Ask Wizards: Tuesday, August 19

Posted in ARCHIVES - ARTICLES on August 19, 2014

By Mike McArtor

Mike first played with Ice Age and became the copy editor for in December 2011. Before DailyMTG, he was an editor on D&D's Dragon magazine for four years.

Ask Wizards is a monthly feature that gives you a chance to ask us questions and have them answered. If you'd like to submit a question, please email it to We aren't able to answer every question we receive, but if we can, it might show up in the coming months!

An overwhelming army (well, three) of cunning questions about Zombies, lands, and decks awaits!

Q: Since Undead Warchief reduces the cost of Zombie spells by 1, does this include the sorcery: Army of the Damned? —Russell

A: No. A spell is a Zombie spell only if it has "Zombie" in the type line. Since there are no Zombie tribal spells, the Warchief only reduces Zombie creature spells.

But ah-ah-ah, that's not entirely true, because of changeling! That ability can give the Zombie creature type (and every other creature type) to noncreature spells. Those spells would also get a discount from Undead Warchief.

Q: Will the next expansion come out with new lands linked to three colors? —Rafael

A: Yes! There are indeed three-color lands in Khans of Tarkir, as shown in Blake's Duel Decks: Speed vs. Cunning article. And also right here:

Q: I'm pretty overwhelmed by all the different types of decks. I'm brand new to Magic and am looking for a deck and/or decks to play with my brother. I'm just wondering what you think would be the best option? —Phill

A: Welcome to the game and the community, Phill! :) What kind of deck to pick up depends quite a bit on what kind of Magic you want to play. It can be daunting, so let me break it down a little for you:

  • Casual: If you want to grab a deck or two and just play with whomever, the decks in Duel Decks: Speed vs. Cunning are a decent place to start. Casual Magic is far and away the most popular, and you can find people interested in playing it anywhere.
  • Standard: With Magic 2015, we introduced Clash Packs, which are two 60-card decks you can play as-is or combine into a single, more powerful deck. The most popular competitive format for Magic is Standard. We will also be releasing an Event Deck shortly after Khans of Tarkir comes out. Event Decks are designed to be fairly competitive in Standard.
  • Modern: Earlier this year, we released a Modern Event Deck meant to do for that format what expansion-based Event Decks do for Standard. If you're interested in Modern, that deck is a great place to start.

I hope that helps!