SanchoN

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Sancho Napora

  • Name: Sancho Napora
  • Preferred Format: Commander, Cube, Battle Box

About:

When I first started playing Magic, I hated blue. A friend and I picked up Magic: The Gathering in the summer of '94, and my first deck was a Revised 60-card starter deck with only two Islands. This made it almost impossible to cast Phantasmal Terrain, and turn one of my friend's lands into an Island and attack with my biggest creature, a 5/5 Sea Serpent with Islandhome.

A few additional starter decks and a several Islands later, it all changed when I discovered my one true love in the world of Magic. It was a blue card with an odd illustration of a clown and a jackal-headed person on a seesaw with a text box beginning with seven words that would drive my friends crazy for years to come: "Players do not get an untap phase."

At that moment, when I first laid eyes on the beautiful blue enchantment, Stasis, a Johnny was born. Since then, Magic for me was not just about winning, but about winning in silly, annoying, and janky ways — preferably using blue spells.

Newly returned after nearly 20 years away from the wonderful world of Magic: The Gathering, I am thrilled to explore the new formats and the thousands of cards I have missed out on, and I look forward to sharing my journey of rediscovery with the readers of Cardmarket Insight.

All Articles by Sancho Napora

Picky Cube Picks on the Horizon

By SanchoN (2019-06-14)

Aiming to diversify beyond the obvious cube picks from Modern Horizons, this week Sancho attempts to dig a bit deeper to bring you ten card to try out from the set that some have dubbed Commander Masters, but which also has a limited environment akin to cubes.

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Forgotten Heroes: Black Vise

By SanchoN (2019-06-04)

Writhing out of the grip of a Black Vise or three cast on turn one could be quite a task in the days before easy ways of dumping your whole hand – and even more so when combined with lots of land destruction. This week Sancho salutes a card restricted twice in Vintage and banned in Legacy for most of the format's life.

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Art Appreciation: Douglas Shuler

By SanchoN (2019-05-15)

Having joked about it for a long time, Sancho finally makes good on his promise to dedicate an installment of our Art Appreciation series to Douglas Shuler. And on closer inspection, the works of the most misspelled of the original 25 Magic artists as it turns out, include many iconic pieces that indeed are no jokes.

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Cube Picks: War of the Spark

By SanchoN (2019-05-02)

Shiny blue zombie invaders, 36 enchanting planeswalkers plus a flavorful story of betrayals, redemption and sacrifice all set against the beloved backdrop of Ravnica. War of the Spark has all that, but how does the newest set fare when it comes to delivering interesting options for those of us who like to construct our own limited environments?

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Forgotten Zeroes: Alpha Betas

By SanchoN (2019-04-23)

In this new series, Sancho examines the many useless Magic cards printed through the games' history. And what better place to begin than with Alpha, the set that saw the ultimate power cards being printed literally side by side with some of the most godawful pieces of cardboard you have never heard of.

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