30 Day Blogging Challenge: Magic the Gathering Day Twenty

So Magic the Gathering is a game, the collectible card game, but I think most of you reading this know that already. I played way back when the Revised Edition was the main set. I was probably a senior in high school at the time. When they started changing rules and taking certain cards out of print I stopped playing and eventually I needed a large chunk of cash for a new car and I cashed in my collection and never looked back. 

23 years later my son and I were looking for a hobby to share. Something that we could do and enjoy together. That is when I found the game again. We bought a Duel Deck and had a ton of fun with that for two weeks and then found a local game shop and are enjoying not only playing but building up a collection of cards.

As a way to commemorate my return to the game and his beginning in the game I found a 30 day MTG blogging challenge and I want to share that with you all here.

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With that being said:

Day Twenty-Favorite Creature

I have a feeling that whatever one I pick is going to be something old school.

However, as I get back into MTG and deeper into custom deck building I can honestly say that my favorite creature is anyone that allows me to win or works well into the theme of the deck I place it.

When I first started playing this game I had an affinity for Nightmares, Serra Angels, Shivan Dragons, and anything Goblin. Now days,m with such a huge pool of cards to choose from, I like the creatures that synergize well with each other. In whatever combinations my brain comes up with. Building decks and play testing them is like my favorite thing to do.

Every week at my LGS I get something new, with some new mechanic I need to familiarize myself with. This week has been filled with messing around with the Level Up Creatures from the Rise of the Eldrazi set. As with most things MTG some are ok, some are good, but it doesn’t seem like any of them are game changing.

Since I am playing a lot of white…Serra Angels are among my favorite flyers. My son’s red deck features Shivan Dragons as a late game win condition. I also have a stack of cards on my desk that I am trying to turn into a black/red Vampire tribal deck.

However, as for one singular creature I am not so sure I can pick out one…or why I would even want to. I think that directly stems from my changing ideals of deck building. As those ideals become more sophisticated maybe one creature to build around will pop up but the strength of this game is in how vast it really is.

Let me give a big shout-out to MTG The Walkers Lounge on Facebook, A great place for all things MTG.

Check out the rest of my 30 MTG blogging challenge here

 

30 Day Blogging Challenge: Magic the Gathering Day Nineteen

So Magic the Gathering is a game, the collectible card game, but I think most of you reading this know that already. I played way back when the Revised Edition was the main set. I was probably a senior in high school at the time. When they started changing rules and taking certain cards out of print I stopped playing and eventually I needed a large chunk of cash for a new car and I cashed in my collection and never looked back. 

23 years later my son and I were looking for a hobby to share. Something that we could do and enjoy together. That is when I found the game again. We bought a Duel Deck and had a ton of fun with that for two weeks and then found a local game shop and are enjoying not only playing but building up a collection of cards.

As a way to commemorate my return to the game and his beginning in the game I found a 30 day MTG blogging challenge and I want to share that with you all here.

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With that being said:

Day Nineteen-Favorite Artifact

Again, my answer is going to rely heavily on my philosophy on not only getting back into the game but teaching my son to play MTG. I discussed that yesterday and I really think it is a solid plan.

The drawback is that are first mono-color decks were not very reliant on Artifacts. I wanted him to see what each color did and see which ones he gravitates toward. Once we started playing Commander we started seeing Artifacts that are essential to how the decks work.

However, it would be lame to pick a EDH standard like Sol Ring as my favorite artifact. Right now I think I lean more towards the mana fixers like the Signets, and what not. I have been playing a lot of white so Bastion Mastodon has made appearances in my decks. I am also building my first custom EDH deck and I found an old school favorite The Hive. I think that will be useful to make flying blockers.

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So far I think the Signets are among my favorites but I expect that to change a lot as I get use to building decks that feature Artifacts.

Let me give a big shout-out to MTG The Walkers Lounge on Facebook, A great place for all things MTG.

Check out the rest of my 30 MTG blogging challenge here

30 Day Blogging Challenge: Magic the Gathering Day Eighteen

So Magic the Gathering is a game, the collectible card game, but I think most of you reading this know that already. I played way back when the Revised Edition was the main set. I was probably a senior in high school at the time. When they started changing rules and taking certain cards out of print I stopped playing and eventually I needed a large chunk of cash for a new car and I cashed in my collection and never looked back. 

23 years later my son and I were looking for a hobby to share. Something that we could do and enjoy together. That is when I found the game again. We bought a Duel Deck and had a ton of fun with that for two weeks and then found a local game shop and are enjoying not only playing but building up a collection of cards.

As a way to commemorate my return to the game and his beginning in the game I found a 30 day MTG blogging challenge and I want to share that with you all here.

