Hello folks, it's been a while. After that states top 8 last October, I started playing/working for a different game, Shadow Era, and my activity here dropped off rather suddenly. My working with the Shadow Era devs has ended, meaning it's time to hone back in on Magic.
However, that's not all I do anymore. I've been writing plenty of articles for Shadow Era since I've been there. And if I'm making content for other games, I can hardly do that on a site called Yo Mama: The Gathering (which is an unfortunate name anyways). As such, I've started relocating to a new space here on blogger, and one with a much shorter url at that.
There, I'll be posting all the same content you've come to know from YMtG, as well as articles for other games such as Shadow Era. That's not all, though. I've also been doing some multimedia content, including streams, for other games such as Shadow Era and may be doing that for magic as well.
Just want Magic? No problem. I'll be tagging everything liberally, making it easy to filter out one game's content from the rest. So please, point your browsers to The Boweh, your new home for Yo Mama. Oddly enough, it's not based in Florida.
Monday, October 17, 2011
Allow me to start by saying that this year's States was the least prepared I ever was for a tournament, even to go so far as saying I didn't even know if I was going to enter when we got there. and in the end, I almost didn't. I was still missing some cards and had only played four matches with the deck, for that matter a different build of the deck, not to mention that I haven't played aggro in standard since years before I was doing this site, so this was a really risky venture for me. Without further ado, here's the list I submitted (but technically, didn't bring to) States 2011:
Thursday, October 6, 2011
What is it with the randomizer and green cards? Anyways, today I have a nice modern treat for you all in a card that only saw print a few weeks ago.
From the design perspective, I love this guy. It just makes sense that the human with leadership experience would carry that over to his werewolf half. Plus, a straight human lord or straight wolf lord would always be doing nothing half the time. This transformer pumps your team, day and night.
At the same time, I'm very disappointed that there's no straight-up human lord in white. Aside from Adaptive Automaton, this is the best we have. Of course, I understand why, and it's the same reason why humans as a tribe have never had a lord before. Humans historically have been simply too diverse, as well as being the crutch for development. If a card is too strong for x tribal deck, just make him a human! Easy, right? Which is exactly why the Mayor exists. Humans are simply too hard to balance properly for the sake of all formats. The tribe has everything from Hero of Bladehold to Grim Lavamancer to Noble Hierarch to AEther Adept to Royal Assassin. Although much of human history is in white, they're simply too diverse to balance accurately. The automaton was a great way to test the waters in this field, and it appears that no massive stack of humes has taken any events, so we may be in the clear for a straight human lord by the end of the Innistrad block. However, making human tribal will forever change the future of magic design. It's doubtful that we'll ever see a full human lord (with playability).
Now then, back to the Card of the Day.
The mayor has been a big talking point lately, especially for token decks that have been sprouting up. The human side pumps a team of soldiers from a Hero of Bladehold, Elspeth Tirel, or Shrine of Loyal Legions, while the wolf side makes some minimum 2/2s himself. That way, when he flips back, the wolves and humans will be just the same size.
Expect this card to see plenty of play for the next year.
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
|I wish some of the scrubs at FNM would take one of these.|
Commander is unique for being the only format where every deck wants more mana, even after the point in the game where you'd have threshold. Unfortunately, this card only pulls basics, but three basics for one spell is pretty damn good. You also get huge points if Valakut, the Molten Pinnacle is in that very same deck, or any landfall cards like Lotus Cobra (making Far Wanderings free) or Khalni Heart Expedition (fetching you an additional two lands).
That's it for today's CotD. Wander far, my brethren.
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
|I had a different kind of blast in my pants.|
Posted by Jim Bowie at 2:37 PM