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This thread is for discussion of magicthegathering.com's Magic Arcana, Card of the Day, and Daily Decks features for the month of October, 2010.
Today's wallpaper, for PSP (480x272)

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Words cannot express how happy I am to see that wallpaper.  
These humans, their imaginations are strong. Kill a thousand men and they will hate you. Kill a million men and they will queue to face you. But kill a single man and they will see monsters and devils in every shadow. Kill a dozen men and they will scream and wail in the night, and they shall feel not hatred, but fear. Excerpt from Simon Spurrier's Lord of the Night
I now have a new wallpaper.
http://wiki.mtgsalvation.com/images/3/39/Mirrodin_Loyalty.png Thanks to gamma-mage for the banner
Sweet!  I will be downloading the Katamyri wallpaper!
Platinum Emperion sounds like a fine addition to my deck. Do want.
This thread is for discussion of magicthegathering.com's Magic Arcana, Card of the Day, and Daily Decks features for the month of October, 2010.

I saw the Daily Deck today. It seemed appropriate for gunslinging: No casual deck could beat the aggro, but not competitve either.

Here's my version:

Metal Men- GO!

4 Silver Myr
4 Pick your favorite off-color mana-Myr
4 Myr Galvanizer
4 Palladium Myr
4 Riddlesmith

4 Mox Opal
4 Jace's Ingenuity
4 Time Reversal
4 Semblance Anvil

This version is greatly improved, because the addition of Jace's Ingenuity as another card draw source, which playtesting might replace with the cheaper Preordain if that turns out to be enough.

Also, Myr Galvanizer infinite combo's with the 12 other Myr in the deck.

The addition of Myr Galvanizer is what the gunslinging deck was really missing, and what makes this deck broken. Instead of the Splinter Twin combo, you just rush out tons of free Myr and Lord them. Getting every single Myr creature onto the battlefield is possible, and deadly

24 Islands, of course.

If you drop Semblance Anvil, game. you go through your whole deck and win. Make sure you don't play all your lands, so that Time Reversal has something to put back and you don't mill yourself. Seems kinda silly to mention, but sucks if you forget.

The funny thing about this deck is the number P9 effects we have in Standard. The Mana Myr are the new Moxen and Sol Ring (only with Semblance Anvil does this work)
Jace's Ingenuity is Ancestral Recall
Time Reversal is Timetwister

If you are willing to play with Extended stuff, you can use Brainstorm or Ponder as a much faster Recall, and Time Warp for Time Walk

We don't have a viable Black Lotus effect in any format except Vintage/Legacy. Its called Black Lotus :P
We finally got our myrball wallpaper ^_^
No matter how large I see that battlesphere image, it still looks like a big ball of maggots to me.  :/

If you're on MTGO check out the Free Events via PDCMagic and Gatherling.

Other games you should try:
DC Universe Online - action-based MMO.  Free to play.  Surprisingly well-designed combat and classes.

Planetside 2 - Free to play MMO-meets-FPS and the first shooter I've liked in ages.
Simunomics - Free-to-play economy simulation game.

man, wallpapers sure are fun. too bad none of them ever fit any of the three widescreen computers i've owned.
Sweet!  I will be downloading the Katamyri wallpaper!


Looks more like Legion from Castlevania to me.
Hey, a foil Pillage! Neato!

Oh yeah, and Chain Lightning.

As for the Daily Decks: There are probably WAY better things to include. For example, Darien, King of Kjeldor would be a much better choice than King Suleiman.
[C]CHAIN LIGHTNING[/C]!!!!!!!!!!!!
Jackal Pup would be exciting if not for Goblin Guide.

