Category Archives: TCGs

SOLDIER Showdown

We’re bringing Midgar to the ground with the release of Opus VII – Come out on November 3rd for your chance to win a custom playmat for the event!  Oh, I almost forgot, we’ll also be giving away a CASE (that’s 6 boxes) of Opus VII to top finishers!

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What is Tempo?

     Written by Myles Miller

Tempo is defined as “the rate or speed of an activity”, and you’ll usually find this term applied to music and how fast/slow it’s played. Tempo in the context of Magic refers to the advantage created by putting yourself ahead in a game, while setting your opponent back a step or two. The most effective tempo plays will add to your board while taking something away from your opponent: one of their creatures, a removal spell from their hand, or a chunk of their life total. Whether you’re adding a creature to your board, destroying one of your opponent’s threats, or creating a situation in which your opponent has to react to your plays instead of making their own, a game of Magic is all about the give and take of tempo. In this article, I will go through each color and discuss how each creates tempo in a different way. A blue deck plays very differently than a green deck, and the ways those colors generate tempo differ as well. Normally I’d start with White and move around the color pie, but I’d like to start with the color that most exemplifies tempo; that is infamous for finding ways to stall the opponent and wear them down over time:

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Minds Aglow – Approaching Commander

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Minds Aglow  | Art by Yeong-Hao Han | © Wizards of the Coast

The answer to the question “Why do I play EDH?” is the most important thing you can ask yourself when approaching the format. Being open with others about what you find engaging and fun about Commander will lead to the highest amount of games where both you and your opponents enjoy themselves; in a game that usually has four or more players in it, not everyone can win, but everyone can certainly end the game on a high note.

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Commander Raffle Results

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Thank you everyone for entering our Commander Raffle for July! We had lots of winners this month! First the cards:

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Matt Houghteling, Benny Jackson, Jacob Doucette, Isaac Williams, and Danny Siggia have all picked up their cards!

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Dalton Schneider!

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Fred Grundeman!

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Liz McPherson!

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Jasmine Williams!

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Sam Hernandez!

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Thabit Ababneh!

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Josh Clinton!

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Kenny Walker!

Thank you to everyone who came out to play!

Commander 18 Release!

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If you are thinking about preordering the Commander 2018 decks, you should check out the complete decklist spoilers!

EXQUISITE INVENTION
COMMANDER: Saheeli, the Gifted
1 Maverick Thopterist
1 Brudiclad, Telchor Engineer
1 Tawnos, Urza’s Apprentice
1 Vedalken Humiliator
1 Treasure Nabber
1 Varchild, Betrayer of Kjeldor
1 Ancient Stone Idol
1 Soul of New Phyrexia
1 Inkwell Leviathan
1 Sharding Sphinx
1 Hellkite Igniter
1 Bosh, Iron Golem
1 Darksteel Juggernaut
1 Duplicant
1 Myr Battlesphere
1 Psychosis Crawler
1 Scuttling Doom Engine
1 Steel Hellkite
1 Thopter Assembly
1 Loyal Drake
1 Loyal Apprentice
1 Geode Golem
1 Etherium Sculptor
1 Whirler Rogue
1 Chief of the Foundry
1 Pilgrim’s Eye
1 Saheeli’s Artistry
1 Echo Storm
1 Saheeli’s Directive
1 Aether Gale
1 Blasphemous Act
1 Reverse Engineer
1 Tidings
1 Chaos Warp
1 Magmaquake
1 Into the Roil
1 Thirst for Knowledge
1 Coveted Jewel
1 Endless Atlas
1 Retrofitter Foundry
1 Blinkmoth Urn
1 Mimic Vat
1 Mirrorworks
1 Prototype Portal
1 Unwinding Clock
1 Commander’s Sphere
1 Dreamstone Hedron
1 Hedron Archive
1 Izzet Signet
1 Magnifying Glass
1 Mind Stone
1 Prismatic Lens
1 Scrabbling Claws
1 Sol Ring
1 Swiftfoot Boots
1 Unstable Obelisk
1 Vessel of Endless Rest
1 Worn Powerstone
1 Darksteel Citadel
1 Great Furnace
1 Seat of the Synod
1 Enchanter’s Bane
1 Thopter Spy Network
15 Island
12 Mountain
1 Forge of Heroes
1 Buried Ruin
1 Command Tower
1 Foundry of the Consuls
1 Highland Lake
1 Izzet Boilerworks
1 Izzet Guildgate
1 Swiftwater Cliffs
1 Thopter Engineer

