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About Graveborn Muse

Daryl Bockett has been an avid Magic addict since Legends/Revised. He lives and breathes deckbuilding and casual play. "The more the merrier" is his creed! In those brief moments when he isn't playing, reading or thinking about Magic, he teaches at Rikkyo University in Tokyo. He has a Ph.D. in International Relations, which is basically only useful for helping him to understand the strategic interactions at a multiplayer table.

Graveborn Musings—The Fast (Mana) and the Furious (Timmies)

One of the biggest issues in the Commander community has for some time been the prevalence of mana acceleration. For example, check out this analysis of Sol Ring and ensuing discussion, the discussion on fast mana in this episode of … Continue reading

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Graveborn Musings—Revenge, Prevenge and Prophecy

Have you ever won a four-player on turn four without playing combo, or even attacking? I have—here’s how! Last week, I wrote about one of the most common mistakes in multiplayer: The Vengeance Play™. I thought I was done with … Continue reading

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Graveborn Musings—Vengeance is Mine!

Ah, sweet revenge. Vengeance is mine, sayeth the Lord! Gotta get some payback! It seems that our culture places a premium on vengeance, from the classic westerns where Clint Eastwood hunts down the sumbitch who killed his horse, to the … Continue reading

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Graveborn Musings—The Trouble with Timmy

I am a proud Timmy—a Timmy and a Defender of Timmies.[1] It usually seems like Timmies are misunderstood, underestimated and denigrated, but there’s no group I’d rather be associated with than the fun-lovin’ big play makin’ Timmies. Most days I’d … Continue reading

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Graveborn Musings—The Ballad of Timmy and Suzie

Today’s discussion is based on something that a regular reader, Razjah, posted in the comments. It shows, of course, that I love and cherish all of you and value your feedback, but also illustrates some important aspects of threat assessment … Continue reading

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Graveborn Musings—BPS, BTS and the Usual BS

When I wrote my article on The Top Ten Strategy Articles I Wish I’d Written, I never expected that an article I didn’t include would generate the most buzz, but here we are. Shoe’s mention of an article by Abe … Continue reading

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Graveborn Musings—Libyan Solidarity Week

Last week’s news of Colonel Gaddafi’s death took us all by surprise, but we at the Muse Vessel wanted to show our support for those brave freedom fighters who ousted one of the world’s most brutal—albeit often comically insane—despots. And … Continue reading

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Graveborn Musings—The Top Ten Strategy Articles I Wish I’d Written Myself

The university semester has just started here in Japan, and that means one thing: I get to start giving out homework! Like all experienced teachers, I’ve learned that the best homework is that which makes the students do all the … Continue reading

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Graveborn Musings—Mo’ Money, Mo’ Magic

With proxy cards and various online freeware, you don’t have to spend a dime on Magic to have fun with it; funny then that it’s the most expensive thing in my life other than rent, and for most of us … Continue reading

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Graveborn Musings—Security, Theory and Stuff

Last week I introduced the Security Curve as a way of understanding the difference between balancing and bandwagoning. Either can be a good strategy depending on the situation, but misreading the situation and zigging when you ought to zag is … Continue reading

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