Here is a new deck I’ve been messing around with:

Land:

13 – Island
10 – Forest
1 – Thornwood Falls

Creatures/Planeswalkers:

1 – Kiora, The Crashing Wave
3 – Sagu Mauler
2 – Elvish Mystic
2 – Nyxborn Wolf
2 – Leafcrown Dryad
2 – Triton Shorestalker
2 – Frost Lynx
2 – Omenspeaker
2 – Mnemonic Wall
2 – Sigiled Starfish

Spells:

2 – Cancel
2 – Voyage’s End
2 – Countermand
2 – Encrust
2 – Negate
2 – Naturalize
2 – Time To Feed
2 – Market Festival

 

I’ve been playing a bit of Standard lately and have created a minotaur deck with cards from the 2015 core set, the Theros block and a few cards from Khans of Tarkir. Here is the deck:

Land:

13 – Mountain

10 – Swamp

1 – Bloodfell Caves

Creatures:

3 – Ragemonger

2 – Kragma Warcaller

2 – Minotaur Skullcleaver

1 – Deathbellow Raider

2 – Felhide Petrifier

1 – Felhide Brawler

1 – Kragma Butcher

1 – Warchanter of Mogis

3 – Rageblood Shaman

1 – Fanatic of Mogis

Spells:

3 – Lightning Strike

3 – Titan’s Strength

2 – Fall of The Hammer

1 – Barrage of Boulders

2 – Flurry of Horns

2 – Read The Bones

1 – Sign In Blood

1 – Cutthroat Maneuver

1 – Bile Blight

1 – Mind Rot

1 – Pharika’s Cure

1 – March of The Returned

 

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I moved to Denver back in October and after getting most everything in order I finally checked out The Wizard’s Chest Mondays Night Magic. It all starts at around 5PM. This was a casual setting and all the games were fairly casual as well. I only brought one deck with me, my goblin deck I wrote about earlier today. I walked around the store for a few moments before sitting at a table. At this table a father and his son were in the middle of a pretty intense game. The father asked me if I was looking for a game and I said that I was. After they finished their game we started to get ready for ours.

A new player arrived and the game was now a multiplayer game with four players. This was my first time playing in a multiplayer game other than the various video game incarnations of Magic The Gathering. I drew my opening hand and played a mountain followed by a Raging Goblin. This card has an ability that allows it to attack on the turn it comes into play. After this it passed to the next player who couldn’t play anything. After this it passed to the father, the one I attacked with a Raging Goblin. Inn retaliation he played a Mind Sculpt on me and I lost seven cards out of my deck. Another player drops a Pestilence which causes every creature and player to take one damage. Eventually the third player played an 8/8 creature that was unblockable and also couldn’t be targeted by spells. I get hit with a second Mind Sculpt and lose seven more cards.

I need to figure a way to take care of the 8/8 creature but my creatures wont survive a fight with it. Also I can’t deal it with any spells. Myself and the guy’s son formed an alliance to not attack each other. I’m glad to sat this alliance actually lasted. The match was actually pretty fast. The Pestilence card slowly killed off everybody’s creatures and damaged every player. The 8/8 is still in play and takes the father and son out of of the game. I’m down to 4 health at this point and so it the other player with the 8/8 creature. I draw a Lightning Blast and deal four damage to him and win the game. A pretty good start on my first night playing Magic at this shop.

Next I get introduced to the Type 4 game variant. Soon after it was announced that we were playing Type 4 our table doubled from four players to eight. The thing that makes this different from regular Magic is you have unlimited Mana. However you can only play one card per turn. You can still play lands and you can still play Instants on other player’s turns. We each started off with four cards. After you play a card anybody can play a counter if they want then it goes to the next player. You draw a new card at the beginning of your turn like you normally would. This format gets really interesting since you can play cards that would be very hard and maybe impossible to pull off in a regular game. For example in our game somebody played a Worldfire. This card would normally cost a total of nine Mana to play. This was definitely the turning point in the game. We all lose all the cards we had in play, everything we had in our hand and our graveyard and we all went down to one point of health. The game ended shortly after this. I forgot who won. This format is quite chaotic but also a ton of fun.

In closing I had a blast on my first night playing Magic The Gathering at a local shop. I hope to make this a regular thing on Monday nights.

I updated my goblin deck, now all the cards in the deck are legal for the Modern format:

Land:

24 – Mountain

Creatures:

4 – Raging Goblin

4 – Mudbutton Torchrunner

3 – Goblin Elite infantry

2 – Goblin Skycutter

1 – Mogg Fanatic

1 – Thick-Skinned Goblin

1 – Goblin Balloon Brigade

Spells:

4 – Goblin Grenade

4 – Shock

2 – Empty The Warrens

2 – Spitting Earth

2 – Lightning Blast

2 – Fireball

2 – Blaze

1 – Incinerate

1 – Lightning Bolt

This is an old deck I’ve had for a while. The point of this deck is to mill your opponent’s library with the Raven Guild Master. Various cards in the deck make this card unblockable which will allow you to remove ten cards from their library from the game. plenty of other cards to get their creatures temporary out of play if you haven’t drawn the Infiltrate or protective Bubble cards. Have fun!