SUBJECTIVE REALITY
COMMANDER: Aminatou, the Fateshifter
1 Enigma Sphinx
1 Varina, Lich Queen
1 Yennett, Cryptic Sovereign
1 Boreas Charger
1 Magus of the Balance
1 Night Incarnate
1 Sower of Discord
1 Yuriko, the Tiger’s Shadow
1 Serra Avatar
1 Adarkar Valkyrie
1 Conundrum Sphinx
1 Djinn of Wishes
1 Jeskai Infiltrator
1 Sphinx of Jwar Isle
1 Sphinx of Uthuun
1 Phyrexian Delver
1 Duskmantle Seer
1 High Priest of Penance
1 Silent-Blade Oni
1 Loyal Unicorn
1 Loyal Subordinate
1 Geode Golem
1 Mulldrifter
1 Ninja of the Deep Hours
1 Sigiled Starfish
1 Pilgrim’s Eye
1 Terminus
1 Aminatou’s Augury
1 Entreat the Dead
1 Skull Storm
1 Entreat the Angels
1 Army of the Damned
1 Akroma’s Vengeance
1 Devastation Tide
1 Dream Cache
1 Ponder
1 Portent
1 Treasure Hunt
1 Aethermage’s Touch
1 Utter End
1 Banishing Stroke
1 Return to Dust
1 Brainstorm
1 Predict
1 Telling Time
1 Esper Charm
1 Mortify
1 Azorius Signet
1 Commander’s Sphere
1 Crystal Ball
1 Dimir Signet
1 Mind Stone
1 Orzhov Signet
1 Seer’s Lantern
1 Sol Ring
1 Primordial Mist
1 Lightform
1 Cloudform
1 Isolated Watchtower
8 Plains
5 Island
3 Swamp
1 Forge of Heroes
1 Arcane Sanctum
1 Azorius Chancery
1 Azorius Guildgate
1 Barren Moor
1 Command Tower
1 Dimir Aqueduct
1 Dimir Guildgate
1 Dismal Backwater
1 Forsaken Sanctuary
1 Halimar Depths
1 Jwar Isle Refuge
1 Lonely Sandbar
1 Meandering River
1 Mortuary Mire
1 New Benalia
1 Orzhov Basilica
1 Orzhov Guildgate
1 Scoured Barrens
1 Secluded Steppe
1 Sejiri Refuge
1 Submerged Boneyard
1 Tranquil Cove
1 Crib Swap

