Chris Cousens

Card Name: Birthing Pod
Mana Cost: 3 Phyrexian Green
Converted Mana Cost: 4
Types: Artifact
Card Text: (Phyrexian Green can be paid with either Green or 2 life.)
1 Phyrexian Green, Tap, Sacrifice a creature: Search your library for a creature card with converted mana cost equal to 1 plus the sacrificed creature’s converted mana cost, put that card onto the battlefield, then shuffle your library. Activate this ability only any time you could cast a sorcery.

The Philosophers of Magic: The Gathering

The Philosophers of Magic: The Gathering

  Many of the GasMTG writers identify with their psychographic and aesthetic profiles, as envisioned by Mark Rosewater, but some of them are not aware that many of history’s greatest philosophers were avid players too. Find out which philosopher shares a profile with you!   If you are Tammy/Timmy, congratulations! You share a psychographic profile […]

The Brew Ran True – PPTQ Tournament Report (Top 4)

The Brew Ran True – PPTQ Tournament Report (Top 4)

As part of GasMTG’s article series profiling the art of brewing, I have been invited to write a report of the recent Modern PPTQ at GUF Werribee. This tournament was the first time I unveiled the new brew I had been working on, which I named [Name redacted]. Of course, I can’t give away too […]

MTGO Reimbursement Program to End – Wollpert

MTGO Reimbursement Program to End – Wollpert

Magic: The Gathering Online reimbursement will end as of the next update, according to MTGO Director Worth Wollpert. ‘Look, MTGO has a unique problem – it’s created an online economy but without any of the traditional levers used to control markets’, Wollpert says. The ‘economy’ is that of ‘tickets’, a product available within the game […]

GP Meldrazi Report

GP Meldrazi Report

This man tested with a gang of degenerates for weeks – what happened next shocked me! Once upon a time, was legal in Modern. It was my favourite card, and was the driving force behind a great deck. Times were good. Then they banned it. I flailed around for a new deck of choice. Modern […]

A Nice Hot CoCo

A Nice Hot CoCo

There’s a new craze sweeping the magical world. And its catchy name will be sung from kitchen tables to gaming store dungeons, from the top eights of Grand Prix to PackWars. The new word in ubiquity – it’s Collected Company! Now I’m not normally one for ironic nicknames (#lie #falsehood  #taytay4hottest100) but here, I think […]

Playing in Position

Playing in Position

In reading and listening to the post-PTDTK commentary offered on SCG, I was struck by hearing both Ari Lax and Gerry Thompson use the phrase ‘out of position’ whilst analysing matches. This innocuous fragment of language stood out not because of its importance, but because it is a term borrowed from another game. No, not […]

The New Midrange

The New Midrange

In my last article (#shamelessselfpromotion), I suggested that Standard is moving in interesting new directions. Red decks are more powerful and faster. Whip decks have been driven out by Ugin, and U/B and Esper Dragons can handle the late game better than Abzan and Devotion. This leaves a hole in the middle of the metagame. […]

This One’s for the PPTQ Grinders

This One’s for the PPTQ Grinders

Dragons of Tarkir is on the shelves! Buy, buy, buy! Actually, now is probably not the best time to buy. The availability of DTK singles is low, demand is high, blah blah economics. This is not the place to talk about Magic finance. This is the place to listen to a questionable source blather about […]