One Last Post…

I keep getting emails asking me to renew this blog (which I’ve ignored) and it’s going to expire in like a week, prompting me to want to end it with reasonable last post.

I haven’t bought a trading card since July 2018 and I’ve finally fallen off with all of the tcgs I once played…

Life however, has gone on and I’ve found other hobbies to fill the hole in my life. The whole thing I can say I truly regret is the distance that formed between me and the friends I made through Yugioh and Magic. It’s been pretty sad and awkward as I struggle to find other common ground to talk about.

Regardless, I’m still happy. I didn’t sell any of my decks and plan to keep them all for memory’s sake at least until I can no longer do so. Also if the opportunity to play Goat format Yugioh or EDH ever comes up, I’d still gladly accept it.

This post is a final summary to close this blog.

Thanks for reading about my experiences with card games through all the ups and downs…

 

 

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WHY I HAVEN’T POSTED IN MONTHS: SUMMER 2017 AND THE DEATH OF TOOMANYCARDGAMES?!

It’s only due to a mix of sleep deprivation, extreme happiness and slight intoxication that’s finally getting me to address the elephant in the room. I haven’t posted here in almost 2 months. The world of card games has changed while I remained inert and silent. Banlists dropped, formats changes and did buy plenty of product, but I did it all in silence. Why you may ask? Well I realized something pretty important. Trying to play and collect all of these card games was already a pipe dream. Maintaining interest and following set releases is really hard. That’s why I started to branch out and hire guest writers (who I actually paid) to specialize in each game. Still even that was impossible to keep up. What happened to make things so difficult? Well it was quite simple really. I finished college.

During my time in school I could devote my money and far too much of my time to all this card game stuff. Summer 2017 brought me into the world of adulthood wherein even following ONE card game is a challenge. When you combine that with how honestly on the fringe I was with most of these games, it became pretty likely that I wouldn’t be able to follow them. That being said there was a time when I truly cared about this blog. It would be wrong to just let it die quietly.

So here’s:

  • My 5 AM unfiltered thoughts on each card game as of right now
  • Literally every major card game event/thing that happened to me since my last post
  • My thoughts on the recent Yugioh banlists (Can you believe I missed those? Geez)

 

Unfiltered Thoughts: 

Yugioh

My fanatical love of this game and franchise is unquestionable. The floor of my apartment has been coated in Yugioh cards for weeks at a time.

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My collection of anime decks has long surpassed 100 completed decks. I’ve got them all organized by series in the corner of my room now.

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It’s a 100% established fact that Yugioh is my favorite trading card game. I’ve even been dabbling back and forth with meta…

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(aka bricking) but I still consider myself  both a very die-hard and eccentric collector.

Status: Actively Following, Buying, Collecting, Playing

 

Magic the Gathering 

Magic will always be my second favorite game. It has a richness and depth that both intrigues and terrifies me. I know almost every Yugioh that exists. I don’t know half of the Magic cards that exist. Since I moved to my new apartment my Yugioh cads have littered the floor while my Magic cards have gone untouched. I like watching Magic (especially StarCityGames replays) that much I know. However when it comes down to playing it I barely do or try to. All of my passion for

Status: Actively Following Standard and Modern, Infrequent Play due to Yugioh

And now for all of those other games…

 

Pokemon

I have never liked that in Pokemon it feels like comebacks are infrequent. Once you’re losing in prize cards it feels impossible to catch up. And yes I know there are supporter/trainer cards that support the losing player. They just don’t feel like enough to me. Also actually watching Pokemon feels like Legacy or Vintage Magic to me. I just can’t play the game anymore and I haven’t followed it in months. My deck has long since rotated.

Status: Has 2 rotated decks and half a binder, Not Collecting or Playing

 

Force of Will

I honestly loved this game. I gave it a lot of time, money and attention all for it to completely fail me. I sold all but my most beloved cards from the era in which I played. Some swell chap in Germany bought my whole collection on Ebay. I pray those cards are serving him well. I occasionally see spoilers for new cards and to be honest I loved playing Force of Will (my decks still exist), but I don’t think I’ll be playing it ever again.

