Atlantic City Qualifier…

This weekend I have the Qualifier for Atlantic City, which is in January.  I’m hoping to do well with my B/G and revamped sideboard.  I saw the same problems at FNM, although Jarad rather than Garruk gave me a little more flexibility.

I’ve found it very interesting to see more of B/G decks popping up, mostly in some sort of reanimator style, but none quite like mine.  It went from people really questioning Trevor and my idea to it kinda being fine tuned and hopefully used really well in the future.

Outside of that, next weekend we are traveling for the holiday. The following weekend we are probably going to be taking part in some things to do with Magic in the area, but not sure what right now.  Following weekend I’m going to be at MAGFest as a volunteer, so please, if you are going, do tell me!  Then I think after that is Atlantic City.  Trev will be gone those two weekends, so I’ll enjoy the company if you want to say hi or hang out.

Once I get my final done tonight I’ll get some other stuff up too 😀

SCG Open Baltimore Report

The StarCityGames Open in Baltimore was yesterday.  Trevor and I went with a friend from our LGS along with meeting up with some others.  We got there around 8:30 am and stayed for all 10 rounds, although I feel bad for making Trevor and our friend stick around for all 10 rounds despite me not having a chance of making Top 64 after round 7.  At the same time, I really needed to see how well I could do and figure out if it was my ability as a player holding me back or certain decks vs. my deck.

This was pretty early in the day so we were still using most of the room :D

This was pretty early in the day so we were still using most of the room 😀

At the end, I was pretty sure that it was those decks vs. mine.  I was able to adapt and play against those decks a bit better, last longer, win one game, ect., but the deck I had just still did not quite have the sideboard to really have a solution.

My final deck list was:

-4 Young Wolf

– 3 Slitherhead

-4 Strangleroot Geist

-4 Dreg Manglers

-3 Thragtusk

-4 Liliana of the Veil

-3 Garruk Relentless

-4 Ultimate Price

-3 Golgari Charms

-3 Grisly Salvage

-4 Woodland Cemetery

-4 Overgrown Tomb

-8 Forest

-6 Swamps

My sideboard consisted of:

-2 Vraska, The Unseen

-4 Tragic Slips

-3 Victim of Night

-3 Naturalize

-3 Jarad’s Orders

This deck ultimately was great Anti-Aggro.  I could place monsters out in a faster manner and would get them back all at the same time without have to use up more mana.  Ultimate Price took care of most things and Golgari Charm wiped out a lot of other threats.  I was great against Control type decks for the first few round and then I would peter out.

However, it was not that would be over.  I would avoid the sweepers, I would be able to regenerate creatures, remove enchantments like Rest In Peace and so on and so forth.  However, I just couldn’t get over the crappy curve once I ran out of those things to knock them back after Thragtusk.

Anywho:

Round 1: My first match of the day was against one of those Bant control decks.  The guy was late, but he pre-registered, which made him already fusterated.  The fact that I had him down to 1 made it even worse. He went to Supreme Verdict my creatures at that point and I Golgari Charm’d for the regen, which only made him more upset.  He got out a few Thragtusks and Restoration Angels all in a row though and it didn’t even matter.  He took me from 28 health due to my own Thragtusk and knocked me out, despite using all the blocks, Ultimate Prices, and everything else I had.

I side boarded in a Naturalize for the extra enchantment removal since I could tell he was getting upset with me surviving due to Scavenge and also Victim of the Night.  I took out a Grisly Salvage and two Liliana’s  to put them in.

This second game went much more poorly.  He started the health gain a lot faster at one point being at 32 health.  At the same time, it was at this point where he kept glancing at the clock and the judge’s began circling since our first game went all the way to the 25 minutes remaining mark.  He began to play sloppy and played his only Rest in Peace while there was nothing in my Graveyard and a Syncopate without counting my mana properly.  Trevor came over and watched for a bit and afterwards made the comment of the guy seemingly was about ready to rage quit.  I held out all the way to 30 seconds left in the match before he finally killed me.  If I could have gotten another Thragtusk out and started making him sacrifice creatures, it may have been a draw.  Either way, I walked away realizing how much of a challenge I presented to that type of deck.

