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Hey Jon could we see an article about the concept of the sideboard, how it came to be what the thought process is in how it is used. Did love the idea or did anyone object? I'm a still very new and casual player but a sideboard strikes me a little bit like cheating, like replacing your pawns with a row of rooks. Shouldn't the challenge of building flexibility into your deck be to have that flexibility actually IN the deck. Ultimately I guess it just speeds up the game wins come on turn 5/6 more reliably than it would be turn 7, 8, 9, without it but is that really a bad thing?

Also when I bought into the game instead of taking small chunks from each set I went big specifically on the Tarkir block just because being casual in my approach I wanted to maximize synergy and flavour in my collection. As such I'd love to see an article just on your thoughts of that set, what went right, what went wrong, what they'd have to do in any plans to return to Tarkir. I know Mark Rosewater has said Dragons was a disappointment but what lessons should be learned from that?

Anyways I always look forward to you work when I see, keep up the great job.

June 15, 2018 6:21 a.m.

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I'm still surprised that Magistrate's Scepter is getting reprinted in Core 2019. I didn't think any card from Mercadian Masques except for Cho-Manno, Revolutionary would be good enough to get into another set! :)

June 23, 2018 12:30 a.m.

Darn. Well, thanks for the info. I'll try to code the syntax to future-proof the specific lands then for when implementation is completed.

June 22, 2018 11:49 p.m.

There seems to be large gaps in the alternate land arts in the system. I was going through Ravnica, and attempting to use the syntax of Plains (RAV:95115) like so: Plains doesn't actually link to the correct image. It instead links to the default Ravnica Plains, which is Gatherer ID 95108, not 95115.

Quick testing indicates that this is true for all Ravnica Basics, as well as Ice Age, 7th Edition (oh god, those arts are ugly), and others.

Is the error in the guide for syntax formatting, or is it on the back end that just looks at the first Gatherer ID# for each Basic Land and goes with that?

June 22, 2018 8:19 p.m.

You still have Nicol Bolas as Unknown, when he is from Dominaria. This has been true since Legends, and not changed with the divide between Pre- and Post-Revisionist histories.

June 22, 2018 8:14 p.m.

AlphaAuthority: Apex of Power isn't in the system yet, so the link goes to the Deck, and not the card. Which is why I spelled out the card in the article.

June 16, 2018 11:40 a.m.

Welp, new Bolas and new Ajani. Still no sign of Ugin though.

June 16, 2018 3:28 a.m.

Added the five mono-coloured Walkers from their respective packs in Core 2019, and Vivien Reid. Let's see what the new Nicol and Ugin are like and what they are called.

June 16, 2018 12:26 a.m.

Said on Core 19 = ......



Are you dissing High Tide and Hymn to Tourach? That's it! Dancing Scimitar fight at dawn! ;)

June 15, 2018 1:18 a.m.

Said on Core 19 = ......


I dunno. You'd have to suck pretty badly to match the Worst Set Ever: Chronicles.

June 14, 2018 5:39 p.m.

Artifacts exist for a reason, and if you look hard enough, they can solve a lot of problems! ;)

June 11, 2018 10:14 a.m.


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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