EDIT:
Here's my chess set:
WHITE / BLACK
Pawns: Eager Cadet / Pawn of Ulamog
Knights: White Knight / Black Knight
Bishops: War Priest of Thune / Priest of Gix
Rooks: Wall of Omens / Wall of Blood
Queens: Michiko Konda, Truth Seeker / Oona, Queen of the Fae
Kings:  Darien, King of Kjeldor / Geth, Lord of the Vault

I made the Kings and Queens legendary because you only start with 1. 
Kinda sad that power creep killed any chance that the shown Fire and Lightning cards will be exciting.
At least it's better than the sliver one, even with only five cards known.
chain lightning is a 15 dollar card that's never been foiled (as far as i know) so i think it pretty much makes the whole thing worth it. pillage, jackal pup, and ball lightning are other cool choices. i guess the rest of the deck could be absolute horrendous garbage, but i'm pretty excited from that image.
I would definitely say a foiled RDW is better than a foiled Sliver set. At least we won't have an article about how the Reprint Policy ruined the deck.
I can't even think of very many good red cards hosed by the Reprint Policy.
Sure, there's Wheel, but's that's never really been essential to the basic burnout strategy.

Yeah, I think we would be safe from the crocodile tears even if there weren't something in place preventing that subject from being officially discussed.

man, wallpapers sure are fun. too bad none of them ever fit any of the three widescreen computers i've owned.



This so much. Nothing ever fits! And I was so giddy when I bought that monitor, too.
[C]CHAIN LIGHTNING[/C]!!!!!!!!!!!!
Here's my chess set:
WHITE / BLACK
Pawns: Eager Cadet / Pawn of Ulamog
Knights: White Knight / Black Knight
Bishops: War Priest of Thune / Priest of Gix
Rooks: Wall of Omens / Wall of Blood
Queens: Michiko Konda, Truth Seeker / Oona, Queen of the Fae
Kings:  Darien, King of Kjeldor / Geth, Lord of the Vault



I would use Soltari Priest in place of War Priest of Thune since there are no enchantments in either deck. I would also use Wall of Bone rather than Wall of Blood since the Wall of Bone seems more like a wall (it's made out of good solid bones rather than blood) and it has 4 toughness like Wall of Omens. Otherwise, I like this list.

Someone should test both minidecks against each other to see how they do. Maybe we can have Duel Decks: Black Pieces vs. White Pieces.
 
man, wallpapers sure are fun. too bad none of them ever fit any of the three widescreen computers i've owned.



What are your screen's dimensions?
What are your screen's dimensions?



1366 x 768 right now. i don't remember my last two screens but i had the same problem. i don't know if that's an odd resolution but right now none of the options even come close so anything more widescreen would be better.

if you plan on doing precursor golem as a wallpaper i would really, really love if it fit on my screen somehow. Laughing
Having Elspeth, Knight-Errant as your white knight would be pretty brutal, wouldn't it? :P
Also, I'm loving this idea. It seems simple yet pretty fun
Obviously, the Chess decks are really cool.  I personally think tho, that the Kings should both be Lords, that the black pawns and the white pawns should be equal in power, and really: White can do much better that preacher for a bishop. Definitely worth looking at the Elspeth deck for ideas.

Maybe Elsepth Knight Errant and Liliana Vess could be the Queens? That seems too good to pass up.

White Knight and Black Knight. ummm- can anyone find anything wrong in my saying that in all 10,000 cards in the game, these two are the most undisuptably PERFECT for use in the 'Chess Decks' theme?

I'm trying to find a good low-power zombie that has an interesting effect for the black pawns- ideas?
Ditto for a White Soldier that has a good effect, but not too much better than the zombies...wait! Serra Ascendant! It promotes! PERFECT! (it starts as 1/1, right?) the only reason its a rare is so it doesnt bust limited/sealed


ok, ok- So:

2 White Knight
8 Serra Ascendant (yeah, this is powerful, black needs something good to balance this)
2 Bishops- look through the 'clerics' section and i think youll find something really good. its perfectly ok if this is a lot weaker than priest of Gix, as the Serra Ascendants pick up slack
2 Ivory Tower
1 Elspeth, Knight Errant
1 White Soldier Lord?

