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A New Dawn for Man and Marine

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  by Big Kev aka the Rulehammer

Hello there fellow war gamers. This week’s article will be somewhat short and sweet. First off, we head into the end of Summer and towards the dawn of Fall. This means many things: Fall colors, the end of humidity thick as a sponge, and of course, hurricane season. It also heralds, this coming month, a new Space Marines release for Warhammer 40k.

Now, this is a big army. If you play Warhammer (or even if you don’t), you’ve heard of them. Some of us have even had our pictures taken with them (Gamesday inside joke.) So, I’ll wet your whistle with a few rumors I’ve heard.

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Thank You

Thank You

Yesterday, (Saturday) I received a generous gift.

Blake took me aside yesterday and explained to me that a group of people who care very much for the store organized secretly to give a gift for the betterment of the store. This certainly blew me away, and brought me to tears. He wouldn’t divulge exactly who contributed or who was involved in organizing this gift, and that some people wanted to remain anonymous. So, not knowing everyone involved, I certainly would like to thank you all!

The Comic Book Store means a lot to a good number of people. We love to hang out here, play games here, talk comics, or just complain about the latest movie. This store has certainly become a part of our lives, and a big part for some of us. I know this may not be the snazziest looking store, the counters up front are second hand and the carpet has taken some wear over the years. We have plans over the next two months to update the store’s interior, and this gift will certainly be a big help with that. Thank you! But I do hope you know that carpeting isn’t really what makes a store so great, its the people. All of you really make this store the amazing place it is.

I may not be able to thank you all personally. I will certainly respect the anonymous nature of this gift, but I do hope you see this message and know that this unexpected gift is greatly appreciated!

THANK YOU,

Alex Mattson

The Comic Book Store

Rampant Rumor Milling and Tournament Results

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By Big Kev aka “The Rulehammer”

Hello friends and gamers alike. This week I have some good news for everyone.

First, let me congratulate the winners of our Warhammer 40K tournament last Saturday. Tom Schmale (Chaos Marines w/ Daemons allied) took fourth place, getting just edged out by Justin “The King of the Castle” Adams (Necrons), who took third. In second place was Steve “Gloves” Burrows (Eldar), and taking the top spot for his first time after many second place showings was Paul Porch (Space Wolves w/ Grey Knights allied). Well done to everyone who attended!

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Brewing with Scavenging Ooze for Standard

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By Kevin Michael

The spoiler for M14 has finally been completed. While there was a bit of an upset that certain cards weren’t included in the set, we still got some pretty sweet ones! The card I’m personally most excited about is Scavenging Ooze . Although I think this card will affect Modern more than Standard, that doesn’t mean we can’t try to brew with it! Today I’m going to share some decks that I’ve made up that I think Scavenging Ooze would be sweet in.

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Standard Goblins

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For those of you that don’t know, the Comic Book Store had a record breaking 87 person tournament last Sunday for one of our crazy planeswalker tournaments. It was a brutal 7 rounds of Standard, and at the end of the tournament there was one player left with a 7-0 record: Christopher Headley playing……. Goblins. That’s right, you read correctly. Somebody 7-0’d the largest Standard tournament we’ve ever held with a strategy that most players wouldn’t have even thought existed. Christopher smashed through the tournament with his little green men, beating quite a few tier 1 decks on the way. So by now I’m sure you’re itching to see a decklist, but I’ve got something even better! I asked Christopher to write a bit about his deck. So without further delay, here’s Christopher’s take on Standard Goblins!

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Cookout for the Apocalypse

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Another week, and a slight break in the total wave of the first of summer’s heat. What should also be making you sweaty is news of the Warhammer 40k Apocalypse being revised and released this coming weekend, July the 6th. If you don’t know all that is coming in that release, here is a quick review (in no particular order):

The Apocalypse rule book, new super weapon templates, stratagem cards and various terrain pieces, as well as two super heavies, one for Chaos Marines and one for Necrons. There is excitement to be found there for everyone I think. Think of what you might want and what you might need.

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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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