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Takeaways from the Rivals of Ixalan Pre-Prerelease

by Melissa DeTora January 12 2018

Melissa recently went to Canada for the Rivals of Ixalan Pre-Prerelease, which led to some great discussion about some of the new cards.

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Block Monsters and How We Avoid Them

by Melissa DeTora January 5 2018

Block monsters, the bane of a healthy Standard metagame, show up when all the components of a tier 1 deck are drawn from a single block.

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Play Design and Digital Magic

by Melissa DeTora December 15 2017

A lot of work goes on behind the scenes to ensure Magic cards play well regardless of the medium.

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Designing a Diverse Standard Metagame

by Melissa DeTora December 8 2017

Melissa talks about the "buckets" the Play Design team uses to fill Standard with a diverse range of archetypes.

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Play Design Stories: Pro Tour Ixalan Edition

by Melissa DeTora November 10 2017

Pro Tour Ixalan was full of surprises—even for the Play Design team!

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Designing for Noncompetitive Environments

by Melissa DeTora November 3 2017

Not every player is interested in playing on the Pro Tour, and not every deck needs to be tier 1 tournament-viable.

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The M-Files: Ixalan Edition, Part 2

by Melissa DeTora October 20 2017

Melissa completes the M-Files for Ixalan, taking an inside look at the red, green, multicolored, artifact, and land cards.

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The M-Files: Ixalan Edition, Part 1

by Melissa DeTora October 13 2017

Melissa returns to the M-Files to look back at the Ixalan design file now that the set has been released.

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Philosophy of Control

by Melissa DeTora October 6 2017

Melissa shares a look into how R&D positions decks that always want the last word.

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Four Rules for a Balanced Format

by Melissa DeTora September 29 2017

The Play Design team uses four rules to guide their decisions and create a balanced Standard format.

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