Monthly Archives: February 2016

Sub-Standard: Burn Beneath My Genius By James Edwards

by February 26, 2016

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Are you the type of player who likes to show off not only your own skill at Magic, but the immense prowess of your creatures? Well, here’s a budget deck for you: Burn Beneath My Genius.
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New and Back In stock Feb 18 2016

by February 18, 2016

New and Back in Stock Feb 18 2016:

Sw Playmats DSII N Bespin

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Star Wars 3′ x 3′ playmats – Death Star II and Bespin
Carcassonne Over Hill and Dale

Tokaido Deluxe edition
Mice & Mystics
Fuse
Tokaido Collector’s Accessory Pack
Codenames
Pandemic Contagion
Star Wars Imperial Assault Alliance Smugglers and Bantha Rider

LCG Nights at A Muse N Games

by February 18, 2016

Every Wednesday starting at 6pm we will be holding LCG (Living Card Game) nights. All LCGs are welcome, Netrunner, Conquest WH40K, A Game of Thrones, Doomtown to name a few. There will be tables and people to play with at no charge, come out and share your favorite LCG with others.  gt01_box

 

 

Shadows Over Innistrad Prereleases

by February 17, 2016

MTGSOI_ENFor Shadows Over Innistrad we are doing something a little different for these prereleases we are introducing online registration.

Pricing will increase as we get closer to the event so register early before all the spots fill up. Prices are as follows:

Register before 8pm on March 5th – $30
Register after March 5th but before March 30 at 8pm – $35
Register at the door $40*
all prices include taxes.
*If you decided to do additional flights at the door they will be $5 off = $35

Here are the links to preregister online, registration at the same price is available in store with no service fees, all the same dates and prices as above.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/shadows-over-innistrad-midnight-prerelease-tickets-21606193707
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/shadows-over-innistrad-noon-prerelease-tickets-21606260908
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/shadows-over-innistrad-5pm-prerelease-tickets-21606318079

The Mana Dork – OGW PPPC Jesse’s Picks

by February 17, 2016

THE MANA DORK—Pick A Pack Of Pickled Commons: Oath of the Gatewatch—Jesse’s Picks

It is time to channel the leylines, align our hedrons, and make our picks for the Oath of the Gatewatch edition of Pick a Pack of Pickled Commons!

In part 1 of the OGW PPPC (acronyms FTW!), your piles looked like this:

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Yup, that there’s a planeswalker. But is it a pack-1 pick-1?

Ben Fleisher sends in the following picks:

Nissa, Birthing Hulk into Seed Guardian.

OGW green is good. BFZ green is bad.

You want to pick up your main colour, which will probably be Green in OGW, and whatever splash cards you can. Then solidify that in BFZ, where Black and White and Blue are all top notch.

Green/Red is usually a trap though.”

(To explain a term briefly: “splashing” is when you add a third or fourth colour to your deck in small amounts. It’s typically done when you pick up a really bomb-y card that’s not in your colours.)

Looking back at the piece on the BREAD acronym I wrote last year, Ben’s grabbing the biggest bomb in pack 1 and then staying in-colour for picks 2 and 3. He’s steering clear of some of the removal in the packs, grabbing the two most difficult-to-remove threats instead.

And I don’t think he’s wrong to do so. Sure, Birthing Hulk and Seed Guardian are semi-pricey mana-wise, but there’s a chunk of good colourless mana production in both Oath of the Gatewatch and Battle for Zendikar, so it’s more than likely that you’ll be able to sculpt a deck around getting out these big beaters and telling them to go knock some hedrons out of alignment.

Also, again looking at BREAD, there’s nothing really bombier than those picks, and the removal isn’t there—Oblivion Strike, perhaps the best removal card in the set, doesn’t show up at all, and it’s about the only card I might pick over Ben’s selections.

As a possible alternative, we could talk about grabbing Hedron Crawler in pile 3 – it helps you ramp into both Nissa and Birthing Hulk, doesn’t mind +1/+1 counters, and can be used as a blocker in a pinch. But it’s really tough picking that over another resilient threat in Seed Guardian. This is Limited. Faces need to be hit, but good.

That’s it for the OGW PPPC! Come back in two weeks, where I’ll talk about an amazingly foolish decision and whether or not it paid off.

Jesse Mackenzie is a regular contributor to A Muse N Games. Join us every two weeks for The Mana Dork, his column on getting back into Magic.

New Artist at AMNG – Kaye Gaudreau

by February 4, 2016

IMG_5535Local science teacher by day, Kaye Gaudreau’s inner-nerd comes out at night, when her creativity continues flowing into paper instead of people. Her artwork hearkens back to the iconic heroes of the 80’s and 90’s we grew up with, and her style matches the video games we loved (and still do!). Kaye hopes to remind us of a more innocent and care-free time, but through pieces that can hang on any wall in home or office.

Kaye is married, and she and her husband enjoy eating new foods and trying new restaurants, travelling, sci-fi and fantasy movies, Lego, and their one year old dog, Clover. 

If you have a character you’d like her to make, she also does custom orders!

Kaye’s company, Papél by Kaye, also does more traditional paper-crafting, such as wedding invitations, party favours, and decorations; debuts and birthday parties, and anything else that can be made with paper!

https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/PapelbyKaye
https://www.facebook.com/papelbykaye

The Mana Dork – Pick a Pack of Pickled Commons: OGW

by February 4, 2016

The Mana Dork

Pick a Pack of Pickled Commons: Oath of the Gatewatch

(I need an equivalent to “Avengers Assemble” to start this off… uh… )
Oath-Takers Swear!

(Wait… swear? Is there a better verb? Whatever, let’s roll with it.)

Welcome to Pick a Pack of Pickled Commons, the drafting puzzle that makes the picks for you! … in that we simulate a real draft by removing selections before the packs get passed to you. We don’t actually answer it for you.

This time ’round, we’re looking at Oath of the Gatewatch. The wizardly Kozilek-brood Eldrazi are sprouting forth from Zendikar’s surface, taking over from Ulamog’s fighter-type Eldrazi and covering everything in rainbow bismuth whorls and the Devoid keyword. Meanwhile, planeswalkers and Zendikari alike are uniting underneath Gideon’s banner, Supporting and Cohorting each other with +1/+1 counters and tap abilities.

Is the format as grindy as the ramptastic Battle for Zendikar? Will the overall lower mana curve have an impact on the speed of the format? And what of the new OGW-OGW-BFZ drafting model?

Let’s find out!

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Substandard – #1 Fungal Tremors

by February 3, 2016

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A little series about fun, cheap Magic decks by James Edwards

With all the hype around expensive cards like Gideon, Ally of Zendikar and Drana, Liberator of Malakir, a fair number of great cards have gone unnoticed in Battle for Zendikar, many of which are in red and green. So what happens when you jam a good number of those cards together? You get a little deck I like to call Fungal Tremors. Continue reading

March List of Events

by February 7, 2016
List of EVENTS FOR MARCH 2016

Weekly:

Wednesday 12-3pm Midday Magic
Wednesday 5pm – UFS casual play
Wednesday 6pm – D&D Encounters
Thursday 12-3pm – Midday Magic
Thursday 6pm – Pathfinder Society
Thursday 6:30pm – Standard $6 entry Fee
Thursday 7pm – Lady Planeswalker Society
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