Monday, January 31, 2011

Decklist Ex Machina #8 Myrly Enough Myr

Coming up with fun decklists so you don't have to.

Myr! They're adorable and everyone loves them as much as affectionate puppies. You can't help but bring them home with you and build decks out of them. Without Memnarch around they're lost puppies that need a good home so take a look at this myriad of ideas below. Three Standard (Type 2) format decklists in the colors of Amyrica:

STOP! Hammyr Time!
2 Emeria, the Sky Ruin
21 Plains

3 Darksteel Myr
3 Myr Battlesphere
4 Myr Galvanizer
4 Myr Propagator
4 Palladium Myr
4 Perilous Myr
4 Myr Welder
3 Myrsmith

Other Spells
4 Myr Reservoir
4 Tempered Steel

The finer points of raising a Myr of your own:
- Myr Reservoir and Palladium Myr produce huge amounts of mana which makes it a breeze to cast the Myr Battlesphere.
- Myr Reservoir and Emeria, the Sky Ruin allow you to bring back Myr from the graveyard constantly.
- Myr Galvanizer and Tempered Steel combined will give your army +3/+3 minimum.
- Myr Galvanizer can untap your entire army after they've attacked to then tap them all to the Battlesphere for some rather intense damage output.
- Perilous Myr and Darksteel Myr are incredible blockers.
- Perilous Myr can be brought back continuously thanks to the Reservoir and Emeria. This gives you a repeatable burn spell.
- Myr Welder can take on the role of any fallen myr or the Myr Reservoir.

Myrmyr on the Wall
2 Halimar Depths
21 Islands

4 Myr Galvanizer
4 Myr Welder
3 Myr Battlesphere
4 Palladium Myr
4 Steel Overseer
4 Cryptoplasm
4 Mirran Spy

Other Spells
4 Voltaic Key
3 Myr Turbine
3 Crab Umbra

How to take care of your Myr:
- Myr Galvanizer, Voltaic Key, Crab Umbra, and Mirran Spy allow you to untap to your heart's content. Cryptoplasm might just help out as well if you so desire.
- Untap effects allow you to abuse Myr Turbine, Steel Overseer, and Myr Battlesphere: Searching for any Myr you want with ease, giving your entire army piles of +1/+1 counters, or doing 20 direct damage before they can declare blockers.
- Cryptoplasm and Myr Welder team up to become copies of almost anything in the deck which means three times the amount of abuse and consistency.

Mountain of Myracles
2 Teetering Peaks
21 Mountains

4 Myr Galvanizer
4 Palladium Myr
4 Myr Welder
4 Iron Myr
3 Hellkite Igniter

Other Spells
3 Comet Storm
4 Ichor Wellspring
4 Kuldotha Rebirth
4 Galvanic Blast
3 Myr Turbine

The benefits of adopting a Myr of your own:
- Tons of mana Myr join forces to bring out an early Hellkite Igniter and then power up its artifact-based firebreathing ability.
- Ichor Wellspring plays nicely with Kuldotha Rebirth.
- Backup plan: infinite mana means Comet Storm is lethal to as many targets as necessary.

This is Kylak signing out and hoping you adopt a Myr or two of your very own.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Leak Sauce #9 The Dark Knight Rises

Leaking info to you and bringing the discussion.

The Dark Knight Rises is the third and final installment in Christopher Nolan's outstanding trilogy of Batman movies. While the scheduled release date for the film isn't until July 2012, there are plenty of facts to discuss. Arguably the most exciting news to be confirmed is two cast members and exactly what characters they'll be playing. Just take a look below.

Catwoman will be played by Anne Hathaway

Who is Catwoman you ask? Selina Kyle (Catwoman) is a femme fatale who happens to be a thief and occasional anti-hero. She and Batman typically have flirtatious (and sometimes even romantic) encounters throughout their run-ins and that would lead many to believe this may be the case yet again in the upcoming movie.

