May222014

mtgexpert said: Are you familiar with the standard brave naya lists? If so, you may know that the pump goes well with double strike, so many people have been thinking about running fencing ace. What's your opinion? Also, what would remove from the deck to supply a spot for the fencing ace? Thanks!

Correct me if I’m wrong (sadly, I don’t keep up with standard), but I think this is the list you’re talking about (or is at least approximate):

http://www.starcitygames.com/article/28037_A-Brave-New-Naya.html

For anyone who doesn’t want to go read that article, this is the list:

Boros Reckoner
Dryad Militant
Fleecemane Lion
Ghor-Clan Rampager
Loxodon Smiter
Soldier of the Pantheon
Voice of Resurgence

Boros Charm
Brave the Elements
Selesnya Charm

2 Plains
Sacred Foundry
Stomping Ground
Temple Garden
Temple of Abandon
Temple of Plenty
Temple of Triumph

For purposes of this conversation, the sideboard doesn’t matter much; we’re talking strictly mainboard here (also, Fencing Ace really wouldn’t have a place in the sideboard).

There are actually a few lists out there that could match this description.  For most of those, Fencing Ace could probably find a place (for example, this list.  I could see Fencing Ace replacing Scion of Vitu-Ghazi).  

I like the idea of Fencing Ace in a deck that can, essentially flash out pumps.  Our friendly swordsman with something like the Rampager makes for a really deadly combo.  I particularly like lists that run Boon Satyr for a more permanent boost (also effective with any bestow creature, but the satyr can flash).  I would probably go for something like an Ordeal, but that still nets you card disadvantage when you lose the ultimately still vulnerable Fencing Ace.  

Personally, I might take out a Voice, Soldier, and Lion.  Meaning the creature list will look like this:

4 Boros Reckoner
4 Dryad Militant
3 Fencing Ace
3 Fleecemane Lion
4 Ghor-Clan Rampager
2 Loxodon Smiter
3 Soldier of the Pantheon
3 Voice of Resurgence

Running 3-ofs mean you still have a good chance of hitting that card in a game.  Plus, you end up with 9 total 2-drops (at the loss of a 1-drop).  It might be a little unwieldy (Fencing Ace really does require support to be effective), but I kind of like it.

All that being said, I’m not really a great player.  I’m good, but not that good.  One of the many reasons I choose to judge now.

May142014

Wanting to mentor

first-wing:

I basically want to scream rule questions and advice in the face of the people I know that are studying up to become judges. But all I can say is “If you ever have a question I’m always reachable”. And they don’t have questionssss. Sob.

If these people are your friends, why not start a judge club or something? Like a book club, but everyone has to bring a particularly interesting ruling or something.

Or, do your own take on judge classes instead.

If these people are serious about judging, they’ll want to learn. It doesn’t have to be an in-person thing if that’s too hard for people; it can be a skype conference or a google hangout or something.

This will also have the benefit of getting local judges talking to each other.

April262014

Pre-release at the Primrose

Hey guys,

Just letting everyone know that Hairy Tarantula, A&C Games, and Atomic Age are holding Journey Into Nyx pre-release events today (April 26) all day.


Come on by!  We would love to see you!

April172014
In terms of flavour this has to be my favourite board wipe to date.  Is it actually going to hit the board any time soon?   Probably not (though Karametra seems to argue otherwise).I suspect this will be more of a casual card.  Some use in limited, if you’re lucky.  There is almost certainly someone constructing a deck around it already, but otherwise it’s not actually a great card (even if it IS hard to find a 10/10 for 8 mana, this isn’t even the only one in the block).  If it goes off, though?  Wow.I especially like the fact that it gives you time to react before you lose everything.  Not much time, mind you, but potentially enough to maybe, hopefully, save yourself a bit of trouble.It’s just too bad it doesn’t exile everything; that would be pretty sweet.  I’m giving this card a 2.5/5, but a 5/5 for flavour.

In terms of flavour this has to be my favourite board wipe to date.  Is it actually going to hit the board any time soon?   Probably not (though Karametra seems to argue otherwise).

