In this episode Lilly and Alex are joined by Reza, importer and seller of Japanese and Korean Magic: The Gathering cards. He’s here to share with us his experience of the MTG community in Japan as well as a bit about being a card seller.
I am not bringing you something exotic today, but rather sharing my experience of how I have come to terms that I am for good – or at least until the game changes and Wizards rethinks its strategy…so probably eternities from now – getting rid of my Magic: The Gathering collection. Sad as it is, the truth is I am not really invested in the hobby any more: I have pretty much ignored the last 2 sets of the game, and even before that, I was mostly making decks that I wanted to play with and nothing to do with whether they’d be tournament legal or not. Plus, after a while cards take a fair amount of space, so I needed to clear some of this. In addition, the sudden turn of events for Netrunner earlier on this year has also meant I am saying bye-bye to most o my cardboard crack.
For the last few years I have been thinking to myself that I was very much done with my trading card games – mostly Magic: The Gathering, to be honest. You have probably heard me rant before regarding the way the game has changed and how Wizards of the Coast’s strategy of milking their customers and destroying the game through their exhausting power creep and extensive new releases that to be frank do not seem to add anything other than rather lame hype to the whole thing. I also find it rather annoying that every set requires a new random ability that tends to create a new set of rule issues that force you to play with new cards constantly. Same problem that we have these days with Yu-Gi-Oh, right? Like how ridiculous it is that for those of you who wanna play competitively, unless you play 3 very specific variant of a deck, you are essentially done and dusted. I am fed up of having to spending a fairly copious amount of money fetching cards, the same cards everyone else is after. I am done having with new sets every 3 months that unless purchased will make me an obsolete gamer, so on and so forth. Instead, I have decided to give a go to LCG’s: living card games as the cool kids in the industry like to call them. Why have I opted for this approach? Well, probably for the same reasons than many other people, but here are my thoughts.
I come to revisit one of my most used MTG decks, and that has stayed as it is for quite some time. It is a reliable deck, although not as fast as my red/blue. This is a white/black dual colour that originates from Orzhov guild concept, but that has transmuted into something of its own kind. I does not rely on extorting, although it promotes life gaining, with some bulky medium size creatures, most of which have flying, lifelink or both.
Hoy voy a revisitar uno de mis mazos de Magic más populares de estos tiempos, y que apenas ha cambiado desde su formato original. Es un mazo bastante estable, aunque no es tan rápido como mi rojo/azul. Este es un combo blanco/negro que usó como guía el concepto de las cartas del gremio Orzhov, pero para convertirse en un producto distinto. Por ejemplo, no use la técnica de extorsión, aunque se centra en ganar vida, y en convocar criaturas de tamaño medio con potencia, normalmente con mejoras tipo vinculo vital, vuelo, y en ocasiones ambas dos.
I originally created in an attempt to recreate my mono white deck which we have discussed in our previous post – Cuando empecé a trabajar en este mazo, realmente quería intentar replicar mi primera bajara blanca mono color, de la cual ya hemos hablado por aquí en otro momento:
MTG today guys! So far you have heard me moaning about certain things ingrained in the game due to Wizards of the Coast being an evil corporate. However, I have been playing the game for donkeys years, and me having a personal/moral issue with the producer doesn’t necessarily mean all I have to say about the subject is negative. I started playing MTG with my dad when I was in school – it was before my Warhammer days so I couldn’t have been much older than 9 or so. I believe it was also around the time that Pokemon the Trading Card Game came out and became really popular, so one thing kinda escalated to the other. My dad had a lot of Alpha/Beta onward cards and I seem to recall this was triggered by some sort of starter pack being released either with a magazine, newspaper, something like that. We bought the stuff and I was taught to play. Then when I got the grasps of the game we made my very own first deck – great father and daughter bonding exercise, don’t skip this part of your parenting skills!
Today I am just going to tell you about one of my current MTG decks, probably my favourite in fact. This deck has evolved from its original build back in 2012, but the concept remains the same. After so many years of playing, like most players I have become a creature of habit, likes and dislikes. Turns out, who would guess, that red seems to be my predilection. I like playing red in any combo, and it has been pointed out that most my decks are red-something-or-another.
Hoy os hablo de uno de mis mazos actuales de MTG que más me gusta. Le llevo usando desde 2012, con modificaciones a medida que voy encontrando otras cartas que me gustan o me vienen mejor para la dinámica del mazo, ya que después de llevar jugando bastante tiempo uno se acaba convirtiendo en animal de costumbres, gustos y disgustos. Parece ser que mi predilección en Magic es jugar con rojo en combinaciones multiples – İsorpresa…!
Last time you heard me out talking about how Games Workshop took a lot of money for not a large quantity of products. Today we will go through a different aspect of geek economy which is equally crippling for your wallet if you try to take the hobby seriously. Trading card games are becoming more and more popular as the years go: Magic: The Gathering, Pokemon, YuGiOh, even Legend of the Five Rings if you will. They remind me a bit of the sticker collections I used to have when I was younger, when every Sunday my parents would allow me to buy a new pack to see if I could complete the collection. However these collections had a limited amount of stickers you required, and the stickers that other people would be missing would not always be the same than yours. In essence, it was an ordeal that had a limit. Trading card games of the scales we are talking about end only when you want them to.Continue reading “Geek Economy – Building a Magic: The Gathering Collection”→