And the winner is…

June 20, 2014 at 12:29 pm | Posted in Art post, Article | 1 Comment

Thanks to the noble souls who took up the challenge of naming all the cards in my playmat. Your average score was 16.12/17 – not too shabby! I hope you all had fun with this guessing game.

Here is the full list:

  1. Bad Moon
  2. Sorceress Queen
  3. Demonic Tutor
  4. Sengir Vampire
  5. Hypnotic Specter
  6. Lord of the Pit
  7. Royal Assassin
  8. Phyrexian Obliterator
  9. Phyrexian Plaguelord
  10. Gray Merchant of Asphodel
  11. Pack Rat
  12. Order of the Ebon Hand
  13. Bloodghast
  14. Nantuko Shade
  15. Nether Shadow
  16. (Background) Castle Sengir
  17. (Background) Erebos, God of the Dead

I’m impressed that people could get Sorceress Queen at all! In my early Magic years, she was right up there with Hippie as an iconic black card. Did you know she used to be worth 5 bucks back then?

Castle Sengir was another selection that seemed odd or unlikely to some. If you know that I love Homelands, though, it is not so strange. Sure, it’s a terrible Magic card, but Castle Sengir is a land that I feel should be on par with Urborg for Vorthos gravitas. Baron Sengir lives there, yo!

So, without further ado, the winner of the contest – and a “March of the Evil Ones” playmat is…

James Smith!

Not only was James the first entrant with a perfect score, but he also went to great lengths to describe his choices. And, he wisely noted that I could have been a dick and considered Whip of Erebos an 18th card. But I didn’t :) Congrats, James!

Thanks again to everyone who took the time to play. Your emails made my week! And fear not, whether you live in Toronto or elsewhere, these playmats will be available very soon.

P.S. Sorry Marcus! /Worldfire

March of the Evil Ones: Story Time & Playmat Giveaway!

June 17, 2014 at 11:00 am | Posted in Art post, Article | Leave a comment

I’m a sucker for Magic nostalgia. When I was a littler Derf Jr. circa 1996, I’d daydream about the artwork of the cards I owned. There was a mystique about Magic artwork back then: where these creatures came from, what lands they lurked in, and what treasures (or horrors!) lay within the ruins of crumbling castles and dark forests. There was no world building back then, no style guides. My imagination would fill in the gaps and run wild.

Fast forward to today. I wanted to do something different for my latest playmat. I love the themes I used for the last two (Mystics and Squadron Hawks, Goblins vs. Elves), but to mix things up, the next one had to be more…cohesive. Like a united force of creatures, a mix of old and new. And I wanted to bring a different feel to the mat…darker and more mysterious perhaps. And last but not least, I wanted to revisit and reinterpret a little of that old-school nostalgia.

Behold: March of the Evil Ones!


The biggest challenge of this playmat was figuring out what to include. Ask yourself: what creatures do you associate with Mono Black? Tournament decks, casual decks, EDH and cube inclusions…there are so many creatures throughout Magic history that you could name.

A lesser but no less considerable challenge was putting them altogether in one scene. While it would be nice to include half a dozen of the Mono Black-themed lands we all know and love, putting them into one landscape was, I felt, a little unrealistic. And some creatures are just too big-boned to include all of them, and so in true Mono Black fashion, some sacrifices had to be made.



You might be wondering why I haven’t mentioned any of the cards I put into this mat. That’s because you have the chance to win one of these mats: by naming all of the cards!

There are [CENSORED] cards depicted in this playmat. Email mtgderfington at gmail dot com with the Subject Line: “Playmat Giveaway” and include a list of all [CENSORED], along with your name (and Facebook/Twitter info if you have it).

If you get all [CENSORED] right, you’ll be entered into a draw. The winner will receive a signed and altered playmat!

I’ll be choosing the winner on Friday morning (June 20), so get those emails in! And sharing this post on Facebook and Twitter will not hurt your chances ;)


Why You Should Support My Climb! (Get Derfed!)

April 8, 2014 at 11:36 am | Posted in Article, Personal | Leave a comment

What’s the Stair Climb?

TigerYou may have seen me tweet recently about taking part in something called the CN Tower Stair Climb. If you’ve got a minute, I just wanted to explain why it’s important to me, how much your support would mean, and what’s (potentially) in it for you!

About a year ago, I made a commitment to live a little healthier. Over the past 12 months, I changed my diet and got back into martial arts with Muay Thai and Eskrima. On May 1, I’m pushing myself further by taking the Stair Climb.

The CN Tower here in Toronto is one of the tallest freestanding buildings in the world. It’s 550m/1,800 ft high, and while there’s obviously an elevator to take visitors to the top, there’s also a 1,776-step stairway.

1,776 steps. It takes 140 steps to get to the 7th floor of my office building.

Every year, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) holds a fundraising event where participants gather pledges to climb the stairs to the top of the tower. Funds raised go toward environmental protection and research, as well as preservation of the world’s endangered species. This cause is also important to me, as I work in the environmental sector.

What I’m Asking

My goal is to raise $250 for the stair climb. I plan to crush this tower.

I’m asking for your support to help meet my goal. Every pledge, big or small, means the world to me. Every dollar helps. You work hard to make a buck, and I wouldn’t ask this of you if it wasn’t important to me.

You can check out my fundraising page HERE.

Remember that none of this money goes to me – it’s for the animals!

What’s In It For You

As a measure of gratitude, if I meet my fundraising goal, I’ll DERF (draw a Twitter avatar for) two random donors. If you’ve been DERFED already, you have the choice between being DERFED AGAIN or having a comic drawn about you, expounding upon your physical and mental perfection. This is a promise!

Thanks in advance, guys.

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