In our previous review of Unraveling Mind, we remarked upon the memorability of keyworded mechanics, and how having a keyword can make even a small set of cards stand out in the minds of players. Today we’ll be looking at a mechanic which is something of a corollary- one which saw a lot of play, was never keyworded, and now labours under relative obscurity.
It’s a little Christmas-day insanity as Sam and I go head to head at the card table. Can my madness-filled Unraveling Mind get the better of her Rituals of Rebirth, or am I just in a state of delusion?
In Magic: the Gathering, it is occasionally fashionable to talk about how Wizards might be ‘running out of ideas,’ with the thought that innovation and creativity is a somewhat finite resource that is in danger of becoming expended. On the other hand, it can be sometimes surprising to discover just how little developed many mechanics have been over the course of the game’s history. Read more
Graveborn might be the proverbial 800-pound reanimating gorilla, but Planar Chaos had its own recursion deck, Rituals of Rebirth. Today we test it against Jimi’s Endless March, which relies upon abuse of the gating mechanic.
In our recent review of Premium Deck Series: Graveborn, the recent all-foil reanimator deck, we observed the following:
[Graveborn] follows a very simple formula- take something enormously fat and difficult to deal with, and get around its matching pricetag by chucking it into the graveyard and then using a cheaper spell to reanimate it into play. Read more
Our first foray into the temporal insanity that is Planar Chaos, I’m armed with the mono-Blue Ixidor’s Legacy. Putting it to the test is Sam with Unraveling Mind, a madness-based construction. Which of these forces out of time will prevail?
The kick-off of the Time Spiral block in October of 2006 was the beginning of a yearlong dividend to Magic players, and unsurprisingly the payout was greater the longer you had invested. Obscure references, subtle twists, and perhaps even the occasional in-joke found less traction on newer players who didn’t have the history to grasp what the set was trying to do.