A Magical Huffalump Resides Here: July 2006

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 =)

Saturday, July 22, 2006

Coldsnap Cards I cracked !!!!

Yep bragging time... or to let the world see how crappy my packs were.. I'll write more later... tired

This is what I got from the fat pack:

1 foil Kjeldoran Gargoyle
1 White Shield Crusader
1 Wall of Shards
1 Jotun Grunt
1 Luminesce

1 Lovisa Coldeyes

1 mouth of Ronom
1 Frost Marsh
1 Dark Depths


1 Rimefeather Owl
1 Controvert
1 Krovikan Whispers


1 Sheltering Ancient

I got Masashi Oiso


1 FOIL! Herald of Leshrac - a foil rare! what are the

odds??? I wish it was a viper though =P

1 Haakon, Stromgald Scourge
2 stromgald Crusaders
1 Phyrexian Etchings

For the boxes:

1 foil snow-covered plains
2 foil snow-covered islands
13 highland weald
5 Dark Depths
13 Frost Marsh
11 tresserhorn Sinks
12 Arctic Flats
6 Scrying Sheets (1 FOIL!!)
13 Mouth of Ronom (1 FOIL!!)
9 Boreal Shelf

Random Foils:
1 Kjeldoran Javelineer
1 Kjeldoran War Cry
1 Gelid Shackles
1 Martyr of Sands
1 Squall Drifter

10 Glacial Plating
11 wall of Shards (1 foil)
6 Woolly Razorback (1foil)
5 Field Marshal
11 luminesce
6 cover of Winter
12 White Shield Crusader
6 Adarkar Valkyrie
6 Jotun Grunt (1 foil)
6 Sunscour
5 Darien, King of Kjeldor
5 Ursine Fylgja
12 Jotun Owl Keeper (1 foil)


Random Foils:
1 Frozen Solid
1 Ronom serpent
1 drelnoch
1 Martyr of Frost
1 Survivor of the unseen
1 Balduvian Frostwaker

11 Krovikan Whispers
6 Arcum Dagsson
5 Jokulmorder
11 FlashFreeze
11 Counterbalance
10 Controvert (1 foil)
11 perilous Research
6 Vexing Sphinx (1 foil)
5 Heidar, Rimewind Master
10 Rimewind Cryomancer
6 Rimefeather Owl
4 Commandeer
25 Rune Snag


Random Foils:
1 Gutless Ghoul
1 Grim Harvest
1 Rimebound Dead
1 Chill to the bone

11 Krovikan Rot
6 Herald of Leshrac
6 Soul Spike
5 Phyrexian Etchings
5 Haakon, Stromgald Scourge
10 Deathmark
4 Void Maw
6 Garza's Assassin
15 Phobian Phantasm
11 Stromgald Crusader

Random Foils:
1 Sound the Call
1 Into the North
1 Surging Might
1 Frostweb Spider

13 resize
6 panglacial Wurm
6 Artic Nishoba (1 foil)
12 karplusan Strider
5 hibernation's End
5 Shape of the Wiitigo
5 Brooding Saurian
13 Mystic melting
5 Ohran Viper
7 Allosaurus Rider (1 foil)
11 Sheltering Ancient
12 Freyalise's Radience (1 foil)

Random Foils:
1 Surging Flame
1 Goblin Furrier
1 Ohran Yeti
1 Rite of Flame

13 Cryoclasm
11 Lightning storm
6 Braid of fire
5 Lovisa Coldeyes
5 Lightning Serpent
4 Fury of the horde
5 Rimescale Dragon
11 Stalking Yeti (1 foil)
15 balduvian Rage (1 foil)
6 Karplusan Minotaur
12 Magmatic Core


10 Phyrexian Ironfoot
12 Mishra's bauble
5 Jester's scepter
6 Thrumming Stone
5 Phyrexian Soulgorger
14 Coldsteel Heart (1 foil)


Random foil:
Deepfire Elemental

12 Vanish into Memory (1 foil)
11 Blizzard specter
5 Tamanoa
5 Diamond faerie
6 Zur the enchanter
6 Sek,Juar, Deathkeeper
5 Garza Zol, Plague Queen (1 foil)
3 Wilderness Elemental
11 Juniper Order Ranger

Friday, July 14, 2006

On Shuffling

When I was a younger player, it used to bug me. Shuffling that is.

