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Pattern Recognition #141 - Voltron

No, not a Giant robot made out of Lions, today berryjon instead talks about a Commander archetype that isn't Tier 1, but shouldn't be scoffed at either.

Features , Opinion , Pattern Recognition 02/20/2020 by berryjon

Pattern Recognition #140 - Unbelievable

Nope, I don't believe that cards like this are possible at all! Why, you'd have to be crazy or just plain mad to make these things! I mean, who would be squirrely enough to even try?

Features , Opinion , Pattern Recognition 02/13/2020 by berryjon

Pattern Recognition #139 - Lords (and Ladies)

Today, berryjon takes a quick peek at the concept of the "Lord" in Magic, and what makes them tick.

Features , Opinion , Pattern Recognition 01/30/2020 by berryjon

Pattern Recognition #138 - Fallen Empires

Today, berryjon looks at the last 'worst' set in the game, the one that almost killed Magic, but paved the way for greater things.

Today, let's talk Fallen Empires.

Features , Opinion , Pattern Recognition 01/23/2020 by berryjon

Pattern Recognition #137 - The Short Life and Longer Death of Oko

Oko, Thief of Crowns now has the distinction of taking the title of "Banned in Everything" away from Jace, the Mind Sculptor. Today, berryjon breaks down why and what happened.

Features , Opinion , Pattern Recognition 01/16/2020 by berryjon

Pattern Recognition #136 - Counters

Come, sit for a spell as I counter it. Today, berryjon tries to explain why Counters exist and what their place is in the game. He might actually succeed, or at least Delay the inevitable confusion.

Features , Opinion , Pattern Recognition 01/09/2020 by berryjon

Pattern Recognition #135 - Counters

A counter for you! A counter for YOU! Counters for everyone!

Features , Opinion , Pattern Recognition 01/02/2020 by berryjon

Pattern Recognition #134 - Mercadian Masques

The worst set ever? Not really. Today, berryjon launches into a small defense of the titular set, and why it's actually not as bad as people remember. After all, how many of you actually played with it when it came out 20 years ago?

Features , Opinion , Pattern Recognition 12/12/2019 by berryjon

Pattern Recognition #133 - Green Face'Walker

Uh... Which one? Garruk Wildspeaker? Nissa Revane? or Vivian Reid? And why does this change keep happening?

Features , Opinion , Pattern Recognition 12/05/2019 by berryjon

Pattern Recognition #132 - Vehicles

The newest Artifact subtype was a surprise hit, so today berryjon gives a quick rundown on Vehicles and its parasite mechanic.

Features , Opinion , Pattern Recognition 11/28/2019 by berryjon

Pattern Recognition #131 - Let it Snow!

It's all there in the title! berryjon is Canadian, and it's about time he tackled the weather. Let it snow!

Features , Opinion , Pattern Recognition 11/14/2019 by berryjon

Pattern Recognition #130 - Black Filling

What's better than a Bake into a Pie? Two of them in a row! berryjon finishes off his quick summary of this week.

Features , Opinion , Pattern Recognition 11/07/2019 by berryjon

Pattern Recognition #129 - Black Crust

No, seriously, Bake into a Pie was the best lead in to this article that I could ever hope to be handed on a silver platter. Let's talk !

Features , Opinion , Pattern Recognition 10/31/2019 by berryjon

Pattern Recognition #128 - Split

When is one card not enough? When you can have two! Today, berryjon looks at the history of cards that have more than one card printed on them, and why they're a good thing.

Features , Opinion , Pattern Recognition 10/24/2019 by berryjon

Pattern Recognition #127 - Slow Grow Vol 2, Part 3

It's the last week of berryjon's Slow Grow League write up! Don't worry, you didn't miss a week, as the Throne of Eldraine pre-release delayed the League by a week. Can berryjon stay out of the bottom spot? Read on to find out!

Features , Opinion , Pattern Recognition 10/17/2019 by berryjon

Pattern Recognition #126 -Standard Formats

The first format? No, but nor should it be the last. What is Standard, and why is it important to Magic? berryjon makes the justification for its existence.

Features , Opinion , Pattern Recognition 10/10/2019 by berryjon

Pattern Recognition #125 - Slow Grow Vol 2, Part 2

Today, berryjon takes you through weeks three and four of his League. There are ups, downs and... well, he's still berryjon so it's mostly downs. But that won't stop him!

Features , Opinion , Pattern Recognition 10/03/2019 by berryjon

Pattern Recognition #124 - Flash and Untapping

Maybe it's just me, but there's a certain card (or combination) in Commander that produces effects that far outweigh their costs. Even more so than usual. What happens when you combine Untapping and playing cards at instant speed? berryjon points out the answer in today's Pattern Recognition.

