The Shack Blog

Words and things, mostly words.

Ravnica Allegiance

Despite some of my problems with MTG Arena, I’m really enjoying the fact that Ravnica Allegiance was made available on pre-release day. I still remember back when new sets were something like a month behind on Magic: The Gathering Online, so this is a nice change. I’m looking forward to improving my Sultai deck, and running an Esper […]

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Casual Magic For 2019-01-13

I stopped by my parents’ place to freeload a nice dinner, and my mom and I managed to get a few games in. I lost our first game to a new black-white deck she’d cooked up, while I played a white-green Infect whose origin neither of us could remember. I thought it was a pre-con […]

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Casual FNM 2019-01-11

We were initially supposed to be 6, but one member had to bail out at the last minute because everyone in their household was horribly sick. As such, we ended up being a group of 5, which is a configuration I tend to avoid in many cases. This time, however, it wasn’t a big deal […]

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New Brews And Deck Mods

I got hit with a fit of inspiration, and have the skeletons of 2 new 5-colour Commander decks built. One is going to be a dragon-themed deck, which I was initially resistant to — everyone has a deck like that, with all the usual suspects in it. I am looking to make mine a bit […]

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Final FNM Of 2018

Capping off the year with a win and a sudden loss, but overall I can say this year was a better one for getting games in than 2017. I was able to take down a very long game with my deck, thanks to a ridiculous amount of removal and some good draws — something the […]

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MTG Arena Woes

While I am not at the point where I want to quit using the game client, I have been experiencing a number of frustrations with it. The worst problem is the impossible-to-prove belief that the shuffler is just putting the screws to me. Over the last two weeks, I’ve had to mulligan 1-2 times in […]

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Casual Magic 2018-11-25

I stopped by my parents’ house this evening, and played a few games with my mom. Rather than use our usual constructed decks, we opted to try a bunch of pre-constructed decks she’d bought, and they ended up being pretty fun. ABU Games was clearing out a bunch of Dragon’s Maze product, so we weren’t slinging […]

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Casual FNM 2018-11-23

Another rough night for my decks, as I racked up another 3 crushing defeats in the Commander format. We were a group of 5 this week, which always makes victory more difficult — dealing with 3 opponents is difficult to manage, a 5th makes it almost feel like pure chance. I stalled on mana in […]

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Casual FNM 2018-11-09

Not my best night, by any means. I had fun hanging out with my friends, and welcoming a new member to our playgroup, but I got utterly man-handled in every one of our games. I didn’t exactly bring my most powerful decks, but even considering that I had a mix of bad draws and opponents […]

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Ultimate Masters?

After some spoilers were intentionally released to the public, it appears as though Wizards of the Coast has one more Masters set in mind: Ultimate Masters, due out on December 7th. The full product information page can be found here. After the disappointment surrounding Masters 25 and Iconic Masters, the assumption was that we would not be seeing […]

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