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I played in FNM tournament at my "local" store. Seeing as I never found one locally I play at a store somewhere in Delaware. Seeing as I had issues in my first tourney last week using just what I had for a Mono Black Obosh deck & ended up losing to the 3rd place player & tying for 7th I decided to sayt fuck it I'll spend wild cards & try for real. So with 30 min to spare I came to the conclusion Mono Red Obosh or Mono White Lurrus Auras would be my best bet WC wise. Looking at Mono Red Obosh the cards I needed were from ELD mostly which is use-able post rotation this fall so I figured why not. I checked a few of the top meta Mono Red Obosh lists to compare them to what I thought would be best. I then put together a deck & side board according to taste, practiced for 15 min & joined the tourney. Out of the 18 players I ended up taking 3rd place. I lost to the gold medalist & winner of the tournament in a closely contested tie-breaker match. It was some tough match-ups. Ran into Bant Yorion & Jeskai Yorion Lukka twice. The final match was against a Lukka deck & they pulled a Lukka into Agent on curve. :\

It was a really fun experience though! I was thrilled to take third in my first time actually trying at a tourney. It would have been nice to win that final tie-breaker & get first but I'm happy with my performance. It looks like I won an Ikoria promo pack. I'm not sure if I just get a booster or if a promo pack is something more. I'll have to watch the mail & see. Something to look forward to. :) The winner of the tournament streamed there game vs another store's tournament winner & I saw they were Mythic ranked. It was nice to see that I lost to someone higher ranked. Speaking of which I jumped on the standard ladder to see how well I could make my new deck perform. I ranked up from Gold to Platinum before giving it a rest. Looking forward to playing the deck more in the future. I'll be participating in future FNM tourneys at the store if available. I'll have to decide on how I want to spend my time vs collecting via draft if I want decide to rank up though. :unsure: Either way I'm happy with my decision to spend my WC. (y)
 

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getting some achievements and stuff... kinda bored w/ games but trying to relax.
Good luck with the achievements. I got sucked into that time sink with my X-Com play through. ;) That's one of the reasons I haven't finished it. I figured I'd grab all the achievable achievements I could on my first play through. Starting to think I should just finish it & not worry about it. Achievements can be fun though. Certain games have a good setup with them where it actually adds to the experience with some fun stuff to do. The implementation can really vary game to game though as to whether or not achievements add anything to the game or in some cases potentially detract. I'm still doing the MTG Arena thing. Waiting for IKO to rotate back to quick draft. I have my 2nd traditional draft going that I'll try to finish later. Apparently I really underestimated the player base for traditional. That or I'm having terrible luck in terms of matches. I rare drafted as usual but only managed to snag 5. :\

I ended up with my first mono colored draft deck! I considered splashing for the Felidar &/or General's Enforcer especially the Enforcer as it'd be synergistic but it didn't seem worth breaking the consistency for a single card after calculating the probability of hitting my curve. I also considered cutting the Vulpikeet for another Blade Banish. Depending on the opponent I can side them in as needed. I also have the option of siding the Enforcer &/or Felidar in to throw them off. The psych factor was one other reason I considered splashing. Having black &/or green land out can lead my opponent to believe I may have removal, combat tricks or even just permanents of said color & play accordingly when in fact I'm basically mono W. As I'd only be splashing 1 or at most 2 cards of each color (I'd consider throwing in the Survivors Bond if I splashed the Felidar as I've had SB over perform in the past) they'd be worrying about cards I don't have. As I stated I can change up when side boarding if I choose to. I've done so in the past to good effect at least.