Features , Opinion , Pattern Recognition 09/19/2019 by berryjon

Pattern Recognition #123 - Slow Grow Vol 2, Part 1

It's Slow Grow League again! And this time berryjon isn't going to do six articles in a row. He's going to do alternating weeks with regular articles, putting two weeks into each update. How does he do with Elsha of the Infinite as his Commander? Read and find out!

Features , Opinion , Pattern Recognition 09/12/2019 by berryjon

Pattern Recognition #122 - Morph

This week, berryjon finishes off his reviews of this year's Commander Mechanics with a solid offering. Of course, he's done this subject before, but perhaps there's something new here, under these cards?

Features , Opinion , Pattern Recognition 09/05/2019 by berryjon

Pattern Recognition 121 - Flashback

Cards that keep coming back are back in vogue! Today, berryjon looks at the third of the Commander precon themes, and why it's a good thing that leads to bad things.

Features , Opinion , Pattern Recognition 08/29/2019 by berryjon

Pattern Recognition #120 - Madness

No Spartans here, so no memes! But that isn't to say that berryjon has his own brand of Madness when it comes to this mechanic!

Features , Opinion , Pattern Recognition 08/22/2019 by berryjon

Pattern Recognition 119 - Populate

Commander 2019 is to be released next week! So, as a relevant content creator, berryjon will talk about the four mechanics in each of these sets. Starting with the weakest one.

Features , Opinion , Pattern Recognition 08/15/2019 by berryjon

Pattern Recognition 118 - Blue Filling

Today, berryjon discusses how is the kind of colour who can do everything by describing how it positively interacts with each other color in the game. There's some interesting stuff in here!

Features , Opinion , Pattern Recognition 08/01/2019 by berryjon

Pattern Recognition #117 - Blue Crust

Today's Pattern Recognition goes back to the Colour Pie, and this time it's the biggest colour of all - .

Features , Opinion , Pattern Recognition 07/25/2019 by berryjon

Pattern Recognition #116 - Worlds and Planes

Today, berryjon reintroduces you all to an old type of card, and hints at some really weird rules from the formative days of Magic. And then points out that it's still around, just in a different format!

Features , Opinion , Pattern Recognition 07/18/2019 by berryjon

Pattern Recognition #115 - Try Again

Try again and again to get the best you can get! Until, maybe, you run out of chances. Today, berryjon takes a quick look at Mulligans as the new London Mulligan comes into play tomorrow!

Features , Opinion , Pattern Recognition 07/04/2019 by berryjon

Pattern Recognition #114 - New Phyrexia Part 2

Today, berryjon finishes off his look at New Phyrexia. It's still not pretty, and dissenting opinions are welcome.

Features , Opinion , Pattern Recognition 06/27/2019 by berryjon

Pattern Recognition #113 - New Phyrexia, Part 1

I hate Jace. This is a given. But New Phyrexia makes me rage, and today I start to tell you why. And I don't even get to the set itself yet!

Features , Opinion , Pattern Recognition 06/20/2019 by berryjon

Pattern Recognition #112 - Bicycle! Bicycle!

You spin me right round, baby right .... No wait, wrong song. I want Queen for this! After all, only they could make a song about (bi)Cycling worth writing about!

Features , Opinion , Pattern Recognition 06/13/2019 by berryjon

Pattern Recognition #111 - Modern Horizons

Last week, Time Spiral! This week, Time Spiral 2! What are berryjon's thoughts about this set? Find out within!

Features , Opinion , Pattern Recognition 06/06/2019 by berryjon

Pattern Recognition #110 - Time Spiral

Down down down, into the depths of history, and the set that made history live!

Features , Opinion , Pattern Recognition 05/30/2019 by berryjon

Pattern Recognition #109 - White Filling

Welcome back to 's slice of the colour pie! Now with more enemy colours and some insight into the way the colour works.

Features , Opinion , Pattern Recognition 05/23/2019 by berryjon

Pattern Recognition #108 - War of the Spark Prerelease

berryjon went to a Prerelease! He built a deck! Read within to see what he did, and to see if you could build something better.

Features , Opinion , Pattern Recognition 05/09/2019 by berryjon

Pattern Recognition #107 - Lifegain

Today's article is about gaining life. What it is, what it is not, and more importantly - what can you do when it reaches triple digits?

Features , Opinion , Pattern Recognition 05/02/2019 by berryjon

Pattern Recognition #106 - Zoo

Lions! Tigers! Bears! Oh my!