Status: Morally opposed to it in every way, has a binder and 2 decks as a keepsake

 

Naruto 

Naruto was a weird mix of Pokemon and Magic that I honestly found very enjoyable. Unfortunately Naruto died in like 2013 and there’s no changing that. I only ever had one friend (after Middle school) who played/collected the cards and he’s back in New Jersey. These cards now rest in half of a binder while I ponder how to get rid of my bulk.

Status: Half of keepsake binder and 2 tins of unwanted bulk left

 

My Little Pony 

I never gave this game a fair attempt. We played it incorrectly a few times (trying to force multiplayer), and I think I only played it normally twice. This game was just a bit tedious and the only novelty was that concept of “fighting” with the ponies. Oddly enough all my decks are still built, but this game is likely to waste away in my storage box.

Status: Like 6 decks just lying around

 

Cardfight Vanguard 

I don’t like playing this game. I really like the artwork of certain cards and I enjoyed collecting those cards (back when I had money to throw away). However, now I can’t say I would ever willingly play Cardfight. The gameplay just upsets me and I don’t know if that will ever change. I do still love the Bermuda Triangle and Angel cards. Somehow I never made a binder for them though.

Status: 2 large piles of cards that really need a binder

 

Wixoss

Wixoss died when my friend Kenny vanished. He was the biggest advocate for this game. Without him I lost all interest as did my friend group. I stopped following the show and the sets. My decks are still together, but Kenny took all my other cards so those 4 decks are all I have left.

Status: Selector Abandoned Wixoss

 

Weiss Schwarz

Weiss is the best card game to not play. I love getting cards of my favorite anime characters because I’m a colossal nerd. Just having the cards makes me happy. Actually playing the game however has never worked out. With the exception of one Sword Art Online player, EVERY PERSON I’ve ever played Weiss with has gotten incredibly mad during the course of the game due to a bad card flip or pull. Like they would get so angry that I would feel uncomfortable. This made Weiss increasingly unpleasant to play so I dismantled all my decks. I still love the cards, but adding to a Weiss binder is all I plan to do if even that.

Status: One binder filled to capacity (also these status posts sure have degraded over time huh?)

 

Fire Emblem Cipher

Uh I learned how to play this at 2 AM. I remember nothing about how to play. I’m not a Fire Emblem fan, THOUGH I am enjoying the phone game so that may change. I can’t really comment on the game.

Status: I swear I have these cards somewhere…)

 

What happened:

Philly Regional

I attended the Philly Regional on September 9th. I borrowed a friend’s True Draco Demise deck. This is a chunk of it.

20170908_205027I went 4-4-1 and placed 140th out of  roughly 500. While not great this was the highest I’ve ever placed in Philly.

 

Ixalan Pre-Release

I attended the Ixalan Pre-release immediately before writing this post. I went 3-0-1 running Jund Dinosaurs (because I do what I want).

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I split with round 4 opponent so we could each get the most packs.

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This is the second time I’ve ever done so well at a pre-release. I haven’t gone 3-0-1 since Dragon’s Maze.

I’ve constructed a number of yugioh anime decks.

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Along with buying The Ur-Dragon Commander 2017 pre-con. Ur-Dragon has since replaced Progentitus as my commander.

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I bought a box of Battle of Light’s Revenge and multiple 2017 Starter decks.

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I opened Triple Dimensional Barrier in 3 Mega Tins. Honestly it was a good haul all around.

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I’ve bought the entire Yugioh collections of two people and absorbed most of the cards from a third person.

 

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And I got to watch a Hane-Hane get hit by Raigeki

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There is probably more, but I can’t think of anything else right  now.

