John Dale Beety discusses the storytelling implications of Magic's big move from the traditional three-set block structure to the new form that begins with Battle for Zendikar!
Magic story expert John Dale Beety returns in order to express discontent over one of Magic's most convoluted character arcs. Who is this Gideon Jura, where did he come from, and what is up with that hair?
John Dale Beety, sampler of Magic flavor, has a lot to work with in Dragons of Tarkir. New artistry, new timelines, and new cards combine to make an excellent tapestry for JDB to weigh in on!
Do not fear death! John Dale Beety doesn't, and that's why he's taken the time to give us a look into the rotting skeletal flavor of the deceased! From spirits to zombies to skeletons and all points in between, JDB establishes himself as Lord of the Undead!
With the Magic film franchise on the apparent horizon, JDB examines what we can learn from it by examining the details we have about the final core set ever, coming later this year!
Following a recent revelation about the gender identity of Alesha, Who Smiles At Death, John Dale Beety delves deep into just how momentous this milestone is.
With a new set comes many things, and one of them is the guarantee that JDB will be cognizant of many themes, motifs, and culture references we may not catch! See the master of flavor dissect Magic's newest release!
For those who weren't there, Time Spiral block was highly contentious because of its line-in-the-sand mentality between old and new Magic story. JDB talks about the implications of this change as it pertains to Fate Reforged's time travel conundrum!
It's time for a tournament report unlike any other. Join JDB as he travels what few remaining landscapes there are left for him to travel, and let him tell you about the time he took a crazy combo deck to an Invitational. And got obliterated.
JDB considers the drama and the trauma of planeswalking. How do you profile a being of such magnitude? What does it say about the players who control them? JDB investigates...
JDB has a big trip to the Invitational coming up, but that doesn't mean he's going to take the week off from culturing you in a handful of magical Magic topics! Join JDB for an eclectic potpourri of Magic miscellany (and a hilarious Commander list too!).
As incredible as the market it is for Magic cards themselves, the original art that goes into them is even more exclusive and prestigious! John Dale Beety revisits and recommends both the art and the resources to find it here.
Many of us are well-versed in Magic and in the culture, and we've acknowledged that Magic Online can be challenging. But what do new players see? What is the new user experience for MODO? Fortunately, JDB has minimal experience with the program and can be our guinea pig...
With the recent shy away from e-books and novels in the Magic multiverse comes the announcement that a mothership column will encompass everything you need to know about new planes. JDB examines this new system, what we can expect from it, and if it it will be worthwhile.
Magic's storylines outside of the game itself have often been convoluted and confusing. The game has a storied history of story mix-ups with a variety of different media trying to tell the tales. John Dale Beety reviews this history and speculates on its future.
Khans of Tarkir brewing and speculating is so...uncivilized. Pull up a chair by the fire for a moment with your host, John Dale Beety, as he takes you through the Tarkir viewing parlor. Try not to spill any brandy on the bear skin rug.
JDB is here to tell you everything you could ever want to know about the inspiration and real world culture that went into Khans of Tarkir's gorgeous, fully-realized world!
Planeswalkers may be the defining faces of new school Magic, but where did they come from? Surely they weren't born from nothing. The hilarious Mr. Beety investigates the reasons these wandering wonders can feel so utterly two-dimensional.
While the crowded panicked masses react, John Dale Beety thinks. JDB crunches the math and the geography to tell us which OP changes are beneficial...and which are dangerous.
Theros. Innistrad. Greek Gods. Horror. These are cultural stories we know that Wizards has used to enthrall us. But what about famous cultures that are off limits to Magic? The brilliant and cultured Mr. Beety takes a tour of the planes we're forbidden to visit.