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Casual Gamers: The Noobs & Outcasts [Part 1 -ish?]

(Everything written in the following post is based on personal opinions and ideas and I’m in no way saying that I’m correct unless I have a study or fact to follow it up. Enjoy. 🙂 )

Hello Nurglings.

It’s time to discuss something other than card games, I know, how can you do this Nurgle, I thought I know you, are you not a cardgame guru (well we know I’m not that), are you running away from your cardgame coverage (no no of course not).

I just wanted to discuss a important word today.

NOOB

So you call me noob

So after reading that word, what did you first think of? Did you sigh and cringe after thinking of all the people you play with that simply suck at “the game” and drags your team down. Or have you experienced it called out at you over and over when you’re simply not doing that well? No matter how you relate to this word, it’s something that has become way to common in gaming.

Gaming has never been as big as it is now as a entertainment outlet and competitive scene. We have game streaming and YouTube which have created a huge field for gamers to share their skill (or lack of), commentary and funny moments in gaming. I love the fact that gaming is becoming more social than ever, and the fact that it’s so easy to share gaming moments in a way that we could just do in our living rooms before, is amazing.

We also have the great expanding field of E-sports. I’m a huge fan and supporter (in my head at least) of E-sports and even tho I am a supporter I also have a huge fear when it comes to a growing public interest. Cause, I’m not sure if we as observers of E-sports are growing as fast the sport itself.

At least not when I see the word: NOOB.

video game logic ecard

A huge problem I have with online gaming these days is the fact that it’s taken very serious. As we see pro teams and players do their best in their matches and practice games we want to be able to do the same. I bet that you very much like me watched a pro game just to immediately enter that very same game that they were playing with the idea: “I want to get better!”

Then we get online, we play a game, and lose terribly, your supporting players are not supporting, the team communication is horrible… and what is that I see? Russian in the chat? We’ve all been there and it happens. After building up to such a climax of wanting to become better it can’t be irritating to play with players with a different mind and/or skill-set. And suddenly the game has turned in to a chat room where people are calling out the lacking skills of players around them. This is nothing rare in online gaming, sadly.

We need to grow as a community, and with that I mean that we need to understand that gaming now is HUGE, and you wont always play with people that have the same idea of what fun is. In games like League of Legends, Star Craft, Counter Strike and others, there will always be a huge fan base of casual players. They don’t really care if they win or lose, they play the champions, do the builds and play the roles that they WANT to play. They are there for the fun of the game.

So… what’s the problem?

The problem is the fact that online bullying is becoming a huge part of our everyday online gaming. And you may say that the casual players should blame themselves, that they put themselves in the situation where they can be called noobs, that THEY decided to log in, THEY decided to play, THEY… didn’t do anything wrong. No matter how provoking a persons play style or skill may be to you, YOU are NEVER in a seat where you lash out on a person. I will be honest that I just as anyone else that want’s to be a better game in competitive games have been disappointed and raged at people that play worse. But I always try and keep it to myself and not call it out in chat, I have no reason to do so. And usually, as soon as the game is over, I don’t remember the players name or what he did that specific game later. So I really don’t need to pull him down just because I rage.

There is no noob

Casual gamers exist…

…we need to realize this, in the past I’ve had long discussions about casual gamers. How they should be more accepted as gamers then they are now. They are a HUGE part of the gaming community, probably much larger than the field of people that have gaming as a hobby or even lifestyle. We need to embrace this.

I feel like I’ve babbled enough for one post, I will do a follow up eventually. With that I will follow up on some lose ends in this post and maybe even answer on any (if any) comments. but I believe this is enough reading for you right now. 🙂

Until next time Nurglings, take care.
Cya soon!

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Article by Naoki – MTGO 4 Sealed Events


Recently I have been working a very busy schedule for my job. This coupled with school has left me limited time to work with magic, but I have managed to get in a few games in these past few days. One I would particularly like speak about is MTGO’s 4 pack sealed event.
I personally feel this event is potentially a great way to build up one’s collection while keeping costs to a minimum. My reasoning behind this thought is because the only entry requirement is 4 booster packs. The prize break down is as follows:

1st: 5 boosters
2nd – 4th: 3 boosters
5th – 7th: 1 booster
8th: 0 boosters

So if one were to some how manage to alternate between the top four slots, then essentially you could play for free forever. Of course this is only a hypothetical scenario. So now onto the actual game play.

