dredge

anonymous asked:

when i first saw that scene where clarke pushed her off i was so confused now that im seeing it on my dash gotta admit still am :/ why was she so angry with lexa in that moment? it makes no sense to me. emerson jumped her but she pushes lexa off for trying to help her idek man lexa was so respectful that was so unnecessary of clarke but w/e

someone cortect me if I’m wrong bcos i really can’t remember well, but like, wasn’t Emerson the one who offered the deal to Lexa that if she took her army away, they would return the grounders in the mountain?

her and lexa were making progress, but seeing him again dredged up everything that happened at the mountain again. it makes sense she’d still feel upset at lexa, especially in the moment.

in 3x06 they both demonstrate a lot of frustration with one another, but in the end we see that they do have a high level of respect and admiration for each other and their mutual goals/desires… Clarke doesn’t execute Emerson, because she realizes that it goes against her own goals for peace and because she realizes it would be hypocritical after the events of 3x05, when Lexa let go of vengeance for the sake of maintaining peace, demonstrating respect for lexa’s actions through her own, and lexa’s belief in Clarke is validated, and she praises Clarke’s self restraint when she speaks before exiling Emerson

Friendly reminder that SGA was not from conversion therapy. You’re thinking of “SSA.” During ace discourse someone dredged up that old thing and started getting it tossed around mulling up and distracting the actual discourse.
Friendly reminder that you do not have to consider yourself SGA.
Friendly reminder not to force others to consider themselves SGA.
Friendly reminder when I say SGA I mean “those who identify as SGA.”
Friendly reminder not to attack people who identify as SGA. There is no problem with being SGA.

K thx

phaegra  asked:

If you're still bored while administering practice SATs, do you have any stories about decks that surprised you with unusual tactics? Or maybe interesting Commander choices that utilize the general in creative ways?

My favorite creation of an EDH deck is by far my Phenax Dredge Combo deck, because there are so many different combos in the deck that I can always win with a different one every time.

Just yesterday, I piloted it against @magus-of-the-color-pie and won once against his Karametra deck by using Whip of Erebos to bring back Mirror-Mad Phantasm and activating its ability. Because the Whip exiles it instead, I ended up milling my entire library and winning by recurring Laboratory Maniac.

When my friend switched it up to his Sigarda Enchantress deck, I bounced the board three times with Kederekt Leviathan, a copy of it from Cackling Counterpart, and a Cyclonic Rift to clear the way for my Army of the Damned to swing in for lethal.

I don’t always have to mill an opponent or myself out with Phenax to win. That what makes it so much fun to play. Thank you so much for the creative question!

Deepwater sipunculan, Panama by Arthur Anker on Flickr.

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Unlike this one!

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I found the perfect deck to play if you hate your opponent, yourself, judges, and the concept of fun.

It’s called Four Horsemen.

It’s a variant of the good ol’ Legacy dredge deck, but much more ridiculous. You mill Narcomoebas and flash back Dread Return, but the process of getting there is unfathomably silly and dubiously legal.

The combo goes like this:

Play Mesmeric Orb.

Play Basalt Monolith.

Tap and untap Basalt Monolith an arbitrary number of times to gleefully mill yourself, with a legendary Eldrazi in the deck to shuffle it all back in eventually.

Now here’s the catch:

There is no guarantee that you’ll get the right set of combo pieces in the graveyard before the Eldrazi shuffles it back in.

You need to get at least three Narcomoebas in play, and your graveyard will need all of these things sitting in it:

Dread Return

Sharuum the Hegemon

Blasting Station

From there, you flash back Dread Return to reanimate Sharuum, which brings back Blasting Station. Tap it to sacrifice a Narcomoeba for damage, twiddle the Monolith some more to get an Eldrazi in the graveyard to shuffle it back in, mill yourself some more, get the Narcomoeba out again for 1 more damage, and so on.


Here’s the thing: you could theoretically spend hours going through the mill-and-reshuffle loop before you get all of these things in the graveyard. Since it’s random every time, you can’t just say, “I do this loop and theoretically, in the future, it will work out.” The deck is in a gray area with the rules, and even now its “slow-play violation” status is in dispute.

The best part is, the deck isn’t even that good. It folds to all the graveyard hate that affects Dredge decks, and you’re screwed if any of the singleton combo pieces are hit with Surgical Extraction or anything like that.

I’m tempted to proxy it up and take it to FNM, but I don’t want to be especially evil.

So, if you all have noticed, I really love the game Guild Wars 2. So much that I have a side blog dedicated to it, where I’ve had an ongoing series of NPC ideas. But it feels like a shame to have them all over where no one can see them, so here they are!

