June 7, 2016

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Musings of the Madman: Rayne, Academy Chancellor

The Return of Rayne! "Target me and you're dead." An idle threat or a barometer for near future repercussions? If you're running our featured commander, it's the latter. Without further ado, let me introduce a subtle source of card draw fulfillment. At 1/1 for three, Rayne isn't going to be killing you through commander damage. What she will do is draw cards. First one card when they target her...

May 31, 2016

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Musings of the Madman: Behind the Eldritch Moon

Welcome back all! Speculation runs rampant as to the main villain's identity in the next Magic release. Is it Emrakul, as hinted throughout Shadows Over Innistrad's clues? Is it a more ancient evil? I made a few calls and was directed to one of the more menacing figures in the Magic multiverse... Our guest is a tall, menacing figure. His pallid skin belies a life longer lived than most men, and...

May 24, 2016

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Musings of the Madman: Wishing for Eternal Masters – The Essentials

Welcome back all! With Eternal Masters just around the corner in early June, let's look at some possibilities and hopes for each colour. The methodology here will be simple. Over the next two weeks, I'll look at Top 8 lists from Vintage and Legacy and Commander primers from MTGSalvation and go from there. I'll also bear in mind that this is a Limited format, so there likely won't be any...

May 17, 2016

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Musings of the Madman: Can’t Beat the Beard!

Welcome back all! This week we're going to the lighter side of Commander and exploring an underused powerhouse in . Local Commander adept Benjamin Millette had suggested this commander to Nathan, another local enthusiast and added that it had to be: "Beard and Tree Tribal". Of course, since facial hair is involved, we're likely to find some other fun stuff like razors, oils, and so on. It should...

April 26, 2016

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Musings of the Madman: Three to Ban, Three to Unban

Welcome back all! Let's look at the Commander banned list for a few moments. They usually take their time banning items, and usually only after a massive outcry on various forums and clear levels of player frustration. A more dynamic approach might benefit the format, but that incurs other frustrations, in that players might not know what to build next. Let's move a handful of cards off and on...

April 19, 2016

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Musings of the Madman – Exploring Canadian Highlander

Welcome back all! Let’s take a look at Canadian Highlander, a fun variant format that allows use of your older power cards, including Collector’s Edition and Championship Edition variants! As you might have surmised, this is essentially 100-card singleton, but you can actually go well over 100 cards if you wish, to 200, 300, 400 and beyond! The format’s banned list is essentially the same...

April 12, 2016

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Musings of the Madman: Re-examining Regeneration

Welcome back all! This week we’ll look at a powerful, problematic ability in Regeneration. Last week’s Latest Developments had an internal discussion on the topic. Essentially, it’s being retired because, in David Humphrey’s words: “In short, because it encompasses more things than we'd ideally want (tap, removes from combat, remove damage, sets up a shield), not nearly as egregious as...

April 5, 2016

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Musings of the Madman: Top Commander Picks from Shadow Over Innistrad

Welcome back all! Shadows Over Innistrad is finally among us and it’s time to take a look at the set’s offerings for Commander. As usual, we’ll start with a look at legendary creatures than move on to a few picks from each colour. We’ve already explored the mechanics, so let’s move to the fun stuff! Here's how the grading system works: Grade A: something you should expect to see at your...

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