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By: JXClaytor, Joshua Claytor
Jul 27 2016 11:04pm
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Hello everyone and thanks for stopping by PureMTGO.com today!  It felt like it was time to update the sites Writer's Guide, and it could not come at a better time!  Soon, we will be rolling out the ability to add hover cards (as you may have noticed in a few test articles on the site already) and the ability to download decks!  I also wanted to add updated contact information for the site and the Article Submission guidelines as well. 

Hover card tool

Let's go ahead and talk about the big thing, hover cards!  A hover card happens whenever someone hovers over a linked card name and an image pops up of the card.  We can see those popup cards here with a few examples: Price of Progress, Price of Glory, Steady Progress.  That's pretty cool right?  It is, and it is nice to finally add this much requested feature to the site!  

How do we get the hover cards to work?  A writer for the site, Xger, has put in a lot of work and effort to create a tool for me to use in order to add hover cards to articles.  We are very appreciative of the work that went in to create this tool! 

There is a small change to how card tagging works now, and this is going to allow you, the writer, to show off as much personality and flare as possible in your pieces.  Xger's tool does work with the old way, so if you want to use (cardname), that is wonderful and fine, and cards will hover regardless.  If you want to add some flare to your articles, you are going to have to be a little more specific.  How do you add that personal touch to the article?  You use a tag that looks like this: (Cardname:Set Identifier).  It's a little bit more work, but it's worth it to see the creativity and favorite arts be shown off in your piece.  To use a real card as an example, (Counterspell : EMA) without the spaces of course, will bring up a hover image of Counterspell from Eternal Masters!  Want to tag Rancor but with the Urza's Legacy art?  Simple!  It's just (Rancor : UL) (again without the spaces!) How about using a Promo version of Mother of Runes?  Again, super simple!  (Mother of Runes : PRM).  The possibilities for customization are endless!  Unless the card only has one version on MTGO, then it's not, but still endless!  

If you need to find the set identifier for a card just point your browser to MTGOTraders.com.  Type in the card that you are looking for and when the search results pull from the site, the set identifier is the code underneath the set heading.  For something like Skyreach Manta you would see that the set identifier is either 5DN, MMA, or MM2. 

To recap:  To add hover images in your article, please tag your card in the old fashioned way (Cardname) or if you want to select your personal favorite arts, you can tag the card like this (Cardname:Set Identifier).  You do not have to tag basic lands, as it is assumed that everyone knows what those cards are.  You also do not have to tag every mention of the card.  Say you're writing about a Commander deck, you would not have to tag your Commander each time, but the first time you mention it tagging it would be best! 

This change does not matter in regards to freestanding images in the article.  (pic=cardname) and (tmb=cardname) will continue to do what they have done in the past. 

What is the next change that is happening to the site? 

Decklist Tool

After hover cards we wanted the ability to have a deck editor that allowed us to have a download feature as well.  Xger again stepped up to the plate and knocked a homerun for us!  Another tool was created for me to use to give us a nice looking decklist feature that not only captures the spirit of the old decklist generator, but also gives us the functionality to add download links as well! 

How do you take advantage of that? 

Easy!  When you submit your article please submit it in this format.

Decklist Title
4 Burning-Tree Emissary
4 Experiment One
2 Ghor-Clan Rampager
4 Goblin Guide
2 Grim Lavamancer
4 Kird Ape
4 Strangleroot Geist
4 Tarmogoyf
4 Wild Nacatl
2 Dryad Arbor
1 Forest
1 Mountain
3 Misty Rainforest
4 Stomping Ground
1 Temple Garden
3 Verdant Catacombs
4 Wooded Foothills
1 Pendelhaven
4 Atarka's Command
4 Lightning Bolt
2 Scavenging Ooze
2 Choke
2 Ancient Grudge
2 Destructive Revelry
2 Dismember
2 Rending Volley
3 Molten Rain

Notice how the decklist is sorted by Creatures, Lands and Spells. 

I will then take this decklist, upload it to MTGOTraders.com and their deck section (or you can do that yourself), and run the decklist through the tool that Xger created for us and the decklist will end up looking like this!  It has download links!  How cool is that!  

