Scent of a Gamer

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

Magic’s new competitive scene

Wizards of the Coast chose an eSports convention to make an announcement about Magic’s organized play system. This choice of event should have been prescient but many were still surprised … Continue reading

December 16, 2018 · 4 Comments

MtG artists: Bastien L. Deharme

Bastien Deharme’s work first appeared in the Magic Origins set and his illustrations have appeared regularly since then. He is fast becoming my favourite Magic arts, and I’ll share some … Continue reading

December 9, 2018

Ultimate Masters revealed for MtG

Earlier this week Wizards of the Coast revealed the latest (and last for a while) Masters set. Called Ultimate Masters, this set aims to bring a lot of beloved cards … Continue reading

November 10, 2018 · 3 Comments

MtG artists: Jason Rainville

Jason Rainville’s first cards appeared in 2014, and since then he has illustrated over 50 cards. What follows are some of my favourites. Heir of Falkenrath This is one of … Continue reading

September 15, 2018

Magic 2019 art review

Core sets are returning to Magic: the Gathering. A few years ago, they were discontinued on the basis that they weren’t “exciting” enough, and replaced with two two-set blocks each … Continue reading

July 14, 2018 · 6 Comments

MtG artists: Brandon Kitkouski

Brandon Kitkouski has illustrated over 30 Magic cards, most notably in the original Ravnica block and for the Lorwyn and Shadowmoor sets. His illustrations have been reprinted several times since … Continue reading

June 30, 2018

MtG artists: Craig J Spearing

Craig J Spearing has illustrated almost 50 Magic cards over the last few years. Of all the art he has produced, it’s probably a certain token that is most well-known. … Continue reading

June 10, 2018

Battlebond art review

Battlebond is the latest non-Standard legal expansion set for Magic: the Gathering. The set is focused around a style of play called Two-Headed Giant, where two teams of two players … Continue reading

June 2, 2018 · 3 Comments

Reservations about the Reserved List

Right now the Reserved List is a dead weight on the game of Magic: the Gathering. I don’t believe it should be discarded, but it could be changed to become … Continue reading

April 8, 2018 · 1 Comment

MtG artists: Wesley Burt

Wesley Burt has quietly illustrated over 50 Magic cards in recent years. He illustrated all the recent ‘oath’ cards featuring planeswalker joining the Gatewatch. He has also illustrated quite a … Continue reading

March 31, 2018 · 6 Comments

Too soon to tell: A post-NDA review of Magic: the Gathering Arena

Overview I received my beta invitation to Magic: the Gathering Arena (MTGA) in February of 2018 and have been playing on and off since then. With the Non-disclosure agreement (NDA) … Continue reading

March 24, 2018 · 5 Comments

MtG artists: Christine Choi

Christine Choi’s art first featured on Magic: the Gathering cards during the Return to Revnica block. Since then most sets have featured at least one or two of her illustrations. … Continue reading

March 11, 2018 · 1 Comment

Masters 25 art review

Masters 25 is Magic: the Gathering’s latest all-reprint set. This one comes with (by my count) 41 cards where the art is either new, or new to physical cards, having … Continue reading

March 3, 2018 · 5 Comments

Challenger decks to re-start Standard?

Wizards of the Coast recently announced that they would introduce something called a Challenger deck to help new players play Standard at Friday Night Magic or other store events. Challenger … Continue reading

February 24, 2018 · 1 Comment

MtG artists: James Ryman

James Ryman has quietly illustrated almost 100 Magic cards over the last few years. By the time you read this article, he may well have passed that milestone. You may … Continue reading

January 27, 2018

Magic finance 103: Standard

In 101 I talked about the basics, and in 102 I looked at price drivers in an holistic way. Magic’s formats are diverse, and it’s worth looking at the more … Continue reading

January 14, 2018 · 3 Comments

Rivals of Ixalan art review

The second (and final) set of the Ixalan block sees groups of competing factions and planeswalkers competing to discover and control the golden city of Orazca. The ‘native’ faction are … Continue reading

January 13, 2018 · 1 Comment

MtG artists: Lars Grant-West

Lars Grant-West’s first card illustrated for Magic was the card Toxin Sliver, all the way back in the Legions set. Since then almost 100 cards have appeared with his name … Continue reading

December 30, 2017

Magic finance 102: price drivers

  Prices for individual Magic cards rise and fall over time, creating opportunities for profit – or loss. Here we’ll look at the important drivers of price. Demand for cards … Continue reading

December 30, 2017 · 2 Comments

MtG artists: Ryan Yee

Ryan Yee’s art appeared in earnest in the original Innistrad block in 2011, though a couple of illustrations appeared before then. His cards can always be relied on to provide … Continue reading

December 17, 2017 · 4 Comments