I need to win at least 1 more of the 3 matches to get my value out of it. 5 rares isn't enough to make the value line up without winning back some of the invested gems. I'm 1-0 with two matches left to go. I was surprised I pulled off a win TBH. Looking at recent opponents I keep ending up playing against nothing mythic. I switched to traditional to avoid the higher ranks. Again I must just be underestimating myself as I've done well for rare drafting but it'd be nice to not face someone way more experienced for once. 😆 Oh well it is what it is. I've been dicking around with my Mono Red Obosh in standard. I figure I might be able to climb the rest of the way through Platinum before the season ends. Not really concerned with it though. I'll probably give 'The Arena Open' a whirl this weekend though. I highly doubt I'll win anything but it's worth giving it a chance. It's quite strange that day 1 is BO1 as opposed to the usual BO3 that day 2 is but that might actually give me a bit of an advantage day 1. Jeskai Lukka is clearly the deck to beat & I'm sure it'll dominate the meta day 2. Day 1 I'm sure some players will switch to aggro but I'm sure there will still be a large number of Yorion decks. BO1 gives a little bit of a favor to the aggro player in that it avoids the sideboard hosing that often occurs in BO3. I think a decent enough number of people will go the aggro route on day 1 that I can't really change the deck to specifically target the Yorion decks but if I pull to day 2 I might. We'll see. I'm looking forward to giving it a try though. 🙂

Speaking of standard & such I see WOTC just announced they'll be bans / changes to companions incoming June 1st. I'm curious how that'll go. There's definitely a few cards I can think of that could fit the criteria for a ban. :unsure:
 

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Well Team Fortress 2 made the headlines:
https://www.engadget.com/tf2-racist-bots-valve-problem-interview-steam-194444105.html
“They use aimbot and spam chat with content that's racist, homophobic, inflammatory, pornographic -- including child pornography -- and just generally offensive,” he said. “Some of them are able to copy people's names and even avatars, leading to many innocent players getting kicked from matches. I'm not certain, but I believe some bots can even initiate the kick votes themselves. It's even possible for them to follow you from one match to another.”
It's really sad to see Valve just stand around and not do anything. TF2 is a great game, and the people that play it are pretty dedicated.
Hope they get it worked out :\
 

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Well Team Fortress 2 made the headlines:
https://www.engadget.com/tf2-racist-bots-valve-problem-interview-steam-194444105.html


It's really sad to see Valve just stand around and not do anything. TF2 is a great game, and the people that play it are pretty dedicated.
Hope they get it worked out :\
I myself have never played the game & am not familiar but regardless of what the game entails I know that bots are problematic. I've played games where there were similar issues to what are being described & it's not pleasant. Sadly enough Valve isn't really known for the way they handle things. At least not in a good way. :\
Hopefully the situation gets resolved for the sake of those that do play said game. I do know enough about it to know that there is a community that enjoys it as you mentioned.

As for myself I'm still doing the MTG Arena thing. Once again I lost my FNM tourney in the final match vs the tourney winner. That's 3 times now I've lost 1-2 in the final round vs the tourney winner. :\ I'm happy with my performance though. Either way I should have some Ikoria Promo Packs coming in the mail. What that contains or entails I do not know. I'm still doing the collecting thing. I'm still trying to figure out the best format for doing so though. I'm starting to think waiting around for quick draft was a bad idea. Since the season reset & quick draft rolled around on the same day due to the rank reset I've actually been playing 'Premier' over quick draft. As I figure the rewards are higher so I might as well go that route while I'm winning my way back up to my actual skill level rank. I'm not sure when / if I should switch off formats. We'll see. 🙂
 
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Lol wat I got heat on overwatch for not hitting a genji and I finally said "biatch shut the fuck up Im gold damage" and they said I was toxic? Yeah, I guess its right. But dont bother me with no shit if youre doing worse.
 

izo

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a new mono w deck:

Deck
3 Healer's Hawk (GRN) 14
4 Glaring Aegis (M20) 18
4 Gods Willing (M20) 19
4 All That Glitters (ELD) 2
4 Gingerbrute (ELD) 219
3 Stonecoil Serpent (ELD) 235
4 Alseid of Life's Bounty (THB) 1
4 Karametra's Blessing (THB) 26
4 Sentinel's Eyes (THB) 36
4 Solid Footing (IKO) 31
1 Lurrus of the Dream Den (IKO) 226
22 Plains (SLD) 63

Sideboard
2 Devout Decree (M20) 13
1 Disenchant (M20) 14
1 Grafdigger's Cage (M20) 227
1 Hushbringer (ELD) 18
3 Revoke Existence (THB) 34
2 Blade Banish (IKO) 4
4 Pacifism (IKO) 25
1 Lurrus of the Dream Den (IKO) 226


performes good so far.
 

