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A few Limited tips, a new Constructed format to try, and a little behind-the-scenes on Magic design in this month's podcast.

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MAY EPISODE

  • Looking to improve your Limited game? Or are you just starting your trek down the road to drafting? Former Limited Information columnist and current development intern Noah Weil opens up his bag of tricks and lets you in on some of his best tips and draft philosophies. From signaling to hate-drafting to power curves, he covers all the basics to get you to the top of your draft table.
  • So just what is the life of a Great Designer Search intern all about? Kenneth Nagle stops by to talk about his introduction to the design process and what the last six months inside Wizards of the Coast have been like. Ken also delves into the world of Type 4 (also known as Limited Infinity), a great alternate Constructed format that gives you infinite mana -- but you can only play one spell per turn. To see Ken's house rules for the format and his 340-card decklist, click here.
  • May features plenty of opportunities for you to get out and play with the complete Time Spiral block. First up is Regionals in the United States and Canada on June 9. With Ninth Edition, Ravnica, Coldsnap, and Time Spiral, the Standard environment has never been bigger. Get your deck together and take your first step on the Road to Worlds. Also up in June is Grand Prix-Montreal, the first Block Constructed event to feature Future Sight, on June 23-24. Finally, the month wraps up with Pro Tour-San Diego on June 29-July 1, where the top players in the world put their heads together -- literally -- for the first Two-Headed Giant Booster Draft Pro Tour!
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    Type 4 (“Limited Infinity”) Rules

    by Kenneth Nagle

    1. Players have infinite mana.
    2. Players can only play one spell per turn. (Note that many actions like playing a land, cycling a card, Ninjutsu, Forecast, and
    Elvish Piper’s ability naturally do not count as playing a spell.)

    My House Rules:

    1. Using an ‘alternate cost’ or paying a reduced mana cost allows you an additional spell that turn (Includes Morph, Convoke, Bringers, Avatar of Woe, pitching to Force of Will).
    2. Starting and maximum hand size of 5.
    3. Players agree to a deck size, typically 40 or 60 cards, a starting life total, typically 20, and acquire their deck by Booster Drafting, Rochester Drafting, or simply dealing themselves a random pile.
    4. Players can still ‘mana burn’, which is important for cards like Altar of Shadows. When two players want to do an ability ‘infinitely’, the more ‘defensive’ ability wins. This happens when, for example, your Quicksilver Elemental wants to copy my Jareth, Leonine Titan and I don’t want to let you. While there are active/inactive player infinite loop rules, they aren’t as intuitive as the ‘defensive’ ability wins rule.

    In Team play:

    1. The starting team plays first, the opposing team draws first.
    2. Mindslaver is banned.

    In Free-For-All play:

    1. The starting player both plays first and draws first.

    My personal deck has been developed to:

    1. Win through creature combat damage.
    2. Relatively mild burn spells.
    3. Very few repeatable creature kill or ‘unsolvables’, including Fevered Convulsions and Eight-and-a-Half-Tails.
    4. No ultra-swingy effects, including Nezumi Graverobber, Draining Whelk, Blatant Thievery, and Kaervek the Merciless.
    5. No easy mass card drawing, including Whispers of the Muse and Fact or Fiction. Some cards were cut simply because they take too long, such as Gifts Ungiven and Sensei’s Divining Top.

    For more information about Limited Infinity, check out this 2004 feature article by Stephen Menendian.

    Kenneth Nagle
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    Main Deck

    340 cards

    Boseiju, Who Shelters All
    Minamo, School at Water's Edge
    Miren, the Moaning Well
    Nivix, Aerie of the Firemind
    Novijen, Heart of Progress
    Orzhova, the Church of Deals
    Rix Maadi, Dungeon Palace
    Shivan Gorge
    Shizo, Death's Storehouse
    Skarrg, the Rage Pits
    Sunhome, Fortress of the Legion
    Tomb of Urami
    Urza's Factory
    Vesuva
    Vitu-Ghazi, the City-Tree
    Volrath's Stronghold
    Winding Canyons
    Yavimaya Hollow