Why do we need to upload the deck to MTGOTraders.com?  That gives us the deck number, which I need in order to generate the code to make the download links.  If you upload the deck yourself, please make sure you note the deck number like this. 

{Deck Number 120} 

Those brackets will let me know that you added the deck and all I have to do is add that number to our new tool! 

If you have a specific background color that you would like us to use in the deckbuilder, please make mention of the RGB code in the same way as the deck number.  You can use this site as a reference point for RGB codes.

{RBG Code 51,51,255} 

Contact information

The easiest way to get ahold of me is to email puremtgoeditor@gmail.com.  I keep the email inbox open from 6am to 2pm, which is typically when I am working on the day's updates, polishing them and getting them ready for publication.  Another way to get ahold of us is to send us a direct message on Twitter!  Our account is @Puremtgodotcom.  That account is checked multiple times a day.  We are also on Reddit, our user name there is puremtgo.   You can of course also feel free to message me on MTGO. My account is JXClaytor!  Finally we are on Facebook as well, just search for Puremtgo.com!

Article Guidelines. 

A lot has changed since I last wrote the article guidelines for the site.  Premier events still existed, video coverage was not really a thing yet, and streaming was for sure not a thing!  Pro Tour Qualifiers were not even on MTGO yet!  As we have grown and taken advantage of video and podcasting possibilities, we still exist to deliver the best in MTGO articles.  Here is what you need to know if you want to write for PureMTGO.com! 

PureMtgo.com is a community driven website.  As you can see in the archives we have covered a large variety of subjects.  We have stuff for hardcore tournament players, and we have stuff for the hardcore casual players.  You could think of us as a one stop spot for all things MTGO! 

We have a very unique user interface for writing articles as well, consider yourself to be an editor as well as a writer.  You can add your own images, your own tables, and your own hyperlinks in a very easy manner in our word pad.  You can check out a slightly dated video of how to write for us here.

Now that you have made yourself a little bit more familiar with the program, you have decided that you want to write for us.  I think that is a fantastic choice!  You should write about what you know, I mean, if you are an expert in Pauper formats, it does not really make much sense to have you writing about the hottest Vintage deck right?  Likewise, if you consider yourself to be a serious player, does it make much sense to write about casual formats?  No, of course not!  Stick to your strengths!  Of course you cannot just write anything and expect it to get published, so here are some guidelines for what we expect here at PureMtgo! 

1.  We only accept exclusive content.  If you have sent it an article to another site that has been published, please to do not submit it for consideration here.  We want the best you could offer, not a rerun from another site!  This of course does not include YouTube videos.  You do have to publish the videos after all!  

2.  We ask for content that is related to Magic: the Gathering Online.  We are a community based website that uses this program a lot.  While it is great to hear about your placement in the latest Grand Prix and we will make exceptions for those, we really want to hear about the Set Championship or MOCS that you took down with your sweet deck! 

3.  Articles that clock in at less than five hundred words are not normally going to get published.  Short articles do not typically get your ideas across, and leave a lot of hanging threads, some loose ends if you would.  I recommend keeping your article length in between 1200 and 1700 words.  That is typically three to five pages long, and the word count really allows you to flesh out your ideas. With well-done videos the word count can be lower in those cases.  

4.  Keep your game related slang to a minimum.  We all started off as "Noobs" and some of us out here in the cyber world consider that to be an insulting word.  Also, some people recognize (Giant Solifuge:EMA) as Cap'n Tickles, but some of us do not, when you reference a Magic card, just stick with the name.  It will save you a lot of time in the comments section!  Also please do not use shorthand, abbreviations or emotes.  

5.  For draft recaps please use the tools available at zizibaloob.  You can find that tool here

6.  When adding YouTube videos or Twitch streams, please use the embed code.  Also please remember that we are a family friendly site and language should be clean!  

That is not so bad correct?  In fact you've already written and submitted your first article to the site, now what happens? 

Well one of two things will happen, the first and most obvious path that your article takes is I will edit it further (do more spell checking, grammar checking, and formatting of tables.)  If it's good, it's going to get published, and you're going to get paid. 

