Ryan Scicluna

  • Name: Ryan Scicluna
  • Preferred Format: Draft, Sealed, Planechase, Commander


I love TCGs. I started playing the Pokémon TCG when it came out; I transitioned to Yu-Gi-Oh! when it was released; then I discovered MTG by attending events at my local game shop. Now, I have been playing MTG casually for more than 10 years. As an academic librarian, I was immediately fascinated by MTG lore, always reading about characters and different planes. This has led me to play the game more casually and to experience different formats and game styles.

I like staying up-to-date with how the game is developing, and I frequently watch Pro Tours and other matches online to learn from competitive players. Even though I don't play competitively, I like seeing what new strategies are being used, which cards are seeing the most play, and how new players achieve amazing victories.

I enjoy introducing new players into the game and seeing their different takes on the cards. Currently, I am hosting an MTG club at the public library of Malta for anyone who is interested in learning.

All Articles by Ryan Scicluna

War of the Spark: Ravnica - A Review

By RyanS (2019-05-13)

Is War of the Spark the real end of Nicol Bolas? Did the Gatewatch manage to beat the Elder Dragon once and for all? There's only one way to find out. Ryan Scicluna reviews the War of the Spark: Ravnica novel by Greg Weisman and clues us in on whether the story is as great as it is hyped up to be.


Oathbreaker: A New Commander Variant

By RyanS (2019-05-06)

Do you like EDH, but want planeswalkers as your commanders? What if Brawl included non-Standard-legal cards? Welcome to Oathbreaker! A new casual multiplayer format for quick EDH-style games. Here is an introduction to the potential of Oathbreaker as Ryan Scicluna gives his thoughts on this new way of playing MTG.


Are The Guild Kits Worth it?

By RyanS (2019-02-21)

Preconstructed decks representing the guilds from the plane of Ravnica? Yes, please! But are the Guild Kits for everyone? Ryan Scicluna talks about what the kits include and who they are intended for.


Foresight for Commander - A Budget Sphinx Tribal Commander Deck

By RyanS (2019-01-30)

Ravnica Allegiance introduces a new sphinx with a powerful ability. Sphinx of Foresight allows you to scry 1 at the beginning of each of your upkeep. Furthermore, if Sphinx of Foresight is in your opening hand, you can reveal it to scry 3 during your first upkeep. Can these abilities make Sphinx of Foresight good in the commander format?


Children of the Nameless (Review)

By RyanS (2019-01-28)

If you are a fan of Magic: The Gathering lore and stories, a short novella was recently released on the Magic website - Children of the Nameless. Here are my thoughts on the short story written by Brandon Sanderson, which can be downloaded for free from the official Magic website.