My Shining Victory (How to Build 2 Yugioh decks at one Sneak Peek!)

I went to the Shining Victories Sneak Peek yesterday as the massively time-consuming study break. As it’s currently 4 AM , I’m just going to upload some pictures and briefly give the highlights of the day.

Pulls/Acquisitions:

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Our 5 person party got to the Alternate Universes location at 1 pm nearing the store’s inevitable running out of sealed product. We all got 2 bundles of packs.

My most relevant pull was a Blue Eyes Spirit Dragon which I traded for the Nekroz of Trishula and Tezzeret (because I saw a lone mtg card in a ygo binder and got very excited). The day then became a grind of asking everyone in the store for Lunalight Panther Dancer as only 6 were opened in the store, but 5+ people (3 members of my own group included) wanted to build the deck.

I got all of the pieces for a Digital Bug deck in under 10 minutes, the only card I had to trade for being the Rhinocerus Xyz. I never found a Panther Dancer, but I got the rest of the deck (as did one of my comrades who did manage to get a single Panther).

A $1 binder was found at the store. Much of these random cards are from that binder, because $1 binders are love, $1 binders are life.

Someone sold me the FoW and Pkm cards too (happiness over getting almost all the card games! That I play anyway hehe).

The sneak peek was a blast and I’d go again if able. Truth be told it was just opening new cards and trading with up-charging strangers and shady types, but the results made it all worth.

The birds have started to chirp, which means its time to sleep. Thanks for reading as always,

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Getting all the Yugioh decks and all the Force of Will Rulers, Don’t worry I’m still a scrub regardless

It’s been almost 2 weeks since my last post after trying out Standard for the first time in almost a year. In that time I’ve gone through 2 FoW Locals, acquired a surplus of new cards and completed a collection I’d been working on. This post will appear somewhat scattered-brained so I apologize in advance.

 

FoW Locals Two Week Review

I’ve continued to force Grixis Seer of the Blue Moon (Kaguya 1.0).

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On 4/17/16  my win condition was to drop a Lucifer and ride it to victory.

Round 1

Loss 0-2 to Sylvia Aggro

Round 2

Win 2-0 over Reflect Fairies

Round 3

Draw with Esper Shion after never finishing Game 1

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On 4/24/16 my win condition was to attrition my opponents until I could drop a huge Servant of Kaguya

Round 1:

Win 2-0 over The Observer

Round 2:

Loss 0-2 to Blazer Split Heaven and Earth Turbo

Round 3:

Loss 1-2 to Slyvia -> Melgia Aggro

 

It’s been a long grind trying to find a build of Seer that can beat J/Ruler decks (the bane of my existence). I still love Seer and for that reason I’ll be fairly sad when her cluster rotates now sooner than expected.

 

Reaction to Each TCG’s Recent Changes

FoW has announced that starting in June, their AGP circuit will be using Alice Cluster cards only. This means that all of the cards from Grimm Block will no longer see competitive play. It feels almost akin to the Yugioh Adjusted List where the game thinks that stores will not honor the changes made by the competitive level and continue to play the older sets. At first I was indifferent though I’m a tiny bit upset that I might not be able to play my favorite ruler at locals. Among my playgroup though I don’t expect much change so I’m not really troubled by it. Still the actual rotation was supposed to occur in September of this year so it’s awkward (especially since the 4th Alice block set has been delayed).

Now that being said rotation is both a blessing and a curse. As it’s probably gone without saying at this point I hate Reflect/Refrain. I feel it’s an overpowered card that shouldn’t be this strong due to the depressing tiny role that the character has had in the story (UNLESS I’M MISSING SOMETHING). It just really upsets me that the strongest characters in the actual card game are pretty much unimportant to the lore. I’ve read every card in TTW and all I can tell about R/R is:

  • They have no clue why they’re here or what they’re doing (Taken from Rewriting Laws)
  • They don’t know how to solve the problems in front of them (Taken from Wall of Ideas)
  • They have a lot of power, but they haven’t shown it (Taken all of their basically never played support resonators)

Rotation might now R/R down a peg by taking away the key pieces from the  most of the recent top decks namely Alice World. Now the curse is that most of my and everyone’s cards now suddenly become useless outside of casual play. This is why I quit Standard. Don’t misunderstand me now, rotation is healthy for a card game (sorry Yugioh), but when you actually play the game its stinks to have the cards you invested in lose their value.

