Category Archives: Magic The Gathering

Ixalan Prerelease

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After not posting about a few sets, it’s time for my normal autumnal attempt at regular posting. My “local-ish” game store in Oberursel had a launch sealed event with leftover prerelease packs. This was great in that I hadn’t had the chance to get to prerelease, and it also gave me a chance at getting the Fatal Push promo. My hopes were high.

While I had hoped for a somewhat organized pool from the prerelease pack, my promo was Dreamcaller Siren. I also opened an additional one in one of my six packs. I felt with those two cards somewhat obligated to go pirates and or flying creatures. The rest of my pool wasn’t strong enough in any two colors. So I attempted blue white black priates/flyers. After scrubbing out the first two rounds I rebuilt blue black red pirates. I knew three colors was a problem, but I was worried about a lack of removal. In hindsight Izzet Pirates was probably a better direction.

I don’t always make great limited deck building decisions (really I regularly make bad decisions in limited). One of the reasons for my bad decisions, is lack of repitition. I make it to an FNM once a month, usually late in the set cycle. I also don’t read up enough on what card is good in a given format. I would say evaluating cards for limited is not a strong suit of mine. I’m generally good at looking at a card and knowing if it will spike in price. That doesn’t help me though. Adulting gets in the way of playing regularly.

My other issue with evaluating cards is reading new cards in German and evaluating the translation. I can generally read and understand the cards no problem. I will however forget a piece of the rules text and undervalue a card. This happens regularly. I read all of my cards and since they are all new I forget what exactly they do. I will also use the art as the mental link for what it does. Two names for things isn’t helpful for learning a new set. I did open the new Jace, but he didn’t due much of anything when I played him. I think I didn’t have enough creatures in my deck to exploit the potential card advantage. So for me he was Jace, Useless Castaway.

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Although at the end of the day, I had a fun time, and got that sweet sweet German Promo Fatal Push goodness…

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I recently purchased an Apple Watch 3 (GPS), I’ll be posting a review here soon once I’ve used all of the features enough to write a mostly informed review. Next weekend we’ll be in Vienna, so I’ll be adding a review of the trip and pictures of the bus trip.

Later!

RK Post Custom Magic Tokens

So, on a whim I decided to order some custom magic tokens from artist RK Post. A friend of mine has a few and they look super neat. I ordered some. I asked for Art Deco Cat Soldier. He recently posted these to his Instagram feed.



I for one can’t wait to get my hands on them!
I also bought a new computer. I am thinking I will name it Dier or Wimmer.  Oh fun times.

Edit: This edit made with new computer! Oooooo!!

JP Comics and Games is my personal happy place

I’ve been heading over to JP Comics and Games in Jamaica Plain every weekend. I had been longing for quite a while to have some sort of gaming group. Friday Night Magic at JP Comics has been the right mix of playing for the fun of the game, but still trying to win. The people there have been nice. I haven’t broken into the core group or anything, but they are all nice enough that I’d continue to go back regardless of whether I broke in or not.

I’m not that good at draft. I still like doing it though. I started playing again just as Journey into Nyx was coming out. I think if I had more experience drafting Theros, and Boring errr Born of the Gods. I actually don’t mind the set. I just thought it was humorous to call it that. I do think that Theros is the strongest of the 3 sets. This block reminds me of Lorwyn in that it has lots of story and lore to it. That part is awesome! The duals are reasonably priced on the secondary market, which is a super plus.

In regards to the secondary market, I think the rares in this block will go up considerably once Ravnica 2.0 rotates out. I haven’t started speculating yet, but some of these rares seem like they should be going for more. I’m fine with low prices though. It makes deck building accessible.