Thursday, 31 October 2013

Commander Deck Reviews

Commander - Prossh, Skyraider of Kher

Main Deck

99 cards Commander
1 Akoum Refuge
1 Command Tower
1 Evolving Wilds
7 Forest
1 Golgari Guildgate
1 Golgari Rot Farm
1 Grim Backwoods
1 Gruul Guildgate
1 Jund Panorama
1 Kazandu Refuge
1 Khalni Garden
1 Kher Keep
1 Llanowar Reborn
7 Mountain
1 Opal Palace
1 Rakdos Guildgate
1 Rupture Spire
1 Savage Lands
6 Swamp
1 Temple of the False God
1 Terramorphic Expanse
1 Vivid Grove
39 lands
1 Brooding Saurian
1 Capricious Efreet
1 Charnelhoard Wurm
1 Deathbringer Thoctar
1 Deepfire Elemental
1 Elvish Skysweeper
1 Endless Cockroaches
1 Endrek Sahr, Master Breeder
1 Fell Shepherd
1 Goblin Sharpshooter
1 Golgari Guildmage
1 Hooded Horror
1 Hua Tuo, Honored Physician
1 Hunted Troll
1 Inferno Titan
1 Jade Mage
1 Ophiomancer
1 Quagmire Druid
1 Sakura-Tribe Elder
1 Scarland Thrinax
1 Sek'Kuar, Deathkeeper
1 Shattergang Brothers
1 Silklash Spider
1 Sprouting Thrinax
1 Stalking Vengeance
1 Stronghold Assassin
1 Terra Ravager
1 Viscera Seer
1 Walker of the Grove
1 Wight of Precinct Six
30 creatures
1 Armillary Sphere
1 Blood Rites
1 Carnage Altar
1 Curse of Chaos
1 Curse of Predation
1 Curse of Shallow Graves
1 Dirge of Dread
1 Fecundity
1 Foster
1 Furnace Celebration
1 Goblin Bombardment
1 Jar of Eyeballs
1 Jund Charm
1 Mass Mutiny
1 Night Soil
1 Obelisk of Jund
1 Plague Boiler
1 Primal Vigor
1 Reincarnation
1 Restore
1 Rough // Tumble
1 Sol Ring
1 Spine of Ish Sah
1 Spoils of Victory
1 Sudden Demise
1 Swiftfoot Boots
1 Tempt with Vengeance
1 Tooth and Claw
1 Vile Requiem
1 Widespread Panic
30 other spells

This Jund deck features Prossh, Skyraider of Kher as its commander, and many of the cards revolve around sacrificing your creatures to gain a benefit.

You can sacrifice creatures to Fell Shepherd in order to significantly weaken or kill one of your opponent's creatures, and Sprouting Thrinax is Fell Shepherd's best friend. Each time you do, the sexy new frame alternate art Goblin Sharpshooter will be able to ping another creature or player. If one of your foes has more creatures on the battlefield than you it's okay: Hooded Horror will still be able to get in and deal damage to them.

Curse of Chaos, Curse of Predation, and Curse of Shallow Graves can buy you time to reach the late game when your awesome cards like Shattergang Brothers go online, which is especially fun when you control a Spine of Ish Sah. Ophiomancer is another creature that will slow down your rivals and can gain you a significant amount of card advantage with the deck's many sacrifice outlets. As the game progresses longer, Terra Ravager can become a massive threat. Infermo Titan can deal a lot of damage if left unchecked and Sudden Demise can blow up all the creatures of whatever color is giving you the most trouble on the battlefield.

Primal Vigor doubles the amount of creature tokens you create with your commander or from abilities on you other creatures such as Jade Mage. Restore will steal one of your opponent's special lands or recoup one of your own. Tempt with Vengeance can create a massive horde of 1/1 red Elemental creature tokens with haste for you to take out one of your rivals with. Although the deck can have problems against control players, Widespread Panic will allow you to gain card advantage. Grim Backwoods allows you to gain value whenever one of your adversaries manages to blow up one of your threats.