I suspect this will be more of a casual card.  Some use in limited, if you’re lucky.  There is almost certainly someone constructing a deck around it already, but otherwise it’s not actually a great card (even if it IS hard to find a 10/10 for 8 mana, this isn’t even the only one in the block).  If it goes off, though?  Wow.

I especially like the fact that it gives you time to react before you lose everything.  Not much time, mind you, but potentially enough to maybe, hopefully, save yourself a bit of trouble.

It’s just too bad it doesn’t exile everything; that would be pretty sweet.  I’m giving this card a 2.5/5, but a 5/5 for flavour.

April112014
I’m trying to pace my excitement about Journey Into Nyx, but dang is it hard. I was a big fan of Theros and even found cars in Born of the Gods that I thoroughly enjoy, but JOU is hitting me right where it hurts.A perfect example of that is Iroas.  I mean, this is a really good card.  Basically, this card says “alpha strike 5ever”.  I mean, it forces your opponent to not block or make potentially bad trades, which is awesome.  Then it also guarantees that you will want to keep throwing creatures into the fray.  The part that hurts?  Red/White is not my favoured colour combo.That might have to change, of course.  I could splash green to make myself feel better, then laugh all the way to victory with cards like the new Ajani and Brimaz (why yes, I would like a consistent source of pumps, with the ability to explode into 100 life, along with invincible attacking cats).What I’m saying is it looks like JOU is bringing some very fun cards to the table (and a functional reprint of Furnace of Rath?  YES).  I can’t wait to see what comes out and I really can’t wait to get my hands on these.

I’m trying to pace my excitement about Journey Into Nyx, but dang is it hard. I was a big fan of Theros and even found cars in Born of the Gods that I thoroughly enjoy, but JOU is hitting me right where it hurts.

A perfect example of that is Iroas.  I mean, this is a really good card.  Basically, this card says “alpha strike 5ever”.  I mean, it forces your opponent to not block or make potentially bad trades, which is awesome.  Then it also guarantees that you will want to keep throwing creatures into the fray.  The part that hurts?  Red/White is not my favoured colour combo.

That might have to change, of course.  I could splash green to make myself feel better, then laugh all the way to victory with cards like the new Ajani and Brimaz (why yes, I would like a consistent source of pumps, with the ability to explode into 100 life, along with invincible attacking cats).

What I’m saying is it looks like JOU is bringing some very fun cards to the table (and a functional reprint of Furnace of Rath?  YES).  I can’t wait to see what comes out and I really can’t wait to get my hands on these.

April42014

neraciro said: Hi Doug. I'm writing a short story at the moment, but it's not going well. I've scrapped what I thought was bad twice now and I'm onto my third effort to write up a proper draft. What advice do you have to offer a person like me? I'm currently torn between the age-old idioms of perseverance is best and knowing when to give up. It just feels like currently I'm beating my head on a stone wall and nothing good's coming out of it.

dougbeyermtg:

It sounds like you’re brute-forcing your way through writing and revising in one step. I sympathize. In my experience, that will drive you crazygonuts. Try separating your process into two phases.

In the first phase, take your Inner Editor and stick ‘em in an Oblivion Ring. All thoughts that have to do with evaluating what you’re writing get shelved for now. Your goal in this phase is not to write something amazing—“amazing” is evaluative. “Good enough to satisfy my aesthetic standards” is evaluative. “Non-crapola” is evaluative. All those Inner Editor thoughts get turned off, as best you can. Your goal during this phase is this: FINISH. WRITE WRITE WRITE until you FINISH and type the words THE END. A this point it matters ZERO PERCENT what goes on in your story; you are just hurling clay at the potter’s wheel so that you can craft this sculpture later. This phase is not about quality — it is about finishing. It is Supposed. To. Suck.

THEN put your writing aside for a while. Simmer. Take a walk. Take two walks. Eat something delicious. Pet a fuzzy animal. Refuel.

