Sunday, July 16, 2017

Hour of Devastation: draft archetypes

U/R Spells
Bloodwater Entity, Enigma Drake, Cryptic Serpent, Warfire Javelineer, Firebrand Archer, Blur of Blades, Unsummon, Spellweaver Eternal, Aerial Guide, Riddleform, Thormed Moloch, Magmaroth, Strategic Planning, Supreme Will, Tragic Lesson, Crash Through, Kindled Fury, Galestrike, Magma Spray, Winds of Rebuke, Censor, Essence Scatter, Hieroglyphic Illumination,

B/G -1/-1 counters
Obelisk Spider, Decimator Beetle, Lethal Sting, Torment of Venom, Ifnir Deadlands, Baleful Ammit, Soulstinger, Cartouche of Ambition, Festering Mummy, Ruthless Sniper, Splendid Agony, Crocodile of the Crossing, Defiant Greatmaw, Exemplar of Strength, Ornery Kudu, Stinging Shot, Grasping Dunes, Banewhip Punisher, Tenacious Hunter, Nest of Scarabs, Hapatra's Mark, Quarry Hauler, Shed Weakness

R/W Aggro Exert
Honored Crop-Captain, Resolute Survivors, Gust Walker, Rhet-Crop Spearmaster, Tah-Crop Elite, Ahn-Crop Crasher, Battlefield Scavenger, Emberhorn Minotaur, Nef-Crop Entangler, Trueheart Twins, Dauntless Aven, Mummy Paramount, Burning-Fist Minotaur, Defiant Khenra, Firebrand Archer, Bloodrage Brawler, Act of Heroism, Djeru's Renunciation, Blur of Blades, Kindled Fury, Might Leap, Trial of Solidarity.

U/G Ramp
River Hoopoe, Weaver of Currents, ramp spells, Bitterbow Sharpshooters, Devotee of Strength, Quarry Beetle, Rampaging Hippo, Sifter Wurm, Ominous Sphinx, Striped Riverwidner,
in a ramp deck you easilly may splash third color if you opened a bomb

W/B Zombies
Unravelling Mummy, Wayward Servant, Accursed Horde, Marauding Boneslasher, Mummy Paramount, Unconventional Tactics, Binding Mummy, In Okertra's Name, Time to Reflect, Lord of Accursed, Embalmer's Tools, Merciless Eternal, Lurking Rotbeast, Khenra Eternal, Carrion Screecher, Sunscourge Champion, Disposal Mummy, Dutiful Servants, Wretched Camel, Blighted Bat, Cursed Minotaur, Doomed Dissenter, Festering Mummy, Gravedigger, Stir the Sands, Fan Bearer,

UW Embalm/Eternalize
Aven Wind Guide, Farm/Market, Steadfast Sentinel, Sunscourge Champion, Proven Combatant, Sinuous Striker, Oketra's Attendant, Sacred Cat, Trueheart Duelist, Unwavering Initiate, Aven Initiate, Tah-Crop Skrimisher, Labyrinth Guardian,

U/B Cycling/Prowess
Shadowstorm Vizier, Vile Manifestation, Consign/Manifestation, Cunning Survivor, Ominous Sphinx, Grisly Survivor, Faith of the Devouted, Horror of the Broken Lands, Pitiless Vizier, Ruthless Sniper, Hekma Sentinels, Sacred Excavation, Zenith Seeker, Countervalling Winds, Imaginery Threats, Sinuous Striker, Striped Riverwinder, Tragic Lesson, Lurching Rotbeast, Merciless Eternal, Razeketh's Rite, Scarab Feast, Stir the Sands, Unburden, Wander in Death, Censor, Wasteland Scorpion, Compelling Argument, Floodwaters, Lay Claim, Shimmerscale Drake, Vizier of Trumbling Sands, River Serpent

