magic: the gathering poll

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gotta go black, but blue had counterspell and all kinds of other crazy shit.

J-Cova, Wednesday, 7 December 2011 22:58 (seven years ago) link

i remember always trying to go big with this:

http://gatherer.wizards.com/Handlers/Image.ashx%3Fsize%3Dsmall%26type%3Dcard%26name%3DLeviathan%26options%3D

J-Cova, Wednesday, 7 December 2011 22:59 (seven years ago) link

1. blue
2. white
3. green
4. red
5. black

cad, Wednesday, 7 December 2011 22:59 (seven years ago) link

actually maybe

1. blue and red
2. blue
3. red

there is really no better feeling than knowing you have both lightning bolts and counterspells in your deck

iatee, Wednesday, 7 December 2011 22:59 (seven years ago) link

I don't think today's players will ever quite appreciate what Leviathan meant to us back in the day, when the thrill of attacking with anything bigger than a 4/4 was rare

I'm in the mood to party (J0n Arbuckle), Wednesday, 7 December 2011 23:05 (seven years ago) link

i think white at least in the early sets has the best sense of place and expansive history or s.thing:

http://gatherer.wizards.com/Handlers/Image.ashx?multiverseid=250&type=card http://www.mtgmintcard.com/images/products/125/MAGIC-THE-GATHERING-ALPHA-CASTLE-ALPU013.jpg

like its just the sun dappled idyll where angels and lions and knights are chillin all the time

also a big fan of:

http://www.coolstuffinc.com/images/Products/mtg%20art/Legends/The%20Tabernacle%20at%20Pendrell%20Vale.jpg

blah blah blah (є(٥_ ٥)э), Wednesday, 7 December 2011 23:07 (seven years ago) link

leviathan mostly just meant "dammit this is gonna be in my hand forever"

iatee, Wednesday, 7 December 2011 23:11 (seven years ago) link

this guy otoh:

http://www.gaymerlife.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/shivan_dragon_art_by_melissa_benso.jpg

iatee, Wednesday, 7 December 2011 23:12 (seven years ago) link

had a signed one iirc

iatee, Wednesday, 7 December 2011 23:12 (seven years ago) link

I miss that style of art - this one was cool too

http://www.coolstuffinc.com/images/Products/mtg%20art/Beta/Stasis.jpg

today's cards seem to have a lot of generic fantasy art that is obviously computer-assissted, technically impressive but no personality

that Shivan is just the coolest thing ever

I'm in the mood to party (J0n Arbuckle), Wednesday, 7 December 2011 23:29 (seven years ago) link

man i was about to make a new MTG thread

i've been sucked back into it recently, it's still really fun

smh, Wednesday, 7 December 2011 23:30 (seven years ago) link

voted green, though would have voted blue a few years ago before they juiced up green a bit and made it not terrible

smh, Wednesday, 7 December 2011 23:31 (seven years ago) link

and yeah the pre-style guide era art is still neat and p. unique sometimes

smh, Wednesday, 7 December 2011 23:32 (seven years ago) link

people seem to like that squirrel card huh

J-Cova, Wednesday, 7 December 2011 23:42 (seven years ago) link

it was a key piece of the power squirrel deck

iatee, Wednesday, 7 December 2011 23:52 (seven years ago) link

i definitely remember making infinite squirrels with http://magiccards.info/od/en/274.html back in the day

smh, Wednesday, 7 December 2011 23:54 (seven years ago) link

lol, i meant this one. just because nobody ever had a good explanation as to what it was supposed to be

http://client-cdn.crystalcommerce.com/photo/ccghouse/file/80908/large/scan0010.jpg

I'm in the mood to party (J0n Arbuckle), Thursday, 8 December 2011 00:00 (seven years ago) link

omg I was all about stasis decks, but I am a pretty annoying person tbh

iatee, Thursday, 8 December 2011 00:01 (seven years ago) link

'how do we make this game as unbearable as possible...'

iatee, Thursday, 8 December 2011 00:01 (seven years ago) link

i have a MTG 'encyclopedia' book that was published in like 1995 or so that 's just full color images of every card up through Ice Age

it's pretty sweet

smh, Thursday, 8 December 2011 00:05 (seven years ago) link

lol I had that as a kid

iatee, Thursday, 8 December 2011 00:07 (seven years ago) link

Yeah, I have that book too, smh! Beautiful stuff.

