30 Day Blogging Challenge: Magic the Gathering Day Twenty-Nine

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.

With that being said:

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Day Twenty-Nine-Favorite Deck

I know that I am old. I know this because I have played this game now in two very different eras. Those two eras being separated by twenty plus years and a marriage and child-bearing and all that adult shit that makes life complicated. With that in mind I am going to have two very different answers.

Era #1 is the kitchen table MTG era where 100% of the games I played in were done at the kitchen table with kitchen table type decks. These were decks built out of the players favorite cards inefficient as all hell and often times overly huge. This was a time before my play group had found a LGS to hang out at, find different matches up and really learn the game at a higher level.

I had an at least 100 card goblin deck. If I were to use the MTG slang of today I would say it was a mono-red goblin deck built around going wide with a strategy of dropping goblins for free every turn. This wa accomplished in a number of ways and the only really good thing about the deck was it dropped a lot of creatures very fast. IT was not a great deck, it was not an efficient deck but of the decks I had in this era it was my favorite.

Now I play MTG in the modern era where 50% of my matches are with the fellas (and growing number of females which is awesome) at my LGS. 5% of my matches are in competitions, and the rest play testing decks at home with my boy. Decks now days are sleek…60 cards…and fucking efficient. In this environment my favorite deck right now is mono-red burn. I like it because it takes what has become a complicated game and made it far simpler. The goal of this burn deck is to do as much damage as possible from turn one on. The ideal starting hand is a mountain and a lightning bolt. Three points of damage on turn one and never taking my foot of that gas. It is so much fun to play. By far it is my favorite casual deck to play.

Of course I have several other main decks and several decks being built up and the great thing about this game is that at some point one of those decks will become my favorite either because it wins a lot, is fun to play, or is just freaking awesome.

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 Twenty-Eight

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.

With that being said:

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Day Twenty-Eight-Favorite Card Ever

The great thing about MTG is this is an answer that cn change literally every time someone buys another cards, a pack, or any other MTG product. When I started playing this game I was a kid with a limited amount of disposable income. That meant that essentially I built up one deck at a time and my favorite card ever was whatever card made that deck work well. The first card I can remember being super excited about pulling was Demonic Tutor.

Now I am a single father with a limited amount of disposable income. OF course Young me’s disposal income is < adult me’s disposable income. That means I don’t have one main deck these days. The boy and I each have three. We are also building up three more in different formats. These days for me my favorite card is whatever thing I find that makes my decks work better. I recently l purchased my first Jace Beleren cards and that is among my favorites right now.

Hold on a sec…let me test a theory…

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So I just asked the boy what his favorite card is and after about 10 seconds of thought he said Young Pyromancer. That of course is the theory that is first and fastest response is the one cards that is his favorite or at least the one that is on his 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 Twenty-Seven

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.

With that being said:

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Day Twenty-Seven-Favorite Counters

I suppose this means any one of the many things that we can use as additional resources. Since I was not around for the infect decks and for the most part people who build them now get laughed at I am going to have to go with energy. I am pretty sure energy is a special thing for the Kaladesh block only. However, I like that it gives the player another thing to use to beat an opponent. I like this counter so much that I have built my first tri-color deck with energy as its theme.

I have only just begin play testing this deck so I am not quite sure how well it works but I feel pretty good about building my first tri-color deck where the mana base as so far worked quite well. That might be a small thing, but its a skill serious deck builders need to brew new and effective decks. Overall though I think this deck is under-powered so I need to find a new energy based attack that packs a little more punch.

The boy wants to build a standard deck and start playing in that format. With Amonkhet that means new brick counters and different mechanics to learn and build around. The goal there is to build a basic deck that works well and then invest some money in it when Hours of Devastation comes out. Hopefully we end up with a competitive standard deck that can down the road become a modern deck. We shall see how that goes.

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 Twenty-Six

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.

With that being said:

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Day Twenty-Six-Favorite Tournament

I guess the thought behind this one is my favorite tournament to play in. Not having played in a lot of tournaments it feels kind of difficult to answer but I look at the cost of playing in tournaments and realize that some of them are just out of reach.

Since it costs somewhere around one thousand dollars to build out a competitive modern deck, and since primarily this is a hobby for my son and I to enjoy together modern just seems out of reach for us. As a single parent I just don’t have two grand to sink into a hobby of any sort. It is a huge turnoff for the entire format and to be really honest I don’t find the idea of spending that kind of money to build a deck off some list on the internet fun or entertaining. Since those are my two primary reasons for coming back to MTG I do not see us ever playing modern.

