This entry is part 3 of 7 in the series Up! Your! Deck!

378127_10150441621792624_1477312954_n“Maybe I should make Polukranos? He’s new and shiny,” Bruce muttered as he scrolled down the list of mono-green legends on Gatherer.

“What are you doing, Banner?” Thor asked him, pulling up a chair and looking over his shoulder at the computer screen.

“Trying to pick a new general to build. But I don’t know, there’s so many options. I could do Thrun, the Last Troll, or Omnath, locus of Mana, or maybe green Kamahl…” Banner trailed off as he continued to stare at the screen.

“Well, what sort of criteria does your general have to meet?” Thor inquired.

“Just two things,” Bruce said as he settled on a picture of Silvos, Rogue Elemental. “It has to be big, and it has to be green.”

The ability to smash is not a prerequisite. But it would be viewed as a positive.

The ability to smash is not a prerequisite. But it would be viewed as a positive.

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This entry is part 25 of 37 in the series Generally Speaking

By Imshan AKA Sinis

For those of you who don’t know me personally, I haven’t actually been playing Magic for very long.  I originally played between Revised and Alliances, catching a bit of Mirage before boxing up my cards and moving on to other things.  Back then, cards were different than they are now; playing with modern cards, new frame aside, is like playing a different game because of the complexity in rules as well as the cards themselves.  When I started playing again, I bought a lot of singles from the sets that I passed over to fill out my decks.  Innistrad block is the first group of sets that I have extensively played with since 1997.

One of the things that has changed is how each of the colours work; in the time that I did not play, each of the colours managed to get options that were previously unavailable.  Card draw found its way into green and black, and different sorts of removal became the province of different colours.  Except for red.  Red has remained as stagnant as ever, and has not improved a whit since 1997. Read the rest of this entry »