Monthly Archives: June 2013

Star City Games Open Philadelphia – Tournament Report

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By Kevin Michael

Today I’m going to share with you my tournament report from the Star City Games Open-Philadelphia. Like any good Magic player, I procrastinated my deck choice until Friday night. I ended up playing this (a couple of cards might be off because I can’t find my decklist from the event).

Creatures: (28)
Arbor Elf
Gyre Sage
Flinthoof Boar
Burning-Tree Emissary
Borderland Ranger
Ghor-Clan Rampager
Falkenrath Aristocrat
Thundermaw Hellkite

Spells: (9)
Bonfire of the Damned
Putrefy
Pillar of Flame

Lands: (23)
Blood Crypt
Overgrown Tomb
Stomping Ground
Dragonskull Summit
Rootbound Crag
Mountain
Forest
Swamp
Kessig Wolf Run

SB: (15)
Domri Rade
Garruk Relentless
Pillar of Flame
Ground Seal
Dreadbore
Electrickey
Rakdos's Return
Thragtusk
Zealous Conscripts
Putrefy

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The Next Battle Approaches

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Welcome back on this hot summer week. I have some news and events to let you all know about.

Firstly, on July 13th there will be no Warhammer at the Comic Book Store, as there will be a Magic The Gathering pre-release tournament. The Saturday after that (July 20th) will be our next singles tournament for Warhammer 40k. This tournament will use 1350 point army lists, and all standard rules for force organization will be used. We’ll be looking for a 1pm start time. So, keep your eyes peeled in the store and on the Facebook page for any further details. We welcome all of our former tournament participants to return to show everyone what champions are made of!

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Budget Decks for Standard

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by Kevin Michael

Standard isn’t quite as expensive as it’s been in the past, but it’s far from being wallet friendly. Most decks will run you between $300-$500 in this current Standard. These are some pretty scary numbers, but never fear! You can always take the budget route. So today I’m going to share some budget decks with you so you can get a look at the cheaper side of Magic. All of the following decks cost less than $100 to make:

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The First Cookout of the Season and the Outcome of Apocalypse Past

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Hail fellow weekend warriors! First, I’d like to say thank you to all the Warhammer brothers and sisters out there who helped make this past barbeque weekend so special and successful. We won’t be only having cookouts when we play Apocalypse games, but each Apocalypse game we do hold should have a cook out with it. Stay tuned and keep your ears open to hear of when we’ll be hosting such events later this summer season.

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Elitism In Magic: Not Everyone Cares

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By Kevin Michael

You’re a semi-competitive Magic player and it’s a Friday night. You know what that means? Friday Night Magic, of course! You really love playing Magic, and its a great way for you to unwind yourself. You have made quite a few friends at your local shop, and you look forward to seeing them every week. But, as you walk into the shop on that glorious day you see…. those guys. You know the guys I’m talking about. They always have the “best” standard deck and they’re always discussing something about Magic, so of course you want to join in on the conversation. Now, you aren’t the worst player in the world. You have a good standard deck you’ve saved up to build, you’ve won your fair share of FNM games, and you’ve even beaten the “best” players in the store a few times. But despite this, for whatever reason, these players will never include you in the conversation, or will just laugh at any input you have. It’s almost like they’re royalty and you’re a peasant who’s just lucky to be the same room as them. There are a bunch of different types of players that play this game with us, but today I’m going to focus on one group in particular: the Grinders, and the elitism that they form.

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A Word About The Modern Masters Release

As most of you know, last night was The Comic Book Store’s release of the Modern Masters set. Many people were able to get the booster boxes that they wanted. Others were not able to get as much as they wanted, and unfortunately, some people were not able to get any booster boxes at all. We genuinely regret the fact that we were unable to get enough boxes to meet all of the demand, but sadly, as long as Wizards of the Coast continues to release extremely limited products such as Modern Masters, there are always going to be people who will not be able to get their hands on it.

Some of you were unhappy with the way that we ran things and chose to make your opinions known online. This comes with the territory of social media, and believe me when I say that we are in fact very open to constructive criticism and ideas to make our business better. However, this collectible card game release is clearly a hot-button issue in which some emotions are running high, and I feel that we deserve a chance to explain our mindset and counter what I feel are, to understate it, some very unfair sentiments.

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The Summer Campaign and Rampant Speculatio​n

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With the early summer, things are really heating up for the in-store Warhammer 40K campaign. Starting from day one, Chaos has had a large lead. This is both good and bad; good because the other two teams have more points to play around with each game but bad because, well, it means we’re losing the campaign.

Take heart, the summer is long and winding, and it isn’t over till the last die rolls. So get in there and try and get in your games for the week. Either Xenos or Imperial players can challenge Chaos for 250 extra points per game taken against the forces of Chaos.

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