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Taste the Cycle

Follow if you love magic the gathering cycles
Oct 2 '14
Sep 15 '14

mtgfan:

Pros and Khans

Mark Rosewater talks about the design aspects of specific cards and cycles.

Sep 15 '14

I love charms! I’m so glad we got wedge colored charms. Also I love that they are pretty pushed powerwise. 

Sep 15 '14

talkinggorillabutler:

tastethecycle:

This cycle (or two combined cycles) is a little bit of a mess because of how they did  watermarks. It seems like at some point all 10 of these cards had watermarks, but ask Maro said, cards that were going to be used in starter decks, but not in their clan, lost their watermark. So odds are two of three of the non-watermarked cards ended up in starter decks that weren’t for their clans, then they decided to just have one watermark for each clan. But when they made the watermarks, they didn’t give one to each color combination. So, there’s two WB cards with watermarks and two UR cards without watermarks. 

The community’s already identified that enemy-color combinations are shared across wedges, but not ally colors. This not-quite-cycle shows off some of the enemy color themes. WB warriors, UG Morph matters, UR—the usual something about spells, WR, the usual something about aggro, GB—big butts, & self-sacrifice & lifegain

Sep 14 '14

The banners are our mana rocks this multicolor block. Strictly better than the Obelisks, which are fairly underpowered when compared to Coalition Relic, Darksteel Ingot, and even Manalith, which all also cost 3 mana and can tap for any color. The banners are just like the Cluestones, except they can tap for one extra color of mana and their price to sac for a card is one more colored mana. Odds are, great for limited, not great for Commander but playable, and useless most other places.

Sep 14 '14

The ascendancies are an interesting cycle. This is unique to Khans, nothing like these enchantments showed up in Shards of Alara or Ravnica. It kind of makes me want to see what Jund Ascendency or Boros Ascendency would look like. 

Sep 13 '14

Multicolor blocks often have slot filling cycles like this one. There’s not a lot these cards have in common, other then they all are uncommon creatures with a similar mana cost. These could be fun commanders for pauper commander decks. They’re the first uncommon wedge color creatures, so if you want to play pauper commander in these colors there’s not a lot of choices yet.

Sep 13 '14

This cycle (or two combined cycles) is a little bit of a mess because of how they did  watermarks. It seems like at some point all 10 of these cards had watermarks, but ask Maro said, cards that were going to be used in starter decks, but not in their clan, lost their watermark. So odds are two of three of the non-watermarked cards ended up in starter decks that weren’t for their clans, then they decided to just have one watermark for each clan. But when they made the watermarks, they didn’t give one to each color combination. So, there’s two WB cards with watermarks and two UR cards without watermarks. 

Sep 12 '14

I like cycles, yes I do. I like cycles how bout you? 

Hey, it’s another cross color activation cycle. This is the 3rd block in a row we’ve had one of these cycles. They must like them in R&D. 

Sep 10 '14

mtg-talk:

Finally we have the full cycle, so I’m putting them all in one place. I give you the Khans of the Khans of Tarkir!

What’s everyone think? Are any worth running as Commanders? Zurgo and Narset are the best, I think.