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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

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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Soldevi Surveyor: Darksteel

By SanchoN (2019-12-12)

Poking through the strata of Magic's history, today Sancho has struck a layer particularly rich with the things archaeologists really dig (cough). Artifacts made up nearly half of the small expansion Darksteel—the subject of this installment of Soldevi Surveyor. Some still shape Eternal formats 15 years later.

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Profiles and Places: Teferi

By SanchoN (2019-11-27)

Sometimes when playing a game of Mgic, you get distracted while waiting for your opponent and your eyes may wander to the non-relevant parts of the cards in your hand. Here you find colorful illustrations and stories of the characters and locations that make up the lore of the game …

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Art Appreciation: Zombies

By SanchoN (2019-10-31)

In celebration of Halloween and all things horror, Sancho has dedicated this week's installment of Art Appreciation to the Zombies of Magic. Join him as he digs his way through hordes of living dead looking for some "Braaaaiiins."

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Top 5 Fairy-Tale Forests for Your Throne of Eldraine Decks

By SanchoN (2019-10-24)

While Throne of Eldraine features amazing basic lands itself, players may want to add their own touch to their decks with some of the many gorgeous and thematically fitting basics from Magic's history. We explore options for spicing up your deck visually with some beautiful and enchanting Forests.

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