Hua Tuo, Honored Physician, Spoils of Victory and Reincarnation are three interesting reprints in this deck, all of which are making their debut in the modern card frame. There's a lot of fun interactions to discover and pull off against your opponents in "Power Hungry," and I am looking forward to getting my hands on this "Commander (2013 Edition)" deck.

Monday, 28 October 2013

Commander Deck Reviews

So with the commander decks being released this Friday, I thought I would have a look at each deck, starting with 'Eternal Bargain' which is in Esper colours of Blue, White and Black!

Commander - Oloro, Ageless Ascetic

Main Deck

99 cards Commander
1 Arcane Sanctum
1 Azorius Chancery
1 Azorius Guildgate
1 Barren Moor
1 Command Tower
1 Dimir Guildgate
1 Esper Panorama
1 Evolving Wilds
6 Island
1 Jwar Isle Refuge
1 Lonely Sandbar
1 Opal Palace
1 Orzhov Basilica
1 Orzhov Guildgate
9 Plains
1 Rupture Spire
1 Springjack Pasture
9 Swamp
1 Temple of the False God
1 Transguild Promenade
41 lands

1 Ajani's Pridemate
1 Augury Adept
1 Azorius Herald
1 Disciple of Griselbrand
1 Diviner Spirit
1 Divinity of Pride
1 Filigree Angel
1 Hooded Horror
1 Kongming, Sleeping Dragon
1 Marrow Bats
1 Myr Battlesphere
1 Phyrexian Delver
1 Phyrexian Gargantua
1 Raven Familiar
1 Razor Hippogriff
1 Serene Master
1 Serra Avatar
1 Sharding Sphinx
1 Sharuum the Hegemon
1 Sphinx of the Steel Wind
1 Stormscape Battlemage
1 Sydri, Galvanic Genius
1 Tidal Force
1 Tidehollow Strix
1 Tower Gargoyle
1 Vizkopa Guildmage
1 Wall of Reverence
27 creatures

1 Act of Authority
1 Brilliant Plan
1 Cradle of Vitality
1 Crawlspace
1 Curse of Inertia
1 Curse of Shallow Graves
1 Curse of the Forsaken
1 Darksteel Mutation
1 Death Grasp
1 Deep Analysis
1 Dromar's Charm
1 Famine
1 Greed
1 Lim-Dûl's Vault
1 Nevinyrral's Disk
1 Nihil Spellbomb
1 Obelisk of Esper
1 Order of Succession
1 Phyrexian Reclamation
1 Pristine Talisman
1 Reckless Spite
1 Sanguine Bond
1 Sol Ring
1 Spinal Embrace
1 Sun Droplet
1 Survival Cache
1 Swiftfoot Boots
1 Tempt with Immortality
1 Thopter Foundry
1 Toxic Deluge
1 Well of Lost Dreams

This deck is all about life gain. Gaining life from your commander will trigger abilities on cards like Ajani's Pridemate, Cradle of Vitality, and Well of Lost Dreams. Not only does extra life help prolong the time you'll stay in the game, it'll make cards like Serra's Avatar and Divinity of Pride into massive threats.

Serene Master is a powerful creature that'll help keep your opponents from dealing to much combat damage to you early on and Darksteel Mutation can render one of your rival's commanders completely useless. Curse of Inertia, Curse of Shallow Graves, and Curse of the Forsaken all give your adversaries a reason to attack a different enemy instead of you.

Sydri, Galvanic Genius can transform any of the deck's creatures or artifacts into a deadly deathtouch creature with lifeflink. Tempt with Immortality can reanimate your best dead creatures after an opponent's Wrath of God or other board sweeper. Later on, Tidal Force can allow you to lock down a troublesome opponent. Act of Authority will bounce around the table blowing up your foe's permanents. Toxic Deluge is another potent new exclusive to this deck that can strategically wipe out a portion of the battlefield and leaving your forces intact to take out another player.

