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Matt Booker
01-02-2012, 12:06 PM
So, I guess here's a thread for that.

I needed some vampire tokens for Bloodline Keeper // Lord of Lineage (http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=227061) but didn't have any official ones.

However, my google fu is strong, and I shooped this...



~Matt Booker

01-02-2012, 01:17 PM
Who's Sparkling Now? :evil2:

Steve Argyle created himself a nice controversy by posting this yesterday (http://steveargyle.tumblr.com/post/15147037182/i-dont-care-how-much-offended-internet-is).

Matt Booker
01-02-2012, 01:55 PM

~Matt Booker

01-02-2012, 02:22 PM
Rule 34

Matt Booker
01-03-2012, 09:43 PM
So, this is something from a few months ago, but it's MTG related.

I decided to get my wife a Thanksgiving present last year. I don't think I've ever done that before, so I decided to just stick the basics. Nothing horrifying at all...

I was trying to decide whether I should wrap it or just have it sitting out where she’d find it, but I took a few sheets of printer paper and some tape and made this instead.

And then I left it in the bathroom and turned off the lights, half opening the creaky door.


What? Of course its not creepy. It’s… festive. And being ‘disturbed’ is the same thing as being ‘surprised’, right?

Maybe it looks better with the lights on.



~Matt Booker

Matt Booker
01-05-2012, 02:51 PM
Here is the deck I'm playing at Friday Night Magic.

BRV (Be Right Vampire)

6x Swamp (http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=245240)
4x Dragonskull Summit (http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=221921)
9x Mountain (http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=245242)
4x Blackcleave Cliffs (http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=209401)

4x Stromkirk Noble (http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=230783)
4x Reckless Waif // Merciless Predator (http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=222111)
4x Devil's Play (http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=247419)
4x Go for the Throat (http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=213799)
4x Vampire Interloper (http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=226748)
4x Slagstorm (http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=214054)
4x Rakish Heir (http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=234441)
4x Bloodline Keeper // Lord of Lineage (http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=227061)
2x Olivia Voldaren (http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=247235)
4x Instigator Gang // Wildblood Pack (http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=227415)

4x Doom Blade (http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=226560)
4x Blasphemous Act (http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=222206)
4x Ancient Grudge (http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=235600)
3x Traitorous Blood (http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=234438)

It's fun to play and I built it myself. I like themed decks and card interactions more than just winning games, so it's pretty rare for me to just build a net deck.

I have an older deck that's Monica Lewinski themed, but I'll have to dig out the cards to see exactly what's in it.

Anyone else want to post some of theirs?

~Matt Booker

01-05-2012, 04:38 PM
When I get home, I'll catalog my standard deck :D

6 Speed
01-05-2012, 04:56 PM
I've gone up and down with having collections of cards, currently sitting on 5 decks that I built/rebuilt out of 3 decks, a deck builder's toolkit, and some boosters. All of these deck's have done extremely well when played.

2x Doubtless One
4x Auger il-Vec
4x Venerable Monk
2x Aven Redeemer
2x Blessed Orator
2x Lone Missionary
2x Temple Acolyte
1x Auramancer
1x Beloved Chaplain
1x Kor Sanctifiers
1x Pride Guardian
1x Ondu Cleric
1x Serra Angel
1x Soul Warden
1x Teroh's Faithful
3x Blessed Reversal
3x Second Thoughts
1x Neck Snap
1x Repel the Darkness
1x Safe Passage
1x Shieldmate's Blessing
4x Sacred Blessing
2x Divine Light
1x Solemn Offering
4x Pacifism
1x Lifelink
1x Honor of the Pure
1x Stasis Cocoon
1x Swiftfoot Boots
1x Thran Golem
28x Plains

