Category Archives: Academy: Collectible Card Games

Academy: Collectible Card Games

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…

Conspiracy, Khans, and the 75 Percent

MTG Magic the Gathering Conspiracy Dethrone Marchesa the Black Rose Multiplayer EDH Commander Format

Mike Eaton, Play Unplugged Happy Friday, everyone! It’s another one of those months where there’s so much going on in Magic: the Gathering that just picking one bit and harping on it wouldn’t do it justice. Conspiracy! The first set designed for multiplayer games (sorry, Battle Royale, but you were a giant preconstructed pack) launches today! Lots…

Decklist Madness – Battlefield Thaumaturge

Battlefield Thaumaturge MtG Magic the Gathering Journey Into Nyx

Decklist Madness, May 2014 – Battlefield Thaumaturge Mike Eaton, Play Unplugged   Welcome back to Decklist Madness! This week, we’re looking at the Great Blue Encheapener — that sometimes-sung hero from Magic: the Gathering’s Journey Into Nyx, Battlefield Thaumaturge. My first reaction was to try to build that hypothetical Biovisionary deck I mentioned a little while back,…

Journey Into Nyx – And I’m Staying!

MTG Magic Deicide Elspeth

Journey Into Nyx – And I’m Staying! Mike Eaton, Play Unplugged So, Journey into Nyx, the third set in Magic: the Gathering’s Theros block, officially went on sale today. Officially. Being That Guy, I picked up a box (36 packs) from my local gaming store, and it was a doozy. (Are people still saying doozy? Do the kids still…

Decklist Madness – Ooze Flux

Ooze Flux

Decklist Madness – Ooze Flux 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: Ooze Flux! You can find great deals from MTG Madness by clicking on their banners! There is a card in Magic: the Gathering…

Academy – Building a Cube, Part 1

The dawn of a new era!

Academy – Building a Cube, Part 1 Mike Eaton, Play Unplugged One of the greatest and most noble undertakings for a member of a Magic: the Gathering playgroup is the construction of a cube. A cube is essentially a Magic set made of single copies of cards, created to draft and play, and successful cubes vary based…