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I chose to start MTG blogging again right in the middle of spoiler season for the upcoming set Rise of the Eldrazi, so let me start out by reviewing some new cards. Let’s take a look at the card previewed in this week’s The Week That Was by Brian David-Marshall, Inquisition of Kozilek: Nobody expected the Kozilek inquisition! BDM of course already pointed out the obvious comparisons to Thoughtseize, which is the premier pinpoint discard spell at this mana point; Thoughtseize has the advantage in versatility (can get any card) versus the slight drawback of giving up 2 points of life.

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I’m a long-time Magic player from the Philippines. I used to blog at my personal website, but I had this domain so I just decided to use it. My magic blogging used to consist mostly of tournament reports (I like to play both limited and constructed). For this blog, I’d like to write more design/card analysis and about events in the Magic community. Most of online Magic community writing is geared towards an American/western audience, so I’d also like to write stuff relevant to the Asian magic scene if I get the chance.

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Now, this is a bit awkward. One of the side projects that’s been in my backlog for a long time has been to work on an improved version of the MTGO Draft Converter at zizibaloob. I thought I would get started on that today, and in fact already had quite a bit of javascript done for the draft widget when I read a new post by Brian David-Marshall over on top8magic and found out that there was already a new draft recorder website: RareDraft.

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I was able to chain a sealed event into a number of drafts this weekend. Here’s one of my better drafts:   Pack 1 pick 1:   My Pick:   Pack 1 pick 2:   My Pick:   Pack 1 pick 3:   My Pick:   Pack 1 pick 4:   My Pick:   Pack 1 pick 5:   My Pick:   Pack 1 pick 6:   My Pick:   Pack 1 pick 7:   My Pick:   Pack 1 pick 8:   My Pick:   Pack 1 pick 9:

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The following are M10 sealed: Friday Oct 9, 8am Sunday Oct 11, 10pm Friday, Oct 16 6am Sunday, Oct 18 8pm The following are Zendikar sealed: Monday, Nov 9, 1am Friday, Nov 13, 8am Monday, Nov 16, 3am Sunday, Nov 22, 11pm Friday, Nov 27 7am Saturday, Nov 28, 8am Sunday, Nov 29, 9pm Friday, Dec 4, 8am Monday, Dec 6, 1am Monday, Dec 20, 3am Friday, Dec 25, 7am Monday, Dec 27, 3am Good luck to all Pinoys playing in the MTGO PTQs!

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Want to post decklists online to tweet to your friends? You can use the Decklist Sharing Tool! As an example, here’s a recent decklist posted to twitter by Evan Erwin that I converted using the tool: I wish I had more decklists to share, but to be honest, I haven’t thought much about Zendikar standard yet =p

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As you might have heard, there was a helluva storm in the Philippines yesterday, and I was pretty much stuck at the Titan Hobby Shop for most of the day. Luckily, that meant I get to play in the Zendikar prerelease. My Zendikar prerelease record: 1-3 =/ I had a decent pool and went with a UW build, but I played too loosely and the stars just weren’t aligned. My pool was very bad value-wise as well, having mostly “nice” rares like [Lullmage Mentor][2] and [Lorthos, the Tidemaker][3].

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Wanted to try out draft recording, the same method that pinoyraredrafter uses. The below is an ACR draft I tried this morning. I think the deck was decent, although I made a number of questionable picks. I don’t have match stories to go along though, I got mana screwed in game 1 then lost a nailbiter in game 3.   Pack 1 pick 1:   My Pick:   Pack 1 pick 2:   My Pick:

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Grand Prix Bangkok happens three weekends from now, and I’ve already booked the flight and hotel. All I need now are byes! The fourth GPT here was yesterday, Sunday Aug 2 at Robinson’s Galleria. The format is M10 Sealed and I found myself faced with the following sealed pool: White 1 Blinding Mage 1 Divine Verdict 1 Elite Vanguard 1 Harm's Way 1 Lifelink 2 Palace Guard 1 Righteousness 1 Safe Passage 1 Serra Angel 1 Silence 1 Veteran Armorsmith 2 Veteran Swordsmith 1 Wall of Faith 1 White Knight Blue 1 Air Elemental 1 Cancel 1 Convincing Mirage 1 Horned Turtle 1 Ice Cage 1 Merfolk Looter 1 Negate 2 Ponder 2 Sage Owl 1 Snapping Drake 1 Traumatize 1 Zephyr Sprite Black 1 Assassinate 1 Consume Spirit 2 Disentomb 2 Doom Blade 1 Dread Warlock 1 Gravedigger 1 Howling Banshee 1 Kelinore Bat 1 Megrim 1 Relentless Rats 1 Soul Bleed 1 Underworld Dreams 1 Unholy Strength 1 Weakness 1 Zombie Goliath Red 1 Berserkers of Blood Ridge 1 Burning Inquiry 1 Dragon Whelp 1 Goblin Artillery 2 Goblin Piker 1 Jackal Familiar 2 Kindled Fury 1 Lava Axe 1 Panic Attack 1 Shatter 1 Siege-Gang Commander 1 Wall of Fire 1 Warp World Green 1 Borderland Ranger 1 Bountiful Harvest 1 Craw Wurm 1 Cudgel Troll 1 Deadly Recluse 2 Elvish Visionary 1 Emerald Oryx 1 Garruk Wildspeaker 1 Llanowar Elves 1 Naturalize 1 Rampant Growth 1 Runeclaw Bear 2 Stampeding Rhino 1 Windstorm Artifacts 1 Coat of Arms 1 Rod of Ruin 1 Spellbook 1 Wurm's Tooth 1 Terramorphic Expanse This was only my second time with M10 Sealed, but the pool looked pretty solid to me.

