OK folks. Make sure you're strapped in tight. Here we
go again and we are going to hit the ground running.
Apparently, my last article was well received. I had no
clue you guys liked that crazy writing style. It's
definitely a lot more fun, so for the near future we are
going to stick to it. Glad that all of you E-mailed me
to express your opinions.
Now I have to figure out where to start. Show of
hands...? Yes, you over there. Ah, yes, good call.
The fetch lands from Onslaught. These have definitely
been a hot topic. I have been discussing the merits of
these cards with people for the past few days in my
store. First of all, I want to say that I have had
people turn their nose up at the eight dollar price tag
I have on these lands. However, even at eight dollars I
don't seem to be able to keep them in my display case.
Go figure. Honestly, I wouldn't be surprised if they
peak at around $10 by or during Pro Tour Houston
Another thing about those lands. They aren't good as a
full set of four in EVERY deck. When I first saw them,
I thought you should probably play them even if the
colors in your deck didn't share a land. After all,
they would thin your deck down and increase the quality
of your draws, that can't be so bad right? Not
You see, you don't play them in addition to your regular
land count, you would play them as part of your land
count most likely. Possibly one or two over, but still
within your normal lands count. We will assume you are
playing something like Red/Green and have only 22
lands. If you have four Wooded Foothills (sac land),
then you only truly have 18 lands. So if you draw one,
or even two, of these up early, when you use them, you
actually decrease the chance that you will draw land.
This could be bad in some matches where you want to have
a Ravenous Baloth ASAP. For slower control decks, with
a higher land count, it's not as big of an issue,
because the deck will eventually produce land for you
anyway. I'm not saying the lands are terrible. I'm
just trying to point out that they might take a little
more though to play an apply than we all first thought.
Oh, by the way, my Gamecube is getting like
23048392840938 times more than my Playstation. I would
recommend getting one if you haven't already. The games
are more fun. There are more multiplayer games. And
the games you can get on either system always seems to
run better and smoother on the Gamecube.
For those wrestling fans out there, I would suggest that
you order the Survivor Series pay-per-view. It looks
like it's gonna be a slobberknocker. The elimination
chamber might be gimmicky, but with all the people
involved, it should turn out to be a great match and a
Oh yeah, Pro Tour Houston. I mentioned it earlier.
Let's not forget about the TEXANS PLAY FREE
TOURNAMENT!! It's a Grand Prix Trial for New Orleans.
It is extended format, by the way. It is actually open
to ALL players, but if you live in Texas and bring proof
of residency, you get to play in the event free. The
event is being sponsored by my store, The Game Closet.
It's Friday night at 6:00PM central, so don't be late.
That's November 8th for all of you not near a calendar.
I'll have a booth set up there, so stop in and say
hello. It would be nice if you bought something while
you were there too! You buying stuff helps me eat, and
I like to eat. You wouldn't know it from looking at me,
but I do! :)
By the way, this all came about, because WotC wants to
increase the attendance level of Pro Tours. Don't let
our efforts go to waste. The Pro Tour is such a neat
thing to have around. Show up in Houston and give your
Damn the Angels! Wait...damn. I just realized
something. I can't dog the Angels without sounding like
I'm condemning myself. Anyway, I seriously thought that
Major League Baseball needed the Giants to win the World
Series. After all the strike talks and the disgruntled
fans, I think that the MLB definitely needed to finish
on a high note with a fell good story. They didn't. We
will see what happens next season.
Basketball season is now upon us. Go Lakers!
It's about that time for the State Championships of
Magic again. This weekend, the new format will be legal
for the first time. There are a LOT of viable decks.
We shall see what people decide to play and see what
develops. What makes this all interesting is that the
last chance qualifier at Pro Tour Houston on Thursday
evening is going to be Standard format. So it will be
fun to see what kind of metagame develops with only one
week's worth of tournament results available under the
I still think WotC needs to add something to States.
They should give the winner an automatic invite to
Nationals. Maybe even just give byes at Regionals.