Anyway moving on…

Wizards of the Coast in recent news have cut the Modern Pro Tour and with it the appearance fees of the pro magic players. As a Yugioh player being upset about the company that makes my game is pretty much a daily occurrence. For that reason it’s rare for me to be able to chastise WoC for making a huge mistake. They’ve essentially made it impossible for players to make a professional career from playing Magic. Now to play devil’s advocate maybe there’s some merit to this, but in the short run all it’s down is upset the community. To be honest I’m certain WoC (like Konami) only cares about making money. Standard makes them the most money so its natural that they only wish to promote that format. However, while cutting modern is a somewhat saddening move, reducing the appearance fees of the pro seems like it will deter people from playing the game. Worse than that doing it out of the blue feels like a major breach of trust to the players who’ve worked hard for their game.

That being said, it doesn’t affect me in the least other than increasing my already strong desire to flip my modern elves deck (though this is a topic for its own post).

 

NEW CARDS

I finally completed my collection of all the Grimm and Alice block J/Rulers!

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and

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It’s been a goal of mine since starting this game to get all the J/Rulers. I drew the line at the Valhalla ones (due to their being rare and expensive), but all of these are a joy to have. I really like the lore from the Grimm and Alice block (which is what keeps me in this game honestly after I gave up on playing R/R).

In addition to that I’ve been building Mono-Black Spirits EDH and just  recently picked up 2 new yugioh deck cores.

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I’m changing my goal now from making yugioh anime decks to making every iconic yugioh deck that stopped being meta (and thus became dirt cheap).

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My relevant decks box, where I hold the strongest decks I have and even then they’re not that powerful anymore. What keeps me in Yugioh is a love for the show and for collecting cards to build honestly underpowered decks. I love grind games, I love matches that take time and I love player interaction. Modern yugioh has become too much about lockout and OTKs for my taste. This could be the time to discuss my creation of the Yugioh “Jank” format, but that too deserves its own post.

Anyway I’ve rambled on for awhile now. Thanks for reading as always.

 

I pulled a Magic the Gathering Expedition, There that’s the whole story fam

So while a load of schoolwork piles up my roommate and I took a trip to Target and Walmart in search of the Dragons of Tarkir intro pack that includes the now $10 Secure the Wastes. After hitting both stores we couldn’t find any DTK decks so we instead got fat packs. I got Oath so I could finally not be the only one at the EDH table playing non-full art lands.

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*Bringing in the dank figures to open the box

 

The aforementioned insane pulls

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3 Mythic Rares in one fat pack and one of them was an Expedition Land…

X_X

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I couldn’t ask for much better. I wish there could be more to this post, but all I can say is that Oath is still a great set. I have a lot of work to do now, though I’m still in shock.

Thanks for reading as usual.

Daghatar adamantly supports Premium Gold 3

That title was so dumb, random and bizarre that I’m sure I’ll regret it when I wake up.

Also once again I should be asleep, not posting about pulls again… and yet here we are…again

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So I built Daghatar EDH using the Dromoka deck as a core. It had it’s maiden voyage tonight where I got 2nd dying only to my own Relentless Punishment…

And also now I’m building Burning Abyss and Kozmo

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Now I know what you’re thinking, “You quit playing ygo competitively so why build real decks?”

Well just because I quit playing at tournaments and the like, doesn’t mean I still don’t want to own the decks that once were too costly to make. I’m building both of these for the sheer hell of it.

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Sleeping is a thing I should do.

Thanks for reading as usual (or just for looking at pictures because that’s cool too).

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The Moonlit Savior Brain Dead Case Split Summary

I didn’t sleep last night so full disclaimer this blog post is just pictures taken during our case split of Moonlit Savior. I spent the whole night playing new FoW decks built from the new cards.

I want to post pictures of the cards I pulled while splitting a case of theset before I hopefully enter a much-needed restorative coma.

The Goods:

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We got swag like mats, tote bags and promos along with…

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random posters!

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The First 3rd of a Box

I split a box 3 ways with 2 friends before we each opened our own.