Record: 0-1

It was kinda crazy in between rounds...I just hung out in the back until some of the crowd cleared or Trev yelled a number out to me.

It was kinda crazy in between rounds…I just hung out in the back until some of the crowd cleared or Trev yelled a number out to me.

Round 2: I was paired up against a B/R Aggro deck which just became a slaughter.  I’m not sure how long my opponent had been playing, but despite me announcing that Young Wolf had undying(because you can’t be to sure with these triggers anymore), he still wasted a searing spear on it.  Then he did the same with a Strangleroot Geist as soon as I played it, with nothing able to block, so on turn two I was able to swing for five damage.  Although he was able to get rid of a great of mine there was always another hasty creature with a come back.  I swept both games with ease and wished my opponent good luck in the rest of the tournament, although he left rather quickly.

Record: 1-1

Round 3:  This match up was bound to be interesting.  It was my deck vs. a R/W humans deck.  I had done this before when facing Trevor and his Dega Humans and it never ended well, but I was determined.  First game went to me as I drew a perfect hand.  I was able to just take care of all of the possible issues early on.  Once I ran out of Ultimate Price in my hand, I had the Two Strangleroot Geist and a Young Wolf out with a Dreg Mangler waiting.  He put out a couple of small Fencing Ace’s and I had a Golgari Charm.  When he went to swing, rather than block I used the Charm to apply -1/-1 to all creatures, killing his aces and bringing back all of my guys with +1/+1 due to their undying.  Next turn I was able to throw out the Dreg Mangler and swing in.  Next turn game was done as he had nothing left to play.

The following to games did not go so much in my favor.  I mulled to 4 in one and in the other I keps a hand that had creatures, but no land that could come in untapped.  They were probably mistakes on my part, but I learned some valuable lessons from this match.

Record: 1-2

Round 4: Round four was a well put together B/G Zombie deck.  Game one went to him rather quickly thanks to Geralf’s Messenger and me operating on crappy mana.  It happens.  Game 2 went much more in my favor, with me hitting all of my mana drops and what pretty much equates to God Hand.  Young Wolf into Strangle Root Geist into Dreg Mangler  and then Liliana of the Veil to discard a Slitherhead and scavenge it.   He was not able to pull any early creatures to answer and I stayed that whole game at 20.

Game 3 wound up as much more of the expected race.  I got in early hits, but then he was able to swing at me for five four turns in.  However, I was able to then swing in for six.  Next turn he was unable to increase his damage.  I was able to play a shockland and get a Thragtusk out.  Next swing in I was able to end the match.

Record: 2-2

Round 5: Round 5 was tough for me personally as it was against a friend from from my LGS.  It was the first time I had gotten paired against someone from my LGS in a large event.  It was my Undying vs. his Zombies.  Game 1 I was able to win after a rough start due to not pulling enough creatures.  However, I got a Thragtusk and was able to scavenge some things and put a rancor on to win the game.

Game 2 I started out great with plenty of small critters out, but I wasn’t able to keep it up and eventually stalled out.  He kept up his tempo and was able to keep swinging without worrying to much about blocking.  Game 3 was much more tragic.  Although I did great, it was awful to see my friend not pull what he needed.  I was able to block and undie my creatures and then swing. On turn 4 I hit for seven damage between equipping various creatures with multiple Rancors and scavenging whatever I had.  That pretty much ended the game.

I could tell my friend was bummed, and in a way so was I.  Yet, there were still more rounds to come and I needed to continue on, right?

Record: 3-2

Even as people dropped...there were still a lot of people around.

Even as people dropped…there were still a lot of people around.

Round 6: OMG Grixis I hate!  Game 1 I was able to do well in due to him not drawing any mana after placing the two down from opening hand.  It was really just straight beatdown and nothing more.  After that, though it went down hill.