Land:

22 – Island

2 – Svyelunite Temple

Creatures:

4 – Raven Guild Master

3 – Spiketail Hatchling

2 – Wind Drake

2 – Trickster Mage

1 – Crafty Pathmage

Spells:

4 – Accumulated Knowledge

3 – Unsummon

3 – Counterspell

3 – Seal of Removal

2 – Infiltrate

2 – Protective Bubble

2 – Withdraw

2 – Denying Wind

1 – Time Ebb

1 – Mystical Tutor

1 – Relearn

I finally got all my Magic The Gathering cards out of storage and found my old mono red goblin deck. This deck is probably not legal in tournaments. It focuses on cheap goblin cards and Goblin Grenades to deal massive damage to your opponent. The Mudbutton Torchrunner/Goblin Grenade combo is one of my favorites and pulls off 8 total damage. Here is the deck:

Land:

20 – Mountain

Creatures:

4 – Raging Goblin

4 – Mudbutton Torchrunner

3 – Goblin Digging Team

2 – Mon’s Goblin Raiders

2 – Goblin Skycutter

2 – Goblin Elite Infantry

1 – Mogg Fanatic

1 – Thick-Skinned Goblin

1 – Goblin Tinkerer

1 – Goblins of The Flarg

1 – Goblin Balloon Brigade

Spells:

4 – Goblin Grenade

4 – Shock

2 – Empty The Warrens

2 – Spitting Earth

1 – Incinerate

1 – Disintegrate

1 – Lightning Bolt

1 – Lightning Blast

1 – Fireball

1 – Blaze

Why I Prefer Vinyl

Posted: October 28, 2014 in Music
  • Sound quality. Vinyl can sound better on occasion. Brand new vinyl I think does have a better sound than old/used vinyl. Especially if it uses high grade 180 gram vinyl. These records are a bit thicker than normal records, there are less tracks per side. Normally if you buy an album on 180 gram vinyl it is often two records. 180 gram vinyl is generally the best sounding vinyl you can get. Even with old vinyl the static like sound you sometimes get can add character to a record.
  • Vinyl more or less makes you listen to the entire album. Yes. you can jump to a particular track but I find it easier to just let it play. This way you listen to the entire record. Sometimes you may hear a song you might normally skip on a CD or MP3. For example on Billy Joel’s album “The Stranger” there is a track on the second side called “Vienna.” This is an excellent song and for some reason is not on a greatest hits collection that I’ve seen. People might often skip these songs on other formats. Greatest hits collections are fine but I prefer to listen to the studio albums. There are other great songs beyond just a greatest hits collection. You might find a song you love that isn’t considered a hit for one reason or another.
  • For those who like the album art vinyl is a better choice because of the larger sleeve. Also sometimes vinyls will include posters and other extras that can’t fit into a CD jewel case.
  • I find the entire experience of listening to vinyl a much more active experience that playing a CD or listing to an iPod. You need to pick the vinyl, put it on the turntable, drop the needle, listen to it, flip the record and then put it back. Something about doing all that feels more rewarding to me than putting in a CD.
  • Vinyl is incredibly affordable. You can get used records for just a few dollars in most used music stores. New vinyl is more expensive but those are generally 180 gram records. Also most modern artists will include a code to download the album if you buy their album new on vinyl. This is good because trying to digitize an album is a pain. Also you get an awesome feeling when you finally find a record you’ve been searching for. I have all of Garbage’s studio albums on vinyl except for Bleed Like Me. That one was never released on vinyl. It took a while to find all of them because they were either mostly released on vinyl in Europe, only available on CD in the United States or if there were vinyl releases in the States they were a very limited run.

My Top Five Movie Soundtracks

Posted: September 18, 2014 in Movies, Music

This is my list of my current top five movie soundtracks. This list only includes soundtracks comprised of already recorded material. Film scores are not counted in this list:

#5-A Night At The Roxbury:

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I love this movie and the music selected for it is great as well. It feels like a greatest dance club hits of the 1990’s. There is the iconic “What Is Love” by Haddaway as well as my favorite song on the soundtrack the “Where Do You Go?” Ocean Drive Mix by No Mercy. An excellent blend of great dance tracks.

 

 

#4-Forrest Gump:

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Another great movie with a great classic rock soundtrack. This is a double album. i think there is also now an expanded version with a couple extra songs. The soundtracks takes you on a journey through the history of rock music. You start off with Elvis Presley and end with Bob Segar. Everything in between covers those years. A truly amazing collection of music.

 

 

#3-Pulp Fiction

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The songs selected for this soundtrack are a great mix. You get surf, country, and soul to just name a few. The soundtrack also features dialogue from the film. Each song in the soundtrack also adds to the movie and makes it better. Quentin Tarantino picked a great set of music for this movie.

 

 

 

#2-American Hustle

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A great mix of songs from the 70’s. Each song adds greatly to the scene it is used in.  The soundtrack also covers various genres such as disco, jazz, and rock. A great movie made even btter by the soundtrack.

 

 

 

#1-Guardians of The Galaxy

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This soundtrack is all about having fun. I can see the scenes in my head whenever I listen to the accompanying track. It’s again a blend of songs from the 70’s. From the laid back “Fooled Around And Fell in Love” to the hard rocking “Cherry Bomb” this soundtrack is awesome top to bottom and no song feels out of place. The music is one part of the formula that gave the movie it’s charm.