Eternal League Week 3

This week’s Eternal League saw a complete absence of Affinity at the top tables in stark contrast to last month’s event. Birthing Pod decks completely dominated and the best performing decks were green, one way or another.

Congrats to Vasu for winning this week’s big prize, a foil Future Sight Tarmogoyf!

Vasu Balakrishnan: 5-0, Naya Pod

2 Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker
1 Zealous Conscripts
3 Restoration Angel
1 Murderous Redcap
1 Linvala, Keeper of Silence
1 Glen-Elendra, Archmage
3 Kitchen Finks
1 Deceiver Exarch
1 Vendilion Clique
1 Eternal Witness
3 Wall of Roots
2 Voice of Resurgence
1 Scavenging Ooze
1 Qasali Pridemage
1 Spellskite
4 Birds of Paradise
3 Noble Hierarch

3 Chord of Calling
4 Birthing Pod

1 Hallowed Fountain
1 Steam Vents
1 Stomping Ground
1 Sacred Foundry
1 Breeding Pool
1 Temple Garden
1 Forest
1 Plains
2 Fire-Lit Thicket
2 Gavony Township
4 Grove of the Burnwillows
4 Misty Rainforest
3 Arid Mesa

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Posted: May 11th, 2014 | Tagged: Magic: the Gathering

Behind the Screen : Where is the Magic

by Leo Jenicek
Ventor Goblinbane swung his battle-axe, turning his foes into small chunks of meat. Farn, (known in some quarters as Farrn the Nimble Fingers) appeared unseen at the side of the demon worshiping priest and slid a dagger between his ribs.
“Javer, some magic would be helpful about now!” shouted Goblinbane.
The mage summoned a spark of fire in her palm that she rapidly swirled into a sphere of green flame.
“Since these fools love demons so much, I’ll send them to hell,” Javer said with a smile.
“Wait!” cried Farn, “use Evard’s Black Tentacles on the cultists, that way they will have to save versus dex or take three dee six damage and be restrained!”
Goblinbane grunted his agreement and added, “that way they should save at disadvantage against your fireball.”
Farn’s eyes lit up and excitedly blurted, “use a higher spell slot so you do extra damage!”
“Sure,” said Javer, “we should be getting a long rest after this so no point on holding back.”

The example I just posited has happened, or some variation thereof, at countless tables. I know I’ve seen it. I’ve been a part of it. On one level, its good teamwork, using the resources at your disposal for maximum effect. Nothing wrong with that.

What has happened to magic in D&D? I know it’s still there; people play Mages and other spell casters, magic items are discovered and used, potions are drunk and scrolls read. All of those things are an intrinsic part of the game and yet…
We’ve lost something. The Magic of Magic, Magic is by its very nature is mysterious, dangerous, and unpredictable. Those who traffic in the arcane arts are, correspondingly, mysterious, dangerous, and unpredictable.

Many players know the rules chapter and verse; they know what their characters can and can’t do and the limits of each class. And that’s a good thing, nothing slows down play at a table more than arguing about rules or looking through a book.

However, spells are more than ammo in a gun. Everyone should be a little afraid of a wizard. What does he or she know? Can they turn you into a toad with a look? Have they made wild, unholy pacts with unknowable beings of great power? Just what can they do? It is possible to layer game knowledge with a sense of theatricality. A mage is a bit of a showman, hard not to be when you can transform your foes to stone.

Now I’m not suggesting reworking the mechanics of D&D, that’s a rabbit hole I don’t care to go down, but what I am suggesting is shifting they way we look at magic in the game.

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Posted: May 7th, 2014 | Tagged: Column - Behind the Screen

Draft the Gods!

We’ll have some highly competitive drafts during Journey Into Nyx Launch weekend. It will be a called draft, meaning we will have a judge enforcing timed picks.

Prize for the draft will be drafting a god pack! Well, it will have all 15 Theros block gods (plus a random foil god) forged from Twenty Sided’s card inventory!

Entry: $25
Prize: Player draft of all 15 Theros Block gods + 1 foil god
Check-in: 6pm
Start: 6:30pm
Format: JOU / BNG / THS draft
Limit: 16 players, i.e. 2 pods of 8

In-store signups begin Monday, April 28th, 2014.

Online signups available:
twentysidedstore.com/signups/journey-into-nyx-launch

Decklists will be required for this event.
Rules enforcement level for this event is competitive.

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Posted: April 28th, 2014 | Tagged: Magic: the Gathering

Eternal League Week 2

We had 24 players participate in our first sanctioned Vintage event. There were a wide variety of decks that were on display, but MUD ultimately took down the tournament.

Decklists of 4-1 and greater are
as follows:

Brian Pallas: 5-0, MUD
4 Mishra’s Workshop
4 Ancient Tomb
4 Wasteland
2 Cavern of Souls
1 City of Traitors
1 Tolarian Academy
1 Strip Mine

4 Metalworker
4 Lodestone Golem
4 Kuldotha Forgemaster
2 Wurmcoil Engine
2 Steel Hellkite
1 Phyrexian Revoker
1 Myr Battlesphere
1 Blightsteel Colossus
1 Sundering Titan

1 Mox Emerald
1 Mox Jet
1 Mox Sapphire
1 Mox Pearl
1 Mox Ruby
1 Black Lotus
1 Mana Crypt
1 Mana Vault
1 Sol Ring

4 Chalice of the Void
4 Tangle Wire
1 Lightning Greaves
1 Trinisphere
3 Thorn of Amethyst
1 Grafdigger’s Cage

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Posted: April 20th, 2014 | Tagged: Magic: the Gathering

Journey Into Nyx Prerelease

It has been quite the quest starting with Theros and now completing with a Journey Into Nyx! April 26th to 27th we’ll be running prerelease events for this new Magic set. We will have our regular schedule, but with one wrinkle that we think you’ll all appreciate.

We are currently taking in-store signups for all these events. You can sign up online as well:

Schedule

April 26th, Friday Midnight – 3 rounds, $25
April 26th, Saturday 9am – Sealed, 4 Rounds, $25
April 26th, Saturday 3pm – Sealed, 4 Rounds, $25
April 26th, Saturday 8:30pm – Two Headed Giant Sealed, 3 Rounds, $50 (per team)
April 27th, Sunday 10am – Sealed, 4 Rounds, $25
April 27th, Sunday 4pm – Sealed, 4 Rounds, $25

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Posted: April 13th, 2014 | Tagged: Magic: the Gathering