As Magic approaches its 25th anniversary, it's staggering how many creative details have accumulated over the years. JDB examines the ways Wizards of the Coast has jettisoned the worst of its storyline past.
Wizards of the Coast frequently takes parts of non-U.S. cultures for use in Magic's settings. But what if the shoe were on the other foot? As conspiracy theorists battle robber barons, JDB uses his nation's past to explore worldbuilding's potential pitfalls.
New set, new setting: it's time for Ixalan's flavor review! Which debuting artist likely got his break because of a Dinosaur banner? Why are the coins anachronistic? And what creative choice has JDB genuinely furious?
The Ixalan previews have given JDB plenty to think about! While he waits for the full set to write his flavor review, enjoy his meditation on how language and sounds shape perceptions of the plane and its elements!
Artists aren't the only guests at Grand Prix Washington DC! Cedric Phillips fills in the details on the trio of official cosplayers...or should that be "Triad" instead?
Already going through Game of Thrones withdrawal? Let Danny West ease your pain! Stark meets snark as SCG's content majordomo dishes out 100-card decklists and shade for days!
There's more than one artist guest at Grand Prix Washington DC...more than a dozen of them, in fact! Cedric Phillips has your essential guide to Artists Alley in today's Countdown Blog!
Special guests play a key role in any Grand Prix experience, particularly the Guest of Honor! Cedric Phillips introduces you to Rob Alexander and all the goodies he's got for sale in today's Countdown!
SCG Premium's resident funnyman is back at it! But amid all the humor, he has some surprisingly serious points about the barriers to entry posed to would-be Magic Online players, would-be Grixis Death's Shadow players, and would-be Harmless Offering petters!
It's a flavorful double feature from JDB! He shares his favorite Commander 2017 cards ahead of its Friday release before revealing the unique art experiences you can enjoy on a small budget!
Grand Prix Washington DC will be here before you know it! Cedric Phillips kicks off the Countdown Blog with his essential event overview, including the format, time, place, and Guest of Honor!
The Gatewatch were meant to be the main characters and mascots of Magic for years to come. Why, then, have two separate villains gotten cheers for defeating them? JDB breaks down why a creative work can leave audiences rooting for the villain!
It's the grand finale as Danny West counts down the final places of his ranking of Every Magic Set Ever! Which iconic release will land at the top?
Magic's approach to worldbuilding on cards has ranged from plot-heavy storytelling to pure atmosphere. JDB illustrates how that pendulum has swung!