EDH Deck Time: Adriana

First, I really dislike white and while I like red in many ways, I have decided a long time ago not to play it in EDH, so this is more like a thought experiment than anything else. I will never actually build this deck.

So, with that in mind, lets design a deck with Adriana, Captain of the Guard helming it.

Adriana, Captain of the Guard

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Player Types, or Crafting Your Group of Players

A classic discussion on player types includes stuff like Power Gamer, Butt-Kicker, Tactician, Specialist, Method Actor, Storyteller, and Casual Gamer (the types used by Robin D. Laws in his booklet on GMing). Maybe this isn’t enough. I’m not talking about finding more types, but rather a totally different typing based on different personality traits.

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An Ode to Tom “The Boss” Ross

Back when I did my Top 5 Lists on MtG, one of the lists was my favorite players. It was Sperling, PV, BBD, Conley Woods and Karsten. The problem is, I totally forgot about Tom Ross when doing it. So, sorry Matt, you’re out, because Tom Ross is coming in at number two. No-one’s overtaking Karsten.

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EDH Deck Time: Leovold

Leopold, Emissary of Trest

Leopold, Emissary of Trest

This really isn’t my cup of tea but since Aki is too busy I decided to try writing a Magic article. I’m nowhere near as experienced in this as Aki is but don’t worry. I’ll ask his opinion on this. On the top of this I must admit that I’m more inclined to build decks with a theme rather than ultimate power level. But that’s ok since Leovold, Emissary of Trest just screams “elfball!” to me.

Leovold, Emissary of Trest

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A Paean to Ropecon

If you ever went to Ropecon in Dipoli you know that the place is hard to forget, with its architecture of stone, glass, light wood, dark metal, and its hostility to straight angles. It offered a milieu for roleplaying (and other things) that felt home-made, welcoming, and original, but still professional enough. It wasn’t perfect and like everything that’s dear, you both loved and hated parts of it. The sucky bits were parts of the charm, so much so that I can’t even bear to write anything stronger than “sucky bits”.

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My Favorite Decks from Pro Tour Eldritch Moon

Here’s a hint: Not all of the decks in the Top 8 are the best ones. Often the players 6-0 their drafts and then scramble their way into the top 8 with a mediocre deck backed by a great player and some luck. Remember Jon Finkel’s result in Pro Tour SOI? No one else managed to do anything with that deck. Remember the Monoblack Devotion from a few years back? At the end of its run, it was having around 40% win percentage, but since so many people played it, someone always did well with it and it always seemed to be on the top. So, maybe you shouldn’t go with the “big” deck.

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Ropecon 2016: The Scenario Contest

A game of Yövuoro (The Night Shift).

A game of Yövuoro (The Night Shift).

Again, there was a short-form scenario contest at Ropecon. I managed to play in six of them, including all three that received a prize. I gave some feedback to the designers on individual games, but now that I can see the bigger picture, I’d like to point on some commonalities and offer critique that I hope will lead to more fun for everyone in the future. Continue reading