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I haven’t been posting tournament reports lately, because frankly I haven’t been performing very well lately. Here are my last month and a half’s worth of results: May 23/GPT Bangkok #1 (SCR sealed): 0-2 drop May 31/GPT Bangkok #2 (SCR sealed): 2-3 drop June 6/GPT Bangkok #3 (SCR sealed): 4-2 June 7/Standard (Bant Finest Hour): 2-3 drop June 13/Standard-Nats Qualifier (Bant Finest Hour) 1-2 drop June 20/Standard-Nats Qualifier (Bant Finest Hour) 1-2 drop June 28/Standard-Nats Qualifier (BG Elves) 0-2 drop As you can see, I decided to switch to BG Elves after a few more tournaments with Bant.

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A couple of friends were over from Singapore last weekend, and we decided to hang out and open a few boxes of Shards block cards to play casual sealed/draft, using the new M10 rules so we could get a feel for it. We played 1 sealed and 2 drafts; I personally played in the equivalent of around 10 rounds of limited, and my observations are: Number of times damage on the stack came up relevant: None Number of times there was a double-blocking situation: One, but we forgot to order blockers and I just immediately used a trick to get rid of one blocker.

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In case you haven’t heard, the internets are in an uproar over the announced M10 rules changes. A lot of famous Magic people like Randy Beuhler and Zvi Mowshowitz have chimed in with their opinions and in general a lot of forum posters are whining about the most controversial change: the removal of combat damage on the stack. I, for one, welcome our new non-damage stacking overlords. One of Magic’s strengths has always been that it is a dynamic, ever-changing game, and this is just another step in its’ evolution.

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The first GPT for Bangkok was last Saturday, May 23, 2009 at Robinson’s Galleria. Here’s the pool I was given to work with: White 1 Cradle of Vitality 1 Excommunicate 1 Rockcaster Platoon 1 Welkin Guide 1 Asha's Favor 1 Aven Trailblazer 1 Lapse of Certainty 1 Paragon of the Amesha 1 Valiant Guard Blue and Blue Hybrid 1 Call to Heel 1 Cloudheath Drake 1 Coma Veil 1 Kathari Screecher 1 Protomatter Powder 1 Faerie Mechanist 2 Grixis Illusionist 1 Master Transmuter 1 Parasitic Strix 1 Esper Stormblade Black and Black Hybrid 1 Archdemon of Unx 1 Bone Splinters 1 Executioner's Capsule 1 Fleshbag Marauder 1 Shadowfeed 1 Absorb Vis 1 Yoke of the Damned 1 Grixis Grimblade Red and Red Hybrid 1 Jund Battlemage 1 Thunder-Thrash Elder 1 Viashino Skeleton 1 Vithian Stinger 1 Kranioceros 1 Toxic Iguanar 1 Volcanic Fallout 2 Jund Hackblade Green and Green Hybrid 1 Court Archers 1 Gift of the Gargantuan 1 Topan Ascetic 1 Filigree Fracture 1 Nacatl Savage 1 Sylvan Bounty 1 Marisi's Twinclaws 2 Naya Hushblade White-Blue 1 Jhessian Balmgiver 1 Esper Cormorants 1 Aven Mimeomancer 1 Glassdust Hulk 1 Offering to Asha 1 Talon Trooper Blue-Black 1 Deny Reality 1 Soul Manipulation Black-Red 1 Bituminous Blast 1 Demonic Dread 1 Monstrous Carabid Red-Green 1 Exploding Borders 1 Nacatl Outlander 2 Firewild Borderpost Green-White 1 Steward of Valeron 1 Knight of the Reliquary 1 Valeron Outlander 1 Qasali Pridemage 1 Sigil Captain 1 Sigil of the Nayan Gods Esper 1 Windwright Mage 1 Tainted Sigil 1 Vectis Dominator Jund 1 Carrion Thrash 1 Morbid Bloom 1 Jund Sojourners Bant 1 Bant Charm 1 Waveskimmer Aven 2 Skyward Eye Prophets 1 Vedalken Heretic 1 Winged Coatl Grixis 1 Drastic Revelation Artifacts 1 Obelisk of Naya 1 Armillary Sphere 1 Kaleidostone Lands 1 Esper Panorama Let’s try something different and get some audience participation.

