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 Welcome back to Tribal Apocalypse, the PRE where the Hall of Fame doesn't lie.

   Table of Contents 

  1. Last Week on Tribal Apocalypse...
  2. The High Price of Winning
  3. RexDart's Show and Tell
  4. Ahmet's Game Bazaar
  5. 2012 Invitational! (Find out the PRIZES and ROUND 4 RULES!)
  6. Announcement Time!
  7. What's Next

 This week will have our second Invitational ever, you guys! And in the meantime, last week the crème de la crème of 2012 practiced their craft in the first regular tournament of the year, ending with a Top 4 with impressive pedigree.


LAST WEEK ON TRIBAL APOCALYPSE...

  • Event Number: 3.02, Week 106 BE
  • Date: January 12
  • Attendance: 26
  • Rounds: 4
  • Special Rules: none
  • Top 4: endless_nameless (Construct, undefeated); DirtyDuck (Cat, undefeated); romellos (Human, 1 loss); mihahitlor (Assassin, 1 loss)
  • Special Prizes: Endangered Prize to Robin88 with Rebel; Semi-Virgin Prize to grapplingfarang with Ape; Topical Prize to Gq1rf7 with Elemental
  • Tribes: Angel (x3), Ape, Archon, Assassin, Cat, Construct, Elemental, Elf (x2), Faerie, Goblin (x2), Human (x4), Knight, Kor, Ninja, Nomad, Rebel, Specter, Vampire, Wizard
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

 So, the Top 4 tribes were all in the All-Time Top 16 ranking this time. Effect of this being a regular event, I guess. Some movements in the ranking, though, with all the Elves, Goblins and Humans present ending without points, with just one Human exception, consolidating their 2nd place. Cat consolidated their 7th position as well, while Assassin moved up one spot from 14th to 13th. But the big jump was achieved by Construct, that gained 5 positions (from 15th to 10th), thanks to the comeback of a glorious TribAp champion, endless_nameless.

 

 This Construct build is part Metalworker ramp, madly accelerating into Myr Battlesphere thanks to the little robot and classic cards like Grim Monolith, Voltaic Key and Ancient Tomb (plus Gaea's Cradle, which isn't usually seen in these builds); part aggro affinity, with Memnites and Frogmites pumped by the Steel Overseers and some artifact-lands-fueled Cranial Platings; and part Kuldotha Forgemaster combo, where all the little dudes become fodder for the coming of the Blightsteel Colossus. A truly unstoppable mix, that infallibly obliterated all its opponents with an almost perfect score (only puzzling element: why that Island and the greater number f Seats of the Synod? I can't see any blue activation in the deck, while the Platings would like to have black mana available to do their trick). We all welcome back endless_nameless (well, except the obliterated opponents, I guess) after his long absence that prevented him to gain any Hall of Fame points in 2012. He's already well-positioned for 2013, though, given the 104 points earned in virtue of the record attendance of this event.

 RexDart talks about this deck in his weekly feature, even commenting on Metalworker's art, which personally I always found utterly repellent. The artist Don Hazeltine is otherwise very good, though, with cards like Magus of the Coffers, Tainted Field, and Deadwood Treefolk. Is it a case that Metalworker isn't listed in his portfolio at all? :)

 What follows is a parade of some of the 2012 best. DirtyDuck, 2011 3rd Rider of the Apocalypse and #4 of the current ranking, went undefeated with Cats. Meow.

 

 Power build, with Tarmogoyf and 24 cards with 1 cmc. Where are those Chalices of the Void when you need them?

 The Tribe of the Year, Human, is here perfectly represented by the #2 player of 2012 romellos, with a 3-1 deck that only lost to Dirty's Cats.

 

 All the 8 white exilers, the blades, Thalia and Gaddock, Knight of the Reliquary, Geist of Saint Traft, Baneslayer Angel (and romellos' tactical favorite  Ulvenwald Tracker, as a signature). Even with 62 cards and Noble Hierarch replaced by Avacyn's Pilgrim for monetary reasons, this kind of Human deck still rules.