B/R Discard
Merciless Javelineer, Claim/Fame, Grisly Sruvivor, Faith of the Devouted, Horror of the Broken Lands, Pitiless Vizier, Grim Strider, Ruthless Sniper, Flameblade Adept, Thresher Lizard, Miasmic Mummy, Scarab Feast, Stir the Sands, Unburden, Wander in Death, Battlefield Scavenger, Bloodrage Brawler, Deem Worthy, Wasteland Scorpion, Desert Cerodon, Limits of Solidarity, Pursue Glory, Hazoret's Monument

W/G Aggro
Ahn-Crop Champion, Appeal/Authority, Oketra's Avenger, Steward of Solidarity, Vizier of the True, Rhona's Stalwart, Oasis Ritualist, Hope Tender, Bitterblade Warrior, Hooded Brawler, Watchful Naga, Devoted Crop-Mate, Gust Walker, Rhet-Crop Spearmaster, Tah-Crop Elitte, Act of Heroism, Dauntless Aven, Djeru's Resolve, Sparring Mummy, Trial of Solidarity, Initiate's Champion, Spidery Grasp, Synchronized Strike,

R/G Aggro
Khenra Charioteer, Strugle/Survive, Burning-Fire Minotaur, Defiant Khenra, Firebrand Archer, Khenra's Scrapper, Ferwent Paincaster, Frilled Sandwalla, Harrier Naga, Hope Tender, Rhona's Stalwart, Granitic Titan, Manticore Eternal, Bitterbow Sharpshooter, Quarry Beetle, Rampaging Hippo, Sifter Wurm, Dune Diviner, Sidewinder Naga, Gilded Cerodon, Sand Strangler.

Friday, July 7, 2017

How to draft Hour of Devestation?

I'm going to present you the list of cards, starting from the best pick during the draft and ending on the least desirable card. For instance, if you don't have any card from "2nd pick" card pool you look for cards in "3rd pick". Cards not mentioned below shouldn't rather appear in your deck.

1st pick:
black: -
red: -
whiteAngel of Condemnation
blueKefnet's Last Word
greenPride Sovereign
multiThe Locust God,The Scarab God, The Scorpion God
artifact: -

2nd pick:
black: -
redChaos Maw
white: -
blueOminous Sphinx, Unesh, Criosphinx Sovereign
greenMajestic Myriarch, Overcome, Ramunap Hydra,Rhonas’s Last Stand
multiObelisk Spider, Grind // Dust
artifact: -

3rd pick:
black: Accursed Horde, Ammit Eternal, Banewhip Punisher, Bontu’s Last Reckoning, Doomfall, Dreamstealer, Hour of Glory, Lethal Sting, Liliana’s Defeat, Marauding Boneslasher, Merciless Eternal, Torment of Venom
redAbradeBurning-Fist Minotaur, Chandra's Defeat, Earthshaker Khenra, Fervent Paincaster, Frontline Devastator, Hour of Devastation, Khenra Scrapper, Manticore Eternal, Neheb, the Eternal, Open Fire, Puncturing Blow, Sand Strangler, Wildfire Eternal
whiteAngel of the God-Pharaoh, Aven of Enduring Hope, Crested Sunmare, Dauntless Aven, Desert’s Hold, Gideon’s Defeat, Oketra’s Avenger, Steward of Solidarity, Sunscourge Champion, Vizier of the True
blueAerial Guide, Champion of Wits, Imaginary Threats, Nimble Obstructionist, Sinuous Striker, Supreme Will, Unsummon, Vizier of the Anointed
greenAmbuscade, Bitterbow Sharpshooters, Devotee of Strength, Harrier Naga, Hope Tender, Resilient Khenra, Rhonas’s Stalwart, Sifter Wurm, Tenacious Hunter
multiNicol Bolas, God-Pharoah, Resolute Survivors, River Hoopoe, Samut, the Tested, Unraveling Mummy, Farm // Table, Consign // Oblivion, Struggle // Survive, God-Pharaoh’s Gift
artifact: -

