Top 10 Favourite Magic: the Gathering Cards of 2016

2016 was a huge year. So many things happened across the globe… the majority of them Wizards’ product releases. Seriously I think Wizards farted out twice the amount of products that they did last year- all of them overprinted to hell.

While it was exciting to think we were getting so many Magic releases at the start of the year, about halfway through I became exhausted. By the time Kaladesh rolled around I just didn’t care anymore. There was too much.

I feel like Wizards has well and truly succumbed to corporate greed. In the last few years Magic has sold incredibly well, so now they’re pushing hard to keep that ball rolling (much like Sisyphus). Don’t they realize that ‘continual growth’ is an impossibility? It gets me worried.

Now don’t get me wrong- I don’t think Magic is going to die. But I might. Check in with me several years from now as my withered consumer husk scrapes itself across the floor to get another booster pack.

But enough doomsaying! Here are the best bits of 2016!

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Conspiracy: Take the Crown Gameplay and Design Review

Like a kid facing the wrong way on school photo day, Conspiracy will forever stand out amongst its peers. For a long time the set was regarded as truly unique. Unlike the kid facing the wrong way- he was just stupid (my classmates made sure I never lived it down).

But now there’s a hot, new competitor on the scene in the form of Conspiracy: Take the Crown.

This review is all about how Conspiracy: Take the Crown plays, innovates on design, and compares to the original. Is it the real deal? Or is this hot new thing just masquerading behind heavy makeup and a cheap boob job?

Let’s not get caught staring as we try and find out.

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Top 10 Favourite Magic: the Gathering Cards of 2015

Last year was a year of surprises, where the cards I ended up liking the most weren’t the ones I was expecting to. Cards I thought to be dead-set shoo-ins like Ugin and Kiora and Blade of Selves didn’t even make this list. (Check out 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 here).

If anything I think it’s a lesson that love shows up when you’re least expecting it, like when you’re exiling the top card of someone’s library or something.

That’s it! LIBRARY! I need to get off Tinder and try pick up chicks at the library…

In the meantime, the best of 2015!

No. 10

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Daxos, Ezuri, Meren… the COMMANDER 2015 Review!

There seems to be an interesting correlation between the quality of Commander expansions and James Bond films starring Daniel Craig.

The first one was epic; the second sucked penis; the third was pretty good but didn’t live up to the first; and the fourth is best described by words like ‘enjoyable’ and ‘adequate,’ but could’ve been so much more than it was.

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I never did a review for last year’s Commander offerings because life gets in the way sometimes (and by ‘life’ I mean Diablo III), but I liked 2014 better than this latest one.
You can see my review of 2013’s Commander here.

So rather than lament the One That Got Away, grab your cognac, sit back, and let us muse for a while about ‘enjoyable’ and ‘adequate’…..

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Top 10 Favourite Magic: the Gathering Cards of 2014

2014 marked a special year for me, in that my focus in Magic drifted almost entirely towards Commander. It all makes sense in a way, as gone are the days of me trying to push eight-mana spells in formats where they’re about as playable as a church organ.

As such, a fair bit of bias in this list has been granted towards cards that provoked interesting and exciting Commander games or decks.

Roll out the contenders!

No. 10

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Top 10 Favourite Magic: the Gathering cards of 2013

So… it’s 2015 now and I meant to write this article a year ago. Yes I know it’s a bit late, but you were probably late losing your virginity so shut up.

A lot has happened since then- both in Magic land and outside of it. You can read my humble apology for neglecting your sweet fanboy/fangirl hearts here and rest assured you can expect the Top 10 Cards of 2014 shortly. Catch up on 2012 and 2011 here.

Anyhow, best not to think of how long it’s taken me to get this all written up. Better to think of it as lengthy ad break.

On with the show!

No. 10

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Excuses, excuses

Well, its been a long time hasn’t it…
It’s 2015 now and I don’t believe I updated this blog once last year.

So this is my place to say sorry to all my fans, as well as a sincere thank you to everyone who messaged me at some point or another going ‘Hey what’s up!’ or ‘When are you going to add more content?’ or ‘I miss you so much I’m going to cut myself if you don’t post something PS here is a picture of my penis’.

Actually that last one was pretty creepy. Please don’t send me that.

Truth is I got stuck a little for time, and stuck a lot for energy. It was always my dream to have my own video games company, and so late 2013 I started one. You can check it out here: Monkeynaut Games.

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At the start I continued this blog as best I could I think, but in the end working on my business just got the better of me. Honestly starting your own company is recommended to anyone who’s looked at the artwork on Zombify and thought ‘God I wish I was that guy’.

On the plus side I am an official indie game dev now, and thanks to my design efforts my business has been placed on the backburner as well (a relief!) as the work I did landed me a pretty sweet job where I don’t have to worry about marketing or tax law.

So Nyxathid Goes To Town is back. I feel like I have some unfinished business at the very least in writing my Top 10 Cards for 2013 and 2014, both of which are coming soon.

I feel like I can’t promise anything regular because I know just what the games business is like, but I want to assure all of you loyal followers that Nyxathid is not dead. And if it ever goes dead again, rest assured there’s plenty of reanimation in Magic.

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2013 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

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Here’s an excerpt:

The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 89,000 times in 2013. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 4 days for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

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Prossh, Marath, Jeleva… the Commanders of 2013 reviewed!

Saying I’ve been playing a lot of Commander lately is like saying George W. Bush has made a lot of ‘derps’. As a matter of fact I’ve begun to drift away from casual multiplayer to exclusively play this format, as without doubt much of the casual Magic community has done so too.

To cash in on this movement (because you know, capitalism is the tits) Wizards has gifted us with another Commander expansion, which the creative and gifted people in marketing decided to name ‘Commander 2013’.

A particular focus of the new Commander series is to innovate with commanders and how they interact with the command zone. This is a partial victory on Wizards’ behalf, as Prossh and Jeleva are cooler than a Blizzard cinematic. Some of the others though are bit closer to Jar-Jar Binks. Let’s see how they stack up.

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My Life as a Magic: the Gathering Addict

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