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Pattern Recognition #177 - Landwalk Features Opinion Pattern Recognition

2020 November 26 by berryjon

When is a creature being unblockable a bad thing? When it's dependent on the opponent, and misses four times out of five, that's why. Let's take a look at Landwalk!

Pattern Recognition #176 - Artifact Filling Features Opinion Pattern Recognition

2020 November 19 by berryjon

Today, berryjon finishes his discussion of the place of Artifacts in the history of Magic, and how they interact with everyone else. There's a lot to cover!

Pattern Recognition #175 - Artifact Crust Features Opinion Pattern Recognition

2020 November 12 by berryjon

Today and next week, berryjon looks at the place of Artifacts and other colourless cards in the game, and how they interact with cards with actual colour in them. It's time for the last slices of the Colour Pie!

Pattern Recognition #174 - The First Planeswalker Features Opinion Pattern Recognition

2020 November 05 by berryjon

Who was the first? Not Urza, not Nicky B. and his sibling. No, there was a Planeswalker in the game before anyone else. What is their story? Read inside to find out.

Pattern Recognition #173 - Who Knows What Evil Lurks Features Opinion Pattern Recognition

2020 October 29 by berryjon

Not what you're thinking, this is one of the failed Mechanic's of Magic's history, and why it failed.

Pattern Recognition #172 - Moving from Competitive to Casual Features Opinion Pattern Recognition

2020 October 22 by berryjon

cEDH and Casual EDH are two different things entirely, as many people can attest. While there are many guides about going from one to the other, a lack of the other leads berryjon to talk about how to become Casual without losing what it means to be Competitive.

Pattern Recognition #171 - Bring a Friend to Commander Features Opinion Pattern Recognition

2020 October 08 by berryjon

Let's be friends with another Legend, shall we? And when we do that, we can bring a Partner to the whole deal!

Pattern Recognition #170 - Kobolds Features Opinion Pattern Recognition

2020 October 01 by berryjon

Today, berryjon looks at one of the absolute failures of a creature type. Kobolds! They're bad!

Pattern Recognition #169 - Orcs Features Opinion Pattern Recognition

2020 September 24 by berryjon

An old Tribe gets a new lease on life, and it seems to have stuck! Today, berryjon looks at a Tribe that has made it from Alpha all the way through to Core 2021 and beyond - with a rather large gap in the middle. The one, the only, the Orc!

Pattern Recognition #168 - Nahiri Features Opinion Pattern Recognition

2020 September 17 by berryjon

Welcome back! Today, we look at the history of Magic's current Villain, and one of the better ones - Nahiri, Heir of the Ancients!

Pattern Recognition #167 - Kicker Features Opinion Pattern Recognition

2020 September 10 by berryjon

What's better than casting a spell? Casting a better spell! Today, berryjon examines Kicker, a mechanic that does just that depending on the situation and the resources at hand.

Pattern Recognition #166 - Landfall redux Features Opinion Pattern Recognition

2020 September 03 by berryjon

Welcome back, Zendikar! And I see you've brought back two good friends with you. So let's talk about one of them, shall we? Let's revisit _Landfall_, what it is and what it does.

Pattern Recognition #165 - UB Fae Features Opinion Pattern Recognition

2020 August 27 by berryjon

Over a decade later, berryjon still remembers the most horrible of Standard decks to ever grace the game. Faeries!

Pattern Recognition #164 - A Replacement Mechanic Features Opinion Pattern Recognition

2020 August 20 by berryjon

This week, berryjon takes a look at an old mechanic and from there, proposes and develops a new one to help rehabilitate it.

Pattern Recognition #163 - Provoke and Goad Features Opinion Pattern Recognition

2020 August 13 by berryjon

Getting into combat should be a choice, but what happens when the choice it taken away from you? berryjon quickly glances at what happens this week.

Pattern Recognition #162 - Commanding Beast Features Opinion Pattern Recognition

2020 July 30 by berryjon

Take a Brawl Deck, add 40 cards, and what do you get? A Commander deck from berryjon that stars Questing Beast!

Pattern Recognition #161 - Questing Brawl Features Opinion Pattern Recognition

2020 July 23 by berryjon

Today, berryjon brews a Brawl Deck, and then plays it on Arena! Come see how he does, when he picks a not-all-that-popular commander/brawler.

Pattern Recognition #160 - Magnify your Appetite Features Opinion Pattern Recognition

2020 July 16 by berryjon

Hey everyone? Feeling peckish? Today, berryjon looks at two mechanics, one a success and one a failure and how they compare.

Pattern Recognition #159 - The Grandest Mechanic! Features Opinion Pattern Recognition

2020 July 09 by berryjon

Today, berryjon looks at the grandest mechanic in the game, and why Wizards keeps not making new cards with it. Because if there's one thing we know, a mechanic only needs five examples.

Pattern Recognition #158 - Colour Shift Features Opinion Pattern Recognition

2020 July 02 by berryjon

When is a card not a card? When will it Quickchange its skin to something else? berryjon talks about some of the history of Colour Shifts this week.