Where to Start?
Let me start by giving my apologies for my lack of
writing here recently. I've suddenly hit a HUGE busy
point in my life that took up a lot of my free time.
I've been doing Card of the Day for both the Yu-Gi-Oh
and the Magic site, writing for Scrye magazine and
special books, writing for another special project
Yu-Gi-Oh book, moderating a message group for Raw Deal,
and trying to things set up for my store at Pro Tour
Houston. I've been quite the popular guy lately. Don't
worry though. I'm back. Things are a little less
hectic, so I'm using my time to write for all of you.
Anyway, enough of that. I was trying to decide what to
write about since I've been silent for a while (at least
from my online situation), but I couldn't decide what to
write about. Then I thought of a great idea! I should
just write about everything.
This is a little scatterbrained, I'm sure, but it will
at least be a fun read that covers a lot of stuff. By
the way, for those of you that haven't seen Pardon the
Interruption on ESPN, you are doing yourself an
injustice, it's a great show with an interesting format.
Let's start with Onslaught. The set is great. The best
part is, there are a ton of rares that will be sought
after. Some for tournament players and some for casual
players. So far, every draft I have participated in has
yielded no less than six rares that I can move through
my store. That's a really good thing. And that's
including the four man drafts. It reminds me a bit of
Tempest. If the feel stays the same I don't think too
many people will be disappointed. I know many players
that the Rath Cycle years. So far in limited, I've
finished 5-1, 3-2-1, and I've won three out of four
drafts. It feels a lot like Rath Cycle limited to me.
Things are changing up a bit as I begin to recognize
Everyone seemed to fear Wellwisher in Onslaught
limited. I'm not sure why. I've played countless
opponents that had Wellwisher and won fairly easily. I
believe I have lost to one opponent packing Wellwisher
thus far and it wasn't the life form the Wellwisher that
made the difference. Also, to further prove my point, I
drafted THREE Wellwisher in a booster draft the other
night and it mattered very little. That went down as my
first draft I didn't win in the Onslaught era.
The new legends (that people are referring to as "pit
fighters") are the real deal. People joked about them
not being in many decks, but they are serious hitters.
If you need a comparison, think back to Invasion. The
legendary dragons from that set all cost six mana. They
also needed three different colors. They made it into
tournament decks. Why wouldn't creature with the same
converted mana cost and arguably better abilities make
it into decks?
Pro Tour Houston is about a month away at this point.
What is everyone going to be playing? Who knows?
Everyone has agreed that The Rock and Reanimator are
definitely to of the scariest decks in the format as it
stands. However, I believe that are some options out
there to deal with the problems those decks present.
Many players believed that Onslaught wouldn't offer much
to the Extended tournament environment. I don't think
that is true. I think Onslaught has some neat odds and
ins to offer. You may even see one or two decks that
revolve around some strange combination of Onslaught
For those of you that want to meet me, show up to Pro
Tour Houston. Come buy things from me :) My store can
always use the extra sales. I don't mind chatting and
saying high, maybe even signing some Howling Mines or
Birds of Paradise. I like Howling Mine, but I play
Birds of Paradise more often, so take your pick.
That reminds me.
We have made a deal with Wizards of the Cost that will
make Texas players VERY happy. If you attend Pro Tour
Houston, you can play in the Grand Prix New Orleans
Trials for free. All you have to do is show them a
Texas Driver's License or a Texas School ID and you can
participate for free.
It's one more way to increase attendance at the Pro Tour
and give back a little something to the players!
If you own a Gamecube and haven't bought Animal
Crossing, then don't buy it. The game will suck you in
and suck your life away. It's totally addicting. By
the way, has anyone played NBA Live 2003? I'm debating
buying it. I'm not sure why though, since I am still
playing the hell out of Madden 2003. Gamecube is the
best system ever.
Anyway, back to Magic. I would recommend doing a lot of
trading and drafting with Onslaught. Mainly to pick up
the rares that you need now. I see a lot of price
fluctuation in the future on a LOT of rares. Many rares
that are hyped now will go out of favor and I also think
that some rares that are ignored now will see a lot of
play once the next two Onslaught block sets are
available. Also, with it being a larger set, it is
going to be a little more difficult to get all the rares
Speaking rares, what's up with those sacrifice lands? I
will gladly buy all the sacrifice lands that any of you
are willing to sell. I need several of them. Any that
people want to part with will be gladly appreciated.
I'll even trade you product for them. I can trade
booster packs or whatever if you like. I think I will
be playing a lot of those and I can definitely use
My favorite card out of Onslaught? Most definitely
Silvos. I think that's how most large creatures should
be. However, he is a bit undercosted. That's part of
what makes him a neat legend I suppose.
If you are a wrestling fan, you owe it to yourself to
check out the WWE Raw Deal CCG. It plays fairly fast.
It has a great website that gets updated frequently. It
also has a pretty large world community that plays the
Oh, just for the record, I should be more consistent on
posting articles, at least for the near future.
I think I owe a lot of you a huge Thank You. A lot of
you are still sending e-mails and reading my older
articles. I'm glad you guys are entertained. Hopefully
you will keep reading and sending people to the site.
On a side note, if you guys are ever looking for
anything, don't forget I have a store and we do mail
I guess I've rambled long enough. You guys can
definitely expect more to read in the future from me. I
know a lot of going on with a lot of people here at
Pojo. Don't worry. We aren't going away or anything.
There just some changes being made. Hang in there with
Until next time,