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.

How to build 25 Yugioh decks in one year

Happy New Years Everyone

As we enter the new year I wanted to reflect on the decks I built over the course of the year.

2016 was a good year for deck creation. There have been a lot of decks/archetypes that can be made for very little money. So in hopes to make this post not a self-congratulatory slap on the back for every deck mentioned I will:

  • Tell you how much it cost to build at the time/Most Expensive Card
  • What sets the cards came in
  • How strong the deck is/Is it fun to play

So with that in mind, let’s get started.

Yugioh

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Apologies for the potato quality photo.

Abyss Actors:

  • Cost: $10 (Abyss Actor Wild Hope $1)
  • Set: Destiny Soldiers
  • Competitive/Fun?: Abyss Actors are a decent splash in Metalfoes. They have a powerful spell that destroys your opponent’s face-up cards that cannot be responded to. I liked the deck for its goofy artwork. As far as pendulum decks go it’s not terrible, is overshadowed by more consistent decks.

Lunalights:

  • Cost:$15 (Lunalight Panther Dancer $3)
  • Set: Shining Victories
  • Competitive/Fun?: Lunalights have potential as a splash engine in the upcoming Zoodiac deck. As it stands the deck is just a cheesy OTK deck that uses an Apoqliphort Towers style boss monster (that attacks twice). Of course I just got them for the artwork. Don’t judge me pls…

Predaplants:

  • Cost: $10 (Starving Fusion Dragon $11)
  • Set: Invasion: Vengeance
  • Competitive/Fun?: This deck is not even remotely finished. There are like 10+ other Predaplants and fusion monsters that will hopefully come out in Fusion Enforcers.

Kozmo:

  • Cost: $30 (Kozmojo $11)
  • Set: Premium Gold (Mostly)
  • Competitive/Fun?: Kozmo has been powercreeped. It’s kind of crazy, but I’d stand by that. Still it’s a really fun deck and I’d recommend it if you have the cash for it. This is likely the cheapest that the cards will ever be.

Zushin Turbo

  • Cost: $6.75 (Stumbling $2)
  • Set: Dragons of Legend 3
  • Competitive/Fun?: Ignoring that 1st word, if you want to stall in a maddened attempt to summon another Apoqliphort Towers knockoff that by no means ends the game then this is the deck for you. It’s really bad, like really really bad, but I get to play Bunilla and that alone makes it enjoyable. Though my strongest memory is the time my Zushin got negated by my opponent’s “Do a Barrel Roll”.

Dinomists

  • Cost: $4 (Dinomist Charge $0.25)
  • Set: Breakers of Shadow
  • Competitive/Fun?: Dinomists are perfectly acceptable as a pendulum deck. With the right build you can drop Toadally Awesome or Cyber Dragon Infinity. Sadly this deck has been pretty much forgotten.

Chumley Huffington’s Koala Deck

  • Cost: $5 (Master of Oz $2)
  • Set: Soul of the Duelist
  • Competitive/Fun?: Hahhaha. As far as being fun, who could be more fun to play as than Chumley? I haven’t a clue. I mean Master of Oz has 4200 attack! That kills almost every boss monster in the game. Much respect.

Pure Paleos (Without Toad)

  • Cost: $10 (Barrier Statue of Torrents $3)
  • Set: The Dark Illusion/Invasion: Vengeance
  • Competitive/Fun?: This deck would be meta if I actually added Toadally Awesome and the frog package. Paleos are a really good deck that is very fun to play. Thy managed to make an all-trap deck viable in 2016. Color me impressed.

Full Power Dragon Rulers, but Big Eye and Dracossack are replaced by #7 Lucky Straight

  • Cost: $0
  • Set: Lord of the Tachyon Galaxy
  • Competitive/Fun?: This deck is banned. I only built it because I had the cards lying on my floor. If you want to relive the 2013 format though this is the deck for you. It also costs alot less than Spellbooks!

Digital Bugs

  • Cost: $3 (#20 Giga-Brilliant $1)
  • Set: Shining Victories
  • Competitive/Fun?: Digital Bugs are one of the most fair and balanced decks printed in years. This deck couldn’t been printed as XYZ monsters first were released… and it still would’ve been too weak. I like it for that reason. These bugs are what I wish more xyz decks were like. Not generic, hard to abuse, and decently flavorful.

Tellarknights:

  • Cost: $20 (Satellar Knight Deneb $5)
  • Set: Duelist Alliance/New Challengers/Invasion: Vengeance
  • Competitive/Fun?: Tellarknights with Ties of Brethren (which this deck is) could be viable if you’re really lucky. With the new xyz, you can make Triverr turn 1 which is honestly pretty good. You could do a lot worse as far as decks go.