 And so do the Assassins by the #1 Player of the Year, mihahitlor.

 

 This is definitely the more budget-friendly build of these Top 4 (first of all by being mono-colored). But by any means not less lethal, as shown here against my Entomb/Exhume Iona Angels, which I choose to play in regular events for two reasons: the games are very quick, in a way or the other, so I can go back to hosting; and I want to scare Elves, Goblins, and other monocolored builds. The way it happened, for instance, against Freyd's Soul Sisters build:

 Except, look at how those damned Garza's Assassins manage to prevent Iona, despite Karmic Guide and Linvala trying to do their best, and being trumped by Gatekeeper of Malakir (fun fact: I found that Linvala in my first ROE draft ever, then never sold her or bought other copies. And now that she's almost 30 tix I have to try very very hard to fight the temptation.)

 And that's it.


THE HIGH PRICE OF WINNING

 Also known as: how much do the Top 4 decks cost? As of January 18, 2013, here's the answer (MTGO Traders prices; the cheapest version of each card is always used; basic lands count zero):

  • 1st place, endless_nameless's Constructs: $310.46 (nonland cards: $164.22; tribal base: $69.33)
  • 2nd place, DirtyDuck's Cats: $526.64 (nonland cards: $363.14; tribal base: $0.96)
  • 3rd place, romellos's Humans: $586.94 (nonland cards: $201.66; tribal base: $52.01)
  • 4th place, mihahitor's Assassins: $24.25 (nonland cards: $21.01; tribal base: $2.52)

 In face of mihahitlor's very alluring deck (budget-wise too), we had a quasi-record with romellos' Human build ending very close to the Top 4's most expensive deck, which is still RexDart's Faerie build from 6 weeks ago, worth $588.95. The mad price of Wasteland (this week at $51.84) wasn't enough. Ah, if only those 8-cent Avacyn's Pilgrims were still 14-bucks Noble Hierarchs! All while DirtyDuck's Cats featured $335 worth of Tarmogoyfs, but in vain: Vendilion Clique still reigns.


REXDART'S SHOW AND TELL

 

 Welcome back for episode 3 in the ongoing "Show & Tell" series, examining the top decks week-to-week in the Tribal Apocalypse PRE! This week, the Top 4 included Naya Cats finishing back in the points for the first time in quite a while. I covered the history and matchup strengths of that deck back in my very first video of the Archetypes series last fall entitled "Sligh Aggro".

 But taking 1st place was a Construct build that combined elements of two popular artifact-centric legacy decks: MUD and Affinity. With the fast and big mana production possible from Metalworker, Grim Monolith, and Voltaic Key, the deck can churn out board dominating threats like Myr Battlesphere that both hold off the opponent and close a game out quickly once you go on the attack. But this list also features elements of the classic Affinity deck, such as Cranial Plating, Memnite and Frogmite. Not only does Cranial Plating provide a nice alternative plan if Metalworker and Forgemaster are killed, but the numerous smaller and cheaper Constructs can fuel a big Gaea's Cradle activation to generate big mana through sheer strength of numbers.

 In honor of Metalworker's appearance at 1st place, I also take a quick look at the work of artist Don Hazeltine, whose iconic and memorable artwork for Metalworker represents a style that Magic artwork has sadly left behind.

 SPECIAL NOTE: One of the great things about Tribal Apocalypse is the challenge of deckbuilding, and one of the nice perks is to have your accomplishment featured in this article series. Every deckbuilder wants to show off just a little, right? But I need your replays! Please, if you finish x-1 or better, especially if you finish Top 4, consider sending me any interesting match replays to discuss in the feature for that week. Kuma's article explains how to capture the video, and how to send it via WeTransfer. You can reach me at cjwynes@yahoo.com with any videos for the week.  I record the video each week on Wednesday evenings, U.S. Central time, so get me anything you want me to consider before that time every week. Thank you!

