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Everything posted by Audioslayne

  1. MTG Banned / Restricted list 1/15/18

    I would be willing to bet large amounts of money neither serum/thought/opt get touched. They are not nearly problems. If storm is to get hit they'll either just bite the bullet and ban grapeshot, past in flames, or baral. I don't think storm will see a ban. In my mind the most likely ban candidates are Mox Opal/SSG (mox moreso due to Lantern), Blood Moon (blood sun makes this a possibility but still unlikely), or street wraith (given general ban philosophy). I don't think modern will see a ban, but potentially an unban. If there is a ban it will specifically target lantern. Back on topic to standard, I've had time to test 3 decks so far: Grixis midrange, mardu vehicles, and every flavor of GPG you can imagine. Grixis midrange tested 'fine'. I didn't feel like I was every playing an unwinnable matchup but temur energy this is not. Fairly certain this is the best Scarab God shell and will likely be a player moving forward. The removal suite + siphoner were really what seemed to be the most powerful thing this had going. Mardu tested very well. Hazoret has always been powerful but with the absence of the reach the ramunap deck previously had I think this becomes the better shell for him. Unlicensed is still one hell of a removal spell, and aggro is never a bad place to be at the beginning of the format. This may be my week 1 deck, though I expect the format can adapt to make things worse for it I would not be surprised if this is just the defacto aggro deck of the meta. GPG tested... familiarly. It's an unforgiving deck with lots of microdecisions ending up mattering. Yet there are also still games where you're just a terrible midrange deck and don't ever get to commit to your "combo" plays. I think I like the refurbish builds more than the gate builds, being that you're not trying to fool anyone about what your gameplan is. You're not playing subpar black two drops to curve out into your three drop, you're just digging and executing the combo when time allows, and your cleaner mana allows you more opportunities to play gearhulks/fumigates main to just stem the bleeding, given that your combo usually just ends the game. While combat celebrant seems to be vastly 'cute' I think the biggest takeaway from that version of the deck is vizier is insane in this deck. I've won so many games just copying glorybringers, scarab gods, verduous, etc that the opponent is clocking me with just by having vizier in hand/yard. Also this effectively doubles the amount of 2nd angels you are playing which is very important, as the second angel is usually where your advantage becomes insurmountable. In class so post was kind of rushed. Glad to elaborate/answer questions on builds.
  2. Many of you probably remember a few years back where magic player Korey McDuffie came into US Nationals and both qualified and won with a deck he was mostly unfamiliar with. While this isn't quite as dramatic as that (Oliver has been slowly rising in the MTG community) something fairly similar happened a few weeks ago. Dragon Duel World Champion Oliver Tomajko recently became Magic's National Champion and as such had the opportunity to compete alongside America's leading pro Reid Duke, and Nationals runner up/Platinum Pro Gerry Thompson as team USA in the World Magic Cup. They performed relatively well losing a win and in for top 8 on day 2. More importantly however they basically did the entire tournament in a bandit keith cosplay:
  3. Australia/NZ

