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.

Realizing my Wixoss decks are outdated (How to deal with powercreep in trading card games)

At the time of starting to write this I haven’t slept in almost 24 hours. Sadly it’s at this moment I feel most incentive to discuss coming to terms with powercreep in trading card games.

What made me realize this was combination of my long running relationship with Yugioh, my recent infatuation with Force of Will and a sporadic resurgent stint with Wixoss. It seems clear to me that each of these games uses as their primary development to print new cards that are consistently stronger than (or in some cases direct counters to) the cards currently available.

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Yugioh does this by  releasing new summoning methods that yield powerful monsters that are usually also generic. It all started with Synchro monsters, which everyone for the most part could use by including a tuner monster(s) in their deck. Synchros were then replaced by Xyz monsters, which literally require the player to use monsters of the same lv, in addition all of the “best” Xyz monsters are also generic (Castel the Skyblaster Musketeer). Now the pendulum mechanic has allowed Synchros and Xyzs to reach a new zenith of power that forces current players to either play the newest mechanic or run specific counters to it (Anti-Spell Fragrance) if they want a chance at winning.

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Force of Will honestly feels right now like Magic the Gathering run by Konami. On the one hand we have great lore, stunning artwork (mostly) and balanced game design. However on the other hand we keep seeing cards released (or more specifically 1-2 J/Rulers per set) that either hard counter the last meta J/Ruler or simply out-advantage every other ruler released at the time. This little chart more or less sums up the Force of Will meta since I started playing it:

Bahamut+Lavetainn ->  Blazer+Deathscythe -> Reflect&Refrain “->” Gill Lapis, the Progenitor

Each of these formats (or one case hypothetical formats) had one J/Ruler positioned as the best ruler in the meta. Bahamut broke the rules by J-activating on turn 1 with Lavetainn, the Demon Sword. As a result, Blazer became the top ruler when he came out due to his combination with Deathscythe shutting Bahamut out of the game. Then with the release of Twilight Wanderer Reflect/Refrain showed up with a built in ability to dodge Blazer and generate more easy advantage that any other ruler in the game. Reflect has been so consistent in its tournament victories that FoW saw fit to “errata” its effect to make it weaker (a move that I think is completely justified). However, now in the upcoming set we have The Progenitor being released who not only hard-counters Regalia decks, but also further hurts Reflect/Refrain by taxing its Change the World, Orb of Illusion. While it may not pan out ultimately it looks like Progenitor will take over the format. Now this isn’t 100% as certain rulers like Vlad Tepes, Arla and Melgis still top events will some consistency. However, whenever I recall the the ARG with 15 Reflect players in the 16 I remember that this game has a long way to go.

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Wixoss I only learned recently (thanks to my knowledgeable of the game friend) has its own powercreep as certain characters have gotten more support than others. I also realized that my decks have been left behind (since I haven’t bought any cards for this game in easily a year) and that I don’t stand much of a chance with the new incredibly advanced defensive arts that have been released.

 

Review of my old decks:

Though in a more overt manner I’ve come to release that none of my decks functioned well to begin with each lacking the consistency to make strong plays.

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Mirrun: I focused too much on the Art Fortune Five. Building my deck around an imperfect defensive art only now dawns on me as a terrible idea. Basically this art reveals the top 5 cards of your deck and gains effects if you see 3+ atom signi. For this reason I ran like a Collected Company deck to ensure I wouldn’t whiff. However, I still whiffed all the time and died as a result.

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Hanayo: In hindsight I never got really good at playing this game when I built this deck. If you use a bunch of burn spells/Arts to open rows to your opponent, all that happens is you give them enough Ener to shut you out of the game with their Arts. I think the Assasins strike Art is where this deck needs to go, cutting some of the expensive burn arts I’ve had lying around since day 1.

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Midoriko: Honestly this deck functioned pretty well since there’s not many ways to build 3 stop Midoriko. I’m missing an untold number of support cards, but this deck was my most consistent mostly due to its simplicity. Midoriko gives everyone +2000. That’s it, just roll with it.

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Eldora: So Eldora became meta while I wasn’t paying attention. It’s clear I need her new cards to make the deck viable. Her Dynamite spell is beyond amazing.

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Iona: Iona is the only deck where I had an ambitious play that I could never make consistent. I’ve learned she’s gotten new support in the new set, but that it’s also crazy expensive. I have mixed feelings about buying a box for the one expensive LRIG (the rest is likely affordable as singles), but it’s very tempting.

Ok so at this point I’ve slept (for 3 hours) and entered the FoW locals, but I’ll talk about in a separate post. As for this whole post the message or moral I’m trying to convey is this:

In order for these games to keep making money they have to print progressively better cards to make people want to buy them. We have a romantic notion that these companies can release cards that aren’t better than what we already have and expect us to buy them. That being said I do think the card companies can not make so overt they’re power-creeping of the existing cards, but that’s just my opinion.

Thanks for reading me rant. The takeaway of this is to not be salty over powercreep because it’s unavoidable. OR just play Magic the Gathering where the opposite problem exists and the cards get weaker over time. Thought that’s a discussion for another time.

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.

TMCG New Year’s Resolutions

Happy New Year folks!

It’s been almost a full year since I started this blog. There have been ups and downs, but overall this has been one of the most enjoyable things I’ve done in regard to card games.

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In 2015

  • I bought far too many cards
  • I entered nowhere near enough events
  • I watched Nekroz dominate, lag behind and then ultimately die
  • I watched Force of Will became my favorite game

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My resolutions for 2016 are to

  • Spend less on Yugioh (I say this despite having a Breakers of Shadow box on preorder, but more on that later)
  • Play more Magic (whether it be Commander or actually using my Modern deck, I do regret how little Magic I’ve played after leaving Standard)
  • Enter more FoW events (I have the meta cards so I might as well try to enjoy them before they rotate)
  • Actually play/post about the other 6 card games I claim to like (It’s not that I avoid these games, it’s more that I don’t actively seek out fellow players of them)

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I don’t have that much else to say other than thanks for stopping by and reading my random musings.