 Check the complete archive of RexDart's Deck Techs here.


AHMET'S GAMES BAZAAR

 Last week, the 2013 regular Tribal games started in an amazing way. We hit 20+ attendance and had some old champions back in action. I don't know about you, but I had a very entertaining tournament in the end.
My first round was against Ayanam1's Angel reanimator deck. The following two videos are of the first and second game of this match. Unfortunately my client didn't save the rest of the games.

 Game 2 here:

 At second round I faced mihahitlor's Assassins. And that was a really hard matchup for me. But in the end I got lucky to draw the right Sword in both games.

 My third round was against Chamale, who is a great Combo player. I knew that I would face Dream Halls but my deck had the right tools to disrupt his game strategies. This didn't work in our first game, though, as it was all over for me as soon as Chamale cast Dream Halls. At this point my only winning chance could have come through only from Gaddock Teeg or a conditional delay with Thalia, Guardian of Thraben. So it was a case of all or nothing for me, and in the next game I have mulled down to a hand with four cards. There I found Gaddock Teeg but there wasn't any land in it. I took this chance and started to draw blindly and skip turns until I managed to draw the two lands I needed. After that, the score was 1-1.
 In our third game, I started with both Gaddock and Thalia but this time I didn't manage to draw any land that produced green mana. Thalia was in play, but Dream Halls managed to hit the board on the 6th turn after all. Still it wasn't over for me as Thalia's tax ability disrupted that turn. Chamale had to pass the turn and then I played Gaddock with Dream Hall's alternative casting, so the match ended 2-1.

 My fourth round was against DirtyDuck's Cats. Games were fast in the first and second game. In the third I got land issues, which made me lose 1-2. 
Overall this was a great regular Tribal debut for 2013. Hope we will continue to see all these great players around much more.
 


THE 2012 INVITATIONAL!

 It's that time of the year again, the time when we take the Top 16 players of the Hall of Fame Ranking and we have them fight each other for the title of Ultimate Tribal Champion. And, well, prizes. And now we can announce them! Drum roll for the Top 4 uber-special booty, celebrating the most successful tribe of the year, Human (7 wins in 2012) with some favorites of increasing amazingness!

4th place gets...

3rd place gets...

2nd place gets...

...and, believe it or not, 1st place gets...

 That's right, in place of the old, boring attendance-based tix pool, we'll have a one-of-a-kind grand total of almost 40 TIX WORTH OF STUFF! (1st and 2nd place, courtesy of MTGO Traders; 3rd and 4th place, courtesy of Clan Leys through SBena_Bot)

 But that's not all, since all the Top 16 deserve a bit of recognition, so MTGO Traders kindly agreed to give all of them (even the ones that will not show!), a 2-tix certificate. You'll find it in your email asap. Good job, Top 16!

 Let's review the whole thing now. The 2012 Invitational will be a seeded single elimination tournament (look at the event page with the board) where each round will be played with different rules (see below). The 16 qualified players are:

  1. mihahitlor (858 pts.)
  2. romellos (788 pts.)
  3. Nagarjuna (704 pts.)
  4. DirtyDuck (696 pts.)
  5. _Kumagoro_ (621 pts.)
  6. Ranth (621 pts.)
  7. AJ_Impy (430 pts.)
  8. Ayanam1 (312 pts.)
  9. Chamale (300 pts.)
  10. slug360 (297 pts.)
  11. raf.azevedo (283 pts.)
  12. gbagyt (258 pts.)
  13. RexDart (228 pts.)
  14. _BIG_BROTHERS_ (221 pts.)
  15. Malum (194 pts.)
  16. SBena (193 pts.)

