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Two Modern friendly cards in M14 [Spoiler?]

Hello Nurglings!

So I just wanted to talk to you about M14 for a second. At the moment there are rumors that two very Modern friendly cards will be printed in the set, one huge hint of this actually happening is the fact that they were not printed in Modern Masters and instead will appear soon in our Standard environment. I’m not sure if that was a good enough reason NOT to print these specific cards in Modern Masters, but let’s not argue with the Wizards of the Coast logic.

So the cards:

Modern reprints in M14

As you can see above the price-tag on these cards are insane. Because of their low availability and high playability in ALL Magic formats. It seems that Wizards really want to give us a higher chance of getting Modern cards. Recently printing all the shocklands, then Modern Masters (not sure if that worked), and now these two cards in M14. I’m hoping that this is a growing trend with Wizards where they look at availability of cards and maybe even the secondary market to balance some of the cards that are not supposed to be that expensive.

So are you excited about seeing these cards in M14? I sure am! If they’re in it… that is.

Until next time Nurglings, take care.
Cya soon!

Nurgleprobe Sig

Guest Writer – Atlantic City Grand Prix Tournament Report

OBS: This is a post from January this year and so is a bit out of date, but the event still happened and the report was still written by one of our guest writers! And asked to be shared a while back. Of course my lack of work on this blog made it not happen… well… now it happened! Link to the original post at the bottom of the post, enjoy!

Atlantic City Grand Prix Tournament Report
Posted on January 20, 2013 by reithena

First, sorry this took so long. I started school back up this week and was getting started there as well as Trev coming back home and apartment searching…so busy the past few days!

I only stayed for five rounds. After round five I was 1-3-1 and it just put me in exasperation mode, but more on that later.

My day started at 5 am when I woke up to start driving from Delaware to Atlantic City. Now normally I love these early morning drives, but there was fog. Crazy awful Silent Hill levels of fog in some areas, not just the normal morning stuff in low lying areas. So it took me an extra 30 minutes or so to get up there. Not to big of a deal.

Then, I try to park in the parking lot across the street from the convention hall. Press the button, press the button, one more time, no, not going to give me a ticket. Call up the convention hall. The number for general inquiries is just a a calendar of events. So I start calling every person on the list for the convention hall. I finally get someone, who thankfully sends someone over rather quickly. However, the fix wasn’t fast and by the time he told me the machine was broken it was 9:00 am. Registration closes at 9:30. Crap. He tells me another way into the parking lot which, while on the same block takes a lot of driving due to the number of one way streets, park in the first spot I see and run. I will not have woken up that early and driven that far for nothing.

I get in the hall at 9:20 and just start to fill out paperwork. It is these times that I’m always happy that I have my deck list pre-written out on my phone. Got it all done and they were still registering late comers and giving them time to get things in order. Okay.

So I milled about. Looked at some cards, bought the playmat from rk post since I didn’t get a chance to register early. Went and found a spot and started to do some extra shuffling. They posted seats for the players meeting and I reported. Got to see a lot of familiar faces. It was very nice to see people from various other tournaments and events at the table and to know that we seem to be continuously sat near each other.
I loved it, thought it was awesome…so did my mom and she wanted to steal it.

I loved it, thought it was awesome…so did my mom and she wanted to steal it.

Then it was off to the races.

Round 1: This was an interesting round. The first game I was able to easily take care of all of the threats that he had, which was mostly a Olivia Voldaren. Other than that his deck was Red and Black, but control. All about removal and life reduction through soceries. I was eventually able to just get out enough creatures, and big ones at that, that he could no long remove. I eventually ran him over with Jarad and some Dreg Manglers. The next games went just the opposite. It seemed like he side-board in some extra Olivia’s and Pillar of Flame. Having things exiled rather than sent to the graveyard was a big hit. I had side-boarded in some Tragic Slips rather than the usual Ultimate Prices since pretty much the only creature he had was Olivia. I would throw things out every turn, but it just wasn’t enough between the exile and the stealing. game three was a complete wash as I got stuck on three mana. Lot’s of things in the graveyard, Jarad in my hand, but I could not seem to just get there in time. It was unfortunate, but I wasn’t upset. It was nice to lose to someone else who had completely created their deck from scratch rather than just buying the cards that the current decks were playing.