There's some choice reprints featured in the "Eternal Bargain" deck. Lim-Dûl's Vault returns for the first time, and in the modern card frame. We also get Nevinyrral's Disk, a reset button for when board states get out of control. Kongming, Sleeping Dragon was previously a hard to find card and Crawlspace can slow down Commander games drastically, giving "Eternal Bargain" an advantage over more aggressive strategies.

Friday, 25 October 2013

Pokemon XY

With XY due for release early next year here are some of the details of what is coming ...

Features of the Pokémon TCG: XYexpansion include:
2 all-new Mega Evolution Pokémon
6 new Pokémon-EX
Pokémon TCG Online code cards
Over 140 cards in all!

The Pokémon TCG: XY—Kalos Starter Decks will give you the choice of three 60-card decks, each one featuring a brand-new Pokémon: Chespin, Fennekin, or Froakie. You’ll discover other new Pokémon from the Kalos region.

The XY—Kalos Starter Decks introduce Fairy-type Pokémon and basic Fairy Energy! Fairy, the eleventh Pokémon type in the Pokémon TCG, is the first new type since the Dragon type was added in 2012. There are still many mysteries about the new Fairy type, such as which Pokémon will be Fairy types and how matchups will be affected by Fairy-type Pokémon. In order to attack with Fairy-type Pokémon, players will need to use basic Fairy Energy, the ninth Energy type in the Pokémon TCG.

The revolutionary Mega Evolution game mechanic is coming to the brand-new Pokémon TCG: XY expansion! Mega Evolution Pokémon evolve from Pokémon-EX, extremely powerful cards in their own right, creating a force that will change the way Pokémon TCG players build decks and create strategies for battle.

Before playing a Mega Evolution Pokémon to evolve a Pokémon-EX, players must consider the situation carefully—doing so ends their turn immediately, which means they can’t attack that turn! The risky move is worth the reward, however, because Mega Evolution Pokémon exhibit a strength that surpasses that of Pokémon-EX. Hard-hitting attacks and high HP totals make Mega Evolution Pokémon dominant during Pokémon TCG matches.

Some of the cards ...


Your average Venusaur is a Stage 2 Pokémon, but Venusaur-EX is a Basic Pokémon, meaning you can put it into battle right away! Both Venusaur-EX’s Poison Powder and Jungle Hammer attacks are versatile and effective. But Venusaur-EXholds even more potential—it can become a Mega Evolution Pokémon to gain unsurpassed power!


Joining Venusaur-EX is the awesome Blastoise-EX, a powerful Basic Pokémon that can quickly turn the tide of battle. With 180 HP and two strategic attacks, Blastoise-EX can be both powerful and disruptive. But that’s only part of the story—as your opponent will discover when Blastoise-EX becomes an even more powerful Mega Evolution Pokémon!


The sturdy Yveltal-EX has 170 HP and two potent attacks, proving without a doubt that this Darkness-type Pokémon is a great new attacker for Darkness-type decks! Its Evil Ball is extremely powerful—the more Energy is attached to both Active Pokémon, the greater the damage. And Yveltal-EX’s Y Cyclone attack does 90 damage and moves Energy to a Benched Pokémon. Set up your Benched Pokémon while you attack!


The Fairy-type Xerneas-EX is sure to be useful in Fairy-type decks. Use its Break Through attack to hit the Defending Pokémon for 60 damage and a Benched Pokémon for another 30! Then go for the Knock Out with X Blast, which does an imposing 140 damage. You can’t use X Blast two turns in a row, so choose your timing carefully!

Thursday, 24 October 2013

Seal Dragons Unleashed

Bonus: With every booster box purchase of BT11: Seal Dragons Unleashed, you’ll receive a random Deck Box from below!

Eradicator, Sweep Command DragonArmor Break Dragon

Blue Flight Dragon, Trans-core DragonSolidify Celestial, Zerachiel

Monday, 21 October 2013

Event Decks

Venture to Theros, a plane where gods, heroes and monsters are an everyday fact of life.
Hydras, gorgons, satyrs and other creatures of myth inhabit this wild, mystical place. In
Theros, heroes challenge themselves in the untamed lands beyond the city walls, set sail on
the raging seas and learn their destiny from divine oracles.
The Theros Event Deck is called “Inspiring Heroics.” With this deck, you’ll command an
organized assault, using military prowess and powerful enchantments to win.
The Theros Event Deck contains
- 60-card deck (10 rares)
- 15-card sideboard
- 1 spindown life counter.

