Roy Tang

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Archive for April 2008

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    1. Web design has never been one of my strong points, and it’s something I’d like to improve on.

    2. The Roy on Magic blog has been using the default WordPress Template since forever, and I’ve been trying to find a good WP Template that fits the “Magic the Gathering” theme.

    Put the above points together, and I have a new personal project. Just for fun, I’ll log my progress here.

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  • This coming weekend is the release of Shadowmoor. As with any new set coming in, this means a new environment with an unknown metagame, and is especially true for the large set Shadowmoor. It’s an opportunity for those of us who believe we have some modicum of deck-building skills. I plan to be playing Standard on Saturday, one day after set release so I will try to build a deck to take advantage of the wide open field.

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  • Shadowmoor Sneak Peek

    In the Philippines, the Sneak Peak serves as our release party, and the format is the same as the prerelease: Four rounds of sealed, each win gets you a Shadowmoor booster pack. 4-0 wins a Shadowmoor deck box.

    The sealed pool I opened and registered was a mediocre pile with limited removal and rares like Rage Reflection, Reaper King, Vexing Shusher and Demigod of Revenge. This not being the prerelease, the pools were shuffled around after registration.

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  • Sunday Distractions

    For all of my working life I’ve gotten used to sitting at a workstation where I do not have regular internet access. So while I’ve often read a lot of those articles about how to maintain focus, I’ve never actually realized how difficult it was until I brought home a bunch of work-related reading material to catch up on. Yes, I tried to read boring work-related stuff on an internet-enabled machine. Wonder how much progress I managed?

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  • Pasmado

    Pasmado is a term generally well-known among Filipinos. It refers to a condition of excessive sweating and/or trembling in the hands and/or feet. The concept is so well-known among Filipinos that it has developed several old wives’ tales of its’ own, such as the ever-popular solution of peeing on your hands first thing in the morning to get rid of the conditions. I am pasmado. Sometimes at least, especially when under stress or it’s really, really humid.

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  • Tournament was last April 6 2008 at NG Galleria, with 3 formats: Block, Standard and Extended. I was thinking of playing block but shifted to standard at the last minute because I only had one Mutavault. This was deck I assembled on Saturday: Lands 4 Faerie Conclave 19 Island Creatures 4 Tideshaper Mystic 4 Lord of Atlantis 4 Merfolk Reejerey 4 Stonybrook Banneret 4 Silvergill Adept 2 Sower of Temptation Spells 4 Ancestral Vision 4 Sage's Dousing 4 Delay 3 Psionic Blast Sideboard 4 Rune Snag 4 Flash Freeze 3 Surgespanner 2 Sower of Temptation 2 Voidmage Prodigy Of course I went in again with no playtesting.

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