Fleur Synchrons:

  • Cost: $30 (Tag Force 5)
  • Set: Yugioh Tag Force 5
  • Competitive/Fun?: Pffttt. This deck is just a bad homage to that one girl from Yugioh 5Ds, that managed to draw with Yusei and then never be relevant again.

Tech Genius

  • Cost: $20 (T.G. Hyper Librarian $3)
  • Set: Extreme Victory
  • Competitive/Fun?: Powercreeped as hell. This deck used to be a pretty good though. It took a game off my full power Nekroz deck too. It’s pretty cool all things considered.

Flower Cardians

  • Cost: $10 (Flower Cardian Pine $0.95)
  • Set: Dragons of Legend 3/Invasion: Vengeance
  • Competitive/Fun?: This deck could be competitive. This could be the most powerful archetype ever created since almost every card reads draw 1 card. HOWEVER, the problem with these cards is that Cardians don’t make any sense. Half of them can’t be normal summoned. All of them pretty much fail if you fail to draw another Cardian. So as a result you have to play almost a monster mash deck which conflicts with the Cardian spells that stack your deck to actually enable your draws. So as a result you get the one of the most brick prone decks ever created. Also the cards are all a wall of text so unless you actually figure out, which is which your turn will take 10 minutes if if you whiff on your draws.

Aesir/Nordic

  • Cost: $8 (Vanadis of the Nordic Ascendant $3)
  • Set: Legendary Collection 5Ds
  • Competitive/Fun?: This deck will never be remotely competitive bar some broken legacy support that cheats Odin onto the field and makes his protection effect work on both player’s turn (and then he’d still get Kaiju’d). This deck is not that fun, without a lot of work. I just threw all the cards with Nordic in their name and my most basic play was either the standard Nordic Valkryie into Odin play or set a Noric play Nordic Lights pass. Not that much fun, but still nice in terms of artwork.

Monarchs:

  • Cost: $30 (3 Structure Decks)
  • Set: Emperor of Darkness Structure Deck
  • Competitive/Fun?: If the heart of brick is on your side, Domain Monarchs can still win games to this day. What happened is I built full power monarchs, played it for 2 weeks and got sick of it. Then by the end of the year I reacquired all of the cards from the structure 2 twice. For that reason I keep it around.

St. Joan+Fire Princess Deck

  • Cost: $5 (Fire Princess $1)
  • Set: Legendary Collection Yugi’s World
  • Competitive/Fun?: What is competitive? This deck is an homage to the old combo of Fire Princess with Marie the Fal- I mean Darklord Marie to burn the opponent for 500 every turn. It plays all the old stun cards and honestly should not fight against any modern yugioh deck.

Nurse Burn

  • Cost: $15 (Gift Card $5)
  • Set: Destiny Soldiers
  • Competitive/Fun?: So Nurse Reficule the Fall- I mean Darklord Reficule used to be a $20 video game promo. However, with the release of Destiny Soldiers, she got her named changed to Darklord, which makes her searchable! Basically this deck is play Nurse, set some combination of Gift Cards/Tri and Guesses, then kill your opponent in their standby phase by burning them for 9000 damage. It’s not fair, and it’s not actually that bad either. The only thing holding back this deck is that it’s powerless going 2nd.

Full Power Rescue Cat, but the Synchros are All Unicorns

  • Cost: $10 (Lightning Tricorn Ultimate Rare $2)
  • Set: Duelist Revolution
  • Competitive/Fun?: This deck is also banned 🙂 I think I watched too many cross-banlist duels on Youtube and thus made banned decks with the hope of having my own cross-banlist duels.

2 Gate Guardian Decks

  • Cost: $17 (Gate Guardian $6.50)
  • Set: Metal Raiders
  • Competitive/Fun?: I’ve played this against more meta yugioh decks that I should have. Labyrinth Wall has not aged well, but using Sacred Sword to banish a gate guardian part to draw 2 makes me happy.

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You thought we were done?

Gladiator Beasts:

  • Cost: $12 (Gladiator Beast Laquari $2)
  • Set: Gladiator’s Assault
  • Competitive/Fun?: War Chariot is a good card. Games where you have it are fun. Otherwise this is another deck that has aged to being unplayable. Luckily, the anime showed new support so maybe it will actually get legacy support someday.