Friday, 18 October 2013

Hydra Challenge Deck

This weekend players will get the chance to face the Hydra deck either as a team or individually its your choice! The deck is self running and can be started at varying levels of difficulty. This is the video that Wizards have released previewing how it plays...

Here is an example of what you will see when you sit down across from the hydra:

And here is a close-up of what a couple of the Face the Hydra Challenge Deck cards look like:


You can play any deck you have against the Face the Hydra Challenge Deck, including the Standard deck you bring to play in the Game Day tournament! (But no, you don't have to join the tournament to perform the third Hero's Path quest.) Regardless of the deck you bring, you may also play with up to two Hero Cards you've collected from previous Hero's Path quests.

Thursday, 17 October 2013


In Pandemic, several virulent diseases have broken out simultaneously all over the world! The players are disease-fighting specialists whose mission is to treat disease hotspots while researching cures for each of four plagues before they get out of hand.

The game board depicts several major population centers on Earth. On each turn, a player can use up to four actions to travel between cities, treat infected populaces, discover a cure, or build a research station. A deck of cards provides the players with these abilities, but sprinkled throughout this deck are Epidemic! cards that accelerate and intensify the diseases' activity. A second, separate deck of cards controls the "normal" spread of the infections.

Taking a unique role within the team, players must plan their strategy to mesh with their specialists' strengths in order to conquer the diseases. For example, the Operations Expert can build research stations which are needed to find cures for the diseases and which allow for greater mobility between cities; the Scientist needs only four cards of a particular disease to cure it instead of the normal five—but the diseases are spreading quickly and time is running out. If one or more diseases spreads beyond recovery or if too much time elapses, the players all lose. If they cure the four diseases, they all win!

Pandemic: On the Brink includes new event cards, new role cards, rules for five players, and optional game challenges to increase the difficulty of the Pandemic base game. These new challenges, which can be used individually or combined for even more difficult play, are as follows:
The Virulent Strain challenge makes one disease become particularly deadly in unpredictable ways.
The Mutation challenge adds a fifth (purple) disease that behaves differently than the original four.
The Bio-Terrorist challenge pits one player against the others!

Pandemic: In the Lab, the second expansion for Pandemic, you will use a new game board that allows you to move the pawns in a laboratory. The goal of this activity is the same as in the base game – finding cures for diseases – but this time in a new way. Behind sealed bio-hazard doors, scientists race against time to sequence diseases, take samples, and test cures.

Pandemic: In the Lab includes four new roles, new Virulent Strain events, and a Worldwide Panic Mutation scenario. Players can compete individually or on rival teams (when playing with four or six players). Can your team work together in the lab to save humanity?

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Pokemon Prerelease

What are Pokémon TCG: Black & White—Legendary Treasures Prerelease tournaments?
Tornadus-EXPokémon TCG: Black & White—Legendary Treasures Prerelease tournaments allow players to receive and play with cards from the upcoming Black & White—Legendary Treasures expansion up to two weeks before the set’s official release date!
Participation prizes are awarded to all finishers in each of three age divisions. Black & White—Legendary Treasures Prereleases will use the 2013–2014 tournament season age divisions, which are:
  • Junior Division: born in 2003 or later
  • Senior Division: born in 1999, 2000, 2001, or 2002
  • Masters Division: born in 1998 or earlier

When are the Pokémon TCG: Black & White—Legendary Treasures Prerelease tournaments?
How much does the event cost?
What are the prizes?
Deck BoxAll players who complete the event will receive 2 additional booster packs of the Pokémon TCG: Black & White—Legendary Treasuresexpansion.
All participants will receive a Pokémon TCG: Black & White—Legendary Treasures Prerelease promo card and a Black & White—Legendary Treasures deck box, while supplies last.
What do I need to know?
  • Bring your Player ID card, if you have one. If you don’t have a Player ID, one will be given to you at the event.
  • See the Pokémon Tournament Rules for more information about what to bring to an event.
  • Make sure you arrive on time. If you are late for registration, you may not be able to play in the event!
  • To participate in the event, you must be a player in good standing and abide by the Tournament Rules.
What is the tournament structure?
The tournament is run using the Limited Format and Age-Modified Swiss pairings. See the Pokémon Tournament Rules for information about the Limited Format and Swiss. The number of Swiss rounds to be run will depend on total attendance at the event.

