RicketyEng Deckling

I started using this site to try building and play testing decks online. Several of the decks on here are (or at least start as) the physical version that I have.

I am very glad to have learned this game and I thoroughly enjoy it! I also enjoy strategy board games such as Catan, Axis and Allies, RISK, Carcasonne, and many others. I am a huge Transformers fan, and Lego fan. I went to school for robotics and automation and I am a Mechanical Engineering Technologist. I can also be found on World of Tanks as RicketyEng.

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So I made the gods switch and now there is a bump at cmc 6 on the mana curve so I would like to smooth that out a little. Looking at the cards there I see Well of Ideas and Charmbreaker Devils which could be possible candidates for removal. At six mana I just don't find myself casting Well of Ideas very often and I think I would like to get some extra card draw for less mana. I'm thinking Preordain will be the right move. As for Charmbreaker Devils, I like what it does and I don't have an immediate replacement in mind for it so I will just keep it in mind for now.

July 24, 2017 9:14 p.m.

Said on MS: Endure...

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I've really enjoyed how the authors have been using actual card art in their descriptions of various scenes. It helps the cards represent the story even more than just with the story spotlights. They have also directly used several of the flavour text quotes.

I liked Djeru and Gideon's reconciliation. Samut still doesn't like the other planeswalkers, but now that she is one of them that is something she'll have to come to terms with. I don't think she will leave Amonkhet again very soon. She will likely do her part in establishing a survivors' settlement before she decides the people she cares about are safe enough for her to go exploring. Even then I could see her being the type of planeswalker who stays at home most of the time as a self declared protector of the plane. If she does eventually leave, I wouldn't be surprised if it's Hazoret or Djeru that finally convince her it's okay to go. Hazoret would provide a similar feeling of having a home to return to that Chandra now has with her mother.

Something that I think was brought up in the podcasts was that each planeswalker walks slightly differently. We had some insight into how some of the Gatewatch members walk, and now we have a description of Samut walking. She feels it in her muscles. It's neat that that is where she has been able to use magic in the past and so it relates to her own experiences.

Wrt causes of sparks, we have seen other planeswalkers spark without trauma before. Narset sparked when she discovered the secret history of the Khans. In her case it was a discovery of literally mind blowing proportions. I would say that Jace's spark was in a similar vein, but it might be arguable based on the mental training he was undergoing at the time. In Samut's case, it makes sense that a hardship or trial wouldn't cause her to spark because she had been experiencing hardships her whole life. Her moment was the pure and groundbreaking joy that came from finally succeeding so completely.

July 19, 2017 5:24 p.m.

Said on Beware of the ......

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Newest update! I'm pretty excited.

  • Ulamog, the Infinite Gyre comes in and Nissa's Pilgrimage comes out. I needed to find something to replace with Ulamog so I looked at the large 3cmc bump in the curve and decided that maybe I could do with one fewer land grabber spell. Now my graveyard can be recycled.

  • I also welcome Ramunap Excavator as a budget replacement for Crucible of Worlds. I have been using a proxy for Crucible so it feels good to replace it with a real card instead. I have actually noticed that I haven't played Crucible very many times at all really. The few times I have played it, I don't recall getting full value out of it.

July 18, 2017 1:20 p.m.

Said on MS: Hour of ......

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I'm sorry if this ends up sounding like a rant. Maybe it is.

I would like to address the comment above that referred to this set's stories feeling too disjointed because they are all told from different points of view. This opinion frustrates me because the opposite method of storytelling is to focus on a few main characters and tell the story from their perspectives. That is what the Gatewatch was created to do! In this forum it seems there is no end to the Gatewatch hate, yet here we find a complaint about the alternative storytelling method. There just seems to be no pleasing people as they constantly dissect the Magic lore as though they expect it to be literary gold.

Now, I haven't done my due diligence to check other threads looking for DuTogira's opinion of the Gatewatch. If he or she has previously complained about the story having too much focus on the Gatewatch and has now complained about a lack of focus then I call shenanigans. There is also a chance I'm getting frustrated by thinking conflicting opinions are coming from the same people when they actually aren't.

Tl;dr - Why can't people just enjoy the stories for what they are instead of complaining about them so much!?

July 13, 2017 12:21 a.m.

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Something From Nothing

Commander / EDH RicketyEng

SCORE: 1 | 6 COMMENTS | 911 VIEWS | IN 2 FOLDERS

The Lovely Ladies

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SCORE: 5 | 11 COMMENTS | 1978 VIEWS | IN 3 FOLDERS

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SCORE: 3 | 12 COMMENTS | 1415 VIEWS

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Commander / EDH RicketyEng

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I'll Have My Bragging Rights!

Commander / EDH RicketyEng

SCORE: 3 | 10 COMMENTS | 1066 VIEWS | IN 1 FOLDER

Beware of the Jundlands!

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