Welcome to the first official blog post where I announce the fact that our “Pokémon talk” recordings shall now be called:
I’m aware that this recording is VEEERY long, but we talked about every single card and we may have spent a bit to much talking about the early bad cards just to rush through them towards the end.
BUT, still had a great and fun time reviewing this card for card, and I hope you will enjoy it as well.
Thanks for watching/listening!
It’s time for my very first pod that is not a review and focused on one game alone. It’s time for my very first top 5 list, and just like my other episodes, it’s my first attempt at a listing and I will be sure to learn from it and do it even better in the future. Any comments are welcome!
You can listen to the podcast right here and/or on the go:
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Until next time, take care!
Capitalism, ho! Yea this is one of the weirdest top 10 lists I’ve done in the longest time, ignoring the fact that it was a very very long time since I did a top 10. So in the following list I will present to you, the top 10 games that I want to add to my collection (but because of reasons they’re not in it yet). Let go through the games and tiny motivations to why I have them in my top 10 list of “boardgames I want to add to my collection”.
At spot nr 10.
10. Warhammer 40k: Conquest
I’ve always been a huge fan of trading card games, but recently, I’ve decided to stop playing them and switch to LCG and other collectible games where you know the contect of the expansions (this mostly because of the huge money-sink feeling of TCGs). Conquest have the setting of one of my favorite sci-fi worlds and the gameplay appeals to me in may different ways. Planets to fight over, a joint goal from both sides and hidden movement. And being a part of a LCG in its early days is something that I would love, being able to get the new cards as they are released and learn as the game expands. Conquest together with Netrunner will be my “go to” card games from now on, thanks FFG!
This is not the most popular boardgame in the world, it’s long, have plenty of tiny rules and things to keep in your head and that may not appeal to everyone. BUT I just love how all the mechanics and gameplay creates a story for the character you’re playing. Everything is put in to the game to connect you to the story and world of Android. This universe has a huge appeal to me, and it’s not by chance that I got the other two games set in the same one.
8. Chaos in the old World
This is one of those games… when you sit down and play it, you love it. But then as soon as you leave the table, you hardly remember how the game played. You just remember everything about it feeling thematicly awesome. You play as one of the four chaos gods from the Warhammer Fantasy universe and try to corrupt the old world with your evil powers and followers. I love this game and I really do want it on my shelf. Also… my nickname is Nurgle and in this game… I can not only be called Nurgle around the table, but also PLAY Nurgle. LOVE IT.
7. Tanto Cuore: Oktoberfest
All of you out there can play your Dominions and your Thunderstones, but I will stick around with my maid game Tanto Cuore. This game is loved by both me and my girlfriend and we will never say no if it’s pulled out on to the table. This cute deckbuilder puts you in the master positions of a house that you need to hire maids for… to serve you. The art is very cutesy and even tho it puts of a LOT of players, I hav not played with a single Dominion fan that have not liked this game. Behind the manga style art there is a great deckbuilder. Do not miss out on this game just because you turn your head on the theme. Oh and Oktoberfest is the fourth release in the Tanto Cuore franchise. As soon as it’s out there I’m getting it! (Yea it’s not released yet and already on my list… hm).
6. Fury of Dracula
This is one of those games that have been asking for another print run for the longest time. Or well, people around the world have been asking for it. I’ve wanted to get Fury of Dracula for many many years, but when I finally started with my boardgame hobby, this game was already long gone and in the safe hands of board game collectors everywhere (and I don’t know a single one of them apparantly). One player takes the role as dracula moving secretley around a board while the other players takes the role of vampire hunters trying to track him down. A out of print game that I would love to get my hands on.
5. Battlestar Galactica
You may not know this but one of my favorite board games of all times is “The Resistance”, a game with secret identities where you try to figure out which players are trying to make your life harder. Battlestar Galactica is a cooperative board game where there may be players working against you. There is plenty of things happening in this game and everyturn there are situations that you and the other players have to solve. Will you make it through or is there players working against you stopping you from progressing, or is it just that you can’t complete it anyway? A great game that everyone should try. I have not yet played with the expansions but I’m looking forward to it.
