Scent of a Gamer

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

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

Magic’s next Secret Lair: rats

Via Polygon, Magic has announced its next Secret lair tie-in will be a single set themed around the Year of the Rat. This set comes with 8 cards for $40 … Continue reading

January 18, 2020

Theros: Beyond Death card leaks

A few packs’ worth of cards from the upcoming Magic set appeared on the internet recently. The story appears to be that a few packs of this set were accidentally … Continue reading

November 2, 2019 · 1 Comment

MtG Arena tips: recommended viewing

As you’re learning the ropes of both Magic: the Gathering and Arena, you don’t need to be alone. There’s plenty of help out there, and for this article I want … Continue reading

October 27, 2019 · 2 Comments

MtG Arena tips: Packs and Wildcards

Note: this tips series is intended for players new to MtG Arena. When you start playing MtG Arena, you’ll receive 15 new players decks, which is a lot to get … Continue reading

October 20, 2019

Enjoy with care: a Magic Arena review

Wizard’s latest digital offering has now been officially released. After years of stumbling in the digital sphere, the company has finally come up with a game which is engaging and … Continue reading

October 6, 2019 · 2 Comments

MtG Arena walks back changes (again)

It’s becoming a pattern. Magic Arena devs announce some changes which are obviously detrimental to the community, apropos of nothing. After an outcry, they walk back the changes. Some have … Continue reading

September 15, 2019 · 4 Comments

Magic sets in 2020

It’s been a while since Wizards of the Coast have long range notice of its upcoming sets, so many players were surprised to see the entire line up of Standard … Continue reading

September 7, 2019 · 3 Comments

Changes to Magic: the Gathering organised play

Change has been a constant for Magic’s organised play over the past few years, and these changes have not always been well-received. The most recent changes focused on streaming and … Continue reading

August 24, 2019 · 2 Comments

Core Set 2020 art review

Core sets tend not to have a theme or specific setting, though in the case of Core Set 2020 I get a distinct impression that the realm of Theros is … Continue reading

July 13, 2019 · 4 Comments

Terese Nielsen’s token of spirit

A great new art and accessory project hit Kickstarter earlier this week. Terese Nielsen’s token of spirit project is the culmination of several years’ work on the part of the … Continue reading

May 19, 2019 · 1 Comment

Signature Spellbook: Gideon announced

After his heroic death in War of the Spark, Wizards have announced that Gideon of the gatewatch will be the second character to receive a Signature Spellbook. It’s clear from … Continue reading

May 4, 2019 · 2 Comments

War of the Spark art review

Recent Magic sets have tied the art to the story quite closely. War of the Spark takes this up to a new level, with effectively the entire story told through … Continue reading

April 27, 2019 · 2 Comments

Modern Horizons announced

Speculation has been rife that Wizards of the Coast would release some kind of ‘straight to Modern’ set. Since the Modern format was set up there has only been one … Continue reading

March 2, 2019 · 3 Comments


I hit a milestone recently: I’ve been running a Magic: the Gathering league for 10 years now. Also, 10 years ago, the stonecutter father of a regular player made us … Continue reading

February 23, 2019 · 2 Comments