 14 of  these players have confirmed their participation, with the other two not being sure they'll be there. So, we'll have reserves taking the place of any qualified players who won't show up. They will be seeded at the bottom of the ranking (and will NOT get the 2-tix certificate, that's for the Top 16 only), based on their respective seed. So, if the #11 spot will be vacant, the whole ranking will move up one position, and the highest-ranked reserve present will take the #16 seed. The players ranked between the 16th and 32nd place (check it here) are all invited as reserves, and will have the chance to play in case a qualified player will not be there. If even those will fail to show, any ranked player will have the chance to play. So, come and see, folks! At the very least, you'll be able to witness the royal rumble!

 Here's the rules for each of the 4 rounds. 

 ROUND 1: UNDERDOG
 The players must use an Underdog tribe with the following additional bannings: Swords to Plowshares, Path to Exile, Oblivion Ring,
Counterspell, Brainstorm, Dark Ritual, Lightning Bolt, Punishing Fire, Green Sun's Zenith.

 NOTE: this group of 9 cards is what I called the "Tribal 9" (or, you know, T9). They're statistically the most abused noncreature, nonland cards in Tribal Apocalypse, and will be used as an additional banned list in special events where we want to push players into using something different. I made a couple changes from the actual Top 10 list: I removed Wrath of God, because forcing to use Day of Judgment instead (or Damnation, or any other available sweeper) doesn't make any real difference; and I replaced Honor of the Pure, that felt too specific, with Dark Ritual, because I wanted a powerful, generic low-cost black card in the list.

 ROUND 2 (QUARTER-FINALS): BEST DECK
 The players must use the deck with which they achieved their best result in 2012. But it's not necessary to try and copy that decklist at 100%. What's important is for it to be the same tribe and the same basic mechanic of the original deck. Meaning that if you won with a Human deck based on Aluren, you must bring that back. And vice versa, you can't transform your "good stuff" Human aggro deck into an Aluren build.
 Specifically, here's some of the changes you're allowed to do: 

  • improve/change the mana base: e.g. replace Temple Garden with Savannah; or vice versa if you sold stuff;
  • improve/change the tribal base: e.g. Desecration Demon wasn't available for Demon decks at the time you won, now it is, then you can update your Demon list with it if you like;
  • improve/change the anwers: you used to have Damnation in the deck but now you think you like Black Sun's Zenith better? Replace it freely. You didn't have any Wasteland at the time and now you do? Use them. You had some Signets and now you want Medallions? Make the switch. And so on. Even in this case, it's vice versa if you sold some cards in the meantime and need to downgrade.

 What's important is mostly that the new additions don't change what the deck does, and that you don't take out elements that were defining of what the deck did at the time you achieved your best result with it. For instance, I won an event with a Demon deck based on Heartless Summoning. Then if I want to use it in the Invitational, I can't replace Heartless Summoning with Doom Blade and all the higher-costing Demons with the faster ones.
 In the case of players whose only option is a combo deck for which they don't own the signature cards anymore, they're allowed to just play the tribe. We can safely assume that won't be an advantage for them, since if they won an event with a combo deck, chances are they would have wanted to bring it back.

 ROUND 3 (SEMI-FINALS): NEW DECK
 The players must use both a tribe and a deck different from those with which they achieved Hall of Fame points in 2012. The Top 16 Tribes of 2012 (Human, Elf, Goblin, Wizard, Wall, Kor, Werewolf, Faerie, Vampire, Assassin, Merfolk, Kithkin, Ally, Spirit, Zombie, and Knight) are excluded.

 ROUND 4 (FINALS): ON THE FLY
 The finalists (both for 1st and 3rd place) will have 20 minutes to build a deck "based on rules established by their opponent". And now it's time to reveal what this means. Starting from the player with the higher seed, the finalist will take turn naming a color, two times per player. The chosen colors will be the only ones the opponent will be allowed to use in the deck (it's a color identity rule, so it applies to both the cards' actual color and mana symbols on cards: if you can only play black and green, you can't play Savannah nor Unburial Rites nor Dryad Militant). This will result in 2-color decks. The 5th color will not be playable by either player. Colorless cards are playable by both, provided they're allowed by the color identity of the deck. The usual Tribal Apocalypse Banned List applies. In addition, all the cards in the Watch List are banned too.

