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I’m adding An-Havva to my list of places in the multiverse to visit on vacation. #magic365 #mtg #magic

I’m adding An-Havva to my list of places in the multiverse to visit on vacation. #magic365 #mtg #magic

I enjoy their use of “better yet” here - “Yeah, you *could* just kill off all their creatures… but check out this sweet combo!” #magic365 #mtg #magic

I enjoy their use of “better yet” here - “Yeah, you *could* just kill off all their creatures… but check out this sweet combo!” #magic365 #mtg #magic

Attack or No?

Yesterday, I encountered one of the most interesting Magic gameplay situations I’ve been in for a *long* time. (And the answer to this question probably says a lot about how you play Magic/your life philosophy.)

Normally I can’t play in Magic tournaments because of working at Wizards, but yesterday was a rare exception for Mariah’s charity tournament. The setup is this: It’s round 5 and you’re 3-1. You’re playing Blue Devotion and he’s playing R/W burn. It’s game 3. He has played pretty well during the match so far, and has been taking a lot of time to think about his decisions the entire match.

On his turn, he uses his last card to Magma Jet you down to 3 life. He picks up his top two cards, thinks for a while, and then goes to put the cards on top of his library. You ask him right as he sets the cards down in an assertive voice, “In that order?” He looks up, stares at your Nightveil Specter, his face very briefly contorts into something that you read as having made a mistake, then replies in a slightly quiet, “Yeah, that order.”

He passes the turn.

Thanks to the Master of Waves in your hand and your couple creatures on the board, you have a pretty big army that puts him on him dead next turn no matter how you attack - assuming you survive.

The question is this: do you attack with Nightveil Specter and have him draw the second card of his library, or do you hold it back and have him draw the top card of his library?

TIL: These cards are a cycle. Wow. That has to be one of the weakest cycles ever. #magic365 #mtg #magic

TIL: These cards are a cycle. Wow. That has to be one of the weakest cycles ever. #magic365 #mtg #magic

bibbothefirst asked
Should I draft Conspiracy with or without other packs like M15? I'm thinking CON-M15-M15

Sure! Give it a try. It’s not against the law of physics and doesn’t sound inherently problematic, which are usually the heuristics I look at for things like this.

jwiley129 asked
Could you give us a breakdown of "A day in the life" of a MtG developer?

I’d be happy to in detail! If you’ve ever wanted to know what working as a Magic developer is like, check this article out: http://archive.wizards.com/Magic/magazine/article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/ld/274

Well, this one mana green creature suddenly took a sinister turn. #magic365 #mtg #magic

Well, this one mana green creature suddenly took a sinister turn. #magic365 #mtg #magic

Here’s a cool Easter Egg: check out the Stuffy Doll in the top left of this art! #magic365 #mtg #magic

Here’s a cool Easter Egg: check out the Stuffy Doll in the top left of this art! #magic365 #mtg #magic

ashiokthenightmareweaver asked
Gavin, am I crazy, or did I see you hanging out in the background of Spellslingers w/Sean Plott?

Nope, that’s spot on! I’m the R&D representative to Spellslingers, and have been on set for the filming of all of the episodes. Sean is a really great guy. :)

drkobolds asked
It occurs to me that you, um, work at Wizards. Is there any chance you could catch the right ear and encourage them to start printing calenders again? With a mix of cards all across magic history, and vague, sometimes incorrect advice about how to use them? Magic365 shouldn't end just because 2014 will...

I think you lose a bit of the charm if that calendar would be redone with modern day technology. It’s kind of like when you go back and reread an old issue of a magazine you loved as a kid and kept: it’s fun because it’s old and hokey, but you probably wouldn’t read it week in and out if it it still existed. Good thinking though. :)