 

Yugioh September 18th 2017 Banlist (TCG) 

Zoo died the death it deserved ages ago finally opening the format up to new strategies. True Draco is still viable as Master Peace Turbo. Dinosaurs are now OTK or bust. Lightsworns can sack better. Most of the other hits are irrelevant. There are tons of cards that should’ve been hit also, but I still like this banlist.

Whelp my eyes hurt…. like a lot. It’s time to stop.

What’s next for this blog? I honestly don’t know. I doubt I’ll have time to give it the attention it deserves. It may die. It may not. I thank you regardless for following the mad adventures of one man in his quest to perish suffocated under cardboard.

Thanks for reading as usual.

Weedle Grows to Lv 3 (Suddenly playing all the old games)

So Oath of the Gatewatch Pre-Release is literally a few hours away, but I wanted to mull over how deep I’ve gone into Pokemon in the last few days.

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So this was the first wave of cards I ordered after a friend of mine started to explain this game to me. Despite all my preconceptions Pokemon actually appears to be a balanced game (though reading any given trainer card makes the MTG/Ygo player in me squirm in terror).

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This was the second wave of orders (with the earlier ones underneath). My current goal is to build 2 decks for my favorite Pokemon Beedrill. One in Standard and one in Unlimited, which are literally just Standard and Legacy from Magic.

The reasons for this are multifaceted:

  • These cards are very cheap. The staples of the current format cost me a mostly quarters.
  • The recent errata of Reflect/Refrain (I got to play it at full power for one event) has got me once again confused about what to do in FoW. I really like playing R/R, but I’m tempted to go back to Bahamut. I’m also testing a weird combo deck with a friend, but more on that later.
  • Yugioh is approaching  a tier 0 meta with Performage Pendulums (PePe/EmEm) poised to dominate for the next few months. I decided I gave up on Infernoids too quickly. For that reason I acquired the following cards in preparation for the format.

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More specifically I got a 3rd Harmadik and Raidan alongside the fusion monster and an Electromagnetic Turtle. I want to get 3 Twin Twisters for the deck (which I might actually do with how cheap it is right 0_0), but its not really pressing at all. The abysmally low prices of BOSH cards has me somewhat worried though about cracking my box in general. However, that’s a topic for another time also.

Magic: I literally have become one of those people who only plays EDH and goes to Pre-Releases. I don’t have a problem with this, but it’s become rather apparent that’s the only time I play MTG at the moment. I stopped drafting because BFZ felt like an Expedition Lottery and the cards in the set didn’t have much value. I’m sad to say my Modern deck has been gathering dust, though with the sudden banning of Summer Bloom and Splinter Twin-

 

Moment of silence…

 

Maybe elves can ascend to a higher tier in the format.

So onto the other stuff before I keel over and wake up just in time to open Inverter of Truth in Sealed.

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I started brewing a 4-color Madoka deck after being gifted 2 Level 3 Mamis. I have no idea if it will work, but I’m really excited to try and make a single coherent deck (The To Loveru is a work in progress, but darn I have no idea where to go with that set).

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I’ve come to learn that while I was completely ignoring this game that multiple sets dropped and that the next set features new support for Iona (the only girl whose mechanics I totally remember). I am very tempted to buy into this set.

Anyhow, I hope the pictures were ok. I need to get some sleep before pre-release, which I’ll ultimately post about later today. Here’s to not seeing any of the following cards:

  • Call the Gatewatch
  • Hedron Archive
  • Inverter of Truth
  • Hero of Goma Fada (And pretty much any other BFZ rare ally)

and other course my most hated card Prison Array…

Thanks for reading as usual.

Why did our for Magic the Gathering value end in us playing Pokemon cards?

This is a short summary of a quick series of bizarre events that transpired this weekend. Some of my opinions in regards to card gaming have totally changed recently. However, I’ve only now just realized how much they have.

