This Week in Magic 1/20-1/26
- Dark Ascension Prerelease Primer—WotC’s official primer for this weekend’s festivities.
- Dark Ascension Spoiler—Gathering Magic’s spoiler is printer-friendly, user-friendly, and completely sortable.
- Dark Ascension Intro Packs Fully Spoiled—Use WotC’s official deck lists to help you pick your weapon for the Prerelease side events.
Standard and Block
- 1st and Standard with Dark Ascension—Even after a big win Todd Anderson still can’t help brewing with mono-green monsters.
- Tempered Township—Conley Woods set the world on fire with Wolf Run Rock, but this list was his first choice.
- Dark Standard—PVDR looks peers into the darkness to see what’s next in Standard.
- Gravecrawler, Gerlaf’s Messenger, and the Mono-Black Dream—($SCG) Patrick Chapin thinks it might be time for mono-black mages to get their hopes up.
- Talking Tokens with Sorin and Garruk—Michael Martin brews up several variations on W/x tokens.
- About this Tokens Thing—($SCG) Ari Lax on whether Sorin, Lord of Innistrad and Lingering Souls can truly push tokens into the tier-one stratosphere.
- A Look at the Top Five Decks in Standard—Owen Turtenwald breaks down UB Control, Desperate Ravings Control, and Conley’s latest brew.
- Controlling Orlando—Ben Stark gets behind UB Control.
- Dark Ascension Review—Conley Woods rates the new cards for both Limited and Constructed applications.
Vintage, Legacy, and Modern
- Winning with Affinity—Melissa DeTora shares her first-place PTQ report.
- Rainbow in the Dark—Adam Barnello discusses the obvious standouts and potentially overpowered cards like Ghoultree and Tragic Slip.
- Dark Ascension in Eternal and the Best EDH General—Jonas Walther reviews Dark Ascension, with a bonus Zur Commander list too.
- Creatures, Creatures Everywhere—Brian DeMars hands out the syllabus to his Vintage Master’s Class.
- The Gaff of Dark Ascension—Caleb Durward explains why the Cage will impact more than just Dredge strategies.
Casual and Variant Formats
- Do Werewolves Rise in Dark Ascension?—Bruce Richard’s casual review of Dark Ascension rares.
- The Dark Night Returns—Daryl Bockett discusses three cards from each rarity he feels will soon be making waves for in casual circles.
- Commanding the Darkness—Adam Styborski shares his Commander-centric wish list to obtain at the prerelease.
- Apocalyptic Vision—Mike Cannon’s found a new use for Tunnel Vision.
- Unique Effects—Usman Jamil loves color shifted effects in his cube an warns against taking up space to shoe-horn possible archetypes.
- Isperia the Inscrutable—Sheldon Menery breaks down Matt Newnam’s sphinxtastic Commander deck that showcases many of the format’s blue and white staples.
- The Financial Value of Dark Ascension—($SCG) Read Ben Bleiweiss's financial review here. And don’t miss his list of Ten Cards that have Risen this Month.
- Financial Prediction for DKA—Craig Wescoe looks into the financial future for the newest expansion and sees a slew of bulk rares.
- Box to Extended: Investing for the Modern Man—Ryan Bushard hits the trade tables after considering how the emergence of tokens might shake up card values.
- Better Double Tap, Those Zombies aren’t Dead Yet—Austin Clough doubles down on the Grimgrin deck.
Theory and Miscellany
- Altered Reality #5—Adam Styborski announces the Valentine’s Day themed challenge, as well as the esteemed judges.
- The Magic of Mistakes—Natasha Lewis Harrington on the difference between mastery-orientation and performance-orientation and learning from mistakes.
- How to Write a Magic Article—Abe Sargent’s advice: sweat the small stuff, consider new players, and save the rants for your blog.
- Deckbuilding the Easy Way—Karsten Cotter slots new cards into old archetypes.
- The Cost of Drawing Cards—Chingsung Chang might cause you take reconsider your evaluations of cards like Think Twice.