Cubic

  • Cost: $5 (Cubic Fusion Guy $0.75)
  • Set: Dark Side of Dimensions Movie Pack
  • Competitive/Fun?: I… haven’t actually played this deck… ever. I read the cards, sleeved up the deck, put it in the corner of my room and promptly forgot about it. The reason being the deck seemed very awful since every card read: “have the cubic seed or I can’t be played”. The boss monsters were absurd tossing around 3000 burn damage for free, but the little ones bummed me out to much to play it.

B.E.S.

  • Cost: $8 (B.E.S. Covered Core $1)
  • Set: Rise of Destiny
  • Competitive/Fun?: So I built these because I like the artwork. Apparently they released a field spell that makes all the B.E.S. ships into Kozmo ships. This means that some day my dream of B.E.S. vs Kozmo may someday come true.

Toons (Without Kingdom)

  • Cost: $8 (Comic Hand $1.50)
  • Set: Dragons of Legend 3
  • Competitive/Fun?: If Toon Kindgom ever gets reprinted this deck would be a lot better. Still if you actually Comic Hand your opponent’s dude it can lead to some quick laughs. My favorite so far has been Toon #77 The Seven Sins.

Evil Heroes:

  • Cost: $15 (Dark Fusion $3)
  • Set: Jaden Yuki Duelist Pack 3
  • Competitive/Fun?: This was made for nostalgia. It’s arguably the worst variant of Heroes to exist (unless you count Neo Spacians). The fusions have no major payoff and you have to run the vanilla OG E-Heroes. However, the jankness of that is what makes the deck fun to play.

Force of Will?

What the heck are you doing here?! Oh yeah I got sucked back into you against my better judgement after a buddy offered me 2 of the recent starters decks at a major discount. As virtually all of the cards in this game aren’t worth any money I threw some decks together. That being said since I don’t know much about the game anymore so I’ll just give a quick overview.

Valentina 3.0 Blue+Black Control

Overview: They fused Pricia and Valentina together. That’s all I needed to hear to want this card and as a result want to build this deck. It plays like the Esper Dragon deck of Khans standard which I really liked (though all I did that format was play Mono-Red). Basically to put it in a Magic perspective Valentina 3.0 makes all Darkness spells lower a creature’s toughness equal to the CMC of the spell you cast. This makes Space Anamoly (already the most powerful kill spell in this game imo) become eons better. Pretty much you kill your opponent’s dudes until you can drop a Dragon in the form of Pricia herself or a Leviathan, Lord of the Sea to kill the opponent. It loses to J/Ruler decks, but other than that it’s been alot of fun.

Lunya the Liar Girl Red-White Aggro

Overview: I tweaked the red starter deck to make this. It’s not awful, but I don’t think it’s strong enough to combat the meta (or at least what I’ve seen). The one plus is that you can abuse Demonflame with Lunya’s innate ping ability to kill any enemy creature (Lunya deals 100 damage to a resonator whenever you attack/Demonflame destroys any resonator dealt damage the turn it’s cast).

Mono Black Dark Alice Shadows:

Overview: I am constantly impressed by how well this deck does. Dark Faria is really good card and this deck swarms really well. It’s far better than most tribal decks in my experience and I honestly think it could be a decent deck if I actually modified the ratios and cut the janky cards.

Valentina 1.0 Control

Overview: So one of my problems with FoW is that it cares about its legacy format even less than Magic does. All they did was ban my favorite J-Ruler and then proceed to never think of it again. Anyway, this deck is all of the original terrible Valentina support alongside my 2 favorite rotated cards: Cheshire Cat, the Grinning Remnant and Sign to the Future. It’s not a good deck, but it gives me good memories.

Blue/Green Valentina 2.0 (Are you seeing a theme here yet?)

Overview: This deck is all of the flavor Valentina cards that do very little to help her core strategy. On the plus side though if you actually flip her she has the regalia to abuse all of the god arts thanks to Rewriting Laws (the only reason I bothered to splash Green btw) so that’s pretty fun.

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Magic the Gathering

Basically over the course of 2016 I tried every one of these cards as an Commander/EDH general (technically Tariel was on January 1st, but I see it as close enough). For some reason I’m never satisfied when I play Commander so I keep switching generals and decks. Of all of these I would say Atraxa and Tasigur where the best (no surprises there).

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Card Games I never actually play

I don’t really know what to say. I’m surprisingly ok with buying cards, sleeving them up and then never actually using them. That being said I’d lying if I said I like playing Weiss Schwarz or Cardfight Vanguard (especially in comparison to Ygo, MTG or Fow). These are pretty much for collecting purposes if anything.

And that’s it. I hope some aspect of this was useful to you… like at all. It should at least let you see just how cheap it can be to build a yugioh deck. Other than that I hope it was at least a tolerable post. Basically the main takeaway is to pick up the cheap archetypes that come in every set, that no one cares about and thus cost next to nothing. Repeat this and at the same time pick up every deck core you can.