Record: 0-1

Round 2: In round two I faced a Red Deck Wins build. This, I thought, was going to be a bad match up for me. It turns out I was wrong. The first game he just couldn’t deal with how fast I was able to throw out creatures, start killing his with Ultimate Price or the Golgari Charm. I had no issues with just blocking and chunking things to the graveyard. I seemed to really confuse him when I pitched a Thragtusk for a dual land during a Grisly Salvage. But then again, when I can throw down a Jarad and have him huge, and throw a Rancor on him right off the bat, there is no need not to.

In between games he made the comment of not knowing what to side in against me, or how to really play against such a deck. Which I’m fine with. Game two went even faster, but in his favor. I had a really bad hand and wasn’t pulling things fast enough to respond. At most I thinkI had two Dreg’s and a Geist out, but I needed them all to block.

Game 3 was a bit longer. It went in my favor, but it was sad as for part of it he just seemed to give up. He started to come back at the end, but there isn’t much you can do about me laying out two Strangleroot Geists, having no issue Golgari Charming to whip out most of your critters and bring them back from undying, and then add even more counters on to them. It just hurts. However, he was able to do damage to me via Vexing Devils. So I won, with three life left.

Record: 1-1

Round 3: Bant control OMG I hate you and can’t wait for you to be gone. Thankfully the person I was playing against was fantastic! The first game just went on and one and got to the point where I didn’t have answers. Mostly for all those Restoration Angels and Thragtusks. It was a pretty standard game all things considered. Had him at 2 and then he just jumped back up to 17. Ouch.

Game two was far more interesting. I had what in my book was God Hand. All the right lands, great creature curve, and some removal if need be. Liliana always helps too. Put out a Deathrite Shaman and Gravecrawler so I was hitting for 3 pretty fast. Then I added on a Geist. He was able to get out a Thragtusk, but I just Ultimate Priced it to stop the Resto Angel that could happen. Started chipping away again, and played Lilliana and started to get him into the cycle of discard while I had nothing. He started to just play things to ry and get it out on the board, so I popped Liliana’s Ult after already doing splits with his Jace, and gave him the Choice between an Angel and his colorless lands or his colored lands. Oh the conundrums I love putting people into! At this point we were at time. He wound up keeping his colored lands and was able to play another Thragtusk and some Sphinx’s revelations, but never for much life gane and I was able to just widdle him away. Particularly after another Liliana resulted in more sacrificed creatures.

Record: 1-1-1

Round 4: This was good for me because it was the first time I had gone up against Frights/Reanimator. I had issues. Mostly on the fact that I mulled to 5 in the first game and didn’t have an answer for fliers other than Ultimate Price or Golgari Charm to wipe his spirits. It was a quick game, which only about 9 turns in it.

Game two went a little more in my favor. He didn’t draw into much and with Deathrite Shaman I was able to exile a lot of his spells that had flashback quickly. This game was even shorter then the first, only going for six turns. An army of Dreg Mangler’s will do that I suppose.

Game three was very long. We both took the shock, but I was the first one to get an creature out. And it was looking good for a while. I was able to sit there and exile things and either do damage or gain life with Shaman and do damage with Strangleroots and Dreg’s, and the occasional Gravecrawler. It looked promising. And then something horrible happened where he suddenly had 20 health and I had 11. And it just did not get any better. He was able to take me out in two swings thanks to more flying creatures. I really hope I can solve this problem now that I see it more clearly.

Record: 1-2-1

Round 5: This was a round. It was another Bant Control deck(joy of my life), but the guy I played took forever. In fact, I was upset that I wasn’t looking at the play clock because our first game took 45 minutes, he shuffled my cards so they were missed up sleeve wise, and he looked at two of the same card that had different art for a long time. It took so long sometimes I was forgetting whose turn it was. He won the first game and I was quick to move on too the next. In which a judge came over to observe and see how far along we were regarding play time. I said Game 2 turn 2. She seemed rather appaled by this and stuck around to watch in which my opponent kept taking time, looking at notes, tapping, untapping, and rearranging lands before playing a card. I had him down to 1 health and we drew. He won the round and I was incredibly bitter. I gave the judges my report on the match and they said they would keep an eye on the player in the future.

