Scent of a Gamer

From the computer to the tabletop, this is all about games. Updated each week-end.

Grim dark Magic

Warhammer 40,000 is getting its own Magic: the Gathering expansion. Even the announcement article on Warhammer Community felt the need to add “yes, really” to the title. It’s an incongruous … Continue reading

March 2, 2021 · 5 Comments

The incredible story of Sagas

Sagas are fast becoming my favourite card type in Magic: the Gathering. They seem to hit the sweet spot between a card that can provide plenty of flavour and backstory, … Continue reading

February 20, 2021 · Leave a comment

2021 Challenger decks revealed

When I decided to take a long break from buying Magic products back in October 2020, the Challenger decks were one product I thought would be an exception. These have … Continue reading

February 16, 2021 · 2 Comments

The best and worst of Magic in 2020

Tolarian Community College has a good pair of videos up now, as a review of Magic: the Gathering in 2020. The second video was difficult to watch for me. 2020 … Continue reading

January 3, 2021 · 1 Comment

When you like Magic and Warhammer

I first found this image about 5 years ago, maybe more. I think I found it on Cool Mini or Not, and it’s been a long time since I last … Continue reading

January 1, 2021 · 10 Comments

“Say, buddy, can you spare $31,804?”

A video and article from MtG Goldfish caught my eye this morning. It simply posed the question of what would it cost if you wanted one copy of every Magic: … Continue reading

December 13, 2020 · 2 Comments

Seb McKinnon’s secret lair

I’ve been somewhat ambivalent about the Secret Lair series from Wizards of the Coast. Overall I think it’s a good idea but the execution has been lacking. For the upcoming … Continue reading

November 28, 2020 · 3 Comments

A cynical approach to Standard

Formerly Magic’s most popular format, Standard has fallen on hard times of late. In recent years it has been eclipsed by Commander as the most popular format. For a series … Continue reading

October 2, 2020 · 4 Comments

Magic’s exclusionary exclusives

When Wizards of the Coast launched their secret lair series last year, I didn’t take much notice. Sure the company was now effectively selling singles to players, but this didn’t … Continue reading

October 1, 2020 · 4 Comments

Zendikar Rising expeditions art review

Expedition lands appeared in the second Zendikar set, and they return again for Zendikar Rising. The expedition lands are 30 sought-after lands from across the game. They are very difficult … Continue reading

September 27, 2020 · 4 Comments

Dungeons & Dragons & Magic

Magic the Gathering’s set release schedule for 2021 was released recently. here’s the whole thing: The part that interests me most is the Dungeons & Dragons set. I will probably … Continue reading

September 5, 2020 · 3 Comments

Commander Legends revealed

As well as the Games Workshop previews I talked about yesterday, a new supplemental set for magic was announced this week-end. Due to time differences, I was tucked up in … Continue reading

August 25, 2020 · 3 Comments

$100 boosters? $100 boosters.

The makers of Magic: the Gathering have been making some interesting product decisions over the past few years. I haven’t been especially concerned about them, but one refrain seems to … Continue reading

July 19, 2020 · 5 Comments

Jumpstart art review

Jumpstart is a new magic: the Gathering set, and it’s made differently to the others. each Jumpstart pack is themes, and includes 8 lands. The idea is that you shuffle … Continue reading

July 5, 2020 · 4 Comments

A Commander deckbuilding infographic

Quarantine has gotten a lot of people bored. Fortunately, bored creative people tend to create things. So here someone has put together an infographic to help people build their Commander … Continue reading

April 7, 2020 · 1 Comment

Seb McKinnon’s Kickstarter challenge

Popular Magic artist Seb McKinnon has launched his third Kickstarter, this one with a challenging ultimate goal of $1,000,000. This is an amount needed to fund a film he would … Continue reading

February 29, 2020

Secret Lair 4 announced

Another month, another Secret Lair announcement seems to be the pattern. The 4th Secret Lair set is being released on 8 March to coincide with International Women’s Day. This release … Continue reading

February 27, 2020 · 1 Comment

2020 Challenger decks revealed.

These look like being the best Challenger decks yet. We’re only in the third year of these, but it seems that Wizards has learned the lessons of last year’s rather … Continue reading

February 18, 2020 · 5 Comments

Secret Lair of the gods

The third Secret Lair release (in as many months!) has been revealed. The contents are the 15 gods from the original Theros block, divided across 5 boxed sets. Each set … Continue reading

February 16, 2020 · 2 Comments

Unsanctioned Magic set

The newest ‘Un’ set for Magic is coming very soon. This release takes a different direction to previous Un sets and is released as a set of five decks. There … Continue reading

January 30, 2020 · 2 Comments