Magic the Gathering Mirrodin Besieged Doom Inevitable

Okay look, it’s rare when I come across a card that really WOW’s me. I build odd decks. Really odd decks. Ones that don’t seem like they should win, but 75% of the time they do. As we all know, February 4th is the official release date of the newest Magic the Gathering set; Mirrodin Besieged.

What I’d like to do is highlight one card that will cause me to break down a previous deck and rebuild it.

Today I picked up one of the intro packs, Doom Inevitable (blue and black deck) and a couple of boosters. The foil rare within very nearly caused me to wet my pants. I’m talking about Psychosis Crawler.


Now, I don’t normally play with artifact creatures. I don’t normally play Type 2 (or extended, or current, or whatever the most up to date term for that format is). I play Type 1 (Legacy is what I think you kids are calling it now). Black Lotus, Moxen, yeah, those kinds of cards. Anyway, I digress..
Okay, Psychosis Crawler…

For a measly 5 Colorless Mana you can pop out a */* artifact creature (it’s a Horror by the way), who’s power and toughness are equal to the number of cards in your hand. To add insult to injury each time you draw a card, each opponent loses 1 life!

I cannot imagine this guy is going to go for too much cash or be too valuable in trades mainly because you get one in every Doom Inevitable intro pack!

Just think of all the combos here… Howling Mine, Mystic Remora, Horn of Greed, Braingeyser, Gush, Ancestral Recall… oh man oh man it just goes on and on and on!

Okay, okay, I know I just got caught up on the very 1st card I’ve seen from Mirrodin Besieged. You want to know more right? Well, the best thing I can say is, go out and buy some! Let’s face it, you would not have read this far down if you were not into Magic the Gathering. Chances are if you are into Magic the Gathering then you know Mirrodin Besieged is very nearly here. You know you want a pack or two. Hell, you still have some cash saved up from Christmas time. Go spend it on some Magic!

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Magic: The Gathering – Duels of the Planeswalkers to PlayStation®3 System

Wizards of the Coast Brings Magic: The Gathering – Duels of the Planeswalkers to PlayStation®3 System

November 23, 2010, Renton, Wash. — Wizards of the Coast today announced the North American launch of Magic: The Gathering –Duels of the Planeswalkers on the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system. Wizards has been working with Sony Computer Entertainment America to bring the popular digital extension of the worldwide Magic: The Gathering franchise to PlayStation®Network.

Already one of the most downloaded games on Xbox LIVE® Arcade and on PC via the Steam® platform, PS3™ gamers will now be able to join in on the action that Magic: The Gathering in digital form brings. Complete with crisp 3D graphics and animations, robust game play and a user-friendly interface, players can battle real life opponents or play through an extensive single-player campaign that offers unrivaled depth in which each game is different.

The core game is now available on PlayStation Network for $9.99 and all three expansions are available for $4.99 each.

 

Duels of the Planeswalkers is quickly proving to be the ideal way to introduce new players to Magic and reintroduce lapsed players back to the game. As its popularity continues to grow, Duels of the Planeswalkers will certainly be a driving force behind the birth of a whole new generation of Magic fans.

Special Launch Offer!

Celebrating the launch of Duels of the Planeswalkers on PS3, consumers that purchase the game will receive a special art foil Planeswalker promotional card (while supplies last). For additional information on Magic: The Gathering—Duels of the Planeswalkers and the promotional card, visit www.duelsoftheplaneswalkers.com.

About Wizards of the Coast

Wizards of the Coast LLC, a subsidiary of Hasbro, Inc. (NYSE:HAS), is the leader in entertaining the lifestyle gamer. The company holds an exclusive patent on trading card games (TCGs) and their method of play and produces the premier trading card game, Magic: The Gathering, among many other trading card games and family card and board games. Wizards is also a leading publisher of role-playing games, such as Dungeons & Dragons, and publisher of fantasy series fiction with numerous New York Times best-sellers. For more information, visit the Wizards of the Coast Web site at www.wizards.com.

Wizards of the Coast, its logo, Magic: The Gathering, Magic, Duels of the Planeswalkers and Dungeons & Dragons are trademarks of Wizards of the Coast LLC in the U.S.A. and other countries. “PlayStation” and “PS” Family logo are registered trademarks and “PS3” is a trademark of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. Other trademarks are property of their respective owners. ©2010 Wizards.

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Fire Elemental caught on Camera

I live out in the country. As such I get many opportunities to indulge in my pyromania (always in a safe manner). Recently we have been under a Burn Ban (it’s just not rained in about a month and a half and it’s been windy as hell so everything is dried out making it very condusive to fire spreading). For the past four days it’s rained it’s ass off, so the Burn Ban has been lifted.

