole tournament?

Today’s first semifinal is a good one:

Semifinal match 1: Karona, False God (Allies) vs. Saffi Eriksdotter vs. Skullbriar, the Walking Grave

Who will win and advance? It’s time to find out!
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The EDH Battle Royale IV: The Quarterfinals, Matches 4 – 6

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There are only three quarterfinals matches to go! Who will advance to the semifinals today? Our first quarterfinal matchup is:

Quarterfinals match 4: Mayael the Anima vs. Vish Kal, Blood Arbiter vs. Keranos, God of Storms
Out of all the quarterfinals matchups, this one is actually the hardest one for me to put a prediction on. Each of these three decks is a strong midrange deck, with lots of removal and powerful creatures and threats (Keranos also has a bunch of counterspells to back up his removal). Each of these decks wins games by playing value creatures, and grinding down their opponents.

Who will win this matchup and advance to the semifinals? It’s time to find out!
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The EDH Battle Royale IV: The Quarterfinals, Matches 1 – 3

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The preliminary matchups are all done in this year’s EDH Battle Royale IV, and we have a pretty stacked quarterfinals! Today, we have three quarterfinal matches to go through today, and this is the first:

Quarterfinals match 1: Maga, Traitor to Mortals vs. Karona, False God (Allies) vs. Ezuri, Renegade Leader

Who will win this matchup and advance to the semifinals? It’s time to find out!
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The EDH Battle Royale IV: Quarterfinals Preview

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We’ve gone through all the preliminary matches, and now we’re down to the quarterfinals. Where once we had 52 decks and generals duking it out, we’re now down to 18, and it’s nearly time for these battle-hardened gladiators to fight once again, as they try to make it all the way to the semifinals!

Today, we take a look at each quarterfinal match. Who is favored, and which matchups look the best? Let’s take a look!
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Shadows Over Innistrad: First Impressions

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The entire spoiler for the newest MTG expansion, Shadows Over Innistrad, is out, and this looks like a very interesting set. There are plenty of great multiplayer cards, and lots of shiny toys that I’m looking forward to adding into my decks.

Last year, 2015, was an excellent year for EDH and multiplayer Magic, as we were given a lot of fun, shiny toys to play with: We started the year with Fate Reforged and Dragons of Tarkir, which were the end of the strong Khans of Tarkir block. Khans block had lots of fun multiplayer cards in it, from Villainous Wealth to multi-format all-star Ugin, the Spirit Dragon, and was very good to all of my EDH decks. We had the very last core set ever, Magic Origins, whose transform-planeswalkers have been very well-received and popular for all forms of Magic. Next, we had the latest “sequel to this plane” nostalgia set, Battle for Zendikar, which had lots of big bad Eldrazi, some powerful dual lands, and great utility cards. The Commander 2015 set of pre-constructed decks came out, which had 50+ excellent new cards and some awesome and powerful new generals in them. And finally, Oath of the Gatewatch this past January, which had even more Eldrazi, a mini “planeswalkers matter” theme, and various other cool cards.

All of these sets gave us a ton of fun new EDH cards to work with last year, and many of my decks got a well-deserved makeover. The question becomes, does Shadows Over Innistrad continue that trend? It’s time to take a look at this new set!
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