torridus Decklord

I was first introduced to MTG when Portal came out in 1997, after getting a few free cards. I saw boxes in stores but didn't really get into the game until 1999 (when Sixth Edition and Mercadian Masques were released). I got one of those two-player starter decks. I played casual games with crap like Trained Orgg, eventually getting older cards from friends that also played -- some good (Dark Ritual) and some not as good (Skittering Skirge). It was an entertaining hobby but I never went anywhere serious with what I did -- not even an FNM. I didn't even know about FNMs until later on.

The Odyssey block (2001-2002) grabbed me and I thought it was fun. The first 'real' decks I remember using were a modified B/R theme deck from Torment and an U/G homebrew with Thorn Elemental and a bunch of Apocalypse cards (I've had a soft spot for U/G ever since, including Madness and Turboland). They weren't the greatest decks but I had fun playing with friends. And that's what I've found to be the best part about Magic -- getting together with some cool people and tapping cards. I slowly stopped playing again as time went on, since I wasn't a competitive-oriented player.

I went to college the same month Lorwyn came out and found that one of my new roommates played. I dug out my boxes of old cards, checked out some newer stuff, and began to play again. After my roommate moved out, I began to play less (a recurring theme) but one day I saw the two new roommates playing some MTG on an Xbox 360. It was the first Duels of the Planeswalkers, and the idea of being able to play on a console piqued my interest.

I told my roommates about paper Magic (they had no idea it existed) and convinced them to try it out. They bought a bunch of old cards off eBay for cheap, slapped together some awful decks (one tried a B/G control deck with over 100 cards in it), and soon it was almost like I was playing back in the early days again. The nostalgia was great, and I still enjoyed playing the game, but all of my decks were far too powerful (they still shudder at the phrases "Sliver Deck" and "Desolation Angel," for example). I helped them get better, and the games became more fun for everyone. One guy made a mono-black Wither deck that was brutal in multiplayer, and the other made a strong Furnace of Rath burn deck.

My roommates created a MTG club at the college, which attracted a surprising number of people. Some of the players that showed up were competitive tournament-entering players, and one in particular had a lot of experience. We all had to get good quickly in order for games to be as fair and fun as possible, and most of us turned our focus from casual to Standard. Competitive can be a lot of hell, but it's fun in its own way. It's exciting (with the exception of netdecking and strict metas) with the downside of being more expensive. It requires a hefty investment of time and money, but I still like it. I've become a much better player by playing with good players and making countless decks, often fine-tuning them for maximum potential.

If it wasn't for competitive entering my life I wouldn't be nearly as good as I am now, and I like brewing decks. I do kind of miss the old days when cards like Savannah Lions were OP, and I think there's an incredible amount of power creep that's heavily shaken up the game. Fortunately, Wizards has tuned back some cards to somewhat offset this. I enjoy a wide variety of playstyles (aggro, midrange, control, etc) but prefer unusual combo decks.

Crowning achievement: Playing an Ulamog, the Infinite Gyre on turn 3 in a Type II tournament, via a hardcasted Summoning Trap.

Some of my favorite flavor text is from Jaya Ballard and Braids.


My trade binder is currently being updated. Same with inventory (some inventory items may be tradeable, just ask).

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Finished Decks 323
Prototype Decks 81
Drafts 0
Playing since Portal
Points 0
Avg. deck rating 7.27
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Favorite formats Casual
Good Card Suggestions 2
Venues Redcap's Corner
Cards Added/Fixed 3
Last activity 3 months
Joined 7 years
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