Standard looks like fun and for a returning player and a parent of a new player it seems that this is a format where we can enter and be relatively on the same knowledge base as everyone else. My son has his 40 card deck from Amonkhet pre-release and with the help nad guidance of the owner of our LGS and the guys we like to play with there we are helping him build out a competitive standard deck. Maybe at the end of 2018 if we are still doing that bridges the gap to the modern format.

For our skill level I very much enjoy sealed limited events. We played in a Two Headed Giant sealed event and while we didn’t far very well had a lot of fun with. We also had a lot of fun at pre-release. Since the cost is kept down, we also get our hands on new product, and there is the opportunity to win something that is where my son likes to play. He is also becoming quite good at it.

For me personally I like Pauper events. I like taking the cards I spent real money on and doing something with them beyond them collecting dust on a shelf. I don’t see why pauper isn’t more of a things since all of us have a huge pool of cards to build decks out of, A couple of months into this adventure and my son and i own probably 5,000 cards total. Of them maybe 500 are in decks we feel are good enough to invest more time and money into. That leaves us 4,500 cards lying around why not be creative and use those cards to build decks out of? That is called value and I look at my collection of commons and un-commons and the pauper as a place to get immediately value from the purchases of different products. I have two pauper decks at the moment and plan to build a pauper commander deck and hopefully convince some of the fellas at our awesome LGS that its a format that will cost almost nothing to compete in.

30 Day Blogging Challenge: Magic the Gathering Day Twenty-Five

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-Six-Favorite Card from the New Set

I suppose right now this means favorite Amonkhet card. That is a little tough since the only Amonkhet cards I have are what I got at the open house and what came in my pool for the pre-release tournament. I played four matches with an Amonkhet limited deck and did not fair so great…I just did not have enough removal.

Over the week I have been working Amonkhet cards from that event into my main decks but I have not had a lot of opportunity to play them much. I did pull the Gideon of the Trials and even got to play him but the only thing he did was keep me alive for 3 additional turns. That is a lot, but that match was already over. I traded him off for cards that will make my main decks better.

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I had two Harsh Mentors at the end of the pre-release events and it seems like people are all over those as I have already traded away both of them. It appears to have a lot of value for standard players but that isn’t me and I am not sure it ever is going to be. More on that tomorrow.

I just have not had enough time with the cards to pick a favorite at the moment. I am using my Amonkhet stock to build up my casual decks that I just enjoy playing. A lot of Amonkhet cards have made it into those decks but as of today I do not have one I like better than any others. Maybe the Mentor because he has given me a lot of value on the trade market.

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 Twenty-Four

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-Four-Favorite Planeswalker

This is a part of the game I don’t think I have quite got my head wrapped around yet. Being gone for 20 years and then getting back into MTG the first product I bought was a Duel Deck that featured two planeswalkers. I didn’t get the strategy around them and since there was only one in each 50 card deck they were not a big part of the overall strategy my son and I were employing.

Then we started playing with the fellas at our LGS and every time we would cast a Planeswalker people would freak out and divert all their attention to killing it off. We started to see the effect they can have and how deadly they can be if they are allowed to get out of control.

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We now own several and I even have built a deck around them. SInce I play a lot of white I am very fond of Ajani. The boy plays a lot of red so he drifts more towards Chandra. Even though I hate green I have found a lot of uses for Nissa. I also have an Elsepth and Vraska. Last night in trade I picked up my first Jace. As too which version of which is better I have no idea yet, and again as I play my answers will change because whichever one helps me win is the one I am going to be most fond of.

For now I think Ajani Goldmane is my favorite because having a huge creature with power and toughness equal to your life total is quite hard to deal with and demands a response.

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 Twenty-Three

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-Three-Favorite Sorcery

I m going to go with another old school red spell. Not just because I am an old school kind of guy but because I was thinking about this today and I think it has yet another application. I am a big fan of versatile spells especially since the way of the MTG world is to have sleek, super efficient decks.

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Having just gotten use to the world of Planeswalkers and what they can do I think Fireball is my favorite sorcery. It is an effective piece of removal and for one more mana I can target a planeswalker as well. At least I think I can…that is my understanding of the rules and if I am wrong in that please leave a comment.

The way I have always played fireballs is to save them till I have enough mana to remove whatever needs removing with one saved over for a second target. In the past that has almost always been the player but with two extra mana I could burn a critter, damage a planeswalker, and give some damage to someone’s face…man i love playing red.

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