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Devour Persist the Deck List December 2, 2008

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Recently I updated a deck using the devour and persist mechanics in standard right now. I put this deck together in about 10 minutes when I got knocked out early in a multiplayer game a few weeks ago. I got the original idea for this deck from Aaron of BuyMoreCards.net and I really liked the idea and wanted to try it out myself. 

Aaron’s build had featured Grave Pact and the 1/1 guy from shards that gives life when creatures go to the graveyard. I thought those additions were interesting but clunky. I felt they slowed the deck down and contained too many creatures you didn’t want to devour. My goal is to run mostly persist creatures and devour for a big threat on turn four or five. 

Originally I had unearth in this build but I felt that persist is a lot stronger than the unearth ability. The only unearth creature is Dregscape Zombie and he is only worth it because the unearth is one mana. One other iteresting feature of this deck is that it contains only creatures. I’m hoping that the Murderous Redcaps are going to be enough of a damage generator. I actually think that this deck could use some removal spells Nameless Inversion, Resounding Thunder and Soul’s Fire are all good options. 

After updating this deck I ended up playing it against my Blowfly Infestation deck. A tough matchup especially in this deck that uses persist and will have a lot of counters floating around. I was only able to win one of three games. It makes me have continued respect for the blowfly deck.

So I call the deck Persist Devour Beatdown.

GASP Con Recap November 3, 2008

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This weekend the 9th annual GASP Con is happening in Greetree, PA. I wasn’t able to make yesterday due to the PTQ Kyoto (I’ll have a report on that soon). Aaron has been here selling cards all weekend and there is much more of a gaming element here than last weeks Steel City Con.

We met up with two other magic players, Kara and Piotr who are part of a casual group that meets once a month in Oakland (near the university of Pittsburgh). Their site is pittsburghmagic.org so check it out if you are in the area and are looking to get your game on. We played a four man chaos match where I played my Primalcrux rare and a prayer deck. It was the best I had for multi player at the time. Aaron was playing something mono black that was focused around devour and persist. Kara was playing a casual Kithkin deck and Piotr had a really interestind blue green deck that had a lot of awesome cards that are restricted in sanctioned play (I can’t remeber them all but fact or fiction, an artifcat that allowed him to switch his hand with the top of his library, and others). It was really exciting to see his deck in action as he was able to deal with everyone in play. 

Magic in action. See in the background a massive game of miniatures via the Battle of Hoth.

I believe he won the first game. 

Game two Kara sat out and another player joined us and I didn’t get his name. He was playing a poison counter deck, Aaron switched to a +1/+1 counter deck (but got mana screwed and didn’t last very long), and I switched to mono black goblin rouges. I made quick work of everyone with 1/1 fear guys. Hehe. 

After a few games of magic I participated in a GASP tradition. 8 players flick little race cars in the form of wooden disks around a track that is none too easy. The last place finisher gets to take home a little trophy that they have to bring back next year. I didn’t know everyone involved and since it was my first GASP Con I didn’t want to be known as the looser. Fortunately I finished in fourth or fifth place and didn’t have much to worry about. I shot some video at GASP and I’ll try to get it up in the next day or so.

Steel City Con Recap October 27, 2008

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I had a great time with Aaron this past weekend at the Steel City Con. That is until the show was invaded by storm troopers. 

 

And then I was held hostage for a while… 

Thankfully Lego Vader showed up and bailed me out. 

All in all it was a fun show to do but there were very few people interested in magic. I was hoping to meet some new folks in the area who play and share the blog with them. Next weekend’s GASP Con is a very gamer focused event and I’ll be there some of the time (when I’m not at the PTQ). 

If you haven’t had a chance to check out the about section, give it a look. It has been updated to include info about me and Rick.

Opening Shards of Alara October 21, 2008

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This past week Aaron from BuyMoreCards.net and I opened a case of Shards of Alara in preparation of the Steel City Con we will be attending later this week. Of course I took the oppertunity to make this video about what we opened. 

I bought one box off of him for personal use so we opened the remaining 5 boxes of booster packs. 

The one intersting fact is that statistically you should expect to open 4 mythic rares for each box. In the majority of these boxes we opened 5 mythic rares/per box and I believe I also got 5 in my box. So if you do decided to get a box for yourself there is a good chance you will open 5 mythic rares. 

Anyway enjoy the video, we had fun unpacking these cards.

Upcoming Events October 11, 2008

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October is going to be a busy month for me I’ve got many events coming up. Including two Cons and a PTQ. At the gaming Cons I’ll be helping my buddy run a both both times. His business is Buy More Cards an online MTG card shop. I’ll be doing some more work with him in the future so feel free to check out his site. He is working this weekend to add Lorwyn/Shadowmoor and Shards of Alara Blocks so check back when he has that online.

PodCamp Pittsburgh 3 – October 17 – 19
I know I mentioned PodCamp before 
but I want to mention it again as that event is the reason I’m blogging right now. What is PodCamp? In a nutshell it is a new media unconference dedicated to blogging, podcasting, new media and social networking. I’m co-organizing the event so if you are in the area and what to drop by I’d be happy to meet you. The event is totally free and I usually meet a ton of new people.

Steel City Con – October 24 – 26
Steel City Con is the first con I’m attending with Aaron from Buy More Cards. He tells me this is a really fun con because there is so much going on in the collectible world. Not only is there a lot of gaming and comic book type stuff. There are also the typical celebrities for you to meet. We’ll be there all three days so again drop by the booth if you are in the area. 

PTQ: Kyoto – November 1
I’m back on the PTQ trail again this month looking to snag an invite to Japan but this time I’m not alone. Rick is going to be staying with me that weekend and we are going to be testing fate together. It is definitely going to be interesting as this event is my first competitive sealed format outside of a prerelease/release event. Shards of Alara sealed deck is the format with a draft event at the top 8. I spoke with a few other people who went to the Columbus PTQ: Kyoto and they felt they didn’t open the right cards to win. So from what I gather you either open a ridiculous bunch of cards and stomp or you get unlucky.

GASP Con – November 1-2
Finally I’ll be at Gasp Con the first weekend in November, which is also the same day ask the PTQ. Apparently GASP is a really cool con that focuses on gamers of all sorts. From board games to trading card games to D&D. There is events for everyone. I think my local store owner, CCG’s will also be at this event so we’ll see what happens. 

All in all it is a jam packed month with lots to do. Hopefully I’ll run into some of you at one of these events.

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