Scent of a Gamer

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

Draft of a gamer: A Farewell to Khans

My final (I assume) draft with Khans of Tarkir ended in a pleasing 2-1 result with a ‘build-around-me type of deck. I don’t normally go in for these, on the … Continue reading

March 29, 2015

Draft of a Gamer: I don’t get Mardu

This would be one of my last drafts with Khans of Tarkir, given the imminent release of Dragons of Tarkir. In case you are wondering, yes this is sooner than … Continue reading

March 7, 2015

Draft of a gamer: ordinary Abzan

Following the previous write-up and some discussions around that, I realised in no uncertain terms that while I need to look at my focus on the game state, I really … Continue reading

February 28, 2015

Draft of a Gamer: drifting back to Sultai

Friday night is draft night again! There was the minor issue of a cyclone sending large amounts of rain my way, but luckily nature has respect for the draft. The … Continue reading

February 21, 2015

Draft of a Gamer: delve deep (but not too deep)

In my first ‘real’ draft since my foray online and travel over Christmas I drafted a true Sultai deck. The mana was certainly a lot easier with just three colours … Continue reading

January 4, 2015

Draft of a Gamer: Sultabzan

I won’t make it to my local store for the draft this week, so I decided to fire up Magic Online instead. Sure, I don’t get to keep the cards … Continue reading

December 20, 2014 · 1 Comment

Draft of a gamer: Jeskai win-scout

Another Friday night, another draft with the good people at good games. After my first experience, I was keen to come back and improve both my drafting and my playing. … Continue reading

December 13, 2014

Draft of a gamer

A store near me has started running ‘proper’ drafts, with prizes and everything, so I had to go along, right? I mean, you can’t let behaviour like that go unrewarded. … Continue reading

December 6, 2014 · 1 Comment

The making of a magic card (art)

For those like me who are interested in how Magic card art goes from concept to finished product, I recommend this article on MtG artist Steven Belledin’s blog. It tells … Continue reading

October 18, 2014 · 1 Comment

Clan leaders of Tarkir

The five clans of Tarkir each have their own charismatic leader who embodies the ideals and ethos of that clan. Each is represented by a card in the game to … Continue reading

October 4, 2014

Khans of Tarkir art review

The new Khans of Tarkir set takes us to a place ruled by clan warlords and riven by constant strife. It’s the homeworld of one Sarkhan Vol, and a place … Continue reading

September 27, 2014 · 1 Comment

Clan lands in Khans of Tarkir

Basic lands in Magic have a special place for me, and I’ve written about this before. In Khans of Tarkir, the basic lands work directly with the world building to … Continue reading

September 20, 2014

Changes to Magic set structure

The three-set block structure has been a mainstay of Magic: the Gathering since the late 1990s. In an important article, Magic’s head designer Mark Rosewater lays out the persistent problems … Continue reading

August 30, 2014

Magic at San Diego Comic Con

There were revelation on a number of upcoming Magic_ the Gathering sets at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con. The 2014 Commander release will be a set of mono-colour Commander decks. … Continue reading

July 27, 2014

Khans of Tarkir

The new block for Magic: the Gathering has been announced – Khans of Tarkir. Wizards of the Coast have provided us with a couple of art pieces only at this … Continue reading

May 24, 2014