Category Archives: Deckbuilding
Main Pokémon: M Tyranitar EX / Crobat
Deck Name: Tyranitarusrex
Format: Standard 2015 – 2016
|4 Zubat||4 VS Seeker||5 Dark Energy|
|4 Golbat||4 Mega Turbo||4 Double Colorless Energy|
|2 Crobat||3 Ultra Ball|
|3 Tyranitar EX||3 Super Scoop Up|
|3 M Tyranitar EX||3 Professor Sycamore|
|2 Shaymin EX||3 Tyranitar Spirit Link|
|1 Absol||3 Team Magma’s Secret Base|
|2 Battle Compressor|
|1 Sacred Ash|
|1 Hex Maniac|
Hints / Things to think about
- Compared to many other decks where you want to use Golbat and Crobat for bench knockouts, remember that you want to spread the damage counters to make sure that you’re M Tyranitar EX can geta knockout on a good variation of targets.
- Absol is there to make sure you can move damage counters that may have been missplaced with your Crobat line abilites AND to give you the ability of moving damage counters with a basic Pokémon, you will not always have the chance to evolve a Golbat on the turn that it matters.
- Knowing when to play your Team Magma’s Secret Base is very important. You want to make sure that you damage your opponents Pokémon and not hindering your own.
- Do NOT forget to discard atleast one Dark Energy to your discard pile early in the game so that you can use that Mega Turbo.
Hello Nurglings! Article time!
Being a nerd has never been as popular as it is right now, several different subcultures today are proud to be nerds or gamers. Just like many other trends tend to come and go, gaming and nerd culture seems to simply rise in popularity every year that passes.
You may see it as a trend like anything else, and for some people I bet that’s the case. But it’s also one of those things that make people stick with it. The gaming culture is easiest to compare to a sport like soccer/football, if you’re interested and enjoy it, you always will be. Unless of course some outside force changes this, much like soccer hooligans scare people away from club matches… and that is understandable but even then I still believe that you love the game.
If you’re a gamer that LOVES to play analog games (board-,card-, miniature games) much like myself. You will see that many of these are becoming collectible games. I thought I would talk about this today! What a collectible game is, what it means to you, and how you can handle being a part of a hobby that may never stop growing. This is certainly true for popular card games like Magic the Gathering and miniature games like Warhammer.
Because of the collectible element to these games, they also tend to have tournaments. Different options within the game makes it exciting to compete in. Different components may require different set of skills, and, who did put the best mix together?
What is a collectible game?
A collectible game is simply a game where you collect components. For an example on the opposite of a collectable game: if you buy a Monopoly game (don’t know why you would…) you get all the pieces needed to play the game right out of the box, and there are not many products you can buy to customize that game. … Well maybe some flashier dice.
A collectible game, unlike boxed ready to go games, tends to come with different starters/intro packs instead. These starters tend to give you all the necessary rules to play the game and enough components to try it. From there you can buy new components to the game to make it bigger (yours!). In collectible card games for example you buy new cards and packs to build new decks, decks that you play with against other players that are doing the same as you.
Different kind of collectible games?
So here is a short list of collectible type games, if I missed any or you feel that one or more doesn’t really fit here. Please let me know in a comment.
Collectible Card Game / Trading Card Game (CCG /TCG)
These are probably the most common games from the genre of collectible games. A TCG game is all about collecting cards. You use these cards to build your own deck within the game to compete and play with others. The cards are distributed randomly through Booster Packs (a pack with about 10 to 15 random cards). Also you can usually buy starters and decks that follow a fixed list. These are usually not good enough if you want to try playing in a tournament.
Examples on TCG/CCG Games:
Magic The Gathering
World of Warcraft TCG
Living Card Game (aka. LCG)
Unlike TCG games (above) Living Card Games uses fixed set of cards. There is a base set for the game where you get enough cards to build between 2 and 4 decks to play with. Then you can buy new packs of about 20 to 50 fixed cards that let you customize your own decks in the game. Not as big when it comes to tournaments but can still be competitive among friends. Living Card Games are almost exclusively done by Fantasy Flight Gaming(?).
Examples on LCG Games:
Warhammer Invasion: The Card Game
A Game of Thrones: The Card Game
Another very popular genre within collectible games. Miniature gaming has always seemed to be considered nerdier than other collectible games. This is probably because of the hobby section of the game where you assemble, paint and work on small miniatures (which can easily be considered toys). Here instead of cards, you collect different miniatures in the form of heroes, units and vehicles that makes your armies, crews and factions.