 Additional note: the Top 8 Lockout is suspended for the event, both going in (the listed players are free to play the lockout tribes) and going out (the undefeated decks will not be locked.)

 Good luck, everyone!


ANNOUNCEMENT TIME!

 Just to remind you of a few things:

 The Rules: we now have a page with all the rules listed, so we won't have to repeat all of them before any tournament. Yay for time saving!

 The Top 8 Lockout: since last week, every time a Top 8 player (either from this year's ranking or all-time) will end undefeated, they will not be allowed to register the same tribe and deck again for 4 events (i.e. they'll have to register a different deck or decks 4 times before coming back to the undefeated one). With "deck" is meant a specific, recognizable archetype (e.g. Wall-Drazi), which in some case will be linked to a specific combo card (e.g. Helm of Obedience). A list of the current lockouts is maintained here.

 The Watch List: some particular, archetype-defining cards have been put into a specific Watch List, giving them Annoyance Levels based on how frequently they show up and their degree of success. Once a card gets to Level 3 or more, it'll be banned until enough weeks will have passed to make its appearance ratio acceptable again. So far, with 12 cards on watch, none of them reaches an Annoyance Level.

 The Tribal Achievements: the first round of Tribal Achievements is ended! After the Invitational (which is obviously achievement-free), a new list will be launched for 2013, with new ways to have fun within Tribal Apocalypse, challenge yourself to do all kinds of strange MTG feats, and make some tix in the process. The old list shows 8 achievements still to unlock (the last ones unlocked in the nick of time were the "mulligan to 3 and win" by Malum, and very fittingly a last one by master achiever Chamale, involving Coalition Victory). Some of these, along with some other popular ones will be back in the new list. Also, some of the ones proposed by the players, with one of them getting the "I Made This Myself" achievement from the old list. But expect new, wild stuff too, including achievements to be unlocked over the course of multiple weeks. And a lot of "without using Dream Halls" clauses! (Yeah, Omniscience too. Don't even think about it.)

 The Mongoose Pride Prize!  As the last tribe standing after everyone else had been played at least once, Mongoose has become the protagonists of a dedicated prize that will remember forever that you all neglected them despite Nimble Mongoose being featured in high-profile, tier-1 Legacy decks. The Mongoose Pride Prize will permanently award 1 tix (at SBena_Bot) to everyone who'll just... play Mongoose. That's right, you just have to play them and you'll get 1 tix, till the end of times. Well, there's just one clause: you have to win at least one match with them within the event (byes and forfaits don't count). Let's show them all what the mighty Herpestidae can do, shall we?

  
Hard to kill, hard to play (apparently)

 Topical Prize rotation! As we have returned to Ravnica, we said goodbye to Avacyn Restored's star tribes, Angel and Demon, and we embraced a whole new set of tribes for the Topical Prize. It's five tribes, each representing a different guild as portrayed in their relative keyrunes: Bird (for Azorius), Elemental (for Izzet), Devil (for Rakdos), Insect (for Golgari), and Wolf (for Selesnya). You don't necessarily have to play them in their guild's colors, but that gets bonus points for style and topicality.

 The Hamtastic Award: the Biodiversity Prize dedicated to the memory of Erik Friborg is started again, for its 4th edition, in a shortened form: be the first to run 5 different tribes in a row and you'll get 2 tix on SBena_Bot! You have to play all the rounds of an event in order for the tribe to be added to your sequence. If you repeat a previous tribe, your whole sequence resets. We currently have 9 players with 2 tribes played. The prize is suspended during the Invitational.

 The Volver Challenge is still unclaimed! I'll give 1 tix out of my pocket to the first player who'll win a proper match (no bye, no opponent forfaiting) with a Volver deck featuring 4 copies of each of them. The challenge is suspended during the Invitational. 