Record: 1-3-1

Now, after that last match I decided to drop. I would have loved to have kept playing and try to get the sour taste out of my mouth, but at the same time I was exasperated, tired, and a little pissed. I didn’t want my ill mood to ruin someone else’s good time that I could only imagine they were playing at such a record. Plus, two hours back to Delaware. I figured if I had been doing well I would just crash in my car or something along those lines, but at that point I just wanted to go ‘home’ and have my futon.

I did pick up some packs from the Lowryn block because that is what I do. Got another one of the filter lands, I think I have about half of them now. I also valued the time that I had in between rounds. There were a lot of great people to talk to. Of course there was the occasional, aww you’re here on behalf of bf/husband/what have you, but by now I’ve learned to calmly explain that I am not. It was also great that there was a young girl there who was kicking ass and I could point to and be like, been playing since I was a bit older then her.

So overall, no regrets. Lessons learned as per always, but never regrets. Now I’ve started to even get a group of people that I see at all of these types of events together and talk to them. It makes me feel pretty awesome.

Guest Writer - Renee

[Original post can be found here: http://reithena.wordpress.com/2013/01/20/atlantic-city-grand-prix-tournament-report/ ]

MTG – Standard Deck – Esper Drain (Including Gatecrash)

Hello Nurglings!

It’s been forever since I last shared a deck with you guys. Even though I have been involved in a huge and long project lately it doesn’t mean that my eyes have strayed away from Magic the Gathering. I’ve still been working on ideas, trying to find them silly combos and interactions that I like and I’m looking forward to share some of it with you.

When I left the blog for other missions Return To Ravnica had just been released, now the next set (Gatecrash) is just around the corner and it’s time to see what kind of deck I want to make with the next set coming out.

Let it begin!

Deck - Esper Drain

You may now know this, but my favorite shard is Esper (and “Junk” but it’s not a official one so…) even tho it only holds one of my two favorite colors in the game, that being black and my other favorite being green.

From the moment people played Lingering Souls mixed together with Drogskol Captain I knew that I wanted to work out the Esper deck. And it did shine for a bit but slowly disappeared as the format changed and evolved.

So with the new set Gatecrash I’m working on one of many ideas (with the cards spoiled so far), and I think that I’m on to something fun.  Take a look at this creature set up…

CREATURES
4 Obzedat, Ghost Council
4 Drogskol Captain
4 Restoration Angel
2 Snapcaster Mage
1 Evil Twin

As you may already see the deck is working hard around the Ghost Council which is a SWEEEET card. If you haven’t seen it during the spoiler seasons, well here you go.

MTG Card - Obzedat, Ghost Council

He is amazing isn’t he? Even if this card is my main focus in the build it’s not the only great card in the mix, with him we also have his guardian Drogskol Captain. The captain grants Obzedat extra protection in the form of Hexproof and little extra punch. Seeing as alot of the current removal in the format is sorcery based it will be hard for your opponent to handle these two on your turn. Even during your opponents turn they will have no chance of reaching Obzedat when he’s waiting on the side of the fight to come back and drain more life.

Restoration Angel is in the deck for several reasons, protection of your key cards, suprise attacks and she enables you to drain even more with Obzedat. But obviously, you saw this already.

Evil twin got a spot in the deck as a hate card against angels and beasts that I’ve seen around in the decklist these days. Not sure if he will stay in the list but I want to try him out. For fun.

OTHER SPELLS
4 Lingering Souls
4 Dissipate
4 Syncopate
2 Azorious Charm
2 Cloudshift
1 Detention Sphere
1 Supreme Verdict
1 Unburial Rites
1 Jace, Architect of Thought
1 Liliana of the Veil

No I’m still not sure how the spell list should look. I know that I want 4 copies of Lingering Souls in the deck to give extra reach and protection against more aggressive decks. The amount of counterspells may be over the top, but I like how I can be reactive to my opponents plan until I feel ready to be pro active with my own plan (and kick his ass).

The only real card I feel I should comment on is Cloudshift, Cloudshift works as another Restoration Angel really, except you only need 1 mana to do a similar trick. It won’t go sideways against your opponent but it will help you when needed.

MTG - Singing and drain

Lands…

LANDS
4 Hallowed Fountain
4 Glacial Fortress
4 Watery Grave
4 Drowned Catacomb
4 Godless Shrine
4 Isolated Chapel

They are lands.