1x Keldon Warlord
1x Goblin King
4x Goblin Chariot
4x Goblin Mountaineer
4x Raging Goblin
4x Skirk Shaman
1x Bladetusk Boar
1x Goblin Arsonist
1x Goblin Shortcutter
1x Mogg Sentry
1x Prodigal Pyromancer
4x Lava Axe
3x Volcanic Hammer
2x Panic Attack
2x Sizzle
1x Flame Slash
2x Lightning Bolt
4x Dust Corona
1x Bloodshed Fever
1x Claws of Valakut
1x Galvanic Arc
1x Imposing Visage
1x Dragon's Claw
1x Slash Panther
20x Mountain
3x Terramorphic Expanse

4x Serra Angel
2x Griffin Sentinel
2x Peregrine Griffin
1x Air Elemental
1x Angel of Mercy
1x Angelic Wall
1x Assault Griffin
1x Augury Owl
1x Coralhelm Commander
1X Fledgling Griffin
1x Griffin Rider
1x Makindi Griffin
1x Stormfront Pegasus
1x Wild Griffin
3x Cancel
2x Diminish
1x Angel's Mercy
1x Chastise
1x Fleeting Distraction
1x War Report
2x Sleep
4x Arrest
3x Mind Control
1x Muzzle
1x Numbing Dose
1x Gargoyle Sentinel
1x Kraken's Eye
1x Steel Overseer
10x Plains
10x Island

4x Child of the Night
4x Zombie Goliath
3x Gravedigger
3x Merfolk Looter
3x Warpath Ghoul
2x Azure Mage
2x Belltower Sphinx
2x Devouring Swarm
2x Reassmbling Swarm
1x Drifting Shade
1x Rune-Scarred Demon
1x Vengeful Pharaoh
4x Doom's Blade
3x Sorin's Thirst
1x Frost Breath
4x Divination
2x Disentomb
1x Diabolic Tutor
1x Ponder
1x Brink of Disaster
2x Crown of Empires
2x Scepter of Empires
1x Throne of Empires
1x Kraken's Eye
1x Buried Ruin
18x Swamp
10x Island

1x Artisan of Kozilek
1x Ulamog's Crusher
2x Blood Seeker
2x Llanowar Elves
2x River Boa
1x Awakener Druid
1x Baloth Woodcrasher
1x Death Cultist
1x Gatekeeper of Malakir
1x Greater Basilisk
1x NIssa's Chosen
1x Obstinate Baloth
1x Rampaging Baloth's
1x Sacred Wolf
1x Sengir Vampire
1x Timbermaw Larva
1x Vampire Nighthawk
1x Vampire Outcasts
1x Vastwood Gorger
1x Viscera Seer
1x Disfigure
1x Doom Blade
1x Fog
1x Glissa's Scorn
1x Hideous End
1x Last Kiss
1x Leaf Arrow
1x Vines of Vastwood
2x Bountiful Harvest
2x Mind Rot
1x Beast Hunt
1x Blood Tithe
1x Essence Feed
1x Feast of Blood
1x Hideous Visage
1x Rampage Growth
1x Oakenform
1x Spider Umbra
1x Myr Superion
1x Urza's Armor
12x Forest
12x Swamp

The white and red deck's are based around the first card listed. I used to have a green deck based around an equivalent card, but that deck took a walk because someone wanted the tin it was in.

01-05-2012, 05:32 PM

Matt Booker
01-05-2012, 07:16 PM

~Matt Booker

01-06-2012, 07:38 PM
Here's the EDH I just put together so Matthew would have something to play when we are not in round tonight *cough*
1. Rhys, The Redeemed

