Finale of Glory

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Magic News

Besides the prerelease weekend, there was some big news coming from Mythic Invitational II in London. This being that one of the professional players was caught cheating. Yuuya Watanabe was disqualified when markings were found on his card sleeves.

As of Tuesday, he denies these allegations and explains what happened. You can find more details here:

This has many people in the community on his side and many who don’t believe him. Regardless, it is never a good thing for someone in his standing to be accused of something like this.

In any sport, there are always these kinds of issues. There is some really big money on the line here and a lot of expectations and pressures put on these players. This doesn’t excuse the fact that cheating is not cool, but it does make me have some compassion towards them. If he did do it, I am sorry that he felt so much pressure that he had to stoop to something so risky and unsportsmanlike. Hopefully, he did not and this will be a lesson learned, regardless of the outcome.

Do you have an opinion on this issue? Do you feel that this is more common than we know about?

Magic Card of the Week

On to Glory!

Well, one of my favorite cards for the set came in one of my packs – The Finale of Glory did indeed bring me glory … well, almost! I had my best tournament yet at Sunday’s prerelease. I got up to fifth place this time with a 3-1-0 finish.

This was the ONLY mythic card I had in my deck as all my others were disappointing for limited play with the exception of Rhonas (whoot!) but I just could not get much green happening for my deck.

Instead, I focused on strong removal and evasion commons and uncommons. Thankfully, it worked pretty well!

How did you do at your prerelease? Are you going to Draft this weekend?

MTG Arena Madness

The season ended on MTGA this week. I ended up being at Platinum Level 4 which was pretty cool. I fell down a lot last week – from Level 2 – sadly.

My Selesnya team was tired. Coming up though, I am tweaking it with some lovely new cards from War of the Spark.

I have been working on a few games this week and Ajani and Pledge of Unity have certainly boosted the spirits of Emmara and her friends. Stay tuned for more grinding news next week! We’ll see if I can get back up there! I’ll post a deck list when I get it worked out a bit better.

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Did you get some good new War of the Spark cards in your MTGA packs?  

MTG Cool Tools

Draft Weekend is coming up and I always pore through Luis Scott Vargas articles on what he thinks are the best cards for draft/limited play. He rates each card and tells us why. Check out the posts here:

Pledge Allegiance

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Why More Girls Should Play MTG!
How Do Planeswalkers work?

Magic News

The Bad Guy (IMHO)

Spoilers continue to be the hottest topic in Magic The Gathering news (well, for me anyway).

Yesterday, I wandered around my house, exclaiming to my family that the new Nicol Bolas card made me depressed about Magic The Gathering, mostly because he just seems so unbeatable.

How are we, the protectors of the planes, the Ajanis, the Nissas, the Jaces…how are we supposed to save everyone from such a terrible foe??? I moaned and carried on for a while like that…

Then…I saw The Elderspell… my hope was restored! Let’s get that guy!! (Yes, he might get us with that card too…LOL!)

Hope is Restored!

What cards are you excited about in the new set? Which ones scare you?

Magic Card of the Week

Together, we can get him!

Do you ‘pledge allegiance’ to any particular ‘guild’ in Magic The Gathering? I am pretty much loyal to Selesnya most days, but I like to play other colors as well.

I always end up going back to something with green in it – Simic is another favorite of mine. What’s your Guild Allegiance?

It looks like the new set is going to continue (even more so) with this idea of Guilds. It is on Ravnica afterall!

My Magic card of the Week was previewed a few days ago by Lee Shi Tian called Pledge of Unity. This will be absolutely fantastic in my GW-Emmara’s March deck that I shared with you in my first MTG blog post:

As an uncommon card, it will likely be amazing in a limited deck also! Is this a card you would play?

MTG Arena Madness

Singleton play is in Magic The Gathering Arena this week. This is similar to commander, but without the commander and you only have the 60 cards of a standard deck.

Basically, you only have one copy of each card, except for basic lands. To enter, you need 250 coins or 50 gems. Prizing is coins and cards, nothing too fancy, but this is a great way to try an Arena event without much of an investment.

I like to play this event; I don’t usually get farther than the middle of the prize pool, but it’s great to play some fun deck ideas. This weekend, I jumped in with a Vampire Life Thirst deck (named after Nightmare’s Thirst and all the life gain cards in it). See the decklist at the end of this post.

