I have been meaning for awhile to expand my thoughts to one of my other favorite hobbies besides web design – Magic the Gathering. I have been collecting and playing since 1997 and up until recently I could say with confidence that the Uzra’s Block was by far my favorite. I might have to change that with the new Time Spiral block. I have been very impressed with the cards they brought back and even more so with the last set, Planar Chaos, and the cards they shifted – red Giant Growths, black Wrath of Gods, etc. They just started previewing Future Sight, the last set in the block and it looks to be just as awesome.
While Time Spiral was about bringing back old cards and Planar Chaos about shifting those cards in new and interesting ways this new site looks towards the future of Magic. The Future Is Now previews a very interesting new card Fleshwrither with the new ability transfigure. They also let out that it will be the only card in the set with that ability. It has some pretty interesting possibilities – the most obvious being you could sacrifice him as a blocker, pay the cost, then switch out for another more powerful card. Since they don’t swap the new creature will be unharmed.
The author also talks about nostalgia and I have felt a lot of that during this set. I have also had several cool new deck ideas that have come to mind especially with the planar chaos cards. The ability to use effects in other colors that didn’t previously exist (at least in abundance) – like white direct damage – opens up new possibilities. It also allows you to expand on new ideas by doubling the amount of cards you can have that do essentially the same thing. One example? Essence and Soul Warden. Instead of the normal 4 of that creature, you can have 8. They also have a red version of Prodigal Sorcerer who’s name escapes me right now – imagine having 8 of those in a deck. Possibly 12 if you include the merfolk that does the same thing. Pretty powerful especially combined with a card like Intruder Alarm.
I plan to have more thoughts on deck ideas, new cards and maybe even a few lists of my own decks soon.
Random Tidbit: This is from awhile back and may have been too preemptive for it’s own good but I found an article entitled “It’s Official: PS3 is a dud for Sony.” I have not seen the PS3 in action but nothing I’ve heard has impressed me. Most of the games that would attract me to them are no longer exclusive. I definitely think that I will be jumping ship again this generation to XBox 360 and maybe Wii later on. I don’t think I would invest in a PS3 even if the price dropped considerably. I think Sony has finally gone one step too far and alienated the consumer. At least in my case they have.