Voted red. Explosions! Pillaging hoardes!

moonbop, Thursday, 8 December 2011 00:11 (seven years ago) link

White is obv the best smh indeed

blah blah blah (є(٥_ ٥)э), Thursday, 8 December 2011 00:17 (seven years ago) link

lol i forgot i had a statis/burn deck

j crunchwrap supreme, Thursday, 8 December 2011 00:24 (seven years ago) link

just in terms of power white is pretty weak in early era magic. I remember reading about it getting strong later, but if you had to make a single color deck w/ revised cards, I think white would prob be the weakest deck. tho serra angel <3.

iatee, Thursday, 8 December 2011 00:26 (seven years ago) link

white was weak offensively yea but had so many total board altering/reset cards at that time (wrath of god, armageddon) & swords to plowshares/disenchant that it would prob be my second choice after blue in this poll

j crunchwrap supreme, Thursday, 8 December 2011 00:29 (seven years ago) link

Mono white beta/alpha owns p hard lots of crazy stalls and total board control

blah blah blah (є(٥_ ٥)э), Thursday, 8 December 2011 00:30 (seven years ago) link

ya but it just doesn't have the power to back it up. blue has the same control aspect but can also kick your ass.

iatee, Thursday, 8 December 2011 00:34 (seven years ago) link

tho when you do get to kill somebody w/ serra angels it's very majestic

iatee, Thursday, 8 December 2011 00:35 (seven years ago) link

black because sangir vampires are just so sexy

bene_gesserit, Thursday, 8 December 2011 00:59 (seven years ago) link

white had Balance, arguably the greatest card ever printed

http://www.chuck-a-con.net/MTG-balance3ED.jpg

also Sword to Plowshares was probably the best creature removal ever

I'm in the mood to party (J0n Arbuckle), Thursday, 8 December 2011 01:02 (seven years ago) link

crusade is p rad as well tbh

idk alpha/beta/unlmtd white is def abt a slower victory and im sure it is underpowered but there are just so many cool cards

also its the most fun to tell stories in my head abt as i play

blah blah blah (є(٥_ ٥)э), Thursday, 8 December 2011 01:08 (seven years ago) link

yeah I don't think the fact that it's slightly weaker means it shouldn't be anyone's favorite

I mean who can deny this card and the art:

http://www.mtgvault.com/images/cards/medium/2ED/Wrath_of_God.jpg

iatee, Thursday, 8 December 2011 01:10 (seven years ago) link

i have to say im p glad i didnt love this shit when i was kid cuz i wouldve spent all my money on it. like i kinda wrote it off as stupid but there really is a tonne of strategy in deck building. i mean it kinda sux now cuz lol game theory but it seems like everyone just finds optimal decks really quickly and essentially plays variations on them but then i have no desire to buy new cards so its probably for the best

blah blah blah (є(٥_ ٥)э), Thursday, 8 December 2011 01:14 (seven years ago) link

this was always the coolest creature (was quite good too):

http://www.toplessrobot.com/1%29%20Juzam%20Djinn%20lg.jpg

I'm in the mood to party (J0n Arbuckle), Thursday, 8 December 2011 01:17 (seven years ago) link

ya that was me. in retrospect I'm mostly just glad I didn't have that much money to spend to begin w/, that was sorta an advantage in some ways cause it required me to use what I had pretty efficiently, but otoh this was definitely my introduction to class consciousness. xp

iatee, Thursday, 8 December 2011 01:18 (seven years ago) link

tho when you do get to kill somebody w/ serra angels it's very majestic

― iatee, Wednesday, December 7, 2011 7:35 PM (41 minutes ago) Bookmark Permalink

otmfm

cad, Thursday, 8 December 2011 01:18 (seven years ago) link

I liked playing sealed/draft games better because the 'spend $500 = win' advantage didn't exist anymore and it really requires another level of critical thinking.

tho having massively polished and powerful decks is fun too.

iatee, Thursday, 8 December 2011 01:19 (seven years ago) link

i mean it kinda sux now cuz lol game theory but it seems like everyone just finds optimal decks really quickly and essentially plays variations on them but then i have no desire to buy new cards so its probably for the best

yeah this is where the internet kinda ruins things. last time I played one of my pals had this really cool utility control deck that I was really intruiged by, and he said "yeah, it took top 8 at Worlds in France" or something

its definitely frustrating going to a tournament and just running into the same decks over and over again, especially when those decks are full of $40-$50 cards that are stupidly overpowered. the whole "mythic rare" thing made me stop playing right away

I'm in the mood to party (J0n Arbuckle), Thursday, 8 December 2011 01:25 (seven years ago) link

haha he sounds like a mtg hipster

iatee, Thursday, 8 December 2011 01:27 (seven years ago) link

i just think deckbuilding is a lost art. i used to love those late night mountain dew sessions where you'd tweak a deck for two hours then get massacred when you actually played someone good. i don't think i could stand going to a tournament and have my opponent know every card in my deck within the first 2 turns

