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Bless that this change is online only, although it could speed up games, I don't think it's fair to slower decks. When I was first told of this rule, I said to my friend, "Who even plays 1v1 Commander?"
March 28, 2017 6:57 p.m.
In the middle of the fight, Nissa sacrifices herself to create a diversion for the Gatewatch to escape, and they leave without her. Nissa and Liliana are my Gatewatch favs, so that would be sad and terrible. I personally think Ugin will try to get revenge on Bolas, but I don't think Tamiyo will step in to fight, maybe get some allies. Garruk and Tezzeret could definitely be manipulated by Bolas, but I feel Nahiri would be more of a free agent if she were on his side, which I doubt, but hey it's possible.
March 28, 2017 7:26 a.m.
Get it. Cavern of Souls prevents your zombies from getting countered, and even if there is a low chance of running into a control deck, it is better to be prepared to face it instead of being unprepared. It can only help your deck in the end and you're trying to make it stronger so go for it. Maybe even a playset. It's like playing 8-Rack; low chance of seeing Leyline of Sanctity, but you need to have at least a Ratchet Bomb or else the game will be a lot more difficult.
March 26, 2017 11:46 a.m.
Go to the school that is the best for you and the rest will work itself out :)
March 26, 2017 11:37 a.m.
I definitely feel like Ugin is plotting some revenge for Bolas. To think that Ugin would have beaten Bolas once upon a time if it were not for Yasova Dragonclaw... I would like to see Ugin interact more with other planeswalkers to help him fight Bolas, perhaps Nahiri now, because they both had a similar situation (i.e. Fight someone, get imprisoned for a long period of time as a result of that battle, and get out to find that a lot has changed like the escape of the Eldrazi). But really, who would be able to team up to defeat and kill Bolas? I feel that the Eldrazi would have had the advantage over the Phyrexians facing Bolas just because all of their power was kept in three beings, whereas the Phyrexians have more a powerful army, but that power is spread across them, which could be more vulnerable to Bolas' sheer might. It's even scarier to think that there could be other beings in the Multiverse, as of now unknown of, that are more powerful than anything that we have seen (probably the Phoenix Force).
March 25, 2017 6:18 p.m.
It's nice to actually see a Standard control deck. I like your list; it looks solid. +1
March 24, 2017 7:19 a.m.
Have you considered Sram, Senior Edificer?
March 20, 2017 8:46 p.m.
The Magicians is a great example of darker and edgier done right. I am referring to the television show on SyFy, although I am a huge fans of the books by Lev Grossman as well. The show is about a few students who get into a college for magic and then travel to another fantasy world, although it is so much more mature than Harry Potter and Narnia. The main characters are all dealing with their own problems when they get whisked away to this school for magic, Brakebills, which is not all fun and games, but serious studying and high stakes. There is a strong emphasis on how magic is like an unhealthy drug, addictive and life destroying for the people who use it, and it only ever makes things much more worse than they would be without magic. I don't want to give too much away about the series, but I'll briefly describe a few elements that make it pretty dark and disturbing. In the fantasy worlds that it deconstructs and mocks, Harry Potter and Narnia, the villains are an evil wizard and an evil witch who the protagonists manage to beat. In this show, the first antagonist is a master spellcaster who traded away his humanity and soul for unlimited power in order to escape from the memories and feelings of his childhood sexual assault onto another world. The other antagonist is a cannibalistic, murdering, rapist deity. Just with these characters alone are enough of an example to show how unique the show is. Normally in fantasy you don't have villains that you can empathize with or scare the living **** out of you when you're the kind of person who is never scared. The show is also edgy in that it deals with a lot of issues that most television shows now a days do not to my knowledge. It handles addiction to drugs and alcohol, sexual assault, abortion, coping with mental illness, adult relationships, sexual orientation, adult responsibility, and gender and race inequality. The way the characters deal with these issues make the show edgy in how they make very human decisions instead of the right or best ones. I would reccomend this show if you have a macabre sense of humor like Liliana or like anything on Innistrad, like the fantasy genre, and like the deconstruction of that genre. By the way, you know it's dark when someone's eyes are ripped out, put onto a table, and made into a smiley face with the victim's blood used to paint the smile in the first episode.
As for darker and edgier done wrong, in the first season following the protagonist Quentin instead of the deuteragonist Julia I could definitely see some critiques to the series. All of the leprechaun horror movies on SyFy this weekend are hilarious to watch because they're so cheesy and have that morbid sense of humor as well.
Leprechaun to guy he killed by jumping up and down on him with a pogo stick until, well, he died: You'll bounce back.
March 19, 2017 7:11 p.m.
I have seen Bant control lists online, but like how the above comments say, that deck may not do well. I am running Sultai Delirium Control and can say that it is an interesting and fun deck to play, but difficult against quicker decks due to the mana base.
