Magic: The Gathering Appreciation Thread

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    Oct 10, 2011 4:21 AM GMT
    So I just got back into Magic: The Gathering a couple of weeks ago. The required strategy and quasi-randomness of the game makes for some authentic entertainment. Not to mention mention making theme decks! I currently have a black-red vampire themed deck and am currently in the process of making a black-white human deck. I play casually; I haven't done any tournaments or booster drafts--though booster drafts sounds pretty cool.

    Are there any other nerds currently playing or have played before?
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    Oct 10, 2011 4:28 AM GMT
    I played a lot when I was a kid but my older brother always won.
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    Oct 10, 2011 6:46 AM GMT
    Dear HabeasCorpses,

    I have never played Magic the Gathering, but would totally play with you...er...the game that is...er the game Magic the Gathering... That is to say ...oh nvmd!
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    ~kblake007
  • Spiritreaver

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    Oct 10, 2011 6:55 AM GMT
    icon_smile.gif I was actually going to make a MTG thread the other day, but never got around to it. I'm a recent player, play off an on, just started building a new deck actually.

    My first deck I made was a black Zombie deck, pretty typical stuff, fast zombies, Lords, and direct damage. Probably my best deck in terms of consistency and combativeness, but overall pretty boring to play IMO.

    Second deck I made was a B/W Vampire themed deck. It focuses on the use of Sanguine bond and dealing damage while gaining life. Most of the creatures and cards are vampire related, with the exception of the few white cards I have in the deck.

    I'm actually contemplating a reedit of this deck at the moment to make it more Vampire creature focused, but still utilize Sanguine bond, basically I'm thinking of making it more aggressive (Blade of the Bloodchiefs, Captivating Vamps, etc) And not only focus on lifegain, but creature loss as well, we'll see though.

    Third deck I'm int he process of making, I got the idea from the Magic 2012 video game, and it's heavily based off the Auramancer deck there. It's green/white, the aim of the deck is to buff up creatures with aura enchantments, the creatures themselves are unblockable or hard to destroy, either via totem armor/hex proof, or other abilities.

    I'm also contemplating a couple of other decks, particularly tribal decks. When I first started playing MTG a friend made a Soldier deck for me that was primarily composed of Kithkins, and I've been wanting to flesh out that deck completely, but I worry it'll play too much like my Zombie deck. The other deck is a Green/Red Werewolf deck based on the new Werewolf mechanics out now, but I think it may be too trendy to make one of those right now, plus the transform mechanic seems iffy at best.

    Anyway, if any of you guys would like to play on PS3/Steam hit me up.

    Steam: Anathema05
    PSN: Spiritreaver05
  • Melos

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    Oct 10, 2011 7:30 AM GMT
    I've been playing this damn game on and off since 4th grade (1996)... so I've made all sorts of different decks over the years. However, I have been out of the loop for the past 3-4 years. They just keep coming out with more and more ridiculously powerful cards with each new expansion set, it makes it hard to keep up.

    There is a free virtual engine available online that will allow you to use cards from every expansion, unlike the Magic Online platform, which can be found here:

    http://www.magicworkstation.com/downloads.php

    You can import the database from each expansion set and build your dream decks, play test them against yourself (you have to open up two screens to do so) and also play against friends online. All completely free.

    You can even import high quality images of each card:

    http://www.slightlymagic.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=15&t=445

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    Oct 10, 2011 7:44 AM GMT
    kblake007 saidDear HabeasCorpses,

    I have never played Magic the Gathering, but would totally play with you...er...the game that is...er the game Magic the Gathering... That is to say ...oh nvmd!
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    ~kblake007
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    Nice try though.
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    Oct 10, 2011 8:03 AM GMT
    Ogh, i miss playing that stuff in freshman year.. but the costs in terms of time and money were just so much
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    Oct 10, 2011 8:04 AM GMT
    Trollileo saidNever played it. If hot guys play, though, I might have to try it out.

    Wait... I looked at all the players on my campus... *le vomit* No hot guys play it here...


    HAHAHAHA I wouldnt have counted as a hot guy in freshman year either... I was just an innocent cute boy fresh off the islands back then lol
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    Oct 10, 2011 8:11 AM GMT
    I've only played the xbox 360 version which is a lot easier to play. I don't consider it cheating.
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    Oct 10, 2011 8:37 AM GMT
    Trollileo saidNever played it. If hot guys play, though, I might have to try it out.