2 White Knight
2 Priest of Gix
1 Liliana Vess
1 M10 Zombie Lord (forgot his name)
8 zombie somethings
2  Crypt of Agadeem- making the Black Rook much stronger than the white rook might balance the pawn problem


basically, the deal is this:
White is the aggressive deck. if it can get enough pawns out, lifelink will promote them into queens ftw. Black mana accelerates and Liliana Vess is the endgame plan.  Black Knight and White Knight
do excellent jobs of being balanced against each other, and shutting down any 'lucky plays' from the other side.

last thing: in chess, tactics are much more complicated than MTG. so im saying that for Chess Magic, after the declare blockers step, there is a declare counters step. counterblocks are where the attacking player can declare a non-attacking creature to intercept a block from another creature. combat damage is applied normally to the original blocker (the one being intercepted) but the counter-blocker is always destroyed as a result of this combat. (unless, of course, Elspeth Knight Errant says its indestructible) 
who says chess has to be just black and white?

Pawns: Raging goblin
knights: Blood knight 
Bishop: battle rattle shaman
King: Goblin King
Queen: Lovis Coldeyes
castle: wall of fire

I really like the sinergy with Livosa and Goblin king with all the raging goblins
8 4/4s double hasters for R each? yes please!

Now yall have to do is make the other two missing colors have sets ^^ bwahaha
Serra Ascendant! It promotes! PERFECT! (it starts as 1/1, right?) the only reason its a rare is so it doesnt bust limited/sealed


It seems rather weird to have flying creatures in chess (and uneven, especially when those flying creatures are 6/6's and you have 8 of them in your deck).... 
I support the idea of having Elspeth and Lilliana as queens, however I would rather have an all-creature deck instead of having planeswalkers - I'm just that kind of person.

Here's my list

White chess:
16x Plains
8x Eager Cadet
2x White Knight
2x Alabaster Wall
2x Sanctum Custodian
1x Oriss, Samite Guardian
1x Darien, King of Kjeldor

Black chess:
16x Swamp
8x Viscera Seer
2x Black Knight
2x Wall of Souls
2x Blighted Shaman
1x Phage the Untouchable
1x Korlash, Heir to Blackblade

Having Phage as a queen is in my opinion correct flavorwise, as the queen is most often the most powerful piece in chess. Oriss, on the other hand is weaker, but can balance her out by blocking her and tapping to prevent her damage. Furthermore, she's cheaper, so she'll probably arrive at the battlefield before Phage does.
Darien is fitting as a king, and Korlash is somewhat royal too (you know, being a heir and all), and they both balance each other out nicely - Korlash strikes once; Darien's tokens strike back with the same amount of damage. Actually, the white deck may be a bit overpowered with all of the prevention going on, but Korlash's strength in the early game may balance it out... let me know what you think?


Oh yeah, I know these two decks aren't as crazy as they could be made, but I think matches can be more interesting when not using top-tier cards. I know the queens and kings are powerful, but I felt like they needed to be when thinking about how important they are in the real game. 

Ps. I'm really loving how the artworks of the white cards fit well together. Unfortunately, the same can't really be said about the black deck...
Wow what poor magic relating offerings at the NYCC. One would think considering this year that with it being merged with the NY Anime con that you would have pushed to release the japanese edition of Jace vs Chandra with the manga planeswalkers to at least cross promote over both groups of people.

memnite looks like SC2 stalkers lol
I haven't bought any of the all-Foil or Vs. decks, but ths red one I will definitely buy.  Awesome for an old school burn player like myself.
Memnite White looks like a lot of fun!
I'm glad this was posted, I could get into something like this. 

What Does an "Affliated Deck" Mean?


All non-Planeswalker cards in Scars of Mirrodin are watermarked with either a Mirran or Phyrexian symbol to represent the card’s affiliation. You can build your Game Day deck to be affiliated with one of the two sides; this makes you eligible to win theMirrodin Besieged preview cards. (Having an affiliated deck is not required for Game Day; you can play any Standard-legal deck you choose.)


An affiliated deck must have at least ten watermarked cards from its affiliated faction in its main deck, and no watermarked cards from the opposing faction in its main deck or sideboard. The deck must still be Standard-legal.

So if someone puts a myr or mindslaver from the original Mirrodin set into their phyrexian deck, will it count as affiliated? 

