I didn’t realize that it had been nearly two months since my last post. Unfortunately, life has a bad habit in getting the way of living. In my last article, I explained where I’ve come from, and as the second part of the trilogy, it seems only appropriate to establish where I am.
I am about to enter the final two months of my degree, so the majority of my writing is technically focused on my dissertation and a couple of other deadlines. Its rather scary to think that in 61 days time, my time in university will be over, and a new stage of my life will begin, hopefully one that in some part will contain more games of Magic. Sadly, much as I would love to, its difficult for me to commit to the game right now, but a few snatched games of EDH every fortnight are helping stay in the game.
I currently have no Standard decks. Standard is a format that for the most part, simply does not interest me. However, I do think that apart from the abundance of Thragtusk and Sphinx’s Revelation, the format is the freshest it has been since Ravnica/Time Spiral whilst my interest in it is only passing, I do look forward to seeing what Dragon’s Maze and M14 are going to bring to the format.
Modern season is coming to a close, and I’ve traded away my deck and turned it into a couple of Mutavaults and some other random bits and pieces. I’m expecting them to be reprinted in Modern Masters, but i think they’re gonna hold value for the most part. I really like the idea of Modern as a format and think its got a lot of potential, its just that this new format needs to be given a chance. Yes, it isn’t the power level of Legacy, and yes, Wizards are beating it with the nerf-stick, and yes, fetches really could do with getting reprinted and everything else, but look at it like this: Wizards cut Extended from a seven year rotation to a four year rotation, not just killing the format, but dancing on its grave. We, the people complained, and created Over-Extended, which was more or less what Extended should have been, and those that played it, loved it. Wizards paid attention to this and created Modern, which at this moment in time is what Extended would have been, plus Affinity, and yet people complain… Incidentally, I am now working on a new Modern deck and picking the pieces up whilst they’re cheap, but I’ll discuss that in a future post. Needless to say, just because YOU play Legacy doesn’t make other formats suck.
On the subject of Legacy… Oh lord, I wish I had 4 Candelabra of Tawnos. I still goldfish Spiral Tide from time to time, but sadly haven’t updated the list in a while due to my Sunday and Tuesday commitments clashing with the Legacy events at my LGS. I am picking up random bits and pieces for variants of it, but sadly, those bits and pieces aren’t worth $350 a pop…
Finally, EDH. As ever, my format of choice, and I’m currently on decks, which in some ways is a shame as I tend to only get three games at most when I do get to play.
Ashling the Pilgrim: Ashling is the first EDH deck I built on my own, and was only desleeved for the first time without being resleeved around a fortnight ago, the reason for this being that in all her foily goodness, she has one hell of a curve to the cards. The whole deck is currently residing underneath a book (Chuck Palahniuk’s Haunted) and eight comic compilations (Spawn 1-5, Tales of the Jedi Volume 2, The Return of Superman, and Judge Dredd Volume 11). She’s a mix of Voltron and red control, and whilst not my best deck to play (I go through phases), she’s still my favorite.
Norin the Wary: Thank you Gaka. Any deck that results in the threat ‘After playing against it once I swear to god I’ll take a two by four to Neil’s face if he ever tries to play it again.’ has to be awesome.
Phage the Untouchable: There are not enough words to describe how much I love this deck. Phage is one big game-ending puzzle that even with tutors is nigh on impossible to play out the same way each time. You have to plan two turns ahead whilst at the same time having to derail your own plans so as not to die, then curse yourself as you realise that your awesome win is derailed due to having no way of destroying your own Torpor Orb.
Edric, Spymaster of Trest: Another Gaka special, combining Edric with Dredge. Its a bit of a brainmelter to play at first (and I really could do with a Bazaar of Baghdad), but once you get used to it, whilst without the Bazaar you won’t be getting the turn two and three wins Gaka can, you will confuse the hell out of your opponent and pull wins out of nowhere.
Bruna, Flight of Alabaster: I describe this as my most vicious deck. It does have the downside of pretty much going play Bruna, swing with Bruna, win with Bruna, but the efficiency she does it with freaks the hell out of me.
Sasaya, Orochi Ascendant: Again, a deck that I love. I don’t think I’ve ever won with her, because I really don’t care. I’m going big and inevitably going home. Stupid amounts of mana and stupid ways of spending it. This is both a complete deck and a work in progress, as I’m aiming to get the entire thing custom/altered as a leaving present to myself. Its currently around 50% foiled, 5% altered, and thanks to the UK Alters group on Facebook, well on the way to getting completed. It was originally going to be fully blinged, but then I found the cost of foil snow-lands… I have almost exactly a year to get this completed, and its looking to be just about on track. If anyone wants to help, just comment here.
Ixidor, Reality Sculptor: Still technically a work in progress, as I’m short a handful of cards for it. All the Blue Rangers! Really looking forward to finally being able to play it.
Bosh, Iron Golem: My first custom brew in a while. The problem with Bosh is that everything he does, someone else does better. Flinging stuff? Brion Stoutarm. Artifact goodness? Karn. (or someone blue)/ That said, I really like the way he’s been put together and I’m very proud of the tribal features. I will at some point post a decklist for those who’re interested.
I’ve also got another decklist I’m working on, but again, I’m gonna save that for a future post as I want to get it just right first (and for the cards to actually be printed…)
SO untill next time (which should be sooner than I think because I want to do a post on You Make the Card 4.0 *insert witty phrase to do with Magic!*