Examples on Miniature Games:
Warhammer Fantasy & Warhammer 40.000
Deck building Game
In a deck building game, instead of building your deck before the game starts like in a TCG, you instead build your deck during the game. You usually buy a complete game to start with, and then you can buy expansions with plenty of new cards to add. This is not actually a collectible game in the same way as the others. But most often, these games tend to get soooo many expansions that it becomes a collectible game.
Examples on Deck building Games:
Resident Evil: Deck building Game
Be aware that there are a few board games out there that have collectible parts as well, Carcassonne for example has a huge amount of expansions and could easily be called a collectible game.
Part 2 to this article is coming up, until then Nurglings, take care.
Hello my Nurglings!
It’s finally time for me to talk about a game that I really enjoy playing, and have been doing so a lot lately while being out with my buddies. The game: Tanto Cuore! From the awesome company Arclight Games. A company that I hope soon start releasing more games in English, I love the style and theme of most their games. Tanto Cuore is focused around Maids, as the master of your house you need to hire maids your household to… well… work for you.
Tanto Cuore is a deck building game that reminds you plenty of Dominion and Thunder Stone in the way you play it. You start with a deck of ten cards, and every turn you play maids with different effects. In the centre of the table there are several randomly selected card pools to buy cards from, this area is known as The Town. To buy card you need to use “love cards” or maids that generate love. That’s right the currency in the game is love! The more love you have the more expensive cards you can buy with better effects and worth more victory points. The cards you buy are put in your graveyard. At the end of your turn you discard your hand and draw 5 new cards, every time your deck runs out of cards you shuffle your discard pile in to a new deck and start over. The game ends when two piles of cards run out in The Town.
There are also cards known as Private Maids, you can only have one Private Maid at a time and they in front of you during the game, and they give you different type of effects like drawing an extra card on your turn or letting you buy one extra card.
Tanto Cuore is a game for up to 4 people, and I strongly recommend that you try to play with four people when you can. The game becomes more balanced this way and the strongest cards will be more evened out between players. The stronger/better cards in Tanto Cuore currently feel almost a bit too strong. They let you cycle through your deck easily and that quickly becomes boring when every player is able to do it. This becomes more evident when you play less than 4 people thou. Since this is just the basic set, I’m expecting the cards to balance out more as the expansions get released.
Another problem with the game right now is that it is a bit fast; my playgroup has agreed that three piles need to run out from the town instead of two. This way it becomes a bit more interesting, but should only be applied when you’re four players (otherwise the first player to loop his deck will win much too easy).
The theme of the game is amazing, and every player will start by looking at the cute artworks and giggle at the style of the game, but it quickly becomes serious when people are trying to grab good combination of cards and gather Victory Points.
At the end of the game you calculate Victory Points from the cards in your deck, discard pile and in play. The person with the most Victory Points win!
Tanto Cuore is an amazingly fun game, people that play Dominion and Thunder Stone usually brush it off as “less fun” but without even trying it out. I believe this is mostly because of the theme, some players will love the Manga Maid theme, and some players won’t. There is no secret that I love it! But I also love deck building games as a genre of board games, it’s interesting and so many combinations can be done from it.
So if you’re a player that loves to play deck building games like I do, I strongly recommend Tanto Cuore. A game that most probably will get better when expansions start coming out. One is planned for this holiday and I sure hope it comes out soon! (Read more about it here: https://nurgleprobe.wordpress.com/2011/12/02/tanto-cuore-expansion-soon-in-english/)
Until next time, take care.
Hello my Nurglings!
Guess what, it’s only seven more days until Christmas. Yup, and if you just realized that maybe it’s time for you to get some last minute presents… or any presents for that matter! So what if you have a nerdy boyfriend/girlfriend or a not so nerdy relative that you would like to buy something special for. You still don’t want to go over your budget so you like around for some cheap gifts that are still fun to give away.
Well here is a list for you.
Cheap (compared to many other things) and fun nerdy gifts to give away!
In no particular order.
1. Zombie Dice
Who wants it: The Zombie lover
Cost: ~ 13$
Zombie dice is a small game that is easily transportable and you can play it almost anywhere. The goal of the game is to collect points by killing of zombies, and avoid being eaten along the way. It’s quick, it sweet and brings you some zombie inspired dice.
Who wants it: People with a sense of humor
Munchkin is a simple card game that is fast and easy to learn for anyone. It comes with a bunch of humor and several different version that fits different people. Like Zombie Munchkin or Cthuhlu Munchkin.
