Archive for November, 2008

A Nebbish Rock Star Fantasy

Hopefully i’ll be able to return you to a more regular blogging pattern soon, as my backfilling ended this week.

Don’t count on it though, because I just acquired a new Playstation game and it is sensational. I just 5-starred Hotel California, 99% notes hit (only missed four) and i’m pretty pleased with myself.

Yes folks, it’s Guitar Hero: World Tour. Do yourself a favour and pick this up today! (and a console, if you need to. It’s that good.)


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Modo Etiquette

And now for some hilarity. I think the picture says it all. I don’t really think I deserved this…I’d had that feral hydra in my hand for like five turns and I hadn’t played it! A smaller version of the img will be here, click it to see the full version.

How to congratulate your opponent on a removal spell well timed.

How to congratulate your opponent on a removal spell well timed.

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A decklist

Nothing exciting here, i’m just putting a Cruel variant down that I can copy into MWS when I get home without any fuss.

4 Mulldrifter
4 Kitchen Finks
3 Cloudthresher
1 Nucklavee
4 Broken Ambitions
4 Cryptic Command
4 Wrath of God
2 Pyroclasm
4 Esper Charm
3 Bant Charm
2 Cruel Ultimatum
4 Reflecting Pool
3 Arcane Sanctum
3 Adarkar Wastes
4 Vivid Creek
4 Vivid Grove
2 Vivid Meadow
3 Twilight Mire
2 Island
4 Paladin en-Vec
3 Oblivion Ring
2 Pyroclasm
4 Condemn
2 Negate

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Do you remember when I had a blog? Neither do I!

Updates are likely going to be few and far between over the next two weeks, i’m backfilling a colleague’s role while she goes on two weeks holiday, and it’s a lot of work. I believe the technical term is “A Metric Fuckton of work”. I stayed an hour after work yesterday and still didn’t get everything done. So I won’t have much time to do any bloggery.

My weekend was fulfilling, but kind of meh – I started on the cleaning of my unit. It’s going to be an epic operation that will no doubt be in a permanent status of “not quite finished”. At the moment, I have the priorities done – the area around my playstation and book/CD/DVD/game shelf. The remaining mess from my living room is in a pile of “to be sorted” stuff that i’m going to do this week. I did try and do a special update during the weekend, but I cocked it all up. Maybe next weekend I can try another.

Then there’s my kitchen…the dishes…oh good lord. I’m seriously contemplating just binning all my plates and crockery and starting all over again.

Next, a short plug for the Facebook game Dungeons & Dragons: Tiny Adventures. It’s just a watered-down D&D, but with the events 10-15 mins apart. So you can be doing something…say…work, study, or modo…then go back to your adventure for a second, then go back to you what you were doing. The friend interaction is where all the appeal is, as you can give each other “buffs” (+1 to your total), thus creating a “buff network” where everyone is boosting their friends’ rolls.

So everyone buff me.

…I am so quoting that out of context.

And now…an AustralianGamer signup update in true AG fashion!

*wind whistles through the trees*

…So, what did you think?

In all seriousness, two weeks and still nothing. And not much participation on your end either! Law of averages suggests that if lots of us sign up, the more chance that one of us makes it. The admins are back from an expo, so hopefully they might go to the forum signups to accept the singups of everyone they met at the expo.

As an indicator of how flat-out i’ve been, I started this post on Tuesday, and its Wednesday night that i’m finishing it. Yesterday I had a decklist to share, but it didn’t win any games, so i’m not going to post it.


The last thing I wanted to do is explain the entire point of the blog. I have a lot of different contacts in different quarters all asking me for ideas re: things, or my ideas on magic in general. Rather than forget who i’d told what, I decided to establish this blog. Any ideas I have will be here soon after I have them. So PLEASE stop trying to pre-empt the blog by getting ideas from me…particularly this extended idea I keep teasing. I’m not going to tell you. It’s exciting and promising, but I really want to see if it puts up results first, and I want to take my time with it. So some patience all around would be very much appreciated.

That’s all I have for now.


Until next time,

 – RP.




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Paint the Sky with Triggers

omg! Two updates in one day!

I just had to share this with you guys, this is why I LOVE Shuh-Mons. And before you ask, yes, that is a BACKUP Thunderblust.

Pow. Just Pow.

Pow. Just Pow.

