Favorite Ixalan Card, Growing Rites of Itlimoc, Carnage Tyrant, or…

This set is sweet! People were worried that it was going to be cheesy with Dinos and pirates but I was pleasantly surprised. This could be Guy Fieri’s favorite magic set because it certainly will take you to Flavortown! Alright here comes my favorite Ixalan card!

Runner Up

So first, my favorite constructed card. This card can be used in tons of different ways and decks.

Search for Azcanta Ixalan Magic The Gathering
Search for Azcanta
Azcanta the sunken ruin magic the gathering ixalan
Azcanta, The Sunken Ruin

If you play this card early, turn 2, 3, or 4, then you’ll be able to really sort through your deck and take over the game. On the other end of things if you get this out late use it to sift lands into your graveyard instead of into your hand. Improving your plays compared to your opponent.

If you are running a combo win like Approach of the Second Sun, then flip this and pay 3 mana to get there much quicker.

My Favorite Ixalan card is…
Hostage Taker Ixalan Magic the Gathering
Hostage Taker

This card… Oh man. So you can exile any artifact or creature on the table and can cast that card anytime while Hostage Taker is still on the battlefield. So this is where it gets really fun.

Get hostage taker out exiling their Search for Azcanta or Growing Rites of Itlimoc. Cast it and it’s YOURS! If Hostage Taker gets killed it’s still yours. This card is so broken! You’re already in blue so bounce it and do it again! Steal cards over and over. I think a ramp hostage deck is a completely viable deck. Hostage Takers, Carnage Tyrant or two, some bounce and counters and ramp, and a Torrential Gearhulk. Let me know how it goes. ๐Ÿ˜€


Hour of my Favorite Card: Crested Sunmare, Mystic Myriarch, or Uncage the Menagerie?

Nicol Bolas, God-Pharaoh…

Nicol Bolas, God-Pharaoh

Okay, not really. It’s a sweet card and it won me a few drafts 2 weekends ago but not my favorite. Some other really sweet cards that don’t quite make it to my favorite are as follows…

Majestic Myriarch

Majestic Myriarch is just one of those cards that is screaming for a spot in some token deck. I’m thinking a thopter token deck so Myriarch comes in with flying. Bomat Courier and thopters… flying and haste… idk man. There is a lot of easy spots to slip this in. The reason it’s not my favorite is because if you’re behind in a game, this card is useless.

Crested Sunmare

Crested Sunmare! This is quite the horse, eh?

“Other horses you control have indestructible.” Well that’s pointless…

“At the beginning of each end step, if you gained life this turn, create a 5/5 white horse creature token.” Oh that makes more sense.

Now if you want to get really fancy…

Mirage Mirror

Throw Mirage Mirror out a turn or two before Crested Sunmare. Whenever you gain life or expect Crested Sunmare to be destroyed. Copy and give both pieces indestructible and get two 5/5 horses on the end step.

My Favorite Card in Hour of Devastation is…
Uncage the Menagerie

Uncage the Menagerie

This card is so neat! Here are a few combos you can do!

Ethersworn Canonist & Tarmagoyf
Devoted Druid & Vizier of Remedies
Archbound Ravager & Atog
Apocolypse Hydra & Hooded Hydra

Etched Champion & Chief of the Foundry & Metalworker
Diregraf Colossus & Ammit Eternal & Lord of the Accursed (Zombie Standard B/G)

There is literally millions of combinations for Uncage the Menagerie. Tune your EDH deck to use it and I’m sure you’ll be singing when you have an infinite amount of tokens, mana, or life. ๐Ÿ˜€

I want this card in my Atraxa deck to tutor for Devoted Druid and Vizier of Remedies for infinite mana so I can then cast Exsanguinate and lose all my friends. I’m convinced that’s why people play Atraxa, to lose friends.

Anyways what X card combos will you tutor for with Uncage the Menagerie?

I’m In Love With Amonkhet Nissa, I Might Play Green Now.

