Monday, August 31, 2020
Saturday, August 22, 2020
I have been watching the Magic bubble inflate for a while. I have also seen many call the impending burst of the bubble, and it has not happened. I believe that none of us know when the bubble will burst. First, I would like to go through the logic of why we are in a bubble.
A bubble in any collectible is defined by an increasing demand followed by large increases in prices that is not organic. In Magic, organic means that the cards see a lot of play. We have two sub-bubbles within the larger Magic bubble that are unsustainable:
Sub-bubble 1. The Reserved List bubble, which I have been documenting, in my very small, peasant way, for a few years on this blog. I will add another chapter here. There is no play reason for most of the reserved list cards to continue to go up in value. The supply is small and fixed, and the demand is ever-increasing and purely speculative. Demand is based on the premise of an ever-expanding collector and speculator base.
Sub-bubble 2. The variants bubble, which has just gotten started this year, and coincides with the COVID pandemic, a time in which many of us are stuck at home. Those who have disposable money, some from government relief checks, are spending some of this extra money on Magic. In many cases, that money would have been spent on vacations. I plan for the first chapter of my variants bubble watch in some other post, maybe after Zendikar Rising comes out. Fancy variants can only be less playable than the base card since most players will want their base cards to sustain play wear, but will keep their beautiful variants pristine. Even though most of the variants are playable, they will remain a collectible to look at and not to play, Once again, demand is based on the premise of an ever-expanding collector and speculator base.
Collectors and speculators are fueling the bubble. Players stuck at home are also feeding the bubble because they are spending vacation money (and any other non-Magic money, such as checks from the government) on Magic.
Back to the Reserved List bubble. There are many cards on the reserved list that are playable, such as Tolarian Academy.
Thursday, August 20, 2020
I made a few changes by adding some flyers.
This deck is a lot of fun. I will describe it in two posts, one before high end flyers are added, and one after. All screenshots are MTGO solitaire. Here is the deck:
Sunday, August 16, 2020
I love Ikoria, and I think long-term, the set opened up new design space for Magic that is wide open for exploration. The first time is always hard because there is no precedent. I am betting that Return to Ikoria is already on the schedule. And if it isn't, that's a major mistake. Wizards will be a fool not to explore Mutate and Companion a lot more.
Monday, August 10, 2020
Here are links to two matchups I played against and then seven iterations of my monoblue version of an Ominous Seas deck. The decklist:
1. Encountered (I played against)
1. My Deck
Version 1 vs Green Stompy
Version 2 vs Yorion Dimir
Version 3 vs Monoblue Teferi's Tutelage Milling
Version 4 vs Monoblue Teferi's Tutelage Milling
Version 5 vs Gruul
Version 6 vs Izzet
Version 7 (final as of today) vs Green Stompy
Sunday, August 9, 2020
In this post, I plan to annotate the match-ups I have been uploading to my YouTube channel as I work my way through a cube I am building for the very first 8-set Standard with all large sets in Magic's now long and beautiful history. There are multiple posts, given that for some decks I have recorded many games I played with the deck or many games in which I played against the deck (looking at you Ominous Seas and RDW).
2. WU Flyers
5. Orzhov Vampires
6. Red Deck Wins
8. Abzan Stompy
9. BUG Flash
10. Mono-black WAR Ugin (A loooooooong game)
11. Post-ban Simic Ramp