However, if the article seems to be lacking something, maybe it's too short, or maybe you have gotten two and too confused with to, at that point, I am going to leave you a message with some feedback, so you can fix the article and resubmit it.  Do not be afraid if I reject your article.  Some of our current writers have had some articles rejected, and often times they come back, rework it a bit, and make that piece shine! 

You may be asking yourself now, what is going to get me rejected? 

What steps can you take in order to keep from being rejected? 

1.  Say something interesting.  We all know why the most recent Pro Tour winning deck is one to watch out for, but why?  Is it because of some card choices, or maybe there are some suggestions that you would like to see implemented.  If you're doing a tournament report make sure you grab some screen shots to show your deck in action, or maybe add a video replay of a few games of your hot new tech in action!  Stand out from the crowd and you have a better chance of making better money! 

2.  Playtest your deck.  I'm not going to publish something that says "Man, my deck is great!  It has ninety percent match ups across the metagame!"  Well, I might publish that, and I will if you can write why your deck has a great match against the top five decks in the meta game.  If there are bad matchups, be sure you can show why that match up is bad for your deck.  Rogue deck lists are great, but they are not going to be published based on that alone.  Give us some reasons the cards you are playing with are in your sixty, and why some cards are not in the main.  Be detailed! 

If your find your article hit with a Disapproved Reason, do not fret!  That is just a way for an editor to reach out to you and explain why exactly the article has not been published yet.  These messages are going to be sent in a friendly manner, so do not be afraid that one of us is going to come up to you and slam what you have to say, it's very important that you use your voice to your best manner!  The long and short of it is, if you send in something that everyone else has covered in a manner like everyone else, it most likely will not get published.  If you try to pass off anything unproven because of a lack of research or playtesting, it will also get rejected.  You have to sell your articles to us!     

So this has been a small overview of the writing guidelines for puremtgo.com.  What are you waiting for?  Write for us, and get paid!

Set Identifiers Table

Set Name
Set Identifier Set Name Set Identifier
Eldritch Moon EMN Betrayers of Kamigawa BOK
Shadows over Innistrad SOI Champions of Kamigawa CHK
Oath of the Gatewatch OGW Fifth Dawn 5DN
Battle for Zendikar BFZ Darksteel DST
Magic Origins ORI Mirrodin MRD
Dragons of Tarkir DTK Modern Masters 2015 MM2
Fate Reforged FRF Modern Masters MMA
Khans of Tarkir KTK Magic 2015 M15
Journey into Nyx JOU Magic 2014 M14
Born of the Gods BNG Magic 2013 M13
Theros THS Magic 2012 M12
Dragons Maze DGM Magic 2011 M11
Gatecrash GTC Magic 2010 M10
Return to Ravnica RTR 10th Edition 10E
Avacyn Restored AVR 9th Edition 9ED
Dark Ascension DKA 8th Edition 8ED
Innistrad ISD Eternal Masters EMA
New Phyrexia NPH Vintage Masters VMA
Mirrodin Besieged MBS Tempest Remastered TPR
Scars of Mirrodin SOM Scourge SCG
Rise of the Eldrazi ROE Legions LGN
Worldwake WWK Onslaught ONS
Zendikar ZEN Judgment JUD
Alara Reborn ARB Torment TOR
Conflux CON Odyssey OD
Shards of Alara ALA Apocalypse AP
Eventide EVE Planeshift PS
Shadowmoor SHM Invasion IN
Morningtide MOR Prophecy PR
Lorwyn LRW Nemesis NE
Future Sight FUT Mercadian Masques MM
Planar Chaos PLC Urza's Destiny UD
Timeshifted TSB Urza's Legacy UL
Time Spiral TSP Urza's Saga UZ
Coldsnap CSP Exodus EX
Dissension DIS Stronghold ST
Guildpact GPT Tempest TE
Ravnica: City of Guilds RAV 7th Edition 7E
Saviors of Kamigawa SOK Classic ICE or ALL
Set Name
Set Identifier Set Name
Set Identifier
Weatherlight WL Avatars VAN
Visions VI Promos PRM
Mirage MI Theme Deck Set TD0
Masters Edition 4 ME4 Planechase PC1
Masters Edition 3 ME3 Planechase 2012 PC2
Masters Edition 2 ME2 Welcome Deck 2016 W16
Masters Edition MED Premium Deck: Slivers H09
Zendikar Expeditions EXP Premium Deck:  Fire & Lightning PD2
Commander CMD Premium Deck: Graveborn PD3
Commander 2013 C13 Commander 2014 C14
Legendary Cube Prizes PZ1 Elves vs Goblins EVG