It all started with buying the last of our local Rite-aids’ Crossed Souls packs…

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So while we hoped to open the $68 Ghost Ogre and Snow Rabbit and plus off the packs instead we got the following stuff…

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Then we tried to plus off the hype for the Battle for Zedikar fat packs. How? Well everywhere online is charging $50 and up for the sealed packs because people are speculating on the land packs inside. We tried to attack our local Target to get their fat packs for $40. Of course they didn’t have any so in the desperate bid to make the trip worth while we bought some Pokemon starter decks instead.

I purchased the Regirock deck for the simple, but logical reason that Vespiquen reminded me of Beedrill.

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My roommate picked up the Metagross starter deck and we played a sealed match (a couple matches actually)

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These decks were fairly agreeable in 1 v 1 as we threw 120 HP Regis at each other.

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I was also blown away by the power of these cards. Search 2 basic pokemon from the deck? Evolve directly from the deck? Both players shuffle their hands into their decks; you draw 6 and your opponent draws 3?! All of these cards caused my 90’s Pokemon card logic to burn out quickly.

So what’s the point?

For the longest time now I’ve avoided buying loose sealed product and this experience only reinforced it. I would recommend buying boxes and packs in bulk, but buying loose packs is usually a mistake. I want to discuss this change of opinion (since only a few months ago I advocated spontaneous pack buying quite gleefully), but it’s getting late and I have classes soon enough. I’ll give a full rationale at a later time.

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(This card won me 2 games off of its 120 damage attack! I love these cards that help you get back in the game when you fall behind!)

Thanks for reading as always. Also this feels like my first ever Pokemon post 0_o

A Basic Introduction to Pokemon Cards

My experience with Pokemon cards is linked entirely to my younger cousin. He brought me into the game while I was in Middle School. He had a large supply of the cards and always had a better deck than mine. I could seldom beat him and I fell out of favor with the game with him as my only opponent. Years later he gave me his collection and I gained a huge supply of cards that I didn’t fully understand. To this day I still have a large amount of Pokemon cards however it costs money to have Pokemon cards accurately valued and I’m not sure I have any cards worth a decent amount to justify it. Anyway that’s my experience with the game, now for a brief introduction.

Goal in Pokemon

In Pokemon both players seek to win 6 Prize cards, which are 6 cards removed from the deck face-down at the start of each game. To win a prize card the player must knock out their opponent’s Pokemon. To do so, the player must reduce the HP stat of that Pokemon to 0. Hence victory goes to whoever can knock out 6 enemy Pokemon first.

Card Types in Pokemon

Basic Pokemon

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Your troops in Pokemon are not surprisingly the near 800 characters from the franchise. Each Pokemon card has:

  • An HP stat
  • 1 or more Attack Moves
  • A Retreat Cost
  • A Possible Weakness
  • A Possible Resistance

Some Pokemon also have effects called Pokepowers or Pokebodies that are constant effects while they remain on the field.

Evolved Pokemon

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In Pokemon you play your stronger Pokemon by evolving your existing basic or stage 1 Pokemon. To evolve a Pokemon you place the later stage Pokemon on top of the earlier one. However you cannot evolve a Pokemon the turn you play it (Without special effects).

Energy Cards

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In order to launch the attacks of your Pokemon you need to use energy cards. These cards act as resources you attach to your Pokemon on the field. You can play energies from your hand once per turn on one Pokemon each turn (not counting special effects). Some energy cards provide additional effects when played.

Trainer Cards

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Trainer cards offer support to your Pokemon, yourself and provide various supportive and disruptive effects. (Think Spells in Yugioh or Sorcery in Magic)

The Field

In Pokemon you control 1 active Pokemon and up to 5 Benched Pokemon. You can switch your Active Pokemon with a Benched Pokemon by paying the active Pokemon’s retreat cost (which involves sending that many attached energy cards to the discard pile). If at any point you have no Pokemon on your field you automatically lose the game.

Turn Order

In Pokemon you start by drawing a card, then you have the option to use Trainer cards, evolve your Pokemon, use Pokepowers, or pay the retreat cost to switch your Pokemon. After that you can launch an attack using your Pokemon, after which your turn ends.

