Monday, March 29, 2010

MTG: My 1st Vampire Deck

Inspired by Mixmaster, I've been working on some new MTG decks that I'll hopefully try out soon. Since I love the undead, here's a vampire deck I've been working on

Swamp x17
Piranha Marsh x3
Verdant Catacombs x1

Liliana Vess x1
Ob Nixilis x1
Butcher of Malakir x1
Anowon the Ruin Sage x1
Kalastria Highborn x1
Vampire Nocturnus x1
Malakir Bloodwitch x1
Vampire Nighthawk x3
Quag Vampires x1
Pulse Tracker x2
Ruthless Cullblade x2
Guul Draz Vampire x2
Vampire Hexmage x1
Bloodhusk Ritualist x1
Blood Seeker x1

Unholy Strength x2
Diabolic Tutor x1
Rise from the Grave x1
Quest for the Gravelord x1
Soul Stair Expedition x1
Trusty Machete x1
Doom Blade x1
Smother x1
Hideous End x2
Urge to Feed x2
Feast of Blood x3
Vampire's Bite x2

Not perfect and I see some room for improvement as I'm limited to the cards I have right now. I think I might add a Quietus Spike and a Sanguine Bond for starters, as well as a Blade of the Bloodchief or two. Another Vampire Hexmage or two would be nice too, as it helps clear off some pesky planeswalkers. Not many playsets of anything but I kind of enjoy the variety and getting out odd things, which will probably handicap my winning immediately. Any suggestions?

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Netflix Wii Get

It's the little things that cheer me up sometimes, especially when I'm sick at home with a sick Cassie. In this case, it was receiving a Netflix disc in the mail when I already had one here on my one at a time plan. Confused, I opened it, revealing the Wii Netflix streaming disc I forgot I had ordered. Now, I've had the streaming for the 360 for awhile now and have used it a lot, but the problem with where my system is located is that my daughter can turn it on and off at will, which she does frequently as she likes the green light. This makes it hard to watch a Netflix movie with her online. Fortunately, the Wii is well out of her reach so now I can watch movies with her and she won't try to turn them off.

I watched a ton with it last night to test it and it works pretty well. In a lot of ways, I like it better than the xbox version, save for the fact you have to have the disc in to use it, as opposed to the dashboard item that lets you have a game in as well on the 360. The interface is clean and mapped well to the Wiimote, giving you all of the options and categories you have on other systems as far as I can tell. You navigate with the buttons, using A to select and B to cancel. Playback is smooth and looks good and the Wii benefits from using the pointer on screen, as you can pause it by selecting a self-hiding overlay and fast forward and reverse the same way. I like it and plan on using it plenty today as well, as we're working our way through Fraggle Rock Season 1.

Another plus, the hand pointer lets you interact with the onscreen images in hilarious ways, like stroking Ryan Reynolds hair as he sleeps in the Proposal, allowing you to have some MST3K-like fun. Like I said, it's the little things.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

The Elvish Alliance 1.2

So here's my deck list for this week's FNM:

The Elvish Alliance 1.2

Side Board
4 Garruk Wildspeaker 1 Wolfbriar Elemental

4 Mold Shambler

Creatures 2 Windstorm
2 Arbor Elf 4 River Boa
4 Llanowar Elves 4 Tajuru Archer
4 Joraga Warcaller

4 Joraga Bard 15 Total
4 Vastwood Animist

4 Oran-Rief Survivalist

4 Turntimber Ranger

2 Elvish Archdruid


4 Quest for the Gemblades


1 Eldrazi Monument


21 Swamp

2 Oran-Rief, the Vastwood

60 Total

It is a modification of the deck I ran a few weeks ago at FNM and top 4'd with. The major changes are I swapped out Overrun for 2 more Garruk's, added another Oran-Rief, added two Elvish Archdruids. I think I streamlined it by dropping Beastmaster Ascension, Canopy Cover, and Khalani Heart Expedition. I would like to replace the Arbor Elves with more Archdruids, and I definitely need another Eldrazi Monument. I haven't played it yet, but hopfully I can get into the top 4 again. I think this deck probably gives me my best chance.

I think I definitely need help on the sideboard. I'll probably trade out two River Boa's for 2 more Windstorms if I can get them at the Spiral on Friday. That'll help with flying threats. I never really know what to do with side boards...

As far as other decks go, I had some great ideas for additions to my Blue-Black Ally Mill deck, but I decided I didn't want to spend the money on the cards I need since most of them are Alara block which will phase out in about 6 more months, plus all those new Eldrazi are going to kill mill decks. I really need to get more dual color lands if I want to play dual color decks. So far I've only played mono-black vamps and mono-green elves. The one week I did try my Blue-Black mill I got killed every game.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Tough Enough

I don't know who designs some of the children's play furniture out there, but I'm pretty sure it's the devil. I put together a picnic table today and the instructions were just inane, telling you to tighten screws with your fingers when you can't even hold onto the bold the access hole is so small. It must have been written by Nosferatu. That dude has some long as hell fingers. I finally got it done, though if you require a table as part of your instructions to put together a table, you probably should rethink the design.

Also, do not use power tools to assemble? I scoff at thee.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Dead Snow

Thanks to Dead Snow, I think I've seen a Nazi zombie film in just about every climate. The difference between this and the others was that this one was actually really good. It's also more of a hybrid between a slasher film and a zombie flick, with most of the deaths early on happening quickly, with the killers (zombies) sneaking around and using their stealth rather than just attacking the cabin that the kids are in.

The movie is set in the mountains of Norway, where several college students are going on Easter break to do some skiing and fooling around and drinking. They're staying at a cabin owned by their friend who they're meeting there and who is also the movie's first kill before the credits roll. Slowly they're picked off until they realize that something isn't right and they're being hunted by a nefarious evil force...of zombies.

Good gore and a fun ride all around. Check it out.

Sunday, March 07, 2010

Site Revamp

Due to Blogger stopping FTP services soon, I'm migrating the blog to their site. Hopefully I'll have a redesign that looks good for both sites soon. Don't mind the chaos in the mean time.

One Fine Day

It's been awhile since we've had such a nice day that I could take advantage of. So, in true style, I'm spending it indoors drinking and playing video games. Or I wish I was. I've been outside since I woke up, cutting down limbs with a chainsaw and doing the same with other debris that was accumulated thanks to all the snow we had. Then I was in the garage organizing some stuff and hanging up some posters finally and making some more room so when I actually move stuff, it'll be a lot easier and I won't be tripping over anything. Just stopping inside now to take a breather and look for some more hooks to hang some pictures in the basement. I could have sworn I had another box of them, unless they were from the old house, in which case I need more as I'm all out. It's a shame that home depot is so far away. :)