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"Hazoret the Fervent" Deck Tech - "Magic: The Gathering"

“Hazoret the Fervent” Deck Tech – “Magic: The Gathering”

Despite the bleakest moments in the Magic: The Gathering storyline as of late (namely the fates of the gods of Amonkhet), there’s always some amount of solace that escapes, like light from a crack in a door frame. While the Amonkheti gods Oketra, Kefnet, Bontu, and Rhonas have become Eternalized and reformed into undead monstrosities in […]

On the Pioneer Format (and Early Financial Spikes) - "Magic: The Gathering"

Opinion: No Pioneer Bans? This Early? – “Magic: The Gathering”

Let’s talk for a second about Pioneer in the context of Magic: The Gathering formats that have come before it. In this article, I’m inclined to discuss what older formats have had banned from them from the get-go, and how this early in the life of Pioneer, the relative lack of bans is preposterous. So, as […]

SCGCON Invitational Coverage - "Magic: The Gathering"

SCGCON Invitational Coverage – “Magic: The Gathering”

StarCityGames, a tabletop gaming store in Roanoke, Virginia, has a circuit of Magic: The Gathering tournaments all across the eastern coast of the United States, and even a few in the midwest. One of their biggest events each year is called SCGCON, which is a three-day event where Magic players from all across the world congregate to […]

"Bontu the Glorified" Deck Tech - "Magic: The Gathering"

Yikes! Many Bans in Standard, Others – “Magic: The Gathering”

Today (November 18th), Wizards of the Coast has announced a smattering of additions to their Banned and Restricted List for Magic: The Gathering. The additions are as follows: Standard: Oko, Thief of Crowns is banned. Once Upon a Time is banned. Veil of Summer is banned. Brawl: Oko, Thief of Crowns is banned. Legacy: Wrenn and Six is banned. Vintage: Narset, […]

"God-Eternal Bontu" Deck Tech - "Magic: The Gathering"

“God-Eternal Bontu” Deck Tech – “Magic: The Gathering”

Welcome! I have a second Magic: The Gathering deck tech article for you all today. Not too long ago, we at Bleeding Cool wrote up a Commander deck tech revolving around Bontu, the Glorified, the black-aligned god of Amonkhet. This article will focus on the eternalized version of Bontu, the aptly-named God-Eternal Bontu. Bontu, now […]

"Bontu the Glorified" Deck Tech - "Magic: The Gathering"

“Bontu the Glorified” Deck Tech – “Magic: The Gathering”

Hello friends! It’s time again for another set of Commander deck techs styled after the best and worst of each color in Magic: The Gathering. Today, we will be looking over black, a color which may be even harder to find compliments for than blue (and hey, don’t hate me for saying so – blue […]

"Throne of Eldraine" Collector's Pack Quality is a Problem - "Magic: The Gathering"

Wizards of the Coast Suffers Security Breach – “Magic: The Gathering”

On November 14th, Wizards of the Coast sent out an email blast to users of Magic: The Gathering Online and Magic: The Gathering: Arena, stating that users’ data had been compromised in a security breach. According to this email, while much data was breached (including first and last names of users, users’ email addresses, and their passwords), […]

"Serra the Benevolent" Deck Tech - "Magic: The Gathering"

“Serra the Benevolent” Deck Tech – “Magic: The Gathering”

(Or, “Get In Nerds: The Party Bus Cometh!”) Today in Oathbreaker deck techs, we have a Serra the Benevolent deck prepared especially for any Angel fans who wish to get into this illustrious format (created by the WeirdCards Charitable Club). This deck tech is based on a Gisela, Blade of Goldnight Commander deck created by […]

Wizards of the Coast Retracts Censorship Decision - "Magic: The Gathering"

Aftermath of the Autumn Burchett Fiasco – “Magic: The Gathering”

Well, this is one Magic: The Gathering article I didn’t want to write, but I totally expected it would come up. It was an inevitability as early as this past Friday evening (November 8th), and now we at Bleeding Cool are here to make sense of the wreckage. Here we go. After nonbinary Magic professional player Autumn Burchett‘s cards […]

