EDH Deck Time: Yarok and his Pals

So, Yarok, the Desecrated… a card made for the fans of Panharmonicon. Personally, I haven’t been that keen on breaking that particular card, but in the context of our meta, where wraths are plentiful, I would rather go for Mulldrifters than Baneslayers. (You can read more on this here.)

OF course, it would be easy to just throw a bunch of creatures with ETB-abilities into the deck, but I decided to go with a theme. I mean Yarok happens to be of a specific type. Elementals it is (even though horrors does tickle me as a theme, but there aren’t that many of them as of yet).

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You Win or You Die – Reflections on the Final Seasons of Game of Thrones

George R. R. Martin’s epic has never been a personal favorite, but I’ve read all five novels and now I’ve finally caught up to the HBO series as well. Initially, my decision was to stop watching it, as I don’t find much delight in brutally killing off characters I’m fond of; but the hype around these latest episodes turned my head around.

Turns out that they weren’t worth the hype, but they taught me a thing or two about the creator’s integrity.

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EDH Deck Time: Arixmethes

Weirdly enough (although obviously it doesn’t actually mean anything) I was designing a card for just this thing in a dream recently. I just don’t remember what it did. I do have a design of this on our Guild forums. Funnily enough, it was also a 12/12 with a casting cost of 2UG, but that’s pretty much the extent of the similarities. Well, that and it couldn’t attack early either. Mine required you control 20 lands. It also had a partner and it gained a +1/+1 counter any time any player revealed a land card from their library or put a land card into play from the library.

Aaanyhow…

Wow. What to do with this?

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Amonkhet Brews, pt. 16 – Abusing the New CMC Rule

If you don’t know, unlike previously CMC of split cards is now the sum of the two parts. This was done due to the abuses on older split cards with cards like As Foretold and the different Expertises (mostly Kari Zev’s Expertise). On the other hand, there are cards that like your cards being expensive.

Sorin, Grim NemesisCombustible Gearhulk

There’s two split cards in Amonkhet that seem strong here.

Cut // RibbonsNever // Return

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AI Rights, Bodies and Mortality: a Game of Shock:

To my tastes, science fiction in RPGs and television is too often about adventure and excitement. The scifi that grabs me, though, is about ideas and their impact on life and society and thought. Joshua A. C. Newman‘s RPG Shock: Social Science Fiction is built on this very premise. I tried it out with a couple of people I’d never played with, and who hadn’t had any experience with games as Forge-y as this. The experience was two-sided: fun and cerebral on the one hand, heavy and somewhat disconnected on the other. Continue reading