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With that being said:

Day Eighteen-Favorite Land

To understand my answer here I think it is important to lay out my philosophy for deck building. When I got back into the game a few months ago I decided upon a two prong slow burn approach to not only teach my son the game but to keep the game between us pretty fair. The frist key point here is our decks have to remain somewhat balanced against each other since 80% of the time that’s who we are playing. We started with a Duel Deck and then moved on building mono color decks to re-familiarize myself with the game and mechanics and to show him what each color does.

Now we are at a point where we are building custom dual color decks. For the most part the 10 or so pre-con decks we built have been customized at least a little. The next step for both of us is to make those decks more efficient. All of our custom decks are starting to have themes and now we are learning about the Special Lands that can support said themes and make the decks play better or faster or whatever they are supposed to do.

We started with the basic equation of 24 lands, 24 creatures, and 12 spells. As we move out of Mono colored decks we are adding dual lands and artifacts that help the decks. I am also doing a lot of research (I have 20 plus years of card sets to learn) looking for special land cards that help our decks.

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I am building a white/blue control deck. I found Skyline Cascade that works very well in that deck and Sandstone Bridge which I think will fit well in my White Paper Pauper deck. At the moment those are my favorite two lands beyond the ones that came with our pre-con Commander decks that give one mana of two colors.

Let me give a big shout-out to MTG The Walkers Lounge on Facebook, A great place for all things MTG.

Check out the rest of my 30 MTG blogging challenge here

 

30 Day Blogging Challenge: Magic the Gathering Day Seventeen

So Magic the Gathering is a game, the collectible card game, but I think most of you reading this know that already. I played way back when the Revised Edition was the main set. I was probably a senior in high school at the time. When they started changing rules and taking certain cards out of print I stopped playing and eventually I needed a large chunk of cash for a new car and I cashed in my collection and never looked back. 

23 years later my son and I were looking for a hobby to share. Something that we could do and enjoy together. That is when I found the game again. We bought a Duel Deck and had a ton of fun with that for two weeks and then found a local game shop and are enjoying not only playing but building up a collection of cards.

As a way to commemorate my return to the game and his beginning in the game I found a 30 day MTG blogging challenge and I want to share that with you all here.

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With that being said:

Day Seventeen-Favorite EDH General

Let start by saying that Commander is not my favorite format. It is a crazy way to play and crazy can be good but it really seems that most of what is broken in the game of MTG ends up in this format.

Now I am perfectly willing to admit that my pre-con 4 color deck was way to sophisticated for me to learn this format with. And that one simple fact maybe severely hurting my fun in playing EDH.

This week I have begun building my first custom EDH deck. I started by making a pile of all the cards I have one of. And before anyone reads this and thinks I am anti pre-con decks I totally am not. At the very least I got to play in a new format and more importantly I got all the staples of a EDH deck. I have my Sol Ring, I have my Commanders Tower, and the special lands and artifacts that help build card advantage as the game progresses.

So I have all that stuff and now I have a big stack of critters that really are not fitting in any of my other decks…so Now I just need to pick a Commander. I was very much thinking of going tribal with it. However of the mono or dual color decks in EDH I’ve seen they were all pretty weak. If four is a tad too much I am hoping that 3 will work far better.

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Given the stack of creatures I had ready to go play Commander I am picking Numont the Devastator as my Commander and for right now my favorite Commander.

Let me give a big shout-out to MTG The Walkers Lounge on Facebook, A great place for all things MTG.

Check out the rest of my 30 MTG blogging challenge here

Magic Monday: An MTG update

I think I am writing this more for my son than anyone else. He is getting to an age where Facebook, the internet, and social media in general is going to become a part of his life. Hopefully not a huge part but there is no question it will be a part and I want to record our journey in Magic: The Gathering. Right now it is just a hobby…a fun way to spend a few days a week at our local game store meeting new people and developing new relationships. However, since he is already an avid user of You Tube he has ideas. This week he told me that his goal in MTG is to win a Pro Tour event.

If that is what he wants to do not only will I support him but I want to chronicle how he gets there. From where we are right now to that goal is likely a journey spread over at least a few years. He has only been playing for two months and while he has come a long way in those months I know that he has a long way to go.

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We spent the last week building up Paper Pauper decks. Mine is green and the boys is white. They are both built on a propagate strategy. We have not tested them much but that is just because this week has been filled with MTG Open Houses at out Local Game Store, where we greatly increased our pool of cards for free, and getting ready for pre-release next weekend.

By getting ready I mean every day we are building a 40 card deck out of our existing pool of cards and having a best of three match. This is just to sharpen our skills of on the fly deck building and for him to learn how to recognize a good deck strategy. Friday night will be the first time he plays in a one on one competitive MTG game. I plan to let him build his own deck and just see what happens. While I would like to see him have some success I think maybe a good humbling is in order. What I really want him to get out of this is fun and the skill of being able to pick strong cards that work well together.

