Archive for May 2008
Regionals was today, 18-May. The format was standard and I went to play at Galleria.
I was debating whether I would even go to play in the tournament, as I was totally unprepared and was quite tired. I figured a straight aggro deck would be fine, as I didn’t want to play Reveillark again for the expected nine rounds. I lent out the merfolk deck, so I cobbled together a build of Elves the night before instead:
An alpha release was just announced for Open Office 3. Being an Ubuntu user, Open Office is really the only sane choice I have for an office suite. At work I’m using Microsoft Office 2007. Among the office suite applications, I’m most of a power user for the spreadsheet applications. Here’s my side-by-side comparison of Excel and oOo Calc:
Microsoft Excel 2007 on Windows XP:
- Looks really pretty.
- Loads up quickly.
- Proprietary and expensive.
- Not available for Linux.
OpenOffice Calc 2.4.1 on Ubuntu:
- Feature-rich – has some features that excel does not.
- I can have a sandwich in the time it’s loading.
- Free as in speech, and as in beer too!
- Usability issues, such as inconveniently prompting a dialog box on every delete. (This is logged in their database as bug # 9392. There’s a workaround, but hopefully it will be fixed by default in Open Office 3)
- Autofilter feature is immature compared to Excel, not enough options for filtering.
- It can open a password-protected XLS correctly (prompting me for the password), but it can’t save it back with the password.
- I was going to complain about the UI, but now that I’ve thought better of it, it’s no worse than other GTK/Linux apps.
Due to an increased workload, as of Friday night I was still totally unprepared for Block Constructed. I decided to skip the Shadowmoor Block Inaugural tournament yesterday, but I still showed up in the afternoon at Galleria to look for cards. Luckily, there was a draft signup so I went ahead and gambled some money on my supposed skills in Limited.
After waiting some 3-4 hours for the draft signup to reach 8 people, we got started. I always carry a pair of scissors in my bag now since I’m really bad at opening packs when my hands get sweaty.
Some select picks:
Pack one, pick one:
In the removal-light SHM limited format, the Troll is pretty hard to kill for some color combinations. And besides, it’s a rare!
Pack one, pick two:
There’s a group of people I draft with on a semiregular basis; “Be a man, take the artifact!” has been one of our running jokes for years now. The thing abut the warcrawler is that many people don’t realize that it gets the -1/-1 counter at the end of combat, so the first attack or block is a six, and will often net you card advantage in the form of a chump block.
Pack one, pick three:
This card turned out to be nuts whenever I cast it. Two 3/3s with wither bump into each other? Okay, six elf tokens. Wicker Warcrawler? An elf token every turn. Morselhoarder? Two free elf tokens!
For the rest of the pack I pick up various scarecrows and red/green men.
Pack two, pick one:
Pack two, pick two:
As much a bomb as Stormbind, this led me to red as my secondary color to green, despite the severe lack of removal I was getting.
I managed to get a
later in this pack.
Pack three, pick one:
[Swans of Byrn Argoll]
Lol, yeah, rare-drafting.
Prior to this pack I’d already gotten a pair of
, so when a
[Runes of the Deus]
came in, I easily scooped it up. I also got two Pili-palas in the third pack, hoping to score a Power of Fire, but no such luck. The Pili-pala were very good though, enabling a splash of white and for some reason people don’t realize it’s a flier!
Part 1 of this series is
Creating a WordPress template is harder than I thought. Luckily I’m modifying the default template instead of starting from scratch. The one I’m creating is rather simple but after spending almost 8 hours on it so far, I’m still far away from completing it. I’m guessing the more complicated layouts take more than two weeks of full-time work.
Here’s my current WIP:
Changes since the last part:
The tournament was yesterday, May 03, Standard at Robinson’s Galleria.
I was planning to play Green-White midrange, as documented on
Deckbuilding for an Unknown Metagame]1
. Due to card availability issues, the final list I played is:
- 4 Llanowar Elves
- 4 Birds of Paradise
- 1 Tarmogoyf
- 3 Kitchen Finks
- 4 Wilt-Leaf Cavalier
- 2 Wilt-Leaf Liege
- 2 Chameleon Colossus
- 2 Spectral Force
- 2 Cloudthresher
- 1 Oversoul of Dusk
- 3 Tormod's Crypt
- 2 Stonecloaker
- 3 Wispmare
- 3 Condemn
- 2 Squall Line
- 1 Vexing Shusher
- 1 Pithing Needle