September262014
Does everyone know what a bear is by now?  If not, it’s a 2/2 for 2.  Great for filling out mana curves and generally being a decent body early game.  They’re usually found as vanilla creatures at common.
And then you get cards like Rakshasa Deathdealer and it blows you away.  I was so happy I decided to play Abzan in the pre-release, because I pulled 2 of these guys.  And let me tell you, they get the job done.
First, there’s isn’t a whole lot of regeneration in this set.  The only other one I can think of doesn’t trade with Morphs.  So, this already has that going for it.  Then you add the pump and you’ve got a real monster here.  This is just about the best mana dump.  In Khans, the deathdealer ticks off a lot of boxes:
Trades with Morph?  CheckCan activate Ferocious on demand?  CheckEasy to use to activate Raid?  CheckPlays nicely with +1/+1 counters?  ObviouslyLightning rod for removal?  You betcha
Literally the only clan that would have no need for this creature is the Jeskai, and that’s probably only because it’s really hard to splash 2 colours.  Everyone else?  Do it.
I give this card a solid 5/5.  Totally worth it.I can’t wait to open more Khans.  I know I rave about something in every set I get a chance to talk about, but this one is a clear home run for a lot of people.  If you didn’t get a chance to play in the pre-release, please make the effort to play with Khans soon!

Does everyone know what a bear is by now?  If not, it’s a 2/2 for 2.  Great for filling out mana curves and generally being a decent body early game.  They’re usually found as vanilla creatures at common.

And then you get cards like Rakshasa Deathdealer and it blows you away.  I was so happy I decided to play Abzan in the pre-release, because I pulled 2 of these guys.  And let me tell you, they get the job done.

First, there’s isn’t a whole lot of regeneration in this set.  The only other one I can think of doesn’t trade with Morphs.  So, this already has that going for it.  Then you add the pump and you’ve got a real monster here.  This is just about the best mana dump.  In Khans, the deathdealer ticks off a lot of boxes:

Trades with Morph?  Check
Can activate Ferocious on demand?  Check
Easy to use to activate Raid?  Check
Plays nicely with +1/+1 counters?  Obviously
Lightning rod for removal?  You betcha

Literally the only clan that would have no need for this creature is the Jeskai, and that’s probably only because it’s really hard to splash 2 colours.  Everyone else?  Do it.

I give this card a solid 5/5.  Totally worth it.


I can’t wait to open more Khans.  I know I rave about something in every set I get a chance to talk about, but this one is a clear home run for a lot of people.  If you didn’t get a chance to play in the pre-release, please make the effort to play with Khans soon!

September182014
“Being a Judge is, first and foremost, about trust. The players trust you to know rules and policy and be a fair adjudicator of disputes. The TO trusts you to be a positive representative for their organization. Most importantly, the rest of the Magic Judges trust you with their reputation because what you do reflects on all of us.” Jared Sylva, Level 4 Judge

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September162014

I am very much looking forward to the Khans pre-release this weekend.  Not only do I get to play Magic again (I’ve been judging a lot lately), but I convinced my flatmates to come with me.  Also, this is the last 3 set block and that’s exciting.

But, I specifically want to comment on a couple of cards I’m looking forward to.

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September112014
swagmage420:

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themediafix:

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I do not reblog things like this very often, but this affects me both personally and my business as a freelance artist.
In the economy here; cash is already strapped as it is. You bet your ass companies would suck the ever living life out of misc. art sites.
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Please sign up, fight for this and share it with your followers/friends/family and urge them to give them hell as well.

Not writing related, but this is incredibly important. While we pay for service via ISPs, the internet has been a relatively free space where everyone, no matter their income level, is able to connect, access a wealth of information, and express themselves. The Internet has become a major part of our culture as human beings and the notion that ISPs might be able to limit what sites I can access unless I pay them more is utterly sickening. A lot of us are cash strapped as is, and I’d rather not be limited even more by someone else’s greed. Net Neutrality is essential and I hope you guys will understand why it needs to remain.
-Morgan
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swagmage420:

chakrabot:

slitheringink:

artofcarmen:

fyeahwhovians:

raygender:

themediafix:

Breaking news: The D.C. Appeals Court just killed Net Neutrality.

This could be the end of the Internet as we know it. But it doesn’t have to be. 

Tell the FCC to restore Net Neutrality: http://bit.ly/1iOOjoe

they want to make the internet like tv. with channels and paying to get to specific websites and things. net neutrality = not doing that

This impacts every internet user. Please signal boost the hell out of this and sign the petition if you are American

I do not reblog things like this very often, but this affects me both personally and my business as a freelance artist.

In the economy here; cash is already strapped as it is. You bet your ass companies would suck the ever living life out of misc. art sites.