For Reference:


4 Flamekin Harbinger
4 Stigma Lasher
4 Smokebraider
4 Rage Forger
4 Hell’s Thunder
4 Thunderblust

4 Shock
4 Incinerate
4 Flame Javelin

2 Mutavault
22 Mountain

4 Magma Spray
4 Dragon’s Claw
3 Cryoclasm
2 Murderous Redcap
2 Spitebellows

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If you wanna win, you gotta get a bit larky…

Just firstly, on the “Who’s that Pokemon challenge” – that’s not the whole pokemon, it’s a partial silhouette.
Since last we met, I’ve had not much time to test the Reveillark deck (admittedly, the process was delayed by several games of NHL 09), but here is a quick recap of what I did play. I bought the pieces of the deck, with Archon of Justice being a surprisingly low two tickets. I played a few games in the casual room, went zero and X before winning a match, consisting of one win against a mulligan, my opponent winning game 2, then conceding game 3, then deciding RIGHT I’M SORTED NOW and plowing unashmedly into the Constructed Queue room. I was quite surprised to discover that there is now such thing as a 4-man queue. Given my time constraints, and that the 4-man had three people waiting, I jumped on in.

My first round opponent lead off with an early Wooly Thoctar, but I had a wrath to answer it. He had a backup horde, but a couple Kitchen Finks and a Reveillark were quite good for my “conserve damage” plan and I was soon able to get past his defenses with my fliers.

Game 2 was rather bizarre. He was stalled on mana, and most of it was painful mana. I wasn’t getting very far with my 2 Kitchen Finks and One Mulldrifter. Finally I had him down to 7 Life…he had a bloom tender and had finally pulled out of his land trouble, and I had my three creatures, a Mind Stone and lands….it was at this point he tapped out for what must have been the world’s worst Realm Razer Just to recount, this left the board at:

Bloom Tender
Realm Razer
7 Life


Kitchen Finks
Kitchen Finks
Mind Stone
> 20 Life

Not the best situation for him, especially considering I was one Blue source away from Flashfreeze coming online.

He was able to immediately tap Bloom tender for RGW and O-Ring a Finks, but quickly went to 2 on my turn. He was then able to make another O-Ring for my Mulldrifter, but was forced to block my Finks in order to not die. I got timewalked to be fair, but his next turn yielded not much of note whilst mine gave me a Reveillark.

The second and final round saw me up against a red deck. I was once again on a “preserve damage” plan and a Finks-heavy draw on the play was well suited to this task. So was condemn on his turn 3 Ram-Gang. A-bang-bang!! We played a lot of back-and-forth, I was drawing a lot of land, but so was he, and I had to play in such a way that if he ripped, or was sandbagging Demigod at a couple of points I was just dead, but I managed to get there in the end.

Game 2 was absolutely bee-e-ay-youtiful…for him. Turn 1 Figure, Turn 2 Lasher…I had a Condemn to slow him down, and I managed to stall a couple turns with archon-mannequin, but this just delayed the brutal and inevitable.

Game 3 saw me play an early Sower, and between Mannequin and Reveillark I was able to steal his creatures, use them to chump a couple of times (that “preserve damage” rather than “race” plan) and eventually I somehow won..i’m not quite sure how it happened myself, I just got there.

At the end of the game he made some comment about both games his draw had his lands outnumber his spells by two, and it was the only way I could win. Sadly he left the game before I could deliver the response “well you know, I gotta get Larky sometimes.” We’ll just pretend I did.

Usually I hate when people makes excuses other than “well, that’s magic for ya sometimes” when they lose but this time it didn’t bother me. THANKS FOR THE EXTRA BOOSTER, YOU TWAT!

I’m such a good winner.

Next time: Some red Shuh-mon Shuh-naningans.

Until then,
 – RP

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From Modo, With Lark

Let’s pick up the slack from yesterday’s post with an immediate decklist.

4 Mulldrifter
4 Kitchen Finks
3 Reveillark
2 Shriekmaw
2 Sower of Temptation
2 Archon of Justice
1 Fulminator Mage

4 Mind Stone
4 Wrath of God
4 Cryptic Command
3 Makeshift Mannequin
3 Condemn

4 Reflecting Pool
4 Vivid Creek
3 Adarkar Wastes
3 Esper Tri-Land
1 Vivid Meadow
1 Vivid Marsh
4 Island
3 Plains
1 Swamp

The basic land mix is to be tuned according to whatever filter lands I have on MODO.

I continue to sling ideas at the wall in the hope that something sticks. I have an old favourite i’m dying to test as well, so tomorrow’s update my just have some hilarity of the shuh-mon variety. I love shuh-mons. And red decks. And brunettes with blue eyes…

Until next time,
 – RP

Post-post update:

Let’s play a game with my traffic graph.


Whos that Pokemon?

Who's that Pokemon?

Comment your answer, the winner gets..I don’t know, a namedrop or something. Yeah, the prize sucks. Get over it.

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