Jace vs Chandra

DD2 Divine vs Demonic DDC
Garruk vs Liliana DDD Phyrexia vs The Coalition DDE
Elspeth vs Tezzeret DDF Knights vs Dragons DDG
Mirrodin Pure vs New Phyrexia TD2 Ajani vs Nicol Bolas DDH
Venser vs Koth DDI Izzet vs Golgari DDJ
Sorin vs Tibalt DDK Heroes vs Monsters DDL
Jace vs Vraska DDM Dragons DRB
Exiled V09 Relics V10
Legends V11 Realms V12
Twenty V13 Annihilation V14
Angels V15    

Card Tagging Commands

Generic Card Tagging:  (cardname)
Specific Card Tagging:  (cardname:set identifier)
Card Picture:  (pic=cardname)
Card Thumbnail (tmb=cardname)



Wait, there is an editing by Procrastination at Wed, 07/27/2016 - 12:51
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Wait, there is an editing team now? Who do I have to fight to (maybe have the time) to be a part of that? (If time cooperates...)

Is the background of the new decklisting always neon green? Can we adjust that?

I'm a team of one ;) It is by JXClaytor at Wed, 07/27/2016 - 13:17
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I'm a team of one ;)

It is not always neon green, we have a couple of limited options so far.

I used editing team because I by JXClaytor at Wed, 07/27/2016 - 13:36
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I used editing team because I am not sure if we will need to publish a writer's guide while I am here again, and if the time comes the new editor will have something to work with, all joking aside.

There are four default colors by xger at Wed, 07/27/2016 - 17:57
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There are four default colors now (green, blue, gray, and white). You can also submit an RGB code, for example my Avacyn article has a lighter red background.

The hover cards look great. by olaw at Wed, 07/27/2016 - 13:20
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The hover cards look great. Big thanks to Xger for sorting that out. A much appreciated feature.

Xger did a fantastic job with by JXClaytor at Wed, 07/27/2016 - 13:22
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Xger did a fantastic job with the workarounds and all things considered, even if the deck builder/download feature does not take off, at least hover cards are around now!

I love the new deck list by Arctic_Ghost at Wed, 07/27/2016 - 13:43
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I love the new deck list tool! Great work Xger and thank you very much!

Great stuff! Maybe this by Bazaar of Baghdad at Wed, 07/27/2016 - 14:11
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Great stuff! Maybe this should be stickied somehow.

I am going to see if out by JXClaytor at Wed, 07/27/2016 - 14:37
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I am going to see if out programmer can add it to the write for PureMTGO part in the header.

Hover cards are great! I also by mtgo_theater at Wed, 07/27/2016 - 14:38
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Hover cards are great! I also like being able to upload the deck after exporting from MTGO and referencing that in the article.

My one suggestion would be to make it optional to specify a set when linking to it, and default the hover to some printing (most recent if possible). For folks writing limited articles, knowing the card set to use is pretty straightforward. However, I could imagine for writers of constructed articles, having to look up set abbreviations of cards could be a bit tedious. Making it as easy as possible for people would ensure that links get used more often. Not a huge deal but just wanted to give this feedback.

Thank you for the feedback, by JXClaytor at Wed, 07/27/2016 - 15:27
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Thank you for the feedback, I'll point it out to Xger and we'll see what can be done.

I should be able to set up a table with the set names and abbreviations, and hopefully that would be a good resource?

It would only take a by xger at Wed, 07/27/2016 - 20:47
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It would only take a relatively minor tweak to allow input of the choice set.

As far as using the most recent printing, the complication is that to allow sorting by CMC, color, rarity, or type I had to generate a list of every card on MTGO. I could show all versions and use that list, but then it is 45000 cards as opposed to 15000, so it would take a lot longer to run. So the sets chosen are just the version that MTGO added to my wishlist when I generated the lists.