Not sure what he sideboarded in, but it utterly destroyed me.  Game two he was at one point able to swing for 16 damage.  Two Olivia Voldaren’s stealing creatures will do that.  Game three was a lot slower and was looking in my favor.  I played a Thragtusk and was at 25 to his 12.  I was in good shape.  Then that damn Olivia again!  He stole my Thragtusk and just started swinging.  I was completely un able to do anything after that.  End of round.

Record: 3-3

Round 7: My opponent was a no show.  So I went and got food.

Record: 4-3

Round 8: It was another Bant Control match up, and went almost exactly like the first one.  I was able to delay and frustrate and make him do some silly things, but I was never able to push it over the edge.  This is one of the things that I really want to look at side boarding more aggressively against.  Both games were pretty much a wash, but I did push him to nearly time, again hoping to stall out for the draw. It didn’t happen.

Record: 4-4

Round 9: This was yet again another B/R Zombies deck.  This was once again another deck that I utterly decimated.  First game ended with me at 23 health and doing 8 damage a turn.  I was just taking his creatures apart, and even if he could bring them back, they still wouldn’t be able to attack for another turn.  It was just awesome to see.  Game 2 was much of the same, only he actually did some damage.  I would cycle out creatures to block with so that they could get the undying counters through blocking.  Turn 5 I swung for 6 damage and it was only going to get worse as I was sending Slitherheads and Dreg Mangler’s to the graveyard.

However, my opponent was awesome and afterwards we talked decks and stuff for a bit afterwards.  I think this is my favorite thing about these events is getting to speak with people with all kinds of views.

Record: 5-4

Round 10: This was a very different deck for me to go against.  It was just green/white.  However, I had the same issue I did with the Bant Decks when it came to Restoration Angle and Thragtusk.  Oh, he also stole my Thragtusk.  I didn’t like that.  There was not a lot of back and forth, just me swinging and him waiting for Thragtusk. I took the approach of trying to get him to discard cards as well as Ultimate pricing his mana dorks, but that still didn’t quite seem to work.

So I ended the tournament on a loss.

Record: 5-5

I think my favorite part of this tournament was not being hit on once by any of my opponents.  In fact, being around so many friends, a lot of it was just joking around in between matches and having fun.  I got to know some other people as well which was super neat.  It was fantastic to see so many different people playing.  I feel it was perhaps one of the most diverse competitions I have been too, even if it felt like all the decks were the same.

I collect all of the art things...particularly when they have Star Wars in them.

I collect all of the art things…particularly when they have Star Wars in them.

Also I got to hang out with Cynthia Sheppard again!  She is always awesome and her art is great!  Trevor got a signed play set of Cremates and we picked up a print.  I wanted some other ones, but I’m pacing myself.  Also got to see Noah Bradley’s ridiculously amazing pieces of work and talk some more with rk post as well as pick up his awesome art book.  The moment I saw that there was Star Wars in there…it was all over.

Also, I got Eventide and Shadowmoor packs.  I love those.  Particularly when I crack $20 cards.

Yay for $20 land cards!  Although I did get it in Italian...

Yay for $20 land cards! Although I did get it in Italian…

I’m just becoming sadder and sadder…

I used to be really proud to call myself a girl gamer.  It wasn’t about the individuality or this badge of honor type thing, it was just that is what I did.  I was a girl who gamed.  Yet, when I go to so many places I see more and more girl gamers not quite live up to what I see myself as.

I want to be a positive force for all gamers.  I want to show different sides, solutions, and characters.  I want to do well and feel good about myself, without my actions making another feel bad.  I don’t want to guilt trip people into anything.  I want there to be a respectable and varied view of women in gaming.  I want it to be inclusive and celebratory, not dismissive.

Yet, what I get when I read blog posts, take part in all female activities, or look at message board is this massive swing from one side to the other.  I don’t see people who want games to be fun for everyone, but instead this very angry set-up of people who can’t take a step back and evaluate their position.  I get the feeling of people who have issues with you if you don’t have the same view as them.