My Amonkhet Favorite

Seems like every set it is harder to choose a favorite card. Don’t get me wrong there are some really good cards in this set like Glorybringer and Samut.

For this set though I’m going to have to choose the newest Nissa.

Amonkhet Nissa
Nissa, Steward of Elements

It’s not unreasonable to think this Planeswalker could come down on turn 3, 7, or 10. Scry with any card and then use her zero loyalty option to cast things for free. There is so much value with casting things for free. It’s a fantastic way to really load up the board and change the game state to your favor.

Then when you’re ready, use that ultimate and fly over and do some heavy damage. Even Scry 2 has some major implications for early and late game play if that’s all you’re using her for.

The only downside with Amonkhet Nissa is when there is no creatures you control on the battlefield. She does not protect herself like many other Planeswalkers but I think the upside of X-cost and getting things on the battlefield will outweigh that mostly controllable drawback.

Honorable Mentions

I’ve been playing limited more with this set and I’ve got to say I’m a huge fan of the Trials and Cartouches. If you’re doing a draft and you see a trial think long and hard about if you can make that color work. I’ve won games with green and red trials. Bouncing them back to your hand for a repeat effect is always a great addition to a limited strategy. Try it out at your next draft and let me know how it goes!

Trial of Strength Amonkhet
Trial of Strength
Trial of Zeal Amonkhet
Trial of Zeal
Cartouche of Ambition Amonkhet
Cartouche of Ambition
I Like Amonkhet Nissa, What Card Do You Like?

Tell me which card or cards you love the most? Also what are your thoughts of the Gods? I think they are fairly underwhelming.

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Bomat Courier budget deck

Guys check this out, I loved playing thisย deck it is an absolute blast.

  • Bomat Courier
  • Incorrigible Youths
  • Bloodhall Priest

I stayed awake for hours the night after Thanksgiving thinking of how I could make madness and the Bomat work so well.

Bomat clearing your hand while the Bloodhall Priest resolves and comes into play = 2 extra damage and still get a new hand.

My Favorite Card From Kaladesh

So Kaladesh has been out for a month now and I think I finally have my favorite card narrowed down.

Bomat Courier
Bomat Courier

This thing is cool. I really think it could make the start to any match so much better.

Let’s look at some scenario’s

Turn 1: Mountain, Bomat courier, Attack, exile a card.
Turn 2: Smuggler’s Copter, if they put something down maybe hold the attack.
Turn 3: Thraben Inspector, crew the copter and attack with both, exile a card.

At this point, if they block and will kill your Bomat Courier it’s not worth paying the one mountain to get two cards from exile. Unless you’re looking for something particular and it’s not in your hand. Maybe you’re starved for land or maybe you need a different card for your win condition.

I get this out Smuggler’s Copter and Chief of the Foundry. More often than not. Turn three I crew the Copter with the chief and swing with a 2/2 and a 4/4 flier. It’s not a good way to make friends. At this point, your Bomat might trade with something bigger than it and it will exile it’s second or third card depending on the board state.

I was playing a game last night and my opponent had a Bomat Courier and it was mid-to-late game and I was blocking his bigger creatures with a 1/4 lifelink and letting his bomat hit me. He didn’t notice that at any time he could have replenished his hand with 5 cards for one red mana and saccing a 1/1… that’s powerful! That was when I fell in love.

If you build a red deck send me a link and I hope you add the Bomat Courier. Here is the deck I’m working on.

Magic The Gathering – Prerelease

Soon the Eldritch Moon prerelease will be here and I’m very excited.

A Magic prerelease is a casual tournament where you get the cards a week before the newest set comes out.

I’ve had more fun at Magic prerelease tournaments than most other gaming events I’ve done. At the last one I went to I went 1 win and 2 losses but I’m ok with that. Learning new cards and playing against people is really all that matters.

It’s so relaxed even if you take a few minutes to reread a card or make a mis-play no one will think less of you. I recommend it as the way to get introduced to MTG tournaments.

So I hope to see you in a few weeks at your friendly local game store. 😄