4. Cosmic Encounter
I’ve played this game two times. And those two games had a huge impact on me, I love how everyone plays a race with a very distinct special power and how the gameplay is so inredibly simple. Even tho if there is a simple base to this game, everything above that is huge. You have to communicate, try and create agreements with other players, figure out when to help and when to backstab and just PLAY it. I NEED this game in my collection.
3. Mall of Horror
I’ve played the new “version” of this game called City of Horror. Sadly that new version is lacking, especially when it removed a key element of the old game: hidden voting. It was one of the best parts! You could discuss with players, make deals, but then you make that secret vote and do something completley different to what you just promised. Every player wants to stay in the game, but you can not do so by playing it alone (or by playing nice). Communicate your way to your goal and keep your survivors alive in the mall before the zombies comes a’ knockin’.
2. Dead of Winter
I love zombies. I love hidden traitors. I love discussing. I love story elments. This game put some of my favorite elements from games mentioned in this list and made a game out of it. I CAN NOT WAIT to get this game out on the table with a group of players and try to beat them down as the traitor…. you know… if I end up being the traitor. I’ve been waiting to get this game for a long time and as soon as it is back in stock in my local store I will be all over it.
1. Twilight Imperium 3
Epic. Epicness. Epic sci-fi madness. I have not yet played this game. But everytime I see a review of it, everytime I see the gameplay, everytime I feel like playing a long and epic game, Twilight Imperium 3 just pops up in my head. There is so much I think I would enjoy about this game, the space battles, diplomacy, technology, special abilities. MAN. This game. Is something I want to display and have my buddies that enjoy sci-fi just go: WHAT. LET’S PLAY THAT ONE. And I will do it, everytime. I mean… if we have 5-6 hours to spend.
It’s time once again to look at some M14 cards! Today we’re moving on to my top five cards from the set. I guess today we should just jump right on to it.
For the bottom five cards, you can check them out here: https://nurgleprobe.wordpress.com/2013/07/08/mtg-m14-top-10-cards-bottom-5/
5. The Hate Cycle
I’m sorry to say… but this means we actually have a top 10 top 5 top thing… The reason they all share this spot is because it’s so very dependent on the format to come. Which decks will be popular decides which of these creatures will actually be worth having in your deck and/or sideboard.
4. Kalonian Hydra
Okay so for once a big green mythic creature is actually looking pretty good! For one it’s not as expensive as the big green usually are, and this one can actually win with just two attacks. Not only will this see play in limited and you will be very happy when you get to play it there. You will also see this card in standard for sure. Thragtusk is now laving the game and giving trading out for his more aggressive friend. Oh and remember, if you give this thing haste. WHAMBAM
3. Liliana’s Reaver
Okay so I will tell you the truth right now, even tho this is my personal top 10 list. This card is actually my one favorite card in the set. This guy just reeks of value, one single hit from this creature is worth so much. Four less life for your opponent. One less card for your opponent. One extra creature for you. So much happens when this card hits, and I truly believe that this card will have a huge place in standard. I call this: the-mini-grave-titan. Even if your opponent decides to block this guy, he got Deathtouch and will clear that creature right out! I’m just happy they did not reprint White Knight in this set…
2. Archangel of Thune
The first time I read on this card, and probably for plenty of you out there. You read it as a cute little trick, when you gain life it grows. Then you realize that: oh everything grows! I’m not even sure how much that will matter when it all comes around, but I bet it will at times (just like any ability really). So I’m not all excited about this card, but I’m sure it will see some play. It’s a big flying lifelink angel after all.
1. Strionic Resonator
Yea this is on here, yea it’s on the first spot. Why? Well it’s artifact and ability that we haven’t seen before (or am I wrong?). And I just see this card doing plenty of broken things. I’m even looking at my favorite card from the set: Liliana’s Reaver, get that trigger twice for each attack and that is one bad ass value machine. And that’s just one of MANY tricks out there. Start looking at cards and their triggered abilities and I bet you can find some awesome things to double-trigger. (Thank goodness Thragtusk is gone right?)
