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Magic

Magic the Gathering: top 10 most played competitive creatures ever

For ‘Spike’ players.. these creatures get *very* expensive because they were the most played creatures in their heyday.. the reason why I choose creatures here and not just all cards is because 90% of the competitive Vintage cards that are banned/restricted are actually lands, artifacts and non creatures (like the Power Nine), and that wouldn’t be interesting.

  1. Tarmogoyf – hey the most expensive creature you can find! this guy is ridiculous because he’s basically 2 mana for at least a 3/4 in the early game and a 6/7 or 7/8 in the late game which is absolutely insane
  2. Psychatog – a absolutely dominant card in its heyday.. one often had a lot to fear staring down this measly 1/2 with a full hand and graveyard and a force of will in hand…
  3. Dark Confidant – New players didnt like this card because you lose life.. but once you become more competitive you realize just how good card advantage is. Still a great tempo card to use, great in the early game and quite an aggro body as well!
  4. Snapcaster Mage – Again, an extremely high power level card in competitive play. Nothing better than being able to use the same card twice.. played as an instant!
  5. Noble Hierarch – A Birds of Paradise for Bant decks that is almost strictly better. And hence why, its an auto include in every blue, green and white deck.
  6. Blightsteel Colossus – the ultimate finisher card. basically one hit from him and you are dead, thanks to the 11 infect counters you get.
  7. Academy Rector – the central card of the Rector decks, basically sac him and your enchantment combos are all there for you
  8. Metalworker – It’s basically Tolarian Academy as a creature… nuff said
  9. Emrakul, the Aeons Torn – pretty much the most powerful creature ever printed when it came out.. and still might be to this day.
  10. Arcbound Ravager – the central card of the Affinity decks when it came out.. still a beast in modern day Affinity decks, though not quite as powerful as when it came out.
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Magic

Magic the Gathering: top 15 most combotastic cards ever

In MTG there are many cards that could be considered ‘combo’ broken – it enables a billion combos with other cards. I’m going to list my top 15 combo-rific cards here.. cards that “Johnny” players love best..

  1. Doubling Season – It’s insanely powerful. Doubling the number of tokens, ok well Parallel Lives does that and no big deal – doubling the number of counters tho.. thats a much bigger deal. Especially with charge counters and planeswalkers.
  2. Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker – ok this card is nuts. Because it creates a token creature that is a copy.. that immediately has haste.. and taps to do it. Now, imagine if that creature you just copied untaps all other creatures when it comes into play.. or just untaps any other permanent (since it has haste). And it untaps Kiki-Jiki… the possibilities are endless. Part of my Hulk Flash combo used this card to create an endless army of Sky Hussars
  3. Intruder Alarm – ok just like Kiki-Jiki this does something similar – it untaps your creatures whenever another creature comes into play. Combo this with pretty much any creature generator. Could be Rhys, the Redeemed, Godsire, Imperious Perfect or just slap Presence of Gond on anything and BAM! infinite creatures
  4. Paradox Engine – it’s sort of like intruder alarm except you need to play spells but it untaps ALL nonland permanents not just creatures. If you can discount your spells or use a buyback spell or even creatures that bounce other creatures like Tradewind Rider along with some mana generators or pingers and its a winning combination.
  5. Cloudstone Curio – A card that can work well with the card I mentioned above. But yeah this card + any repeatable bounce effects + any enters the battlefield / leaves the battlefield abilities = chaos
  6. Tolarian Academy – A disgusting card that was pretty much the cause of the Combo Winter when Urza’s Saga first came out. One of the most broken cards ever printed.
  7. Earthcraft – This card is bonkers. It turns any creature you control into a mana generator but not only that but you could potentially go infinite with cards like Squirrel Nest as well
  8. Dream Halls – a card that got quickly restricted.. I mean you can discard a card to play any spell instead of its mana cost. you can see how that can get quite out of hand.
  9. Training Grounds – Any card like this that can reduce activation costs can be pretty combotastic – especially with ones that can generate mana
  10. Rings of Brighthearth – use in combination with the card above. Great times.
  11. Skullclamp, Fecundity – both these cards are insane card draw engines in their respective decks and fulfill similar purposes
  12. Mind’s Desire – well it was part of some of the most broken combo decks ever printed – namely TEPS and Long.dec so it’s gotta make the list here
  13. Krark-Clan Ironworks – Also an insane combo card for artifact decks
  14. Aluren – imagine being able to play your creatures for free, as an instant, anytime… it gets even crazier when you have bounce mechanics like a certain card in this list that lets you return things to your hand perhaps?
  15. Mind over Matter – it was powerful once upon a time, but still a good card in some niche combo decks. It takes a lot to go off, though.
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General Magic

Minor update on life, decklist for Hearthstone/Magic, DOS game reviews

Wow, I can’t believe its June already. I feel like I havent done that much this year, compared to previous years. I think thats because I traveled alot and hung out alot with my friends in 2012 (lots of trips and events) and 2013 (lots of house parties and clubbing) and to a lesser degree 2014 as well, but this year I’m more or less alone in Korea. Even though I have friends here, they are usually too busy to hang out, and I haven’t traveled outside of Seoul yet. Some tourist I am, and I’ve been here 6 months already. I should definitely travel soon, else I feel like I’m not doing much with my time constantly staying at home and working.

I went back to San Francisco and Toronto in April and last month, so I got to see all my good friends again. One of my good friends has a baby already and it made me feel so old when I visited him. Am I that much closer to getting married and being a father? Well first I have to find a girlfriend, which is a neverending source of grief for me, so maybe I don’t have to worry about it, but then again maybe I should since I just turned 27 years old a few days ago. Dang. I miss my 24 and 25 year old life, traveling and house parties and clubbing and stuff (see previous post about regrets on not preserving that time better). Oh well, life has to move on I guess.

So yeah these days I’ve been staying at home and playing games. I modded Fallout New Vegas (http://www.nexusmods.com/newvegas/) and I definitely recommend the Weapon mods, High res texture mods, Nevada skies weather mod, EVE lighting mod, Project Nevada, more Perks and Mission Mojave rebalance mod. It brings FNV to 2015 standards.

On another note I’ve been uploading ALOT of youtube videos for dos games and playing Hearthstone a lot more, and conversely Magic the Gathering a lot less. I’ve made a page for it because the Magic list is more or less set, since I don’t play it as much anymore. And I plan to move some of my korean teaching articles over to this site to unify it, since I don’t write any more articles for that site. Sounds good? I want this blog to be the hub for all my projects.

Hearthstone decklist: http://www.blueisme.com/media/hearthstone-decklist/

Magic decklist: http://www.blueisme.com/media/magic-the-gathering-decklist/

And here are some of the old game playthroughs I’ve uploaded, some of them I haven’t played in as much as 12 years. I also hope to do a video on Diablo 3 Reaper of souls, Starcraft 2 Legacy of void, and Dungeon defenders 2 soon as I played alot of those with my friends.

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