Dig Through Time — Onslaught

Welcome back to another Dig Through Time—I apologize for the lateness of this article. I had some computer troubles, and some issues with work and getting ready for a second child. This week we’re going to check out 2002’s Onslaught set. Onslaught brought back the cycling mechanic which was first introduced during Urza’s Saga, and which we saw […]

#bloodline shaman, #butcher orgg, #chain of acid, #chain of smog, #death match, #derevi empyrial tactician, #ezuri renegade leader, #glarecaster, #head games, #jhoira of the ghitu, #kaboom, #kangee aerie keeper, #nath of the gilt-leaf, #onslaught, #phelddagrif, #queen marchesa, #sen triplets, #underplayed, #walking desecration, #words of wind, #xenagos god of revels Read More »

Dig Through Time — Time Spiral

Maybe you’ve noticed a theme in my last two columns. First we did Future Sight. Then we visited Planar Chaos. Hm, is this a pattern? Yes, we’ve been doing Time Spiral block in reverse, and that means that today we’re going to the past to visit the set that kicked off this crazy block. In addition to bringing […]

#ashling the pilgrim, #children of korlis, #eight-and-a-half-tails, #foriysian totem, #fortune thief, #gaze of justice, #greenseeker, #heartless hidetsugu, #kemba kha regent, #Lunarch Marshal, #odric master tactician, #pentarch paladin, #sapling of colfenor, #selenia dark angel, #sudden death, #talrand sky summoner, #The Girtrog Monster, #thunder totem, #time spiral, #toshiro umezawa, #underplayed, #weatherseed totem, #wipe away Read More »

Dig Through Time — Planar Chaos

This week on Dig Through Time we’re going to visit the alternate present of 2007 with Planar Chaos. Like the rest of Time Spiral block, this set explored the “crust” of the color pie, mining for effects that bordered on allowable in each color at the time. They weren’t just pushing boundaries, though. Some of the experimentation was […]

#azami lady of scrolls, #damia sage of stone, #detritivore, #dismal failure, #dralnu lich lord, #dust elemental, #ephara god of the polis, #frozen aether, #grand arbiter augustin iv, #isperia the inscrutable, #jhoira of the ghitu, #kor dirge, #lazav dimir mastermind, #magus of the library, #null profusion, #planar chaos, #sasaya orochi ascendant, #serendib sorcerer, #shrouded lore, #sidisi undead vizier, #toshiro umezawa, #treacherous urge, #underplayed, #voidstone gargoyle Read More »

Dig Through Time — Future Sight

Up until today’s article Dig Through Time has only examined sets from Magic’s past. Today I want to go to the future. That’s right, I could no longer stop myself. It’s finally time to talk about Future Sight! I remember cracking packs of this set back in 2007 when I was in college. I was super duper […]

#adamaro first to desire, #angus mackenzie, #bonded fetch, #brago king eternal, #bruna light of alabaster, #centaur omenreader, #chronomantic escape, #cryptic annelid, #ertai the corrupted, #future sight, #grenzo dungeon warden, #llanowar mentor, #marrow-gnawer, #minions murmurs, #phenax god of deception, #prossh skyraider of kher, #rhys the redeemed, #sachi daughter of seshiro, #scouts warning, #shah of naar isle, #shimian specter, #shu yun the silent tempest, #stronghold rats, #underplayed, #veilstone amulet, #yixlid jailer Read More »

Dig Through Time — Alara Reborn

This week in Dig Through Time: Alara Reborn! This set ties up the preceding Shards of Alara and Conflux sets in the Alara block. In order to represent the reunification of the five shards of the shattered plane, Alara Reborn is comprised entirely of multicolor cards. This is the first and only set to do this ever. The set […]

#alara reborn, #animar soul of elements, #aurelia the warleader, #bruse tarl boorish herder, #defiler of souls, #derevi empyrial tactician, #fight to the death, #flurry of wings, #gisela blade of goldnight, #identity crisis, #intimidation bolt, #iroas god of victory, #mogis god of slaughter, #obzedat ghost council, #sages of the anima, #sharuum the hegemon, #soulquake, #stun sniper, #tymna the weaver, #underplayed, #vela the night-clad Read More »

Dig Through Time — Tempest Block

In this week’s Dig Through Time, let’s examine a block from very early on in Magic’s history, Tempest block. Tempest came out from 1997-1998, and is comprised of Tempest, Stronghold, and Exodus. For all of you Vorthos out there, this block is set on the plane of Rath, which has since become fused with Dominaria. Magic’s early blocks […]

#calming licid, #corrupting licid, #death pits of rath, #dominating licid, #doran the siege tower, #exodus, #fade away, #interdict, #kynaios and tiro of meletis, #licids, #marble titan, #narset enlightened master, #nature's revolt, #onslaught, #stronghold, #tempest, #tempting licid, #underplayed, #wall of nets Read More »

Dig Through Time — Shadowmoor/Eventide

Welcome back to another installment of Dig Through Time. Today we’re going back to my college days when Shadowmoor and Eventide were first released. These two sets are a little bit quirky, a little bit creepy, super unusual, and are among my absolute favorites. This block is unique for a number of reasons. First, it […]

#-1/-1 counters, #dramatic entrance, #dream salvage, #eventide, #everlasting torment, #flourishing defenses, #impelled giant, #impromtu raid, #leech bonder, #leering emblem, #mercy killing, #pyrrhic revival, #river's grasp, #safewright quest, #shadowmoor, #soot imp, #soul snuffers, #underplayed Read More »

Dig Through Time — Cold Snap

This week in Dig Through Time, we’re going to take a trip back to the year I graduated high school, 2006. That’s right, today we’ll be reviewing WotC’s lost design file: Coldsnap. Coldsnap replaced Homelands as the third installment of the Ice Age block. The set hit many of the themes and mechanics of Ice Age, giving us cumulative upkeep, […]

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Dig Through Time — Champions of Kamigawa

Today’s article travels back to the first set from everyone’s favorite Shinto-inspired block that we’re almost certainly never going to visit ever again: Champions of Kamigawa. This set introduced some much-beloved creature types like monk, samurai, and advisor. The set also introduced some legendarily bad mechanics: Arcane and Splice onto Arcane, Spirits and Soulshift. While those […]

#dig through time, #kamigawa, #kresh the bloodbriaded, #underplayed Read More »

Dig Through Time — Odyssey Block

For today’s Dig Through Time, let’s delve back to 2001-2002 for Odyssey block. This block was composed of Odyssey, Torment, and Judgment, and gave us the mechanics flashback, threshold and madness. In case you hadn’t noticed, I love using the graveyard as a resource, and this block introduced lots of really fun graveyard interactions. Flashback […]

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