The play is rather interesting, because unlike most games instead of playing with a 40 card deck your deck minimum is 30. This leads to a rather fast paced game. Lets not forget about those good ol’ mill decks. Not having very much experience I had gained quite a bit. So here is some basics I’ve figured for deck building in this limited format.

You want to keep to the 30 card minimum as much as possible. Next, you will want to have about 12 – 13 mana. Most likely you will probably be playing with three colors.

I know that this wasn’t the most informative post about how one should tackle the event, but I do feel this is a good start. I also came upon this older article for how to get a better understanding of this event. If you’re on a budget, then this may be something you want to get into for mtgo. And for those of your that are interested about the article I had found here it is: Magic: The Classroom.

I do apologize for not posting more. My schedule is quite hectic as I mentioned before, but I shall try my best to make a new post each week. I hope you guys enjoyed this post. Until next time have a good game. =)


(Original post found here: http://naokismtg.wordpress.com/2012/09/09/mtgo-4-sealed-events/)

Looking for writers! Let’s start a community/network!

Hello Nurglings!

A long time ago, I asked if there was anyone out there that would like to write for this blog. At the time I didn’t get that many readers and the ones that did come on here often probably weren’t bloggers themselves. But now the number of readers has been going up steadily (yay!). So I thought I would give this another chance. This time with a little more proper request.

What am I looking for?
– Anyone is welcome to leave a message here and tell me you’re interested! It doesn’t matter what gender, how old, or where you’re from. Just enjoy writing!

– You love games and gaming

– You love writing about games and gaming!

– If you already have a blog where you write regularly that is great!

– I’d love to see people that interested in any of the following; Card Gaming in general, YuGiOh, Miniature Gaming, nerdy things, “life of a gamer” issues/thoughts and ideas.

Something that’s important for you to know is that I’m not looking to steal time from your blog writing, if you have something that you’re posting on your blog that is interesting for gaming nerds I will simply share it on my blog as well. Sure I’d love to see you write something specific that would fit on here but it’s not a requirement.

What do I as a guest writer get out of this?
– Info/PR for you and your own blog! I will make a page specially for anyone that wants to share their writing on here. There you can write a small presentation on you with a link to your own blog! (Presentation is of course optional).

– Be a part of a bigger community. If this goes well, and we get a few bloggers together, there is no end to what this could become. Next step may be a website, YouTube and Twitter account under a collaboration name.

– This is a thing that’s supposed to be FUN! Always remember that.

What is this project?
– The whole idea with this project is to create a small community with writers/gamers and hobbyist that LOVE to share their thoughts on different subjects in gaming.

– This blog will be a spring board to share our articles and thoughts to work our way up in the blogging world.

– Together we can do great things!

– Most importantly, this project is supposed to be FUN. Not a goldmine, not a publicity stunt for anyone, but a fun project with an evolving community and goal.

So what are you waiting for? Already have something that you feel would be worth sharing? Leave me a message!
And if you have any questions? Leave me a message!

Until next time Nurglings, take care.
Cya soon!

Magic TV: Show #136 – The Future of Modern

Hello Nurglings!
Sharing a video with you guys.

Until next time Nurglings, take care.
Cya soon!

Nurgle Personal Update – 21th February 2012

Hello Nurglings.

This is one of those posts where I just clean my head out onto paper… digital paper.

Why are there so few people you want to socialize with in this world?

No wait, why do I know so few people that I feel like socializing with?

First of all, I’m not saying I don’t have friends that I enjoy hanging out with, because I do. I love my friends and I like hanging out with them, but sometimes you just feel like you want to surround yourself with… “your kind” of people. I’m not sure what that means, or what they are like. But I know I’m not around them right now… or am I? The grass is always greener on the other side they say, but is that implemented even when you don’t know what the other side actually is?

