Budget Build #8 -- Toshiro Umezawa

Toshiro Umezawa is by no means a common Commander. He’s very awkward to play, given that he has a combat trick and creates a “flashback” effect when creatures die. Since the “flashback” effect only hits instants, the list has a very heavy focus on utilizing different instants and sorceries–some of which are so underplayed they don’t seem real! This is mono-black midrange, people. It doesn’t have to make sense.

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What a strange Commander. How would you have built this deck?


Kaweco Supra Fountain Pen Review

Kaweco Supra Fountain Pen Review

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In an interview with Bob of My Pen Needs Ink, Sebastian Gutberlet (of Kaweco) said of that Supra: “Nobody did this before or we could not find a pen with a part to unscrew and make it shorter.” As far as I can tell, he’s right. Others might have thought of doing it, of course. They might have thought about doing it and soon after thought nah, what’s the point? But Kaweco have gone and done it.…

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  • 4x Nighthowler
  • 4x Erebo’s Emissary
  • 2x Varolz, the Scar-Striped
  • 4x Lotleth Troll
  • 2x Corpesjack Menace
  • 2x Dreg Mangler
  • 4x Elvish Mystic
  • 4x Experiment One


  • 2x Jarad’s Orders
  • 4x Abrupt Decay
  • 4x Putrefy
  • 4x Hero’s Downfall


  • 4x Overgrown Tomb
  • 4x Golgari Guildgate
  • 6x Swamp
  • 6x Forest


  • 2x Pithing Needle
  • 2x Ratchet Bomb
  • 2x Doom Blade
  • 2x Dark Betrayal
  • 2x Scavenging Ooze
  • 4x Mistcutter Hydra

This deck revolves around getting creature in the graveyard (yours or otherwise) and using that to pump up the guys in the field,

Leave some input and especially some sideboard suggestions 


New purchases and some new developments in my disc golf game:

- I’ve started throwing heavier stuff because I’ve gained more power. 

- I’m actually managing to throw backhand a bit, and not horribly so… though I can’t get the distance I can with my sidearm.

- I still suck at putting, though I did enjoy playing with the Ion yesterday.

Dubai investor expects ‘fast growth’ in Africa’s mid-market hotels

A Dubai-based investor is betting on Africa’s growing inter-regional trade and movement to build a new brand of mid-market hotels. Jameel Verjee, founder of CityBlue Hotels, is optimistic that the less than US$150 a night room is the low hanging fruit in Africa’s hospitality industry.

A corporate lawyer turned entrepreneur, Verjee is the founder of Diar Capital, an investment company focused on the creation of growth businesses. Diar Capital launched three hotels in Kigali, Rwanda earlier this year and is keen on expanding across the region.

“We are in a number of sectors but we believe that this is one of the fast growth sectors to focus on: mid-market hotels. Africa’s economies are growing with a lot of inter-regional trade [and] inter-regional movement,” said Verjee.

“The average business person can only afford a certain price point and we feel that this is the right market to scale.”

Diar Capital has made investments in various sectors including retail, fast-moving consumer goods and real estate in sub-Saharan Africa and Dubai.