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Feb 15, 2021Floating back in. Still around, and still very much playing MP / EDH cube, but just flat out.Posted in: Cube Card and Archetype Discussion
Wasteland and Strip Mine would probably be good if you were running a Loam archetype, yeah. Outside of that, probably not.
I've thought about adding them in mine, but they're only ever going to take out a shockland or Nykthos, really. Everything else is a fetch, or a bit pointless to aim at.
Feb 15, 2021Phasing back in. Long time, forum.Posted in: The Rumor Mill
I'm in Australia, and I have Sethron and his token in hand. These were an SE Asia / Australia exclusive for Lunar New Year, and were given to stores as prize support for the Lunar New Year weekend. You can't get these anywhere outside of APAC LGSs.
Not sure about Yuriko, as I didn't see it down here (that may only be available in mainland SE Asia or something), but Sethron can definitely be found in Chinese as well as English.
I was really fortunate that my state was coming out of a pandemic lockdown, and one of my local stores just decided to YOLO it and offer them free with every $40+ purchase. I walked in with my fam, and walked out with four envelopes.
Oct 16, 2019Posted in: Cube Card and Archetype DiscussionQuote from Daemion »For me, it's:
So it has been quite a strong set for me.
Damn, you so right. Can you tell I've been too run off my feet to have a strong look yet? Some of the Brawl commanders should be snap includes (especially Chulane... Bant is a wasteland ATM).
And agreed on The Great Henge, too... I'm going to have to find a way to get one and smash it in, I think.
Oct 15, 2019CadaverousBl00m posted a message on [StrictlyAverageMtG] Building a Multiplayer Cube - BlueBack for round two, delving into blue!Posted in: Articles, Podcasts, and Guides
Building a Multiplayer Cube - Blue
Oct 15, 2019Even later to the party!Posted in: Pauper & Peasant Discussion
This is for my kids' cube with a cut-down set of abilities, so no Adventure or Adamant. I also have a sum total of something like three Knights in the entire cube, so Knight Tribal is a non-starter for me too. After that, I've still got room for six changes.
- Faerie Vandal in for Cloud of Faeries: Leelue may or may not have sold me on the idea that Cloud of Faeries is not as good as it looks. Faerie Vandal should be Cloudfin Raptor Lite at the very least.
- Fierce Witchstalker in for Maulfist Revolutionary: The Witchstalker is a pretty good beatstick, and I don't have many at this point in the curve. The Revolutionary was probably hanging around waiting to see if I ever got a critical mass of +1/+1 counter-play or planeswalkers. I've committed to neither, so it can go.
- Keeper of Fables in for Conclave Naturalists: Another good beatstick, and I don't have much card advantage at the moment in green. What I do have is a lot of artifact and enchantment removal in green already (I'm already running Rec Sage, Acidic Slime, Wickerbough Elder and Return to Nature). So this is a balance swap, as much as anything.
- Overwhelmed Apprentice in for Phantasmal Bear: The kids look at the bear and go "oh, that thing - I love that thing"... and then never deck it. Let's play something infinitely more useful.
- Grumgully, the Generous in for Outland Boar: Plays nicely with the Elves in green and the Goblins in red, great fit next to Rhythm of the Wild. The Boar is just a pile of meat that doesn't get a lot of play.
- Syr Konrad, the Grim in for Phyrexian Gargantua: I'm pretty excited to add this guy - he fits the durdly Golgari graveyard shenanigans archetype perfectly, for one. Pretty good in a Rakdos aristocrats-style deck, too.
Oct 15, 2019Posted in: Pauper & Peasant DiscussionQuote from _i0 »Revised (or older) Lightning Bolt reads like it hits planeswalkers
i0, I promised I was actually going to go and see how many cards in my cube got stuffed up by the templating before I totally freaked out about adding planeswalkers.
Well, it's taken me six months, but...
There are fifteen cards in my cube that won't read like they can hit planeswalkers. Of these, I believe about twelve of them are not available in any sort of printing that says "any target".
Looking at the planeswalkers I would want to add, there were really only two potential home-runs - Jiang Yanggu, Wildcrafter and Jaya, Venerated Firemage. In the end, I decided it wasn't worth the hassle to bork 12-15 cards up just to fit two more into the cube. Maybe once decent uncommon planeswalkers hit a critical mass for me...