I get men are bad, boobs are evil, and so on.

No.  That isn’t what I want to see the gaming community develop.  What I want to see is an equal spot for all people who show any interest in games.  I want to see women treated respectfully, but still fit their character.  I want to see the human body that is depicted on that card or in those pixels to be equally enjoyed by all sexes and some of the characters to be incredibly relatable while others maybe not so much.

No, I’m not a feminist. I probably fall into an egalitarian category.  However, I am a female gamer who is incredibly proud of who I am and the fellow gamers I play with.

My view is that perhaps if we start trending towards a greater unified community, these other things will follow.  If we stop making this a gender war and start making this a cohesive effort towards a greater community we might start getting somewhere.  If we start looking past gender, sexuality, race, religion, whatever…imagine how many more people there would be to play with.

Then again, we are gamers.  Cohesive isn’t often our thing.  How ever, determination is, and I’m pretty damned determined.

Job Things

So I’m going to discuss something other than gaming for a change.  Because while gaming is my life, I need to have something to pay for it.

Yay career.

Boo how to get there.

Now I consider myself a moderately successful college graduate with a job at least and a wonderful husband.  The problem is that this job tends to really get in the way of that thing called the rest of life.  I see my husband for maybe 4 hours of the day.  I don’t get to really do anything during the week.  Instead of just 8 hours a day I’m doing about 12 hours once you include the awful DC commute.  I take the train.  It would be longer if I drove.  Mind you I tend to get lots of school work done on that train bit, but it is still a bit of a drag realizing you live not even 30 miles away from work and on average it takes 2.5 hours to get there.

So I have been applying for other jobs.  I applied for one back down in the area I went to school at and got called back for a second interview.  After the first interview I’m not sure if I want the job.  I want to do the things that the job entales, just not everywhere it goes.  It doesn’t really pay much more, my commute would be shorter, but I may travel longer.  It doesn’t really move me anywhere except away from a lot of the friends I have developed over the past few months.

I am not sure what I do.  I have other applications in.  Waiting on other things.  But I still don’t know.  Those other things could take a while. But I guess I’ve been doing 12 hours so far there is no reason I can’t keep it up for a while longer.

Plus do I really want to move farther away from my family again with all the crazy stuff that is happening with them?  While I have my own life, they are my family and I do need to be around to support them…

BTW if anyone is reading this that has a position open in Emergency Management/Homeland Security in the Washington D.C./Northern Virginia area, get in touch!

Extra Life 2012 Recap: LoL, MtG, B-Lands, Catan, OH MY!

That was intense.  I started my 24 hour marathon session off with Friday Night Magic, in which I planned on playing constructed but had a deck that was all hobbled in ten million pieces.

So we switch to draft!  Hurrah!  I’m starting to get a hang for how to draf RtR. It is much different then the core set and for me requires some pre-planning.  At my table we had three people drafting Rakdos, including myself.  Yet, each of us wound up with a different third color.  For instance, I had a mainly Rakdos deck that included a lot of Izzet tricks.  And Stab Wound.  I love Stab Wound.

But, now that I have really gotten to to know the cards, and the mechanics that work together well, I’m feeling much better.  I plan on continuing forth to this Friday at the GPT Philadelphia.

So I went home, caught some light Z’s and then picked it right back up bright and early in the morning.  Loaded decks into Cockatrice, started playing League, updated Path of Exile and played that a bit.  Waited for Trevor to get up so I could deck test and started to do that. Made adjustments, played more League.  It was nice since I wasn’t playing for super serious I was able to experiment with characters I normally wouldn’t play.  Which is always interesting.

Then I moved out into the living room and started up the PS3 and worked through some more of Persona 4: Arena.  I know have all the characters unlocked!  Yay!  And then I fell asleep with two cats on my lap and a controller in my hands.  WTF life?

