May 16, 2016

Manaless Dredging Folds to One Card

Hello everybody. It's been a while since I have written an article and the truth is - magic itself. I have been on a 2 month hiatus and with roughly 6 months to go, Grand Prix Chiba is fast approaching and it's now time to get back into playing Legacy. Let me be clear about some things - yes, this is an article about Manaless Dredge. Say what??! Is that even a tier 1 or 1.5 deck? Well, it's actually not, but it sure is a hell of a lot of fun deck to play. Another thing is no - this is not a primer about Manaless Dredge - but maybe I will do that in another article.

But one this is for sure, as the title says, I think there is an important rule in playing legacy that we should remember when selecting a deck and that is "to NEVER choose a deck that folds to one card". Rest in Peace. Leyline of the Void. Grafdigger's Cage. Deathrite Shaman. BOOM! Those are 4 cards, and yet Manaless Dredge may fold to each of those cards - "You are not making a lot of sense Mr Bryan Wong!". Maybe or maybe not but let's get to Dredging anyway!

April 2, 2016

All Those Faces Under The Hoof

Hello everyone! I’m Jun Mendero, and I have been playing Magic: The Gathering on and off since 1997. I’ve sold out of and bought into the game several times, but I’ve been playing Legacy, Vintage, and (reluctantly testing) Modern since 2010 and I don’t think I’ll quit anytime soon.

The Legacy scene in Cebu is quite small at the moment, which is understandable considering the prices of Legacy decks. It’s so small that when two players stopped playing, we could not fire a tournament for two months. Fortunately, we managed to get our tournaments running again, with a major milestone of running two in the same week! We are hoping to run weekly Legacy tournaments after this.

I could only join one of the two tournaments, and I won it with Elves. It’s the first deck I bought into when I started playing Magic again, so I can say I've had some practice with it. Elves used to be just a cute and terrible deck that could only really win through insane Glimpse chains, but with several fantastic printings, it slowly turned into the powerhouse it is today.

March 22, 2016

Planeswalkers of Shadows Over Innistrad

Innistrad has been and will always be an important block in my Magic the Gathering life and it has been my favorite block flavor-wise and story-wise. The first Innistrad block gave us a lot of cards that are even continuously being used in a lot of eternal formats - personally, my Modern and Legacy lists include Liliana of the Veil, Geist of Saint Traft, Snapcaster Mage, Delver of Secrets.

Shadows Over Innistrad visits the horror-themed plane again and hopefully this will not disappoint us. Before we proceed to the planeswalkers in this block, let us appreciate this very cool playmat for the Shadows Over Innistrad Gameday champion.

March 15, 2015

Tetsu Tsukemen

If you are in Shibuya abnd you are craving for some Tsukemen, then I got the place for you -- Tetsu Tsukemen.

The shop is conveniently located near the Hachiko Exit of Shibuya Station in Tokyo.

However, The shop is not located in the main road so you need to go into the smaller alleys of Shibuya to get there.

Upon entering the shop, there is a machine where you can select your order and will receive your payment. The price is also displayed in the buttons of the machine. Ordering is easy but not all orders have pictures but some helpful common terms will help.

March 7, 2015

Snowboarding Time in Iiyama Nagano

With the cold winter going away soon and Spring slowly warming things up, I did not let an opportunity to go snowboarding pass. Experiencing this adventure filled me up with mixed emotions - ranging from heart-stopping majestic scenery to painful buttocks from constant falling. But once you learn how to do it properly, it sure is great! Some of my friends here tell me that Filipino and Snowboarding is a bit unusual for them since the Philippines is relatively a warm/hot country, but if there's one thing that Filipinos do is that we love to try things out - especially things we cannot experience in our daily lives living in a warm region.

October 4, 2014

Playing with Modern Affinity Once Again

Affinity or Robots is one of the pure aggro decks in the modern format that is very fast and resilient. A deck so focused in strategy that it is very difficult to deal with in game 1. However, it is also a deck that is very easy to hate with multiple cards in the modern environment post sideboard. I will discuss my current deck list for Affinity / Robots and what I want to change in the deck after playing modern for the first time here in Japan.


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