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Last night, I went to the to the Dragons of Tarkir midnight prerelease at the Twenty Sided Store, and had an AWESOME time.

Twenty Sided Store is an especially friendly local game store (they have a great code of conduct) and they were even featured on a NPR’s Planet Money podcast! If you haven’t listened to it, check out “Episode 609: The Curse of the Black Lotus.”

I met a lot of very friendly people and we supported each other throughout the night. One even gave me a pack of sleeves!

It was the first time I played with sleeves, so I felt super legit.

Atarka

Dragonlord Atarka led my deck. She and her brood powered me to a 3-0 victory (my very first one).

Every time she landed on the battlefield, she was devastating.

Here’s some highlights of the night:

My Harbinger of the Hunt was a powerhouse. When it was encased in ice, it still roasted enemies left and right. When flying free, it even killed off a Sunscorch Regent!

encase in ice

Slickest move of the night was when I played Guardian Shield-Bearer to get Illusory Gains off my Stampeding Elk Herd.

Illusory Gains

Overall, super fun. Highly recommend Twenty Sided Store. Highly recommend Red/Green deck with Atarka.

Here’s my deck list:

Creatures
1x Kolaghan Stromsinger
2x Guardian Shield-Bearer
1x Glade Watcher
1x Atarka Beastbreaker
1x Kolaghan Aspirant
1x Hardened Berserker
1x Ainok Artillerist
1x Atarka Efreet
1x Conifer Strider
1x Stampeding Elk Herd
1x Harbinger of the Hunt — promo
1x Stormcrag Elemental
1x Dragonlord Atarka

Non-creatures
1x Dragon Fodder
1x Roast
1x Epic Confrontation
1x Tail Slash
1x Fierce Invocation
2x Sarkhan’s Rage
1x Frontier Siege

Lands
1x Rugged Highlands
9x Mountain
9x Forest

There’s a vast array of different meetups in NYC, and when I first moved here I felt compelled to attend as many as possible. Now that I’ve situated myself a little more, I find myself only attending a few select ones out of the 30+ I’ve joined. These meetups are of the highest quality and offer something special.

So without further ado, here’s a list of my favorite NYC meetups: It was a lot of fun hangin’ with everyone 🙂

  • LispNYC
    • There are tons of programming meetups in NYC, but this one hosts a lot of talks on mathematics, which I love. You also get to meet a lot of brilliant and quirky people, (like Jay). Pretty neat.
  • Ladies Who Code
    • This is one of the best women-programmer-focused meetups I’ve been to. A lot of meetups will cater to beginner women developers, but this one fosters a community of women developers at all levels. There’s a lot discussion/support on how to better the field overall.
  • New York Corgi Meetup
    • Who doesn’t love corgis? This meetup is super silly and lots of fun. Lots of people who attend don’t own corgis, but come anyway for the corgi love.

Runner up:

  • New York City Emacs
    • Since I’m not a Emacs user, I’m not getting a ton of value. However, a lot of neat and interesting people come to this meetup, and there are sometimes really neat discussions. Harry also puts in a lot of work to make sure this meetup goes great.

If you’re ever in NYC, be sure to check ’em out!