The Dragon’s Bowl

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Hello kids! Grim Lavamancer here, and this time I don’t have a comic for you. Sorry about that. But I’d figure I’d use the Mana Burn banner anyway so you know it’s me. Also, while not a comic per se, I’ve at least drawn stuff, so it’s somewhat related.

As you might have already seen, I recently made a couple of playmats. One for Purgatog’s Ojutai commander deck and one for my Atarka deck. You’ve already seen the Ojutai mat, so I thought I’d show you the Atarka one as well:

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I’m very happy with how it turned out! I wanted to show Atarka in all her gluttonous glory, and what better way to do that than having Surrak feeding her with a cupcake? This is especially fitting since I ended up scraping my Surrak, Dragonclaw deck in order to build this.

Here’s a couple of close ups:

From top left to the bottom: Command zone. Library, graveyard and exile zone. Surrak on a stepladder. Scraps and leftovers from various meals (not even Atarka would eat a human skull without a couple of lime wedges). Two goblins preparing the next meal (readers of Mana Burn might recognize these two guys as the unnamed goblins that sometimes accompany Red).

I recently took the playmat and Atarka for a spin and played a few games with my usual playgroup. In one of the games I got to use the following three cards in unison:

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Simply stunning. This is quite possibly the happiest I’ve ever been in a magic game. Veteran Magic players might recognize just how devastating berserking a sneak attacked Dragon Tyrant can be. Of course, nowadays you can play much meaner things with Sneak Attack, but sometimes style is more important than strength. And it still managed to deal 48 damage in a single go, instantly killing an opponent that had harassed me the entire game.

Oh! I almost forgot! If you’re a fan of the Atarka playmat or the Ojutai playmat and want one for yourself, you’re free to use my designs. No strings attached, though I’d very much like to hear about it in the comment section.

You can download a high resolution version of the mats here:

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We used inkedgaming.com to print the playmats (the images above use the standard playmat measurements) and are very happy with the results. High quality print and a very reasonable pricetag (although we did end up paying an additional customs fee, european buyers might want to take note of that).

What’s that? You’re still disappointed that I didn’t post a new comic? Don’t be sad. I’m currently working on one which you’ll hopefully get to see soon. Here’s a sneak peak:

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A good day to you all!

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Mana Burn #27 – Traverse the Ulvenwald

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Hello everyone, Grim Lavamancer here once again, and as you can probably guess by the banner above, it is time for another Mana Burn! If you’re new to Goyf Wars and don’t know what Mana Burn is, then let me tell you – it’s *the* blog based Magic the Gather webcomic to read, only available here on this blog.

Actually I had intended for this post to hit the intrawebs Wednesday evening, the comic being finished earlier this week. But in an extremely rare turn of events, the Swedish weather have been simply fantastic the last couple of days, some serious summer weather with temperatures up to 22 degrees (that’s 71 degrees if you’re one of our American readers) has kept me away from the computer. But now I’ve retreated back indoors which means you’ll finally be able to enjoy this masterpiece. As usual, just click on the image below to read the comic:

 

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That’s clues for you! I hope you have been able to enjoy Shadows over Innistrad by now. I took it for a spin in a draft with some friends and it was a blast! A terrific set with lots of flavorful cards. I ended up drafting B/R Vampires and actually won the whole thing, earning myself an Arlinn Kord for my Dragonlord Atarka deck and a nice Epiphany at the Drownyard for my Mizzix deck!

Have you had a nice time with the new set so far? Don’t be shy, tell us about it in the comment section.

That’s it for this time, folks. Grim Lavamancer out!

Mana Burn #26 – Troubles of a Modern day Lavamancer

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Hello kids! It is I. Your friendly neighborhood Grim Lavamancer. And I am here with a little comic called Mana Burn for you. “That sounds pretty dope, Grim Lavamancer!” Yes. Yes, it is. It’s also only available to you here at Goyf Wars.

Usually I tell you fictive stories, but today I wanted to bring some realism to this blog. This particular comic is about me, and the downsides to having powers that may seem awesome, but in truth has little practical use. As usual, just click on the image bellow to read the comic:

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And there you have it, a couple of examples about what it’s like to be a Lavamancer in this day and age. What’s that lizard creature you ask? Go ask your dad. He had no idea? Well, how was I supposed to know that he doesn’t play Magic? Alright, it’s this little guy, who usually sits on my shoulder:

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Try him out in a deck of yours sometime! He probably won’t do anything, but he sure gives a mean look to your opponents!