What decks do you build for Singleton? Do you like this format?

MTG Cool Tools

The simple life pad. Too many times, my life counter dice has been bumped when I draw a card. Sometimes, I forget what my life total was.

I try to use a written life pad instead whenever I can. Plus, it’s the rule for competitive Magic, so it’s a good thing to get used to when playing in regular play or even at Friday Night Magic.

This doesn’t have to be fancy – it can just be a slip of paper or notepad. I like the little paper notepads that Lesley at Pandora’s Boox and Tea made – it fits perfectly into a deckbox!

You can also get the simple electronic ones like the digital life pads at Pandora’s:

What do you use to keep track of your life total when playing?

Tournament Rules if you’re interested:

Vampire Life Singleton Deck List

1 Bishop’s Soldier (XLN) 6
11 Plains (RIX) 192
1 Famished Paladin (RIX) 8
1 Martyr of Dusk (RIX) 14
1 Forerunner of the Legion (RIX) 9
1 Paladin of Atonement (RIX) 16
1 Vampire Neonate (M19) 124
11 Swamp (RIX) 194
1 Child of Night (M19) 89
1 Skymarch Bloodletter (XLN) 124
1 Sanctum Seeker (XLN) 120
1 Twilight Prophet (RIX) 88
1 Champion of Dusk (RIX) 64
1 Legion Lieutenant (RIX) 163
1 Call to the Feast (XLN) 219
1 Ajani’s Welcome (M19) 6
1 Leonin Vanguard (M19) 22
1 Moment of Triumph (RIX) 15
1 Dead Weight (GRN) 67
1 Necrotic Wound (GRN) 79
1 Murder (M19) 110
1 Radiant Destiny (RIX) 18
1 Healer’s Hawk (GRN) 14
1 Hunted Witness (GRN) 15
1 Ajani’s Pridemate (M19) 5
1 Daybreak Chaplain (M19) 10
1 Inspiring Cleric (XLN) 16
1 Vampire Sovereign (M19) 125
1 Queen’s Commission (XLN) 29
1 Squire’s Devotion (RIX) 25
1 Elenda, the Dusk Rose (RIX) 157
1 Nightmare’s Thirst (M19) 111
1 Cast Down (DAR) 81
1 Legion’s Landing (XLN) 22
1 Skymarcher Aspirant (RIX) 21
1 Hired Poisoner (GRN) 72
1 Vicious Conquistador (XLN) 128
1 Vicious Rumors (GRN) 89
1 Vindictive Vampire (RNA) 90
1 The Haunt of Hightower (RNA) 273

Dirty Gramma is Back!

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Magic News

The Wolf Pack Arrives!

So many exciting spoilers this week! For me, the biggest was the new Tolsimir, Friend to Wolves card!
I’ll be creating several new Wolf Pack decks of various formats! Whoot! I used to play wolves all the time! There is a new Arlinn, Voice of the Pack to go with it as well. The new  Vivien, Champion of the Wilds will be a must have for my decks too!

Magic Card of the Week

I haven’t heard if Jaya Ballard will be back in The War of the Spark, but I certainly hope so! Last year, I played a deck I called “Dirty Gramma”. It was a fun “burn to your face” red and black deck that featured no creatures, just Jaya Ballard and Chandra, Torch of Defiance.

I’m revisiting my Dirty Gramma deck with some new cards and some old ones I dug up (and got some fun red promos to use!) See the deck list at the bottom of this post!

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MTG Arena Madness

The Selesnya fight continues for me on MTG Arena. Slowly grinding my way back up to Platinum since the season changed and I got put back down in Gold again.

An interesting … actually, EXTREMELY annoying deck that I’ve been fighting against on Arena is one that uses Dovin’s Acuity + Mastermind’s Acquisition + Unmoored Ego (Esper Acuity).


It is a really long fight that I am having lots of trouble with.

Here’s an example deck from MTGGoldfish:

Have you played this deck? What are some of the ways you’re using it and/or fighting against it? Do you think it’s a viable deck in real life Standard Meta? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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MTG Cool Tools

Get this loaded on your phone: and then add it to your icons because you will use it ALL the time! It’s got a very powerful search engine that allows you to drill down to the card that you’re trying to find.

Right now, I use it to quickly see the ongoing War of the Spark preview cards. Images are clear and there are a ton of tech/links to use on each of the cards.

