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A Reality Check

Sadly this thread will have no more mentions of The Miz. 😦

One of the first threads I ever posted on MTG Paradise was my White Weenie deck. It had barely any land, an awful Creature-to-Equipment ratio, and all in all was pretty bad. Everyone suggested that I add Skullclamp to my deck, but I wasn’t a fan of killing my guys (It had some creatures that didn’t gain bonuses when it was equipped) just to draw cards. But more and more people told me that I was nuts to not play it, so I said that I would at least test it. The card they were suggesting that I should cut was Vulshok Morningstar, so I tested a few games against various decks with both Morningstar and Skullclamp, and much to my delight, the Morningstar came out the better card. Still the ever-intelligent members of MTG Paradise insisted that I was wrong, and that Skullclamp was the better card. So I struck up a compromise – while Morningstar was the better performing card, I would add Skullclamp to my sideboard and simply add it in whenever I felt I needed. Still, that wasn’t good enough. I ended up very frustrated, but then a member named “Upturned Headstone” posted this: ” If you refuse to add Skullclamps when they’re the only card that makes White Weenie even remotely competitive, then you’re beyond help. Good luck with your deck.”

This sort of snapped me back into reality, and I made one more post addressing a couple of other posts, and then left the thread to die.

The point of all this being that: I was new to the game when I made that thread and those comments. It was nearly five years ago. recently I came across someone who doesn’t have that excuse to hide behind making the same mistakes. How can someone, who is supposedly quite a talented deck designer, take a post full of comments and say “I tested infinite games, so I know you’re wrong” (implying that the person making the suggestions didn’t test at all). If you’re not going to listen to comments – in particular the comment that say “you have two of X and Y, but X is better and here is why” – and then multiple people agree with them, why bother posting the deck at all? Did he think he’d struck deck design nirvana and was just looking for praise to descend from all the little magic-playing peons?

In my opinion, this deck designer has always had some high-quality ideas that were marred only by an inaccurate knowledge of how the metagame works, and this is supported by his finishes. It frustrates me no end to see someone with that amount of playskill, and a knack for deck design on a level that is quite rare…piss away all this talent because of Pet decks, favoured cards, and a refusal to admit the strength of the strategy of other decks.

Names have been removed to protect the guilty here, but I think we all know who i’m referring to. My lunch break has ended, so this entry must too. Two posts in a day…wow that doesn’t happen often, and especially not recently.

…..BE JEALOUS!.

Ok, so I lied about The Miz. <_<

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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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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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