That’s it for this time. I’ve recently been working on a project that’s semi-related to Mana Burn, it’s this rad and cool thing with dragons and everything! I’ll show you once it’s done.

Mana Burn #25 – Shadows over Innistrad drinking game

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Let us wave the glorious Mana Burn banner! It is I, your friendly neighborhood Grim Lavamancer, and I am here with a new Mana Burn.

What’s Mana Burn, you ask? Why, it’s everyone’s favorite blog based Magic the Gathering webcomic – only available here at Goyf Wars.

I hope you all have enjoyed the Battle of Zendikar block. Personally I found it a bit lacking, but I’m very much excited about Shadows over Innsmouth. I mean Innistrad, of course. The original Innistrad is one of my favorite blocks ever, so I really hope the return journey doesn’t disappoint. As you may be aware the first spoiled cards showed up on the intrawebs a few days ago, you should check them out if you haven’t.

With the better part of the spoiler season ahead of us I decided to take a few guesses on what might show up, and what better way to do that than in comic form? As usual, just click on the picture below to read the comic:

Click to read-25Are you also looking forward to Shadows over Innistrad? What do you think will show up? Please comment below and let me know!

 

Mana Burn #24 – A Christmas Carol

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What’s that sound? Who’s stepping around in the living room? Could it be Santa Claus? No, it’s me! Your friendly neighborhood Grim Lavamancer!

“But Grim Lavamancer” you ask “what are you doing here? Why are you staggering, and why do you smell like a brewery?” Yeez, you’re sounding just like missus Lavamancer (before she left, that is)… I simply thought that you’d enjoy an issue of Mana Burn under your tree (or other appropriate holiday symbol).

What’s Mana Burn? Why, it’s the native webcomic of Goyf Wars! As usual, just click on the image below to read the comic:

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And there you have it! I hope you guys take the time to really enjoy the ongoing holiday season (in a non-necromantic way). I’m having a blast so far!

Season’s greetings to all of you!

Mana Burn – Experience counters

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Hello children, are you having fun with commander 2015? Good! So is your uncle Grim Lavamancer. A lot of fun in fact. I’ve got my hands on the Izzet deck and are enjoying the heck out of some old fashioned spell slinging.

One thing that I liked a lot so far is experience counters! Which I have to admit I thought looked rather dull when I browsed through the card list for the expansion. There is something very satisfying about becoming more and more powerful as the game progresses. In fact, the only thing I dislike about experience counters are the, in my opinion, quite ugly experience card that came along with the decks. It looks like this:

I’m a bit surprised actually, Wizards usually print pretty cool counters (such as the poison counter) but this one was a rare miss. I decided to craft my own and came up with the idea to make a specialized counter for the Izzet deck using the crude illustrations I force feed you with every once in a while, and when I was done with that I was on a bit of a roll. So I decided to make Mana Burn themed counter cards for all the enemy colors and share them with you guys. Here you have them (click on the cards for a high resolution version of the card).

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So if you’re a fan of the new commanders and a fan of Mana Burn (I fully realize that this is not the widest of target audiences ) you should defiantly use Mana Burn experience counter cards!

You’re free to use and share these as much as you want. If you end up using one of them I’d love to read about it in the comment section below!

Mana Burn #23 – Commander 2015

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It is I! Your friendly neighborhood Grim Lavamancer. And I am here, as usual, to present a new Mana Burn!

What is Mana Burn you ask? Why, it’s the native comic of Goyf Wars – the envy of the Magic blogging community.

We’re currently in the middle of the origin story of planeswalker White, but we’ll take another break from it to showcase this Commander 2015 comic (otherwise I’d publish this one in February next year when the topic just isn’t as hot as it is right now).

