"Speaking about Regionals, ..."
03.28.02 We are at an exciting time of the year for Magic right now. Regionals are right around the corner, and while not everybody will be going to them, the Standard environment will most definitely change drastically after them. For all those not attending Regionals this year, be on the lookout for a new environment after they are all finished. Why do I say that? While there will most definitely be the expected decks like Frog in a Blender, Fat Crank, Braids Rush (red or white), and U/G Madness, there are also going to be some major new decks out there. These decks wonít be numerous, so they may not stand the best of chance of winning each individual tournament (the odds are simply against them with so many of the deck types mentioned above that are going to be there), but they will most likely put on quite a show and turn a lot of heads. It will be these decks that will evolve the future environment.
On that note, let me start speaking about my deck
for regionals. Well,
as most of you would guess, it is not anywhere close to
any of the decks I have mentioned earlier.
On the bright side, it handles those decks very
on the bright side, it does quite well against Psychatog
and Enforcer-Go decks, too.
Keep in mind that there arenít too many known
decks left out there that this deck wonít work well
I were only able to think of the other rare decks that
will be played.
Now, I could give you a deck-list and make
everything easy for all of you, but that would seem just
too easy. On
top of that, Iím not sure I want to make my deck
blatantly obvious to everyone, yet.
So, with all that said, I have decided to give
many clues as to what may (or may not) be in it. Oh heck, letís make it a contest. With the clues I provide, if anyone can come very close to
what is in my deck (my discretion, of course, but Iíll
be fair), they will get a prize.
I donít promise big prizes, and I reserve the
right to stop giving out prizes after a certain number
(undetermined at this time) of people come close enough
to warrant a prize.
You can contact me as many times as you want via
email and/or IM (see info at end of article) to make
guesses towards single cards or entire deck-lists.
I will only give yes or no answers, so it seems
strategically sound to keep your guesses simple to
receive specific feedback.
Well, with all this in mind, letís get into the
The deck has somewhere between 2 and 4 colors
(both of those numbers included in the range).
Enchantments are very key to this deck.
60 cards, no more or less.
Mainboard has both enchantment and artifact
Neither my opponent nor I should have very many
cards in the graveyard.
I do not fear FTKs, Edicts, or Bloods.
My deck can keep going, and going, and going, and
Two words: Life Gain.
This deck has three paths to victory (one of
which is concession).
A 1-mana sorcery debuts in this deck (meaning, it
is virtually unplayed anywhere else).
there are your clues. The rest is all up to you, my readers. Who can make anything out of the clues I gave, and come up
with anything close?
Though I know most of the clues are vague, Iím
sure at least one person can/will come up with the
correct answer. Good
luck to all, and Iíll be hearing from you!
on to other matters, I attended a PTQ this last weekend,
and did fairly well.
Out of a field of 83 participants, all ripping
open sealed decks and dueling it out against each other,
I finished a respectable 11th.
I missed the top-8 on tiebreakers, but losing in
the first round certainly didnít help matters out
deck was utter crap, and Iím not sure how I did as
well as I did. Though
I had a few bombs in Kirtarís Wrath, Shambling Swarm,
and Grotesque Hybrid, the rest of the deck was meagerly
put together. With
no Butchers, Mesmeric Fiends, Edicts, Innocent Bloods,
Ghastly Demises, or any other staple card, I put my deck
major I noticed compared to most of the people there is
that I only played two colors, and I believe this helped
me a lot. Except
for waiting to drop enough lands to cast higher costing
spells, I always had the mana I needed (meaning I was
never screwed out of a color).
Being able to cast whatever is in your hand is a
major key to playing in limited.
kidding a single one of you, Iíll tell you now that
Steamclaw was one of the best cards in my deck.
Now that you are all done laughing, let me
explain further. I
ďkilledĒ numerous Elephant and Wurm tokens before
they even made it into play, I saved my creatures by
getting rid of Firebolts and Crippling Fatigues, I kept
most opponents from threshold, I only had to kill
important creatures once as I never let them get
recurred, and the cards drawn off of Deep analysis were
abundantly less than they would have been without
all that said, I would highly encourage anyone to play
that card in their Limited deck if they have room (like
I said, I had a bunch of crap so maybe I just the extra
any case, I piloted my B/W sealed deck to a 5-2 record
to receive 11th place and a box of Torment
me be the first to admit that I got one lucky break in
the tournament that most likely amounted to the game
(and match at that point) going in my direction.
If the person that was on the bad side of this
break reads this, I apologize once more for his
incidence of bad luck. Iím happy, though that I can finally be on the receiving
end of some good luck.
It has been quite a while.
Magic community has been changing lately, and Iíd say
for the worse. Brainburst
has now started charging for access to all their
features. Though some articles and decklists remain available to the
public, the ďmajor stuffĒ is closed to those who
donít pay. There
are several issues I have with this.
I understand that running a web-site is
expensive, and that $4/month is a very small amount to
pay for any service, but there just seems to be better
First of all, donít pay people to write.
Iíve already read all kinds of arguments about
this so far, and Iím sure a lot of you have, as well.
Personally I agree with the person who wrote in
and said that they prefer to read an article from
someone who wants to write rather than an article by
someone who was paid to write.
While I, too, would gladly accept money for my
writings, that is far from the reason why I do it.
Matter of fact, Iím glad that Iím not paid,
as now the only stress on writing comes from myself, and
not an employer. As
is the case with a lot of things (reading books, for
example), writing articles is much more fun (for both
the writers and the readers) when there is no pressure
to do so.
most of those articles suck.
Iím sorry to not be able to put it in lighter
terms, but take a look at them sometimes. I'm going to pick on Zvi Mowshowitz for my example.
Have you people read very many of his articles?
First off, his articles, as posted, wouldnít be
acceptable on a Middle School level.
They contain so many grammatical and spelling
mistakes that itís almost funny to read it and count
how many there are.
He gets paid for these?!
The other thing about his articles is that when
you can understand what he is trying to say (which is
only half the time, at best), he hardly says anything
worth reading. You donít really realize it, though, until you have
finished reading the entire article.
Itís then that you realize how little content
he actually provided.
Iím not saying that I have the best writing in the
world, but Iíd also like to point out that I donít
get paid to do this, either.
Alternatives need to be found, somehow, as to how
these web-sites can maintain their sites with up-to-date
content that people want to read, and still keep their
heads above water.
On that note, Iíd like to give some props out
to our editors who do a fine job and put in a lot of
their time to keep this site going for all of us.
Us writers donít nearly put in as much time as
those gentlemen do, and it is they that deserve your
thanks and praise (insert applause here).
If you go to any other sites, make sure you thank
those editors, too.
They all do a great job.
thatís all for me this time.
I hope you found that reading this article was
worth the time you put into it.
I challenge anyone to a game of J&A (an
alternative format that John Turpish covered here: http://www.pojo.com/magic/Featured%20Writers/John/0108MagicOnline.html)
that has Apprentice and wishes to play.
Again, I expect to hear from a lot of you
concerning the deck.
Lots more next time.
Feel free to contact me with any ideas or
comments you might have.
Psychatog gets a toothbrushÖ
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