Jay Butcher of Blaviken

Formerly known as Jp3ngu1nb0y.

I'm Jay. I'm currently a high school Senior, and I plan to study something in the realm of English. I'm into music and literature a lot. My favorite author is James Joyce, though I also appreciate the Beats and Russians a lot (and know far too much Nabokov). I could never decide on a favorite musician, though, because my taste is very ecclectic so I can't aptly represent it all in one. Currently, though, I've been listening to a lot of Postpunk, Postrock, and Posthardcore. And Shoegaze. Always Shoegaze. I play the bass, but I'm not in a band currently. Also the Contra Alto Clarinet.

I used to call myself a primarily White player, but I just play whatever catches my interest. I like graveyard interactions, so this leads to a lot of B, G, and W. I don't really enjoy U, but it has its moments.

As far as decks, I generally play one of two things:

-A wack combo deck or otherwise just-barely-fringe-playable gimmick. (This 90% of the time)

-A weenie-based aggro-control strategy (Hatebears, Dead Guy Ale, Death and Taxes, and so forth).

My favorite artist is Howard Lyon followed by Terese Nielsen and Rebecca Guay. Lyon's art on Make a Wish is my all-time favorite, and I collect it. If we trade, feel welcome to throw one in for my collection!

My prized card is my Foil Angel of Flight Alabaster, signed in silver pen by Howard Lyon. The foiling is amazing, and looks even better with the silver ink.

I used to delete decks all the time, but really just can't be bothered now. If you're looking for one that vanished let me know.

Currently I'm running as follows:

EDH: Alesha, Who Smiles at Death, Nath of the Gilt-Leaf, Underworld Coinsmith, Gahiji, Honored One, Olivia Voldaren

Standard: What's in your head?

Modern: Manifest Dredge I'm an avid player of Assault Loam, and I'm eager to discuss it with any and all.

Legacy: Red Dead Redemption (proxied)

Feel free to hit me up with questions and stuff. I'm on here a lot.

Unforgivn_II says... #1

No worries, it was worth a shot. I don't even have a use for her, it just seemed like something cool to have

July 12, 2015 1:08 p.m.

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Hmm, bellower seems pretty good! I will definitely test with him and look at your list. Thanks!

July 29, 2015 12:35 a.m.

I can totally show you some time but it's like 3am here and I need to sleep haha. I made some rad peels over the weekend though I gotta say. A dude at my LGS was trading them off me for $5 value which is pretty nice for foil bulk + basic and glue. I had some I wasn't using just chilling in my binder and got some good shit for them.

July 28, 2015 3:17 a.m.

Said on On Philosophy...


incarceratedGeneticist, I wouldn't say it justifies anything. If you kill someone, I believe it is inconsequential. Fucked up? Sure. But it doesn't matter. In 5 minutes the news forgets, a day for sensitive listeners, a year for coworkers, a lifetime for family. Eventually, though, it will not have mattered either way. Murderer and victim would both be lost to time.

Not endorsing murder here lol. Just explaining my thoughts.

The difficulty with my accepting this though is that as an existentialist I do believe to an extent that every life is it's own "universe" if you will. Not to sound sci-fi, but even if there's only one material existence every observed form is different from person to person. If you kill a person, you destroy an entire plane of existence. Their perspective presented a unique facet of the universe and you extinguished it.

That, if nothing else, seems a damn shame.

July 28, 2015 3:14 a.m.

O hey I collect Make a Wish. I have a big ol stack. Playset signed, dunno how many foil, 1 foil signed. I cut up about 15 at one point cuz I make 3D alters. I might use some foils for some foil peels. (Foil peel alters are easy as fuck and look dope btw so try it)

I keep them in a stack lol. 3D in a thick plastic case.

July 28, 2015 3:03 a.m.

Said on Looking to move ......


I'll trade ya 1x Dragonlord Dromoka and 2x Dromoka's Command for 2x Chord of Calling

July 26, 2015 3:04 p.m.

They did it to slivers last year haha. No but I agree it should have some. Even if they don't have much tribal support just getting more with the subtype helps.

July 26, 2015 2:58 p.m.

Elvish mystic is a big hit too. I'm hoping BFZ has good elves.

July 26, 2015 2:41 a.m.

Awesome, I have like 7 and 4 foils :)

But not awesome for the omnipresent modern barrier of entry :(

(((conflicting emoticons)))

July 26, 2015 1:51 a.m.

