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A bit of Legacy May 9, 2010

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Today I had a chance to play Legacy at Carnegie Mellon University. Mind you I’m not a “Legacy Player” but I do enjoy all formats. The event organizer, Dave, contacted me on facebook early last week and asked if I’d be able to make the event. Normally I’m busy on Sundays but this week was an exceptions.

I haven’t seen Dave around my local store in a while, mainly because he was busy finishing up his undergrad. So congrats.

As I said before I’m not a legacy player and throwing together a competitive legacy deck isn’t so easy now-a-days. If I had unlimited resources I would have liked to play the Reanimator deck Louis Scott Vargas played in this MTGO Daily event.

As it stands I have next to zero legacy cards. So I decided to give Affinity a shot. I’ve been collecting the cards for Affinity and never really had a chance to play it competitively. I always thought the experience would be a lot more fun, but not so in the Legacy environment.

I didn’t win one game today and I blame a little of that on never playing the deck before. Deck experience is really important, especially when making mulligan decisions. I played against Standstill Control and Tooth and Nail.

Despite my epic failure on the day I did have fun, and I hope to play more legacy in the future. And before I go I’ll leave you with this. In one turn I was able to over-extend and drop three Myr Enforcers for free one turn. Smash.


My First Grand Prix Trials April 28, 2010

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Earlier this month I decided to attend Grand Prix DC. Not only for the foil Umezawa’s Jitte but because I have a few vacation days to spare and Grand Prix are always well attended and covered. So I’m hoping to meet some of the MTG community while I’m down there.

Grand Prix Trials

So for those of you who don’t know Wizards holds trials for major events where players can earn byes for a specific event. When I decided to go the GP I checked the event website for advanced trials and luckily there was one schedule for last weekend in Pittsburgh. The trial winner earned 3 byes at DC. That trial winner also happens to be me.

I decided to play Naya Allies which I felt was the best deck because of Kabira Evangel. If you can get your allies online you can keep him protected with Violent Outburst at instant speed. The Allies are bigger and flat out better than mono white winnie. And I think it has a fair matchup agaist Jund. UW control is too slow and I can just crash through your walls with Evangel etc.

Have You Ever Beaten Tripple Baneslayer Angel?

I have.

That was my board second game of the final four. My opponent dropped three consecutive angels. Hitting me each round with them. Our life swings were pretty crazy but I had the advantage with Allies as he couldn’t remove or block them and with Talus Paladin on my side of the board I was gaining more life than he was each turn with his 3 x Baneslayer Angels. I eventually won because I was quite frankly, the beat down. That photo was from right before my final turn when I attacked for the win.

One Awesome Allies Play

In game two of the finals I was up a game and facing Student of Warfare and Steppe Lynx and some other guys. I had on my board a lone Akoum Battlesinger and hovering around 10 life. My opponent is clear on the beats with a fast start and is around 17 life. I have another Battlesinger in hand and draw a third on my turn. Luckily I had two red mana and two white. I play both Akoum Battlesinger making two guys 6/1 and the third a 4/1 I attack and he has to block or die. Even playing a second Battlesinger when you have other allies on the board is huge.

Grand Prix DC

I’ll be there, so let me know if you will be too. I hope to arrive on Thursday and make time for events and shenanigans Friday. See you there.

Dungeon Solitaire – Casual Magic Edition April 26, 2010

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So a few weeks ago I wrote about Dungeon Solitaire. I hope some of you took the time to download the game. Because if you did I have a treat for you.

I’ve Got My Own Card!

Shortly after I’d been playing Dungeon Solitaire Julie from Griptonite Games asked me if I’d like my own card. I guess she thinks guys who play magic are cool. As for me, I’m thinking in order to get your own Magic card you either have to be Richard Garfield or win a random nationals and then maybe, maybe you’ll get your own card. So naturally I’m stoked at the chance. The best part is not only did I get my own card, but excellent custom artwork comes standard, check it out.

Pretty awesome right. I’m like some Gambit Card Wielding Magician.

So What Does Your Card Do?

Excellent question. Except I’m not going to tell you.

Go download Dungeon Solitaire from iTunes Store. It only costs $1.99 so no big deal. My card is free to all, so once you have the game enter this code into card store: 031-062-023. Then you can experience the awesomeness that is my digital wizardry.

Anyway special thanks to Julie at Griptonite Games for being super cool and hooking me up. I hope you like the game and let me know what you think of my card.

Sidebar Links Updated April 17, 2010

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While everyone is playing Rise of the Eldrazi I’m stuck at a table at work while we have an Open House. In between helping students learn about scholarships I’m able to tend to a few things on Casual Magic that need some attention. First off is links list in the sidebar. Previously out of date and organized poorly here is the new structure and inclusions.


General Links

Magic Blogs


There you go. If I missed a site you use regularly, let me know. Also If I missed your blog let me know.

Rise of the Eldrazi Complete Spoiler April 14, 2010

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Quick update that the Rise of the Eldrazi complete visual spoiler is offically released by Wizards of the Coast a few days early.

Lucky us. Enjoy.

Rise of the Eldrazi Prerelease in Pittsburgh April 13, 2010

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Unfortunately for me I have to work this Saturday. But for those of you who play Magic: the Gathering I say happy day as you attend the Rise of the Eldrazi Prerelease. Emrakul, the Aeons Torn is your prerelease card. If this guy isn’t enough to get you excited about the prerelease you need to unleash your inner Timmy.

Attending the Prerelease in Pittsburgh

If you are planning on attending the prerelease in Pittsburgh make sure you double check the PES website right before you go. They have changed the location twice  since I’ve been keeping an eye on the event. As of right now the location is listed as the Omni William Penn Hotel in downtown Pittsburgh.

Also, make sure you bring your own supplies to the event. Like extra sleves and paper.

Study Up

If you plan on doing well make sure you get as much info as you can on the new cards. There has been more talk about what cards are going to be played than any other set I’ve ever seen released. Seriously. Keep an eye on blogs around the net for what cards you should be playing. This might not only be a helpful indicator for what is going to help you win, but also what others are going to be thinking about as they deckbuild.

Good luck and I will be with you in spirit as you strive to get to 15 mana to cast some of the most awesome creatures ever printed.

It’s a Blogly Blog World April 12, 2010

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I hope everyone enjoyed the Haiku series. I hope to do something like that in the future as well. Keeps it fresh in our spoiler season. And thanks to qqq and @buymorecards for leaving all the great follow up poems.

I’ve been distracted from writing the past week or so because I’ve been working hard on a new website. I think you will like what I come up with but I wanted to give a heads up in advance. The site is still weeks away from being ready but I’ll let you know as I get closer.

Rise of the Eldrazi Haiku 17 March 30, 2010

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I am all that’s left
I am The last of the last
And I will not fall

17 of 17 - Details on the Rise of the Eldrazi Haiku Project.
Haiku by Will Rutherford.

Rise of the Eldrazi Haiku 16 March 29, 2010

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I don’t think you know
Just what you’re getting into
Hell hath no fury….

16 of 17 - Details on the Rise of the Eldrazi Haiku Project.
Haiku by Will Rutherford.

Rise of the Eldrazi Haiku 15 March 28, 2010

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This is what happens
Out for an afternoon walk
And look what happens

15 of 17 - Details on the Rise of the Eldrazi Haiku Project.
Haiku by Will Rutherford.