This entry is part 9 of 14 in the series No-Show Monday

The holidays are upon us again and podcasts unfortunately have take a backseat to family stuff.  I know, I know.  You’re saying, “But Mark, why bother with your flesh & blood relations at this festive time of year when there’s cardboard wizardry to get up to?”

 

You make a fine point, sir or madam.

 

“No-Show Mondays” are usually where I get a chance to spout off about a few random cards that caught my eye and that I don’t have the heart to inflict upon Adam, Mike, or some other unsuspecting guest, so why should today be any different?

 

With that said – and with all apologies to Mr. Dickens:

 

I have endeavored in this Ghostly little post, to raise the Ghost of an Idea (namely that M19 was an excellent little core set with a number of underrated cards), which shall not put my readers out of humour with themselves, with the season, or with me.  May it haunt their houses pleasantly, and no one wish to lay it aside in favour of YouTube videos or Twitch streams elsewhere.

 

Your faithful Friend and Servant,

–Mark

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This entry is part 8 of 14 in the series No-Show Monday

This is the face of disappointment I see in my head

 

I really do hate doing two No-Shows in a month but, as the title says, sometimes life doesn’t take my plans into account.  How very inconsiderate of you, Life.

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This entry is part 7 of 14 in the series No-Show Monday

In this instance, I’d like to assume that the reverse is also true

Hi all,

As you may have noticed, this is usually where the podcast goes but it’s just me typing out a mea culpa this week.  Long story short: I needed some more time to wrap up the stack of grading I had at the end of the marking period and we didn’t have much of a topic lined up until next week, so it became an unintentional week off.

 

However, I’m never one to let space go to waste.  Whenever downtime hits, I usually go back to the well and check out some weird one-offs or dumb cycles of cards that I’ve either been meaning to pick up or that I haven’t found a proper home for yet.  Maybe some of these will find their way into a future ‘cast or be consigned to the dustbin of my trade binder; for now, though, I need a second opinion:

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This entry is part 8 of 9 in the series The Power of the Dark Side

By Phil, AKA BeltFed Weapon

 

 

Mono-Black is known for a lot of things: the best tutors, board wipes, trading life for other resources, sacrifice effects, graveyard hate, reanimation, and a weakness to enchantments and artifacts.  It should be known for mass discard as well.

 

It has other tricks, but mass discard is a core function of every good Mono-Black deck that is very much underplayed out of either ignorance or for social reasons.  I’m here to educate & banish the ignorance, while also making a strong case for how such a strategy still functions within the social contract.

 

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This entry is part 13 of 13 in the series Notions of Horde

by Billy

 

So, how about that Arena update? It’s really a whole new game, and I think this is the perfect time to talk about everyone’s favorite elven guerrillas! I’ve been having some success by mixing gold weathers and movement abilities like Dwarven Mercenary and Vrihedd Brigade to keep my opponents’ units spread out and taking maximum damage each turn. I run Francesca as my leader as well as a little bit of a swap engine for extra consistency.

 

Oh, wait. Wrong game. Where am I again? Where is all this chittering coming from? Oh no. . . OH NO!

 

Hello, and welcome back to an all new Notions of Horde. I fell off the Magic train for a while, but am now back with a vengeance. Or at least some squirrels. Now, this Squirrel Horde has been on my list for quite some time, but I kept running into two issues. First, there aren’t nearly as many squirrels in the card pool as I would normally like when building a horde. Secondly, I kept telling myself that I was going to commission custom art proxies from an artist buddy of mine for a few of the key non-squirrel cards, in order to make them more squirrely. Well, custom art is time and money intensive, and Unstable took me by surprise, so I wasn’t ready. That said, lack of preparedness has never stopped me before, so let’s dive into the list!

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This entry is part 7 of 9 in the series The Power of the Dark Side

By Phil, AKA BeltFed Weapon

 

Empires rise and fall, but evil is eternal.

 

Oh, how the mighty have fallen.  At least Sengir Vampire has great flavor text now, because I’m about to impart some sage wisdom that applies to every mono-Black deck that I discovered after years of experimenting:

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