Thanks for reading as usual.

How it feels to drop $100 on card gaming… supplies?!

It’s been 2 weeks since the EMA draft. Since then I’ve had a lot of ideas for posts, but never got around to actually writing them. In lieu of anything meaningful though I’m going to mull over the card gaming purchases I’ve made since EMA.

Why?

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I don’t know.

 

Yugioh

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While at Target I found this so-called “Value Pack” rightly on sale. Included in this pack were:

  • A set of 70 Konami Sleeves
  • 6 Random Zexal Era Packs
  • An Over-sized Mecha-Phantom Beast Dracossack

There was virtually no EV in any of these packs, but on impulse I got it opening nothing crazy, but pulled decent enough to not complain. In addition to this I picked up 2 Yugioh Repacks which turned out to have Legendary Collection Yugi’s World packs in them. Gambling on opening Mask of Restrict I got 2, but saw no mask, though the 2 Upstart Goblins, Torrential and Mirror Force more than made up for it.

Then during the same day at Walmart I picked up an actual Legendary Collection Yugi’s World. Again with the hope that Mask of Restrict would justify all of my mad expenditure. I did pull a Mask along with enough nice foils to not regret anything.

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Magic the Gathering

I started making a more concrete effort to get better at EDH. Though while I bought a lot of singles for my existing decks, my main Magic purchase of the month was a pre-made Karador, Ghost Chieftain deck. I won it on ebay and decided to just keep it after making some edits.

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All this not counting lands/commons for $40.

 

Weiss Schwarz and  Huge Supply Purchase

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Well I always said that one day I’d invest in protecting my Yugioh collection and that day came when I finally bought 30 deck boxes from Potomac. That along with ten 100 card deck boxes were ironically not enough to store all that I have, but it’s a nice start.  Alongside that I got some Yugioh sized Dragon Shield sleeves (mostly because I didn’t know they existed). On impulse I also got 2 Weiss Schwarz decks. Why? I again don’t really know. I’ve come to see Weiss as the best card game to never actually play. I like collecting the cards, but I don’t really like playing the game.

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I ended up splitting the product with a buddy, if that makes reconsider seeing me as insane for buying this much.

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Looked cute, liked the shows, good enough reason in my book.

Anyway, thanks for reading as usual. I’ll get back in the swing of things soon.

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.

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.

Overly Lewd Weiss Schwarz Box Opening (Avert your eyes kids)

What should be an 18+ Disclaimer, but I’m not about that life

Before you go into this post, please ask yourself if you MIGHT be offended or made uncomfortable by the art/content of these cards (which are based on this anime). If you think for a moment that you might be, then please do not go any farther.

 

 

Ok?

 

 

We cool?

 

 

Alright let’s get right down to business then

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This is one of my favorite animes (cue well-deserved hatred and harsh criticism) and I really wanted the cards from it. I bought a box for this back in October, but it got lost in the mail (so as advice always make sure your international orders have tracking!). I got this box on ebay somehow from a seller in the US last week. It arrived yesterday where I opened it during a reunion of college friends.

 

Pulls? 

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Ze rares

This is the second time I’ve opened a box of Japanese cards. While the Wixoss box was more exciting due to the crazy artwork of each Signi, this set was no different in terms of excitement due to curiosity over what each card does.

 

The Problems

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I’ve bought the Trial deck (the MTG equivalent of an Event deck/Yugioh equivalent of the Noble Knight deck) and one booster box. The problem is the pool of cards I have to deck-build with is limited by a lack of multiple copies of each card.

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Furthermore, importing singe cards from Japan is not cheap (as you might assume) so it’s arguably cheaper to get another box (this is the definitely irresponsibility in me, but still…).

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Also while reading up on what these cards do, the vast majority of them have an ability called Resonance, which triggers by revealing a card in your hand named either Golden Darkness of Sitting Lala. I looked up Golden Darkness and learned it’s a very expensive card soo…

(Also I know this is the stamped promo version, but it was the first one I found)

 

What do?

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Well to start I’ll use the core from the trial deck (red/yellow) to start building some kind of deck. I spent last night brewing (can I even use that term?) a 4 color Lv 0 turbo deck, but while hilarious it was painful inconsistent (especially when there are less than 15 blue cards in this show. At this moment it’s probably just a matter of building Red splashing whatever color I have the most playable cards in.

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And that’s pretty much my plan. I hope to buy another box someday, but in the meantime I’ll just make due with what I’ve opened.

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Thanks for reading as usual.