And we’re back with more exciting preconstructed action, as the second round of the Nagle Division showdown is underway. Last week eight decks became four, and today, four decks will become one. Read more
Hey folks! Last week I kicked off a history of modern Black removal, starting with Shards of Alara. Today’s article picks up where we left off, beginning with the original Innistrad. If you’re intrigued with the idea of seeing a specific concept in Magic through time-lapse photography, come on by!
Welcome back to the Precon Championships! The 2014-15 season has just kicked off with the opening round of action as the Nagle Division went from eight contenders, down to four. Not only that, but a number of contenders have joined the Prediction League, competing for a treasure trove of prizes including an Eldritch Moon Prerelease Pack and more than a dozen boosters. If you’re joining us for the first time, there’s still plenty of action ahead- make sure to get your predictions posted to be in the hunt! Read more
There have been six previous Preconstructed Championships, and the outsize Nagle Division of the Rosewater Conference has tasted eternal glory not once, but twice. In the 2005-07 Season, Endless March from Planar Chaos was the last deck standing. Then for the 2011-12 Season, an Event Deck from Innistrad, Hold the Line, laid it all on the line and saw its name enshrined in the halls of heroes forever. Read more
If you were asked what Magic: the Gathering set most resembles Howard Philip (HP) Lovecraft, and your answer was Eldritch Moon, few could fault you for your choice. After all, the latest turn taken on the plane of Innistrad was inspired by the cosmic horror prevalent in Lovecraft’s work, of which Call of Cthulhu is perhaps best known. The creature of the story, initially published in 1928 in the pulp magazine Weird Tales, could easily stand in for Emrakul. Read more
Murder returns in Eldritch Moon, but before you go casting it this weekend, take a moment to explore its place in history in my latest Gathering Magic article.
I trace the history of Black removal in the modern era, from Alara to Mirrodin (next week will be Innistrad to present). What does it mean to see Murder in print again? What does it tell us about the state of the game? I had a blast writing this one, and I hope you enjoy reading it just as much.
At last! The long wait is over and the Preconstructed Championships have returned (one day late, sorry). We’ve got a lot of ground to cover, so I’ll skip the lengthy and flavorful preamble and get right down to business!
What is this?
The Preconstructed Championships are a semi-annual feature here on Ertai’s Lament, where we take a year’s worth of preconstructed decks (typically core set + block + all releases during that time) and match them up against one another, March Madness style.
The competition is broken down into four divisions spread across two conferences, and each week we cover four matches. You- the reading audience- have the opportunity to predict the winners, and for every correct prediction, you get a point in the “prediction league.” The person with the most points at the end of it is our winner, and wins the prize package!
What can I win? Read more
Last time we had a chance to game, we tested out the last deck we had to review of Shadows over Innistrad. Today, we’ll be bringing Oath of the Gatewatch to an overdue conclusion with Surge of Resistance, a Red/Blue deck that features- surprise!- the surge mechanic. Joining me at the table is Josh, who is running the Blue/Colorless Twisted Reality. Can Zendikar’s defenders keep the Eldrazi at bay, or will the relentless tide overwhelm them? Let’s find out! Read more
Ever wonder what it’s like to build an Intro Pack? I wondered the same thing, and decided I’d try my hand at it for a set that didn’t come with any: Conspiracy!
My article was in two parts on Gathering Magic.
Part 1: Choosing a color, and narrowing down the rares and themes
Part 2: Building the deck!
As always, if you enjoy seeing more preconstructed Magic content, make sure to leave a note or comment over there letting them know.
If there’s one thing I’ve been looking forward to most since taking Ertai’s Lament out of mothballs, it’s been the Preconstructed Deck Championships. One of the site’s most popular features, the Championships follow a ‘March Madness’ style format, where all of the preconstructed decks of a given season are randomly seeded into one of four divisions, and battle their way to eternal glory. Read more