Five Facts Tag

got tagged by nyxweaver to do the Five Facts thing.

 * i have a tattoo on my left arm that says “Per Aspera Ad Astra” under a symbol. the phrase means “Through Hardship to the Stars” and the symbol represents the two basic states of hydrogen. it was first etched on the top of a golden record which was fastened to the Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 satellites, should an intelligent civilization fin it adrift in interstellar space. the symbol is there to indicate to such a civilization that human beings have an understanding of basic atomic science.

* i play Magic the Gathering avidly, my favorite formats are EDH, Draft and Standard in that order. my local gaming stores are Red Nails 2 in the west end of Toronto and facetofacegames Toronto in the east end.

* i occasionally write fiction, but have taken a break from writing fiction in order to find my voice and clear my head.

* i suffer from depression, and have frequent mood swings vacillating between elation and suicidal tendency.

* i am a sports enthusiast, particularly baseball, a sport that often illicits a very real physical and chemical reaction from me. baseball often helps my depression, which tends to spike during summer months.

i tag dramatical-senpai, texturemusick and bioticprincess.


Exclusive GP Vegas snapshot: ~ Sal meets Chandra ~

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Huge thanks to everyone who came to visit us at our vendor booth this weekend! We hope everyone had an incredible time.

What was your favorite part of the GP Vegas weekend? Who came by the booth to pick up some Sal/Eh Team tokens and to say hi?

Several new cards have been confirmed as reprints in M14 on mtgsalvation.com that might seem a little odd, such as Darksteel Forge. The MTG rumor mill also suggests that Millstone (see what we did there?) and Duress are being reprinted.

Do you believe that these cards will actually be reprinted? Does this mean that there will be lots of artifacts in the upcoming sets? Is Thoughtseize never going to be reprinted?

Congratulations to Christian Trudel, winner of our most recent Invitational Qualifier! Piloting a classic Jund list, he was able to secure himself a spot for our Season 5 Invitational Tournament this November!

Top 8 deck lists will be going up on ManaDeprived.com soon! We’ll also post Christian’s winning deck list later today for any players who want to get deck ideas for upcoming tournaments!

http://ow.ly/m6p7O

There are tons of larger Standard events happening this weekend, including GP Miami, Canadian PTQs in Ottawa and Victoria, B.C., an online PTQ, and our GPT for Calgary, among others.

Need deck ideas? We can get a general idea of the current metagame by looking at the decks that have been doing well on Magic Online. Take a look at some of the winning Standard deck lists here (scroll down to “Event Coverage” on the right-hand side):

http://ow.ly/mr2nd

It seems that the most popular (and most successful) online Standard decks from this past week are Unburial Rites and UWR Control decks, while Aristocrats, Naya Blitz, and Bant Auras are all falling off the grid.

Are these results indicative of the current Standard metagame? What events are you playing this weekend, what deck did you choose to play, and why?

Looking for a deck to play in an upcoming Standard tournament? Here’s the winning deck list from the most recent Face to Face Games Invitational Qualifier (Jund!):

3 Putrefy
2 Bonfire of the Damned
1 Mizzium Mortars
1 Abrupt Decay
2 Sire of Insanity
1 Liliana of the Veil
4 Huntmaster of the Fells
4 Thragtusk
2 Ground Seal
4 Farseek
2 Pillar of Flame
2 Garruk, Primal Hunter
2 Tragic Slip
3 Olivia Voldaren
1 Rakdos’s Return
1 Dreadbore
4 Overgrown Tomb
4 Stomping Ground
3 Dragonskull Summit
3 Woodland Cemetery
2 Rootbound Crag
4 Blood Crypt
3 Cavern of Souls
2 Kessig Wolf Run

Sidebaord
2 Vraska the Unseen
2 Underworld Connections
2 Duress
2 Acidic Slime
1 Abrupt Decay
1 Liliana of the Veil
2 Gaze of Granite
2 Slaughter Games
1 Rakdos’s Return

Congratulations to David Lachance-Poitras, who mauled his way to victory this past weekend at our GPT Calgary event playing “Big Naya”!

Main Deck:

4 Avacyn’s Pilgrim
4 Boros Reckoner
4 Voice of Resurgence
4 Ghor-Clan Rampager
3 Huntmaster of the Fells
4 Thundermaw Hellkite
3 Aurelia, the Warleader
1 Selesnya Charm
1 Oblivion Ring
4 Farseek
4 Advent of the Wurm
1 Clifftop Retreat
1 Forest
1 Gavony Township
1 Kessig Wolf-Run
4 Rootbound Crag
4 Sacred Foundry
4 Stomping Ground
4 Sunpetal Grove
4 Temple Garden

Sideboard:

3 Bonfire of the Damned
2 Garruk, Primal Hunter
3 Boros Charm
1 Blind Obedience
1 Rest in Peace
1 Ground Seal
2 Pillar of Flame
1 Fog
1 Unflinching Courage

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