2. Martial Coup
3. Gelatinous Genesis
*4. Student of Warfare
6. Brittle Effigy
7. Weathered Wayfarer
8. Leyline of the Meek
*9. Pacifism
10. Alpha Status
11. Kazandu Tuskcaller
*12. Harrow
13. Nissa Revane
14. Oblivion Ring
15. Dauntless Escort
16. Ghostly Prison
17. Awakening Zone
18. Beastmaster Ascension
19. Mentor of the Meek
20. Twilight Drover
21. Day of Judgement
22. Wrath of God
23. Wolfbriar Elemental
24. Wilt-Leaf Liege
*25. Ranger of Eos
26. Solemn Simulancrum
27. Martial's Anthem
28. Parallel Lives
29. Master of the Wild Hunt
30. Cenn's Enlistment
31. Ajani Goldmane
32. Emeria Angel
33. Epic Struggle
*34. Baneslayer Angel
35. Revillark
36. Elspeth Tirel
37. Knight-Captain of Eos
38. Cloudgoat Ranger
39. Juniper Order Ranger
40. Kessig Cagebreakers
41. Conqueror's Pledge
42. Coat of Arms
43. Ant Queen
44. Doubling Season
45. Mycoloth
*46. Wurmcoil Engine
*47. Sunblast Angel
48. Thopter Assembly
49. Sun Titan
50. Kirtar's Wrath
51. Phyrexian Rebirth
52. Duplicant
53. Nomad's Assembly
54. Austere Command
55. Rampaging Baloths
56. Captain of the Watch
57. Storm Herd
58. Myr Battlesphere
59. Avenger of Zendikar
60. Blazing Archon

I THINK I wanna cut Ranger of Eos and Student of Warfare (only there to give a 2nd target to student). The deck feels like it's gonna collapse though if I can't just get Rhys back... I also know the manabase is a mess, shit is on the way from fleabay.

Things to add:
1. Oblation
2. Journeyer's Kite
3. Garruk, Primal Hunter
4. Green Sun's Zenith
5. Karmic Guide
6. Primeval Titan
7. Sol Ring
8. Hour of Reckoning
9. Intangible Virtue
10. Thawing Glaciers
11. Voice of the Woods
12. Imperious Perfect
13. Wren's Run Packmaster
14. Budoka Gardener

01-06-2012, 09:23 PM

01-07-2012, 12:02 AM

01-07-2012, 12:05 AM


01-07-2012, 06:52 AM

Matt Booker
01-07-2012, 06:35 PM

Last night was great fun at FNM. How'd the draft go, TDSP?

Also, I'm thinking of making a change to my deck (http://geeks-and-gears.com/forum/showthread.php?17-Magic-The-Gathering&p=211&viewfull=1#post211). Swapping out the four Instigator Gangs (http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=227415) for at least 3 Bloodgift Demons (http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=226885).

Instigator Gang is nice, and if it transforms into Wildblood Pack it's awesome. It draws removal, but sometimes that means I've skipped a turn to get it to transform before they use that removal.

Bloodgift Demon is nice right off the bat, doesn't require me to play around it, is a flying beater, and gets me card advantage.

Any thoughts?

I'm also thinking of maindecking the Doom Blades and putting the Devil's Play into the Sideboard.

~Matt Booker

01-07-2012, 07:31 PM
I cracked a Jace (http://gatherer.wizards.com/pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=238263), but the guy next to me saw it when I was cracking and he cut the fuck out of my blue first pack. Second pack I was passed the second biggest limited bomb (http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=220090) in the set, so I started cutting hard on blue and of course we both had shittier decks because he was being stubborn :|

I went 1-2 and thought it was gonna be swiss and I'd get a pack. Unfortunately, they did 4-3-2 at the end :no:

Matt Booker
01-07-2012, 08:33 PM

So what's the first biggest bomb in limited?

And any thoughts on Bloodgift vs Instigator?

~Matt Booker

01-07-2012, 08:45 PM
I think you should cast magic missile.

Matt Booker
01-07-2012, 09:03 PM
:yuno: That's a different game!

~Matt Booker

01-07-2012, 11:42 PM
Biggest Bomb in M10 Limited is Rune-Scarred Demon (http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=220130). It essentially says "Get a massive body then if they don't have an immediate answer, get the removal or second bomb to win the game".

I'd likely keep instigator gang if you expect to have more than 2 creatures on the board when you cast the gang, but I know he's harder to transform in standard where giving up a spell on turn is rough sometimes. Demon will slow you down and because he's in the air give you some inevitability.

