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Today I’m going to delve into a dark world, a world where men sell their souls for a quick buck. A world where innocent men are taken for all they’re worth. I mean, of course, GP Commander pods. I’ve played in my share of tournament side events, and have lost many more than I’ve won. I’ve all but sworn off GP pods, but for GP San Antonio I decided to make an exception. I wanted to take another look at them, keeping a mostly unbiased viewpoint. Knowing what I was going into made it a lot easier to distance myself from the frustration of losing to busted decks constantly.

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This entry is part 9 of 9 in the series Line in the Sand

 Posted by ‘BRIONNE’ aka ‘FORK OF DOOM’

My apartment is always littered with cards, but this is a special occasion–the release of a new set. Having spent lots of hard earned cash monies on all this new cardboard, I’m reminded how expensive Magic really is. A quick search shows that there are about 100 cards in this game that are worth more than $50 dollars. I’ve built a pretty decent Commander deck for that much. For a lot of players, even $20 cards are too much to acquire. That made me wonder…what sort of decks would people build if they had unlimited funds?

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In the first days of Magic, when people riffle-shuffled their grimy, unsleeved cards, there was a guy. Maybe he kicked puppies for sport. Maybe he volunteered at homeless shelters. We don’t know. But one day he showed up to the kitchen table sporting a new deck, one that he had spent weeks building. He played his new Black Lotus, then used it to cast Channel. Following that was a lethal Fireball. He was promptly labeled a jerk and everyone refused to play against “that stupid deck” ever again.

Since that fateful day, casual Magic players have been dealing with the question of what cards and decks are okay to play. Since I believe that a definite answer to that question would create a black hole in the internet, I’m not going to answer it. What I will tell you is why you wanted to punch that person who won with Kiki-Jiki/Pestermite last weekend. Read the rest of this entry »

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No matter how much we might wish it were otherwise, we have to acknowledge that Wizards of the Coast does not make Magic simply because they care about the game. Their main purpose is to make money. The steep price tag on Commander’s Arsenal is a reminder of that. There has been a lot of outrage in the community about the $75 MSRP, which is about $40 more than that of any From the Vaults set. Price tag aside, any product made for Commander comes under close scrutiny.

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While most small children spend their time watching Cartoon Network or Nickelodeon, I grew up watching PBS with my nana. I think it’s safe to say that a diet of British comedy and Nova had a hand in making me the weird person I am today. So just imagine little kid me, chili bowl and all, watching the Antiques Roadshow. I just knew that I was going to grow up to be like all those old ladies who loved buying crap at antique stores to hoard. Which is why when we started having a Doucheology segment on the show, I was particularly amused by the term used for people who like to brag about their pimp decks. Read the rest of this entry »

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I have a confession to make. I’m bad at making casual decks. It’s quite sad. Any time I start jotting down a deck list, I hit the $100 mark before I make it to ten cards. My decks are lost without Demonic Tutor, Survival of the Fittest, Kiki-Jiki, Tooth and Nail, or Sol Ring. I have a list of self-determined “staple” cards that I add to nearly every deck. I have such a problem with adding these cards to decks that I have a hard time not looking at other people’s lists and trying to add them. “What is this unique but subpar card?” I’ll ask. “Why not Phyrexian Arena?” Or, “Zombies are cool and all, but I’d probably ditch them for countermatic, removal, draw power, and some efficient beaters. You can keep Graveborn Muse, though. She draws you cards.” I always intend to add cool cards I love to my decks, but in the end I always cut them for better cards. Why play Sphinx Ambassador when you can play Consecrated Sphinx? Read the rest of this entry »