    Going to end up in the area for a few weeks next year. Any must do/see places? Going to be traveling all over so don't worry about locality and recommendations around different areas would be appreciated.
  4. Wasn't able to get a hold of @MZAAZM until Wednesday, or setup a time to play until yesterday. Got online today at our agreed upon time, pinged him several times through discord where he moved from online to idle. Have a lot of projects due today and may not be able to reschedule. Tomorrow I'll be at drill most of the day and likely won't have access to a stable internet connection (or free time) most of the day. I'll try to make something work if he ever responds to me but it's looking more and more like we're not going to be able to actually play this round.
  5. That was absolutely something I was not here to witness. If that's still the case then sure I concede. If not I don't see a problem. Honestly that could be a way to filter out people who don't belong here anyway.
  6. I assumed this would be the response I'd receive. To be blunt I don't think false reporting would be an actual issue and if it were it's a self correcting one if you're choosing to do it through discord bots. You cannot report without tagging someone. It stands to reason that if you are tagged you're going to see it and be able to easily dispute it if necessary. Still loser reporting was never necessary when reporting just happened through results of forum posts, and I doubt a medium change has affected false reporting rates (and if it has I'd imagine it's been for the better). Out of curiosity was the discord blurb in the original OP for this tournament, for I distinctly do not remember reading it? Also I think it's safe to say that this tournament moreso than others may draw out old or new faces who do not actively war here often. The blurb as is specifically mentions discord but does not mention the warbot which seems like a huge mistake since that seems to be the largest reason for the discord blurb to exist.
  7. To be fair this is very opposite to convention. Typically winner reports everything in nearly every game I've played. Having one report one thing and the opponent report the other seems like you're unnecessarily creating an additional point of failure.
  8. Anyone know a good way to get a hold of @MZAAZM? I messaged him on discord and here on Monday but have yet to hear from him. Also has not logged on dgz in going on two weeks so my hopes are low. I have drill this weekend and was hoping to get our match in either today or tomorrow.
  9. Apologies. I contacted my opponent through dgz. After ~24 hours he got back to me and said we could talk through discord. Thought I messaged him my username but I obviously didn't. We're planning on playing it out tonight if that's fine.
  10. I'm not mad DGz, I'm just disappointed.
  11. DuelistGroundz username: Audioslayne Discord username: pepe-Silvia#9497 Formats: Goats Only Expected level of activity: fairly active. Nights and weekends (central time zone) mostly Want to be on a team with (list any DGZ users that apply): Can't be picky when you're late. (Optional) Credentials/why you would be a good team member: I'll be playing whatever list Zapp tells me is good. Sidenote: I haven't played yugioh online in quite some time. I saw the post for approved dueling simulators and I understand why we're pushing Lackey but is that what people actually war on or no?
  12. New Mafia Rules and Punishments

    Came here specifically to see if this was in here: Was not disappointed.
  13. Upcoming gigs you are going to see?

    Show sounds amazing. I'd pay full price just to see Tool, ATDI, and Pup alone.
  14. Top 10 Tv shows.. again

    Twilight Zone Simpsons Doctor Who X-Files Mr Show Curb Seinfeld Jessica Jones GoT Always Sunny
  15. Iron Fist

    Anyone else watching this despite the negative reviews? I'm a bit of a Marvel fanboy so take my analysis with a grain of salt. I'm only halfway through it at this point but I'm generally enjoying it. It's certainly Netflix's least strong Marvel title so far but its certainly enjoyable. The acting is fine even if the writing could use improvement. The action scenes are also decent, and I feel like Danny is actually portrayed pretty damn close to how he is in the comics. The main ailment the show seems to suffer from is it's villain does not get built up well or quickly enough to be engaging. All heroes need a good villain and without proper conflict it's hard to get attached. That being said I feel like Danny was already going to be a hard sell since his general laid back light hearted manner doesn't fit well into the gritty world Luke Cage and Daredevil have set up for the Netflix marvel scene. They could have easily went a different direction with him but since they're mostly introducing him to work towards defenders they're trying so hard to make him converge. There's a reason we usually see Luke and Danny paired. They play well off of each other and provide balance, forcing one into the others role was just never going to be great. Then there's the fact that he is very Batman-esc in his origin which doesn't help him feel like anything new or exciting. Can anyone who has finished it weigh in?
  16. tell me about something that you like