01-08-2012, 01:32 AM

01-08-2012, 03:36 AM
:NERDS: to you too :D

Matt Booker
01-08-2012, 03:46 AM
I lean more towards control anyway.

I figure both draw removal, both have good advantages, but one I don't have to potentially give up a spell for.

And there's A LOT of removal in Standard right now, so often times I was just losing tempo so they could kill the flipped creature. :no:

~Matt Booker

01-08-2012, 04:08 AM
Yeah, it's on a downswing though for removal quality. Bolt left after M11 and the Scars removal isn't as good as the Zen stuff. Brimstone volley is good, but fairly expensive and victim of night is going to be much less good once we have a standard where the three horror tropes are fast enough to compete.

01-08-2012, 04:27 AM


Matt Booker
01-31-2012, 01:54 PM
Okay, so here's my current deck for Friday Night Magic. I've altered it from the one I posted previously, getting rid of the Werewolves for more Vampires, adding a couple extra lands, and using a vampire from the new set that comes out this week.

BRV (Be Right Vampire)

8x Swamp
9x Mountain
4x Blackcleave Cliffs
4x Dragonskull Summit

4x Stromkirk Noble
3x Devil's Play
4x Go for the throat
4x Rakish Heir
4x Slagstorm
4x Stromkirk Captain
4x Bloodline Keeper // Lord of Lineage
4x Olivia Voldaren
4x Falkenrath Marauders

So you don't have to click on links to look at each card, here's a quick gallery.
I've been testing it against some other decks in Magic Workstation single player, and it seems like its doing a lot better. Taking out the werewolves for two more vampires means the Bloodline Keeper transforms much easier. Olivia Voldaren is legendary, so I can only have one out at a time, but adding two more means I'll get to play her more often, especially since she's a prime target for an opponent's removal spells. And with good reason, really. If she's not stopped she can pick off their smaller creatures, getting bigger as she does, and then fly over for more and more damage.

Devil's Play went down to 3 instead of 4, but with more land in the deck I'll be able to use it more effectively. Those of you who used to play may recognize Devil's Play as a variant of Fireball (http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=221550), but instead of being able to target multiple times at an extra cost, Devil's Play has flashback, letting you use it twice by casting it from the graveyard at a higher price.

And more land also means I can cast the bigger creatures earlier, and makes Olivia more effective. If I have six land out I can cast her and then use her first ability to ping a creature for 1 damage, giving Olivia a +1/+1 counter.

Falkenrath Marauders... That one I debated on when I first built the deck. A 2/2 is easy to kill, but it does have haste and flying, and as soon as it hits the other player it becomes a 4/4. And then a 6/6. And then an 8/8. So by itself, if it hits the other player four times it deals 20 points of damage.

If there's a Rakish Heir out, the Falkenrath Marauders gets even bigger with each hit. And Stromkirk Captain makes it a 3/3 right away, and gives it first strike.

I'm adding Curse of Death's Hold into my sideboard. It'll replace Falkenrath Marauders if I'm going up against a deck with a lot of small creatures.

Any suggestions?

~Matt Booker

01-31-2012, 02:47 PM
Wow, that's pretty damn nicely written for the article!

For the deck... I think you are well on track :nod: I think the curse of death's hold is going to be good for you, especially now that people are going to want to play more 1/1 humans and tokens in general.... Lets see what the pros come out with and what our local meta does.

Matt Booker
01-31-2012, 03:20 PM
For the article?

Thanks, though! :)

~Matt Booker

02-22-2012, 08:17 AM
In other news, Elaine Chase (https://twitter.com/#!/elainechase), you have officially made my shitlist. Why? She thought this playmat art (http://yfrog.com/z/h7rlhxxrj) was too exploitative of women and so they are forcing pastimes to not give em out for GP Indy. Shitty as fuck...

Matt Booker
03-13-2012, 11:47 PM

I'm not sure if that was staged, but :LOL still.

~Matt Booker