IMAGE(http://wiki.mtgsalvation.com/images/3/39/Mirrodin_Loyalty.png) thanks to gamma-mage for the awesome banner
Very cool preview cards. But it makes me wonder about the effect of the phyrexian card. Isn't this the first phyrexian card that does life point damage in this block? And the symbol looks really cool too. I wonder which symbol will remain after this war.
Very cool preview cards. But it makes me wonder about the effect of the phyrexian card. Isn't this the first phyrexian card that does life point damage in this block? And the symbol looks really cool too. I wonder which symbol will remain after this war.



Perilous Myr
Blistergrub
Corrupted Harvester
Darkslick Drake
Dross Hopper
Flesh Allergy
Fume Spitter
Geth, Lord of the Vault
Necrogen Scudder
Skinrender
Thrummingbird
Wurmcoil Engine
Vector Asp

There are quite a few Phyrexian cards that do life point damage.
The set symbol for the next set looks really cool. Nice to see that they've managed to merge the Mirrodin and the Phyrexian symbols that well.
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57817638 wrote:
I like storm crow because I really like crows in real life, as an animal, and the card isn't terribly stupid, but packs a good deal of nostalgia and also a chunck of the game's history. So it's perhaps one of the cards I have most affection to, but not because "lol storm crow is bad hurr hurr durr".
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56747598 wrote:
57295478 wrote:
Although I do assume you deliberately refer to them (DCI) as The Grand Imperial Convocation of Evil just for the purposes of making them sound like an ancient and terrible conspiracy.
Now, now. 1994 doesn't quite qualify as "ancient".
56734518 wrote:
Oh, it's a brilliant plan. You see, Bolas was travelling through shadowmoor, causing trouble, when he saw a Wickerbough Elder with its stylin' dead scarecrow hat. Now, Bolas being Bolas took the awesome hat and he put it on his head, but even with all his titanic powers of magic he couldn't make it fit. He grabbed some more scarecrows, but then a little kithkin girl asked if he was trying to build a toupee. "BY ALL THE POWERS IN THE MULTIVERSE!" he roared, "I WILL HAVE A HAT WORTHY OF MY GLORY." and so he went through his Dark Lore of Doom (tm) looking for something he could make into a hat that would look as stylish on him as a scarecrow does on a treefolk. He thought about the Phyrexians, but they were covered in goopy oil that would make his nonexistant hair greasy. He Tried out angels for a while but they didn't sit quite right. Then, he looked under "e" (because in the Elder Draconic alphabet, "e" for Eldrazi is right next to "h" for Hat) in his Dark Lore of Doom and saw depictions of the Eldrazi, and all their forms. "THIS SHALL BE MY HAT!" he declared, poking a picture of Emrakul, "AND WITH IT I WILL USHER IN A NEW AGE OF DARKNESS -- ER, I MEAN A NEW AGE OF FASHION!" And so Nicol Bolas masterminded the release of the Eldrazi.
57864098 wrote:
Rhox War Monk just flips pancakes, and if games have told us anything, it's that food = life.
56747598 wrote:
76973988 wrote:
This thread has gotten creepy. XP
Really? Really? The last couple days have been roughly every perverse fetish imaginable, but it only got "creepy" when speculation on Mother of Runes's mob affiliation came up?
76672808 wrote:
57864098 wrote:
57531048 wrote:
Nice mana base. Not really.
Yeah, really. If my deck was going to cost $1000+, I'd at least make it good.
99812049 wrote:
I like to think up what I consider clever names for my decks, only later to be laughed at by my wife. It kills me a little on the inside, but thats what marriage is about.
56816728 wrote:
56854588 wrote:
Of course, the best use [of tolaria west] is transmuting for the real Tolaria. ;)
Absolutely. I used to loose to my buddy's Banding deck for ages, it was then that I found out about Tolaria, and I was finally able win my first game.
70246459 wrote:
WOAH wait wait wait
56957928 wrote:
You know, being shallow and jusdgmental aside, "I later found out that Jon infiltrated his way into OKCupid dates with at least two other people"
56957928 wrote:
"I later found out that Jon infiltrated his way into OKCupid dates with at least two other people"
56957928 wrote:
Jon infiltrated his way into OKCupid dates
56957928 wrote:
