News of the Week
Scott Larabee announced a change to the way pile shuffling will be treated by the rules. Here’s the relevant section:
“Section 3.9 (Shuffling): This change has to do with ‘pile shuffling.’ Pile shuffling alone is not a sufficiently random form of shuffling. Update states that a player may only pile shuffle once each time a deck is randomized. The one pile shuffle is allowed in order to count the number of cards in the deck.”
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Mg at Old School MTG reflects on an inspiring project, turning the value of Magic cards into a force for charity. As Mg wrote a year ago, “changing a Tarmogoyf to a Scavenging Ooze in your deck could actually save lives.”
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ICYMI: 5 Posts from ChannelFireball
LSV’s approaching the end of his Set Review for Kaladesh, green goes up right after this article. This is by far our most popular recurring feature and if you haven’t been keeping up with it, get with the program!
I love content that does exactly what it says, quickly and easily. These articles are great for quickly testing your instincts about a new format against a Hall-of-Famer’s—I try to go through each of these before I draft a new format, and it always provides a solid foundation to start with in just a few moments.
If you’re building a deck in the new format (or just drafting), Frank’s numbers on Vehicles and artifacts are critical to informing your main-deck configuration.
Sometimes it’s best to just start with the established deck, and Brian DeMars shows you his build of what should be the deck to beat going into the Pro Tour.
Kozilek’s Return + emerge, Emrakul + selfmill—Sometimes the best way to build a deck is to just find the most powerful interaction in the format and push on it. BBD tracks down the most intriguing options in the new s
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Pile shuffling being added to the Restricted list (all formats) is awesome. https://t.co/cbYazHSJiN
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