I'm in the mood to party (J0n Arbuckle), Thursday, 8 December 2011 01:34 (seven years ago) link

yeah i mostly play draft these days since it's more fun than constructed almost all the time. you get to actually play with all the cards sooner or later whereas in constructed you're playing with just the best 10-20%. plus there's a whole extra level of strategy in drafting and constructing a good deck and also figuring out interactions on the fly since you're playing a deck you've never played before against a deck you've never seen before.

smh, Thursday, 8 December 2011 01:37 (seven years ago) link

i'm really bad at it tbqh

smh, Thursday, 8 December 2011 01:39 (seven years ago) link

what I like w/ draft or sealed is that a lot of times a card that would have been totally out of consideration for a scientifically-made deck can often be very, very strong

iatee, Thursday, 8 December 2011 01:43 (seven years ago) link

yeah it seems like 60-80% of the commons and uncommons these days are designed to interact with each other, which is neat

one of my favorite moves in sealed/draft, is to just straight out bluff. like to just attack with a 2/2 even though your opponent clearly has an untapped 3/3 out there, prompting the opponent to think, "well, i'm probably gonna get fucked if I block, so I'll just take it". it especially works well in pre-releases because most players don't know what the hell type of cards are in the set.

I'm in the mood to party (J0n Arbuckle), Thursday, 8 December 2011 01:49 (seven years ago) link

haha how often do you balance yr range w/some kind of followthrough on the attack tho?

blah blah blah (є(٥_ ٥)э), Thursday, 8 December 2011 02:11 (seven years ago) link

there is also a decent chance they will just think you are retarded

if there were a stronger culture of bluffing w/ magic it might work better

iatee, Thursday, 8 December 2011 02:12 (seven years ago) link

i never played nor even understood this game tbh!

slandblox goole, Thursday, 8 December 2011 02:19 (seven years ago) link

yeah i'd only do that when i know i have very few outs against the blocker in my deck and i won't be able to win without getting the extra bit of damage through

smh, Thursday, 8 December 2011 02:20 (seven years ago) link

yeah it would be tremendous in those formats

cad, Friday, 16 December 2011 02:51 (seven years ago) link

haha I sorta want to be a vintage player (when did they stop calling it type 1?) w/ a $5000 deck

iatee, Friday, 16 December 2011 02:52 (seven years ago) link

i think they named vintage and legacy when they split them off from each other a while back but the names took a while to stick

smh, Friday, 16 December 2011 02:54 (seven years ago) link

i would def be up for some innistrad on cockatrice btw, either block constructed or sealed (i'll look for a good sealed generator)

smh, Friday, 16 December 2011 02:58 (seven years ago) link

this one time I was playing in a local tournament (I was ~9) and actually doing really well and then the guy who I was playing against, who would talk to me about how did he heroin and was and sorta off the hinge, claimed that the thawing glaciers in my deck wasn't allowed in type 2 and for some reason we looked it up and it looked like it was banned? so I was disqualified. but then when I got home I looked it up again and it was only banned in type 1.5 for some reason. anyway...tragic childhood memory.

iatee, Friday, 16 December 2011 02:59 (seven years ago) link

it was fairly difficult for me to be a competitive player on a $5 a week allowance

iatee, Friday, 16 December 2011 03:00 (seven years ago) link

^^^real talk from youth

cad, Friday, 16 December 2011 03:01 (seven years ago) link

did you guys read the duelist or inquest or scrye?

cad, Friday, 16 December 2011 03:01 (seven years ago) link

oh yeah the duelist was great, the other ones I looked at once in a while

iatee, Friday, 16 December 2011 03:01 (seven years ago) link

I loved the puzzles

iatee, Friday, 16 December 2011 03:02 (seven years ago) link

Ok let's play tonight should be home by 12

є(٥_ ٥)э, Friday, 16 December 2011 03:02 (seven years ago) link

great!

iatee, Friday, 16 December 2011 03:02 (seven years ago) link

yeah i never played in tournaments when i was a kid, we just played during recess at school

smh, Friday, 16 December 2011 03:03 (seven years ago) link

I loved the puzzles

― iatee, Thursday, December 15, 2011 10:02 PM (1 minute ago) Bookmark Permalink

yes! this was the coolest feature!

cad, Friday, 16 December 2011 03:04 (seven years ago) link

i got a spirit of the night in my first mirage booster and i was like completely overjoyed, and then someone stole it at school a few days later. i never did figure out who

smh, Friday, 16 December 2011 03:05 (seven years ago) link

man it is eerie how many specific booster backs I can remember opening, I should write an 'a la recherche du temps perdu' type book about my childhood and mtg

iatee, Friday, 16 December 2011 03:09 (seven years ago) link

here's the mechanics info for anyone who wants to venture into innistrad:
http://www.wizards.com/magic/magazine/article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/feature/157a

smh, Friday, 16 December 2011 03:16 (seven years ago) link

i'm reading about recent vintage tournament decks now. these things are wacky.