        
And maybe in the process we'll find out what the hell is a Volver

 Videos: Send me replays of your games, please! Don't know how? Read this quick guide in 6 easy steps and start saving your tribal feats for posterity!

 And Slugs for all! To honor the memory of the one and only BlippyTheSlug (the longest-run host of Tribal Apocalypse), any new player can ask me for a one-time free treat: a full playset of any and all Slugs ever printed and available online (that is Spitting Slug, Molder Slug, Thermopod, and Catacomb Slug). Courtesy of MTGO Traders and SBena_Bot. The gift is meant for players who never took part before on a TribAp event, but I can grant it to recent players or budget players too, at my discretion. So just ask me for that, maybe you'll be lucky.


 WHAT'S NEXT

 The upcoming Tribal Apocalypse events of the Blippian Era (every Saturday at 17:00 GMT):

  • 3.03 (Week 107 BE), on January 19:  2012 Invitational. The battle of the Top 16 players of 2012. Invite only. Event page here.
  • 3.04 (Week 108 BE), on January 26: Small Time event: regular with no Big Shots tribes (currently: Elf, Human, Goblin, Wall, Cat, Wizard).
  • 3.05 (Week 109 BE), on February 2: Underdog Week.
  • 3.06 (Week 110 BE), on February 9: regular week.

Check out the full Tribal Calendar for 2013!

Take the Tribal Survey!

 See you all in the Tribal room!

 

12 Comments

Blarg. Apparently I submitted by BlippyTheSlug at Fri, 01/18/2013 - 10:48
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Blarg. Apparently I submitted the survey twice.

Don't worry. I'll by Kumagoro42 at Fri, 01/18/2013 - 16:37
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Don't worry. I'll automatically purge for doubles when I'll do the report. You can always re-take the survey to change an answer, so the survey will magically take only the answer with the latest timestamp for each submitter.

"Where are those Chalices of by RexDart at Fri, 01/18/2013 - 11:45
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"Where are those Chalices of the Void when you need them?"

Sadly they were all in my Angel Stompy deck being knocked out of the tournament by Dream Halls, the only combo deck they DON'T disrupt. Matchups, matchups, matchups. Wouldn't have been able to play all 4 rounds anyhow, so the Angels will be back someday for another shot and a full tournament, especially since I completed my set of alternate art Exalted Angels last week!

FWIW, I think the "high price of winning" is significantly higher right now due to Modern season being in full swing. Vendilion Cliques aren't usually $38 and sold out, and Noble Hierarchs aren't usually $14. Heck, I got Hierarchs for $5-6 each even during the frenzy after Modern was announced, and they already saw legacy play by then. Dark Confidant, now $25, was only $12 max last year, even during last year's modern season when he was (just as now) a 4-of in the best deck. After modern season, these prices will be much lower. Heck, after a month of people drafting Modern Masters 24/7, some of these $600 decks will probably be worth half that at best. I should probably sell some of this modern stuff off and move my digital collection's value somewhere else, but I play with most of the money cards I own on a regular basis, and without a reserved list I'm not really sure what I trust as "safe" to move the money into unless I just want to sell out and sit on some tix.

I liked romellos's by Kumagoro42 at Fri, 01/18/2013 - 16:34
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I liked romellos's all-or-nothing gambit with Gaddock vs Dream Halls. And Thalia is a bane vs it too.

Your Faerie deck was evaluated 6 weeks ago. I'm sure it'll cost much more than that number as of right now. :)

Damn, I'd like to have those PROMO Exalted Angels only for the Modern frame (it's becoming more and more of a priority for me). But the cost is so insanely higher, it's like 15 to 1. And the art isn't THAT better (mainly, the figure is too small and didn't convey the flavor at all, I don't think it was commissioned for it.)

The database is teasing me with all kinds of re-framed promos still nowhere to be found. I hate when it does that. Did you see that super-sweet Survival of the Fittest?

