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Down, but not out and the Undertaker

Sorry for the site issues the last few days. My WordPress database password somehow got screwed up and was causing the “Error connecting to database” message that was displayed.

Going to take this moment to highlight a deck I have been playing lately on the Hearthstone Ladder, one Brian Kibler calls “Undertaker”

Circle of Healing x2
Power Word: Shield x2
Northshire Cleric x2
Undertaker x2
Zombie Chow x2
Haunted Creeper x2
Loot Hoarder x2
Dark Cultist x2
Shadow Madness x1
Auchenai Soulpriest x2
Defender of Argus x2
Holy Nova x2
Loatheb x1
Sludge Belcher x2
Cabal Shadow Priest x1
Cairne Bloodhoof x1
Sylvanas Windrunner x1
Mind Control x1

This deck uses deathrattle to pump Undertaker to pretty monster stats if you get the right draw. It also has a pretty cool combo when you have Zombie Chow and Auchenai Soulpriest out. Your opponent takes 5 damage instead of gaining 5 life! Not a real easy deck to play (compared to some mindless Warlock Zoo decks I ran recently) and it really makes you think of your next move.

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Evolving

Not really sure how many people still come here, my guess is not many. What started as a site devoted to Mac stuff and my Maintenance Automator action, turned into a site about Magic: The Gathering. Well, now I do not play Magic anymore (competitively) and I am not keeping up with any new things.

So where does that leave this place? I am honestly not sure but I feel like I have stuff to say about my hobbies, which include: Elder Scrolls Online, Guitar playing, Hearthstone and a lot of other games here and there.

Is it worth the $100+ a year I am paying for hosting to keep a site going that no one goes to? Again, I am not sure. I have had a website in some form for quite a long time (over 10 years) so part of me feels a bit…awkward not having one. I still get emails and such from people saying they use Maintenance (surprising) so I know people are downloading it. I do not have a Mac anymore so I cannot update or support the program and eventually it wont work anymore.

Time will tell where things go, but for now I would expect it to evolve, yet again, into something different.

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Avacyn Restored Tops and Bottoms

As I sit here writing this article, I can’t help but kick myself for not having the desk space to run dual monitors. Mental note: Purchase 24” LCD LED with bonus check at the end of the fiscal year. That aside, I’ll be covering the top 5 and bottom 5 cards of Avacyn Restored. I am rating these cards based on my own personal use for them (mostly standard applications). I am somewhat biased towards blue, but I found myself with no problems finding some of the best cards in the set. My ratings are in no particular order.
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Act of Reason – Counter Burn Revisited and some Brews

Last time I left you I had my UR Delver of Secrets deck out there for all of you to take a peek at. Well, as it turns out, I didn’t play Friday Night Magic for two weeks and had a lot of time to think about the deck and read other builds due to its booming popularity after my article dropped (pure coincidence I’m sure). Anyway, I did not settle on the build where I left it, I in fact changed it up quite a bit.
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Act of Reason Counter-Burn

I’m going to try and get back to weekly writing again for this website, but I can’t make any promises. Unlike most people who write articles, I work a normal 9-5 day as a Desktop Support Analyst for a publishing company.

There will be some weeks that I don’t even play at Friday Night Magic, but that doesn’t mean I’m not researching, testing and tweaking some of the best decks out there. Continue reading

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Show me Whatcha got Wizards

This week’s Act of Reason is going to be fairly short; being that I haven’t written in months. I figure it’d be in your best interest for me to write something well…interesting!  This week I’d like to touch briefly on the Magic: The Gathering event decks slated for release on February 25th.  I’d like to try a little experiment at my local shop on the 25th and see if these event decks really have what it takes to compete with a (relatively) normal metagame.

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