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

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-Two Favorite Instant

IT seems the fellas at my LGS and I have the best card in MTG debate quite often. This is not quite that this is more of a card that you love to play but for me it comes down to efficiency. There is no argument that I have ever heard that can convince me that Lightning Bolt is not the most efficient piece of removal in the entire game. One red for three damage to a creature or a player. Not only is it efficient it can be used in any number of ways.

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The applications of this instant are many…for example:

  • three damage to the face of your opponent
  • three damage to a creature that blocked this turn but did not die yet
  • three damage to a blocking creature that lets another creature hit your opponent
  • and on and on and on

Anyone who truly enjoys playing red has a playset of bolts. There is a reason an uncommon goes for four bucks these days…because it is hella effective. I have found a cheaper way to achieve a slightly better effect but bolts remain my favorite instant.

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-One

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-One-Favorite Enchantment

My favorite deck has slowly become a Blue-White Azorius control deck. It has gone through several reworkings but I think it is finally at a place where its fun to play and does reasonably well against the other casual decks at my LGS.

The theory of the deck is to slow down my opponent till I can play multiple Plainswalkers that either kill you outright or mill your deck down to nothing. The main focus of that strategy is the Enchantment Singing Bell Strike.

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Bell Strike is 1 and 1 blue for that taps enchanted creature and said creature does not untap during the controller’s next untap step. Then enchanted creature’s controller has to pay six to untap it. For the most part it takes said creature out of the early game. I have several cards that are similar and work with this one.

It’s a little surprising to me because 20 years ago when I was way into MTG I disliked playing white a lot. Now days my two main decks, and my EDH deck all contain white.

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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I feel like I have finally recovered from Amonkhet pre-release weekend. The boy and I spent the great balance of Friday and Saturday at our local game store getting our hands on the new cards and playing in a tournament. It was a marathon session and I once more remembered that I am old and gaming all night is a huge undertaking. I played my best rounds at the beginning but as the night drew on I did not play very sharp. Fatigue was a big factor there. After three rounds of play I was forced to drop out as I could not even read the fine print on the cards anymore. I am not saying it wasn’t fun I am saying I am old.

Let’s talk about the number 43. As an old school NASCAR fan 43 to me will always be associated with King Richard Petty. I am more than sure people reading this all over North America have their own local favorite 43. I can not think of any 43’s in the history of Detroit sports but I am sure there are a few. Not that it would matter NASCAR is my first love and I am old enough that I can remember when Petty was still the driver of one of the more famous cars in our culture.

For the boy 43 has a new significance. There were 90 some players in our pre-release tournament. He finished 43 among them. Solidly in the upper half and just out of the prizes. I think fatigue was also a factor for him, but more importantly he had some problems over coming some adversary. He got off to a fast start sweeping both of the first two rounds. That earned him a seat at the head table for round three. There the competition stepped up to a level he had not seen before. He quickly lost in that round and had a hard time adjusting to the wild swings in his victories. Had it not been 4am at that point I think he would have bounced back. After a pep talk from me, the store owner, and our play group the kid finished but would not win another round.

By any metric I have to say this event was a success for both of us. The kid is getting scary good with the advanced tactics and while I did not play very well at all I did get Gideon of the Trials in my pool and now own one of the most sought after cards in the Amonkhet set. I even got him out for a game so I feel like i can sell or trade him to further the developement of our main decks or add more Amonkhet to our pool of cards.

Our goals for the week are too work are newly acquired stock into our main decks, get up to our LGS to complete our trials, and build a pauper commander deck…yes that is a thing.

Happy Gaming to all.

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