The Magic League has kicked off: Six players battling for fame, glory, and above all, fun in Magic The Gathering Arena. This is my initial report on why and how we’re doing it.

After having enjoyed our little Magic corner at OggCamp a lot – you can hear more about how it went on the most recent episode of the Mox & Mermaid podcast – we had the idea of creating our own Magic The Gathering Arena league. That league is kicking off today. Since I’m organising it, I’ve named it the Magic League, or FML for short.

The contenders are MegaSlippers, igwigg, false, Eos, Sparrowhawk and yours truly. The first season consists of four Swiss splits of three rounds each feeding an ongoing ranking. After these four splits, there will be a single elimination Playoff round between the four best ranked players in the league. All games are best-of-three Arena Standard matches, without sideboards. Each player submits a deck for each of the splits and then the Playoffs and has to stick to it through the rounds of that split.

I have registered the following Mono-Black Aggro deck for Split A:

Mono-Black Aggro

Arena Standard Deck

Creatures (31)

4 Gutterbones
4 Knight of the Ebon Legion
4 Order of Midnight //
4 Yarok’s Fenlurker
3 Ayara, First of Locthwain
4 Rotting Regisaur
4 Rankle, Master of Pranks
4 Spawn of Mayhem

Instants (1)

1 Murder

Sorceries (5)

2 Legion’s End
3 Drill Bit

Lands (23)

1 Witch’s Cottage
4 Castle Locthwain
18 Swamp

I will be reporting on the standings of the league from time to time on my blog here, including the decks the players are playing and notable matches. I’m also planning to stream some, or if possible, all of my matches on Twitch and I hear false is going to do the same on his Twitch channel. Keep an eye on Twitter, where I will be announcing when its happening. I’ll also upload my recordings to YouTube, of course.

Best of luck to all the contestants! May you always top deck lethal.

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