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Syphon Soul

The closing lines from my last - extremely content heavy - post saying that "next time we'll write about, let's say, Syphon Soul", was intended as a bit of a joke. I'm in the arduous process of collecting a Legends set and recently acquired a handful of missing commons, including said Syphon Soul, and the card was at the top of my head. But then I figured that, hey, Syphon Soul is an as interesting a card as any, and surely it deserves some real attention. Because in old magic, most every card has a story to tell. At first glance we see that Syphon Soul explores the concept of using black magic to steal the opponent's life force. This was first established in The Gathering with the card Drain Life. But where Drain Life had a very straight forward art and flavor (a man looking tired as his life essence is magically drained), Syphon Soul leaves a lot to our imagination. Who is that strange middle eastern wizard, and what's he doing? Did he capture the souls

Autumn cleaning

This post is a bit overdue. Not that we should have posted it a week ago or so, but more that we haven't done any sort of cleaning or page updates on the blag for years. I hadn't done any Decks-to-Beat updates since n00bcon X, the hot hyperlinks lacked obvious stuff like Timmy Talks and Emerald City Trolls, and the " popular posts " page showed nothing since the Obama administration. Ah, autumn cleaning and re-sorting of the bookshelf. Though that seems like a supremely scary place for a fire sprinkler... Time is weird, as is views. Do you know which post has been the most read this year on the blog? That would be the only post from 2021 that don't have any comments here, and the post I spent the least amount of time on with a decent margin. The graph of instant gratification. Well over 12,000 people checked out Blogger has bad UX, and it annoys me at the end of July. If you haven't read it, you really don't need to. It's a mostly uninteresting post w