Having a stock pile of fallen branches and whatnot I did not want to miss the chance to get my burn on.

In the back I have one of those 50 gallon drum barrels. Like what you see Bums gathered around in the movies when it’s cold outside. Just after dusk I pulled out my camera and started snapping photos of the flames.

I never expected to capture something from another Plane of Existance, but I did.

Perhaps the invasion of Azeroth is more Earthly bound than even Blizzard thought…

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Inception – a Review

Okay, I’ll admit it right off, Inception is not a horror film. It is, however, a Sci-Fi film. Albeit, not hardcore Sc-Fi, but it does deal with entering people’s dreams. With that said, Sci-Fi and Horror are at the core sisters to each other.. Thus we have GameMasters’ view of Inception.

Leonardo DiCaprio stars in the film Inception, directed and written by Christopher Nolan (of Memento, Batman, Dark Knight fame).
The Plot: In a world where technology exists to enter the human mind through dream invasion, a single idea within one’s mind can be the most dangerous weapon or the most valuable asset.

Look, I’ve always been interested in dreams and what they mean. I’ve got a massive Dream Catcher, several books on interpreting dreams, and countless notebooks full of jotted down dreams and nightmares from my own mind (but now they could be of the influence of someone else..). In short, I got into this movie right off the bat. I’ve been at practice with myself for over 25 years learning how to control my own dreams. Sometimes I can, sometimes I cannot.

What Inception introduces goes beyond simply control of your own dreams. At some point in the future, as the Plot above suggests, there exists the technology to enter someone’s dreams and extract information. Moreover there exists the technology for several people to join together to share a dream.

Evidently the business of entering someone’s dreams to extract information is illegal and as such business opportunities exist. For Cobb, DiCaprio’s character, this is exactly what he does. He is supposed to be the best of the best at entering someone’s dreams and extracting that information.

A new opportunity is presented to him about inserting information into someone’s subconscious, this is the core of Inception.

There are many layers to this movie, and I’ll be the first to admit, you gotta pay attention! It’s clocks in at just over Two and a Half hours, so if you gotta go pee, I suggest you pee in your Coke cup. If you get the munchies, bring in some extra pop-corn or contraband candy. There is a lot going on here and you cannot miss even one second of it.

However, with it having such a complex storyline, it is surprisingly linear in explanation. My only complaint is that it should have been at least 6 hours longer. Character development was okay, Cobb was very well developed but not so much with the rest of the cast. The plot did not exactly keep me guessing, but the idea behind it is what drove it for me.

While the movie takes place within dreams I would have enjoyed seeing more of the fantastical side of that; in mine I can fly, I can teleport, I can create, when fighting someone I can trap them, etc. There are many situations in which a lot more could have been done with that idea. And of course the nightmare aspect. I would have loved to have seen them venture into the nightmare of someone. Inception 2 perhaps? I doubt that. Would be too much like my wait for Memento 2.

Yeah, I guess that’s where my mind can go wild, I see many more ideas to add on to it that the average screen watcher is willing to sit down and watch.

All in all, go out and see this movie. I’d pay full price to see it. In fact, I might just go do that again right now!

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Magic the Gathering M11 Sneak Peak

Yep!  It’s almost here, the new Magic the Gathering Core Set, M11.  The tag line for this is:

A set everyone can sink their teeth into.

Walk amongst the elite – The ultimate strategic duelists. The few who can control deadly creatures and wield terrifying sorceries. Battle on countless worlds beyond this one in a quest for supremacy, and know what it means to say, “Here I Rule.

From what I understand this core set, 249 cards, is supposed to be 50% reprints and 50% new stuff.

Set Name
Magic 2011
Three-Letter Abbreviation M11
Number of Cards 249
Prerelease Date July 10-11, 2010
Release Date July 16, 2010
Launch Party July 16-18, 2010
Game Day August 14, 2010
Design Team Aaron Forsythe (lead)
Doug Beyer
Mark Globus
Tom LaPille
Gregory Marques
Development Team Erik Lauer (lead)
Dave Guskin
Tom LaPille
Kenneth Nagle

Okay, with the technical info out of the way, let’s check out some of the sneak preview cards sent my way:

Gargoyle Sentinel

Mana Leak

Back to Nature

And let’s take a look at one more, a Mythic Rare from M11…

Time Reversal

Now wait a second, hold the phone! Isn’t this just like TimeTwister from Alpha/Beta days?? Yep! Okay, so it’s 1 Colorless and 1 Blue mana more than TimeTwister but damn! In today’s play field that’s nothing! And you can play with 4 of these bad boys!

Keep checking back for more spoilers! (remember in September/October of this year we have the new block coming out (Scars of Mirrodin)

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