No, wait, this article does not involve two of those things. Today, berryjon looks at a solid second-tier deck, and what makes it tick.

Features , Opinion , Pattern Recognition 04/18/2019 by berryjon

Pattern Recognition #105 - White Crust

You know what's better than a pie? Eating a pie! What is the flavor of the week? berryjon starts with his personal preference,

Features , Opinion , Pattern Recognition 04/04/2019 by berryjon

Pattern Recognition #104 - the Vorthos of the Planeswalker

What does it mean to be a Planeswalker? Well, at its core, it's a person with a deck of cards and a life total. But it is also so much more!

Features , Opinion , Pattern Recognition 03/28/2019 by berryjon

Pattern Recognition #103 - Slow Grow Finale

Today, berryjon finishes off his Slow Grow League! How does he fare? Well, that's something you should all see coming, but it's the decisions along the way that matter, right?

Features , Opinion , Pattern Recognition 03/21/2019 by berryjon

Pattern Recognition #102 - Strictly Better

In today's Pattern Recognition, berryjon talks a little bit about the idea of some cards being better or worse than other cards, and why this is. From Limited all the way through to one of the major flaws in the game, why worse is better, and better is worse.

Features , Opinion , Pattern Recognition 02/28/2019 by berryjon

Pattern Recognition #101 - Slow Grow, Week 4

Another week, another set of decisions to make. berryjon gives the high and lows of Week 4 of his Slow Grow League.

Features , Opinion , Pattern Recognition 02/21/2019 by berryjon

Pattern Recognition #100 - Alpha Boons

It's here! I return once again to the beginning and with it comes Issue #100 of Pattern Recognition!

Features , Opinion , Pattern Recognition 02/14/2019 by berryjon

Pattern Recognition #99 - Slow Grow, Week 3

Hey, it's berryjon's Slow Grow League again! new choices, new decisions and new interesting results in Week Three out of Six!

Features , Opinion , Pattern Recognition 01/31/2019 by berryjon

Pattern Recognition #98

What's new is old, and what's old is new again! Today, berryjon looks at something that is both of these things, and how it's been tried before and after.

Features , Opinion , Pattern Recognition 01/24/2019 by berryjon

Pattern Recognition #97 - Slow Grow 2

Today, berryjon returns to his Slow Grow League, and Week 2. Cards and exchanged! More games are played, and observations observed! Will he win anything, find out!

Features , Opinion , Pattern Recognition 01/17/2019 by berryjon

Pattern Recognition #96 - Custom Card Critique Finale

One last time, berryjon Critiques Custom Cards! Anything in here he likes? Come and see!

Card Design , Features , Opinion , Pattern Recognition 01/10/2019 by berryjon

Pattern Recognition #95 - Slow Grow, Part 1

Welcome back to Pattern Recognition in the new year! Today, berryjon starts his retrospective and post-mortem on a Commander League he went to a couple months ago, and it ain't pretty.

Features , Opinion , Pattern Recognition 01/03/2019 by berryjon

Pattern Recognition #94 - Custom Card Critique 5

The second to last Card Critique is here! What's inside, and will berryjon finally find something he can't improve or make suggestions too? Find out within!

Card Design , Features , Opinion , Pattern Recognition 12/13/2018 by berryjon

Pattern Recognition #93 - With a Cause

Today, berryjon fights! But he doesn't use the mechanic. Rather, he has a cause to fight for, and to make the other guy die for it!

Features , Opinion , Pattern Recognition 12/06/2018 by berryjon

Pattern Recognition #92 - Custom Card Critique 4

Welcome back to more cards reviews! This time, berryjon actually has some diamonds in the rough to work with. And some turds.

Card Design , Features , Opinion , Pattern Recognition 11/29/2018 by berryjon

Pattern Recognition #91 - Mana Denial

This week, berryjon examines a very low-key, but vitally important aspect to the color Red, and why it has to stay that way.

Features , Opinion , Pattern Recognition 11/22/2018 by berryjon

Pattern Recognition #90 - Custom Card Critique 3

Hello everyone, and welcome back to another round of Custom Card Critique! Where berryjon sorts through the ideas you guys have, and this time, he might actually find one that's print worthy!

Card Design , Features , Opinion , Pattern Recognition 11/15/2018 by berryjon

Pattern Recognition #89 - Digging

Still on a Ravnica kick, today berryjon looks at one of the more serious mechanics to come out of the original set. One powerful enough to get multiple bannings in Modern from the day it was approved of!