    Wait... I looked at all the players on my campus... *le vomit* No hot guys play it here...
    Oh god, I play at a local spot that hosts tourneys every now and again. I really don't feel like I fit in when I'm there. I normally don't judge people, but the guys who show up there are just, sad. Many of them smell, are out of shape, socially incapable, or just downright weird. If it weren't for my friends I wouldn't go at all.

    These guys are always so jittery and anxious. I play like normal as it's just a card game, but these guys take it so seriously. It's a little amusing.
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    Oct 10, 2011 8:51 AM GMT
    OfSortsRN saidI've only played the xbox 360 version which is a lot easier to play. I don't consider it cheating.


    Me too, I've never played it with real cards but I used to have a deck.

    I played the PC version of Duels of the Planeswalkers and both Xbox 360 versions. I really like it but I don't think I could ever invest the time, money and effort to play it 'live' as it's not that popular in the UK compared to US.
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    Oct 10, 2011 9:05 AM GMT
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    Oct 10, 2011 9:05 AM GMT
    Posting in a nerd thread, as a nerd.

    I actually have MTG online installed but with no one to play with other than randoms who use the cheapest shit possible lmao.
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    Oct 10, 2011 9:13 AM GMT
    Absolute favorite game of all time! I lived and breathed magic for 6 month. I play casualy, going to drafts once a week or so icon_smile.gif
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    Oct 10, 2011 9:34 AM GMT
    I play ~3 tournaments a week and make money on every one. I've been playing off and on since I was 11 so I know almost every rule, etc. Don't judge lmao. Right now I'm trying to make monogreen work in standard - as of the most recent build, the draws are iffy but everyone I test with agrees it has extreme potential since it beats all the Birthing Pod and UX(X) control (Solar Flare etc.) builds out there. We'll see how it does this week. Probably gonna take the thing to states regardless even though I do have a playset of the new Liliana. Can't find a way to really use her outside of Solar Flare jank though...

    Spiritreaver saidOh god, I play at a local spot that hosts tourneys every now and again. I really don't feel like I fit in when I'm there. I normally don't judge people, but the guys who show up there are just, sad. Many of them smell, are out of shape, socially incapable, or just downright weird. If it weren't for my friends I wouldn't go at all.

    These guys are always so jittery and anxious. I play like normal as it's just a card game, but these guys take it so seriously. It's a little amusing.


    lol, the "human beanbag chairs" as I call them, based on their build. They're not even as good of players as the couple hot guys who play where I go, but the hot guys don't go to the legit tournaments so they don't get recognized for being better at Magic since they're better at life. Given the amount of time the beanbag chairs play, they should be able to basically play and draft on autopilot and not pay attention... literally, drafting is like BAM for me every pick and these people overanalyze everything to the point of sweating. Like, take the best card in the pack, if a color is open pick 5 or later, take it as your second color. Common sense.
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    Oct 10, 2011 9:37 AM GMT
    I played when I had more time in middle and high school. Had a Angel deck that naturally relied on Flying and Vigilance to keep the enemy on defense. More recently I tried playing again and had a Vampire/Angel deck with Mephidross Vampire so that everyone on my side counted as a Vampire and received (I think) +1/+0 every time they attacked.

    MTG was pretty awesome, but didn't have a lot of people around who played icon_smile.gif.
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    Oct 10, 2011 10:21 AM GMT
    I won doing the Eldrazi monument + Nissa Revane + ELVES.


    Yayy


    Then someone did a fricking blue deck and I hated myself. icon_mad.gif
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    Oct 10, 2011 10:31 AM GMT
    Soulasphyxi saidI won doing the Eldrazi monument + Nissa Revane + ELVES.

    Yayy

    Then someone did a fricking blue deck and I hated myself. icon_mad.gif


    lol, Nissa Revane = enchantment with loyalty counters. Gotta love 1-ability walkers.
  • nanidesukedo

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    Oct 10, 2011 11:04 AM GMT
    Wall of Glare + Mother of Runes = You shall not pass!