    18 lands

    Adarkar Valkyrie
    Akroma, Angel of Wrath
    Ancestor's Chosen
    Ancient Hydra
    Angel of Despair
    Aphetto Runecaster
    Arashi, the Sky Asunder
    Arcanis the Omnipotent
    Autochthon Wurm
    Avatar of Might
    Avatar of Woe
    Azami, Lady of Scrolls
    Bane of the Living
    Big Game Hunter
    Blistering Firecat
    Body Double
    Body of Jukai
    Bogardan Hellkite
    Boros Guildmage
    Bosh, Iron Golem
    Braids, Cabal Minion
    Bringer of the Black Dawn
    Bringer of the Blue Dawn
    Bringer of the Green Dawn
    Bringer of the Red Dawn
    Broodhatch Nantuko
    Captain Sisay
    Chainer, Dementia Master
    Child of Gaea
    Cognivore
    Darksteel Colossus
    Deep-Sea Kraken
    Dragon Mage
    Duplicant
    Echo Tracer
    Elvish Piper
    Ertai, the Corrupted
    Etched Oracle
    Eternal Dragon
    Eternal Witness
    Exalted Angel
    Firemane Angel
    Force of Nature
    Gamekeeper
    Garza Zol, Plague Queen
    Genesis
    Ghost-Lit Raider
    Gilded Drake
    Godo, Bandit Warlord
    Graveborn Muse
    Guiltfeeder
    Gurzigost
    Heartless Hidetsugu
    Higure, the Still Wind
    Homura, Human Ascendant
    Hoverguard Sweepers
    Hypnox
    Hystrodon
    Iname as One
    Infernal Spawn of Infernal Spawn of Evil
    Ink-Eyes, Servant of Oni
    Ixidron
    Jareth, Leonine Titan
    Jugan, the Rising Star
    Keiga, the Tide Star
    Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker
    Kiku, Night's Flower
    Kokusho, the Evening Star
    Krosan Cloudscraper
    Krosan Colossus
    Kuro, Pitlord
    Lhurgoyf
    Living Hive
    Magus of the Arena
    Mindleech Mass
    Mindslicer
    Morphling
    Multani, Maro-Sorcerer
    Myojin of Cleansing Fire
    Myojin of Life's Web
    Myojin of Seeing Winds
    Mystic Snake
    Ninja of the Deep Hours
    Niv-Mizzet, the Firemind
    Okiba-Gang Shinobi
    Opal-Eye, Konda's Yojimbo
    Oros, the Avenger
    Patron of the Kitsune
    Patron of the Nezumi
    Peacekeeper
    Pentavus
    Phage the Untouchable
    Phantom Nishoba
    Plated Slagwurm
    Platinum Angel
    Pristine Angel
    Protean Hulk
    Quicksilver Dragon
    Quicksilver Elemental
    Rakdos the Defiler
    Raksha Golden Cub
    Razia, Boros Archangel
    Reya Dawnbringer
    Riptide Shapeshifter
    Rocket-Powered Turbo Slug
    Rockshard Elemental
    Root Elemental
    Rorix Bladewing
    Ryusei, the Falling Star
    Sakashima the Impostor
    Seedborn Muse
    Sekki, Seasons' Guide
    Serra Avatar
    Shard Phoenix
    Silent Specter
    Simic Sky Swallower
    Sisters of Stone Death
    Skarrgan Firebird
    Soul Collector
    Spike Weaver
    Suncrusher
    Sunscape Battlemage
    Teferi, Mage of Zhalfir
    The Unspeakable
    Thelonite Hermit
    Throat Slitter
    Thunderscape Battlemage
    Triskelion
    Trophy Hunter
    Tsabo Tavoc
    Uktabi Kong
    Verdant Force
    Vesuvan Shapeshifter
    Viashino Heretic
    Voidmage Apprentice
    Voidmage Prodigy
    Volrath the Fallen
    Weathered Bodyguards
    Willbender
    Woebringer Demon
    Yore-Tiller Nephilim

