Crash Test Magic — Thundering Lifeforce

May 10th, 2012 by Ed Grabianowski

I haven’t done a Crash Test Magic in ages, but I had an odd idea for a new card that I wanted to try out. I’ve been trying to figure out a way to do Voltron in Magic card form forever, and the Soulbond mechanic in Avacyn Restored indirectly inspired me to give it another […]

Garruk Wifebeater

April 24th, 2012 by Ed Grabianowski

This is an image from one of the cards in the upcoming Magic set, Avacyn Restored. Does it make you uncomfortable?

Avacyn Restored Preview — Ghostly Flicker

April 12th, 2012 by Ed Grabianowski

The upcoming set for Magic: the Gathering tells the last chapter in the story of Innistrad, a plane that seemed doomed to despair as it was overrun by vampires, zombies and werewolves. Now it seems their angel protector, Avacyn, will be released from the Helvault — along with one seriously wicked demon. Our exclusive preview […]

IDW’s Magic Comic Series Buckles Swashes, Offers Promo Cards

March 21st, 2012 by Ed Grabianowski

We’re halfway through the new 4-issue Magic: the Gathering series by IDW, and it’s been chock full of stunning spells and bloody vampires. The likely-to-be-rare promo cards are a nice touch, too.

Classic Games: The Shadowrun Trading Card Game

February 21st, 2012 by Billy Gibbs

You’ve probably heard of Shadowrun, the cyberpunk/fantasy RPG created by the now defunct FASA Corporation. What you may not know is that in 1997 FASA also made a Shadowrun Trading Card Game. It didn’t take long to track down a sizable quantity of cards and start hacking, rigging, gunning and ‘running.

Dark Ascension Wallpaper to Make Your Desktop Cower in Fear

January 20th, 2012 by Ed Grabianowski

With about half of Dark Ascension spoiled and the prerelease not far off, I thought you might like some DA themed wallpapers for your desktop.

Dark Ascension Spoiler — Fiend of the Shadows

January 13th, 2012 by Ed Grabianowski

What kind of fiend is this launching itself out of the night sky to feast upon mortal blood? Duh. It’s a Fiend of the Shadows. She’ll make her appearance in the latest Magic expansion, Dark Ascension, continuing Innistrad’s tale of gothic horror in gruesome new directions.

Graveborn Premium Deck Digs Deep Into Magic’s Undead Past

December 12th, 2011 by Ed Grabianowski

The latest Magic premium deck, Graveborn, came out a few weeks ago, and it’s packed with graveyard filling goodies. They’re all decked out with special foil treatments, too. I’m just not quite sure who these decks are for.

A Magic: the Gathering Commercial That Should Be on TV Right Now

December 1st, 2011 by Ed Grabianowski

Wizards’ efforts to promote Magic to mainstream audiences have been hit-or-miss over the years. This commercial was made by some fans to promote their store. It tops every prior effort, without a doubt.

Crash Test Magic — When is a Card Not a Card?

November 30th, 2011 by Ed Grabianowski

In the middle of a Cube draft the other week, I had a weird brainstorm for a new Magic mechanic. At first I called it, “Ghost Card,” which is fine as a working title, but ultimately too close to a terrible Bill Cosby movie. The idea is to give a card an advantage by making […]

Magic Planechase Coming Back for Summer 2012

November 28th, 2011 by Ed Grabianowski

Wizards of the Coast announced last week that they’re bringing back Planechase as the multi-player format for this coming summer. It’s easily my favorite summer format since it’s so much fun, blends well with other formats and is easy for new or casual players to grasp. Plus, the new Planechase sets will have some goodies […]

Playing Alone Together: the Perils (and Joys) of Non-Interactive Games

October 21st, 2011 by Ed Grabianowski

There are solitaire games that you play by yourself, and then there are solitaire games you play with others. Sure, the box says, “For 3-6 players,” but really everyone at the table is playing her own game, developing resources and working toward some goal without directly influencing the other players in any significant way. You […]

Play Cooperative/Solitaire Magic Against a Horde of Zombies

September 29th, 2011 by Ed Grabianowski

I’m always looking for new, fun formats that take advantage of our Magic collections and give us more excuses to play. The Horde format, explained by Peter Knudson at, is an awesome way to use your Commander decks for something other than Commander, works as a solitaire game as well as a cooperative game, […]

Innistrad is Wizards’ Gothic Masterpiece

September 26th, 2011 by Ed Grabianowski

A brilliant idea for a Magic set doesn’t always become a great set once all the cards are on the table. Innistrad is built around a gothic horror theme that a lot of players (myself included) are huge fans of. Did Wizards match idea with execution, or do we have another Kamigawa on our hands? […]