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Hour of Devastation: mechanics

Hour of Devastation set is on the way, hence it is high time to introduce mechanics:
  • Eternalize — a keyword ability which is very similar to Embalm. Eternalize can only be activated if the creature is in the graveyard. When activated, the card is exiled and creates a token copy of itself, except that it is a zombie in addition to its other creature types and monocolored black. Its power/toughness becomes 4/4. You can eternalize any time you could cast a sorcery. Many creatures with eternalize have abilities that get better because of their increased power. Each creature with eternalize has a corresponding token, that can be found in booster pack.
  • Afflict — whenever a creature with this ability becomes blocked, defending player loses life equal to the Afflict value. It doesn't matter how many creatures block a creature with afflict; afflict triggers only once per combat at most.

Sunday, June 25, 2017


A full list of new Masterpieces: Armageddon, Boil, Capsize, Forbid, Omniscience, Sunder, Opposition, Threads of Disloyalty, Avatar of Woe, Damnation, Desolation Angel, Diabolic Edict, Doomsday, Blood Moon, No Mercy, Slaughter Pact, Thoughtseize, Shatterstorm, Through the Breach, Choke.

Wizards announced that Masterpieces series are suspended. They will still appear again, but not in each set. We will get them when they have some reason - like in Battle for Zendikar, not like in Amonkhet, where Wizards admitted that they have pushed it in.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Good value in the Fifteenth Anniversary Leagues starting today

I am very excited for the Magic Online 15 year annniversary.

First there was the Battle of the Planes. I was not very excited about that but I know some people were, like my buddy Binkabi.

What I am excited for is the added Treasure Chests for anyone who does a 5-0, 4-1 or a 3-2 in the friendly leagues on Magic Online during June 21-28. That is what I am excited for. I am reluctant to play Leagues as I make a living doing internet content and the value in the leagues is not very good ... but now it is !

I will be taking RG Ponza into a Modern Friendly League and if I do well I might even try some Pauper. I think you should join me.

Full details here:

Sunday, June 18, 2017

New products

Jul 14th - Hour of Devasatation
Aug 25th - Commander 2017
Sep 29th - Ixalan. All we know so far is that Pirate Vraska battles Dinosaurs.
Nov 10th - Duel decks: Merfolk vs Goblins
Nov 17th - Iconic Masters
Nov 24th - FTV: Transform and Explorers of Ixalan. Explorers of Ixalan will be a new board game and has the following: 4x 60-card decks, 20 double-sided tokens, 50 game tiles, 40 counter pieces, 4 deck boxes.
Dec 8th - Unstable: silver-bordered card set
Jan 19th - Rivals of Ixalan
Mar 16th - 25th Magic's anniversary: 25th anniversary–edition Masters set
Apr 28th - We return to Dominaria with next large set
Jul 20th, 2018 - core sets are back into Magic

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Mulligan decisions

There are a few common traps that are easy to fall into when it comes to mulligan decisions.

You drew four spells and three lands so you think 'easy keep'. Wrong. Don’t keep a hand just because it wasn't mana flooded or screwed. Look at what the hand does and then only keep it if it is good enough.

Speaking of too many land in opening hand, you cannot assume that if you drew five lands you will draw only spells now. This is a fallacy. It is about math. True that the probability of drawing a spell is slightly higher if you keep a land heavy hand, but it is not that much higher. I’m not saying it’s never correct to keep a five-lander. I’m saying you shouldn’t base your decisions on the mistaken belief that you will draw only spells now.

The odds of winning on a double mulligan are low. That's fact, but convincing yourself that your current hand is better than it is in order to justify keeping is a bad decision. With no hesitation take second mulligan if it is necesery. In some formats, such as Legacy, the right start can easily outclass your opponent. You are still able to reanimate Griselbrand on turn 2 or do any other sick things. Give yourself a chance to get totally new five cards, instead of keeping six cards with no possibility to engange.