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Lol wat I got heat on overwatch for not hitting a genji and I finally said "biatch shut the fuck up Im gold damage" and they said I was toxic? Yeah, I guess its right. But dont bother me with no shit if youre doing worse.
I miss the days of open mic lobbies in CoD or getting death threats on Xbox Live after a Halo 2 BR match. It was just apart of the game and culture.
 

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a new mono w deck:

Deck
3 Healer's Hawk (GRN) 14
4 Glaring Aegis (M20) 18
4 Gods Willing (M20) 19
4 All That Glitters (ELD) 2
4 Gingerbrute (ELD) 219
3 Stonecoil Serpent (ELD) 235
4 Alseid of Life's Bounty (THB) 1
4 Karametra's Blessing (THB) 26
4 Sentinel's Eyes (THB) 36
4 Solid Footing (IKO) 31
1 Lurrus of the Dream Den (IKO) 226
22 Plains (SLD) 63

Sideboard
2 Devout Decree (M20) 13
1 Disenchant (M20) 14
1 Grafdigger's Cage (M20) 227
1 Hushbringer (ELD) 18
3 Revoke Existence (THB) 34
2 Blade Banish (IKO) 4
4 Pacifism (IKO) 25
1 Lurrus of the Dream Den (IKO) 226


performes good so far.
Nice. It seems like a good list. Considering the companion changes that list isn't totally hosed by the Lurrus change as some Lurrus based decks were. They hosed the whole companion thing outside of late game plays like Yorion or auto includes such as Kaheera or Jegantha in decks that meet the requirements. If you don't have any creatures in the deck there's basically no reason not to run Kaheera for example. I'm curious how impactful has the change been on that deck? The change definitely effects some decks more than others. Decks needing the companion on curve are done. My Mono Red Obosh list for example became unplayable. I'm back to a Mono Red Cleave deck. I don't really play ranked that much as I'm focused on getting my collection together for standard in the fall but from just dicking around I'm sitting at Platinum. I've really only thrown decks together for FNM in terms of being serious. Once again 3-1 in my store's Friday Night Magic tourney though. At least I'm doing well enough to win prizes but I keep missing that top spot. :\

I won every match I played 2-0 with a 100% win rate until fate decided to flip the script & hand me unplayable hands. Nothing like drawing a 1 land hand that you mulligan into a 6 land & a torban hand. The game didn't go any better it was followed by drawing nothing but land. Same BS game 2. I draw 3 torbans & 2 cleaves in my first hand & mulligan. Second hand throws me 3 embercleaves 2 torbans & land. After having to mull twice it just wasn't possible to make up the card advantage. I might as well have just conceded. :\

Oh well; I enjoyed myself none the less. I just hate to lose matches to bad draws. I don't mind if I make a mistake or learn something from the game but losing to repeated bad draws is annoying. I'm still drafting IKO so close to finally having the set. I've got 99 packs sitting in my inventory. IIRC my spreadsheets correctly I'm four or five drafts away from being able to open packs for completion. Looking forward to it. I been doing well in that regard. I've added two more trophies to my limited collection so I'm happy. Best of luck hitting the ladder or whatever event you've put that deck together for. :)
 

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I don't really play ranked that much as I'm focused on getting my collection together for standard in the fall but from just dicking around I'm sitting at Platinum.
wow, i regularily get to silver rank and stop rising up then. i mainly do the standard play for quests.
 
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