Saturday, February 26, 2011

Deck Tech: Super Saiyan Shock

A couple months back, I had built a deck known as SuperShock, my adaptation of the original post-rotation vampires list as was introduced to me by Bryan Haak during the last States.  I apologize, for some reason I can't find the exact list, but a similar build by Caleb Durward can be found here, only with three Doom Blades over Vendettas and Dark Tutelage and Captivating Vampire beating out two Pawn of Ulamogs and the equipment.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Mistah Boweh's Horrible Deck Challenge!

Now, if you've ever been here before, you'd know that I have a passion for taking rogue deck concepts and trying to get them to fit in the current meta.  It's very rare for me to ever play a deck that will result in more than ten percent of my matches being mirrors.  It's just how I roll.

Anyways, the point is that sometimes, it's hard to tool a deck to make it possible to win games, even for someone piloting it at FNM.  There's no way I'd be caught dead trying to build any of these decks, because I simply won't endorse something that's guaranteed to fail, no matter who's the pilot or the opponent.  At least, not unless I had an excuse.

That being said, it's time for the Horrible Deck Challenge!  The idea is simple- send me an email over at with 'HDC' in the subject line, containing a concept for any standard-legal deck.  You can be as specific or vague as you want, such as 'build a deck that uses two Myr Galvanizers to win the game' or 'build a deck with blue in it that costs under $20'.  Whatever it is.  Approximately whenever I feel like it, I'll go through the submissions and pull out the first comprehensible idea that I see, and try to construct it to the best of my ability.  If you want, let me know in the email, and I'll include whatever personal information (name, location, etc.), and I'll also reply with a link to the article if I use your suggestion, so you don't have to worry about checking back all the time (although your mom would appreciate you more if you did!).

Without further ado, let the Horrible Deck Challenge begin, and may it give me many restless nights.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Tournament Report: TCGPlayer 1K Qualifier

This weekend, I was at a 1k qualifier (for the invitational in Chicago) over at Level Up Gaming, in Manchester, New Hampshire.  There was a pool of 63 people at the event, not that big but larger than some.  Honestly, space was a bit tight, so I'm happy there weren't any more contenders.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

I'm now on Manaleak! is a Magic site/store based in the UK, with a huge selection of singles and all that jazz.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Thinking about: Level Up

Now, I'll admit, I doubt that this mechanic will ever become mainstream.  As an aggro deck, it's just too slow, but as a control deck it involves way too much tapping out and leaving yourself vulnerable.  However, I feel like there's definitely some potential for the mechanic, and it comes from an enchantment I had completely forgotten about, stumbling across it when shifting through a binder of uncommons.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Duel Deck Creation Contest

Today, Wizards announced that they're holding a contest, where entrants design decklists for a set of online duel decks based off Mirrodin Pure and New Phyrexia.

Thinking about: Living Weapon

As of late, my recent foray into Tezzerator had me scrolling through all the artifacts that appear in standard.  At the time, of course, I was focused on a different kind of artifact, but I can't help but think about one of the coolest mechanics I'd seen in a while- Living Weapon.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Mind-Sculpting Tech- Getting Even More Real

This Sunday, a rather controversial article went up on Channel Fireball's website, found here, in which pro tour veteran Kyle Boggemes pretty much bashes innovation in the face with a Loxodon Warhammer the size of his ego.  I mention this because this article has truly inspired me.

Announcing From The Vault: Legends

It appears that Wizards of the Coast is pandering yet again to those of us who play EDH... Err, Commander.

My Thoughts on Mirrodin Besieged: Hands On

Alright, I'm a little late as the set's already been released, but it's better late than never, I suppose.  In this article, I'll talk about all the limited events I've played over the last few weeks, and what seems to work or not work throughout.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Token Spam Gets a Remodeling

I apologize for not yet having anything about the Mirrodin Besieged prerelease, I'll have it up at some point before the release event.  I've been really sick the past couple days and it's been stopping me from getting any sleep since Friday.  To really go in-depth about what I saw at the prerelease, I want to shake the constant headaches at least a little bit first.  In the meantime, however, I want to go over the deck I played at FNM that Friday.  I still can't believe that actually worked.