Hope you enjoyed the deck guys. Feels good to be back.

Until next time Nurglings, take care.
Cya soon! (Hopefully truthfully this time).

Nurgleprobe Sig

From the creators of Ascension and Magic the Gathering: SolForge!

Hello Nurglings!

I wanted to tell you all about a new Digital Card Game that is being worked on by an awesome group of people. Including the creator of Magic the Gathering: Richard Garfield. Indeed that should get our attention right?

So this game was recently put up on kickstarter.com where it has been getting support.. quickly! Every minute I update and find new people putting a few dollars in to the game. Surely they will reach their goal of 250.000$ soon enough! One big reason will be the fact that you get a Beta invite to the game if you support them with just 5$, even I feel a bit tempted to join in the fun.

The game is an all digital card game, and when released it is a completely free game! But yes, you will be able to spend actual money on it to buy booster packs and products within the game so that they can earn some money on it.

If you want some more information on this game, check it out here:
http://www.solforgegame.com/
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1965800643/solforge-digital-trading-card-game
https://twitter.com/SolForgeGame

Until next time Nurglings, take care.
Cya soon!

Warhammer 40k – Codex: Chaos Daemons in the making?

Hello Nurglings!

Oh it’s time for something other than card/board games (again). Miniature gaming! Yay! So Games Workshop, creators of Warhammer Fantasy and 40k uploaded a sweet video to their Youtube channel today. The name of the video: “A disturbance in the warp.”

This is most probably a hint on the next codex to come, in the video we see flashing images of different types of Daemons. So Codex: Chaos Daemons is probably coming! I’m truly excited about this, mostly because I decided to finally create an army in Warhammer 40k that fits my nickname and favorite chaos god in the lore: Nurgle.

I’m going to wait for this Codex to come out before I start with my plans, even if I already created a list for Chaos Space Marines and Chaos Daemons aaand Imperial Guard (a traitor company). Since all of these different armies can ally with each other in the 6th edition rules. It will be sweet to have them all together on a display.

Oh… you wanted to see the video. Well go ahead.

Until next time Nurglings, take care.
Cya soon!

Avacyn Restored pre-release – Helvault looks like this (Picture!)

Hello Nurglings!

One of my local hobby stores just shared this picture on Facebook.
Enjoy!

(Posted by; Spel i Focus on Facebook. http://www.Spelifocus.se )

Until next time Nurglings, take care.
Cya soon!

Grand Prix Schedule (January-March)

Hello my Nurglings!

So the first three months of Grand Prix has been scheduled. Take a look, and enjoy.

City Country Dates
Austin USA January 7-8, 2012
Orlando USA January 14-15, 2012
Kobe Japan February 18-19, 2012
Lincoln USA February 18-19, 2012
Madrid Spain February 25-26, 2012
Baltimore USA February 25-26, 2012
Lille France March 3-4, 2012
Seattle USA March 3-4, 2012
Indianapolis USA March 10-11, 2012
Nashville USA March 17-18, 2012
Kuala Lumpur Malaysia March 24-25, 2012
Mexico City Mexico March 24-25, 2012
Melbourne Australia March 31-April 1, 2012
Salt Lake City USA March 31-April 1, 2012
Turin Italy March 31-April 1, 2012

They also announced the very first Pro-Tour of 2012.

Pro Tour Dark Ascension in Honolulu will be February 10-12, one week after the release of Dark Ascension.

Until next time, take care.
Cya soon!

Who is Ral Zarek? Magic Planeswalker.

Ral Zarek, let us talk about this Planeswalker for a bit. Don’t you know who is? Well neither do I or anyone else out there that’s not directly connected with Wizards in some way. So where did the Magic community find him? He is hidden in the files of Duals Of the Planeswalker 2012. He will be in the upcoming expansion for that game, when that expansion will be released has not yet been revealed but probably around the same time that Innistrad will be hitting the shelves.

And how can we know what colors Ral Zarek has? Well that’s because of his deck found in Duels Of The Planeswalker 2012. You want to see it? Of course you do. I’m skipping the mana base here.

