Month: March 2016

THE MANA DORK: A Set of Steak Knives—Political Play in Commander

The shadows have thoroughly covered the skies above Innistrad. Spoilers have hit, set reviews are on their way, planeswalkers have nice leather jackets. Time to batten down the hatches and not listen too closely to what might be under the floorboards. I’m not going to talk about Shadows over Innistrad just yet, though. We’ve got a nice little window here before it launches where I can get on my soapbox and talk about one of my favourite things—playing politically in Commander. I’ve been back into Magic for a little more than a year now, and in that time, I’ve jammed a ridiculous number of Commander games, and learned a few things about how to keep your head down and get ahead without looking threatening that I’d like to share with you. Specifically, five things. 1.MAKE DEALS First things first—the thing about politics is, you have to be able to offer deals to people. A deck with Edric or Gahiji as the commander is not inherently political—most of the time, they’re aggro decks with a little bit of icing for your opponents. What a political deck should allow you to do is say, “Hey – you scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours.” Not, “I WILL SCRATCH ALL BACKS EQUALLY. COME HITHER, THY BACK IS UNSCRATCHED.” So if you want to play politically, don’t be afraid to stretch your neck out...

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The Mana Dork – You’re All Clear, Kid by Jesse Mackenzie

  This is a story about why it’s important to have good friends. So. Last week, I put together this Yasova Dragonclaw control-voltron deck. I’ve built Yasova before… but it was a budget version, and the way I had originally built it was unsatisfying. I was hoping that this time ’round, with neat things like the Swords of X and Y, Birthing Pod, Greater Good, and Dack Fayden, it would feel much more satisfying, and do more at the table. And boy, did it ever. But I nearly didn’t see it. I’m playing against a Gisela, Blade of Goldnight control deck and a Dave, Guru of Sports combo deck. It’s early game. The turn comes around to me. Untap, upkeep, draw. Here’s what our boardstates look like: Gisela: Solemn Simulacrum with Skullclamp equipped, and Containment Priest. Ghave: Only has his commander out. Still dangerous, since it’s very easy to make infinite combos with Ghave on the board. Yasova: Treasonous Ogre, Yasova herself with Darksteel Plate attached, and five available mana from my lands. I’m at 34 life, having just blown six life through the Ogre to equip the Darksteel Plate to Yasova. Here’s my hand: Another friend is just hanging out, watching the game. We’ll call him Han, because he had my back and helped me win the day out of nowhere. I asked Han which card I should play:...

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2016 Android Netrunner Regional Championship

2016 Android Netrunner Regional Championship WHEN July 30, 2016 WHERE A Muse N Games 1839 1/2 Portage Ave Winnipeg Manitoba  R3J 0G7  REGISTRATION Players can register in store, or here online. Earlybird Registration until May 15 6pm is $15 May 15 6:01pm – At Door $20 Powered by Eventbrite PRIZING First Place: Regional Champion trophy, a card granting a first-round bye at a country’s National Championship, and a seat in the World Championship in November. Top Four:  A double-sided, spot-glossed identity card featuring Jesminder Sareen and Pālanā Foods, Top Eight:  Regional playmat featuring the Shaper Runner Jesminder Sareen using her console, Maya Top Sixteen:  Pack of acrylic 2-credit and 5-credit tokens Top Sixty-Four: One alternate art card Same Old Thing. ACCOMODATIONS A Muse N Games has partnered with the Viscount Gort Hotel as a sponsor of the 2016 Regional Championships. Not only will we be hosting the X-Wing regional championship in the Viscount Gort, but players attending any of our regionals are being offered a special room rate of $105* a night. (Regular rate $140) To book your room call 204-775-0451 or toll free 1-800-665-1122 *per room, per night, single or double occupancy and based on availability at time of reservation. A charge of $10.00 per additional adult will be added to the above rate, up to a maximum of four adults per room. Subject to the following taxes which may change without notice: 8%...

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2016 A Game of Thrones Regional Championship

2016 A Game of Thrones Regional Championship WHEN July 23, 2016 WHERE A Muse N Games 1839 1/2 Portage Ave Winnipeg Manitoba  R3J 0G7  REGISTRATION Players can register in store, or here online. $20 Powered by Eventbrite The event is  capped at 50 players. PRIZING First Place: Regional Champion trophy, a card granting a first-round bye at a country’s National Championship, and a seat in the World Championship in November. Top Four:  A wooden Stark house card Top Eight:  Regional playmat featuring Ned Stark relaxing in Winterfell’s godswood Top Sixteen:  Pack of acrylic Stark power tokens Top Sixty-Four: One alternate art card Varys. ACCOMmODATIONS A Muse N Games has partnered with the Viscount Gort Hotel as a sponsor of the 2016 Regional Championships. Not only will we be hosting the X-Wing regional championship in the Viscount Gort, but players attending any of our regionals are being offered a special room rate of $105* a night. (Regular rate $140) To book your room call 204-775-0451 or toll free 1-800-665-1122 *per room, per night, single or double occupancy and based on availability at time of reservation. A charge of $10.00 per additional adult will be added to the above rate, up to a maximum of four adults per room. Subject to the following taxes which may change without notice: 8% provincial sales tax, 5% goods and services tax and 5% accommodation tax and a 15% gratuity where...

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2016 Warhammer 40k Conquest Regional Championship

Warhammer 40K Conquest Regional Championship WHEN June 25, 2016 WHERE A Muse N Games 1839 1/2 Portage Ave Winnipeg Manitoba  R3J 0G7    REGISTRATION Players can register in store, or here online. $20 Powered by Eventbrite The event is  capped at 50 players. PRIZING First Place: Regional Champion trophy, a card granting a first-round bye at a country’s National Championship, and a seat in the World Championship in November. Top Four:  A double-sided, spot-glossed warlord card featuring Nahumekh Top Eight:  Regional playmat featuring a nightmare phalanx of Necron Warriors and Lychguard Top Sixteen:  Pack of acrylic Necron damage tokens Top Sixty-Four: One alternate art card Mandragoran Immortals. ACCOMMODATIONS A Muse N Games has partnered with the Viscount Gort Hotel as a sponsor of the 2016 Regional Championships. Not only will we be hosting the X-Wing regional championship in the Viscount Gort, but players attending any of our regionals are being offered a special room rate of $105* a night. (Regular rate $140) To book your room call 204-775-0451 or toll free 1-800-665-1122 *per room, per night, single or double occupancy and based on availability at time of reservation. A charge of $10.00 per additional adult will be added to the above rate, up to a maximum of four adults per room. Subject to the following taxes which may change without notice: 8% provincial sales tax, 5% goods and services tax and 5% accommodation tax and...

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