Features , Opinion , Pattern Recognition 11/08/2018 by berryjon

Pattern Recognition #88 - Custom Card Critique 2

Back for more cards, are you? This time, berryjon examines three more. From the average, to the better-than-best to the poorly worded.

Card Design , Features , Opinion , Pattern Recognition 10/25/2018 by berryjon

Pattern Recognition #87 - Convoke

No cards this week, but perhaps you can pay for them more easy this way than that? berryjon takes a look one of the mechanics that keeps showing up despite not being Evergreen or Deciduous.

Features , Opinion , Pattern Recognition 10/11/2018 by berryjon

Pattern Recognition #86 - Custom Card Critique

Today, berryjon starts his intermittent series where he looks at cards created by you, the community, and gives some feedback about them.

Not all of them are good.

Features , Opinion , Pattern Recognition 10/04/2018 by berryjon

Pattern Recognition #85 - Range Strike

You know what's better than First Strike and Double Strike? Range Strike! What's that and why is it gone? berryjon takes a peek under the hood of a lost mechanic.

Features , Opinion , Pattern Recognition 09/27/2018 by berryjon

Pattern Recognition #84 - I Love Landfall

There are some things that berryjon absolutely loves in the game. Today, he gushes over a mechanic he wishes was Evergreen for a variety of reasons.

Features , Opinion , Pattern Recognition 09/20/2018 by berryjon

Pattern Recognition #83 - Bolster

Today, berryjon is out of workable ideas, so he picks a card at random to look at. Again. Lazy bum.

Features , Opinion , Pattern Recognition 09/13/2018 by berryjon

Pattern Recognition #82 - Vess

Picking up where her history ended, berryjon starts talking about her mechanics for Liliana Vess all the way to Liliana, Untouched By Death.

Features , Opinion , Pattern Recognition 09/06/2018 by berryjon

Pattern Recognition #81 - Liliana

Today, berryjon actually has positive things to say about a Planeswalker! Liliana Vess is far better than she looks, that's for sure.

Features , Opinion , Pattern Recognition 08/30/2018 by berryjon

Pattern Recognition #80 - Commander's Flaw?

Welcome back! After picking up the Commander 2018 boxes two weeks ago, berryjon feels that he must share a very disappointing observation about the format as a whole. Perhaps one of you can offer a suitable counterpoint?

Features , Opinion , Pattern Recognition 08/23/2018 by berryjon

Pattern Recognition #79 - Ravnica's End

Finally, berryjon finishes off his retrospection of Ravnica. Now here's hoping Wizards does right by it after last time.

Features , Opinion , Pattern Recognition 08/16/2018 by berryjon

Pattern Recognition #78 - A Response to the Tolarian Community College, Part 2

This week, berryjon finishes his essay regarding the most important part of Magic's meta, and who the current champion is in his eyes.

Features , Opinion , Pattern Recognition 08/02/2018 by berryjon

Pattern Recognition #77 - A Response to the Tolarian Community College

berryjon takes a break from Ravnica this week to address a subject brought up by the Tolarian Community Collage over on YouTube. And it's a very important subject about the story behind the game.

Features , Opinion , Pattern Recognition 07/26/2018 by berryjon

Pattern Recognition #76 - The Story of Ravnica, Part 2

Guildpact and Dissension! It's time for more awesome story as Agrus Kos, Wojek Veteran has several bad days in a row.

Features , Opinion , Pattern Recognition 07/19/2018 by berryjon

Pattern Recognition #75 - The History of Ravnica

Ravnica has an amazing story to it, and today berryjon attempts to do it justice. Or at least start doing it justice. Because Agrus Kos, Wojek Veteran has an Boros Sigil | amazing right hook when it comes to dispensing justice.

Features , Opinion , Pattern Recognition 07/12/2018 by berryjon

Pattern Recognition #74 - Rav, Part 2

Today's Pattern Recognition has berryjon finish off the mechanics of the Guilds, and pick a couple as his personal best and worst of the lot. Opinions desired!

Features , Opinion , Pattern Recognition 07/05/2018 by berryjon

Pattern Recognition #73 - Ravnica, Part 1

By request, berryjon starts to dig deep into the history, mechanics, themes and choices that went into the second most popular Plane in Magic.

Welcome to Ravnica.

Features , Opinion , Pattern Recognition 06/28/2018 by berryjon

Pattern Recognition #72 - Time after Time

This week, berryjon does it again! And Again. And Again. And AGAIN. When will he stop? Probably never.

Features , Opinion , Pattern Recognition 06/21/2018 by berryjon

Pattern Recognition #71 - Fuel for the Fire

On today's issue, berryjon adds some fuel to the fire in hopes that it doesn't go out. Or explodes on him.