Riffle Shuffle?

Even Now I don't it well =)

With sleeves I normally use pile, then mash. Or just alot of mash =)

Without sleeves it is usually pile, then a normal shuffle.

This article is nice in that it says what is okay what is not, and what is mana weaving =)

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

A Magical Personality Test

A magical personality test

arcane7828, you are a...

Mastermind (CDFP)
Competitive Defensive Flexible Person-player
As a Mastermind you play Magic: the Gathering because you want to win - and you’ve got what it takes to achieve that goal. You don’t believe in rushing in with an army of creatures and dealing a massive blow to your opponent right from the start. No. You believe in observing. Watching. Waiting. Weighing up exactly when to go in for the kill. Then, before your opponent knows it, you’ve knocked him out with an unexpected precision blow.

You can handle an aggressive player who goes in hard against you right from the start: you’ve seen their sort before and you’re ready to greet their excesses with a sound defensive strategy and a wry smile.

Of course, things don’t always go your way, but your understanding of the way the game works means you will frankly look at all the factors. You aren’t beyond putting an unsuccessful game down to bad luck but you’re also honest enough with yourself to admit you weren’t playing up to scratch.

Want to find out what sort of Magic players your friends are? Just enter ther emails below to tell them about it, and when they've taken the test we'll tell you their result.
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You’ve got the right idea about playing sport and games. You realise that while it’s really important to be as sharp on the gaming side as you can, you know there’s more to it than that. Different people play the game different ways. By working out who you’re playing and what’s going on in their head you gain your crucial winning advantage. Before you start a game with someone, you like to know a bit about them. Indeed, as you shuffle decks before play begins you might make friendly conversation. But little do they know that your interest is more than merely casual... You will change how you’re playing in response to their moves, reading how their game is going from their body language. And you’re not beyond sending out a few signals of your own - perhaps you try to mask your reactions, or if you fancy yourself as a bit of an actor, perhaps you send out a few misleading vibes.

Your Cards are:
Forbid Exodus
Rishadan Port Mercadian Masques
Vampiric Tutor Visions, 6th Edition
Deep Analysis Torment

We say: You are sensitive to people, you like to understand what makes them tick (if only to make your game go like clockwork). Use this sensitivity in life and it’ll help you to win friends and influence people. You’re not just a Master at Magic, you’re probably pretty hot at Poker too.

The most common personality type is the Knight (CAIP) with 17.1% of people.
The least common, with just 0.4%, is the Kingpin (EDFP).
44.8% of Magic players want a fight.
People who would take up bungee jumping are also less likely to learn from their mistakes.
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Coldsnap Precons

See them here

They look pretty good, I would go for the Kjeldoran cunning, Beyond the Grave and Auroch Stampede. I really do not like the last one. =)

Mostly I am motvated by the old cards.

WOTC is so smart/dirty/kind - depends on how you look at it.

Kjeldoran Cunning - Brainstorm
Beyond the Grave - Ashen Ghoul
Auroch Stampede - Gorilla Shaman

And a host of interesting cards:
- Bounty of the Hunt
- Orcish Lumberjack
- Tinder Wall

Auroch Stampede is probably the most fun =)
4 BULL AUROCHs!!!! some cool
Gorilla Shamn kills moxen - nuff said.
Not to mention it has most of the good stuff.

Beyond the grave has some nice stuff. - Casting of bones?

Ashen Ghoul - was the beginning of recurring black weenie.
Has arguably the better rares.

For the militant =) - Kjeldoran Cunning.

