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A History of Modern Black Removal: The Conclusion

The third part of my three-part series tracing the history of black removal from Shards of Alara to present concludes on Gathering Magic. Come on and stop by!


News & Notes 7/26/16

Hey folks, just a quick note here about the Precon Championship! There’s a slight delay in getting the prediction thread for the next round of matches up. It will be up later in the week, probably tomorrow evening, with the results going up Sunday. Sorry for the inconvenience!


2014-2015 Precon Championships: Nagle Division (Part 2 of 2)

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 »


The Continuing History of Black Removal

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!


2014-15 Precon Championships: Round 2 and the Leaderboard

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 »


2014-2015 Precon Championships: Nagle Division (Part 1 of 2)

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 Linelaid it all on the line and saw its name enshrined in the halls of heroes forever.  Read more »


Eldritch Moon: Dangerous Knowledge Review (Part 1 of 2)

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: A History

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.


2014-15 Precon Championships: Make Your Predictions!

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 »


Conspiracy: Building an Intro Pack

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.



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