First could get three byes, second could get two byes
and third and fourth could get one bye. Either one of
those would encourage me to go to the State
Championships. As it stands now, I don't feel like
driving to Houston, driving back, and then driving back
to Houston in five days for Pro Tour Houston. I know
many players that share that same feeling with me. Many
of the best players tend to stay away from States.
Also, is it really worth it to call yourself the State
Champion if you didn't compete against the best players
in the state?
Does anyone know if there will be a special gift set
from Wizards of the Coast for Magic this Christmas. It
seems that each of the last few years, they've released
a neat boxed set for the Holidays. I haven't heard
about anything for this year yet.
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For anyone that's interested, I have been writing
Yu-Gi-Oh and WWE Raw Deal articles for Scrye magazine.
I should have one in the current issue that just
released. Also I recently wrote some stuff for the WWE
Raw Deal website.
The hits on the Pojo are up lately. Thanks for stopping
in and reading. The increase in hits shows that you
guys appreciate everything we are doing.
NBA Live 2003 is exceptionally better than 2002. There
is a huge difference. I rented it just two days ago.
The 'freestyle control' is good stuff.
I'm a huge Dallas Cowboys fan, so Sunday was a great day
for me! Congrats to Emmitt Smith. Too bad the team
lost. Oh well. I guess you can't ask for everything.
I've actually met him before. He is an extremely nice
guy. He deserves it. Assuming that Marshal Faulk
doesn't get injured anymore, he might break his record.
But we will see. Smith sounds like he might pull a
Jerry Rice and play forever.
Onslaught seems to have a lot of people baffled. It's
definitely a set that favors good deck builders right
now. The set has a lot to offer. You definitely need
to look beyond the rares to build decks around. A lot
of the cards that everyone was excited about haven't
even made their way into decks from what I am seeing.
Some of the old deck types are still playable, but they
take a sizable bit of adjusting.
For those of you that keep e-mailing me asking why I
haven't entered the writer's Grand Prix on Brainburst...well...her'es
my official answer: It's a loyalty thing and it's a time
thing. First of all, I would have to make extra time to
write ANOTHER article every week in additional to my
magazine articles, the other websites I write for, and
trying to keep up with the Card of the Day stuff. On
top of that, I still have a business to run every day.
Also, Pojo has taken care of me. I've been with them
for what seems like forever. I've written for magazines
and such with Pojo. I get free reign to write what I
want on Pojo. Could I get paid more writing for
Brainburst? It's quite possible that I could. Is it
worth it? Not in my eyes, at this moment.
Speaking of loyalty, this brings me to another
situation. Too many of you guys are griping about
stores closing down in your area. There's a reason for
that. You need to shop there so they can make money and
don't have to close! You have to PAY where you PLAY. I
can tell you from both sides how things work. Yes, as a
player you want to save a little cash. I'm sure if you
talked to your store owner, he'd be willing to save you
$5-15 on a box or something just to make sure he got the
sale. I sell mine at $89 and drop the price
incrementally for each box beyond the first purchased.
Also, as a player, you want tournaments and a place to
play. From a store perspective, you have utilities and
the like to pay. A bunch of internet sites and
distributors are either working out of their house or a
warehouse. Low overheard.
Remember it was most likely a store where you learned to
play the game and got introduced into tournaments and
such. That same store runs demos, pays employees, pays
electricity, runs tournaments, organizes singles, and
pays rent. Our store pays for the space our playing
area takes up all the time. Whether it is being used or
not. If people don't come and play in that space, it
goes to waste, we lose money, and we would have to shut
down. Fortunately, people make use of our space.
That's great for us considering we have nearly 3,000 sq.
ft. of space.
All I'm saying is this: Make a purchase at your local
game store more often. Pick up your sleeves there. Buy
some snacks while you're hanging out. Pick up one or
two singles. Maybe buy a draft set from them.
Something. If you want your stores to stay open, shop
there first. Then if they close you will have a
legitimate right to complain.
Damn, good thing I'm not afraid of heights, because my
soapbox seems to keep getting taller and taller.
Well, I'll be spending more time preparing for Houston
this week. As always keep reading. Also, I will try to
keep up and keep replying to all the e-mails I receive.
Please do me a favor as a reader and a player and check
out the follwing site:
It's worth the read.
Until next time