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Re: Magic: The Gathering: Whatcha mean, there's no thread ye

Postby LackingSanity » 28 Apr 2012, 18:45

Lord Hosk wrote:The helvault was a joke. a stack of 4/4 angel tokens, a stack of 5/5 demon tokens. a bag of Grey D-20's and Oversized commander size cards of Avacyn, Grisalbrand and the three angels. I wasn't expecting it to be like a stack of foil avacyns or anything but come on. Tokens dice and promotional cards?


I thought it was going to just have stuff like pencils and stickers, so I was actually pleasantly surprised. The benefits of low expectations, I suppose.

Anyways, I was playing a RG aggro-ish deck with a horrendous curve and no rares (I did have one mythic, so I guess I can't really complain), but I still ended up with 3 wins, 2 losses, and a bye.
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Postby CompletelyUnsure » 28 Apr 2012, 18:54

Hey guys, help me out. What are some cheap to cast red or black cards with bloodthirst? I'm trying to build a deck, and the stupid internet keeps freaking out when I go to the Gatherer.
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Postby dackwards d » 28 Apr 2012, 19:19

According to gatherer there are all of the bloodthirst creatures for less than 4CMC:
1R: Bogarden Lancer
----1/1, flanking, bloodthirst 1
1R:Stormblood Berserker
----1/1, bloodthirst 2, can only be blocked by two or more creatures
1B: Duskhunter Bat
----1/1, flying, bloodthirst 1
2R: Blood Ogre
----2/2, first strike, bloodthirst 1
2R: Bloodscale Prowler
----3/1, bloodthirst 1
2B: Bloodrage Vampire
----3/1, bloodthirst 1
After that it ramps up pretty quickly, with two 4 mana, a 5, a 6 and a 7.
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Re: Magic: The Gathering: Whatcha mean, there's no thread ye

Postby mehall » 29 Apr 2012, 12:38

At the pre-release today, everytime I played or attacked with Vorstclaw, I kept just thinking of the "Who are those vikings?" thing from Feed Dump and just kept going "Vorst vorst vorst"


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Postby SilPho » 30 Apr 2012, 01:53

LRR certainly didn't get me in to Magic, but they did indirectly influence my performance at yesterday's pre-release. A bunch of the crew were talking about the Avacyn Restored set preview on the Limited Resources Podcast. I listened to that (all 5 hours of it) and I'm certain that it made me a much better deck-builder.

So thanks to LRR for the introduction to a very useful show!
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Postby the_lone_bard » 30 Apr 2012, 03:46

So, now that I have the interbutts back.

Went to the midnight pre-release for the Hellvault, came fourth out of 28 people. Won 6 prize boosters ontop of my 6 from the entry. Went to the next pre-release at 6pm that day, made four prize boosters. Went to the third one on sunday at 1pm and won 6 prize boosters.

Pulled an Avacyn and a Bruna, traded the Bruna. Basically spent $135 on entry fee's, and won the same ammount of boosters as a $180 box costs, and got 3 promo spears.
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Postby Lemegeton » 01 May 2012, 05:14

finally popped my MTGO cherry last night. just played the free trial though to get used to the interface. not the most user friendly client is it???
still undecided if i'm going to take the plunge and pay the $10 for MTGO proper.???
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Postby Under_Score » 01 May 2012, 06:18

There's supposedly a new interface coming out soon, so that may improve the situation. However, you do get used to it eventually, you just sometimes need to be careful about reading what's going on before you select stuff.
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Postby Lemegeton » 01 May 2012, 09:44

couple of q's around mtgo.

playing free trial a lot of twats quit when i start winning. does the full game have any kind of report/punishment system for these tossers.

I hear there is a planeswalker mode that just uses the decks from the psn/xbla game. is this true and is it a good place for a newb
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Postby vxicepickxv » 01 May 2012, 13:02

Lemegeton wrote:couple of q's around mtgo.

playing free trial a lot of twats quit when i start winning. does the full game have any kind of report/punishment system for these tossers.

I hear there is a planeswalker mode that just uses the decks from the psn/xbla game. is this true and is it a good place for a newb
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2. Yes and maybe. There are preconstructed decks that are useable in Duels(which you can also get a free demo on Steam). It does offer pop up information on abilities and card types, and how things work. The rules are kept the same, which is easy to translate, but without the variety of cards the game can be seen as somewhat simpler.
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Postby Lord Hosk » 01 May 2012, 19:24

When you buy a account you get a pack of Planeswalker cards, its 300 none tradeable cards from various sets. They can only be played in planeswalker and are untradeable but you can make any of the "trial version" decks out of it, and you can do some limited deck building.