I want to activate myself in esthetic ways.
I can look at a place, a sheet of paper or even a person and get inspired by the possibilities.
I want to create, think and be creative and show it to the world.
But I want to find people with similar interest and mindsets.

How do you find people?

/Nurgle

PS. Wow so not fitting for this blog am I right? O___O

A message from Nurgle

Hello my Nurglings!

Just a short message from your favorite Nurgle, if there is another Nurgle out there that you like more… I don’t believe you. There are so many things that I would like to talk about and show you and so on. Plenty of new Innistrad cards that I would like to look at together with you. A few deck ideas and I would also love to add more content from other TCG’s.

You know if you ready this and love a TCG that don’t get mentioned all that much on this blog, write something about it, and I can post it here for you. Be it a deck, a card review or just some comments on the game, anything is welcome!

Yesterday I promised to post my Innistrad Vampire deck, and it’s coming, but later today. Right now I’m preparing to leave for a Yu Gi Oh tournament and record some duals, maybe even try to make a new Yu Gi Oh Nerds Gone Wild episode. It’s been awhile since I did one of those.

In a few weeks I’m also starting a new course that will enable me to start my own store. I will talk more about that the further I come down in the planning and creation of it. That may be soon. Stay tuned for that. Will be awesome to have a place where you all can get your cards, watch videos and communicate with me and other TCG lovers. I’m so excited!

So, what exactly is coming up?

– More “Let’s talk Innistrad”
– Yu Gi Oh Duel Videos
– New Yu Gi Oh Nerds Gone Wild episode
– A new MTG Vampire deck
– A deeper look at U/W control
– And more!

Until next time, take care.
Cya soon!

Let’s talk Innistrad – Snapcaster Mage (Tiago Chan’s Invitational Card)

Hello my Nurglings!

It’s time to go back to Innistrad for another blue card. It really seems that blue is getting plenty of sweet cards in this set. Recently I talked about Invisible Stalker, a 1/1, Hexproof, Unblockable creature. For me he looks insane for the coming format, depending on how strong the aggressive decks will be. But if there is a new control deck popping up, he will be in it. I will now show you and talk about another card that will be a auto-include in many decks to come. He’s so tricky! Even EDH player will be using this (in my area people tend to use strong/powerful cards so don’t get me wrong).

Here we go:


Snapcaster Mage 1U
Creature – Human Wizard (R)
Flash
When Snapcaster Mage enters the battlefield, target instant or sorcery card in your graveyard gains flashback until end of turn. The flashback cost is equal to its mana cost.
2/1
Illus. Volkan Baga

Okay so wow! Let’s just understand what’s going to happen when you play this card, every Sorcery and Instant now effectively have Flashback. Imagine facing a deck that includes this guy while you’re thinking; “I could probably do this but it depends on what he has in hand, maybe it’s a Mana Leak the way he’s been playing. Do I go all out? Oh wait… graveyard. Day Of Judgment. Mana Leak. Ponder. Timely Reinforcements. Oh joy! Not.”

That will happen to you even if you like it or not, with this card, you will have to stay aware of your opponents graveyard. If you’re a regular at tournaments, this is nothing new. You want to have a check at the graveyard now and then to see what and how many answers an opponent has left in his deck, and the probability of him having it in hand. Snapcaster Mage makes this a lot harder than before. Since the whole graveyard now holds a “second library” with tricks.

I’ve already mentioned a few cards that could be reused for great value in U/W decks, but let us take a look at what a U/B decks would be able to use again. This is after rotation so we’re missing out on any card not yet spoiled from Innistrad.

Black Sun’s Zenith
Yes it can end up in the grave!
Despise
Just imagine when you play this card and see two creatures and/or Planeswalkers that needs to be taken care of. Despise. Snapcaster Mage. Despise.
Dismember
Like we needed more of these.
Doom Blade / Go For The Throat
Mana leak
Ponder
(I guess you wouldn’t mind this)
Mental Misstep

This list will get bigger with time, and I’m looking forward to it!

