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Duel Decks- Blessed vs Cursed: Blessed Deck Review (Part 2 of 2)

In the rush of excitement for Shadows over Innistrad’s Intro Packs, the poor set-themed Duel Deck didn’t get completely reviewed. Phil has joined be on the battlefield to put Blessed through its paces, and round out the set.  Read more »


Duel Decks- Zendikar vs Eldrazi: Eldrazi Deck Review (Part 2 of 2)

The Eldrazi deck did quite well in the matchup when we reviewed the Zendikar counterpart. How well will it stand on its own when it gets its turn in the spotlight? Phil once again joins me to playtest, and we put the planar menace through its paces and complete our review of the release.  Read more »


Duel Decks- Zendikar vs Eldrazi: Eldrazi Deck Review (Part 1 of 2)

Is she or isn’t she?

At time of writing, one of the biggest areas of speculative debate centers around what the unspeakable horror at the heart of Innistrad’s woes could be. The previews of Shadows of Innistrad are upon us, and one of the theories with the most traction is that it’s Emrakul, the third Eldrazi titan and the one whose whereabouts are currently unknown.

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Duel Decks- Blessed vs Cursed: Cursed Deck Review (Part 2 of 2)

It’s time to take Duel Decks: Blessed vs Cursed to the battlefield to see how it plays out, after having taken a close look at both decks. Joining me is Phil, taking the role of Innistrad’s Blessed. Let’s see how this first clash shakes out.  Read more »


Duel Decks- Blessed vs Cursed: Cursed Deck Review (Part 1 of 2)

As the previews for Shadows over Innistrad begin to be unveiled this weekend, it’s not hard to see that flavor- always a crucial component of Magic sets- once again comes to pride of place. There was something about the original Innistrad, released in 2011, that ignited the imagination of many, and we see cards already making a callback to the ideas and troped of its predecessor. Notice the art of Relentless Dead, picking up where Endless Ranks of the Dead left off. Or the Delver of Secrets/Insectile Aberration finding its maturity in Aberrant Researcher/Perfected Form.

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Duel Decks- Blessed vs Cursed: Blessed Deck Review (Part 1 of 2)

While most of the research I do comes from articles on the internet or firsthand experience, every now and then a little firsthand research goes a long way. The latest entry in the Duel Decks series has tweaked the expected pattern, established in 2012, where you have a Spring planeswalker-based product followed by an Autumn theme-based one.

With the change to the block structure that began with Battle for Zendikar, it appears that the Duel Decks were themselves caught up in the roil.  Read more »


Duel Decks- Zendikar vs Eldrazi: Zendikar Deck Review (Part 2 of 2)

We’re back to the plane of Zendikar, but taking a step back just for a moment from the Oath of the Gatewatch reviews. Today we return with the Duel Decks: Zendikar vs Eldrazi, and have our first playtest. Joining me at  the table to champion the Eldrazi is Phil.  Read more »


Duel Decks- Zendikar vs Eldrazi: Zendikar Deck Review (Part 1 of 2)

In the long history of the Duel Decks series (now reaching nearly half of Magic’s lifespan to date), there have been three major shifts in strategy that have shaped the course of the product to where we are today.

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Call of the Conclave

Dragon’s Maze: Strength of Selesnya Review (Part 2 of 2)

With only one Event Deck to choose from, Sam and I took a page out of our reviews for the Premium Deck Series and decided she’d get to have her pick of an Event Deck from the previous set, Gatecrash. Naturally, she went for the ferocious Rally and Rout, the Boros deck, and it was with no small trepidation that I shuffled up and prepared to take my Selesnya to battle. Here are the notes from our engagement.

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Advent of the Wurm

Dragon’s Maze: Strength of Selesnya Review (Part 1 of 2)

In late February of 2011, a new product appeared on the shelves of many friendly, local gaming stores. A new preconstructed product, the Event Decks were aimed at players wishing to get involved in competitive gameplay. They contained seven rare cards, and were available in two flavours- “Kuldotha Red” and Infect. Foor the first time since the product’s debut, we’ve now witnessed a change in the product line.

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