March 13, 2017 4:57 p.m.
Liliana would have a turf war with him if he showed up and tried to befriend her Gatewatch, I think Nissa, Gideon, and Ajani would dislike him because of his presence (similar to how Gideon feels towards Liliana), Chandra would probably feel uneasy if the rest of the Gatewatch didn't like him (especially Gideon), and Jace may have problems with another similarly minded being. I also feel like some members of the Gatewatch would at least sympathize with Nahiri, and that they wouldn't think Sorin's actions were justified.
March 12, 2017 8:11 p.m.
Although he technically is not proven dead, I think that we can infer that we will not be seeing him anytime soon, if at all. What if Nahiri showed up though...
March 12, 2017 3:35 p.m.
I am having the same problem right now, and I'm not going to lie, it's hard. That is, the decision to either stay with your friends and not be challenged or to try to find a new, more competitive group that you don't know anyone in. I am under circumstances that would make it difficult for me to join a new group, so I would advise you to do so if you have the option. It can't hurt to test out a new playgroup once and see if you like them. Who knows, maybe you'll make some friends and find the level of playing that you're looking for :)
Whatever option you end up choosing, good luck with it!
March 12, 2017 3:32 p.m.
Thanks Argeaux, I'll use that advice in the future.
March 12, 2017 12:50 p.m.
The "why would they even be at FNM" comment reminds me of a time in my book club when I was casually like "Oh, what chapter are you on?" "One," said the new person. Another person, "Why, we're supposed to be on ten?" "Because my friend died." "Then why are you even here?"
March 11, 2017 5:11 p.m.
After a game of commander yesterday, I have been thinking about what basic etiquette Magic players should have while playing. During the 6 player game, two people were playing Modern at the same time, taking up board space, and then one of those players refused to display and change the life counter app he was using on his phone. I was annoyed by this behavior because if you commit to a game of Magic, you should be focusing on it, have physical space for the game and the others around you, and show your life total. This player even denied that the modern game was taking up space and said he wouldn't change or show his life total because he didn't feel like it and didn't have to.
Now, I have issues with this player sometimes because he can be a total jerk because he had the worst day ever or was in a really bad mood, but I don't give a shit. Everyone has hard days and their own personal issues in life, and it is not justified to disrupt what other people are trying to do to forget their own issues and have fun just because of the "poor ol' me" excuses. If someone has that bad of a day, then why would they even be at FNM?
Anyway, what do you think should be expected of Magic players in at least casual play? Keeping track of their life totals? Allowing other players to know what their life totals are? Playing one game at a time?
And my main problem is that this behavior negatively affects all of the other players. If you're playing another game, you have to be reminded of your own turn, catch up on what happened, and think of what you're going to right when it's your turn which slows down the game for everyone else. Not showing your life total is just immature.
Oh, and did I mention the playing of music or listening to music during games? The individual mentioned above started playing music aloud during our game, which also pissed me off because it sucked and was distracting. Another player frequently puts on headphones during games, which I just think is rude to other players.
And as a final note, I understand if people want to do different things, but if you want to listen to music while playing Magic, put on your headphones while doing MTGO and if you want to play Modern do not do it during a Commander game. Sometimes it can be funny to try to play two games at once, but other times it can just be disrespectful.
(I do have to admit to occasionally playing "battle music" when playing against a certain friend who also enjoys the dramatic music during 1v1 games.)
March 11, 2017 5:08 p.m.
Gwafa and Gahiji seem cool! Gahiji actually seems great because I enjoy those colors and you get a lot out of them. Thanks so much Panas!
ZeGinger I looked at your Tiny Leaders list for Gwafa and it seems cool, some people in my pod are thinking of trying out the format and that deck seems like a decent way to start.
March 11, 2017 9:04 a.m.
"Like an emo superman" lmao.
DemonDragonJ I agree! I would have wanted Elspeth to be, but she's dead now. I wouldn't mind Liliana as the face of Magic now...
March 11, 2017 7:03 a.m.
Thanks for the suggestions! They both help and are interesting generals I haven't thought of before.
March 10, 2017 10:21 p.m.
Hi! It never ceases to amaze me how easily gullible everyone else in my Commander playgroup is when it comes to politics. I am always able to trick my opponents into helping me or attacking other players with ease, although I feel like my deck is not strong enough when it comes to the point where I can no longer rely on politics alone to win me the game (this may also be because my current deck is made of mostly random commons, but anyway). What are your thoughts on strong generals that are reliable to play with, not seen as an immediate threat, and are good for the politics that I described earlier? My meta consists of Atraxa, Kalemne, Zurgo (the good one [mardu]), Yidris, Aurelia, Kynaios and Tiro, Zedruu, Anafenza, and Mizzix if that helps. Thanks!
March 10, 2017 9:14 p.m.
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