Sep 16, 2019CadaverousBl00m posted a message on [[Peasant]] The Peasant Cube Discussion Thread (C/U/)Count me in the "Running Haunted Crossroads, but not the others" crew. It's in my kids' Peasant cube.Posted in: Pauper & Peasant Discussion
The kids hate life loss (like we all did at that point of our Magic careers, I guess), so Phyrexian Reclamation would likely be lowly picked (and I'd probably beat them over the head with it every draft).
From there, it was pretty close for me between Crossroads and Tortured Existence. I find Crossroads tends to be better if you have some additional card draw - Existence will ask that you toss any extra card advantage overboard to get back what you need, while Crossroads will allow you to carry on as normal. I find it's also a little better when you're in topdeck mode. But yes, very close between those two, and it probably depends on your cube construction as to which of the two is a better choice.
Sep 5, 2019I guess the big question is... will they be brave/stupid enough to stick the enemy fetches in Zendikar 3.0?Posted in: The Rumor Mill
I know MaRo likes to cringe about fetches in Standard, but they may well have cleared the decks well enough to enable this to happen, for all I know.
Sep 5, 2019Looks like we're still alive!Posted in: Cube Card and Archetype Discussion
I'll discuss my recent adds when I get a chance. Until then, I'm starting to take people on a journey through my multiplayer cube.
Sep 5, 2019CadaverousBl00m posted a message on [StrictlyAverageMtG] Building a Multiplayer Cube - WhiteBuilding a Multiplayer Cube - WhitePosted in: Articles, Podcasts, and Guides
Back for more, this time with a journey through my own multiplayer cube!
Aug 29, 2019Posted in: Pauper & Peasant Discussion
Quote from MarthMarthMarth »
Honestly, if you want to trigger elemental in a token-friendly way, can't go wrong with the classic goblin bombardment. It's asking you to play tokens already, is good even without the elemental, and can be really explosive. Wait until they declare blocks and then blow them out.
I actually thought I was running both Chandra's Spitfire and Goblin Bombardment already... but Spitfire is apparently not in the list. Suspect it's been in my Multiplayer cube at some point (because Spitfire + Earthquake = let's lose friends for the evening).
Bombardment is definitely there, and definitely behaves as you mention, Marth - I've seen it win a game in the last six months or so (which, considering how often the kids get the cube out for a proper tourney, is a pretty high marker).
Spitfire is likely the card I should be running, but maybe I'll try and lay hands on a Wildfire Elemental and see how it behaves before I go all the way down the Spitfire rabbit hole.
Aug 28, 2019CadaverousBl00m posted a message on [[Peasant]] The Peasant Cube Discussion Thread (C/U/)Posted in: Pauper & Peasant DiscussionQuote from Mergatroid_Jones »
All that said, I've been really disappointed with Curse of Chains. It gets picked highly because it's hybrid removal, but it often works poorly in practice, especially with my minor untapper archetype. I don't have any other good non-gold cards in Azorius other than Aethertow and Sejiri Merfolk, so I may be interested in getting something else (inexpensive) to fill that gap. What would you guys suggest in that slot? Dovin? Is Aethertow good? Are there other good off-color mono cards that I may have missed in Azorius?
If "off-color mono" means something like a card with an off-color cost in it, Momentary Blink is probably the card. Dovin is pretty good, though. Aethertow is not.
Aug 28, 2019Posted in: Pauper & Peasant DiscussionQuote from MarthMarthMarth »Seems... bad. Also, are you planning to have an army of specifically high-toughness creatures out when you activate pyrohemia? Because otherwise I doubt it will work out well for you.
Indeed, that's my concern too - it will work well if you've got a large field to swing with...
... but then are you a) going to accidentally burn it off the table with Pyrohemia before you get anywhere? Or b) be stuck somewhere between building a red burn deck and a Goblin deck, and get neither right (i.e. draw all the Goblins and no damage, or vice-versa)?
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Nov 30, 2017CadaverousBl00m posted a message on If You Can't Take Criticism of Jeremy Hambly, You're Part of the ProblemBravo for this. As some note below, it's not the perfect article - but it starts the conversation, and that's the important thing.Posted in: Articles
For those who don't know the full story on who Jeremy Hambly is and what he did, this article captures it all.