    141 creatures

    Abeyance
    Ach! Hans, Run!
    Acquire
    Aether Mutation
    Akroma's Vengeance
    Altar of Shadows
    Ancestral Tribute
    Arcane Denial
    Artifact Mutation
    Assert Authority
    Aura Mutation
    AWOL
    Barter in Blood
    Beacon of Tomorrows
    Beacon of Unrest
    Beast Attack
    Betrayal of Flesh
    Biorhythm
    Blind with Anger
    Bribery
    Cataclysm
    Cease-Fire
    Chainer's Edict
    Change of Heart
    Chastise
    Chill to the Bone
    Chord of Calling
    Confiscate
    Consuming Vortex
    Control Magic
    Crime // Punishment
    Crush of Wurms
    Cultural Exchange
    Curse of the Fire Penguin
    Damnation
    Dawn Charm
    Debtors' Knell
    Decree of Annihilation
    Decree of Pain
    Decree of Savagery
    Defense of the Heart
    Devouring Light
    Diabolic Edict
    Dirge of Dread
    Discombobulate
    Dismantling Blow
    Disrupting Shoal
    Dragonstorm
    Dwarven Catapult
    Ember Shot
    Enshrined Memories
    Enslave
    Equal Treatment
    Final Judgment
    Flash Conscription
    Flickerform
    Fling
    Forbid
    Force of Will
    Goryo's Vengeance
    Govern the Guildless
    Grab the Reins
    Granny's Payback
    Gratuitous Violence
    Grim Harvest
    Grizzly Fate
    Helm of Possession
    Hex
    Hide // Seek
    Hidetsugu's Second Rite
    Hinder
    Holistic Wisdom
    Hunting Pack
    Induce Paranoia
    Infernal Spawn of Evil
    Insurrection
    Jayemdae Tome
    Kaboom!
    Killer Instinct
    Krosan Grip
    Letter Bomb
    Lightning Surge
    Living Death
    Look at Me, I'm the DCI
    Loxodon Warhammer
    Magma Jet
    Might of Oaks
    Mindblaze
    Mindslaver
    Mirari
    Mirror Mirror
    Misdirection
    Mizzium Transreliquat
    Momentary Blink
    Mortify
    Murderous Spoils
    Muse Vessel
    Oblation
    Obliterate
    Oblivion Stone
    Odds // Ends
    Once More with Feeling
    One Dozen Eyes
    Order // Chaos
    Orim's Thunder
    Ornate Kanzashi
    Otherworldly Journey
    Overblaze
    Panoptic Mirror
    Parallax Wave
    Parallectric Feedback
    Pattern of Rebirth
    Plague Boiler
    Plague Wind
    Predator, Flagship
    Prophetic Bolt
    Pulse of the Fields
    Putrefy
    Pyrokinesis
    Radiate
    Rare-B-Gone
    Recoil
    Reins of Power
    Remand
    Rend Flesh
    Restock
    Return to Dust
    Reviving Vapors
    Rewind
    Savage Beating
    Searing Touch
    Second Thoughts
    Seed Spark
    Seize the Soul
    Shadow of Doubt
    Shelter
    Shining Shoal
    Shunt
    Sickening Shoal
    Skeletal Scrying
    Skullclamp
    Slice and Dice
    Solar Blast
    Soul Foundry
    Soul Nova
    Soul Spike
    Soulblast
    Soulscour
    Starstorm
    Stonewood Invocation
    Storm Herd
    Sudden Death
    Sunforger
    Sunscour
    Sway of the Stars
    Swift Silence
    Sword of Fire and Ice
    Sword of Light and Shadow
    Swords to Plowshares
    Tangle
    Tatsumasa, the Dragon's Fang
    Temporal Aperture
    Temporary Insanity
    Through the Breach
    Time Stop
    Timmy, Power Gamer
    Toils of Night and Day
    Tooth and Nail
    Treacherous Urge
    Trial // Error
    Undermine
    Upheaval
    Urborg Uprising
    Vampiric Tutor
    Victimize
    Voidslime
    Volley of Boulders
    Wing Shards
    World-Bottling Kit
    Worldslayer
    Wrath of God

    181 other spells


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