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Why the end of Mass Effect 3 isn’t very good.

March 31, 2012 Leave a comment

This post will contain spoilers for ME3 as well as Deus Ex: Human Revolution.

Some people did not like the ending to Mass Effect 3. This unfortunately, is completely understandable. Read more…

Dark Ascension (DKA) Draft #6

March 26, 2012 2 comments

3-0

I am so proud of myself. That’s the first time I’ve gone 3-0 and got top place. Feels good man. Draft was DDI because Auckland has run out of Innistrad. Four packs of DKA to me.

I’m totes lazy tonight, so if you don’t know what the cards are, search them up here or here. Read more…

Dark Ascension (DKA) Draft #5

March 19, 2012 Leave a comment

Number 5. My day was so terrible, it could only turn around with a really good drafting experience.

And. Oh my gosh was it good. Read more…

Dark Ascension (DKA) Draft #4

March 17, 2012 1 comment

First Friday Night Magic this year kicks off with a DDI draft with ten players in one pod and four rounds. Circumstances. Not ideal, but this week I sit down to force werewolves. I haven’t had the chance to run werewolves, and it’s the tribe I really wanted to try out.

First pack, Curse of Echoes and Hinterland Hermit. Take the Hermit. Second pack pick the Pyreheart Wolf (Lost in the Woods here, what is up?). Third pack; Mondronen Shaman. Aww yeah. What follows is a aggressive 2 drop R/G werewolf deck, supported by a Jar of Eyeballs in pack 2 and a Gavony Township(!) in pack 3 with some nice Hunger of the Howlpacks and Wild Hungers to get in the damage.

Round 1: Went up against U/B Zombies, with several Highborn Ghouls being fetched out by Call to the Kindred. Won M1, lost M2, won M3 when opponent flooded.

Round 2: Paired down (lame) against possibly the worst player in the pod, a rare drafter with a four colour deck. Lost M1 to a Highborn Ghoul powered with Increasing Savagery, but I would have lost to that flashbacked on anything, escpecially considering I drew nothing but land after T6. Easily won M2 and M3.

Round 3: Mirror match against the only other werewolf deck in the pod, except he got the single Immerwolf in 20 boosters. I flooded both games, but I still think he had a better deck than mine, Immerwolf is just super strong as a lord especially when he removes the downside of werewolves flipping back.

Round 4: Another U/B deck. Lost M1 to flooding after turn 5 and a Soul Seizer stealing my Shaman. Won M2 when we both flooded the entire game but I had a flipped Hermit on the field, he scooped on turn 7.  Both of us mulliganed to 6 in M3, and both stuck on two lands for 5 turns each, except I had a flipped Hermit and a Dawntreader Elk swinging in, and he scooped when my lands came first.

All up 3-1. Came third because the other player who got 3-1 didn’t get paired down in R2. :\ Got this months FNM card Tectonic Edge (beautiful art), and 2 DKA boosters netting me my first Strangleroot Geist and a Gravecrawler.

‘A funny thing happened on the garden path…’ Part 8

March 14, 2012 Leave a comment

It’s been how long? Oops. I’ll blame uni. Uni made me do it.

 

Four hundred and twenty-eight days before Day 0

The doctor and his associates were already there when I returned with the cheaper, commercial store-bought wine. Like I had the money to search far and wide for a bottle of Granlion Champagne. On top of that, I recall drinking with the good doctor, but not what we drank.

The doctor stood out like a sore thumb, which was still impressive when he was sitting in the chair opposite James. He was short and balding, but his hair stuck out from his head like it was trying to escape him, which had the effect that sitting at this table was a mad scientist. He was frowning at James, and gave me the distinct impression that no one tended to speak out against him for fear of hearing him reprimand them for wasting his time.

Two steps into Max’s apartment, I had a very bad feeling about the rest of my life. Read more…

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Dark Ascension (DKA) Draft #3

March 12, 2012 Leave a comment

Rage.

 

This is what happens when you draft a good deck but the gods of luck hate you.

 

The deck contained:

Strong white and green human 2 drops. Picking Loyal Cathar on pack 2 and 3 meant that everyone around me steered clear of white allowing me to supplement it with two Midnight Hauntings, Elder Cathar, Hamlet Captain, and decent equipment (but no cleaver). Flayer of the Hatebound was my first pick, comboing well with Loyal Cathar, Young Wolf, and many other cards that disliked staying in the graveyard. Picked up Garruk Relentless in pack 3. Rounding out with splashing red for Flayer and Brimstone Volley, it looked to be a good deck. Read more…

Dark Ascension (DKA) Draft #2

March 5, 2012 Leave a comment

Came back this week with a proper DII draft. 0 – 2. I scrubbed out, losing both games 2-1 with a UR deck. Decent first pack with DKA, drawing a Hellrider and 2 Niblis of the Breath, but both Innistrad packs lacked good cards in my colour, and on top of that my deck didn’t have any equipment or removal.

Lost the first round to a G/W with Elder of Laurels, which really hurts when you have nothing to remove his creatures.

Lost the second round to B/W humans, of which the opponent had two Divine Reckonings, Thalia, Elbrus, the Binding Blade and a Blasphemous Act. Good grief.

Both games that I won were due to Evil Twin, which is a card I had believed beforehand to be kind of underwhelming, but came out really strong. It combos really well with Undying Evil and the Undying mechanic in general (it can copy a creature with Undying, die, return and copy a new creature but still have a +1/+1 counter), and I enjoyed legend ruling a Withengar Unbound.