Said on On Philosophy...


So I haven't read all of the above comments due to time constraints and the intimidating nature of big blocks of text, but I figure I'll leave my basic philosophy here for y'all.

I consider myself an Optimistic Existential Nihilist. It sounds kind of contradictory, but to explain: I'm an existential nihilist. I believe there is no "purpose" to life other than those we imagine up for ourselves, and that all existence is just the product of a bastard numbers game. The reason I prefix my above name, though, is because there is an upside to this that basically exists on how one pronounces the phrase, "none of it matters." Because indeed it doesn't; everything and everyone is inconsequential. But then again... none of it matters! It's freedom. Total freedom from any code or obligation of existence. Your life is yours to nurture or destroy however you please, and that knowledge is an irrevocable liberty.

Anyway, I'm gonna unsub from this cuz I anticipate multiple conversations overlapping. Tag me if you wanna reply to me specifically. Also, sorry if this didn't make much sense; I don't have much practice manifesting my thoughts on philosophy into anything other than loose notions floating about in my head.

July 26, 2015 1:49 a.m.

Cards that everyone knows are good don't drop that much at rotation. Snapcaster was around $20, and everyone was like "I'm waiting till they hit 12 to buy mine." But you know what? They only went down to like 18, cuz nobody was selling cuz they knew it would be where it is now. Thoughtseize is similar; although I don't think it will rise as hard as snap, everyone knows it's poised to go up and not down (barring reprint shenanigans) so I doubt it will drop more than a few bucks. Might as well buy whenever you can.

I already have my playset foil and nonfoil so I'm good ;)

July 26, 2015 1:35 a.m.

If you do end up building, I would be more than happy to collaborate with you on making the list better!

July 26, 2015 1:30 a.m.

I prefer this just because it has much more resilience. The aggro list is good, and CoCo is good, but in gaining the ability for massive blowouts you also allow yourself to be massively blownout. The other deck empties its hand very, very fast, and one Languish or Anger of the Gods will just lose you a game. Although those are very good against this too, if you don't overextend it is very easy to play around them. The aggro deck has to overextend, because it has to land the biggest possible shaman. If it doesn't, it gets pulled into the late-game no real late-game power.

Both are viable decks, but personally I think this has many fewer bad matchups. It's also much more flexible as far as tuning the list and board to fit the meta, whereas in the CoCo deck you pretty much have to be running the same creatures in every deck.

July 26, 2015 12:53 a.m.

Said on How do Goblins ......


Goblin Shortcutter and Blinding Flare won't work because you can't target pro-red creatures with them. Just a heads up.

July 26, 2015 12:49 a.m.

Nissa is one of those cards that is just very good at what it does. Even as a Borderland Ranger she's not bad because she's also an elf. Once you flip her, though, she is spectacular. Free cards every turn, and extra beaters when you need them. Really a very strong card at any point in the game.

Sword of the Animist is good, but not amazing. If a better equipment is printed it will probably be replaced. The small buff and consistent mid-game ramp is far from negligible, though, and the fact that it stays on board for pretty much the whole game adds value to pretty much any creature you land.

Chord is great. It's very easy to have 4+ creatures on board, and with a few lands down too it can be anything you want. Shaman of the Pack to close a game, Gilt-Leaf Winnower to kill a Rhino, Taz, etc., Sylvan Messenger to refill the hand... The possibilities are endless.

Shaman of the Pack is the single best card in the deck. I can't even stress how good it is. So so so good. Even if it only deals 3 when it lands, it's still value. But when it deals 5, 6, 7+ it's downright unfair. Casting one of these and netting 6 damage then chording for another and adding another 7 damage on top is not an uncommon play, and if anyone lives through that they've earned their win.

July 26, 2015 12:24 a.m.

Said on The Magic of ......


Oh, the winning wasn't really what made me feel so good. The EDH game and the Modern games were just really, really good games. Winning them was nice too, but they were all just fantastic games (the losing parties agreed). I went down to 1 life on 3 seperate occasions in that EDH game and ended it at 50. Nobody got shoved out of the game (other than a few scoops) and everyone got their deck fully up-and-running.