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Last Friday, I was still unsure what to play at Regionals this year, having decided to nix Five-Color Control. Given the cards available, I could easily assemble RDW/Blightning or Chapin’s 5-Color Blood. But in the end, I gave in to the hype surrounding Tommy Ashton’s PTQ-winning decklist, Bant with Finest Hour: However, due to card availability issues, I didn’t have any [Dauntless Escort][3]s and only 1 [Noble Hierarch][4]. I moved cards around and tried to fit in [Vendillion Clique][5], which would serve as an additional evasive attacker on top of [Shorecrasher Mimic][6] and [Jhessian Infiltrator][7], plus a little extra disruption.

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Alara Reborn is finally available locally! For a while I thought about heading to Baguio for the King of the North tournament, but the fact is I have no standard deck ready at the moment. Besides, I wanted to practice sealed deckbuilding for the upcoming Bangkok GPTs, so this morning I was sleeving up a 40-card deck at Robinson’s Galleria. Hide DecklistShow Decklist -- Lands 1 Jungle Shrine 3 Plains 6 Island 5 Swamp Creatures 1 Cloudheath Drake 1 Master of Etherium 1 Fleshbag Marauder 1 Viscera Dragger 1 Sharuum the Hegemon 1 Tower Gargoyle 2 Ethersworn Shieldmage 1 Glassdust Hulk 1 Sanctum Plowbeast 2 Jhessian Zombies 1 Lord of Extinction 2 Grixis Grimblade Spells 1 Oblivion Ring 1 Scourglass 1 Agony Warp 1 Kiss of the Amesha 1 Obelisk of Bant 1 Mistvein Borderpost 1 Behemoth Sledge 1 Wildfield Borderpost 1 Slave of Bolas 1 Crystallization And the rest of the pool:

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And so, our delayed prerelease. My sealed deck (at least after initial tweaks – it varies slightly from my submitted list): Hide DecklistShow Decklist -- Lands 1 Crumbling Necropolis 1 Grixis Panorama 1 Jund Panorama 1 Jungle Shrine 2 Plains 1 Swamp 3 Mountain 5 Forest Creatures 1 Hell's Thunder 1 Hissing Iguanar 1 Druid of the Anima 1 Steward of Valeron 1 Igneous Pouncer 1 Monstrous Carabid 1 Pale Recluse 2 Qasali Pridemage 1 Maelstrom Pulse 2 Putrid Leech 2 Naya Sojourners 1 Jund Hackblade 1 Naya Hushblade 1 Messenger Falcons Spells 1 Oblivion Ring 1 Resounding Silence 1 Resounding Thunder 1 Fieldmist Borderpost 1 Bituminous Blast 2 Colossal Might 1 Firewild Borderpost And the rest of the pool:

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As any Filipino player can tell you, local prereleases had to be postponed due to some problems with customs. Since NG had already rented out the space for the prerelease at Galleria, they went ahead and held some constructed events + drafts for people who came, and graciously gave out freebies to those disappointed would-be prereleasers. Kudos to NG for handling the situation well. I lent out my 5cc deck for a friend to play, and went SSC drafting instead.

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Most probably my last tournament playing 5cc this season, the local City Champs was last Saturday, Apr 18 at Robinson’s Galleria. I slightly tweaked the decklist I’ve been using for the past month. I was able to borrow 2 [Exotic Orchard][1] to improve my mana base, and I put the fourth [Volcanic Fallout][2] in the board to improve the difficult Faeries matchup, plus an additional Terror to help with [Mistbind Clique][4].

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I went to NG Galleria hoping for more practice with the 5cc deck from last week. I made some minor modifications: Maindeck -1 Plumeveil +1 Mulldrifter, Sideboard -1 Mulldrifter +1 Scourglass. The aggro matchup seemed very solid already so I felt I could afford to lose the fourth Plumeveil. The fourth Mulldrifter would have been a land if I had any [Exotic Orchard][5]. The tournament was small (barely twenty people), since the TO had split the usual Saturday tournament into one flight for people who arrived on time, and one flight for people who arrived late.

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