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SanchoN

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

Art Appreciation: Homelands

By SanchoN (2020-03-30)

Homelands is probably the worst Magic expansion ever. And to make it more forgettable not even a single new mechanic was introduced and few cards from it ever saw play except when tournament rules forced them to be included in decks. Sancho looked for something nice to say and discovered interesting artwork by some of the game's classic artists.

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Forgotten Heroes: Braingeyser

By SanchoN (2020-03-03)

Long before Blue Sun's Zenith, Gadwick, the Wizened, and Finale of Revelation, there was the original blue draw X spell. This week Sancho examines another Forgotten Hero whose eruptions used to be so feared that it had to be banned and restricted in various formats and put onto the Reserved List.

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Theros Beyond Death Cube Picks

By SanchoN (2020-02-11)

Maintaining a cube is a Sisyphean task starting over with each new set. But we neither see that as a great tragedy nor react stoically aloof just because the power level of Theros Beyond Death does not tower above Mount Olympus. A Dionysian frenzy ended with ten favorites.

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High on FOMO: Six Months of Cardboard Crack Withdrawal

By SanchoN (2020-01-24)

What happens when you stop buying Magic-related products for half a year? Sancho went cold Turkey so you don't have to, and in this article he shares the ups and downs of the experiment and the background for his decision to sit out the end of the hitherto most product-rich year in the game's history.

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Bad Excuses for Not Building a Cube

By SanchoN (2020-01-03)

"My dog ate my cards" and "I thought we had to build our cubes for next week" are almost among the more legitimate excuses for not having created your first cube already. This week Sancho addresses some of the common reasons people may give as to why they don't own a complete self-contained draft environment.

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