The FNM, winning was the good part. When you're competing, it's nice to get to open the most packs haha. Plus I've been on more or less a losing streak lately, save the MM2 draft I won. As much as I can appreciate losing games too, it's nice just to win some now and then, you know? I'm not reliant on it, but if I'm gonna keep entering FNMs I wanna know I'm not throwing away entry fees haha. The fact that it was my first time running a brand new deck too was what I really enjoyed. I had barely tested and assumed I was going to lose hard. Low expectations, eh?

July 25, 2015 1:36 p.m.


First round was White/Green aggro. Wasn't very hard to keep the creatures off the board with killspells and stuff, and after a huge Eyeblight Massacre I swung in with plenty of Elves to win. Second game was harder, it was looking like he would overwhelm me but I played Shaman of the Pack>Chord of Calling for another shaman. That was the last 15 damage I needed.

Second round was 4-color superfriends. Game 1 I kept a bad hand and was screwed on 2 lands long enough for him to hardcast Ugin. Lost that. Second and third games though (when I had lands) Thoughtseize turn 1 to pull his walkers was always great, and I was able to go under him pretty easily. His deck lacked removal something awful so it was not hard to overrun.

Third round was Mardu dragons/control. This was the hardest match of the night. Lost round 1 due to a few risky plays. I Thoughtseized and saw no lands (with 2 on board) and the only castable spells being 2 Magma Jet. I dropped another seize and took both jets in the hope he wouldn't be able to scry for lands and be manascrewed, but luck wasn't on my side and he just drew into them. Second and third games were both close, and playing through all that removal while killing Dragons and Planeswalkers is tough. Surviving an ult'd Chandra, Pyromaster at 10 life is also just luck. Both games I was able to close through Shaman triggers.

Only had 3 rounds last night because our LGS owner had to see his grandmother in the hospital. I was very satisfied with the performance overall.

Later, not in FNM, I also played and won against a friend's BG CoCo deck. It revolved around tons of sac effects and death triggers, and was actually very cool. Lost the first game to a swarm and only having 1 Black source. Second and third, once I was able to stabilize the board it wasn't hard. Dwynen is just too much for aggro decks, and her elites kept me with fodder for the sac effects.

July 25, 2015 1:25 p.m.

Said on The Magic of ......


I'll keep this post on the short side cuz it's very late here and I need to sleep ;)

Recently, I have sort of fallen off of Magic. Regular users may have noticed that I'm seldom on the forums and such nowadays and my rank has been sliding steadily. Many of my close friends, those with whom I was friends before Magic (rather than met through it) have quit recently, and it just hasn't been the same. I've had Magic slumps before- some a week, some months -but have never quit altogether. Today was one of those days that just makes you remember why you have spent so many thousands on cardboard.

Standard FNM, new Elf deck sleeved up and ready to go, first place. Ahh, nothing like being Vindicated to yourself as a skilled player! A wonderful way to start the evening.

EDH afterwards with friends, unveiling my newest foil peel alters (to much praise, nonetheless) and then playing and winning a 3-hour long game with so many swings from the brink of death and back you just lose count. Probably the best game of EDH I've played in these 4 years I've been playing it.

Afterwards, Modern with the freshly completed and as-of-yet tournament untested Through the Breach/Goryo's Vengeance deck: victory against all friends, and more amazing games of course (hardcasting 2 Simian Spirit Guides is only the right move in the best games).

Needless to say, the old flame of love between Magic and I is rekindled. I feel like there's an allegory here for marriage. How about you? Can you relate? Most of us have had periods of boredom with the game or straight up quitting; how did you get back in?

Thanks for indulging my self-satisfied post :)


July 25, 2015 1:50 a.m.

I'm not saying you're wrong at all, I just haven't been around enough lately to see. If this is the case, I don't know why really. Maybe it has to do with the userbase? I know myself and a lot of the last generation or so of TappedOut top-rankers have sort of fallen off a bit in activity, so this might be related. Maybe the nouveau-rank are all dicks or something haha.

July 25, 2015 1:37 a.m.

Said on None...


Haha no problem man. I brew weird stuff like this a lot and it's always embarrassing when you reread Rain of Gore and facepalm (although now there's Tainted Remedy!).

July 25, 2015 1:36 a.m.

Said on Ob Nixilis art ......


I think the first looks like a killspell, most likely related to Eldrazi somehow (destroying colorless creatures or something maybe?). The second looks to me more like a sorcery or instant honestly. Brings Sorin's Vengeance to mind. something about it doesn't seem killspell-y enough.

July 25, 2015 1:34 a.m.

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