Friday, September 13, 2019

End-of-Week McKinnon (9/12/19): Force of Despair

I've been getting more and more into Magic: The Gathering again these days. That means I've been buying up some cards, spending some time building decks, playing with my kids, and occasionally going to the LGS for some Friday Night Magic.

The competition is fierce at the LGS, with people who obviously spend more time and money than I do on the hobby. The game is more complex than when I was a teen playing back in the 1990s, and I don't have the time to dedicate to crafting decks. Plus, it can also be expensive to buy the single cards one needs to complete their decks.

But I have to say, one thing that hasn't changed about Magic since I was a kid is the art on the cards! I love the art on a lot of the cards! Take, for instance, the work of Seb McKinnon! The illo above is, well, illustrative of his surreal work. Very cool, very evocative! Makes the humiliation of losing most of my LGS games almost worth it, I tell ya! BTW, the card graced by this illo is Force of Despair.

Wish me luck, I'm headed out to FNM tonight!

Friday, September 6, 2019

End-of-Week Caldwell Ravenloft (9/6/19): Midnight Snack

'Tis the season, folks! We've hit the 'Ber months. It's the most wonderful time of the year! As I write this, it's cool and cloudy and rainy outside. The perfect weather to imagine vampires slinking around in search of that tasty red life juice (blood, not merlot). So, watch out for pale strangers at night!

Friday, August 16, 2019

End-of-Week Ortiz (8/16/19): Nicci and Lily Go Invadin'

Nicol Bolas and Liliana Vess ignite the War of the Spark. Art by Karla Ortiz.
Yes, I like Magic: The Gathering

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Friday, June 28, 2019

End-of-Week Rallis (6/28/19): Liliana the Dreadhorde General

So, I'm thinking about getting back into Magic: The Gathering.

The art above is from Chris Rallis, and it portrays a character named Liliana from MTG lore. This is from the card set called War of the Spark.

I don't want to get deeply immersed in the CCG arena again, but I'm intrigued. I wasn't a huge collector or player of MTG back in the day, and somewhere along the way I got rid of my cards. But in light of the fact that WotC just released a D&D 5th edition guide to one of the MTG planes of existence (Ravnica), my interest was piqued.

I might buy some cards, check things out as they now stand with the game. Anyone out there reading this a current player? Any advice for a former player returning after, oh, two decades?