    @Tygo I have (probably) shit taste, give me some recs? Really dig stuff I grew up on like Demetri Martin, Bill Burr, Patton Oswalt, etc. Also obvious the classics that everyone likes (Pryor, Hicks, Carlin). Lately enjoying John Mulaney, Lewis Black, Brian Regan. Back on topic I enjoy the hell out of trail riding (mountain bikes). It's unfortunate because I live in Iowa and have to drive several hours to get to anywhere worthwhile to ride but I'll often go out and ride nearby trails I've ridden a hundred times over. It just makes me feel so free and keeps me in shape without feeling like a chore. That being said my bike just got stolen last summer and I haven't fully replaced it yet. It was locked up outside on the complex bike rack (with a thicker lock than anything else there by a mile) but it was literally in our lease that we could not store them inside our apartment. Normally I'd say fuck it and do it anyway but they paid us to keep our place clean and use it as a model apartment for visitors meaning they could drop in pretty much whenever during business hours and see it. I bought a piece of junk at a garage sale but I've been so busy with school I don't have time to travel and bike atm so I haven't bothered properly replacing it. Hopefully looking to move to Minnesota when I graduate though and the riding up there is so much better it's insane.
  17. Amonkhet Previews

    I'll try to find it later but I saw a version of the counterspell invocation where the bottom half of the card was the same but above the textbox with the exception of the cardname it was all just card art. That actually looked pretty dope and tells me they weren't as far off the mark as people think they were. That being said the black ones look the best and the only ones I'm interested in (barring they decide to print all the pacts in this block) are entomb/dark rit so I'm quite okay with this. The real loser here is the rules change on split cards. As someone who just received everything for the grixis goryos expertise deck I'm pretty pissed. It was a cool interaction that rewarded proper rules knowledge and was ultimately providing a t2 at best deck that didn't seem to be too bad. If they want people to not be putting in emrakuls so early just ban emrakul, it by itself is a design restriction on all reanimation spells anyway.
  18. You SUCK at Mafia

    It's wholesome threads like this that almost make me want to play mafia again.
  19. RIP Nafe

    So for those of you that don't have him on facebook...     Apparently Nathan OD'd, was hospitalized, and apparently just passed in the hospital.   I don't even know how to take this.  I thought he was doing better.    I just.   Fuck.     If you'd like to donate to Nate's family, send to Jesse/itswhatever's paypal and he will forward it on to them:   https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=Z36S58FQ25AS2   There is also a funeral home page which in addition to containing info on his memorial services, also contains a condolence book/flower service/donation destination: http://www.gumpholtfuneralhome.com/obits/obituary.php?id=567764   As per his request:
  20. Justice League

    Make it stop.
  21. SCG Louisville: May 20-21

    If you've been paying attention at all to the SCG circuit it should come as no surprise they switched the format of this to team constructed (1 player each on legacy, modern, and standard) as it seems universally beloved by players and twitch watchers alike. I'm currently down a player for my team, and would really like to try to salvage the trip still. We would prefer a standard or legacy player but we'll take anyone in any format at this point. Obviously doing well is always the goal but at this point it's more important to me that I go than that I do well so if you're from the area and haven't played in a while you should go, I'll even supply you a deck/teach you the basics of the format if needed. Also worth noting that this will be the weekend after the pro tour for amonkhet so Standard should (barring saheeli/mardu being left fully in tact) still be fairly open. As far as other people I know Lux is planning on going up to this, anyone else I'm not aware of going?

    Mine came in, wore it to a PPTQ the next day, top 8'd. Can't say it's the reason I topped but I also can't confirm it's not. 10/10 would buy again.
  23. Constructed Standard Discussion

    You're not wrong. The pro players stance is usually slightly far removed from even just the slight grinder, and modern has steadily been getting better. The main grievance pros had with it is that there's too much to prepare for and too much variance in matchups. Anything can and will show up and it makes picking a deck harder than it should be. That being said the general allure is it's a "You can play what you want, just know it really well" format which most people find attractive. Either way it's no longer a PT format and the PPTQ's for it are relatively few and far between so it's a format I'd only pick up if you plan on grinding SCG/GP's or if your local scene is thriving.
  24. Constructed Standard Discussion

    Standard has the most tournaments that matter, people seem to enjoy modern the most but the barrier to entry is high, and limited is a good way to slowly amass a collection and not have to buy in to compete. Legacy is the format you play when you want to burn through your tax refund.

    I've found high variance amongst most brands. Assuming these are 100% cotton though because they should be fine either way then.