cad, Friday, 16 December 2011 03:21 (seven years ago) link

it seems like it's badass power blue deck w/ every good card ever vs badass power blue deck w/ every good card ever vs. badass power blue deck w/ every good card ever

iatee, Friday, 16 December 2011 03:22 (seven years ago) link

i'm down for some type 2 if anyones got it. i have a good deck built that's almost block but it has some m12 in it. otherwise i can just sub the cards out

...or fold laundry? (J0n Arbuckle), Friday, 16 December 2011 03:23 (seven years ago) link

there's also badass artifact deck with Mishra's Workshop but i think even those play the good blue cards

smh, Friday, 16 December 2011 03:25 (seven years ago) link

oh i guess not, no ancestral in here
http://www.wizards.com/magic/magazine/Article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/deck/773

seeing Slash Panther, a card which was ignored in every other format except draft, in a vintage deck is funny but i guess it's the most aggressive creature that's easy to cast off a workshop

smh, Friday, 16 December 2011 03:28 (seven years ago) link

hah i like that deck a lot

cad, Friday, 16 December 2011 03:35 (seven years ago) link

ok http://www.magicdraftsim.com/ has a sealed deck simulator, just set to 6 Innistrad packs and it should give you a cardpool and a little interface to deckbuild, and there's an export button that puts it in a text format that you can paste into cockatrice's deck editor

smh, Friday, 16 December 2011 03:40 (seven years ago) link

cooooool

Mordy, Friday, 16 December 2011 03:44 (seven years ago) link

thanks dude!

(i feel really dumb asking but who are you on reg ilx?)

cad, Friday, 16 December 2011 03:44 (seven years ago) link

ciderpress

smh, Friday, 16 December 2011 03:46 (seven years ago) link

oh! hey man. i don't remember you posting on the magic thread there but otherwise i was like "who is this guy who is posting on a lot of the threads i'm posting on?"

cad, Friday, 16 December 2011 03:49 (seven years ago) link

yeah i just got back into magic this past year mostly and the reg ilx version of this thread's been dead a while

smh, Friday, 16 December 2011 03:52 (seven years ago) link

yeah last time thread was active ppl were using mws which was a complete pain in the ass to get working (on mac at least). i'm loving cockatrice tho

cad, Friday, 16 December 2011 03:55 (seven years ago) link

cockatrice is pretty perfect outside the terrible deck construction options

Mordy, Friday, 16 December 2011 03:55 (seven years ago) link

ya mws had great deck construction options and a sealed deck generator but would crash all the time and would have the weirdest impossible to fix bugs

iatee, Friday, 16 December 2011 03:57 (seven years ago) link

it's disappointing that they couldn't build a better deck construction side of this, you wouldn't even think that would be so difficult? it's mostly just organizing already-organized data....

iatee, Friday, 16 December 2011 03:58 (seven years ago) link

yeah i agree it's just sorting a database

cad, Friday, 16 December 2011 03:59 (seven years ago) link

yeah hopefully it's in the works, cockatrice is fairly new still

smh, Friday, 16 December 2011 04:01 (seven years ago) link

iatee just got home if youre still around im up for a game or two

є(٥_ ٥)э, Friday, 16 December 2011 05:20 (seven years ago) link

haha yeah I'm still around pm me

iatee, Friday, 16 December 2011 05:20 (seven years ago) link

^^ had a fun time despite getting my ass handed to me :D

є(٥_ ٥)э, Saturday, 17 December 2011 01:57 (seven years ago) link

haha yeah it was def fun

I'm prob gonna be out of the game for a while cause my gf's on vacation and I have to spend time w/ her instead of playing a card game online w/ strangers. but luckily - her vacation isn't that long.

iatee, Saturday, 17 December 2011 02:09 (seven years ago) link

haha 'have to'... cant wait till im off for winter break tho ugh

є(٥_ ٥)э, Saturday, 17 December 2011 02:23 (seven years ago) link

two weeks pass...

(cough)

anyone want to play tonight

iatee, Sunday, 1 January 2012 21:26 (seven years ago) link

i have recently tried playing more mtg, after finding a stash of old cards in my game cabinet. they are all from 1997 or before; i played with a bunch of dudes who had all these new cards and i couldn't quite understand what any of them did.

that being said i remember being able to really fuck people up really quickly with black decks.

NZA, Monday, 2 January 2012 01:56 (seven years ago) link

it and red seemed to be the ones most primarily decidated to damaging opponents.

NZA, Monday, 2 January 2012 01:57 (seven years ago) link

eleven months pass...

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Sunday, 23 December 2012 00:01 (six years ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Monday, 24 December 2012 00:01 (six years ago) link


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