(If you’re only interested in the TOP 5 it’s right here: https://nurgleprobe.wordpress.com/2013/07/09/mtg-m14-top-10-cards-top-5-of-the-list/ ]
It’s time to make one of the hardest top 10 lists in a long time. Cause people seem to be complaining ALOT about M14 at the moment. Saying that the power level is over all low, BUT, I’d say that there are plenty of playable cards in this set. People always seem to be expecting a power creep and want to see better, bigger, more useful, awesome spells. That’s not what Standard is about people. It’s about creating a new type of environment with new types of cards and letting new decks emerge.
And I’m telling you there are plenty of playable cards, if we were to make a “These cards are playable list” I do believe people would be happy to notice that there’s plenty of that around.
So this is my top 10 cards from M14! I rate from the heart and not from my brain and I most often look at cards for a standard playability, not eternal formats and so on (even tho that may happen with some cards just because I’m to excited… okay?). So let’s move on the bottom 5 of this list. The top 5 will be posted later!
10. Dark Prophecy
Some may argue that this card should not even be on this list, and I… agree! The true reason this card is here is because I want to see it. I want to see players use this card, try and build around it, do their Mono Block Control decks and try and win FNM’s. It’s the kind of plan that will work great when it does work and make you cry when it doesn’t. And hell… maybe I want my goat tokens to draw me cards when I block with them or sacrifice them to Trading Post.
9. Ring of Three Wishes
Okay you’re laughing but I believe this card will do a lot. I’m going to say it once again but I’m looking at you Trading Post and you will be resetting this card for me. The thing that makes this card awesome, is the fact that is a instant search effect. Yes you have to cast it once, but once it’s out, the searching is awesome. In the late game you can even search for proper instants to respond to your opponents cards.
8. Shadowborn Demon
I love black cards, okay? Okay. But really if Mono Black becomes a thing in the next format or if black will be played plenty at all. I do believe that this card will find a place. It’s a strong body for a relatively low cost AND it actually kills something (hopefully) when it enters the battlefield. But just as most demons that are released that seem powerful, they always end up not being the powerhouse they seem to be. So we will just have to wait and see.
7. Ogre Battledriver
So this card can work for you in two different ways. One, it gives all your small creatures and token creatures a chance to be very aggressive and awesome. Secondly, it also gives ALL creatures haste, which means that you can use important tap abilities the moment you play them. I see this card winning games all over the place in the future, and I will rage every time it happens and be mad about “fast-creature heavy-decks”. I’m not liking the aggressive decks in the format right now and I sure will not like the ones to come. BUT to all of you that will use him for combos and interesting interactions: I salute you!
6. Grim Return
This had two different spots on my list, either it’s down here on the sixth spot or I wanted it as number one. But it’s a hard card to valuate when you’re not really sure what will be played. It’s not only good if you’re playing creatures that can use it to great effect, it’s also great when you’re facing a opponent with plenty of “ETB” – triggers. It will be interesting to see where this card will fit in.
So these are my bottom 5 cards! Next we will check out the top 5. Excited? Oooh just you wait. 🙂
Until next time Nurglings, take care.
Welcome to part 2 of my top 10 Dragon’s Maze cards. We’re now moving on to my personal favorite cards of the set. Sadly there was only one John Avon piece in the whole set and that was on a land card. So, no Avon in top here and that…. that… makes me sad. 😦
So we’re doing some awesome and sweet and sexy cards right here, please remember that this list has nothing to do with usefulness or power. It’s all about MY personal taste, so let us see if we agree on some of the cards here.
This card is the bananas. Have you read the amount of things this thing does for 2 mana? For 2 mana you get a 2/2 creature. That’s okay, it’s a bear, we can use that. Oh and it also blocks fliers cause it got reach. So it’s awesome at taking down pesky tokens and smaller creatures with fly. Oh and it also got Flash so we can do it as a combat trick which is also kind of sweet and even play it at the end of turn if we want to be aggressive with it. Counter it? No no, no worries it’s uncounterable so it won’t be handled that way. Oh you’re attacking with Delver, sweet, cause it’s dead… oh and I got protection from Blue so you know I’ll just keep insect here for awhile.
