MTG Articles

Pattern Recognition #331 - Exploit Features Opinion Pattern Recognition

2024 July 18 by berryjon

And welcome back after my heat-induced week off. Today, I talk about a mechanic that has showed up in a couple sets and yet hasn't really gained any traction.

Pattern Recognition #330 - Slow Grow Points Proposal, Part 2 Features Opinion Pattern Recognition

2024 July 04 by berryjon

And this week, berryjon unveils his (hopefully) brilliant scheme to invest players in the Slow Grow format as well as make for more fun, interesting and chaotic play!

Pattern Recognition #327 - Kambarawl Gameplay Features Opinion Pattern Recognition

2024 June 13 by berryjon

Watch the video within! Bring popcorn! Enjoy the sights and sounds! Feedback is always welcome, especially after that showing.

Pattern Recognition #326 - Kambrawl Features Opinion Pattern Recognition

2024 June 06 by berryjon

Welcome back! It's that time of year, where I roll out a New Brawl deck and then upgrade it to a Commander in the follow-up! This year's chosen deck is certainly one to respect, that's for sure, and I'm sure you'll all have opinions and suggestions going forward too. Just remember to pay his taxes.

Pattern Recognition #325 - Threatened to Act Features Opinion Pattern Recognition

2024 May 30 by berryjon

Betrayal is such an ugly word. I have better ways to describe it. Like 'involuntary recruitment' or 'temporary change in loyalties'. After all, I should never have to Threaten you into an Act of Treason now, should I?

Pattern Recognition #324 - Annihilate! Features Opinion Pattern Recognition

2024 May 23 by berryjon

Remove everything! Destroy everything! Do what the Eldrazi do best in this week's blog!

Pattern Recognition #323 - Tokens For Ever! Features Opinion Pattern Recognition

2024 May 16 by berryjon

Today, berryjon looks at the history of token multipliers and the forces that shaped them thorough Magic's history. From Doubling Season onward, they've definitely made their mark!

Pattern Recognition #322 - One French Creature Features Opinion Pattern Recognition

2024 May 02 by berryjon

Cheap and Simple, creatures with an MV1 and simple abilities. What place do they have in the game, and why is it that way?

Pattern Recognition #321 - Batches and Batching Features Opinion Pattern Recognition

2024 April 25 by berryjon

What to do when you want to list a bunch of things, but the list gets too big? Why, Batch them of course!

Pattern Recognition #320 - Bob's Your Uncle Features Opinion Pattern Recognition

2024 April 18 by berryjon

Not really! Unless he is, in which case, hello Uncle Bob! but today, I take a quick look at one of Magic's cards that has had a historically outsized effect for its cost and ability. One that if printed as a new effect today wouldn't even be given the time of day.

Pattern Recognition #319 - Not For the Birds Features Opinion Pattern Recognition

2024 April 11 by berryjon

Today's article isn't about the birds, but the other fliers in the game that you're more likely than not to have seen out there. Fly, fly away with something that exists in REAL LIFE!

Pattern Recognition #318 - Bragging to Victory Features Opinion Pattern Recognition

2024 April 04 by berryjon

What is there to brag about? Well, today, berryjon takes a look at one of the mediocre mechanics that have come out in the past few years, and breaks it down for those who have probably never seen it. A toast to a Boast!

Pattern Recognition #317 - Slow Grow 6: THE END Features Opinion Pattern Recognition

2024 March 28 by berryjon

This week, berryjon goes over the last couple weeks of his annual Commander Tournament, and some casual thoughts about how it turned out.

Pattern Recognition #316 - Suspend Features Opinion Pattern Recognition

2024 March 14 by berryjon

A suspenseful mechanic from the days of ages past, Suspend is an interesting way of interacting with cards and the board. It's complicated though, and has its share of ups and downs.

Pattern Recognition #314 - A Choice Must Be Made Features Opinion Pattern Recognition

2024 February 29 by berryjon

A very narrow aspect to multiplayer, cards that cause all the players to vote should be more than a Multiple Choice!

Pattern Recognition #312 - Tezzeret the Card Features Opinion Pattern Recognition

2024 February 15 by berryjon

This week, I look at the eight cards of Tezzeret in quick review. Good? Bad? Ugly? Read within!

Pattern Recognition #311 - Tezzeret Features Opinion Pattern Recognition

2024 February 01 by berryjon

Today on Pattern Recognition, I return to my biographical series about some of the important (or not so important) characters of Magic's history. Today, Tezzeret of Tidehollow! Don't call him that. He'll kill you. Painfully.

Pattern Recognition #310 - Slow Grow 0A - Rules and Deck Features Opinion Pattern Recognition

2024 January 25 by berryjon

Well, with only a couple weeks to go, it's time to decide what deck to run, and to research potential upgrades. And the points/rules for this year are available as well, so that will affect my decisions. Come have a look, and I'm always open to suggestions!

Pattern Recognition #309 - Deserts Features Opinion Pattern Recognition

2024 January 18 by berryjon

For the record, a _Desert_ is defined by humidity, and not heat. You can have very cold Deserts too, not just ones filled with Sand. Today, I definitely talk about the latter, and their small piece of Magic.

Pattern Recognition #308 - Bounce Features Opinion Pattern Recognition

2024 January 11 by berryjon

What goes up and down, to your hand and back and never really stays in place long enough to do anything? Anything that gets Bounced of course!