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I don’t know anything about the current meta-game of Pokemon. My cards are almost entirely from the older sets and I find them under-powered compared to the new cards I see released. Despite this, I find it a very fun game especially for any fan of the games. I know I love having a deck for my favorite Pokemon even if that deck cannot compete in meta (or even be legal to, since Pokemon like Magic only allows the use of the most recent sets for their standard). Anyway, before I start to ramble, I’ll stop here. You can find the full rules for Pokemon here.

Next game to talk about is Naruto!

The maddened ravings of a man who spends too much on shiny cardboard episode #75

So I waited far too late to do this post. For that reason I’ll discuss my plans in each game very briefly. Also I’ll set out some goals for the near future.

Yugioh:

Build a Nekroz deck

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I love the art of the Nekroz cards, the fact that they’re actually destroying the Yugioh meta right now is merely another reason to respect them. Infernoids fell through as I never got a copy of Ununcu. Furhermore, the deck never shined competitively. Similarly, Heroes are doing ok on the regional level, but little on a national level . Meanwhile, you have Nekroz running away with 22 of the top 32 slots at the most recent YCS (Tacoma). Now I’m somewhat reasonable and I understand that Brionac is currently worth much more than the box I bought him in. However, my goal was to build Nekroz, not make money off selling cards from the box. My plans will obviously depend on the 2nd box I open later this week, but for now I plan to build a Nekroz deck. HOWEVER, as I have to be honest with myself I don’t play Yugioh competitively very often. I don’t plan nor want to spend upwards of $300 on this deck, but we’ll see how things turn out.

Magic the Gathering:

  • Improve my EDH/Commander deck
  • Put Standard on hold for until Theros rotates out

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In lieu of finishing the Sultai Whip deck I was working on or the Mardu deck I started, I plan to focus on bettering my current Super Friends deck. I simply don’t have the morale to purchase a playset of Thoughtseize or getting the Power&Profit Clash pack multiple times. Once Theros block rotates out, I’ll be able to make a new standard deck that isn’t shackled to cards like Sylvan Caryatid and Courser of Kruphix.

In contrast, my love for Commander has only grown after taking on an interesting group of strangers at Katsucon. Right now my only wish in Magic is too strengthen my EDH deck and the current plan is too add stall (a.k.a. Pillow Fort). There are about 15 cards in my deck that synergize with the 4-5 basic lands still in my deck. My idea is to switch them all out. The name of the game is protecting my planeswalkers from attacks with my spells instead of my words.

Weiss Schwarz:

Improve my Madoka deck

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So at Katsucon I bought a Weiss Schwarz deck because I’m a Madoka fan and because all of my friends each bought a deck for their own favorite series. I really like the card art for this game, though it has the most convoluted and needlessly difficult rule set I have ever attempted to learn. I’ll go into details at a later time.

Wixoss:

*Improve at Wixoss

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So after 2 weeks of playing Wixoss I still have yet to win a game. However, every match has been an amazing fight and sincerely this game has made me think in a different manner than any TCG before it. I definitely owe an explanation for this game alongside Weiss Schwarz.

At the time of writing this I’m very much satisfied with my current position with the following games:

  • Vanguard (I have both an English and Japanese Starter deck as I await my friends to teach me how to play)
  • Pokemon (I have a Beedrill deck and a Fossil deck that I love despite neither being remotely legal)
  • Naruto (I have a Mental Power deck and a 1010 deck, and quite frankly I can live with that)
  • My Little Pony (I have a enough decks at this point and can’t see myself buying anything other than a Derpy Hooves card)

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So as for the immediate future, I want to do more game comparisons. I think expanding my TCG knowledge to Weiss, Wixoss and soon Vanguard will definitely help in my understanding the nature of trading card games. Thanks for reading. I hope to provide some insights soon.