Features , Opinion , Pattern Recognition 06/14/2018 by berryjon

Pattern Recognition #70 - Removal

What is up with removal spells? Why can they be so hard to make work or cast?

Turns out, the problem isn't with Removal, as berryjon gives a quick discussion on why this week.

Features , Opinion , Pattern Recognition 06/07/2018 by berryjon

Pattern Recognition #69 - Storm

Just keep casting spells, and maybe you'll win. Today, berryjon looks at the end result of this thought - spells that cast themselves!

Features , Opinion , Pattern Recognition 05/31/2018 by berryjon

Pattern Recognition #68 - Scry 1

Today, berryjon looks at the top of his Library and tries to determine if he should keep it or not. Perhaps he will Foresee a solution!

Features , Opinion , Pattern Recognition 05/24/2018 by berryjon

Pattern Recognition #67 - Mana Curves

Bell? Line? Cliff? What kind of curve do you like? In this issue of Pattern Recognition, berryjon gives a quick primer on what it is, and what it can look like for some archetypes.

Features , Opinion , Pattern Recognition 05/10/2018 by berryjon

Pattern Recognition #66 - Combo Creatures

What's better than Modal spells? Why, creatures that have another card built in! Today, berryjon tries to make sense of this idea. And wanders around like a Meandering River.

Features , Opinion , Pattern Recognition 05/03/2018 by berryjon

Pattern Recognition #65 - The Case of Extended

Today, berryjon examines some of the issues between Standard and Modern, then suggests a nice compromise that already exists.

Features , Opinion , Pattern Recognition 04/26/2018 by berryjon

Pattern Recognition #64 - Dominaria Spiral

With Dominaria on the horizon, berryjon looks at some of the cards and their historical* basis.

*Cards not guaranteed to be Legends, Artifacts or Sagas.

Features , Opinion , Pattern Recognition 04/12/2018 by berryjon

Pattern Recognition #63 - Phyrexia, Part 2

And here is the other hand of berryjon's look at the one great Evil in Magic's history. Nicol Bolas, you're a poser!

Features , Opinion , Pattern Recognition 04/05/2018 by berryjon

Pattern Recognition #62 - Phyrexia, Part 1

The one true evil force for Magic, the Phyrexians. Today, berryjon gives a quick history lesson into their impact on the story of Magic.

Features , Opinion , Pattern Recognition 03/29/2018 by berryjon

Pattern Recognition #61 - Set out of Time

Today, as berryjon works his courage up to talk about Dominaria, he starts by talking about a certain set that is quite out of time - and no, it's not Time Spiral!

Features , Opinion , Pattern Recognition 03/22/2018 by berryjon

Pattern Recognition #60 - Masters

Tomorrow, the third Masters set is released in a year. berryjon weighs in on what they are, what they want to be, and why Wizards is messing up.

Features , Opinion , Pattern Recognition 03/15/2018 by berryjon

Pattern Recognition #59 - Slivers

What's the most powerful tribe? Not Elves. Not Goblins. Not Vehicles.

It's Slivers!

Features , Opinion , Pattern Recognition 03/08/2018 by berryjon

Pattern Recognition #58 - Red Deck Wins

As one of the most consistent deck types in the game, today berryjon looks under the hood with Red Deck Wins and how it rises and falls.

Features , Opinion , Pattern Recognition 03/01/2018 by berryjon

Pattern Recognition #57 - Legendary

Legends make the game, and the game makes Legends. Today, berryjon talks a bit about the history of the Legendary supertype, and what this means for the game.

Features , Opinion , Pattern Recognition 02/22/2018 by berryjon

Pattern Recognition #56 - Fetches

Want to thin your deck? Well, it turns out that there are good options and bad ones. Which one do Fetch Lands fall under?

Features , Opinion , Pattern Recognition 02/15/2018 by berryjon

Pattern Recognition #55 - Artifact Sets

Today on Pattern Recognition, berryjon looks at Artifact Sets, and what their problems are, as well as a couple of solutions.

Features , Opinion , Pattern Recognition 02/01/2018 by berryjon

Pattern Recognition #54D - Dessert

Thank Urza, it's finally over! Today, berryjon gives a summary of what it means for the previous week's worth of numerical breakdown, and why Wizards has done something right with them.

Features , Opinion , Pattern Recognition 01/25/2018 by berryjon

Pattern Recognition #54C - Keyword Sandwich

In this issue of Pattern Recognition, berryjon finishes off his Keyword Sandwich with the last five mechanics. He's a bit more verbose this time. And it's almost done, he swears!

