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Play Design

Making History at Grand Prix Minneapolis

by Melissa DeTora August 18 2017

Grand Prix Minneapolis was a tournament of firsts for Melissa—and for professional Magic coverage in general!

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Philosophy of Combo

by Melissa DeTora August 4 2017

What is "combo," and how does R&D balance it? Melissa puts the pieces together.

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FFL 101: How We Build Decks

by Melissa DeTora July 28 2017

Melissa (with help from Andrew Brown) explains how the Play Design team builds decks for the Future Future League.

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The M-Files: Hour of Devastation, Part 2

by Melissa DeTora July 21 2017

Melissa continues her commentary on the commentary inside the Hour of Devastation card file.

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The M-Files: Hour of Devastation, Part 1

by Melissa DeTora July 14 2017

Melissa dives into our internal database to begin her series of card-by-card stories for Hour of Devastation.

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Designing Hour of Devastation Cards to Meet FFL Goals

by Melissa DeTora July 7 2017

Melissa shares a behind-the-scenes look at how the Play Design team uses Future Future League playtesting to balance Standard.

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Designing Deserts for Draft and Standard

by Melissa DeTora June 30 2017

Melissa explains how R&D went about implementing a Deserts-matter theme in Hour of Devastation.

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Cycle of Torment

by Melissa DeTora June 23 2017

Melissa reintroduces herself and shows off a punishing cycle from Hour of Devastation.

How to Build

Zombies Reloaded

by Melissa DeTora July 8 2016

Will Zombies take center stage when Eldritch Moon enters the fray? Melissa's preview card makes a compelling argument.

Ways to Play

Shadows over Innistrad Cube All-Stars

by Melissa DeTora June 14 2016

Melissa scours Shadows over Innistrad to find the cards most likely to make their way into your cube.

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