Food

It’s nearly Thanksgiving folks! This week on New Perspectives I decided to take you through the most fitting mechanic for the holiday: Food! I’m going to show you as many weird and interesting ways to use Food as I can think of, so you’ll be well-equipped to feast this Thursday.

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Wild Defiance

When we’re growing our creatures, it doesn’t usually make much sense to lean heavily on “until end of turn” effects. Unless the goal is to kill our opponent immediately with infect creatures, this strategy is often laughed at and simply forgotten by most players. That’s why I’m here to tell you about Wild Defiance.

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Torbran, Thane of Red Fell

I’m a big fan of “chip-away” strategies; deal one damage to opponents enough times, they’ll eventually be dead. It’s a slow strategy most of the time, using our pea shooters to keep the battlefield clear and whittle our opponent’s life away. However, Throne of Eldraine gave us Torbran, Thane of Red Fell, and he turns our pea shooters into artillery cannons that will close out the game in no time.

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Generous Patron

Today on Gemstone Mining, we’re going to take a trip to Valor’s Reach stadium and the world of Battlebond! This set was released with a set of very valuable reprints and a cycle of dual lands that are in high demand, but the other cards in the set fell by the wayside because they weren’t played in any competitive formats. Our gemstone Generous Patron is an Elf Advisor that seems to encourage giving away +1/+1 counters to other players’ creatures, but a more insidious plan is possible if we look a little deeper…

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Rankle, Master of Pranks

Symmetrical effects used to be everywhere in Magic: the Gathering. However, aside from board wipes they are something we seem to be getting less and less of as time goes on. As I understand it, it’s because newer players don’t understand that an effect on their card might hurt them, or help their opponent. Why would Goblin King buff our opponent’s goblins? Why would Deft Duelist‘s shroud stop me from helping him? These things are off-putting to people who are just learning the game. Every once in a while, though, Wizards prints an interesting symmetrical-effect card (usually at Mythic rarity). Rankle, Master of Pranks is one such card.

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Workshop Elders

Throne of Eldraine has arrived, and with it comes a plethora of fun new cards to try out. We could take time to break down what’s to come of the new Standard or Modern meta, but instead we’re going to focus on one of the more overlooked cards of the set.

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Mirage Mirror

The ability to copy cards often leads to things getting out of control. In Commander you are only allowed one copy of each non-basic land card in your deck, and as such copying things is the only way to have multiples of a card. What happens when we can copy something for two mana, repeatedly?

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Hostility

One of the phrases a red player definitely doesn’t enjoy hearing is “prevent that damage.” Against the color with easily the most spells and abilities that deal damage directly, damage prevention can be a powerful ability. So why would a red player play a card that prevents all damage to players from their spells?

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