Features , Opinion , Pattern Recognition 01/18/2018 by berryjon

Pattern Recognition #54B - Keyword Salad

This week, berryjon looks at the middle third of the 15 Evergreen Creature Keywords currently in the game - Flying through LIfelink.

Features , Opinion , Pattern Recognition 01/11/2018 by berryjon

Pattern Recognition #54A - Keyword Soup, Part 1

Today, berryjon begins his multi-part analysis of all the Evergreen Creature Keywords in Magic! All 15 of them.

Features , Opinion , Pattern Recognition 01/04/2018 by berryjon

Pattern Recognition #53 - Resurrection

Hello everyone! This week, this week, berryjon addresses a curious request from a reader who wants to know why White has been losing out on cards like Resurrection.

Features , Opinion , Pattern Recognition 11/30/2017 by berryjon

Pattern Recognition #52 - Arabian Nights

With Magic's newest set coming out this week, berryjon takes a look at a different set completely!

Features , Opinion , Pattern Recognition 11/23/2017 by berryjon

Pattern Recognition #51 - Morph

What's in a card? What if you can't tell what it is? What does that make it? Today, berryjon addresses the mechanic that raises these questions, and why it is both good and bad.

Features , Opinion , Pattern Recognition 11/16/2017 by berryjon

Pattern Recognition #50 - Alpha Boons

Welcome back to Pattern Recognition, where everything that has come before will come again.

Features , Opinion , Pattern Recognition 11/02/2017 by berryjon

Pattern Recognition #49 - Modal

This week, berryjon takes a look at a different case of Two-For-One. Only this time, it's a positive thing!

Features , Opinion , Pattern Recognition 10/26/2017 by berryjon

Pattern Recognition #48 - The Great Machine

In this week's Pattern Recognition, berryjon makes a Babylon 5 reference, and points out some of the history of that reference, and what happened when it came out again.

Features , Opinion , Pattern Recognition 10/12/2017 by berryjon

Pattern Recognition #47 - Friends and Family

Friends and Family are the most important thing ever. Especially when they are in the game for that exact reason. Confused? Let berryjon's thoughts weft across your expectations.

Features , Pattern Recognition 10/05/2017 by berryjon

Pattern Recognition #46 - Pirates!

Today, berryjon builds a deck. Here's hoping it doesn't suck!

Features , Opinion 09/28/2017 by berryjon

Pattern Recognition #45 - We can be Heroes

Today, berryjon talks about one of Theros' more prolific mechanics, and the reasons why it failed - leading into the version of it that did succeed. Mostly because his actual planned article for this week couldn't be done in time.

Opinion , Pattern Recognition 09/21/2017 by berryjon

Pattern Recognition #44 - Flowstone

Shape the world, shape your creatures. Today, berryjon looks at an old theme in an old set, and why the results were important for combat.

Opinion , Pattern Recognition 09/14/2017 by berryjon

Pattern Recognition #43 - Gideon Jura

Today, with Jace Totally Lost, berryjon talks about the next member of the Gatewatch, and why having only two loyalty abilities is a hinderance.

Opinion , Pattern Recognition 09/07/2017 by berryjon

Pattern Recognition #42 - Band of Brothers

With this mechanic, berryjon describes how none of us are as strong as all of us. As long as you understand the rules. Urza knows even the author has problems sometimes!

Opinion , Pattern Recognition 08/31/2017 by berryjon

Pattern Recognition #41 - Licids

Adding creatures to creatures is something that was done once long ago, and once in more recent history. Today, berryjon looks at Licids, and their place in history.

Opinion , Pattern Recognition 08/24/2017 by berryjon

Pattern Recognition #40 - Removal

I cast Fatal Push. I cast Counterspell. I cast Crossbow Infantry. What do they all have in common? Today, berryjon talks about removal and why it's so powerful, and fragile at the same time.

Opinion , Pattern Recognition 08/17/2017 by berryjon

Pattern Recognition #39 - Upkeep

Pay now, or pay later, but you will always need to pay during the upkeep. berryjon rambles on about one of the important points in the game, and why its use has changed over the years.

Features , Opinion 08/03/2017 by berryjon

Pattern Recognition #38 - Spellshapers

Today, berryjon looks at a creature type that hasn't been in the game for a while, but still comes up from time to time when Creatures think they can be Players, if only for just one moment.

Features , Opinion 07/27/2017 by berryjon

Pattern Recognition #37 - Figure of Destiny and Level Up

What do you do when you draw a 1/1 for 1 on turn 8? Unless it has something spectacular going for it, there's not a lot, really. Today, berryjon looks at a couple attempts by Wizards to alleviate that potential problem.