Until next time, beware of the grave.
Cya soon!

Let’s talk Innistrad – Mentor Of The Meek

Hello my Nurglings!

It’s time for “let’ talk Innistrad”! I will be posting a few of these in the coming weeks, and I will be talking about new cards and how they can be used, and not used. If I get the chance I may even write something about the flavor of the set, which I love. StarCityGames were recently given their Innistrad preview card, a card named Mentor of the Meek, want to see it? Well here you go.

So what are people saying about this card right now? Mostly “O M G White weenie was just given a draw engine.” Something that’s very important to remember though is the fact that with this card in your deck, Honor Of The Pure is out of the question, once it hits the field, every creature in your deck will be entering the field with more than two power. Is this a trade of worth it, maybe. For certain builds I can this being used, but those decks should be more aggressive with their drops, and putting a three drop in the deck that in a way makes you pay 1 every time you play a creature (you will want to do that), may just slow the speed aspect down to much.

To use this in a more powerful way with the WW decks, I’d think Khemba should be looked at, every turn that she creates a 2/2 token, you got yourself a creature and a draw for 1 mana (in a sense).

A much better deck to use Mentor in WOULD be the Puresteel deck, with a lot of power 2 drops like Puresteel, Mentor, Trinket and eight living equipments in the deck. The big problem for the Puresteel deck in the next format, is the loss of Basilisk Collar. You still have swords and such of course, but the Basilisk and Mortarpod combination was a strong way to keep the Battlefield to your favor. Without that in the deck, you’re losing a big part of the control aspect. Maybe it’s not as important as I think it is, but last time I played the deck, it was all about that deathtouch, and there isn’t anything to replace it with… yet.

On paper Mentor looks awesome, but I’m not sure a white deck including it will be up with the tempo of the new zombie and vampire decks. And a three drop in a WW deck get’s you screwed if a removal hits him the same round. I love WW decks, but I’m not sure this will be included in my deck. I rather stick to Honor Of The Pure for that extra push power.

Until next time, stay safe.
Cya soon!

Magic 2012 – Let’s talk about the Tribes

Hello M12! I’m glad to see you made it here safe and with some sweet reprints and new cards! It’s always exciting to see what’s coming out in a new set, and like the player I am, I can never decide on what I want to play, it’s horrible to be that kind of person in a collectable card game, trust me. With so many new sweet toys and cards that leave the format, it’s kind of hard for me to see where I want to go.

Lately I’ve been playing a lot of mono black decks, mostly because that’s what I’ve been playing from the start. But with my favorite black tribe, vampires, leaving the game (and at the same time getting new cards *sad face*) I’m taking a step back from one of my two favorite colors, the other being green. It was a fun format that let me play around a lot with that because of Verdant Catacombs, the green/black fetch.

With play testing lately I’ve also realized that tribe decks are the ones that I enjoy playing the most. Be it vampires, elves or even white weenie which is my current favorite one even though I love green and black. Fun decks are also close to my heart, the ones of you that know me out there in the real world, knows that I love cards like Scythe Tiger and Sorin Markov, not the greatest cards in the format, well except for Schyte Tiger, it’s the best card ever!

Here he is again bragging of his great success!

Now that you know where I come from when looking through the new cards, let ‘s start with what I’ve just talked about; the tribes! There are currently five tribes in M12, White Weenie (Yes I’m counting that), Elves, Goblins, Zombies and Illusions. Illusions being a completely “new” blue tribe, they’re finally taking a step away from the Merfolk and giving us something new to play with. Illusions are also keeping their, if you’re targeted you die ability which probably will be their downfall in the end, but that’s where the lord comes in. Giving all illusions +1/+1 and Hexproof (or troll shroud if you prefer). With the new illusion clone for two mana (Phantasmal Image), and having protection thanks to counter spells, this tribe may be worth looking in to.

Two other cards should also be mentioned when talking about the tribes of M12 and the first one is the completely new card Adoptive Automaton, which is an artifact creature that lets’ you choose a creature type, he becomes that type and gives all other creatures of that type +1/+1. It’s quite a good add to any of the tribes that are lacking that extra power, except for WW which can’t use him that well.

