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Stop, Drop and Blogroll

I just wanted to draw your attention to the four links I have on the right of my blog. These are the three other blogs I read the most often, and all are worthy of your viewing pleasure.

Five With Flores & Top8Magic go hand in hand. The small amount of magic success I’ve had can be attributed to the impact on my game that Mike, Brian, Matt, Steve & co have had. I drove my construced rating up 300 points thanks to these people, and this is where you can find them these days. In particular, Mike taught me to love building my own decks, and to have fun doing it, which lead to a top 8 with arguably the most exciting deck in the history of Time Spiral block, Radha-Me-This. There haven’t been enough positive adjectives invented for what I could say for the authors of Fivewithflores and Top8Magic, so just hurry up and visit already.

The Starkington Post is written by a newer Magic personality that I have a lot of time for, Bill Stark. Bill has knowledge and determination to spare, along with the charisma to bring to you in an entertaining fashion. Over on the Magic mothership, Wizards seem to be grooming Rich Hagon as the guy to take over Randy’s seat in the booth (if it is to be taken over at all) but when Bill and Rich shared a booth at PT KL, Bill put Rich to shame. I highly reccommend this blog because Bill has a lot of smart things to say, and the passion for the game to bring it to you without fear of being wrong – a flaw many writers have nowadays.

Little Kuriboh’s Blog, currently going under the name “Little Kuriboh’s Greedo” is the blog of the creator of the wonderful internet parody series, Yu-Gi-Oh: The Abridged Series (YGOTAS). It’s appoximately thirty-two 5-10 minute episodes into its life, and pretty much all of them are hits. LittleKuriboh has a job/wife/life etc., so it’s a phenomenal effort to keep a series like this runing throughout all of it. The blog is interesting to me mainly because i’m a big fan of the series, so check out both links. Who knows? Maybe you’ll become a fan too.

Honey Garlic (I don’t know if this is meant to be one word or not) is co-ran by my good friend (that i’ve never met) Ryan. It’s full of quirky facts and info that never fails to at least bring a smile to my face, if not more. Ryan is in-depth with the Lolitics side of the blog, but we won’t hold that against him, as both the main authors are all worth your time to read. The only thing that you might not like is its focus on Canadian domestic issues, but all the posts have issues you can draw parallels with in your own life, so it’s all positive value in my books.

So that’s what I like to read on the internet. If I introduced you to one of these blogs, and you really liked it, drop a line in the comments box! I’m always interested to find out if my few readers (and my traffic stats tell me you’re out there!) like the same sorts of things that I do.

Appendix:
The Most Exciting Deck in the History of Time Spiral Block

2 Plains
2 Flagstones of Trokair
4 Llanowar Reborn
4 Terramorphic Expanse
4 Forest
8 Mountain

4 Greater Gargadon
4 Radha, Heir to Keld
4 Tarmogoyf
3 Riftsweeper
3 Mystic Enforcer
3 Akroma, Angel of Fury

4 Chromatic Star
4 Ghostfire
4 Riddle of Lightning
3 Stonewood Invocation

SIDEBOARD
1 Disintegrate
2 Stonecloaker
2 Sunlance
3 Magus of the Moon
3 Boom//Bust
4 Ancient Grudge

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Finding Thirty, lolmerica, etc.

So Saturday Night’s party was epic in more ways than one.

In order to get there, I had to get the train from Glendalough to the City, and catch the #95 bus from the City to my mate’s place in Floreat. The problem was that by the time I had sufficiently deciphered Transperth’s website to determine this, it was too late to catch my bus from the City.

Not to be deterred, I (relatively) quickly came up with a new plan. My mate’s house was off Grantham St, which in turn came off the street I live on, Harborne St. I decided to walk to Grantham St and catch the bus from there down the long way to my mate’s house. And if worse came to worse, I knew that Grantham St is straight and I wouldn’t get lost.

Plan: Not so bad.
Execution: Tits.

Worse came to worse and I ended up having to walk the entire four kilometres (4092 metres according to the Transperth website) to my friends’ house.

Verdict: So worth it.

I had an absolute blast at the party, met up with a group of guys who I hadn’t seen in years, and it was just like old time, we were all doubled over laughing within about five or ten minutes, and so it went on the rest of the night.

Why were we laughing so much? lolmerica, of course!

I’m eating a nice dish of hypocrisy by talking about this subject now, considering how sick I am of hearing about it, but the subject of Barack Obama’s election came up in our group rather quickly. Americans have been collectively patting themselves on the back since the result came in…and even Canadians have jumped in on the act as well and I have to question…are you guys for real?

Like…for reals!?

As an Australian, I did want Obama to win, but that is only because I anticipate spectacular failure on his part, and hopefully our dollar will strengthen, allowing things like importing and say…buying modo tickets to become a lot easier.

At the party, my friend Ross (not the host) made a rather good point that this guy is basically Ronald Reagan the second. During his acceptance speech, he for all intents and purposes sent another 60K troops to Iraq. This is the Vietnam Sucker-Punch, and the suckers are the US citizens! On this precedent, I’m going to predict spectacular failure for the Democrats, and if i’m wrong, well America is an ally, so i’m sure for Australia, it’s win-win either way.

Speaking of Australian, or AustralianGamer to be exact – still nothing. One of the admins had been on about fifteen minutes before I checked as well. This is highly entertaining for me, so I think I’ll keep a periodic check of how long its been. Tomorrow makes a week, I might propose some anniversary celebrations if nothing has happened.

It wouldn’t be a Cramped Headspace post without a decklist, so in lieu of getting permission to discuss my teammate’s decklist, and in lieu of posting the Extended deck i’ve been looking at (I promise it’s coming, I just want to test it a little first.), i’ve come up with my own build of a Planeswalker deck in Standard.

‘Walking in Standard

4 Kitchen Finks
3 Cloudthresher
3 Stoic Angel
2 Sower of Temptation

4 Wrath of God
4 Courier’s Capsule
4 Obelisk of Bant
3 Garruk Wildspeaker
3 Jace Beleren
2 Tezzeret the Seeker
2 Elspeth, Knight Errant
1 Rings of Brighthearth
1 Loxodon Warhammer

4 Treetop Village
4 Seaside Citadel
4 Reflecting Pool
3 Flooded Grove
3 Mystic Gate
2 Wooded Bastion
2 Adarkar Wastes
2 Vivid Grove

Garruk and Tezzeret tag-team in multiple ways. They both help to provide a lot of mana with their untapping ability. They can between them make a 6/3 Trampling Lifelinking monster that can attack and defend. Tezzeret and Jace between them can draw a lot of cards. Elspeth can lump in with the Tezzeruk beast to make it even bigger, or it’s just a natural combination with Garruk’s beast making.

Stoic Angel is a natural measure to help defend the planeswalkers from attack, as is Wrath of God and Cloudthresher. Kitchen Finks is an early blocker, and Sower demands removal which can in turn draw it away from Planeswalkers. This is another untested, designed-at-work deck so I hope to get a chance to test it tonight.

Until next time!
 – RP

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