For me this will be my first competitive one v one MTG match in over 20 years. I feel like I know the cards fairly well and can build a fairly strong 40 card deck. The goal for me is just to see where I am at deck building wise. I would like to win one match, have some fun, and of course get my hands on more Amonkhet cards.

Other than that I will be spending this week making a new pile of cards that is likely to become my first custom EDH deck. I have not been having a lot of fun with my pre-con one and I am not exactly sure why…I don’t think I play it very well. I just haven’t gotten a full grasp on what it is meant to do and how to make it do that. I suppose I could buy a different pre-con one but I really believe that if I build a custom one I will be able to yield it better.

Check back next week to see how we did.

30 Day Blogging Challenge: Magic the Gathering Day Sixteen

So Magic the Gathering is a game, the collectible card game, but I think most of you reading this know that already. I played way back when the Revised Edition was the main set. I was probably a senior in high school at the time. When they started changing rules and taking certain cards out of print I stopped playing and eventually I needed a large chunk of cash for a new car and I cashed in my collection and never looked back. 

23 years later my son and I were looking for a hobby to share. Something that we could do and enjoy together. That is when I found the game again. We bought a Duel Deck and had a ton of fun with that for two weeks and then found a local game shop and are enjoying not only playing but building up a collection of cards.

As a way to commemorate my return to the game and his beginning in the game I found a 30 day MTG blogging challenge and I want to share that with you all here.

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With that being said:

Day Sixteen-Favorite Card Combo

This is the part of MTG that I struggle with. I never built decks around combos and that seems to be what competition decks and EDH decks are all about. It is something I struggle not only to get it right in my own head but to build a functional deck around some huge combo. That isn’t what I think this game should be about. But things are what they are so I struggle to find the cards that do fun combos.

A lot of this frustration I know stems from not knowing the cards very well. There are so many cards and I was away from the game for so long that knowing what is good together is nearly impossible till you acquire it and play with it. Everyday and every game I play I gain that much more knowledge about how the cards work together.

The big positive here is Amonkhet comes out very soon and at least with that block I will be on equal footing. I already have some Amonkhet cards that were in welcome packs and have already played with them. I feel very good about building combos next weekend for pre-release. IF this hobby sticks with my kid come back and read a post about combos in a year…we all know it will be quite different.

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For now let me give my very unsophisticated take on combos I do with that cards I play with a lot. In my red deck I have Fling and a bunch of 4/1 creatures that are chuck blockers and then flingers. I like to have that go off with any one of a ton of other red burn spells to do 8-10 points of damage. Lightning Bolt, Rift Bolt, whatever spell I have in my hand I find myself waiting for that bigger combo effect.

At the moment nothing more complicated than that comes to mind.

Let me give a big shout-out to MTG The Walkers Lounge on Facebook, A great place for all things MTG.

Check out the rest of my 30 MTG blogging challenge here

30 Day Blogging Challenge: Magic the Gathering Day Fifteen

So Magic the Gathering is a game, the collectible card game, but I think most of you reading this know that already. I played way back when the Revised Edition was the main set. I was probably a senior in high school at the time. When they started changing rules and taking certain cards out of print I stopped playing and eventually I needed a large chunk of cash for a new car and I cashed in my collection and never looked back. 

23 years later my son and I were looking for a hobby to share. Something that we could do and enjoy together. That is when I found the game again. We bought a Duel Deck and had a ton of fun with that for two weeks and then found a local game shop and are enjoying not only playing but building up a collection of cards.

As a way to commemorate my return to the game and his beginning in the game I found a 30 day MTG blogging challenge and I want to share that with you all here.

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With that being said:

Day Fifteen-Favorite Flavor Text

I really am starting to see a theme develop here. One day’s posts directly affects the next days post and that, at least for me, is the fun in doing these 30 day challenges. I also think that my responses will vary greatly based on what I am doing in the game. With that in mind I think the deal is going to be doing one of these every year I am an active player.

Back to the matter at hand,

Yesterday I wrote about my son taking down a player largely with Goblin Grenades. So that of course leads me to like that card and one it’s flavor texts:

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“Don’t underestimate the aerodynamic qualities of the common goblin.”

Not only is that funny it absolutely underscores how that player was taken down while looking for an ego bump.

We went to our LGS’s open house and got 2017 intro packs hat had a red card Fling in them. It reminds me of this text and fling is a really fun red card. For me just seeing the layers of our time playing and being involved with the MTG community is a ton of fun. definitely worth the money I have invested into this hobby.

Let me give a big shout-out to MTG The Walkers Lounge on Facebook, A great place for all things MTG.

Check out the rest of my 30 MTG blogging challenge here