TWO F****** MANA for that…. yea just saying.
4. Hidden Strings
This is pushed right? In one turn you can tap/untap 4 permenants for 2 mana. Just imagine playing this, tapping your opponents blockers, hitting your opponent and then untap the lands you used to play it. So that’s not insane in anyway BUT I can just see this card being used in so many broken ways. We just need to figure out which cards to use with it for maximum effect. I will give you a few names here and you can go check that out okay? Any kind of mana generating card should already be on this list of course. Skirsdag High Priest? Bloodline Keeper? Grimoire of the Dead? Gyre Sage? Izzet Staticaster? Krenko, Mob Boss? Underworld Connections?
Okay enough of that, let’s move on to our next card.
3. Blood Scrivener
This actually started of as number 1 on this list but after a lot of thinking and changing he ended up on a third post. This is one of those cards that could have been on the top 5 Best cards. But I’m just not sure about it yet. Sure it’s a 2/1 for two mana which is actually fine in itself. I’m just not sure if this card will be good enough. It’s awesome to draw the extra card of course, but what if you waste your resources just cause you … “know” that you will draw an extra card. AND BAM there comes the removal and you’re sad. Tho of course, if you have this and a draw card on your hand, that will actually let you draw a extra card since it’s not in your hand as it resolves. Just to let you know.
2. Reap Intellect
So I love Memoricide. I love Hunger Games. I LOVE THIS CARD. Okay so you can’t name cards with this, but instead you clear out cardSSSsss from his hand, and all the other cardSSSss with the same name from anywhere! Just imagine a scenario where you get to cast this this and hit two vital key cards at the same time. Hunger Games is better in the way that you decide on which card should be removed and sometimes you get lucky and hit the card in your opponents hand. But with this you will 1) always hit cards in their hand and 2) stop them from ever drawing the card again if the needed it. I love hand killers. I LOVE them.
IT’S A VAMPIRE
Until next time Nurglings, take care.
Hello Nurglings, it’s list time once again!
This time with the new cards from the sweet set: Dragon’s Maze. So the plan for this ”list” is to split it up in to two different categories. The first one being: the top 5 BEST cards of the set. This is of course the five cards I think will have the biggest effect on the Standard / Type 2 format. Yes I always rate cards on their effect on Standard when doing new cards like this.
Secondly I will do my Top 5 Favorite cards of the set. This can be based on ANYTHING, the sweet art of the card, the flavor, the power of it, ideas it puts in my head about deckbuilding and so on. Cards from the Top 5 Best cards will not be on this second list even if some of them may or may not be cards that are indeed a few of my favorites.
SO HERE WE GO!
5. Ral Zarek
I know you’re all over the place about this card beeing on spot 5 on this list. But you know why? Becuase it’s not that good at the moment. If you play him to be a expensive Lightning Bolt, then you should play a burn spell, if you play him to be aggressive and tap one of your opponents creatures, play another creature, a burn spell or Aurelia’s Fury that hits your opponent as a surprise. BUT I’m not saying it’s a bad card. I love Ral Zarek and I’m looking forward to see where and how he will be played in the format.
4. Ruric Thar, the Unbowed
Hehe, this guy got Vigilance and he’s unbowed… hehe. So Ruric will either be a total flop and I can complain about being wrong later on… OR he will be the most annoying card you will ever face. If you have to play a spell to deal with this guy you will also have to deal with the 6 damage to your face. He got a 6/6 body which if of course fine for the converted mana cost of six. The only true downside to this card is that it HAS to attack each turn… so go ahead and do that. Oh and he also blocks ALL creature that are currently being played in the format, even a certain hard hitting haste dragon.
3. Council of the Absolute
This may or may not see play, I’m putting Council on the third spot because I do believe he got a spot in the control sideboards. Play this guy and call out the key cards of your opponents deck and hope for the best. Okay so you will say Sphinx’s Revelation 89% of the time. Not only will that block your opponent from playing it, but will give you 2 extra life and 2 extra cards.