The second oddly placed tribe leader, is a new vampire, to be honest, I’m somewhat excited about him and what this means for the next block, but I also feel zombies will be the main focus when it comes to black tribes, seeing as they got plenty of support cards in M12. Hell at least we can enjoy our vampires a bit longer even if the new ones aren’t as great as the Zendikar ones! He’s a vampire 3/3 flyer with Bloodthirst 3. While he’s on the field, vampire you cast get Bloodthirst 3 as well, ah nifty trick if you ask me, the positive thing with this type of lord is the fact that he won’t need to stay on the field to have supported the other vampires. The negative part being that you need to get some damage in to make him viable. But casting a 4/4 or a 5/4 vampire with lifelink for two mana seems quite awesome if you ask me.

Before I end this I also want to mention one tribe that just kind of popped up in M12, and even though I don’t believe it will be played all that much, it’s still kind of enjoyable to see.

THE SPIDERS!

So that’s that for the different Tribes of M12. Do you have a favorite?

E3 – What it was all about this year – Social Gaming

Hello everyone and welcome to this lovely little post about E3 and what we saw and what it meant and so on and so on. First of I just want to say that it was a slow E3 this year, everything was leaked or talked about beforehand and the information on the things we wanted to know more about was short. A few examples of this being…

WiiU – console or controller? Well it’s a console, but they didn’t really show it. If you looked in the back of the videos though you always saw a small white box and that’s the console! So the main focus was on the controller and well I’m not really sure what to think about it yet. But I’m willing to wait and see where this takes gaming. Another thing that was really exciting was the new depth of collaboration between EA and Nintendo, awesome! Below… yea that is what the new WiiU looks like.


Exciting Nintendo, exciting.

PSP Vita – even if I loved the look and style of it. I will not lie, it’s just a new PSP with new features. But to be honest, I rather buy this right now then the WiiU. Hell I would rather even buy a 3DS over the WiiU. Well, hell there will be some awesome titles for this little machine so I’m looking forward to it!

SOCIAL GAMING

But you know what, the thing that got me more excited than anything else this year, was not the fact that they will release a lot of new games, new game systems and updates. What I loved about this year is the fact that they are working hard when it comes to social gaming. PSP Vita for example, where you could see when friends were online, talk with them while playing, see where they were, it became a social gaming tool. I’m a bit behind on the subject though, never had a PSP or the new 3DS, these consoles may have implanted several of these things as well, but the way the portrayed it for the PSP Vita was awesome.
WiiU was the next thing that really tried to tell us: Play together in a new exciting way. Nintendo has always been great for families and casual players. They’ve aimed their marketing towards everyone (except the hardcore gamers) and I must say they’ve succeeded in doing many awesome things for social gaming. The Wii being a huge part of that, it is fun to play together and it’s an experience for everyone that joins in. The controller, Wii remote, even if somewhat ridiculous to a gamer, is a great way to show of gaming to new people.

“Look all you have to do is this, and this and like that.” – You say this while showing simple movements and everyone can understand it. Moving your arm around doesn’t need more explaining then actually showing it. Saying things like: “You need to make a dash forward and do a high jump,” will not make the casual player very excited. What do I press to Dash? What it is a high jump exactly?

Many games shown on E3 were either mentioned to have multiplayer or some type of share feature that would let you and people all over the world connect to each other. I love to see this, and I’m still waiting for that single player game that isn’t single player. Everything changes in the game depending on the actions of other players in the world, you can still play the story created for you, but all players can have a piece of the action. Not a huuuuge fan of MMO’s yet, but I’m watching and waiting for that MMO that takes the genre one step beyond what it is right now. If social gaming can have a break through, I believe it will be a mix of the MMO game feel, and tools that go beyond the game and system it’s connected to.

Thank you E3 for showing a small step in a direction that gaming should take. Never forget the player that likes to play alone, but always give him the option to reach out to other players.