Creatures:
2x Wee Dragonauts
2x Skirsdrag Cultis (Innistrad)
2x Arc Runner
2x Æther Tradewinds
2x Lightning Elemental
2x Murder Of Crows (Innistrad)
2x Air Servant
2x Gelectrode
1x Wind Drake
1x Skizzik
1x Lightning Serpent
1x Spellbound Dragon
1x Niv-Mizzet, the Firemind
1x Thundermare
1x Mahamoti Djinn

Spell:
3x Into The Roil
3x Shock
2x Lightning Bolt
1x Prophetic Bolt
1x Electropotense

(to check out those Innistrad cards go here: https://nurgleprobe.wordpress.com/2011/07/27/six-innistrad-cards-magic-the-gathering/ )

His Origin

There’s been many discussions about Ral Zarek and where he comes from, there are currently plenty of rumors that we will return to Ravnica after the Innistrad block, and seeing the gothic-like background on his picture, a lot of people seem to believe that it is in fact Ravnica. It may be, but it could also be Innistrads gothic buildings. Like the few we’ve already seen in some of the spoiled artworks of Liliana and Sorin.

Though the next part of evidence is more convincing, Ral Zareks clothes looks a lot like the same design that we can find on Izzet clothes. Some even believe he is Niv-Misset in his human form. Who knows.

So before I leave you I’m going to show you one awesome (but fake) Ral Zarek card, since we already know that the second planeswalker in Innistrad has been printed before, I doubt they would lie and put in Ral Zarek.

Until next time, take care!

Cya Soon!

To discuss this: http://nurgleprobe.proboards.com/index.cgi?board=nurgleblog

The Spoils at Gencon! (info and what not)

Hello everyone, just to give some extra publicity to this awesome game and what they will be doing at Gencon, I’m doing this sweet post for you guys. There’s a bunch of fun things that will be going on and be sold at Gencon so be sure to check them out while they are there! You don’t know much about the spoils? Well let’s just give you this little flavor then.

The Spoils is one awesome card game that takes place in one twisted fantasy world filled with, sex, gore, violence, soldiers and cuthulu inspired beats! It’s a mix of the best from both WoW TCG and Magic The Gathering. You should really take a look at this game if you love any of those games.

To check out any and all info about the even you should go to thespoils.com

First of all, some info about the open booze draft:

Quoted from Will Clark @ thespoils.com

Due to a generous donation from Doc, there will be an Open Beta Booze Draft Thursday August 4 at 11pm.

The winner gets a bottle of Macallen12 year old Scotch!!!

The Cost will $10 and will be limited to 16 players.

4 packs of Beta will be used
We will be using Open Beta rules with the text of the card being correct. No 1st edition errata.

I look forward to seeing everyone at Gencon.

This event will not appear in the Gencon program, so there will be no prereg for it. First come first serve. 18 to play 21 to win*

They will also be selling playmats with art from not yet released cards, the one below here is just one example of the 6 different variants.

Quoted from Will Clark @ thespoils.com
Good news everybody!!!!

The Spoils will have a great selection of merchandise available at Gencon. We will be selling 6 unique playmats containing Seed 3 artwork, special t-shirts, and pewter micromajig tokens.

If you buy all 6 playmats you will get a special playmat not available for purchase.

And now to the general information, and a huuuge chunk of it:

It’s Gencon Time Again!!
Gen Con will be opening up for registration for events at Noon (US Eastern time) on May 1, 2011.
Now I could write something extremely hilarious and witty but you, The Spoils player, are just going to skip it and move directly to the events.
So to appease my audience I instead immediately give you the 2011 Spoils Gencon Event List
Enjoy 😉
Will Clark, your OP Director.

Thursday
1:00pm Satellite Constructed

Open Constructed Event
Cost: $10
• Winner gets free entry into the Constructed Championship on Friday as well as 1 bye for the event.
• Product prizes and Promos to top finishers

3:00pm Seed Block Draft
Each player will receive 2 packs of Seed 1 and a pack of Seed 2.
Cost: $16
• 1st place gets an iPod Nano.
• 2nd place gets an iPod Shuffle.
• Product prizes to top finishers

4:00pm Satellite Draft
Cost: $16
• Winner gets free entry into the Limited Championship on Saturday as well as 1 bye for the event.
• Product prizes and Promos to top finishers.

