02/03/2011 FtL: "Mirrodin: Erodin'?"

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This thread is for discussion of this week's From the Lab article, which goes live Thursday morning on magicthegathering.com.
Sprockets! HAHA!
trinket mage finds trinkets.  treasure mage finds treasures.

i really don't see how it is so difficult to just use what's on the card.
Also, RE: the Secret Invasion reference: [obligatory Final Crisis post].

The article title seems to imply that Noel thinks the plane's name is pronounced "Mere Odin".  I'm not sure what's canonical, but I for one have spent the past eight years have been pronouncing it "Mirro- Deen" and plan to continue doing so.  (I also refuse to acknowledge Wizards' unfortunately bland choice of "Mirran" as the adjectival form, instead referring to the plane's natives as "Mirrodians", a name which gives a better impression of the source.)

It's good to see my old buddy Vektor getting a mention in this column (it's probably happened before but not for a while).  His part of the world has been through a lot lately (then again, which ones haven't?), and I'm sure he appreciates the ego boost.  Every little bit of self-esteem helps these days.

My admittedly slightly esoteric term for the Treasure Mage fetchables is "Clanks", as I think it sounds akin to "Cogs" but has much more highfalutin' undertones.  I base this largely on its utility in one particular piece of fiction; a to the first person who can correctly identify which one I'm thinking of.

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Seriously, if you're not fetsching bombs with treasure mage it doesn't seem worth it.
The poll was a throwback to last weeks column when he asked what to call 6cmc + artifacts.  1cmc artifacts are called cogs.
Seriously, if you're not fetsching bombs with treasure mage it doesn't seem worth it.



Treasure Mage can search up any 6+ CMC artifact in your deck and you would limit it to Wurmcoil Engines.  Sometimes I am going to need that Contagion Engine.
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Willpell, I suspect you're referring to Girl Genius, an awesome steampunk comic if ever there was one.

As it happens, I mentioned Girl Genius's Clanks just yesterday in a comment on my own steampunk-themed Magic set, here: multiverse.heroku.com/cards/4635 I'm specifically looking for a word for unpredictable artifact creatures; I don't think I could get away with using Clanks. So far, the candidates are Shamble, Junker, and Scrapling... but surely someone here must have some better ideas? Pop over and leave them in a comment!
trinket mage finds trinkets.  treasure mage finds treasures.

i really don't see how it is so difficult to just use what's on the card.


^this^

The rest of the article is pretty good; I particularily enjoy that "I WANT YOU" poster... it made me chuckle

For the 'troll shroud' deck, I really don't feel the Asceticism/tokens subtheme is necessary. Equipment/unblockability would probably be a better subtheme. I like the Glissa deck, though. There are some great engines in there.

I must say, however, that the Time Sieve/Thopter Assembly deck has been talked to death. The only intriguing thing I found in that section was the comparison of Sphere of the Suns to Mind Stone (shame on you!).
It's good to see my old buddy Vektor getting a mention in this column (it's probably happened before but not for a while).  His part of the world has been through a lot lately (then again, which ones haven't?), and I'm sure he appreciates the ego boost.  Every little bit of self-esteem helps these days.


It was indeed really nice to get mentioned again on dailymagic. That is another piece for my signature, one that I'll be prouder than the Magic Arcana one. 
However, the fact that yesterday's BoaB was based on the same combo was a bit hindering, even though it's quite clear that I sent the idea several days before the article got published.
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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?
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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.
57864098 wrote:
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?
141434757 wrote:
Flashforward five thousand years (Click for atmosphere) :
57927608 wrote:
to paraphrase Jeff Goldblum, Vektor finds a way.
58347268 wrote:
when in rome **** AND PILLAGE
143229641 wrote:
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!
70246459 wrote:
[/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!