NATURE’S VENGEANCE
COMMANDER: Lord Windgrace
1 Charnelhoard Wurm
1 Avenger of Zendikar
1 Gyrus, Waker of Corpses
1 Thantis, the Warweaver
1 Bloodtracker
1 Emissary of Grudges
1 Nesting Dragon
1 Crash of Rhino Beetles
1 Turntimber Sower
1 Whiptongue Hydra
1 Xantcha, Sleeper Agent
1 Soul of Innistrad
1 Flameblast Dragon
1 Budoka Gardener
1 Centaur Vinecrasher
1 Moldgraf Monstrosity
1 Rampaging Baloths
1 Scute Mob
1 Rubblehulk
1 Loyal Subordinate
1 Loyal Apprentice
1 Loyal Guardian
1 Acidic Slime
1 Baloth Woodcrasher
1 Borderland Explorer
1 Farhaven Elf
1 Sakura-Tribe Elder
1 Yavimaya Elder
1 Zendikar Incarnate
1 Reality Scramble
1 Ruinous Path
1 Chain Reaction
1 Decimate
1 Gaze of Granite
1 Lavalanche
1 Worm Harvest
1 Stitch Together
1 Cultivate
1 Explore
1 Explosive Vegetation
1 Far Wanderings
1 Hunting Wilds
1 Savage Twister
1 Fury Storm
1 Windgrace’s Judgment
1 Moonlight Bargain
1 Consign to Dust
1 Grapple with the Past
1 Harrow
1 Grisly Salvage
1 Putrefy
1 Seer’s Sundial
1 Sol Ring
1 Retreat to Hagra
1 Khalni Heart Expedition
1 Deathreap Ritual
6 Swamp
5 Mountain
7 Forest
1 Forge of Heroes
1 Akoum Refuge
1 Barren Moor
1 Blighted Woodland
1 Bojuka Bog
1 Command Tower
1 Evolving Wilds
1 Forgotten Cave
1 Golgari Rot Farm
1 Grim Backwoods
1 Gruul Turf
1 Haunted Fengraf
1 Jund Panorama
1 Jungle Hollow
1 Kazandu Refuge
1 Khalni Garden
1 Mountain Valley
1 Myriad Landscape
1 Rakdos Carnarium
1 Rocky Tar Pit
1 Savage Lands
1 Temple of the False God
1 Terramorphic Expanse
1 Tranquil Thicket
1 Warped Landscape

ADAPTIVE ENCHANTMENT
COMMANDER: Estrid, the Masked
1 Bruna, Light of Alabaster
1 Eidolon of Blossoms
1 Kestia, the Cultivator
1 Tuvasa the Sunlit
1 Heavenly Blademaster
1 Nylea’s Colossus
1 Ravenous Slime
1 Arixmethes, Slumbering Isle
1 Hydra Omnivore
1 Ajani’s Chosen
1 Celestial Archon
1 Silent Sentinel
1 Boon Satyr
1 Herald of the Pantheon
1 Cold-Eyed Selkie
1 Daxos of Meletis
1 Elderwood Scion
1 Loyal Unicorn
1 Loyal Drake
1 Loyal Guardian
1 Archetype of Imagination
1 Whitewater Naiads
1 Aura Gnarlid
1 Reclamation Sage
1 Yavimaya Enchantress
1 Empyrial Storm
1 Genesis Storm
1 Martial Coup
1 Phyrexian Rebirth
1 Winds of Rath
1 Creeping Renaissance
1 Kruphix’s Insight
1 Dismantling Blow
1 Bant Charm
1 Sol Ring
1 Estrid’s Invocation
1 Ever-Watching Threshold
1 Octopus Umbra
1 Myth Unbound
1 Sigil of the Empty Throne
1 Dictate of Kruphix
1 Bear Umbra
1 Enchantress’s Presence
1 Epic Proportions
1 Ground Seal
1 Spawning Grounds
1 Finest Hour
1 Righteous Authority
1 Sage’s Reverie
1 Soul Snare
1 Unquestioned Authority
1 Eel Umbra
1 Vow of Flight
1 Dawn’s Reflection
1 Fertile Ground
1 Overgrowth
1 Snake Umbra
1 Vow of Wildness
1 Wild Growth
1 Unflinching Courage
9 Plains
6 Island
8 Forest
1 Forge of Heroes
1 Azorius Chancery
1 Blossoming Sands
1 Command Tower
1 Evolving Wilds
1 Krosan Verge
1 Meandering River
1 Mosswort Bridge
1 Seaside Citadel
1 Selesnya Sanctuary
1 Simic Growth Chamber
1 Terramorphic Expanse
1 Thornwood Falls
1 Tranquil Cove
1 Tranquil Expanse
1 Woodland Stream

Check out more about the decklists here!