Greetings fellow consumer the addiction players, I’m Dutch Cthulhu. I call myself that because unlike my friend “Iplayislands” I can’t find myself choosing the color of magic I prefer the most. Though I’m sure Iplayislands would say that he knows what color best fits me. Ok, greetings aside, why should you continue reading?
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.
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.
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. Read more
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.
After coming off a 10th place finish at last weeks pre-release, I wasn’t too hopeful going into the release party. It was my 5th Sealed event so I have very little experience compared to Constructed. I had a very similar sealed pool compared to the pre-release with a few notable additions that changed my results dramatically.
It’s been a while since I wrote an Act of Reason article, but I’ve been waiting on the Scars of Mirrodin spoilers before I write about my opinions on the new cards. Wizards of the Coast has been doing a fantastic job with keeping things under wraps, and today with only 4 days left until the Pre-Release. The pace at which cards have been spoiled has been just enough to keep you interested, but not so many that we are able to scheme and plan way ahead of the curve. Without any more blathering, let’s go!
We all know what it is like to balance life and Magic. We know the sacrifices we make to spend hours upon hours of testing, deck building, failing, tweaking, more testing and then finally playing on Friday nights. During last week’s Magic Show, on Starcitygames.com, Patrick Chapin discussed that these days most of the true innovators of Magic are gone and that most people are net decking. In this week’s Act of Reason, I’m going to discuss my theory on this phenomenon and why Patrick is wrong about his reason why people are net decking. Read more