I for one am pretty excited about the set. I’ve preordered the Izzet deck and is looking forward to messing about with the cards in it. I’ve always liked enemy colored decks, and Blue/Red is probably my favorite combination. That’s why I’ve drawn this comic, to show you how I imagine the two when they’re working together. As usual, just click on the image to read the comic:

Click to read-23Red totally have the hots for Blue, he would give him access to all the things he lacks – effective card draws, more responsive spells, and a way to deal with threats that doesn’t involve torching them. Blue on the other hand is more skeptic to their union since he has access to effective card draws, more responsive spells and  a way to deal with threats that doesn’t involve torching them.

That’s it for this time, I hope you’ll enjoy Commander 2015 as well!

Manaburn #22 – Blood Moon

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One of the things that people often ask me is “Grim Lavamancer, how do you get to be so rad and hip?” * well, I may make it seem very easy, but in truth it takes a lot of preparation. And sometimes even a lot of preparation is not enough. This was very obvious early this morning (or depending on when this gets posted on the morning of the 28th of September).

As you’ve probably heard (and possibly witnessed yourselves) a very neat lunar event, called a blood moon, happened between the night of the 27th and 28th. What a blood moon is should come as no surprise to any magic player out there since we are aware of various different kinds of moon such as Chaos Moon, Bad Moon and Pale Moon. Anyway, fancying myself a bit of a photographer I made some research on night sky photography, scouted out an excellent place, oiled up my tripod and set the alarm clock to 4 a.m. (to the great delight of my fiancée, I might add). Everything was set for an excellent picture.

Unfortunately it didn’t work out as intended for three major reasons. First of all, I had gravely misjudged the amount of (or rather lack of) light emitting from the blood moon, and was using the wrong camera settings. That alone wouldn’t have been a problem if it weren’t for that fact that I, in my infinite wisdom, had neglected to bring a flashlight and as such was fumbling around in the dark. Which was especially problematic since it turned out that I was not the only one who had scouted out the excellent place I was intending to use. And there were in fact four other cars already standing there and a small crowd gathered were I had intended to take the picture. This led to me to quickly reconvening to another spot were I ended up with the wrong camera settings, in the middle of nowhere in pitch black darkness without a flashlight.

I quickly made the choice to simply enjoy the lunar eclipse instead of trying to salvage my photo project. And it really was rather stunning. While I stood there I came up with this little comic (since I apparently can’t enjoy anything without drawing parallels to something nerdy):

This might be a bit retro as far as magic cards go. If you’re a young whipper-snapper and don’t get it, check out the cards Blood Moon and Tolarian Academy. If you do get it but didn’t find it particularly funny, give me break, I’ve been up since 4.

Next time, we’ll return to Ravnica and continue White’s origin story.

* Alright, that was a lie. No one has asked me that since Torment was standard legal.

Mana Burn #21 – Origins 4

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Gather around kids! Gather around! It is I, your friendly neighbourhood Grim Lavamancer. You know what time it is, don’t you? It’s time for Mana Burn! The highest rated webcomic here on Goyf Wars!

For those of you who’ve missed the earlier parts of the ongoing story, we’re currently exploring the origin story of White and his adventures on the city plane of Ravnica. Last time, he ran into a bit of trouble with some Rakdos goons, and I bet you’re all anxious to see what happens next!

Now, before you click the image down below to read the comic in usual fashion, I like to once again warn you all that I am not good at drawing fight scenes, what you see today may not be a complete disaster. In fact it might even be quite good – if you like awkward fighting poses, stale dialogue and turn based combat that is.

Anyway, that’s enough out of my low self esteem, let’s get to it:

Things are sure heating up! How is this going to play out? Is White going to get the better of this deranged duo, or is he going to end up in a ditch somewhere?  Find out next time!

Mana Burn #20 – Origins 3

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Hey-o! It’s me, Grim Lavamacer. And you’ve guessed it, it’s time for a new Mana Burn! (Your one and only blog based Magic the Gathering webcomic.)

Today we’ll continue our journey through the origin story of White. For those of you who’ve missed the first two parts you might want to check them out.

You should know the drill by now, just click the image below to read the comic:

Click to read-20The Boros, much like the guards in Oblivion, don’t mess around. They see someone breaking the law. They intervene. No matter how small the crime, you pay the fine or get beaten to a bloody pulp.

Now, I should warn you all in advance, I am horrible at drawing fight scenes, so the odds are high that you might not be able to tell what the heck is going on in the next strip.

Stay tuned folks!