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I believe that, these days, a card at one level of commonality is pretty much equally common (or rare) as a card at another level. However, it's pretty hard to work out exactly what the chances of getting a card of a specific rarity is, due to the complications introduced by premium foils, and other maverick card slots such as Innistrad's double-faced ...


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First thing to understand is that magic boosters are not assembled randomly. The cards are printed in sheets, cut up and packaged in order. There's one sheet for the rares per set (although there may be more than one printed in slightly different order to thwart box mappers), and the sheets are 11 x 11, or 121 cards. What's on them isn't super secret or ...


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Magic cards rise in price when the pro players start analysing the new sets and proposing that certain cards will be key players in the new Standard. I believe Liliana has attracted a lot of favourable press, and has appeared in some successful "Solar Flare" decklists at big events lately: of course people are going to jump on that bandwagon, in case she ...


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A solution for turn 2 on the draw. I can't seem to hit turn 2 on the play, but I -think- it's possible. Edit: This looks kinda ugly, so here's a link to a picture: http://i.imgur.com/kSheO.png Mana Pool Cards in Hand Turn one ...


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Other answers have touched on modern boosters, so I thought I'd answer the question for the older stuff. In older sets (prior to Exodus), there wasn't specifically a "rare" rarity level ("mythic" is, of course, an even newer invention in MtG than rare). Cards were printed on a common sheet or an uncommon sheet, and not all cards were printed the same number ...


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The main reasons are that some big decks in the current metagame are mono-black, UB control, and Solar Flare - all of them will run her. A planeswalker that protects herself and whose discard is particularly useful in the current block (and has convereted mana cost of 3) is very, very playable. Solar Flare is the one people seem to be liking quite a bit - ...


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Forest, Avacyn's Pilgrim. Forest, Strangleroot Geist, swing for 3. Mountain, Infernal Plunge the Pilgrim, then using the mana generated cast a 2nd Infernal Plunge on the Geist, Now with 5 Mana, cast Trepanation Blade and equip to the returned undying Geist, Swing with Geist. Enemy player reveals 14 non land cards, so you deal 17 damage.


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How about an alternate win condition? Forest, Avacyn's Pilgrim. Island, Avacyn's Pilgrim. Island, Mirror-Mad Phantasm. Activate Mirror-Mad Phantasm, conveniently milling your entire library. Island, Laboratory Maniac, Thought Scour. You try to draw from your empty library, and win. You can use Cackling Counterpart to copy the Phantasm, which guarantees ...


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Here's how to do it with Mindshrieker: Forest, Avacyn's Pilgrim. Island, Mindshrieker. Mountain, Infernal Plunge. Activate Mindshrieker three times on yourself, milling three Blasphemous Acts for +27/+27. Attack with Mindshrieker for 28 (-8). This uses only six cards, and even wastes a mana on turn 2. Here's a variant that doesn't use any red cards: ...


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Turn 1) Island, Delver of Secrets. Turn 2) Reveal Dream Twist (Transform Delver of Secrets into Insectile Aberration), Forest, Wreath of Geists enchanting Insectile Aberration, Dream Twist (targeting self, milling 3 creatures). Attack with enchanted Insectile Aberration for 3+3=6 (13). Turn 3) Forest, Wreath of Geists, Wreath of Geists, Dream Twist ...


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Let's get the ball rolling: Forest, Young Wolf. (Reckless Waif would also work here.) Attack with Wolf for 1 (19). Mountain, Infernal Plunge, Markov Blademaster. Hunger of the Howlpack on the Blademaster. Furor of the Bitten on the Blademaster. Attack with Blademaster for 6 (13) and 7 (6) and Wolf for 2 (4). Mountain, Fling the Blademaster for 8 (-4). ...


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Although the cards are equally distributed by rarity, there have been times when issues involving sorting and packaging have made certain cards more likely to appear together, or in the same booster box, or even be more likely depending on the area of the country you are in.



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