OH MY GOD
109874309 wrote:
The only way I'd cast this card is into a bonfire.
82032421 wrote:
The short answer is that there's no rule barring annoying people from posting, but there a rule barring us from harassing them about it.
56747598 wrote:
Browbeat is a card that is an appropriate deck choice when there's no better idea available. "No better idea available" was pretty much the running theme of Odyssey era.
56874518 wrote:
Or perhaps it was a more straightforward comment indicating a wish for you to be bitten (Perhaps repeatedly) by a small yet highly venomous arachnid.
70246459 wrote:
58280208 wrote:
You're an idiot, and I'm in no mood for silliness.
57817638 wrote:
57145078 wrote:
You just... Vektor it.
That's the answer to everything.
70246459 wrote:
58347268 wrote:
I think the problem is that you don't exist.
This would sound great out of context!
56965458 wrote:
Modern is like playing a new tournament every time : you build a deck, you win with it, don't bother keeping it. Just build another, its key pieces will get banned.
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57309598 wrote:
I specifically remember posting a thread when I was just a witty bitty noob.
You make it sound like that's still not the case.
58325628 wrote:
Rap is what happens when the c from crap is taken away.
Doug Beyer:
But sometimes it's also challenging. Because sometimes OH MY GOD, WHAT THE HELL IS THIS THING?
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Flashforward five thousand years (Click for atmosphere) :
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to paraphrase Jeff Goldblum, Vektor finds a way.
58347268 wrote:
when in rome **** AND PILLAGE
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I always find it helpful when im angry to dress up in an owl costume and rub pennies all over my body in front of a full body mirror next to the window.
Dymecoar:
Playing Magic without Blue is like sleeping without any sheets or blankets. You can do it...but why?
Omega137:
Me: "I love the moment when a control deck stabilizes. It feels so... right." Omega137: "I like the life drop part until you get there, it's the MtG variant of bungee jumping"
Zigeif777:
Just do it like Yu-Gi-Oh or monkeys: throw all the crap you got at them and hope it works or else the by-standers (or opponents) just get dirty and pissed.
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58258708 wrote:
It's true that Alpha and Beta didn't contain any cards like Tarmogoyf, Darksteel Colossus, or Platinum Angel. It just contained weak, insignificant cards like Black Lotus, Mox Sapphire, and Time Walk.
Normally it's difficult to pick up on your jokes/sarcasm. But this one's pretty much out there. Good progress. You have moved up to Humanoid. You'll be Human in no time.
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94618431 wrote:
I didn't know Samurai were known to be able to cut down whole armies...
They can when they're using lightsabers!
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97980259 wrote:
My wife brought home a baby black squirrel they found on a horse track and cared for it for a few days. We named it Grixis, but it died.
Unearth it!
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[/spoiler] And I'm on Magic Arcana. How about you? Oh, by the way, I'm also on From the Lab now. Twice, actually. And now with my own submited decklist!
When I first read about the affiliated deck thing a couple weeks ago and it was still vague, I thought the decks would require a stronger commitment than that, like 20 cards, and so that few serious players would make the effort of weakening their decks to attain it. As it stands, with a requirement of only 10 cards, I think a good number of Standard decks will be able to qualify without changing anything.

There is surprisingly little natural mixing of the two factions since very few of the Phyrexian cards are really constructed-worthy outside of the possible Infect deck. That deck is probably not very good with only one set out anyway, but for someone willing to try it, it would easily qualify as Phyrexian. I don't think it would really need any Mirran cards, except maybe for the sideboard, where having to pass on Ratchet Bomb and good Mirran black cards like Memoricide or Nihil Spellbomb might hurt a little. 