Seal Dragons Unleashed

Booster Set 11 is released on Friday 25th October and the Sneak Peak will be held this Saturday at 5pm. 

Includes 102 cards (100 new cards and 2 reprinted cards) (RRR x8, RR x12, R x22, C x60) + SP x12 (Parallel).

Includes support for the KagerōTachikazeNarukami,Aqua ForceGenesis and Angel Feather clans.

Includes more Break Ride and Cross Ride units.

Card List

BT11/001Prophecy Celestial, Ramiel3Angel FeatherRRR + SP
BT11/002Solidify Celestial, Zerachiel3Angel FeatherRRR + SP
BT11/003Goddess of Good Luck, Fortuna3GenesisRRR + SP
BT11/004Hellfire Seal Dragon, Blockade Inferno3KagerōRRR + SP
BT11/005Dauntless Drive Dragon3KagerōRRR + SP
BT11/006Eradicator, Sweep Command Dragon3NarukamiRRR + SP
BT11/007Blue Flight Dragon, Trans-core Dragon3Aqua ForceRRR + SP
BT11/008Last Card, Revonn3Aqua ForceRRR + SP
BT11/009Adamantine Celestial, Aniel1Angel FeatherRR
BT11/010Seal Dragon, Blockade3KagerōRR
BT11/011Seal Dragon, Rinocross1KagerōRR
BT11/012Ancient Dragon, Spinodriver3TachikazeRR + SP
BT11/013Ancient Dragon, Tyrannolegend3TachikazeRR + SP
BT11/014Ravenous Dragon, Battlerex3TachikazeRR
BT11/015Ancient Dragon, Paraswall1TachikazeRR
BT11/016Armor Break Dragon3NarukamiRR + SP
BT11/017Fiendish Sword Eradicator, Cho-Ou2NarukamiRR
BT11/018Thundering Ripple, Genovious3Aqua ForceRR + SP
BT11/019Tear Knight, Lucas2Aqua ForceRR
BT11/020Emerald Shield, Paschal1Aqua ForceRR
BT11/021Mobile Hospital, Assault Hospice3Angel FeatherR
BT11/022Reverse Aura Phoenix3Angel FeatherR
BT11/023Essence Celestial, Becca2Angel FeatherR
BT11/024Wild Shot Celestial, Raguel2Angel FeatherR
BT11/025Candle Celestial, Sariel2Angel FeatherR
BT11/026Underlay Celestial, Hesediel1Angel FeatherR
BT11/027Mice Guard, La Superba3GenesisR
BT11/028Witch of Birds, Chamomile2GenesisR
BT11/029Witch of Frogs, Melissa1GenesisR
BT11/030Demonic Dragon Berserker, Gandaruba3KagerōR
BT11/031Seal Dragon, Hunger Hell Dragon2KagerōR
BT11/032Seal Dragon, Jakado2KagerōR
BT11/033Seal Dragon, Chambray1KagerōR
BT11/034Savage Hunter3TachikazeR
BT11/035Ancient Dragon, Cryolophor2TachikazeR
BT11/036Ancient Dragon, Beamankylo2TachikazeR
BT11/037Ancient Dragon, Iguanogorg1TachikazeR
BT11/038Demonic Sword Eradicator, Raioh3NarukamiR
BT11/039Iron Blood Eradicator, Shuki1NarukamiR
BT11/040Optics Cannon Titan3Aqua ForceR
BT11/041Rising Ripple, Pavroth2Aqua ForceR
BT11/042Starting Ripple, Alecs0Aqua ForceR
BT11/043Booting Celestial, Sandalphon3Angel FeatherC
BT11/044Capsule Gift Nurse2Angel FeatherC
BT11/045Doctroid Argus2Angel FeatherC
