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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: Double Masters

By SanchoN (2020-08-10)

You cannot put a price on great art, but you can decide whether you want to buy undisclosed pieces of art at random or go straight for your favorite singles. This week Sancho rants about Double Masters and picks the ten most unforgettable box toppers. There are some undeniably awesome ones.

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Interview: The Goblins' Guide to Aggro in Cube

By SanchoN (2020-08-06)

Without the threat of Viashino Pyromancer punching faces and Jackal Pup nibbling heels, Cube Draft frequently ends up as miserable midrange slugfest. We asked Cube enthusiast and outspoken aggro proponent SirFunchalot what you can do to support this important macro archetype in your own limited environment.

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A Gathering of Friends

By SanchoN (2020-07-30)

Whether janked-up Johnny, armed-to-the-teeth Tammy, or cynically calculating Spike — the best thing you can win with a deck of Magic cards is a new friend. Join the Cardmarket Insight team as we celebrate the International Day of Friendship.

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Magic au Naturel

By SanchoN (2020-07-06)

In the beginning Magic cards were naked and there was no shame in playing them out in the open — free and innocent just like the day they were created. Join Sancho as he reminisces about the paradise lost that was the early days of Magic without sleeves.

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Digging for Donkey Heads at Dusk: A Look Back at Eventide

By SanchoN (2020-07-01)

Some archaeology is rooted in an amateur's obsession with ancient stories of bravery as Heinrich Schliemann's discovery of Troy was. Other archeologists such as Roy Chapman Andrews are more known for tales of derring-do than actual discoveries. Sancho dug into Eventide to learn about a race of kleptomaniac donkeys.

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