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:


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 #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:


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).

Experience counter_Golgari_100dpiExperience counter_Orzhov_100dpi Experience counter_Izzet_100dpi Experience counter_Boros_100dpi Experience counter_Simic_100dpi

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 #18 – Origins 1

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Remember me, guys? I’m your friendly (but very tardy) neighborhood Grim Lavamancer. And I’m here with a comic for you.

But first an explanation since I noticed the last post comic was made in April. When I first started making Mana Burn I told myself that I’d be making updates at least bi-weekly, and at first things went according to plan. But since it’s now July you can probably see for yourself that I’ve not quite succeeded with that goal. When I later began struggling with the updates I told myself that it was because I was swamped at work, and then later because of further work related problems. But the truth is that I’ve more or less ran out of inspiration for “one gag a strip” kind of comics. When I first started with Mana Burn I told myself that I wouldn’t be focusing on storylines or plots since that sort of comic would be a bit hard follow considering it’s being posted on a blog.

But then I thought, screw that, it’s better if I begin to work on a storyline that will enable me to keep coming up with ideas for new comics than to struggle with a gag comic every few months or so. Oh, and don’t worry, light hearted comedy will still be at the core of the comic, only now it will also focus a bit more on the characters and stuff they get up to. Hopefully you will still enjoy it.

Anyway, that’s enough out of me. Bellow you’ll find the comic. As usual just click the image to read it:

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Since Magic Origins is just around the corner I figured the best way to start would be by introducing the characters origin stories. As such, this is the first part of Mana Burn – Origins, which I hope you’ll all enjoy.

See you around!

Mana Burn # 4 – Twisted Justice

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Torment was a long time ago. 12 years ago to be precise. Which means that a lot of us Grim Lavamancers has left our damage dealing days behind us. Some still use their lavamancing to create paperweights, others dig for corpses or gold. Me? I draw comics.

Here is Mana Burn, the native comic of Goyf Wars, brought to you by me – your friendly neighborhood Grim Lavamancer. (Check out #Mana Burn to read the previous ones).

Here’s the fourth strip (wow, has it been a month already?), just click the picture to read the comic in it’s full size glory:

Click to read-4White sure likes things to be neat and orderly. Basically I wanted to establish early on that while he certainly views himself as a good guy White can be just as much as a jerk as the other colours. Did you like this one? Are you hungry for more Mana Burn? Comment below so I know if I should keep make ’em!

Until next week my friends!

Mana Burn # 3 – Allied Strategies

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Welcome to Mana Burn! The metaphorical Saturday morning cartoon of Goyf Wars, brought to you by me – your friendly neighborhood Grim Lavamancer (don’t worry, I’m just Grim when I’ve got two or more cards in my graveyard).

For those of you who missed the first two comics, you can find them here and here.

Do not worry, this week I won’t bore you with further ramblings. I’ll just introduce you to Black who will have the honor of presenting this weeks comic. (Just like previous weeks, click on the picture to read the comic):

Click to read-3 This one is based on a scenario that often turns up in multiplayer EDH games. Especially the pentagram mode, which purgatog describes in this article. Don’t you just hate it when your best laid plans are ruined because your allies are fighting each other while your enemies are banding together to destroy you?

Oh, and here is a trivia question for you, who is the creature that shows up in the last panel? There’s an imaginative cookie and a pat on the back for whoever guesses right first. You don’t have to guess if you don’t want to, but you should comment below and let me know what you think of the comic!

Until next week my friends!