2. Advent of the Wurm
Okay is a hasted 5/5 trample creature for 4 mana that you can bring back with Snapcaster Mage a good enough card? Wait… you don’t think it has haste? Well you will play it at the end of your opponents turn, so it will be beating your opponent as soon as possible. And even if it can be blocked by a Thragtusk most creatures in the format can be traded with Thragtusk (except for the Ruric Thar of course <3).
1. Voice of Resurgence
Have you ever wanted to play a value card for 2 mana? Well this cards brings the value. Even if they waste a removal spell to deal with Resurgence, you will still get a 1/1 creature that will get bigger for each other creature you have on the field. Of course this is not the main reason the card is great, as soon as your opponent plays a spell on your turn, you will also get on of those “tiny” creatures. This may just be one of the most overrated cards in the set, or one of the greatest cards in the set. I’m not sure yet. There’s still plenty of ways to deal with Voice of Resurgence, and sure the earlier drop can be annoying but I don’t think it will turn the game completely to that players favor.
But, if you’re playing a control deck yourself like Bant for example, you have a great early creature here.
Hmm Hmm HMMM.
Now as I write this and start thinking about the card and where it should be played, and what decks it’s supposed to be good against. Well, we will just have to wait and see what the impact of the card may be. Since aggressive decks are currently being VERY popular this card may just not have the impact that it should.
Okay Nurglings, thanks for checking in on the first 5 cards of my top 10 list. I hope you enjoyed, and soon I will post my five favorite cards! Oh and remember, it’s all opinion.
Until next time Nurglings, take care!
5. Thunderous Wrath
Just imagine how scary this card is. You’re sitting on low life, let’s say around 7 or so, and this card is in your opponents deck. Five damage is a lot, it may not sound like much but just think about it. Five damage is ¼ of your life total, that’s a big deal for a single mana card. Indeed it’s nasty to have in your starting hand, but if the deck is built to use this card, I bet it won’t be a problem. Maybe I’m completely wrong about this card and it won’t see any play. Or I’m right, and it will be an important card in the standard environment to come.
Did I hear “hello Unburial Rites”? Returning this card to the field is insane. Loosing 7 life can be nasty against certain matchups, but sitting with seven new cards in your hand is insane! Just imagine how much you control the match from that point on. If you’re playing a deck like Frites, you may even have Flayer of the Hatebound in play. Something that is very important to remember about Flayers’ trigger, is the fact that the creature you return to the field, is the creature dealing the damage. Why is this important? Well it means that on the Flayer trigger, Griselbrand will get you 7 more life because of Lifelink! I wouldn’t mind paying 7 life for the effect after that! Or even 14 life…
3. Cavern of Souls
So… you… you can cast any creature of the correct type, and be SURE that it resolves. It even taps for any colored mana when playing that type of creature. So… wow. Decks like, Humans, Zombies and even vampires get a good manafix card, AND it protects you from blue decks. I haven’t been looking into other formats, but I’m guessing this card will see play beyond Standard (maybe even more important outside standard).
“Tapping green mana for Eldrazi”.
2. Tibalt, the Fiend-Blooded
“Omg why do you discard a card at random!”
“Omg why are the other effects so expensive!”
“Omg why is it double red!”
Omg, you can play this card before your opponent drops his second land. BEFORE he drops his second land and maybe even before he plays his first spell. Are we seriously complaining about a Planeswalker that has the ability to get to four or five loyalty counters before your opponent drops a significant card to handle him. Delver decks and Lingering Souls is still a way to work at Tibalt early, but the fact that they will have to work harder once you’ve played him; sounds amazingly good. Tibalt, cannot simply be left unchecked, because eventually his effects can be forcing you to do bad plays. Thank god we still have cards like Oblivion Ring and Celestial Purge in the format.
Soon I will give you my number one card from Avacyn Restored! Can you guess which card it is?
Until next time Nurglings, take care.