Opinion: It's Been a Tough Week for LGBTQ+ "Magic" Players

Opinion: It’s Been a Tough Week for LGBTQ+ “Magic” Players

A recent book covering the latest plots in the storyline of Magic: The Gathering entitled “War of the Spark: Forsaken” has come under scrutiny by gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer Magic players (among many others) for its content. Greg Weisman, the author, seems to have done a lot of people in the community dirty, according […]

"Marvel Champions" Card Game is About to Get Wrecked

“Marvel Champions” Card Game is About to Get Wrecked

Fantasy Flight Games kicked of their Marvel Champions living card game recently, in which villains put nefarious schemes into play, and heroes race against time to stop them. Fantasy Flight has a really good track record with card games, so it wasn’t much of a surprise when they announced the latest expansion for Marvel Champions: […]

Improving "Merciless Rage" - "Magic: The Gathering"

Commander May Be Most Played Format – “Magic: The Gathering”

In news which may absolutely floor a ton of Magic: The Gathering players while being completely predictable to a good many others, Commander may be the most played Magic format. According to Magic: The Gathering Head Designer Mark Rosewater in an answer to a question posed on his Tumblr blog Blogatog, data suggests that save for extremely […]

"God-Eternal Kefnet" Deck Tech - "Magic: The Gathering"

“God-Eternal Kefnet” Deck Tech – “Magic: The Gathering”

Of all of the innovations in Magic: The Gathering, there is none so insidious as the ones which force other players to sit and do nothing while you get to play and win. These sorts of cards are tough to deal with and frustrate many a player on a regular basis. The very worst offenders among […]

"Kefnet the Mindful" Deck Tech - "Magic: The Gathering"

“Kefnet the Mindful” Deck Tech – “Magic: The Gathering”

Hello friends! It’s time again for another set of two Magic: The Gathering Commander deck techs. Sometimes, I find it’s best to step away from the battlefield when writing up techs for my readers and take a moment to be mindful of things like burnout, writer’s block, and other similar worries. But then I think […]

Wizards of the Coast Retracts Censorship Decision - "Magic: The Gathering"

Wizards of the Coast Revises Censor Ruling – “Magic: The Gathering”

As we covered on the site on Saturday, Autumn Burchett, a Magic: The Gathering pro player who openly identifies as nonbinary, had been instructed by a Wizards of the Coast official to remove the basic land cards from their deck before playing in the main event in MagicFest Richmond. I was instructed by tournament officials to […]

"Magic: The Gathering" Pro Player Censored

“Magic: The Gathering” Pro Player Censored

Last night (Friday night, November 8th) at MagicFest Richmond, professional Magic: The Gathering player Autumn Burchett purportedly was instructed to remove two cards from their deck after the cards were found to have potentially divisive messages written on them. The messages included “No TERFs[…]” and “Trans Rights are Human Rights”, which, while to some are […]

"Chainer, Dementia Master" Deck Tech - "Magic: The Gathering"

“Chainer, Dementia Master” Deck Tech – “Magic: The Gathering”

I wrote an article around this time a year ago about how Chainer, Dementia Master, is among the best of the best when it comes to reanimator commanders within Magic: The Gathering. This was written on a website called “Commander Fight Club”, where players could make content about the Commander format (the website has yet to […]

"God-Eternal Oketra" Deck Tech - "Magic: The Gathering"

“God-Eternal Oketra” Deck Tech – “Magic: The Gathering”

In continuation of our pair of white Magic: The Gathering deck techs for today (having kicked it off with Oketra the True), I now present the second Commander deck tech. We are preparing for the arrival of Theros, Beyond Death through these techs, and as such we are giving special focus to the Gods in Magic. White […]

"Oketra the True" Deck Tech - "Magic: The Gathering"

“Oketra the True” Deck Tech – “Magic: The Gathering”

Today, we at Bleeding Cool have a special set of two Commander Magic: The Gathering deck tech articles for you! This is the first of them. But first,  before I reveal which Commander I’ll be writing for you, a bit of background information. Theros: Beyond Death, Magic: The Gathering‘s 83rd expansion set, is coming out in January. […]