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I was visiting Camden, Maine this weekend and found an adorable little local game shop called Knowledge Vault. They were hosting pre-release events for the new Magic the Gathering set so of course I had to play.

I got really lucky and opened some great white cards, so I went mono white for my deck.

sword of the animist

Sword of the Animist turned out to be an unexpectedly awesome. I was often stuck on two mana, and equipping the Sword on a low cost creature like Anointer of Champions helped me get a lot more lands.

archangel of tithes

Archangel of Tithes was brutal for my opponents. Whenever it landed on the battlefield, I knew the fight was in my favor.

liliana

I ended placing top 8 in the tournament! I was super excited ’cause it was my first time making it so far. From my prize packs, I pulled a Liliana! Liliana is my favorite character in the Magic the Gathering universe, so I was elated!

Overall, I had a great time. Knowledge Vault was super cool. The regulars seem very friendly and I think everyone had fun. Definitely check it out if you’re near the area.

Here’s my deck list:

Creatures
1x Sentinel of the Eternal Watch
1x Patron of the Valiant
1x Guardians of Meletis
1x Anointer of Champions
1x Topan Freeblade
1x Akroan Jailor
1x War Oracle
1x Auramancer
1x Stalwart Aven
2x Kytheon’s Irregulars
1x Runed Servitor
1x Ampryn Tactician
1x Archangel of Tithes

Other
3x Suppresion Bonds
1x Alchemist’s Vial
1x Sword of the Animist
1x Celestial Flare
1x Grasp of the Hieromancer
1x Gideon’s Phalanx

Lands

18x Plains

Spirit Token

I made a really cool spirit token figurine, inspired by the Gatecrash token.

Someone gave me this awesome idea to have it hold a D20, to either represent toughness or number of spirits.

hollow

The most awesome part of this figurine is the hollow body. Everything looks like sheets piled on top of each other.

This fella would be awesome in a spirit token deck.

[update: printed here]

Oh man am I excited.

So I don’t usually post my 3D prints unless they come out pretty good, but I am super excited about this one. I just placed an order today!

Behold: Rakdos, Lord of Riots

Rakdos Figurine

This came about when I was testing out a new modelling tool, Sculptris, instead of my usual Maya and Max.

I love Sculptris! It’s a whole new way of modelling!

I had to rig my model after exporting it from Sculptris to pose it. As a side result, I can animate it.

I saw a really cool idea about having dice/spindown holders so I thought I’d turn the figurine into a spindown holder as well.

The dice goes into the triangle groove, with a face facing up. We’ll have to wait and see if it actually fits…nervous chuckle

positioning the dice

I ordered a figurine and a dice holder in polished red plastic, so here are some red renders while I wait:

red render

red render 2

A few weeks ago, a friend and I went to one of the last Magic the Gathering drafts for Return to Ravnica. I especially wanted to go, since, having attended the pre-release, the draft would be a wonderful way to close out the set.

Rakdos

In the first booster pack, I was greeted by Rakdos, Lord of Riots. Why yes, Mr. Rakdos Sir, I’ll certainly join your cult. I drafted red-black monsters and unleashed my Rakdos deck.

Opponent 1

My first opponent was a man I’d seen often at Friday Night Magic. He was a cheery seasoned player, with a devastating pack of rats. I lost to his rodent army very quickly. Mr. Rakdos was disappointed.

My second opponent had unlucky draws. While I was ecstatic about summoning Mr. Rakdos to the battlefield, he died before Mr. Rakdos had a chance to strike.

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My third and final opponent was a lady with an awesome accent and an awesome pink sweater. Moments before, I saw her amazing Selesnya deck dealing punches, so I was a little scared. Against me, she drew no creatures with populate. We sparred back and forth, before she ultimately finally won. After the game, she invited me to a meetup of the local Lady Planeswalker Society. That sounded super sweet. I might just go and check it out.

Lady Planeswalker

This Return to Ravnica draft was super fun, loads more so than my last draft. I think I’ve gotten slightly better, and might win a few more games next time!

Sound the trumpets!

The megalopolis is back!

One one fine weekend in September, a friend and I hiked far into uncharted lands for Magic’s Return to Ravnica pre-release event. We each pledged a guild. I applied for the Azorius Senate, beholder of justice and law. He joined the ranks of Rakdos, bringer of pain.
rtr

We played epic games nonstop till the late evening. Even though I didn’t fare as well as he did, I was able to summon my Utvara Hellkite in a couple of matches. It always brought me a smile watching my opponent quiver in its wake.
hellkite

The pre-release was exceptionally fun. I saw a few of the people I’d met at Friday Night Magic, and was surprised by a long-ago friend attending as a referee. Magic events just keep on getting better.

It had been a while since I stayed up till 5am. It had been a even longer while since I stayed up that late playing Magic the Gathering.

Two of my friends just got back in town, and we immediately started dueling till the wee hours of the morning.

Rolling up our sleeves, we each picked our flavor of Magic. One awakened the ancient beings from Domain of Planeshift. Another became Gideon Jura and wielded white spells from a PAX promotion. I beheld the creatures of Endless March.
fight

After a few crushing defeats by Jura, I finally drew a good hand. It was a deadly combination. With my two Stormfront Riders and Whitemane Lion, I could generate hordes of white soldiers on a whim.
Stormfront Riders

The others began to fear me. They threw Exotic Curses at me and hit me with Banishment Decree. I clung to my dear life as I whittled theirs down.

Alas, I could not fall my foes. They, allied together, was too much. A Shattered Angel flew across the battlefield and dealt the killing blow.
Shattered Angel

Darn it, I was so close! We were all so close!
We just had to play one more game.

…and many many games later, it was 5am…