As for the numerous non-infect decks that would qualify as Mirran, I only see three Phyrexian cards that some might want to play : Skinrender, Wurmcoil Engine, and Contagion Clasp. All the other relevant SoM cards except for planeswalkers and basic lands are Miran-marked, even the dual lands, so any deck that doesn't need one of those Phyrexian cards and that plays some number of SoM cards is de facto Mirran or very nearly so. My current deck, a UB Control build, has already nine Mirran cards and no Phyrexian ones. It has four of the new dual land and three Trinket Mage, with two of the Mage targets being Mirran artifacts (Nihil Spellbomb and Chimeric Mass). I could easily add a fourth Mage or a Grasp of Darkness, which I was considering anyway.

But, with all that said, let's be realistic : few people are gonna go out of their way to affiliate their deck, because if those two Mirrodin Besieged uncommons are all you get for your trouble, it's just not worth it. It's obvious that these are hardly constructed playable. Maybe recurring Pierce Strider with something like Master Transmuter could be interesting in casual, but it's nothing tournament-relevant.

I'm not even sure the Game Day tournament organizers are gonna distribute the preview promos in the indented way, anyway : depending on supplies, they might just give some to everyone and not bother with it.
Magic The Gathering DCI Lvl 1 Judge Don't hesitate to post rules question in the Rules Q&A forum for me and other competent advisors to answer : http://community.wizards.com/go/forum/view/75842/134778/Rules_Q38A
Very cool preview cards. But it makes me wonder about the effect of the phyrexian card. Isn't this the first phyrexian card that does life point damage in this block? And the symbol looks really cool too. I wonder which symbol will remain after this war.



Perilous Myr
Blistergrub
Corrupted Harvester
Darkslick Drake
Dross Hopper
Flesh Allergy
Fume Spitter
Geth, Lord of the Vault
Necrogen Scudder
Skinrender
Thrummingbird
Wurmcoil Engine
Vector Asp

There are quite a few Phyrexian cards that do life point damage.


okay, I'm an idiot now... sorry about that...

I'm not even sure the Game Day tournament organizers are gonna distribute the preview promos in the indented way, anyway : depending on supplies, they might just give some to everyone and not bother with it.



They're only getting 4: 2 Mirran and 2 Phyrexian. The Mirran ones should be easy enough to give away; I'm sure at least two decks will qualify as Mirran-affiliated randomly (unless they're all running promo Wurmcoil Engines or something). The Phyrexian ones will be hindered by potentially eligible decks not being able to use a little less than 80% of the new set, including the new dual lands that are Mirran watermarked for some stupid reason.
I'm not even sure the Game Day tournament organizers are gonna distribute the preview promos in the indented way, anyway : depending on supplies, they might just give some to everyone and not bother with it.



They're only getting 4: 2 Mirran and 2 Phyrexian. The Mirran ones should be easy enough to give away; I'm sure at least two decks will qualify as Mirran-affiliated randomly (unless they're all running promo Wurmcoil Engines or something). The Phyrexian ones will be hindered by potentially eligible decks not being able to use a little less than 80% of the new set, including the new dual lands that are Mirran watermarked for some stupid reason.

Oh right, I should have got that : if you're Mirran, you get the worst of the two promos Tongue out. As I said, it seems pretty much only the Infect deck could qualify as Phyrexian; I don't see an other kind of deck having both enough Phyrexian cards and passing on almost all other SoM cards while still being strong and interesting.

Flavor wise, I think the blue-black dual land, which happens to be 20% of the cycle, should have been Phyrexian marked. The Darkslick Shores are supposed to be the shores of the Quicksilver Sea that are infected with phyrexian oil.
Magic The Gathering DCI Lvl 1 Judge Don't hesitate to post rules question in the Rules Q&A forum for me and other competent advisors to answer : http://community.wizards.com/go/forum/view/75842/134778/Rules_Q38A
As I said, it seems pretty much only the Infect deck could qualify as Phyrexian; I don't see an other kind of deck having both enough Phyrexian cards and passing on almost all other SoM cards while still being strong and interesting.



In theory, some sort of proliferating Allies deck could be played -- it is only Game Day, after all.