You also get two event tickets (enough for one draft if you buy 3 boosters) 1 M12 booster and a random bunch of playable tradeable commons and uncommons.
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Postby JayBlanc » 02 May 2012, 09:37

Today I found why taking the 7 drop in game of Momir comes with a little over 1 in 100 chance of instantly losing the game. So who can tell me why?
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Postby dackwards d » 02 May 2012, 09:52

Phage the Untouchable. I had to double check his mana cost but as soon as I read how Momir works I thought of him immediately. Maybe I need to get a life.
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Postby Geoff_B » 02 May 2012, 12:53

She (for Phage the Untouchable is a she :P) is awesome. And here's why :D
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Postby Ninety-Three » 02 May 2012, 18:14

I attended the prerelease, and ended up with a terrible pool that turned into a blue-white "Play creatures and hope they don't play better creatures" deck, which went about as well as you'd expect (lost every game). I'm good enough at Magic that I'm fairly certain I didn't miss a good deck, it was just an awful pool.

Anyway, it was my first Sealed event, and it's kind of put me off the whole Sealed thing. I realize that I had some uncommonly bad luck, but even the possibility of a repeat of that train-wreck gives me pause, so I thought I'd ask here: Just how often do you get the terrible pool?
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Postby SilPho » 03 May 2012, 02:32

I'm a firm believer that a good player can make any sealed pool work at least reasonably well. It won't guarantee victory but it should get you a fun day at the pre-release at least.

That said though, my sealed deck-building skills seem to be pretty terrible, so maybe I'm a poor data point :P
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Postby Lord Hosk » 03 May 2012, 03:08

According to the Pro who watched me play on Sunday and then told me how terrible my deck was. A good 40 card deck in this format should have 16-18 dudes, bear minimum 8 should be 3 drop or less.

Also Vexing Devil isnt a creature even though the card says it is, its a 4 life burn spell.

And if you have a abundant growth and a Borderland Ranger, and you run two colors you are a "(Blank blank blank) those are just free splashes. 1 island, or hell NO islands and you could have run wingcrafter or this restoration angel(pause) you got a restoration angel and its not in your deck? I cant help you"
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Postby Geoff_B » 03 May 2012, 03:14

I'm reminded of Alex in episode 2 of Friday Nights when he berates Paul for having "Plains in a blue/black deck".
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Postby SilPho » 03 May 2012, 06:00

Lord Hosk wrote:According to the Pro who watched me play on Sunday and then told me how terrible my deck was. A good 40 card deck in this format should have 16-18 dudes, bear minimum 8 should be 3 drop or less.

Also Vexing Devil isnt a creature even though the card says it is, its a 4 life burn spell.

And if you have a abundant growth and a Borderland Ranger, and you run two colors you are a "(Blank blank blank) those are just free splashes. 1 island, or hell NO islands and you could have run wingcrafter or this restoration angel(pause) you got a restoration angel and its not in your deck? I cant help you"


I hope that last part was him joking around, if not then he's not very nice :P
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Postby Ninety-Three » 03 May 2012, 15:07

So here's the aforementioned terrible pool I got, and the deck I made out of it.

http://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/avr-sealed-107/

I'm sure there are some minor tweaks that can be made, but overall, did I make the best of an awful pool, or was there a better colour combination to go with?
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Postby Lord Hosk » 03 May 2012, 20:32

Oh man I forgot I had one AWESOME turn.

Druids Familiar(5/5), Bonded with Trusted Force mage(5/5) on the table, Swing ("Ill eat it") Joint assault +2/+2 each. Then he killed me but still. hearing "umm ok I was not expecting 14 in one swing"
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Postby Kapol » 03 May 2012, 21:06

Can anyone give me some advice? I want to get into MtG a bit, but don't have much money. What should I buy/do to get into it that isn't too expensive?
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Postby Under_Score » 03 May 2012, 21:11

Well, for 10 dollars, you can get Duels of the Planeswalkers for PC or XBox. It's a vs. AI MtG game that's great for learning how to play. After that, I'd recommend Friday Night Magic drafting. That's only like 15 dollars a week for a guaranteed 3 packs and an evening of playing.
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Postby Kapol » 03 May 2012, 21:17

I already have DotP. And I meant in terms of actually getting cards to begin with. While I might have some lying around somewhere, I don't have any more recent then a good 8 years ago. Plus the problems with Friday Night Magic Drafting deal with the fact I live a good ways away from town. Gas money would take me an extra $10 a week at best, and it'd be a 45-50 minute drive. Plus, as I mentioned, I don't really have any cards to start with.
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Postby guidance » 03 May 2012, 22:10

Starter decks are the way I started. I convinced my friends to join me. Since they are only like 12$ each it wasn't much of a lose if they didn't get into it.
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