Who wants it: Anyone that enjoy UNO or Domino.
Cost: ~ 12$ – 30$ (12$for just the deck, around 30 for a sweet (fake) leather case).
DotCard is a card game that plays a lot like UNO but with a strong Domino theme. The game is easy to learn and anyone can sit down and enjoy it. Kids will enjoy the simple game play and older players will enjoy the strategy behind it. Perfect for any family or somebody that just enjoys gaming.
Who wants it: Anyone! (After they’ve played it).
Cost: ~ 25$
Pick up a tile, place it on the board, expand the map and place your followers in different spaces to gain points. Count the points when the tiles run out to see who wins. Just as simple it is to learn, it is to play and love! This is a game that game lovers and novices both enjoy playing. Some people may not enjoy the simple look of the game, but as soon as you get passed that, you see that there’s a great game under it.
Well hope you enjoyed the list. If you see something that’s interesting, go look it up for reviews and more information about. I hardly touched the surface of these games and they deserve more than just a few lines of text.
Until next time, take care.
Hello my Nurglings!
I feel so bad that I haven’t done my review of Tanto Cuore yet. It’s a Japanese deck building game where you as a master of your house hire maids and build up you’re… house. It’s a fun and quick game and it’s been up to play at my local store several times. People love the style and theme of the game and adding that it’s a fun game just makes it more awesome. It’s becoming more and more competitive though, as we start getting passed the awesome theme and in to the strategy behind the game.
Anyway happy news! They are currently translating one of the expansions to the Enligsh version! As it is now it may even be out this December (or if not hopefully early next year), and this is how it looks:
This is what Arclight has to say about the game:
The long awaited English expansion to Tanto Cuore!
Tanto Cuore: Expanding the House, both a standalone game and the first expansion for Tanto Cuore, brings a garden theme to the world of maid-collecting, with construction cards such as “Garden”, “Lily Garden” and “Leaving”.
Tanto Cuore: Expanding the House includes 280 cards, with artwork from 27 artists.
Until next time, take care.
Hello my Nurglings!
Time to go back and look at a deck that I posted a short while ago, the deck that I then called: WW Token Enchantress. Was it a good name? No, maybe not but it was the best I could come up with on a short notice. The deck has now actually been played during an FNM, with a few changes though. (We had to build it in 10 minutes before the tournament started and a few weird changes had to be made).
I was lucky enough to see a complete game with the deck, and as a bystander I could see the issues and what I needed to change. The deck played Mirran Crusader in this hasty version, which was not in the old list (a good add though it wrecks with one or two Honor Of The Pure on the field).
I also noticed that Mesa Enchantress, even though I love her and want to see her in a deck, is not a good enough card. You want to play the enchantments as quick as possible, and that was slowed down by having an enchantress in your hand. The reason; you want to draw that extra card so you have to play Enchantress first. Conclusion: Mesa Enchantress is being scrapped.
Oh my lord there are being so many changes made to this deck, mainly the creature line up. Let’s take a look at it.
4x Doomed Traveler
4x Mirran Crusader
4x Geist-Honored Monk
2x Hero Of Bladehold
So already we’re seeing a big difference from the old list. Mirran Crusader is added because he was just too awesome to resist, the spot was originally planned to held by Mausoleum Guard so if you’re not feeling like playing Crusaders that’s another sweet pick. Leonin Arbiter is also taken out for a more solid pick in Hero Of Bladehold, you cannot deny her awesomeness.
Quickly moving on:
4x Honor Of The Pure
4x Intangible Virtue
Other Spells: 14
4x Timley Reinforcment
4x Midnight Haunting
4x Altar’s Reap
2x Elspeth Tirel
So now you see why the deck is “evil”, I play four Altar’s Reap to reap the benefits of plenty of token creatures. The deck was originally created to be cheap to play, Elspeth Tirel was actually Doom Blades up till the second I posted the deck here. But obviously she is better for the deck, and doom blades can be in the side board if needed. Or Elspeth can be replaced by Doom Blade if you want to play a cheaper version. Elspeth is a though card though, it was either her or two other cards that that I would love to play in the deck, look below to see which cards I was thinking about.
And the lands:
2x Ghost Quarter
4x Isolated Chapel
Well that’s it for this time, another take on a WW type of deck, with a higher mana curve than usual. But I hope you like this brew of a deck and please comment if you try it out or have any changes or ideas for it. (Like adding space for those Swords!)
Until next time, take care.