Features , Opinion 07/20/2017 by berryjon

Pattern Recognition #36 - Damage and Life Loss

When is taking damage not taking damage? And when has taking damage never done a thing? This issue of Pattern Recognition has berryjon splitting some really fine hairs when it comes to damage and life loss.

Features , Opinion 07/13/2017 by berryjon

Pattern Recognition #35 - Core Sets

Who likes things that are reliable? berryjon does, and this issue of Pattern Recognition will explain what he thinks is one of the most reliable things in Magic - when done right.

Features , Opinion , Pattern Recognition 07/06/2017 by berryjon

Pattern Recognition #34 - Dual Lands

Today, berryjon talks about Dual Lands and what makes them different from all the others.

And gets annoyed in the process when his sense of pattern recognition picks something out.

Features , Opinion , Pattern Recognition 06/29/2017 by berryjon

Pattern Recognition #33 - Volvers Redux

In this reprint of a lost issue of Pattern Recognition, berryjon talks about the best multi-coloured card cycle in the game. At least, in his opinion.

Features , Opinion , Pattern Recognition 06/15/2017 by berryjon

Pattern Recognition #32 - Functional Reprints

No, you're not seeing this article again for the first time. Nor is it an article you're never going to see again. berryjon looks at one of the great mistakes of Magic, and some of the fallout from it.

Features , Opinion , Pattern Recognition 06/08/2017 by berryjon

Pattern Recognition #31 - NWO

berryjon says there ain't no Hulk here! Just an explanation about how the game design of Magic has stayed stable for years and years and years.

Features , Opinion , Pattern Recognition 06/01/2017 by berryjon

Pattern Recognition #30 - Regeneration

berryjon keeps coming back for more and more and more in this installment of Pattern Recognition. Just what can keep a good creature down anyway?

Features , Opinion , Pattern Recognition 05/25/2017 by berryjon

Pattern Recognition #29 - Leviathans

Go big or go home with this week's issue of Pattern Recognition. And even if you do go home, there might be nothing left by the time you get there.

Features , Opinion , Pattern Recognition 05/18/2017 by berryjon

Pattern Recognition #28 - In Response, Spin Top

In Response to a certain Banning, berryjon will sit and spin in circles until he gets what he wants.

Features , Opinion , Pattern Recognition 05/11/2017 by berryjon

Pattern Recognition #27 - Enchanted

In this issue of Pattern Recognition, berryjon looks at one of the weak points in Magic's design - and the brilliant workaround that Wizards created to make the concept workable again.

Features , Opinion , Pattern Recognition 05/04/2017 by berryjon

Pattern Recognition #26 - Rarity

In this issue of Pattern Recognition, berryjon attempts to prove that a whole class of cards don't exist! Success not guaranteed.

Features , Opinion , Pattern Recognition 04/27/2017 by berryjon

Pattern Recognition #25 - Hybrid Mana

A little bit of this or a little bit of that means that cards can be made easier to play. In this issue of Pattern Recognition, berryjon discusses the history of Hybrid Mana.

Features , Opinion , Pattern Recognition 04/20/2017 by berryjon

Pattern Recognition #24 - Ninjutsu

Sneaky-sneaky goes the mechanic. Right into the dustpile of history. berryjon looks at Ninjitsu in this issue!

Features , Opinion , Pattern Recognition 04/13/2017 by berryjon

Pattern Recognition #23 - The Stack

What goes up, must come down. Join berryjon as he goes down into the dark depths of Magic's history to show why we play the game the way we do.

Features , Opinion , Pattern Recognition 04/06/2017 by berryjon

Pattern Recognition #22 - I Hate Jace

You know whom I despise more than anyone else? A certain character who has mediocre cards, and could be forgotten about tomorrow and the story would go on without?

Yeah. I thought so too.

Features , Opinion , Pattern Recognition 03/23/2017 by berryjon

Pattern Recognition #21 - Mana Rocks

You know what rocks? Mana rocks! In this issue of Pattern Recognition, I go back to an old subject and bring forward one of the possible solutions to it.

Features , Opinion , Pattern Recognition 03/16/2017 by berryjon

Pattern Recognition #20 - Hunted

In this issue, we look at cards that are hunted for the benefits they bring. And I mean that with a straight face!

Features , Opinion , Pattern Recognition 03/09/2017 by berryjon

Pattern Recognition #19 - Modern Master

You all know it. You all want it. So... where did it come from, and why was it a mistake? After all, Modern wouldn't be Modern without it.