I’m just going to throw up a few more pictures of memorable events from last year. Thanks for reading as always.

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WORST Yugioh Prediction Princess Deck Profile and more…

I played a lot of different card games this weekend. It was so absurd I felt a need to post about it.

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After trying to innovate the “fish” (and quickly getting bored) I got my hands on the 2nd Dragons of Legend 2 bulk archetype: Prediction Princess. As expected I tried building a deck…

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The Main Attraction 

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I was going to do the same thing I did with the Aqua Actress deck, but there’s only one star in this deck and that’s Prediction Princess Tarotrei. She’s the heart and soul of the deck, giving you access to both Book of Moon or a Book of Taiyou every single turn.

Play Style

Step 1: Search Tarotrei and Prediction Ritual

Step 2: Summon Tarotrei, special summon a Flip Effect Monster that can disrupt a summon on your opponent’s turn

Step 3: If you aren’t getting anywhere repeat steps 1&2

Honestly, Tarotrei is a powerful monster that you build your deck about summoning/abusing its effect. The other 2 cards in this archetype that are “good” are Prediction Ritual and Black Cat-Astrophe. The ritual spell has a built in search effect in the graveyard and the trap is another Book of Moon (if you control a face-up Prediction Princess).

The “Testing”

I played against Ritual Beasts, Qliphorts, Geargia and Ritual Beasts. I beat Geargia (No Surprises there). Though to be honest I lost the games I didn’t summon Tarotrei turn 1 (or in the case of Qliphorts, not having any out to Apoqliphort Towers).

Possible Additions

Prediction Princess Astromorrigan: I forgot to get this one 😦

(It could be worth, I’m not sure)

Book of Moon: It fits the flavor

Manju of the Ten Thousand Hands: I wish I still had any of these…

I already got the Performage core (or part of it) from a friend who went to the sneak peek so I’m pretty excited to start building that deck now. I still want to make this deck “better” and create some sort of Tarotrei control, but only time will tell.

Weiss Schwarz

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I got advice from friends in updating my Weiss decks (and in doing so overcoming my fear of the Brainstorm ability). Also I finally got to play Mono-Green Homura, which has adapted to Homura splashing Madoka. I got to fight with many different Persona decks after one of my roommates opened a box.

Wixoss

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The always amazing Nyan dropped by to give us not only tons of set 8 singles, but also sealed Wixoss decks (yes decks). Now I have 2 of these decks, which will be given to potential new players I meet during the school year who want to play. Yes, this is a rare case where I have no desire to build a new deck.

Magic the Gathering

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I played Commander/EDH on Friday (as always). It was Bruna, Light of Alabaster (me), vs Xiahou Dun, the One Eyed (again), Marchesa, the Black Rose and Derevi, Empyrial Tactician. I’m happy to pen that I took said game by having Bruna one-shot Marchesa, followed by Xiandou, before entering an hour long grind game with Derevi.

Most likely my next post will be a summary of MTG Game Day this Saturday. I might do a pre-event decklist post, but my Standard deck is nowhere near optimized. My only regret was not getting a playset of Exqusite Flamecraft before Mono-Red won the Origins Pro-Tour.

Oh yeah…

MONO-RED WON THE ORIGINS PRO-TOUR WOOHOO!!!

Though now that all of the new red cards (see Abbot of Keral Keep and Flamecraft have spiked in price), I’m far more likely to quit Standard. I’m debating selling my Flamecrafts after Game Day.

I wish there was more meaning to this post, but it was really just a snapshot of one crazy weekend of card games. Anyway, thanks for reading.

After the Wixoss Party, New Magic Decks, Cool Sites/Apps

I’m going to say a bunch of things really quickly that I hope resonates with someone somewhere.

Cool Sites/Apps

Game Findr

So the app Game Findr (which I backed on Kickstarter awhile back) just launched. You can find a download link for it here. I’m still figuring out the app, but you can use it to contact other people who play the same games that you do in your area. I’m certain it will be a useful tool in finding people to play with wherever you live.

Pucatrade

I also made an account on Pucatrade, which is a site where you can send magic cards to people to gain points. These points traded for more cards. I have extreme issue with the site only allowing the exchange of NM/M (Near Mint/Mint), but I’ve been told that the site will update to allow for lightly played cards to be offered for trade in the future.

New MTG Deck/Plan

I built a new Tiny Leaders deck with Varolz, the Scar-Striped. It’s still a work in progress since the meta version of the deck is really expensive, though as usual I’m making due with what I have lying around.

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I’m also actively trying to downsize my MTG collection. I have 2 Binders at present, 1 for Magic and 1 for everything else. I’d rather fit all the cards that I’d would carry to events and such into 1 binder.

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Pretty much I want to fit all that’s in the 2nd row into the 1st row. For this reason I’ve revived my Ebay and Tcgtrader stores to try and push out as many bulk cards as possible.

After the Wixoss Party

Nyan in his infinite kindness gave both me and my roommate a huge amount of new cards.

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Midoriko now actually has beasts.

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Mirurun now has cross signi (the awesome new form of signi with combined art)

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I need new sleeves for this deck to make the cards line up better. It still looks good to me though.

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Eldora now has an actual combo, in terms of making her creatures unblockable.

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I also have much joy in having a foil version of my favorite card in this game. Anyway, I hope some of the information here was in some way beneficial. Thanks for reading as always.