7:00pm Seed 1 Sealed
This is a Seed 1 only sealed event. Each player gets a Seed-1 Competition Pack and two packs of Seed-1 boosters.
Cost: $10
• Winner Gets a Nintendo Wii
• Second gets a $50 amazon Gift card.
• Product Prizes to the top finishers

Friday
10:00am First Edition Part 1 and Part 2 Draft

Each player will receive 2 packs of First Edition Part 1 and a pack of First Edition Part 2.
Cost: $14
• 1st place gets an iPod Nano
• 2nd place gets an iPod Shuffle
• Product prizes to top finishers
1st edition is leaving. It is sold out. Unlike the Rolling Stones or Green Day, it still has its artistic integrity. You just can’t buy it anymore, so this will be the final official event using those products!

2:00pm US National Championship – Constructed
Open Constructed event.
Cost: $20
• 1st place- Apple iPad
• 2nd place- Acer Netbook
• 3rd and 4th- Flip Video Camera
• 5th-8th- iPod Shuffle
• Product and Promos down to 16th place.*
Bring your best constructed deck and fight to be crowned the King of Constructed, but remember that winning isn’t everything. It’s really fun though and chicks dig winners… and dudes with tattoos.
*If the turnout for the Championships reaches 40 or higher prize support will extend down to 32.*

7:00pm Seed Block Sealed
Each player receives 1x Seed-1 Competition Pack + 2x Seed-2 boosters
Cost: $24
• 1st place gets an Xbox 360
• 2nd place gets a $100 Amazon Gift card
• 3rd and 4th get an iPod shuffle
• Product prizes to top finishers

11:00pm Booze Draft
Seed Block Draft for a bottle of Grey Goose.
Must be 21 to participate. We will be checking ID.
Cost: $16
• First place takes “home” a bottle of Grey Goose
If you prefer to have your vodka chilled, then we recommend using the cold bodies of the people you crush on your way to victory.

Saturday
10:00am US National Championship – Limited

Seed Block Sealed with a top 8 Draft.
Cost: $26
• 1st place- Apple iPad
• 2nd place- Acer Netbook
• 3rd and 4th- Flip Video Camera
• 5th-8th- iPod Shuffle
• Product and Promos down to 16th place.*
Do you have the skill, the mental fortitude or sheer luck to be the crowned ruler of Limited? We certainly hope so because someone has to win.
*If the turnout for the Championships reaches 40 or higher prize support will extend down to 32.*

1:00pm Seed Block Constructed
Cost: $10
• 1st place gets a $75 GameStop Gift card.
• 2nd place gets a $50 GameStop Gift card.
• Product prizes to the top finishers.
Last year we had one of these but we didn’t realize that the nearest GameStop was very far away so we gave away cold (OK room temperature) hard (pretty flexible really) cash. It’s ALL ABOUT THE JEFFERSONS BABY.

7:00pm 1st Edition Part 1 and 2 sealed
Each player will get 1x Competition Pack of 1st Edition + 2x Part-2 boosters.
Cost: $22
• First place gets an Xbox 360.
• Second place gets a $100 Amazon Gift card.
• 3rd-4th will receive an iPod shuffle.
• Product prizes to the top finishers.
Say goodbye to drafting 1st edition in style by winning a Spoils Skinned Xbox 360. That’s right it’s skinned sexy Spoils fashion.

11:00pm Booze Draft
Seed Block Draft for a bottle of Patron.
Must be 21 to participate. We will be checking ID
Cost: $16
• First place takes “home” a bottle of Patron
Patron goes down so smooth. It tastes almost as good a Tiger’s Blood or the tears of your defeated opponents.

All day, every day
Seed Block Draft
Single elimination event.
We will run one of these whenever we have 8 players.
Cost: $14
• Prizes to top 4. There will be lots of product given out.

** Gencon Special **
Meat Exchange
The banning of Meat of the Mountain destroyed many players’ hopes and dreams for constructed domination.
To help alleviate the pain of the loss of your meat, we will be exchanging your copies of Meat of the Mountain for any ASS promo that has been released to the General Public. This will only go on while supplies of ASS promos last.
You can receive a non-foil version of any ASS promo for a non-foil copy of Meat of the Mountain. You can receive any foil ASS promo or foil alternate art dual resource for a foil Meat of the Mountain.