Field Marshal will be sought after.
Darien is useless.

Brainstorms - 3 of em!

The last one... the only card that interest me is iceberg =)

Too meh.

Sunday, July 09, 2006

My Coldsnap Prerelease Report - Just my ramblings

So I said i will not be attending the prereleases.

But I did.

It was'nt intended. I had just wanted to go collect some putrefys and it happened that I was only 20 minutes from the second flight.

That said, I thought to myself, why not?

Oh the scary thing? I had to fill up a blue form to register...

And it had my name on it!

Apparently someone with the same name wrote halfway and put it back.

So I thought... it is meant to be...

... As with my lovelife, all things seem doomed for failure =)

Anyways I got seated, and the people were nice.

When I ripped my packs, I got:

A rimescaled Dragon, Adarkar Valkyrie, Braid of Fire, Arcum Dagsson, Soul Spike, Wooly Razorback.

All money cards....

And it had 4 shackles, 3 chill to the bone, and 2 Frozen solid plus counters.


We did a deck swap.

Man that hurt.

In the end I got all star Timmy cards. And at that point, I knew I was not a Timmy.

I got...

Haakon, Darien (Whoohoo the black and white all stars!!!! sighz), the leviathan, Thrumming Stone,the big Wurm,Garza Zol, Plague Queen.

It was also thin on removal.


In the end I build a weenie deck.

My first opponent was casual, so it was crappola verses crappola. I won 2-0.

Only thing of note, I tried to play as perfectly as possible. Paid upkeeps and so on.

My second opponent was tight. Played his deck and made few errors.

But his deck is better than mine. For some plays i made a judgement call, made my bet and lost, That was 3rd match, I was holding 2 prevention spells, but I chose to tap out. It was my downfall. Sighz.

end score 1-2.

My third opponent was a little irritating. Kept trash talking. First game I had him. ... but then he played Gazar Zol. Sighz. I had Gazar Zol too but she required U/R/B. On hind sight I should have played some black to have access to removal (yes I played a zero removal, weenie deck). 2nd game I clawed back. 3rd game a Rimescaled Dragon snowed all my stuff. It was'nt pretty. I should have played some removal both times I got killed it was by some inordinate fatty. Sighz.

Anyways other highlights include.. WHOA! i finally won a prize. sort of. It was a fun thing, they asked for people with the digit 7 at the end of the postcard number. I got a Adarkar Valkyrie off that. Some cool, so I got my angel in the end afterall.

By the third match, I decided to drop, my mom was a lone and stuff.. besides, winning one more match would just get me one more pack. Given my deck I am utterly out classed. I had to play for my wins. Sighz....

The deck swap really spoiled my day. A whole butt load of crap??? Who would've thought.

Anywasy when I dropped, they gave me my pack and I got a Garzar's Assassin.

I think its >crap.

Ah well.

This to note:

1. Ripple is strong in limit. 40 card deck, if you play 6 packs of CS, it becomes like constructed ripple =) But a 60 card deck? I dunno. I suspect it might be strong with some cards that reshuffle the cards into the deck.

2. MVP Keldorian Outrunner. The expandable butt makes it for a really strong early weenie. Simian Brute/Grunt? the 4cc 3/3 is also good.

3. Snow makes for interesting limited options, but I have my doubts about constructed.

4. The bombs in limited are really the bombs.

5. People should sit next to me, I always pull good stuff.

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Coldsnap Spoiler!!!!!

Just a link to the Coldsnap spoiler from Mtgsalvation.com

Of note at the moment is that there is a card... perilous research, that looks to do mad combo with hatching plans!!!!

Watch for the price of Hatching Plans to shoot!

Coldsnap at the moment looks to be a enchantment centric set.

Legends like Arcum and Zur are printed!

Apparently a Kami of Ancient Law wannabe has been printed and it is a unicorn????
Ronom Unicorn to be exact!

27 new cards have just been discovered =)

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