Trevor woke me up though.  With lovely pizza and wings!  Oh how much better could the day be!?  Borderlands 2, he asks.  WELL DUH?  So it then becomes the loot fest until about 1 am.  It was ridiculous.  There was also my wonderful husband making chocolate chip walnut cookies.  OMG yay.  While he was taking breaks I played some Catan and got my butt whooped by the computer as usual.

This is definitely an event that I will be doing again in the future and I encourage everyone to take part in somehow.  I raise $100 for Children’s Miracle Network and had a lot of fun. While playing League I got a lot of other people interested and spread the word around during chats and stuff.

What to look forward too: This week I want to get some of these comic book reviews done before I pick up the next batch.  Also, Sunday or Monday expect pictures and such from the GP.  If anyone has anyway to simulate sealed online so that I can practice with people that would be great :D.

OMG Extra Life 2012!

I hit my goal for Extra Life 2012!  I have raised a solid $100 for the Children’s Miracle Network, Children’s National Medical Center.  Now to just game for 24 hour.

 

Psh, whatever!

 

I will be starting this Friday during FNM, going home and sleeping for a bit and then getting it going again in the morning.  I will be doing lots of different things through out the day.  If you want to get my name for League of Legends, Cockatrice, or PSN.  I’m looking for people to play with throughout the day 😀

 

I do have some school work to do, but I have every intention on having that done today and tomorrow.  Whatever I don’t get done Saturday due to falling asleep at the controller, board, keyboard, whatever, will be finished up Sunday.  I will probably provide an hour by hour update of things here in a live blog like entry.

 

Anyway, I would love for you to get involved in this by playing games with me or continuing to donate to either me or other players!  We have raised quite a bit of money for a great cause and I know a lot of kids will benefit from us playing games.  How great is that?

Weight off the shoulders

I am done with my first Master’s Course!  And I got an A in it!  Woo hoo me!  I feel awesome right now.  Even though I only got a C on my final, all of my projects were just so awesome I did awesome anyway.  So I feel a lot better about myself.  At the same time I have to be careful not to become to self assured.

 

In other news, while I’ve been having a lot of fun with Ravnica, I’m not doing so well with it.  I’m going to try a normal draft this weekend and see how we do, but ultimately I want to just take my constructed decks and play with them.  At the same time, I know most of the people netdeck and that is never a fun thing to go up against time and time again.  So I’m in an interesting spot.  Not sure how to really fix it either.

 

Last weekend was awesome with the brownies though!  Everyone loved them and they really looked cool.  All I did was use the little sugar crystal sprinkles in the guild colors while the brownies were still warm.  They melted in just enough but were very distinct.  Then each container got a little picture of the guild symbol on it as well.  I think I will need to back for FNM more often.  It was relaxing to say the least.

My hands did not want to be steady, but here is Selesnya!

I missed out on taking a picture of Golgari…they got devoured before I got to it.

I also got the rest of my awesome dice!  Now a have a complete set of tie die!

How totally awesome are they!?

Oh and then car shopping.  Went to the Chevy dealer Sunday and did not quite fall in love with either the Sonic or the Spark.  The Sonic was okay but I couldn’t get it with cruise control without going to the ultimate package.  That seemed weird to me, and was more money then I wanted to spend.  I went home and thought about it, did some research, and saw that the Kia dealership had some left over Rio5’s and Soul’s so I decided to go take a look.  They come with cruise control after all.  I still loved the Soul, but I did not really enjoy the Rio5.  They also convinced me to try a Forte Sedan Eco.

 

I was sold.  It had everything I wanted and a 2.0L engine.  That is like, the best of all the worlds.  Good gas mileage but still has pick up!  And it is comfy!  And adorable!  And satellite radio!  And bluetooth!  ZOMG!  Plus it was pretty cheap.  I like cheap.  So here it is!  I need a name for it still…

New car is adorable! Any naming ideas?

But that has been all…Probably update tomorrow with some deck ideas I’m working on and my opinion of the Mechromancer.  If not tomorrow for the Mechromancer, probably sometime over the weekend :D.  I also have come Comic book reviews to catch up on if people still want them.

 

❤ Rei