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 4 of 7 in the series The Power of the Dark Side

By Phil, AKA BeltFed Weapon

 

This week I’ll continue my examination of Black’s strengths and how capitalize on them.. Let’s get to it.

 

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This entry is part 3 of 7 in the series The Power of the Dark Side

By Phil, AKA BeltFed Weapon

 

I found that I liked starting with a flavor text quote after the first two articles, so I should not have a problem finding something applicable for every article in the 20+ years of Magic.  I was looking through one of my decks when I found an applicable quote from a Black board wipe that is a pet card of mine.  Not using magiccards.info, can you name the card?

 

The feeble resistance of the flesh is over.  Phyrexia spreads its shadow over all.

 

When I’m playing one of my Black decks and it is humming along, I certainly feel this way.  There are generally two strategies I employ when playing a mono-Black deck in Commander.  Both are controlling, but one I call “boots-on-necks” and the other I call the “rope-a-dope.”

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This entry is part 2 of 7 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 7 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 13 in the series Notions of Horde

Billy headshot

 

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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