What have you been up to this week in Magic the Gathering? Any favorite cards or decks? I’d love to hear about them! See you next week!

Dirty Gramma Deck List

1 Blood Crypt
3 Cinder Barrens
4 Dragonskull Summit
11 Mountain
2 Swamp
1 Angrath, the Flame-Chained
1 Banefire
4 Burn from Within
1 Chandra, Bold Pyromancer
2 Chandra, Torch of Defiance
3 Gut Shot
2 Incendiary Flow
2 Jaya Ballard
2 Light Up the Stage
1 Lightning Bolt
3 Lightning Strike
3 Risk Factor
3 Searing Spear
2 Shock
2 Sovereign’s Bite
2 Spark Jolt
1 Unstable Footing
4 Vicious Rumors


2 Cast Down
3 Divest
4 Duress
1 Fanatical Firebrand
2 Fight with Fire
1 Open Fire
2 The Flame of Keld

April Magic

I’ve decided to change my blog to be about one of my passions: Magic the Gathering! This has become a challenge and a very fun past-time for me and I would like to share my adventures, thoughts and overall excitement for this crazy game that my kids and Lesley got me in to.

Lesley and I are getting pretty competitive about this game and love to talk about it. We decided to start creating some content to share with our Magic loving peeps! Watch for those videos & podcasts to come!!

Each week, I plan to share:

  • Magic news that I think is cool
  • My card of the Week
  • My latest MTG Arena deck list that I’m messing with
  • IRL deck list that I’m playing lately at FNM or other events
  • MTG tools that I have fallen in love with!
  • Our latest video/podcast of course!

Video/Podcast This Week!

Watch for these videos to be posted after our first recording tomorrow! So excited! I’ll add those to this section of the posts as we move forward!

Magic News

Chandra cheering us on for our first Magicfest!

This weekend Lesley and I went to our first official Magicfest put on by Wizards of the Coast in Calgary. We played in a side event to see how we’d do – both of us did well! Lesley was 1-1-1 with her Green Stompy and I was 2-0 with my Selesnya ladies! Go team Green!

In other news…

What about that War of the Spark trailer!!?? There are no words…

Magic Card of the Week

“Life gain is irrelevant …”

~ some Magic players who don’t think it can help me win games 😛

My GW-Emmara’s March deck has been doing pretty well in real life and gets me to Platinum on Arena these days. Part of that is this card and others that keep me in the battle with life-gain. Enough time to build my army to over-run my opponent.

The other surprising little benefit of this card is when people steal my cards to play on their side of the table and they have to give it back to me because Trostani is in play. I love it when that happens!

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MTG Arena Madness

I’m annoying a lot of people with my UB-Haunted Thoughts deck on MTG Arena!

I use a lot of discard and destroy cards to control the board until I can get this fun vampire out. Then the Haunting begins as this grows bigger and bigger.

My favorite match-ups are those that put cards in their graveyards themselves. It’s so nice that they help this guy grow!

See the MTG Arena Deck List here:

And of course, there’s that life gain thing again…and vampires…why is it that all of my decks have at least one vampire?

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MTG Cool Tools

I fell in love with these tokens this weekend:

Thanks Olivia @goberthicks for chatting at the booth and @postrk for the amazing work on these!

Awesome token bling from @postrk

What have you been up to this week in Magic the Gathering? Any favorite cards or decks? I’d love to hear about them! See you next week!

Emmara’s March Deck List

5 Forest
10 Plains
3 Sunpetal Grove
3 Temple Garden
2 Tranquil Expanse
3 Adanto Vanguard
3 Ajani, Adversary of Tyrants
4 Conclave Tribunal
4 Emmara, Soul of the Accord
2 Flower // Flourish
4 Haazda Marshal
4 History of Benalia
2 Legion’s Landing
2 Leonin Vanguard
1 March of the Multitudes
3 Saproling Migration
1 Shalai, Voice of Plenty
1 Tendershoot Dryad
2 Trostani Discordant
1 Venerated Loxodon


2 Bounty Agent
3 Citywide Bust
1 Invoke the Divine
2 Ixalan’s Binding
4 Knight of Autumn
1 Shalai, Voice of Plenty
2 Vivien Reid



Mist and the last of the smoke blended together when Eli looked back down into the valley at the manor. Beyond that, the fog completely cloaked the river and what he knew would be the boat house at the crossing. He was grateful to be above the stench of the charred remains of animals that they could not save. Eli shuddered as he wondered if some of the burned flesh smell was from any of the people who lived at the manor. Possibly even the master, if the rumors he’d heard in the night were true.

