A Magical Huffalump Resides Here

A Magical Huffalump Resides Here

My name is Ed, I am a programmer. Just another dude with another blog. I like MTG, Open Source (more towards FREE software). I like sports, and eventually I hope to do business and do good for the world in general. This blog is gonna be about Magic The Gathering. Decklists and snippets will be posted here. It may lead somewhere or nowhere, as with all things arcane, that was bloody obvious =)

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

[Deck] WW Moxie

maintained at Sally

ww moxie

4 Kytheon, Hero of Akros
4 Isamaru, Hound of Konda
4 Savannah Lions
3 Thalia, Guardian of Thraben
3 Anafenza, Kin-Tree Spirit
3 Thalia, Heretic Cathar
4 Resplendent Angel
2 Lyra Dawnbringer
4 Honor of the Pure
21 Plains
4 Mox Amber
4 Path to Exile

This deck was originally built on MTG Instant... a really fabulous app... until the data portion got corrupted and I lost about 100+ deck/deckideas :(

So now here I am trying to recall my more recent decks :P

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Monday, August 12, 2019

[deck] Minotaur


SO its been 5 years since I first cobbled together that deck on a whim....

Anyways this is the updated version:


4 Deathbellow Raider
4 Rageblood Shaman
2 Kragma Butcher
4 Ragemonger
3 Boros Reckoner
4 Fanatic of Mogis
4 Gnarled Scarhide
1 Purphoros, God of the Forge
1 Mogis, God of Slaughter
5 Mountain
5 Swamp
4 Blackcleave Cliffs
4 Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx
4 Bloodstained Mire
1 Hammer of Purphoros
4 Metallic Mimic
4 Lightning Bolt
2 Chandra, Pyromaster

Mostly it is an upgrade of the lands to fast lands (bloodcleave cliffs) and fetch lands

Metallic Mimic is a more recent upgrade from Aether Revolt.

So many changes!!! But some things never change...

The deck still sucks :p

But its a fun tribal and should win some games, just that you have no free wins and you are ulimately playing what the kids will call a fair deck. :) 

Have fun people!

I placed  aback up list on sally just in case.

Recently my data on MTG Instant App got wiped... which was terrible I had like over a hundred random deck ideas... *poof* all gone..... I only remembered this because I know I blogged it before \0.0/ 

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[Deck] UG Merfolk

UG Merfolk

4 Kumena's Speaker
3 River Sneak
4 Deeproot Elite
3 Lord of Atlantis
3 Master of the Pearl Trident
3 Merfolk Branchwalker
2 Kumena, Tyrant of Orazca
4 Merfolk Mistbinder
2 Jadelight Ranger
2 Deeproot Waters
3 One With the Wind
3 Waterknot
4 Forest
4 Island
3 Breeding Pool
4 Misty Rainforest
4 Cavern of Souls
4 Botanical Sanctum
1 Sleep

1 Kopala, Warden of Waves
4 Silvergill Adept
2 Merfolk Trickster
2 Aetherize
1 Echoing Truth
4 Force of Negation
1 Sleep

Will likely edit it at Sally

This deck was originally formed on (of all things) ARENA.... of course that was standard.. so porting it to modern I was seeking to still retain the green portion of the deck will harnessing what modern had to offer.

I deliberately tried to not use aether vial. However spreading sea's synergy with Lord of Atlantis and Master of the pearl trident's island walk ability does pull this deck in a different direction..

I did not use spreading seas as the deck had evasion in the form of unblockables and flying via one with the wind... however spreading seas is very tempting.

One thing that I did not have is main deck echoing truth.... I figured since it was a substandard answer to T2 Hogaak which I think will likely not happen so often, I will take my chances and try to race via evasion. T2 Hogaaks are just part of the meta and are not consistent anyway. at least I am counting on that :p

Spreading seas and aether vial would slow down the deck... a little....

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[Deck] Werewolf


4 Duskwatch Recruiter
4 Kessig Prowler
4 Brazen Wolves
4 Deranged Whelp
4 Lambholt Pacifist
4 Howlpack Resurgence
6 Forest
6 Mountain
4 Cinder Glade
4 Warped Landscape
4 Game Trail
4 Moonlight Hunt
4 Incendiary Flow
4 Arlinn Kord

Deck editor used is that at Sally

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Tuesday, February 05, 2019

The lowest denominator

Never underestimate stupidity.

Thats a mantra i hold in my everyday life. I accept people for who they are but unless i know more about them and am reasonably confident of them, i do not rely on them to do the right thing. And definitely they are not the measure by which i make my decisions, my decisions are meant to work despite of them.

Magic has been infuriating for a long time. Its hard for me not to feel vindictive and har har at all those baying for banning for cards that they do not like. Magic has finally made a tweak for a new low ( or high in terms of simplfication/dummification) in pushing for BO1 in Arena. Now don't get me wrong i love Arena and I support BO1. Because the principles are correct. When i first started sideboards infuriate me. I did not understand why could we not just play the 75 cards as a deck, and i still do. Face it. BO1 is just a different format, it is simpler to understand, but the meta is harder. It is a different game (in the sense that duels are different games from highlander and really pauper, standard, modern are really all different games).

Arena is really introducing a Magic that is simpler for those not familiar with the game. For those saying those "new" players should learn the rules. Its really the same as asking those who could not follow KCI (seriously...) to learn the rules. The result is the rules were too difficult and in general KCI was killed. The masses hated it and wizards pandered to the masses. People, becareful what you wish for because Wizards in implementing and pushing for the masses  is doing exactly that in pushing for Arena. Same for when they killed Eldrazi, eggs and the latest KCI. It just so happens that the common denominator has lowered.

And for the record i do enjoy Arena, in a sense i have joined the masses. For better or for worse, i tire of the constant simplification and dumbing down of the game in other formats. So much so that a game there is the same as a game in Arena. I enjoy the fact that i no longer need to consider the format toomuch and just wing games with much less time invested. Yes i am copping out, but you see, the same happened to me when i was with the other formats, where literally archtypes are hated for being supposedly non-interactive because my opponent is too dumb ro build against it, where LD was neutered for being "unfun" again because my opponent is too dumb to face me by building his deck to defeat LD, or counterspells because players feel negatively about them instead of just building or playing around them. Eldrazi winter was the funnest period of modern for me. It was the first time people had to innovate and think of how to defeat the beast. Sure people will say the data, but that is misinformation. The problem with Eldrazi winter was that wizard really released a pillar in the format. Not a deck or an archtype, but a whole friggin pillar. Hence Eldrazi was difficult to pin down, because they came in many forms, attacked in different ways. But because they all used some form of Eldrazi, they were lumped as Eldrazi decks. Anyways that party had to end, luckily it ended with a combo deck mowing down 3 eldrazi decks (sounds familiar ....KCI? Heh). Yet at that time no one baying for blood recognised that Eldrazi could be contained. The vocal group was not interested in defeating it, only for its banning.

Arena is not really like a ban, but kinda in a reverse way, since it is a format with the simplification built in. I feel less appalled by it (as opposed to some ban simplifying the game) as it does not threaten current gameplay and is actually quite fun.

If you feel that Arena is dumbing down and takes something away form you (since it is something wizards is pushing for competitively as the mainstream). Let me just say i understand how you feel, it sucks to be you. But you really just need to embrace it, just like i embraced the evolution/dumbing down of magic all these years.

To the thought that magic has 20 years of history and complexity that makes it a great game? That same complexity was treated as a dumpster fire in the KCI banning. And the game is still alive *gasp*

Enjoy magic as it comes people.

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