I must be blind or something, but only now I've managed to notice that dwarven driller is actually beating some face with that drill he has. Thanks, full art! By the way, I want that long-term plans full art. I've already searched the web for it but didn't manage to find. The version used in the article seems to be really big, but is cropped.
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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".
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.
man you are right, this article show me that i have to leave magic forever i mean i play magic for fun but it isnt fun anymore, and all its your fault netdecking, well, in my store there are only spikes, and i want to get fun no only play against copied decks, so i better go play a game where the spikes at least dont get angry when losing
On playing both DoJ and Linvala - Assuming you really want to beat Elves for some reason, the extra redundancy could be worth it in spite of the internal dis-synergy. You don't always draw one out of four cards in time, but you usually can have one out of eight within the first few turns. That's not to say playing all eight is good for the current or any enviroment, but there were successful decks that did have to Wrath away their Exalted Angels at times.
Me myself am not the biggest fan of something you might call an 'inspirational talk'. Partly it's that I play semi-competitively rather than competitively, and obsession to some degree - I always keep a straight burn deck, a mono-green beastie deck, and a weird combo deck usually involving blue, throughout the ages - is part to what the game is to me. It's the value-ridden connotation of words such as 'bad', 'pointless', 'successful' and so on, intended or otherwise, that made this article a troubling read. And this is genuinely not a compliment.
However the article has its share of merits - the unquestioned high point is the message that we seize opportunities as they come and go. Much as Standard decks stay up there only during varying but short amounts of time, so do other things in life - like stock prices. Do the necessary homework and proceed cautiously, but not to misplay simply out of fear. This is one of the advices I take to heart.