Visar inlägg från mars, 2013

Juzam, ponderings, and Bay Area old school

This is my mecca:

It's been so many years since I first layed my eyes on Juzam. I've attempted to get one at least five times; the first time I really tried to trade for one was almost 15 years ago. In some way, I understand that the monetary value of my foiled Mind Sculptors are about the same as this dude, in all other ways they are miles apart. I feel kind of an awe towards Juzam, and that is nothing I can say about most of my cards. I bought my first yesterday.

This is a hard format to get into, and an emotional way to play magic. As we grow, more ideas of what old school magic should be are voiced. How do we maintain rules while still maintain feeling? When can we break the 7-set rule, the ban/restricted list, or the idea of competition without eventually breaking the spirit of some of the players with different ideas of nostalgia, or with different goals of why they play? These are very hard questions, and after additional feedback from players it's something that I&…

Abusing Fork

I first though about writing a post on the Ali from Cairo deck from my German Magic deck books, but after reading the first few chapters of Stephen Menendian's History of Vintage (, well worth a few bucks), I felt that I wanted to share Mark Chalice awesome Fork Recursion deck:

Instants(9) 4 Fork 1 Ancestral Recall 2 Mana Drain 2 Storm Seeker
Sorceries(12) 1 Demonic Tutor 1 Mind Twist 1 Braingeyser 1 Recall 1 Time Walk 1 Timetwister 1 Channel 1 Regrowth 1 Stream of Life 1 Wheel of Fortune 2 Fireball
Enchantments (5) 1 Copy Artifact 3 Fastbond 1 Dark Heart of the Wood Artifacts(13) 4 Howling Mine 1 Chaos Orb 1 Mirror Universe 1 Black Lotus 1 Mox Emerald 1 Mox Jet 1 Mox Pearl 1 Mox Ruby 1 Mox Sapphire 1 Sol Ring
Lands(21) 2 Bazaar of Baghdad 1 Badlands 3 City of Brass 4 Taiga 3 Tropical Island 3 Underground Sea 3 Volcanic Island 1 Library of Alexandria 1 Strip Mine

This deck is one of the main reasons that Fork ha…

Regensburg part II

Last Friday, I attended what is here known as Starkbier fest. The lederhosen was on, the maß was drunk, and the beer was stark.

I'm the dude on the left, the beer is a Löwenbräu doppelbock. So far good times.
Strangely, I had a slight hangover during Saturday. I spent the evening doing the perfect thing for a slow day, playing me some old school in Regensburg!
I had collected a few new cards since last time, in particular a Vesuvan Doppelganger. Fun fact about Vesvan: if you let it copy itself, it'll get more instances of the copy ability. Hence, you could potentially play a really strange sequence if you combine it with creatures with activated abilities which you could use during your upkeep; or with Xenic Poltergeist to do shenanigans with different artifacts.
Martin played a new build, a clearly unbeatable Elemental deck, with 3 of each of the Fire, Water, Earth and Air. When your Serendib Efreet and Su-chi stares down at an Air Elemental and an Earth Elemental, times are t…