Do you mean the judge foil by RexDart at Fri, 01/18/2013 - 17:33
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Do you mean the judge foil Survival with the wolf and the snake? It's pretty sweet. I'd like to upgrade to Terese Nielsen's promo Lotus Cobras when those come out online, been eyeing those since last year when they handed them out at GP's.

I usually prefer the older card frames and original artwork for most things, but Exalted Angel is a rare exception for me. It also helps that all the other Angels I play in my mono-white list are Modern-frame so it looks a bit nicer. Speaking of Angel art, the promo artwork for the new RW 4-drop Angel in Gatecrash is super-sweet, and I hope it gets an online release quickly. I will likely hit up my Game Day at the local store for GTC just to trade for a few in paper and hopefully win one.

I could have played with Thoughtseize instead of IoK in that fae list and given myself a nice comfy $100 lead! Missed opportunity there. But IoK was optimal, I regret nothing. I could splash green for Goyf and white for Geist of Saint Traft and make some ridiculously expensive but clunky Franken-deck that wouldn't win a game all day. Still wouldn't compete with that one from last week though.

is there any way to see what by Malum at Fri, 01/18/2013 - 15:09
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is there any way to see what tribes are banned for each player in round 3?

Click here. Hit CTRL-F. Type by Kumagoro42 at Fri, 01/18/2013 - 15:51
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Click here. Hit CTRL-F. Type "Malum". :)
Repeat here. :)

The singleton Island was in by endless at Fri, 01/18/2013 - 17:00
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The singleton Island was in the deck because I wanted to be able to grab a land in the event of a path to exile effect (that way I could hold onto the tempo. You're quite right that I should have swapped out the seat of synods for black artifact lands. I really threw this together at the last minute, and should have tested a bit more. I'll try to bring something interesting for the next regular event I can make.

That was fairly interesting by Paul Leicht at Fri, 01/18/2013 - 18:13
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That was fairly interesting considering what we've been getting lately. Swamp would have been my choice for basic land. I figured maybe you did some testing with the blue affinity cards and then took them out last minute.

About the Round 4, I feel by Kumagoro42 at Fri, 01/18/2013 - 22:45
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About the Round 4, I feel like I should clarify that when you name a color for your opponent to use in his 2-color deck, he cannot name the same color for you. So the resulting two decks facing each other will have entirely different color identities. For instance, player 1 says "blue" (meaning that he will not play blue, while his opponent will have to). Then player 2 says "red". Then player 1 says "white" as his second choice for player 2. And finally player 2 says "black" as his second choice for player 1. The resulting color identities of the two decks will be Rakdos for Player 1, Azorius for Player 2. And green will not be available to anyone.

I already received some good feedback about this idea, that was born last year when Ayanam1 and NemesisParadigm had to improvise a deck from scratch at the last minute because there was some miscommunication and the decks they had prepared weren't legal. I added the color choices to spice it up and, at the same time, make the building pool a bit smaller. It's possible we'll do some kind of side event in the future with this format of "pseudo-limited".

I really like the color game, by RexDart at Sat, 01/19/2013 - 00:32
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I really like the color game, and think it has a lot of strategic potential for something that involves only two decisions. It's a system that can be manipulated and dodged, but at a cost to the player, and there's definitely a "right" way to play in my opinion. I have my thoughts about the correct way to play this mini-game, but I'll conceal them for now and see how the actual competitors play it out (as the #13 seed I'm not expecting to reach that far, but I do have a plan if I do.)

FYI, my intention, assuming I do not reach the final four, is to record my commentary live while watching the final championship match for this week. In that event, it will not be part of the "Show & Tell" series, but a special Invitational coverage event. I will still take any replays and comment on them post hoc.

Live comments FTW! Do it, by Kumagoro42 at Sat, 01/19/2013 - 07:11
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Live comments FTW! Do it, please! :)