BT11/046Marking Celestial, Arabhaki1Angel FeatherC
BT11/047Order Celestial, Yeqon1Angel FeatherC
BT11/048Drug Store Nurse1Angel FeatherC
BT11/049First Aid Celestial, Penuel0Angel FeatherC
BT11/050Cure Drop Angel0Angel FeatherC
BT11/051Punishment Celestial, Shamihaza0Angel FeatherCriticalC
BT11/052Celestial, Landing Pegasus0Angel FeatherDrawC
BT11/053Care Celestial, Tamiel0Angel FeatherStandC
BT11/054Healing Celestial, Ramiel0Angel FeatherHealC
BT11/055Hazard Bob2GenesisC
BT11/056Pineapple Lo1GenesisC
BT11/057Witch of Prohibited Books, Cinnamon0GenesisC
BT11/058Vivid Rabbit0GenesisC
BT11/059Seal Dragon, Spike Hell Dragon3KagerōC
BT11/060Seal Dragon, Corduroy2KageroC
BT11/061Breath of Demise, Vulcanis2KageroC
BT11/062Dragon Knight, Rutof2KageroC
BT11/063Demonic Dragon Berserker, Kubanda2KageroC
BT11/064Seal Dragon, Flannel1KageroC
BT11/065Seal Dragon, Kersey1KageroC
BT11/066Breath of Primordial, Rolamandri1KageroC
BT11/067Demonic Dragon Mage, Shagara1KageroC
BT11/068Seal Dragon, Terrycloth0KagerōC
BT11/069Demonic Dragon Mage, Diva0KageroC
BT11/070Red Pulse Dracokid0KageroC
BT11/071Seal Dragon, Biera0KagerōCriticalC
BT11/072Seal Dragon, Dobi0KagerōStandC
BT11/073Seal Dragon, Shading0KagerōHealC
BT11/074Seal Dragon, Artpitch0KagerōDrawC
BT11/075Ancient Dragon, Stegobuster3TachikazeC
BT11/076Ancient Dragon, Deino Clawed2TachikazeC
BT11/077Launcher Mammoth2TachikazeC
BT11/078Savage Archer2TachikazeC
BT11/079Ancient Dragon, Tri-Plasma1TachikazeC
BT11/080Ancient Dragon, Gattling Allo1TachikazeC
BT11/081Savage Illuminator1TachikazeC
BT11/082Ancient Dragon, Baby Rex0TachikazeC
BT11/083Savage Patriarch0TachikazeC
BT11/084Ancient Dragon, Dinodile0TachikazeCriticalC
BT11/085Ancient Dragon, Titanocargo0TachikazeDrawC
BT11/086Ancient Dragon, Caudinoise0TachikazeStandC
BT11/087Ancient Dragon, Ornithohealer0TachikazeHealC
BT11/088Dragon Dancer, Julia2NarukamiC
BT11/089Lizard Soldier, Ryuushin1NarukamiC
BT11/090Eradicator, First Thunder Dracokid0NarukamiC
BT11/091Flag of Raijin, Corposant0NarukamiC
BT11/092Mobile Battleship, Akeron3Aqua ForceC
BT11/093Twin Strike Brave Shooter2Aqua ForceC
BT11/094Optics Musket Titan2Aqua ForceC
BT11/095Silent Ripple, Sotirio1Aqua ForceC
BT11/096Shortstop Brave Shooter1Aqua ForceC
BT11/097Battle Siren, Euphenia1Aqua ForceC
BT11/098Advance Party Brave Shooter0Aqua ForceC
BT11/099Battle Siren, Carri0Aqua ForceC
BT11/100Jet Ski Rider0Aqua ForceCriticalC
BT11/101Ice Flow Angel0Aqua ForceHealC
BT11/102Mass Production Sailor0Aqua ForceStandC