In the end, this isn't about politics, thought policing or anything like that - it's about having the right to not get trolled out of our own hobbies. No-one deserves that. Not Christine, not anyone on here. And if we start a conversation to make sure no-one gets trolled right off MTGSally, good.
Dec 8, 2014Posted in: CadaverousBl00m BlogQuote from Blueduck »Treefolk is interesting. Have you mentioned that in years past? I know I would find it interesting if the final 2014 optimal cube used different archetypes from years past. Let's get some variety!
Wow, that was quick... I went to lunch, came back, and you'd replied!
I don't think I've mentioned Treefolk as a possible archetype in years past, but it's definitely been floating around in my head as possible. I run a mono-green Treefolk deck with half of these cards in free-for-all Multiplayer, and it's been quite successful. Coupled with the fact that Wickerbough Elder and Lignify have stuck in my cube and aren't moving...
And yeah, I'll switch up the archetypes this year... variety is the spice of life! I was going to make the green one Treefolk anyway, just to see how it drafted for everyone (and hoping that it doesn't end up like Merfolk... which basically consists of a bunch of first-picks and a bunch of last-picks, so no-one ever ends up holding the full tribe).
EDIT: Oh, and I should add... Lignify even has its own enter-the-battlefield catchphrase in my playgroup: "Watch out for that... treeeeeeeee!"
May 12, 2014I almost threw a white tokens archetype in this year, TBH! I think you could probably make a very good archetype as it is, but it would probably be multicolour (either GW with Trostani, Parallel Lives, Doubling Season etc. or BW with Sorin, Lord of Innistrad, Lingering Souls etc).Posted in: CadaverousBl00m Blog
I reckon white Soldiers is probably a card or two off being a very good archetype as it is - Darien, King of Kjeldor, Knight-Captain of Eos, Mobilization, Martial Coup, just about any Elspeth...
Can't say I've put a figure on the minimum number of turns per reset before a game is declared "not fun anymore", but my gut feel is that it's probably about 9-10 turns. That's long enough for someone who's had an imperfect draw or a disrupted setup to a) at least feel like they've got something decent going, or b) blow it all up with the reset they have.
Most of the resets in my own cube are quite conditional, too. Wrath of God is pretty much the only straight "blow it all up right now" reset I have. Disk takes a turn, Austere Command chops and changes what it resets, most of the red ones (like Blasphemous Act and Chain Reaction) won't necessarily get everything... Between limiting those you have, and making sure they're not all silver bullets, you should have a pretty decent balance of things (and it places greater draft value upon the really good ones - *** is a high pick in my cube, and rightfully so).
Oct 25, 2011CadaverousBl00m posted a message on Kitchen Table Pricewatch: Rise of the Eldrazi Post-Rotation@whidye: Cheers! Always nice to know that these are helping people. Hope to throw a few more up as time permits!Posted in: CadaverousBl00m Blog
Oct 20, 2011Awesome, I love doing things like this.Posted in: krichaiushii Blog
The best thing I've found to do with the new sets? I usually want playsets of about nine or ten commons and uncommons from a set - just enough to justify splashing for a full common/uncommon playset (which can usually be had inside the US for under $30). I love buying one of these, and then letting my friends pick over the leftovers. We even split an M12 playset between four people recently and drafted it.
Sep 30, 2011Thanks for your comments, guys!Posted in: CadaverousBl00m Blog
@Zelderex: Yeah, I'm waiting to see if it stays banned in Modern, really. That is one Banned List in flux right now, apparently in the interests of knocking out Turn 1-3 kills. Not sure Valakut does that without Scapeshift. I wouldn't be horribly surprised to see them eventually ban Scapeshift and unban Valakut. Not sure that would make for a Modern-competitive deck, though.
@MrZeyeti: Agreed, Sorin's certainly not a house. I kind of expect him to end up price-wise about where Chandra Nalaar is now. He's now had his reprint (making him more available), and he's not seeing tournament play... eventually we have to reach saturation point, like we did with Chandra. At $5-6 a copy, I'm not interested in getting a Sorin or two to throw in a deck, but at $2-3, I probably am!
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