My two new slightly unfinished magic alters.^_~.
Wednesday, January 18, 2012, 2:40 PM
My two new slightly unfinished magic alters.^_~.
Monday, November 21, 2011, 4:04 AM
Last few days, I worked for school, was trying to sell as much cards as I could and in between I was trying to follow what's going on at Worlds. This morning 3am it all ended and Iyanaga is the new champion. He smiled in the end^_^.
That's him after him won the last game.
And this was one of his awesome wins^_~. That's when he played Sphere of the Suns to have metalcraft. He then proceeded and played one galvanic blast after another.
Friday, November 18, 2011, 3:54 AM
A holiday in our country, some players actually came here to play some highlander. Six people counting me was here. EDH is being played here at least twice a week but the day of the tournament no one usually shows up. So even 4 people is a lot.
I played my Mimeoplasm deck and in the first round I encountered Scion of the Ur-Dragon. My deck is build in a way so it could possible deal with everything it can encounter. In this case I decided to keep my opponent of the remaining fifth color so I would not need to deal with the general as that card can kill me in 1-2 turns. I destroyed twice a source of black mana which gave me enough time to play Karn Liberated which won me the game.
Monday, October 31, 2011, 4:59 PM
I've been hearing and seeing this name on Magic forums and Facebook I did not really know much about it until recently when I played few games over it. So what is Cockatrice?
Cockatrice is an open-source multiplatform software for playing card games, such as Magic: The Gathering, over a network. It is fully client-server based to prevent any kind of cheating, though it supports single-player games without a network interface as well. Both client and server are written in Qt 4.[cocatrice.de]I used Apprentice years ago then switched over to Magic Workstation. I abandoned that software because I encounter a lot of people that behave really bad or they think that they know the game. Anyway MWS is not bad and I thought it well done. But I have to say that I had many issues with installing new sets, exporting database and loading newly created deck into MWS Online Play.
Cockatrice is a alternative to MWS. It is really easy to install. You just download it and run it. It will install the software and then run Oracle which is the game's database. To update with new set you just have to run the oracle and it will do the work for you. The images are downloaded either on the fly as you play the card or you can download it at once (or use your MWS images).
You can create a new deck in the deck editor or load a old one - which can be either in the software's format or any text type one (.dec, .mwDeck). The deck editor is fast and creating your deck is pretty easy. And there is no blue and green arrow as in MWS. You can entirely use your keyboard. Type a name, highlight the card you want with the arrows and hit enter how many times you need the card. This has allowed me to create my EDH decklist in a really short time and that's a plus^^.
When you have a card highlighted in your decklist using + or - you can change the card count.
If you've ever used MWS then you already know the shortcuts. This has allowed me to play via cockatrice and do not look as a complete idiot.
CTRL + I will do a roll for you
CTRL + M will draw your seven cards and mulligan
CTRL + U will untap your permanents
CTRL + D will draw a card
CTRL + E will draw cards
CTRL + T will create tokens
CTRL + A will attach a card
CTRL + S will shuffle your deck
CTRL + W will show you the top card of your library
CTRL + Space will proceed to next phase/step
F2 will concede a game letting you to start a new one in the current session
F3 will show your library that can be sorted in several ways (alphabetically, by type...helps a lot even though at first it was rather confusing to me)
F4 will show your graveyard.
F11/F12 changes life total.
That's what comes to my mind when trying to remember some shortcuts. If you right click a certain zone you'll get more options or you can access it via the game menu.
Targeting is done by holding the right button and moving the cursor towards the target.
Once you have your deck you can connect to a server or start a local game. Everything is free and works wonderfully. You can play 1-on-1 game or a multiplayer game. You can let spectators watch you play and talk in the chat. This allows for judges of online tournaments to be there. This seems as a really good feature and will make tournament play possible.
When you start a game, you have several green, blue and red part on the screen. They are your hand, battlefield and stack respectively. I didn't know about the stack until my opponent was placing cards there and that showed in the text/chat window. It sure is helpful if you actually use it (I gotta start to do that). Other elements on the screen are player name, avatar, life total, library, cards in hand, graveyard, RFG zone, turn structure, mana pool + storm count, card description and the chat window.
The software is colorful, but it is fast, efficient and well done. Check it out.
The player base is low for the time being but I think may more people will start to play on cackatrice server.
BTW you can download it from cockatrice.de/
Friday, October 14, 2011, 3:50 AM
I decided to change some cards in my Mimeoplasm deck. Since the beginning the decklist has changed quite a lot. But the last changes weren't that big. I still want to keep this deck in the same style, no crazy reanimation of dreadnaught and death's shadow or skithyrix etc. I just wan't to have some fun with it and be able to deal with many threats.
Early I decided to drop cards like Tarmogoyf, Umezawa's Jitte. I tried playing Chameleon Colossus, Frost Titan, Thrun and even Troll Ascetic but these card in general don't do much. So I decided for bigger effects - thus I included cards like (Tutor) Demon, (Fact or Fiction) Sphinx, Avenger of Zendikar. I decided to add even Snapcaster mage and I like him Mr. Chan is so great!
I also added Life's Finale - good against non-mimeoplasm matchups, Mind Twist, Forbidden Alchemy, Profane Command, Fact or Fiction and Life from the Loam. The deck is now more consistent.
So well the updated decklist looks like this (finally managed to update the decklist on tcgplayer):
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