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Do You Freyalise?

Freyalise Planeswalker

Do You Freyalise? Mike Eaton, Play Unplugged We’re knee-deep in spoiler season for the newest Magic: the Gathering product: Commander 2014. There’s a lot to be excited about for Play Unplugged Fans! For starters, Commander/EDH is perhaps the most popular casual format going. Almost every card ever printed is legal to use under the rules and you…

Go Go Game Night! Finding Your Party

New gamers assemble!

Go Go Game Night! Finding Your Party Jasmine Davis, Play Unplugged Solitary gamers who love tabletop games really have the short end of the stick. While video games can be played alone, they don’t offer the social experience of pushing stacks of cardboard and plastic around a table (plus, video games entirely eliminate the possibility…

Recap – Khans of Tarkir Prerelease

MTG Khans of Tarkir Feat of Resistance

Recap – Khans of Tarkir Prerelease Mike Eaton, Play Unplugged Many of you will be out there soon playing some Sealed Deck with Khans of Tarkir. This past weekend, I came in 3rd place of 28 at my Local Gaming Store, and there’s a slight chance I could have come in first, if I hadn’t made…

Go Go Game Night! Picking the Right Game

Just say no to boring game nights!

Go Go Game Night! Picking the Right Game Jasmine A. Davis, Play Unplugged So you’ve found a likely gaming group, and you’re ready to get some games on the table? Not so fast, buster. If you’ve played a few games in your life, you’re probably familiar with the flow of a deckbuilder, or how set…

Roleplaying with Miniatures

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Roleplaying with Miniatures Mike Eaton, Play Unplugged Let’s start this off right by telling you what happened to me a moment ago, on the way from my Local Gaming Store, in the name of miniatures: I tripped while running for my bus and fell face-first into mulch. But I spilled not one drop of the…

Teysa Karlov, Commander-in-Chief

Teysa MTG EDH Commander Black White Orzhov Legend

Teysa Karlov, Commander-in-Chief Mike Eaton, Play Unplugged In the Commander/EDH format of Magic: the Gathering, there are several ways to build a deck. You can load it with combos, so that no matter what you draw, you are a threat. Often, you can load it with flavorful, low-power cards, because some EDH groups take a load…

A Primer for the Casual Planeswalker – Khans of Tarkir

Khans of Tarkir Magic MTG

A Primer for the Casual Planeswalker – Khans of Tarkir Mike Eaton, Play Unplugged It’s that time again! Those Wizards of the Coast are releasing a new Magic: the Gathering set on September 26, and it’s called Khans of Tarkir. The three sets in this block will tell the story of Tarkir, which is the home plane of…

Decklist Madness – Muzzio, Visionary Architect

MTG Muzzio Blue Wizard Artifact Mythic Rare Legendary EDH Commander Conspiracy

Decklist Madness – Muzzio, Visionary Architect Mike Eaton, Play Unplugged Welcome back to another Decklist Madness, brought to you by our friends at MTG Madness and by . . . this guy! This month, we’re looking at another of the legendary inhabitants of the plane of Fiora who finagled his way through the Conspiracy expansion set: Muzzio, Visionary…

Decklist Madness – Grenzo, Dungeon Warden

MTG Magic the Gathering Grenzo Dungeon Warden EDH Commander Black Red Card X

  Mike Eaton, Play Unplugged Each month, our sponsor MTG Madness, challenges our Magic Guru Mike Eaton to create a deck themed around a specific card. This month’s challenge: Grenzo, Dungeon Warden! You can find great deals from MTG Madness by clicking on their banners! Wizards of the Coast has been weaving cards into Magic for…

Magic 2015: Return to Innocence

MTG Magic the Gathering card Hot Soup Magic 2015 M15

  Mike Eaton, Play Unplugged Since Rico’s taking a hiatus from Monday’s Miniatures, Mike Eaton brings you Monday’s Magic! I’m gonna level with you all: Magic 2015, the latest Magic: the Gathering Core Set (which prereleases July 12) isn’t for everyone. But it’s for me, so far, and that’s something I haven’t really seen in five years, since Magic…