This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series The Power of the Dark Side

By Phil, AKA BeltFed Weapon

 

 

The flavor text on Juzam Djinn is one of the more fitting summations for Black’s place in the color pie:

“Expect my visit when the darkness comes.  The night I think is best for hiding all.”       

 

This quote evokes a certain amount of menace regarding an unbridled power that does not play fairly and comes with a price once summoned.  It’s part of the reason Juzam was the best creature in the game for a long time, as his CMC was so good for a beefy 5/5 body with such a small additional cost in life each turn.  It also sums up Black as a color in the game of Magic.  

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This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series The Power of the Dark Side

By Phil, AKA BeltFed Weapon

 

My favorite flavor text in all of magic is actually on a little known red card called Aggression and is a rip off from an epic quote from Blade Runner:

 

The star that burns twice as bright, burns half as long.

 

I have always thought this quote was misapplied to a red card since it basically sums up Black as a color.  Much like Roy from Blade Runner, Black is the color where you can do just about anything… at a cost.  It is the color that asks the most devotion (literally) for it to gain full effect of some its best spells and characteristics at the cost of eschewing other colors; it is the color that cares least about working with others.  Mono-Black is a surprisingly diverse and powerful archetype in commander and it is because Black asks so much as a color that you get a return in power for fully embracing the concept.

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This entry is part 12 of 12 in the series Notions of Horde

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It’s time for one of my favorite creature types to be featured here: Cats! My wife has wanted me to build a cat horde for a while and so I made it for her birthday.

Have a list

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This entry is part 10 of 12 in the series Notions of Horde

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By Billy

 

Today we jump the shark. A couple of sharks, actually. There’s three things happening here that Notions of Horde has never handled before: Advisor Tribal, defensive Horde design, and custom cards. As much Mark and I joke about Advisor Tribal, I saw Kambal, Consul of Allocation, and decided that it was time for Advisor Tribal to see the light of day.

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This entry is part 9 of 12 in the series Notions of Horde

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By Billy

 

Legends tell of a goblin of unusual intellect. One who rose through the goblin ranks during Dominaria’s Ice Age. Invaluable to Goblin Chieftains of his era, he built armies that made them Goblin Kings. Innovator of brilliant new tactics like “Don’t look at it! Maybe it’ll go away!” and “It’s the pokey bits that hurt the most,” he is perhaps best known for the brilliant gambit of “Everybody but me-CHARGE!” He is. . . Ib Halfheart, Goblin Tactician, and he has come to your kingdom on a Quest for the Goblin Lord!

 

Hello, and welcome to Notions of Horde! Today we are taking a look at a much beloved tribe, and giving them the Horde Treatment: Goblins! Goblins have been competitive decks in many eras of Standard, Legacy, old Extended, and almost Modern! We’ll see how well that translates to our beloved Horde format, but I expect good things.

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By Aaron, AKA Uncle Landdrops

 

I know it’s been quite a while since my last article–almost a year–and I’d be lying if I said it didn’t feel like I’ve been in a reverse Hyperbolic Time Chamber, where it feels like yesterday I was moving to Magic’s Mecca with a handful of decks and a heart full of dreams. I know I haven’t been completely off the grid, but this article makes it official: I’m putting words on the CommanderCast page again!

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