"Innocent, unbiased observation is a myth." --- P.B. Medawar (1969)
"Ever since man first left his cave and met a stranger with a different language and a new way of looking at things, the human race has had a dream: to kill him, so we don't have to learn his language or his new way of looking at things." --- Zapp Brannigan (Beast With a Billion Backs)
Great article! I do love me some lords, and definitely would love to play that Illusion deck.
No Prerelease or Release for me - I spent my self-allotted summer's "Magic allowance" on a Commander precon and changing it up to be more individualized. It was certainly worth it, as playing the same deck every week can be boring not just for me, but for opponents too!
I will miss out, though, as the recent Core Sets have been much more interesting than I usually consider Core Sets to be, M12 included.
I hate it when people don't read Dormant Gomazona right...you target yourself, not it, to untap it. Maybe that's the sign of a bad design more than anything else, but still. You could skip the whole thing with Guard Gomazoa, Gomazoa, and Warmonger's Chariot.
For linking a card to Gatherer without writting the name of said card for readers, use the autocard brackets together with and equal sign and right the name of the real card. Then put the message you want inside the tags, like you would do with autocarding. Like this:
I like storm crow because I really like crows in real life, as an animal, and the card isn't terribly stupid, but packs a good deal of nostalgia and also a chunck of the game's history. So it's perhaps one of the cards I have most affection to, but not because "lol storm crow is bad hurr hurr durr".
Oh, it's a brilliant plan. You see, Bolas was travelling through shadowmoor, causing trouble, when he saw a Wickerbough Elder with its stylin' dead scarecrow hat. Now, Bolas being Bolas took the awesome hat and he put it on his head, but even with all his titanic powers of magic he couldn't make it fit. He grabbed some more scarecrows, but then a little kithkin girl asked if he was trying to build a toupee. "BY ALL THE POWERS IN THE MULTIVERSE!" he roared, "I WILL HAVE A HAT WORTHY OF MY GLORY." and so he went through his Dark Lore of Doom (tm) looking for something he could make into a hat that would look as stylish on him as a scarecrow does on a treefolk. He thought about the Phyrexians, but they were covered in goopy oil that would make his nonexistant hair greasy. He Tried out angels for a while but they didn't sit quite right. Then, he looked under "e" (because in the Elder Draconic alphabet, "e" for Eldrazi is right next to "h" for Hat) in his Dark Lore of Doom and saw depictions of the Eldrazi, and all their forms. "THIS SHALL BE MY HAT!" he declared, poking a picture of Emrakul, "AND WITH IT I WILL USHER IN A NEW AGE OF DARKNESS -- ER, I MEAN A NEW AGE OF FASHION!"
And so Nicol Bolas masterminded the release of the Eldrazi.
It should be illegal to build an Illusion deck without Krovikan Mist .
I'm not sure if I should be happy with M11. I really am happy that my Illusion deck will become that much stronger, but there's this tiny nagging voice in the back of my head saying "But now Illusions are mainstream. Noone will think you're original anymore."