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From my first ever full Box

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I traded this Kaguya for a friend’s Gill Lapis and for another friend’s Observer. My rares ca

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Dank Early Builds:

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Esper Angel Shion

 

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Green Gill Control

 

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Mono-Red Observer

 

Match-Ups of the Morning:

Round 1: Gill Lapis vs Dark Alice

Winner: Gill by flipping on turn 2 and being a 1400/1400

Round 2: Gill Lapis vs Dark Alice #2

Winner: Dark Alice, because Meph and Lucifer fly

Round 3: Valkyrie Alice vs Shion

Winner Shion thanks to the wall of cats

Round 4: Shion vs Kaguya

Winner: Shion thanks to flying fatties

Round 5: Observer vs Observer

Winner: Me by resolving the God’s Art second

Round 6: Observer vs Observer #2

Winner: My friend by dropping Ouroboros for a quicker Judgement

Round 7 Observer vs Observer #3

Winner: Me thanks to Pricia’s burn effect

Round 8: Observer vs Yggdrasil

Winner: Observer thanks to Demonflame

Round 9: Gill Lapis vs Yggdrasil

Winner: Gill by stealing Alice, Avatar of the 7 Lands and Excalibur X

Thoughts: 

Gill shouldn’t flip for 3, or at least his stats should not be 1400/1400. It’s just too big.

Shion is alot of fun. Observer is also very fun to play, though he’s beyond slow.

While I love the new rulers, I have a sinking feeling that Reflect/Refrain will maintain it’s dominant position in the meta. However, only time will tell.

 

J-Ruler Collection:

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My J-Ruler collection so far. Not sure why I’m posting this now, but yeah.

Thanks for browsing as there wasn’t much reading to do this time.

Where is the Golden Darkness? Maybe in a 2nd Weiss Schwarz Box?! More Lewd, less Pain

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Wait! No! I can explain!

So after getting the trial (starter/intro) deck and 1 box for this show I didn’t have enough cards to actually build a deck I wanted to play in this game. I got a great deal on a second box. After a somewhat awful afternoon thinking it got stolen (you can’t trust ebay taking apparently) I got to crack this open yesterday night.

I give the same disclaimer as last time.

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Pulls:

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These are the rares pulled from this box.

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The most relevant pulls with one Golden Darkness and one Sitting Lala, which not only were absent from the first box, but are needed for the set/show specific Resonance mechanic (essentially by revealing either card in your hand you enable various bizarre effects for characters in either Red or Yellow).

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These were the cards pulled in the 2nd box, but not the first. I don’t know why this was interesting enough for me to single out, but it was. Maybe Golden Dankness is a secret rare?!

 

 The Plan:

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Now that I have a large pool of cards to mess around with I’m planning to build 3 decks:

  • Green/Yellow (Mikan, Yami and Mea)
  • Mono Red (Deviluke Sisters)
  • Green/Blue (Kotegawa and Sairenji)

As even I have limits though. I can’t justify buying Golden Darkness (as she’s a $30 card for some totally not obvious reason). So instead I ordered a playset of the card that searches “Transformation” characters in yellow (along with other cheap cards) to hopefully fill the void of expensive archetype staples. Also I’m not sure what cutthroat Weiss meta I’m planning to enter, but it will probably work out all the same.

Thanks for reading as usual.

How to get Remand for a quarter (The power of the Magic the Gathering bulk box!)

I went to Katsucon in Washington D.C. last weekend. I bought cards, quite a few cards (well not that many cards by my standards). Anyway, here are pictures of my pulls presented for no real compelling reason.

Yugioh

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I opened 3 packs from the bottom of a Wing Raiders box. I resisted buying a box of this set, though I do like the staple cards reprinted in it. It’s a great set if you want to build Raid Raptors, Super Quantums or Phantom Knights. I do want to build Phantom Knights, but it’s a small side goal.

 

Magic the Gathering

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So I’ve learned that the quarter Magic box is much better than the $1 rare box. I found a larger amount of cards that had no business in there (See Remand). However, I also thought Coiling Oracle was worth a $1 so that was a mistake on my part.

 

Force of Will

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I want to collect all of the post-Valhalla J/Rulers. These 2 were really cheap. I know this is a ridiculous and expensive goal, but it’s been driving me of late.

 

I got all of these for $30. I’m honestly surprised I spent so little in the merchant’s hall (though that’s not a bad thing). I made a mistake not bringing my Vanguard deck in hindsight as many wayward people challenged me to it. It’s a thought for the next year’s convention. Anyway, this is a swag post. Nothing much else to say.

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Thanks for reading as usual.