Features , Opinion , Pattern Recognition 03/02/2017 by berryjon

Pattern Recognition #18 - A Purchased Rare

In this issue of Pattern Recognition, berryjon talks about the first rare he bought as a single, and the subsequent versions of that card that have been printed.

Features , Opinion , Pattern Recognition 02/23/2017 by berryjon

Pattern Recognition #17 - ACC

ACC. Bet you don't know what that is a backronym for, do you? Well, neither did I before I started writing this article. What is Aggro, Combo and Control?

Features , Opinion , Pattern Recognition 02/16/2017 by berryjon

Pattern Recognition #16 - Nothing to Fear

What is there to Fear when you play against Black? Quite a lot, it seems.

Features , Opinion , Pattern Recognition 02/09/2017 by berryjon

Pattern Recognition #15 - The Two Great Cycles

What goes around, comes around. So, what exactly is going around anyway?

Features , Opinion , Pattern Recognition 02/02/2017 by berryjon

Pattern Recognition #14 - Formats

In this issue of Pattern Recognition, berryjon touches on the many different formats there are in the game.

Features , Opinion , Pattern Recognition 01/26/2017 by berryjon

Pattern Recognition #13 - Board Wipes

Well, why not blow everything up? berryjon talks about the hows and the whys of wiping out the board.

Features , Opinion , Pattern Recognition 01/19/2017 by berryjon

Pattern Recognition #12 - Lands Matter

Lands don't really matter, do they? In this issue of Pattern Recognition, berryjon talks about some of the ways in which they do matter.

Features , Opinion , Pattern Recognition 01/12/2017 by berryjon

Pattern Recognition #11 - Volvers

Welcome back to 2017, and Pattern Recognition begins its next run with a unique cycle of creatures and how they helped define drafting and multicoloured decks!

Features , Opinion , Pattern Recognition 01/05/2017 by berryjon

Pattern Recognition #10 - Alternate Casting Costs

So, when is a card's casting cost, not it's real casting cost? berryjon takes a look at a cycle of cards that redefined what it means to play a card. And a few other cases.

Features , Opinion , Pattern Recognition 12/11/2016 by berryjon

Pattern Recognition #9 - Winning and Losing

When can you win without winning, or lose without losing? berryjon looks at what goes into Alternate Win and Loss conditions in this issue.

Features , Opinion , Pattern Recognition 11/24/2016 by berryjon

Pattern Recognition #8 - Bears

In this issue, berryjon talks about one of the inhabitants of Oz. Lions and Tigers and ... what?

Features , Opinion , Pattern Recognition 11/17/2016 by berryjon

Pattern Recognition #7 - Tribal

What's on every creature, and you tend to ignore until it becomes the most important thing in the world? Find out when Berryjon talks about perhaps the most pervasive concept in Magic.

Features , Opinion , Pattern Recognition 11/10/2016 by berryjon

Pattern Recognition #6B - Card Draw 2

In this issue, berryjon finishes answering the question about Card Draw by breaking it down by colors and discussing the pros and cons of each.

Features , Opinion , Pattern Recognition 11/03/2016 by berryjon

Pattern Recognition #6A - Card Draw Part 1

This week's issue of Pattern Recognition is the first half of a response to the first request - what exactly is Card Draw?

Features , Opinion , Pattern Recognition 10/27/2016 by berryjon

Pattern Recognition #5 - The Problematic Planeswalker

There is a problem with a certain Planewalker, and it's not their fault. Pattern Recognition #5 takes a look at a larger issue and how one 'Walker is the perfect exemplar of it.

Features , Opinion , Pattern Recognition 10/20/2016 by berryjon

Pattern Recognition #4 - Live Faster, Die Harder

This issue brings to the table a series of creatures that all do the same thing, from Fourth Edition to Kaladesh, and very often in between. Assuming they stick around long enough for you to see them.

Features , Opinion 10/13/2016 by berryjon

Pattern Recognition #3 - Combat Tricks

Pattern Recognition #3 - in this issue, berryjon talks about Combat Tricks that appears on creature cards, and why most of them have failed.

Features , Opinion , Pattern Recognition 10/09/2016 by berryjon

Pattern Recognition #2 - Protection

You know what annoys players more than anything else? Not getting the result they want. Which is something that White is very, very good at doing.

Features , Opinion , Pattern Recognition 09/29/2016 by berryjon

Pattern Recognition #1 - The Alpha Boons

In this inaugural chapter of Pattern Recognition, berryjon looks at one of the first true cycles in the game.

Features , Opinion , Pattern Recognition 09/22/2016 by berryjon


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