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Custom Card Creation: Dreamscape Crack-a-Pack Stories

I’m currently in the middle a another round of playtesting my custom card set Dreamscape so I thought I’d share with everyone some of the stories and changes behind certain cards, what lessons I learnt from them, and what I’m keeping an eye on right now as I continue to playtest. However I’m also a big fan of limited formats and card evaluation and I know that not everyone cares about the minor design details behind every card so I’m mixing this with another common MtG article format, The Crack-a-Pack. So strap in for a bit on an experiment as I showcase a Dreamscape booster and dissect each card from both a design and limited standpoint.

But first if you not familiar with the cards in Dreamscape then feel free to take a look through the Dreamscape Visual Spoiler, or if your feeling brave you can try evaluating the cards without context first and then see how the full context may change your opinions.

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BFZ Australian Midnight PreRelease Pools

Hi Everyone! (Hi Dr. Nick)

My sources (reddit) tells me that people are interested in what happens in the future. Well, here in Australia we can bring that to you!

Observations

The new deck boxes – They are amazing, they fit standard sized sleeves as well as your whole pool! They have the potential to be flimsy, as mine was breaking at the top hinge even as I slid my pool in.
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Custom Card Creation: A Guide to Playtesting

If I had to name one thing which I believe is undervalued and underused in the mtg custom card community it would be playtesting.
I’ve seen dozens of talented designers create and iterate on great designs for mechanics, duel deck and whole sets. But when asked what playtesting has been done all to often the answer is “very little.” I understand why this is, playtesting is hard, time consuming and it isn’t exciting like creating the next cool card. This is then exacerbated by the difficulties of getting  lots of players together and a lack of step by step resources on how organize these playtests.

In this guide I’m going to run step by step on how to coordinate your own both physical or online playtest sessions so you can improve your custom card designs. Read More →

Battle For Zendikar Card Discussions: Part 1

Battle for Zedikar spoiler season has begun and all of us here at The Gray Merchants are loving it. A ton of exciting cards were shown at PAX and other places over recently so we thought we would share our opinions about them and what predictions we have for them in MtG’s future.

Lets start off with some short introductions:
Reuben: I’m a Timmy/Spike player and custom card creator who loves looking at the subtle ways the limited environments and individual cool cards are designed. Spoiler Season for me always has me looking at what themes and systems are underlying the set as well as how they integrate those with great vorthos flavor.
Molly: I’m a Spike through and through who enjoys aggressively costed, ridiculously powerful cards (who doesn’t!). For me it’s all about the win and whether a card will get me there. I do however really love the flavour that R&D imbues in sets and am super keen for Zendikar since I started playing right after we last visited.
Simon: I’m a Spike who loves limited, with Sealed being my favourite format. The commons and uncommons are the spoilers I look forward to most, and love to see what interactions will come up in draft.
Sean: I’ve been a Spike since I opened my first Guildpact booster many years ago, though that doesn’t mean my mastery of Magic cards is anything to write home about. I’m a great lover of Lightning Bolts, eternal formats and the Jeskai colour combination, and throughout Battle for Zendikar spoiler season I’ll be primarily looking at cards in the context of Modern and Legacy.

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Custom Card Creation: Dreamscape Overview

A Reddit Occurrence

For those of you who have listened to my podcast or seen me post on the MTGsalvation forums, you may know that I’ve been working on a custom MtG card set called Dreamscape for the last 6-8 months. This is a full 255 card large set designed for limited play and a hypothetical standard environment. I’ve been hosting physical playtest drafts using sleeved proxies to create booster packs as well as doing online sealed events using Cockatrice and Webdrafter. Read More →