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What's the “biggest change we've ever made” in Magic?

I'm currently catching up on Head Designer Mark Rosewater's "Drive to Work" podcast. I've been out of the loop for about a year. In Episode 460: Announcements, which aired in August of 2017, he says: ...
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What land destruction enabler was wrongfully banned in the early history of Magic: the Gathering?

I once heard a story about a Land Destruction deck that dominated tournaments at some point in early Magic's history. The story as I remember it is that the deck ran heavy land destruction to deny ...
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Is “The Aristocrats” the first WBR deck to top 8 a Pro Tour?

Tom Martell won Pro Tour Gatecrash with "The Aristocrats", a white-black-red deck that plays Cartel Aristocrat, Falkenrath Aristocrat, and Blasphemous Act. This is a historically poor color ...
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What exactly was so broken about Urza's Block?

I've often heard it said that the Urza Block (Urza's Saga, Urza's Journey, Urza's Destiny) was the most powerful, broken block in Magic history, with decks able to win on turn 1 or 2. I also saw it ...
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Has the significance of the term 'cast' changed?

Spellshock currently has the following wording in the Gatherer: Whenever a player casts a spell, Spellshock deals 2 damage to that player. However, the original wording shown in the card image is ...
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When did big creatures in Magic stopped having a mantainance cost?

In earlier Magic, big creatures always had a big mantainance cost (ex. Force of Nature, Yawgmoth Demon, Minion of Leshrac). Some years ago, this ceased to be. When did that happen? Also, was there ...