Yevipraksiya is a Dredge who joined the Pact, disagreeing with the xenophobic views of the Dredge Commissars and their idea of “revolutionary tactics”. She now works as a technician and cultural advisor for the Pact, speaking of issues concerning her race and how to communicate the prospect of alliance. 




Black Cats

Thursday is the best day of the week for one reason: Magic Club. The University of Delaware has a registered student organization just for magical gatherings. The club has a casual atmosphere, but there are a few players who are more up to date on the competitive side of things.

I was talking to AJ, one of the most avid grinders at the club. The conversation started with him berating my dredge list that didn’t play dedicated dread return targets main board. He saw my list and figured that I was cutting the non-troll fatties because I thought these cards were crutches. After we discussed how terrible that argument is, I explained my real rationale (more on this later).

The conversation warped from the flaw of the phrase “it’s just a crutch” to “play the best version of what you are playing.” Here is where I realized that My American Ravings list was fundamentally flawed.

The flaw hinged on the namesake card. Desperate Ravings is just not as good as forbidden alchemy. It is that simple. Alchemy is one of the best cards in the set, what was I doing playing a deck that took advantage of end of turn draw spells without playing this card? Playing and flashing back Ravings will draw you 2 cards, and randomly loot two more card. That’s up two cards after losing 2 cards at random. Alchemy will see 8 cards, draw you 2, and you get to see what cards go to the bin. Huge difference.

The burn spells were just too cute. After tuning the deck a little more I decided that day is the better mass removal spell. With the slag storms gone the “burn you out” plan got a little worse. I found myself trading snapcasters and brimstone volleys for big creatures that would have killed my otherwise. The games where the army of 2/2 cats needed burn to seal the deal were few and far between. The cats would eventually be enough, or you lost. In such a cut and dry situation it was wrong for me to keep trying to go deep with makeshift lava axes.

I was playing a bad red draw engine, and bad red removal. Time to pick up the colors the big boys are playing. I give you the next white sun zenith deck:

Black Cats

// Lands

    1 Darkslick Shores

    1 Swamp

    2 Plains

    2 Seachrome Coast

    2 Nephalia Drownyard

    4 Drowned Catacomb

    4 Isolated Chapel

    4 Glacial Fortress

    6 Island

// Creatures

    4 Snapcaster Mage

// Spells

    2 White Sun’s Zenith

    1 Go for the Throat

    1 Timely Reinforcements

    1 Dismember

    1 Tribute to Hunger

    1 Blue Sun’s Zenith

    2 Day of Judgment

    3 Dissipate

    3 Oblivion Ring

    3 Doom Blade

    4 Mana Leak

    4 Forbidden Alchemy

    4 Think Twice

// Sideboard

SB: 2 Purify the Grave

SB: 3 Azure Mage

SB: 2 Sword of Feast and Famine

SB: 2 Divine Offering

SB: 1 Witchbane Orb

SB: 2 Celestial Purge

SB: 1 Flashfreeze

SB: 1 Timely Reinforcements

SB: 1 Day of Judgment

 Same basic principal as the decks I have been playing in this format. Out draw your opponent, don’t tap out, kill em with instant threats, and have the best snapcaster mages.

The deck and board seem very intuitive. Only weird card is blue sun zenith. It allows you to outdraw your opponents, and even kill them after the drownyards go to town on your opponent’s deck. I don’t know if I like my removal package yet. The format is really stretching instant speed removal out thin. Tributes has its moments, and dismember kills turn 1 dork, but both get laughed at by grave titan. It could be right that doom blade is just the best choice. I’m going to fumbling around with the removal numbers.

This is the deck I would have played in states today, if I could have attended. It has decent agro matchups, dominates control mirrors, and can stop wolf run pretty well.

I hope you guys dominate your states!

John

GUYS.

SO my friend and I are watching this old 90s movie she used to love back when she was a kid and I realized a thing.

DO YOU KNOW WHO THESE TWO FUCKERS REMIND ME OF. CAUSE I KNOW YOU THOUGHT IT TOO.

BUT WAIT THERE’S MORE. MEET GOON.

LOOK LIKE THE FREAKISH KAIJU BABY COMBO OF TWO SCIENCE BROS?

YEAH. I THOUGHT YOU’D AGREE WITH ME. 

OH AND HOLD THE FUCKING PHONE. 

OH LOOK. ANOTHER FUCKING BLUE ALIEN WANTING TO DESTROY HUMANITY.

SEEM FAMILIAR.  GOOD FUCKING NIGHT CAUSE I AM DONE. BUT WATCH BOTH MOVIES CAUSE THEY’RE THE FUCKING BOMB. FUCKING 90S BOMB. WATCH IT.