Is tagging a card the old way by CottonRhetoric at Wed, 07/27/2016 - 15:28
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Is tagging a card the old way still an option, if we don't have a preference of which set to display for the hover image? Or is the set now required for the link to work at all?

Also, has the coding for displaying card images (rather than text links) changed?

From what I understand, there by JXClaytor at Wed, 07/27/2016 - 15:57
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From what I understand, there is some work into the old way possibly working, but for right now the old way is still just a link.

Displaying card images works the same way, and when I update this piece later on today, I will make sure to note that, as well as the set table.

so yes (pic=cardname) still does what it does.

Both pic= and tmb= still by xger at Wed, 07/27/2016 - 20:48
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Both pic= and tmb= still work.

Nice! I just wish I would by Cheater Hater at Wed, 07/27/2016 - 15:49
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Nice! I just wish I would have known about this before I had submitted my most recent article and had done all of the links and pictures for SOI and EMN stuff manually :(

A couple of questions/additions though:
1. Will this system update automatically when MTGOTraders updates with the new sets, or will there be a lag time? (I'm assuming the longer-than-usual lag time on the old system was related to implementing this new system)
2. Does this change the (pic=cardname) system at all, or will that stay with the old system?

The lag time should be by JXClaytor at Wed, 07/27/2016 - 15:58
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The lag time should be considerably shorter, it should sync up with the set coming on to mtgotraders.com

Excellent. Love the direction by AJ_Impy at Wed, 07/27/2016 - 17:02
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Excellent. Love the direction we're going.

All the new cards work! by Sabi0 at Wed, 07/27/2016 - 20:23
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All the new cards work! Really excited about the links being fixed and the easier to handle deck formatting.

The guide has been updated! by JXClaytor at Wed, 07/27/2016 - 23:05
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The guide has been updated!

xger's css by stsung at Thu, 07/28/2016 - 05:23
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Thank you xger for this and implementing it. If this will be actually working with new sets as they are released it will be awesome (or is already I guess). This was annoying me a lot and I don't even write about limited!

Just one thing. Would you mind doing slight visual changes, please? Like padding, floating the buttons right at least (see link).

It would be much appreciated. Thank you again!


I will pass this on to xger by JXClaytor at Thu, 07/28/2016 - 08:54
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I will pass this on to xger

It's something I attempted to by xger at Thu, 07/28/2016 - 10:28
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It's something I attempted to do, but I added the buttons in the last minute, so it should be better when I update it. Thanks for the feedback

To further address this, the by Paul Leicht at Thu, 07/28/2016 - 14:21
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To further address this, the css should be modifyable within the article by adding extra classes. (Elements can have as many classes as needed.) So it should be doable without too much trouble.

Great Work! by Paul Leicht at Thu, 07/28/2016 - 12:00
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Great Work!

Incredible work, guys. Kudos! by ricklongo at Thu, 07/28/2016 - 12:14
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Incredible work, guys. Kudos!

Good stuff Josh. by Leviathan at Thu, 07/28/2016 - 12:50
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Good stuff Josh.

Oh I didn't do any of this, by JXClaytor at Fri, 07/29/2016 - 09:14
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Oh I didn't do any of this, had Xger not show the initiative, we'd still be hoverless and downloadless. He gets all the credit.

If you want to continue to by JXClaytor at Fri, 07/29/2016 - 09:14
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If you want to continue to use the old deck editor, that is fine.

Nice work guys! I'm sort of by FranklinJ at Thu, 12/15/2016 - 17:38
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Nice work guys! I'm sort of a newbie with the article creation on-site. My question is would it be possible to write an article offline using notepad and submit it by e-mail? Considering of course everything written at home offline follows the same specifications listed in this article?

I have limited access to internet and my phone would probably be a bad idea to write from. I sometimes travel a lot and have no net access but I'm always thinking magic online and magic the gathering In general. So if a quality article was created I would think an editor could simply upload the piece onto the site.

Just a thought...perhaps create a downloadable offline editor for use only for PureMTGO site articles.


yes, we could for sure work by JXClaytor at Mon, 12/19/2016 - 05:32
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yes, we could for sure work around that.

Just send an email to address in the writer's guideline!