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Gathering Magic Week in Review: 2.20-2.24


Oh! Hey. Didn’t see you there. Welcome to my humble weekly wrap up article. Join me, won’t you? There sure have been a lot of quality pieces of content on our site this week, and would be delighted to collect some of that fine content here for you to enjoy. It’s another Gathering Magic Week in Review!

News and Announcements

There was some big news earlier in the week when Wizards of the Coast showed off the packaging for Modern Masters 2017. If you haven’t seen it, check it out below!

Looks like we have our first peek at what MM2017 has in store for us. Griselbrand, Domri Rade, and . . . is that Stoic Angel? Huh . . . that’s a bit weird. You would expect the fronts of the booster packs to have some of the most exciting inclusions in the latest Masters set; but, other than big Gris there really isn’t anything too exciting. Granted, I do think Stoic Angel looks very good on the front of a booster pack, but shouldn’t Wizards be trying to hype us up for this. We haven’t gotten anything for months on Modern Masters and this is the first things we see? It doesn’t look good. The set may be incredible, but it sure doesn’t look like it based on what we’ve seen so far. But wait . . . what’s that art on the back of the box display?

That spark-wielding mage sure is interesting. Any chance it could be Snapcaster Mage? Only time will tell, but I certainly hope it is, and that it’s not a mythic (though it probably will be).

In other news, we have another look at Amonkhet, the upcoming spring expansion and new block! Wizards was kind enough to show us the booster packs and Planeswalker decks for the new set, and things are shaping up to be sweet.

We got new art of Gideon, Liliana, and Nissa, as well as what we assume to be five gods of Amonkhet. Not only that, but we’re getting some neat full art basics! 1 in 4 packs of Amonkhet will contain a full art basic featuring the iconic horns of Nicol Bolas. Looks like we have a lot to look forward to in the coming months!

Articles, get your hot, fresh articles here!

Ben waxes poetic about Team Constructed, and how he thinks Magic would greatly benefit from having more Team Events in the future!

Team Constructed is the Future of Magic by Ben Friedman

Standard continues to evolve, and it presents us with new challenges. Kyle delves into the metagame and breaks down the lessons he learned from GP Pittsburgh!

Lessons from Grand Prix Pittsburgh by Kyle Boggemes

There have been some big Pauper tournaments, though none quite as big as Paupergeddon. Alex looks at the results from Paupergeddon and how it could shape Paper Pauper.

Understanding Paupergeddon by Alex Ullman

Keeping it Casual

Amonkhet is coming soon, and Abe has plenty of ideas about what it may have in store for us. This week, he gives his Top Ten cards that may be Amonkhet Masterpieces.

Top Ten Cards I’d Expect to See as Amonkhet Masterpieces by Abe Sargent

Tymna the Weaver saw a recent spike in interest, and Jason wants to build a deck that puts her together with Winding Constrictor. Can you say partners? Check out his Tymna and Reyhan, Last of the Abzan list!

Counter Signaling by Jason Alt

Jay dives into the history of Mono-Blue Preconstructed decks! This week is part one, so stay tuned for part 2 next week!

History of Mono-Blue Precons: Changing the Game by Jay Kirkman

Video Spotlight

Did You Know Magic: Soul Sisters

And That’s the Way it Was

That wraps another Gathering Magic Week in Review! As always, there’s so much more content on our site than I can put here, so I welcome you to explore everything our site has to offer!

I want to finish this look back at the week by posing a question for discussion.

Are you excited for Amonkhet? What do you think awaits us in April as we visit Magic’s newest plane?

Leave your responses in the comments below, and we’ll see you next week!

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