I don’t want it to ever come down to me choosing between groceries or purchasing a new tier package via comcast to be able to access tumblr or DeviantArt (let alone not guaranteeing I’ll even be seen by my customer base since they may not want to pay out their asses either). It doesn’t seem important to most, but I do 90% of my business online entirely.

Please sign up, fight for this and share it with your followers/friends/family and urge them to give them hell as well.

Not writing related, but this is incredibly important. While we pay for service via ISPs, the internet has been a relatively free space where everyone, no matter their income level, is able to connect, access a wealth of information, and express themselves. The Internet has become a major part of our culture as human beings and the notion that ISPs might be able to limit what sites I can access unless I pay them more is utterly sickening. A lot of us are cash strapped as is, and I’d rather not be limited even more by someone else’s greed. Net Neutrality is essential and I hope you guys will understand why it needs to remain.

-Morgan

P.S. Signal boost this if you’re able.

“ limit what sites I can access unless I pay them more”

 limit what sites I can access unless I pay them more

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September42014
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August272014
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I learned some lessons the hard way.

thetopdeck:

My local shop has a Standard tournament every Tuesday.  I’ve been going for the past few weeks.  They guys there are pretty competitive and it hasn’t gone well for me, but I’ve learned a lot as a player.  Anyway, I went 2-2, which is alright, but the way I lost my first match was really frustrating.  I was playing against a Mono-black Devotion deck.  In the first game I put monsters on the board early and by the time he brought out something to stabilize the board, I was able to play Stoke the Flames for the win.  Game two, I take the game pretty quickly, but right at the end as I’m scooping up my cards and shaking hands, a guy points out that I have a card on the ground.  I look at it and know that it’s got to be the one that I finished the first game with since the only one I played in game 2 is still sitting in my graveyard.  A judge is called over and rules that I lose game 2 for playing with 59 cards.  I know the ruling is fair and I go on to losing game 3, partly because I was on tilt and decided to keep a hand I should have mulled.  I lost my second game and decided not to cut and tough it out, finishing out the night with two wins.

I’m not complaining about the outcome of the ruling or anything, it’s just the way the game is.  The whole ordeal has taught me to be a bit more careful with my cards between games.  I think that with sideboarding and all that I easily lose track of some of my cards.  I’m going to start counting up all my cards before each match now as I shuffle and make sure that there’s the full 60.  I also need to make sure that I reset myself mentally with each game to make sure that I have my head in it and don’t keep any bad hands.

Not to pile on, since the damage is done, but I have questions about the ruling:

Is this tournament held at Regular REL, or Competitive?

Was the game definitively over before the issue was found?

If this is regular, then that’s a fairly harsh infraction to give; game losses generally aren’t given at Regular. In fact, most infractions are given Cautions, with some (Serious Problems) being DQs.

Also, if the game was over before the judge was called, the Game Loss (which rightfully should have been given at Competitive REL) should be applied to the next game.

I genuinely believe the judge was trying their best to make the right call, and I may be incorrect in my reading of the JAR and IPG, but it might be worth following up with them to see if they still think it was the right call to make. I’m a big proponent of both players and judges being on the same page, rules-wise.

(Source: thetopdeck)

August202014

Pro-tip from a friendly judge: among all others, there is one Game Loss that is REALLY EASY TO AVOID, yet gets given out a surprisingly high amount of the time:

Tournament Error - Deck/Deck List Problem

For those that have never run up against this infraction and do have experience at competitive tournaments, good for you!  For everyone else, follow these easy steps:

1. Make sure your deck list is readable.  I’m sure you can find templates to use, but here’s one straight from the DCI:

http://www.wizards.com/dci/downloads/CONSTRUCTED_DECKLIST.pdf

If you don’t write very legibly, you can always use that template to type up your deck list and print it out ahead of time.

2. Count your cards.  Do you have at least 60 in the deck?  Make sure the right number is on the deck list.  Count it again.  Count it again.

3. Same goes for the sideboard.  Make sure it’s accurate (remember: it can be anywhere from 0-15 cards, but should still be right.  If you have 12, make sure that’s what’s written down).  Also remember that any limitation on the number of copies of a card apply across both the main deck and sideboard.

4. Make sure your tray tables are up and seats are returned to an upright position.  If you, for whatever reason, don’t remember the deck list, you can use some tools to help.  You CAN use electronic devices between matches, so feel free to use whatever means you need to make sure your deck is restored to what is on the deck list between matches.  Failing that, you can usually ask a judge to see your deck list.


That’s about it.  If you follow the steps I’ve outlined, you shouldn’t run into a Deck/Deck List Problem.

I don’t speak for all judges, but I can say that I personally hate giving out these game losses.  I want you to play full matches!  So be a little prepared and you never have to worry about it.

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