There was a chill in the air, but Eli’s skin still felt the heat of the fire of the night before. His right hand was burned from when he pulled on the iron closure of the last of the horses’ stalls. It was a wonder the animals hadn’t run him down in their panic to be free of the heat and flames that covered the back of the stables. He touched the gash near his temple. The gelding just missed killing him when he leapt past the gate that Eli was trying to open.

They’d managed to save all of the horses that were in the stable. His father and his brothers were collecting the ones who wandered back to the manor when the flames finally subsided. Eli was sent to the hills to start rounding up those animals who had not returned. As the youngest of the farrier’s sons, he did what he was told.

Eli chewed a piece of bread as he checked over the fourth horse he’d tied to the makeshift corral in his temporary camp. It would likely take a few days to gather up the lost horses. He hoped that the missing ones would smell the others and start coming back together on their own.

He had a little bit of food with him; the kitchen was still intact and one of the maids handed him a bundle as he left. He was on foot – his father didn’t want to spare any of the horses for him. Besides, he would find horses that he could ride if he needed to. That meant that he couldn’t carry much for supplies, but his father didn’t seem to care.

“You’re strong and summer is still with us. You don’t need much.” he’d been told when he asked.

And so Eli climbed up the mountainside on foot, searching for the horses. He was a good tracker; not that his father knew. Eli spent most of his life ignored by his father. His older brothers taught him their family’s farrier trade when they had time and Eli begged them to. His tracking skills came from when he’d been a child and served with the master’s hunting parties. Eli paid attention to what the men were doing and saying. He was quiet and no one ever noticed the boy hovering as they discussed hunting and tracking while he poured their wine.

Eli checked his burned right hand. It didn’t burn as much now that he’d been applying the salve that the master’s wife left with him years ago on one of the hunts. It was almost all gone now. He always carried it with him, just in case. Eli doubted that she remembered that day. He would never forget it.

The other men didn’t notice when the wine-boy tripped over the carelessly discarded coat one of the men had cast aside. When he fell, Eli’s leg brushed against the hot rocks of the cooking fire and burned. But she noticed.

The master’s wife – Eliza – rushed to his side and helped him up and back to her tent. The 16 year old “boy” was taller than she was and he felt silly limping along beside her, feeling every inch of her arm around his waist. His face burned more than his leg did as her soft hands applied the salve to his injury. He prayed that she wouldn’t look up to see his embarrassment pressing against the front of his breeches. Eli gripped the wine flask close to cover himself.

“There. Now keep putting this on for a few days and it will heal well.” Eliza stood up from where she’d been kneeling and offered him some water from the bucket beside them.

Their eyes met as he drank and Eliza quickly looked away from him. Eli guessed that she couldn’t be much older than he was. She always looked sad whenever he glanced her way on the many hunts they’d been on. The master rarely went anywhere without his wife coming along behind him. She’d been with him for a little less than a year, but never did she seem to be a blushing bride.

Many rumors fluttered around the manor about where the master’s wife came from. No one knew the truth and the master did not tell anyone. He’d returned from a journey over the pass with her in his group and claimed only that she was now his wife. The Brute was so close to her side that everyone wondered if she was with the Brute or with the master. The only time anyone saw her was when she came on the hunts with them. Out there, the Brute seemed to leave her alone.

The Brute wasn’t with her last night. Last night, when Eli saw her jump down into the hay wagon. He couldn’t imagine what she was doing, he just knew that he needed to help her.

Even in the darkness, he knew it was her. He knew every curve of her body. He couldn’t see her dark eyes very well, but the outline of her face was unmistakable. Especially to him who had looked her way so many times.

Where was she going? What was happening? Why was she choosing to run? Would she make it to wherever she was going? How could she, with so few supplies? His meager food he’d given her would not take her very far. How could a women survive in this wilderness? The master would surely be out looking for her. The Brute was probably already on the hunt.

Eli chewed harder on another piece of bread and re-wrapped his hand. He knew that it wouldn’t take them long to find her. His jaw clenched…he had to find her first.

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