Another Slice of Color Pie

Because you always want more pie.

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A Blogger’s Response to the State of Design 2014

New MTGCP Post: A Blogger’s Response to the State of Design 2014. My reply to @Maro254. Includes tables. #MTGDesign

King Macar, the Gold-CursedThis has been a year where Magic has taken more of a backseat for me. From the early birth of my daughter in my personal life to getting more responsibility in my professional one (Which really kicked in right when I thought I was going to have time to write for this and 99CMDRProblems again). My usual interest in everything Magic has moved me from a superfan to only a fan.

While my lack of…

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I’m not going to be at PAX this year

The title says it all; this year will be the first in 8 years that I won’t be at PAX. For the past 6 years I’ve gone to the Magic PAX party and helped spoil the big giant cards of the new set for all of you on the internet who weren’t able to go. That pretty much was my job and I’ve tried to do well by it (I was always asked by members of R&D if I had tweeted out so and so). I was one of, if not, the first through the door when they opened and I’ve tweeted out most of the images from the parties as well as interview a few members of R&D who answer questions you may have. I’ve always had a wonderful time at this event.

This year I won’t be able to go since my daughter is having surgery on that Friday to insert a tube to help her eat. Katie, my daughter who was born 4 months premature, hasn’t taken to eating all that much and we’re switching from an NG tube to a G tube. Everything else is great with her, but this surgery is needed to help her learn to eat without a tube running down the back of her throat. This is a procedure that is commonly done and there is a very low chance of complications. We hoped it wouldn’t be necessary but her past two months worth of (in)actions has made this surgery needed. She’ll be in the hospital for a day and won’t take long to recover. 

This year, Magic has taken a back seat to real life and I’m okay with that. I will miss my friends who I usually see as well as meet new people. I do feel bad that I won’t be able to provide the service of spoiling the cards this year as I felt it was a great time to give back to the community. It was fun tracking all the cards down along with trying to get your questions answered as I tried to proxy a taste of what it was like being at the party.

Next year, I hope all is well enough that I can once again bring you the news and the cards from the PAX party. But this year, I’ll be hitting F5 just like the rest of you. 

MTGColorPie.com PAX Party write-ups (good luck trying to find the tweets, but I used the #MTGPAX hashtag I believe):

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Winner of the DotP 14 on Steam

I would like to thank everyone for their entries. There were some really cool designs, even two people submitted almost the exact same design which I found a little funny.

But the winner of the DotP 14 Steam copy is deadheather!

Here was her design for the contest:

Soul of Grixis - 3UBR
Creature - Avatar
Deathtouch
2UBR: Discard your hand, then draw cards equal to the number of creature cards in your graveyard.
2UBR, Exile Soul of Grixis from your graveyard: discard your hand, then draw cards equal to the number of creature cards in your graveyard.
6/6

I would like to thank everyone again for their designs. If you liked this, maybe I’ll do another time. 

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Magic 2014 DotP Gold Steam Design Contest

I picked up a copy of Magic 2014 for Steam the other day and I’m giving it away. How? Simple:

You like the Mythic cycle of the “Souls of Plane" in M15? Fantastic.They follow this pattern:

Soul of Plane - [6 CMC mana cost]
Creature - Avatar
Keyword
[Cost]: Effect
[Same Cost], Exile CARDNAME from your graveyard: Same Effect.
6/6

Got it? Design one for AlaraIt can be from one of the Shards or after the Conflux, up to you. The entry that looks the most fun/most likely to see print (my decision), gets a free copy of Magic DotP 2014 Gold Edition for free.

Notes:

  • You don’t have to do a full render of a card. You may, but no bonus points. All you have to give me is the text of the card.
  • I’d advise you to make it as realistic as possible. If you want to go out all crazy and make it super powered, that’s fine, but that’s not what I’m looking for.
  • You can send it to me as an “Ask”, reply to this post, or tweet it at me @MTGColorpie
  • It’s only on Steam, not on Xbox, iOS, or PS3. That’s it.
  • Contest ends Noon, PST, Friday.

Good luck, we’re all counting on you.

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Commander Combo of the Night:
Koskun Falls + King Macar, the Gold-Cursed.
See? Homelands is good for something. Exile a creature for free each turn while helping prevent them from attacking you. Note: Koskun Falls is on the Reserved List, so Homelands is the only place you will see this card.

Commander Combo of the Night:

Koskun Falls + King Macar, the Gold-Cursed.

See? Homelands is good for something. Exile a creature for free each turn while helping prevent them from attacking you. Note: Koskun Falls is on the Reserved List, so Homelands is the only place you will see this card.

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wobbles asked: Any insight into how to run a "competitive" Conspiracy draft at a local store? Give packs for eliminating players? Play two rounds with seating in the second round determined by elimination order? Rare draft just among the four player pods?

No idea. Anyone have any good ideas?

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Conspiracy New Cards/Reprints broken down by rarity/color.
I may talk more about this later but I was curious. 
Mono-colored:
Red got the most new cards.
Green was the only color who didn’t receive 2 new rares. Also the least amount of new cards with 4.
All new Artifacts are “Draft” Constructs.
If you add in the multi-colored cards, you get the adjust numbers below the sum line. Each colored pair gets one uncommon and one rare card. GW/BG/UR only color pairs to get mythics. Marchesa, the Black Rose isn’t included in the color pair breakdown since she’s the only shard/wedge card in the set. She is included in the new multi/adjusted numbers
Green/White only colors not to get new mythic cards. If you include reprints, Green gets 2 Mythics while White only gets 1.
Green still falls behind with new Rares, getting half of most colors.
Please note: Just because a color didn’t get X number of new cards doesn’t mean the reprints were bad. This is only to show new card/reprint breakdown, that is all.

Conspiracy New Cards/Reprints broken down by rarity/color.

I may talk more about this later but I was curious. 

Mono-colored:

  • Red got the most new cards.
  • Green was the only color who didn’t receive 2 new rares. Also the least amount of new cards with 4.
  • All new Artifacts are “Draft” Constructs.

If you add in the multi-colored cards, you get the adjust numbers below the sum line. Each colored pair gets one uncommon and one rare card. GW/BG/UR only color pairs to get mythics. Marchesa, the Black Rose isn’t included in the color pair breakdown since she’s the only shard/wedge card in the set. She is included in the new multi/adjusted numbers

  • Green/White only colors not to get new mythic cards. If you include reprints, Green gets 2 Mythics while White only gets 1.
  • Green still falls behind with new Rares, getting half of most colors.

Please note: Just because a color didn’t get X number of new cards doesn’t mean the reprints were bad. This is only to show new card/reprint breakdown, that is all.

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Return of the Blog and Tapping the Cards

New MTGCP Post: Return of the Blog and Tapping the Cards. I talk about my baby and Convoke. #MTG #MTGDesign

Catherine the EarlyI am back.

Catherine, our daughter, is doing pretty well all things considered. There are still some hurdles that we have to get through, but we’re doing it together as a family. I want to thank everyone for their well wishes and support. To the right you see this card that I designed about her (mostly so I could talk about her in this blog). Yes, she was in the NICU for 130 days (the suspend…

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