    I would always have something around to enchant it with and give it flying in case the enemy used flying

    Then, just keep upping my life until I could summon my Serra's avatar (Attack and defense equal to life)..
    then, use mother of runes to give it protection from whatever color my opponent used...unblockable beast ;)

    I played back in the old school days.
  • mynyun

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    Oct 10, 2011 2:42 PM GMT
    I played. Well I taught myself how to play, but everyone else's lack interest hindered my growth. So I took a break from it.
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    Oct 10, 2011 3:05 PM GMT
    I used to play in middle school and took a long break cuz I was lame and trying to fit in at school. Anyway I started playing again a little in college and had a few friends who were way too good and had the "cube"

    Anyway my deck was such an annoying deck, I loved it. I was blue/black focusing on cheap monsters and annoying spells such as:


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    Man what an assole deck that was. I either lost badly or made the other player hate me so much. Plus I had cards to make the opponent have to discard and me have to draw cards. It was a pure evil deck. Mwhahah.
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    Oct 10, 2011 3:23 PM GMT
    Never played it.
    In college, we played Pimp, The Backhanding
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  • Spiritreaver

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    Oct 10, 2011 3:39 PM GMT
    FrostedFlakes saidlol, the "human beanbag chairs" as I call them, based on their build. They're not even as good of players as the couple hot guys who play where I go, but the hot guys don't go to the legit tournaments so they don't get recognized for being better at Magic since they're better at life. Given the amount of time the beanbag chairs play, they should be able to basically play and draft on autopilot and not pay attention... literally, drafting is like BAM for me every pick and these people overanalyze everything to the point of sweating. Like, take the best card in the pack, if a color is open pick 5 or later, take it as your second color. Common sense.
    Human beanbag chairs huh? I like this term, haha. It's a shame that there's no hot guys who play around here, It's like how we've got those guys on RJ who always want to wrestle. I'd rather get my ass kicked in MTG or a round of TF2 before a little romp and fun.

    Also I think I know who to message when I have a question about rulings. You're a beast bro, lol.

    Coolest part of this thread and playing MTG is general is seeing the decks people come up with. The colors, playstyles, and creature types can honestly say a lot about the people who play them.
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    Oct 10, 2011 4:02 PM GMT
    Spiritreaver saidicon_smile.gif I was actually going to make a MTG thread the other day, but never got around to it. I'm a recent player, play off an on, just started building a new deck actually.

    My first deck I made was a black Zombie deck, pretty typical stuff, fast zombies, Lords, and direct damage. Probably my best deck in terms of consistency and combativeness, but overall pretty boring to play IMO.

    Second deck I made was a B/W Vampire themed deck. It focuses on the use of Sanguine bond and dealing damage while gaining life. Most of the creatures and cards are vampire related, with the exception of the few white cards I have in the deck.

    I'm actually contemplating a reedit of this deck at the moment to make it more Vampire creature focused, but still utilize Sanguine bond, basically I'm thinking of making it more aggressive (Blade of the Bloodchiefs, Captivating Vamps, etc) And not only focus on lifegain, but creature loss as well, we'll see though.

    Third deck I'm int he process of making, I got the idea from the Magic 2012 video game, and it's heavily based off the Auramancer deck there. It's green/white, the aim of the deck is to buff up creatures with aura enchantments, the creatures themselves are unblockable or hard to destroy, either via totem armor/hex proof, or other abilities.

    I'm also contemplating a couple of other decks, particularly tribal decks. When I first started playing MTG a friend made a Soldier deck for me that was primarily composed of Kithkins, and I've been wanting to flesh out that deck completely, but I worry it'll play too much like my Zombie deck. The other deck is a Green/Red Werewolf deck based on the new Werewolf mechanics out now, but I think it may be too trendy to make one of those right now, plus the transform mechanic seems iffy at best.

    Anyway, if any of you guys would like to play on PS3/Steam hit me up.

    Steam: Anathema05
    PSN: Spiritreaver05


    My roommate made a red-green werewolf deck made from Innistrad boosters. The deck is annoying because the casting cost of the double-sided cards are so low; if you have nothing to cast at the beginning of your upkeep game then they get flipped and the damage rolls in. Or he won't cast anything his turn then allow them to transform them that way. Undoubtedly it's a trendy deck to make right now, but transformations allow for a touch more of randomness.

    My black-red vampire deck is built primarily around Innistrad cards, though I have thrown in some older cards to make it a touch more original.
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    Oct 10, 2011 4:05 PM GMT
    I just built my new Red/Blue/Colorless deck that has a severe over representation of Myr...but they are my favorite creature type :3