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Mirage Winchester Draft


As you may have heard, a while back Mike made a series of spectacularly bad eBay decisions and ended up with some unopened boxes of some old sets.  You saw the first of these in our Homelands Winchester, which was actually a lot of fun and I highly recommend that you go watch it.  If you have no experience with the old sets, it’s cool to check out how far things have come.  And if you have played with them, it’s a nice bit of nostalgia.

But we had so much fun with Homelands that we decided to give it another go.  This time, Mike brought over his box of Mirage!  Ah yes, Mirage.  For the record, I hate hate HATE Femeref Healers.  But I’m getting ahead of myself.  Mirage brought us bizarre new things like phasing and flanking, but let’s not hate on it too much for those.  Flanking was actually pretty cool.  Mirage also gave us the very first appearance of charms!  You know, cheap modal spells that have 3 useful-but-not-really-worth-a-card abilities on them.  Charms have popped up 6 times now, but Mirage was the first.

One last little factoid: Mirage was the first set that artist John Avon worked on.  Pretty cool huh?  He did the Mountains and one of the old-school fetchlands, Grasslands.  I really love the Mountains from Mirage, especially the purple one.  What do you think?

Mirage Mountains - look at all the majesty!


But of course, that’s not why you’re here, is it?  You actually want to check out the draft, right?  Well then, a word of warning as always: Mike and I are not at our usual PG-rating in these videos.  Don’t be too terribly shocked when you hear these words coming out of our mouths!  But do pay attention, as Mike drops some pretty serious history at multiple points.  And don’t worry if you don’t know how to do a Winchester Draft, we sort of explained it.  Besides, you’ll be able to figure it out just from watching us do one.


So that was what we ended up with.  If I remember correctly, both of our decks basically built themselves.  Actually, I think I had some trouble making cuts!  I ended up in blue and black (imagine that) and Mike was playing white and green, with a red splash for a PAIR of Kaervek’s Torches and a couple other things that weren’t game-ending burn spells.

So here are the games we played with these decks.  It was pretty nuts.  There were severe blowouts from such stupid cards as Healing Salve and Dark Ritual, and I mean absolute BLOWOUTS.  It was a bizarre series of games, but it was a pretty amazing amount of fun.  Keep an eye out at the end for a quick look at how I store my Magic cards (someone asked at some point) and be sure to stick around until Mike signs off.  It’s well worth it.

Man that was awesome.  Of course, I might be a bit partial to Mirage.  After all, two of my favorite Commanders first appeared here – Kaervek and Spirit of the Night!  Those links will take you to my CMDR Decks videos for those two decks, but you’ve already watched them, right?  If not, I highly recommend them for purely egotistical reasons!

Thanks a lot for watching!  We hope you enjoyed it almost as much as we did.  Any and all feedback is appreciated, of course.  And yes, I know I need a better camera, but that’s all I’ve got at the moment so just deal with it :p  What else you guys got for us?

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  1. April 26, 2012 at 12:04 pm | Permalink

    I did some reading about Banding a few days later, and it turns out you don’t have to work in the context of a damage assignment order. You can just spread the damage around however you want. It’s a really powerful ability if you can wrap your head around how to use it properly.

    • April 26, 2012 at 2:31 pm | Permalink

      And for some reason, while working on something completely unrelated, I remembered Malach of the Dawn and the “hey dummy” example of Gabriel Angelfire as Angels depicted as male in the art.

      • Myke Okuhara
        April 27, 2012 at 1:11 am | Permalink

        Also Angel of Retribution… clearly a mustache and beard.

        And I have to disagree about Gabriel Angelfire: that is a Gelfling.

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