Ah, finals. I'll
miss them, not at all.
was doing some last-minute cramming for my calculus
final with a fellow Magic player when I realized that I
remembered virtually none of the formulas for conic
I admit it's an auto-loss for me, but that I've teched
out my sideboard for it.
Unfortunately, there are no sideboards in math
tests, but as a result of conic sections being
overplayed in geometry, pre-calc, and calc 1, there I
faced not a single conic section match up.
So it ended up that studying harder for other
sections was an excellent metagame call.
do something a little fun today.
Theme decks are one of Magic's great traditions,
even though they often are less powerful then any other
classification of deck. That's not really the point, though. You know, I wonder how these things ever got started.
I imagine it probably started as a result of
cards like Lord of Atlantis and Goblin King, which
rewarded people for filling their decks with merfolk and
goblins, respectively. How it got changed into just pick a theme and have fun with
it, I'm not sure. I
remember years ago thinking that there was some sort of
advantage to playing with a bunch of cards that shared a
theme, like Thallids, for example, but I don't know why
I thought that. One
of my friends agreed with me, though.
It makes no sense folks, and it isn't true.
It's what's written in the rules text that
I'd like to suggest a theme deck for you.
Like most theme decks, it isn't meant to be good,
only fun. The
theme for this deck is Rock.
First, the rock/stone-in-name cards:
references to rock music:
1 Rolling Stones
one could've fit into the previous category, but it's
also the name of a rock band, making it doubly
"My name is Wakefield."
Name is Jonas, Weezer
"I just want you to see your blood."
Iron Maiden, by Iron Maiden
quote has nothing to do with the card, but it's a funny
quote, don't you think?
"But the castle crumbles and you're left with just a name."
"The day destroys the night. The night divides the day."
Other Side, The Doors
"…smoking my inspiration."
song called, "Paradise"?
Well, it's a Green Day song.
Ashes to Ashes
"Asche zu Asche, und Staub zu Staub."
Asche zu Asche, Rammstein
preferable to play with the German versions of these
cards, because they are "Asche zu Asche" and
"Staub zu Staub".
"Ugly day–one last caress."
Caress, The Misfits
1 Brass Man
"I'm not the Antichrist or the Ironman."
Gets me Through, Ozzy Osborne
"I am Ironman."
Ironman, Black Sabbath (with Ozzy singing)
realize that brass and iron are two different metals,
but this blatant contradiction was too funny to leave
School of Piranhas
"She totally confused all the passing Piranhas."
The Presidents of the United States of America
"There ain't no shelter here."
Shelter, Rage Against the Machine
"It looks like love, but it smells like fear."
Future, Monster Magnet
"No colors anymore–I want them to turn black."
Painted Black, The Rolling Stones
so the name didn't appear in the quote, but its function
heck, it's the STONES, I had to have one of their songs
in the deck.
1 Phyrexian Reaper
"You've played the Reaper, now your time has come."
Seed, Gerbil Liberation Front
These guys are the one of the best bands no one's heard of. www.Gerbilfront.com
free to recite this lyric when you play the (Phyrexian)
"The arena is empty except for one man still driving and striving as fast as he can."
1 Lost Soul
"Their souls are lost because they could never find…"
this Life For?, Creed
"It's not like you to say sorry."
You Remind Me, Nickelback
"If forty days won't break a man, what's a bullet in his head?"
Revolution Man, The Union Underground
most anarchists revolution men?
Besides, somehow I can picture this fellow
singing that song.
Can't forget the land!
4 Thran Quarry
rocks have to come from somewhere.
"I am a rock. I am an island."
am a Rock, Simon and Garfunkel
Rocky Tar Pit
use mountains with barren-looking rocky peaks in their
one from fourth edition which works nicely.
assume White Zombie or Rob Zombie has done a song with
"swamp" somewhere in its lyrics.
Unfortunately I can't think of one right now.
4 Gemstone Mine
gemstone is technically a kind of rock, isn't it?
Rock is the Beebles' Champion. (Thanks Ian.)
there's any cards I missed, let me know.
like to do something a little different.
You tell me what my next article will be about.
That way I don't have to guess at what you guys
want to read about.
I'll only do this once.
You can suggest for either part of my article,
the alternate format or the seemingly-random top half.
If you send a suggestion that I don't feel
comfortable writing about due to lack of solid knowledge
on the subject, I won't.
I also won't do anything obscene.
Aside from that it's up to you.
Sorry, no prize for this one.
limited is a sealed deck tournament.
What makes it special is that every player gets
exactly the same cards.
you look at the cards you've received, keep in mind that
all other players have the same cards.
The question you should be asking yourself is,
"What will they
build a deck to beat those strategies which are to be
is much more difficult
than it sounds.
Depending on what pool of cards the TO decided to
give you, strategies may vary wildly with each duplicate
Common understanding of the game's strategies
will often be, and should be, thrown out the window.
The general rule in sealed deck is creatures
elimination second, and everything else last.
However, if the TO gives you card selection with
absolutely terrible creatures and every powerful
creature elimination spell you can think of, what do you
format will test deck building skills tremendously.
I admit I've never participated in duplicate limited
before, I really like the idea a lot.
In theory I like the idea of limited in general.
However there's too large things holding me back
from preferring it over constructed.
First, creatures are far too important.
That narrows the strategy of the game down
tremendously, at which point we might as well be playing
the fact that the cards you get add a random element,
particularly with sealed deck, increases the roll luck
plays in determining the winner.
I don't think that's good at all, but in
duplicate limited there's no luck whatsoever in what
cards you receive.
There should also be a pretty good balance
between the power of the colors in the card pool.
Creatures will only be all important if the
people choosing the card pool feel they should be.
If anything, duplicate limited should be more
skill-intensive and full of strategy than constructed.
I like that a lot.
you decide to run one, the most difficult thing is
choosing which cards to use.
Now, of course, there will be greater
restrictions on us, due to the cards available to us,
than there were for Wizards.
In fact, Wizards creates new cards specifically
for this format. I
wouldn't really recommend you do that, but if you do,
insist that the players use sleeves because your
printing methods will probably differ from Wizards'
greatly enough that the cards will be marked.
On the invitational they like to pick themes.
This year ever card had a converted mana cost of
wouldn't go that far, but the idea from previous years
of including only grossly underpowered cards is both
interesting and sounds quite fun.
Do be sure to include an equal number of cards in
each color. If
you use multicolored cards, try to keep them balanced in
number if at all possible.
my last article I inferred that John Rizzo, "worked
in a factory for some years."
Mr. Rizzo was kind enough to email me with a
correction: it was in fact approximately 2 weeks.
you'd like to make a donation to the Send Cathy to
Florida fund, get in touch with me.
I'll make sure it gets to the appropriate
like to apologize to the fellow who won the Battle of
Wits deck contest.
I seem to have lost your address and forgotten
your name. I
had been afraid to ask for you to contact me, because
someone else might claim it and I wouldn't know it
wasn't the correct one.
Oddly enough I remember the idea behind one of
the deck lists you sent me, though, and I'll probably
remember the other two if I see them.
It's really weird, and annoying how my memory
you find what you seek.
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