After the events of The Dark Knight, Batman has had to step into the shadows to avoid capture from the police now that he's taken the credit for Harvey "Two-Face" Dent's murders. Rumor has it that Catwoman steps up to be a vigilante in Batman's stead and this draws him out of his seclusion.

Bane will be played by Tom Hardy

Who is Bane you ask? A strategist and intelligent foe (regardless of what some media may have led you to believe in the past) who is one of the few that can stand up to Batman in hand to hand combat. Seeing as he'll be played by Tom Hardy, we can almost be assured this version of Bane will lean more to his strategist nature and could possibly be an expert fighter. I highly doubt we'll see a hulking version of Tom Hardy stomping around and I'm sure Nolan will breathe new life into this character.

This is Kylak signing out and stepping into the shadows to wait for over a year. I may need to bring snacks.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

MTG Tips #1 Top 15 Ways to Handle Board Sweep

Tips and tricks for Magic the Gathering players.

Ever had a Wrath of God, Pyroclasm, or Infest ruin your day? Then this article is for you. Board sweep effects can really put a damper on your plans but there are many solutions out there. Below are 15 examples of how to deal with board sweep effects in no particular order.

1) Don't overextend
The concept is simple: don't attempt to play everything in your hand. If you know the opponent can decimate your field in the blink of an eye then hold cards back. If you force them to sweep early then you have the advantage.

2) Draw
Card advantage is always relevant (and a key to victory). Drawing cards to replace those you've lost or may lose is more than helpful.

3) Prevention
Cards like Gaddock Teeg and Meddling Mage prevent opponents from even playing Wrath and other cards that might spoil your dinner plans.

4) Recursion
Try playing spells that bring back creatures from the graveyard or play creatures that don't know how to quit: Bloodghast and Vengevine being prime examples.

5) Persist
Persist creatures work wonders and every color has access to them. There's also Cauldron Haze, Cauldron of Souls, and Twilight Shepherd which have the potential to save an entire army.

6) Blink
Blink effects allow your creatures to dodge any kind of removal. Ghostway and Momentary Blink are some of the best in the business at what they do.

7) Bounce
Maybe you just need to save one creature? Return spells like Unsummon or Into the Roil can do the trick.

8) Remove
Some players prefer to rip the spells out of their opponent's memory. Jester's Cap, Memoricide, and other spells will make it seem like board sweep never even existed.

9) Punish
Play cards that punish them for striking down your creatures. Many creatures have effects that trigger once they go to the graveyard such as Kokusho, the Evening Star or Mycoid Shepherd.

10) Indestructible
Indestructible creatures are immune to most forms of board sweep (except for -X/-X spells).

11) Counterspell
Maybe you prefer to simply ignore their spell all together.

12) Discard
Targeted discard effects like Duress will keep your field safe.

13) Sleepers
A sleeper is a type of card that isn't a creature unless you activate it to start dancing for you. Man-lands such as Raging Ravine and Mutavault are a great example of this.

14) Regeneration
Most board sweepers nowadays don't have the added "can't be regenerated" clause. Trolls and other regenerators can breathe a sigh of relief.

15) Reach
I'm not talking about the kind that can block flying creatures. Reach is a term given to spells or creatures that have range outside of attacking. This typically involves having a way to target the player directly. Enters the battlefield (comes into play) triggers are rather common. Take a look at Bogardan Hellkite. He did his job long before he got the chance to attack and if he dare get to swing then it's simply icing on the cake.

Is there a particular strategy your enemies are employing that you just aren't sure how to beat? Do you want additional advice on something in the world of Magic? Just leave a comment below or email me and I'll be glad to post an article to help you out.

This is Kylak signing out and sweeping up.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Video Spotlight #20 H.P. Papercraft

Sharing videos I managed to find scattered across the internet.

Ever heard of For Tax Reasons? Consider yourself informed:

Pretty much all of their animated short films are golden and you should check them out whenever you get the chance. This particular video involves steampunk papercraft armor, a neo-luddite father, and a joke about Final Fantasy. Click the play button already.

This is Kylak signing out and wearing more zippers than any fantasy you could come up with.


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