THEN enter the second phase. Now you’re a different person, in a way. You Naturalize that O-Ring and bring your Inner Editor back in full force. You aren’t criticizing the author of this clay in front of you— you’re using the raw materials they’ve provided you to shape it into something. The something might be almost there, and it might just take a bit of smoothing and spinning to get it to be great. (My rough drafts are not like this, and if yours are, I kind of hate you a little.) Or it might take squashing the whole thing back into a lump of clay to begin to form it into something beautiful again. But I find that every draft d’ crapola has at least one shining hint of a great idea buried in it. Look for that. Look for those moments that move you, even though you wrote it. Look for things that make you giggle all alone at your laptop. Look for stuff that makes you want to say, “Wait. Go back. Zoom and enhance on that last part”—that’s your cruddy draft, and your Inner Editor, telling you when something is working.

When you do both of those phases at the same time, what happens is that the Inner Editor becomes paralyzing. Its voice becomes so loud that it reaches beyond words on the page, all the way to words you haven’t even typed yet. You toss out everything you have before you’ve even whipped up a batch of raw materials. You stop working before you’ve managed to create that tiny gorgeous detail that you were trying to reach. Resist the urge to bring in the critical thoughts too early. Give yourself permission to go to weird and awful places, because just beyond those places are the best ideas and the best lines of dialogue and the best heartstring-plucking imagery you’ll ever have. Keep going. Your breakthrough might be ten thousand words from now, so you have two options: write ten thousand words agonizingly slowly over the next year, criticizing yourself about every line and hating every minute of it, or blast out ten thousand words THIS WEEK, and be basking in the glow of that tiny mote of awesome by Sunday.

March272014

Hello Sherlockians!

To my fellow planeswalking Sherlockians:

I hope everyone who is able to go is looking forward to 221BCon!  I will be there with bells on and strapped for spell slinging.  I will be bringing at least 2 constructed decks, possibly 3 (though that third won’t be truly what I want it to be; 3 cards are missing and will be replaced with basic lands for now).  Anyone who wants to play shouldn’t really have a hard time finding me.  I’m a big enough guy that I’ll probably stand out a bit.

I mention the decks only because I am absolutely happy to lend decks for people to play, so long as I get them back.  I will at minimum have a Pauper deck with me and a really crappy but kind of hectically fun Modern deck.  I may also be bringing the Fight the Hydra and Defeat the Horde event decks from the Theros and BNG game days, if anyone wants to play against those.


That’s not all!  To those Sherlockians who want to learn to play Magic:

I will be bringing a couple of pre-built intro decks and will be delighted to teach people how to play! Magic is a fun game.  It not only promotes reading and simple mathematics (ok, sometimes not so simple), but fosters social interaction.  There’s a real sense of community among players a lot of the time.


See you there!

March202014
craigrules:

This shirt rocks

I have this shirt and often wear it under my blacks when judging :D (assuming I’m not judging multiple days in a row)

craigrules:

This shirt rocks

I have this shirt and often wear it under my blacks when judging :D (assuming I’m not judging multiple days in a row)

March142014

Finally got to draft with BNG

First off, I think I can safely say now that outside of Modern, draft is my favourite format.  I recently got to draft with BNG and I want to talk about 3 cards I interacted with a lot.

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March122014
Since I’ve been off the grid for a bit, here’s a picture for you.
This was my compensation for 3 events, totaling 2.5 boxes (plus a free pre-release entry).  I know people aren’t super thrilled with BNG, value wise, but this got me some cards I need effectively for free.
I judge because I enjoy it, plus it’s given me an in into the community I would not have had before.  That being said, my wife’s certainly happy I didn’t spend the $250 to buy these.

Since I’ve been off the grid for a bit, here’s a picture for you.

This was my compensation for 3 events, totaling 2.5 boxes (plus a free pre-release entry).  I know people aren’t super thrilled with BNG, value wise, but this got me some cards I need effectively for free.

I judge because I enjoy it, plus it’s given me an in into the community I would not have had before.  That being said, my wife’s certainly happy I didn’t spend the $250 to buy these.

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