Jason’s Archives: MARO IAMA, Fanmade Planeswalkers, Laser Deckboxes & Phoenix Top 16

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I’m back for another installment of my archives. I don’t want to waste another minute up front because I am (almost) literally giddy about what I have for you up first. Continuing my motif of providing you with quality Q &A in the form of IAMAs on, we have what is possibly the most exciting IAMA to date, MARO himself!

Mark Rosewater IAMA

Take the time to give this a read, it’s well worth it.


Did you read the whole thing? It’s cool if you didn’t, but if you did, you will get a real kick out of what I have up next.  Redditor Fissionessence made a foily mockup of the card Rosewater said at the top of his IAMA that he’d like to see:

Looking good, Fissionessence! He credits OfChristAndMen, also a redditor, with coming up with the awesome name: Spellmeoplasm. Very cool stuff, guys!

If you haven’t gotten enough MARO Q&A, Redditor  jpjandrade pointed out that MARO has a tumblr where he does a Q&A practically daily! Very nice find, jpjandrade!

Fan-made custom Planeswalkers

Garruk66 blew my mind with the nine Planeswalkers he cooked up himself. It’s amazing what creative people can do with a little bit of computing power backing them up. Take a look at what he came up with:

An ongoing discussion about potential balance issues for the ability ensued and can be found at

Custom LASER Deckboxes

Redditor Sivin96 linked some sweet pics of some laser-engraved deckboxes.

I may have to gate an artifact every upkeep, I’m so jelly. You know, like Esperzoa? Because... because he’s a… his card type is… jelly... fish.

Tough crowd.

Moving on.

Spoiler Analysis

The folks over at MTGSalvation are taking a very analytical, numeric approach to the spoiler. Using the set numbers on spoiled cards, they have come to a number of seemingly accurate conclusions about the cards yet to be spoiled.

This is well worth a read if you’re eager to know whether there will be any more multicolored cards in Avacyn Restored and if you're intererested in the clues the flavor of the set has given us about potential new cards.

SCG Open Phoenix Top 16

Finally, let’s dig into some decklists!

This last weekend was the SCG Open in Phoenix and the top 16 had a few surprises.

In less surprising news, however, there were 4 copies of U/W Delver in the top 16 of Standard. Some notables included a U/W Puresteel Paladin list piloted by Ryan Sterbenz. He seemed to be the only Mortarpod-based strategy breaking the top 16 as many players have managed to solve the Zombie problem.

R/G is very popular and its variants include a Naya pod, a pod-less Naya deck and the R/G Aggro strategy, piloted by Yurien Seyssel taking top honors.

Esper is also beginning to pop up at more events where Blue players are realizing that if you can’t beat the card advantage from Lingering Souls, you may as well run it. The Black inclusion gives control mages access to myriad answers such as Bloodline Keeper and Curse of Death’s Hold, which helps make sure your opponent’s souls don’t linger for long.

The legacy portion of the event saw four Delver strategies in the top 16, which is a worrisome trend for those of us who don’t want to see Legacy turn into standard 2.0. Ironically enough, in a top 16 swarming with Insectile Aberrations, there wasn’t a Punishing Fire to be found, as the only top 16 Maverick list stuck with G/W.

I particularly enjoyed seeing Jason Broach’s Hive Mind list get third at the event. With Storm, Belcher and Hive Mind in the top 16, maybe Legacy isn’t entirely ruled by Delver just yet. Sherwin Pu’s RUG Delver list did take top honors, however, with a sideboard that containing three Sulfur Elementals.

Someone really doesn’t like Thalia.

Good night and better lucky

That’s all I have for you this week , loyal readers. Until next time!

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Jason Alt

Jason Alt is a value trader and writer. He is Quiet Speculation's self-appointed web content archivist and co-captain of the interdepartmental dodgeball team. He enjoys craft microbrews and doing things ironically. You may have seen him at magic events; he wears black t-shirts and has a beard and a backpack so he's pretty easy to spot. You can hear him as co-host on the Brainstorm Brewery podcast or catch his articles on He is also the Community Manager at and writes the odd article there, too. Follow him on Twitter @JasonEAlt unless you don't like having your mind blown.

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3 thoughts on “Jason’s Archives: MARO IAMA, Fanmade Planeswalkers, Laser Deckboxes & Phoenix Top 16

  1. I agree i dont want legacy to turn into delver.dec. Some pretty cool links here, i liked the deck box link and the fan made planeswalkers. also you are right sir the Maro Iama is a must read. good to see more top notch stuff.

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