Monthly Archives: August 2014

The Sound of Cold

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I was challenged to the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, to benefit the ALS Association. My challenge came from Bryan Prillaman, and I accepted on my own terms.

Please note that I am an audio podcaster by trade. (Ok, in my spare time.) What you are listening to is real, and recorded in one take. I even made the mistake of saying “ice” at one point when I mean to say “salt”, but that is ok, I did not edit the file at all. I simply converted it to handy mp3 format.  I did, however, fill a bucket with ice water, go into my bathroom and pour it over my head. It was stupidly cold, I promise.

But do listen to the end. The challenge is important.

Episode 067 – Utililands

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This time around, we discuss some of our favorite non-basic lands that do things other than produce mana.

We probably didn’t talk about the one you like. You know, that one that you just love. I guess you will have to listen to find out…

Chapin vs. Nassif, Dragon Storm

Don’t forget about the contest. Details are in the show notes for Episode 66.

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Legacy Corner – RUG Delver

The deck currently known as RUG Delver had its beginnings in the Canadian Threshold deck of days past. Around 2007, Canadian Threshold was pioneered by (and took its name from) Canadian David Caplan. That deck sought to use aggressive green creatures like Nimble Mongoose and Tarmogoyf to beat down opponents while disrupting with blue counterspells and some red burn for removal or to finish. This was a tempo strategy that still describes how the more recent RUG Delver operates.

The Threats
RUG Delver wants to kill you with creatures. Key players here are Nimble Mongoose, the green shroud one drop that just won’t stop, and Tarmogoyf. The latter of these can get very, very large very, very quickly in a format full of fetch lands and counterspells. Goyf can easily become a perfect roadblock for other “fair” creature decks or an amazing clock when the ground is clear. Joining the dynamic green duo is Delver of Secrets, the most aggro one drop to be printed in recent years. (Printed in blue because they didn’t already have the best toys. They needed the best creatures, too…) These make for a potent combination of evasion, size, and resilience that can test even the most robust of removal packages.

The Blue
With access to the accursed color, RUG Delver makes the most of it with disruption like Force of Will and Daze. To smooth out draws, and set up Delver transformations, full sets of both Brainstorm and Ponder are typically present as well. Some builds also run Stifle (an underrated card in my opinion), so be careful with the timing of your own fetch-lands.

The Red
Ah, glorious Mountains! Expect your early creatures against RUG Delver to eat a faceful of Lightning Bolt should they clear the counter-spell gauntlet. In fact, if a creature hits the table in the early turns, they may just be saving the counter-spells for something that won’t die to a well timed bolt. Should your life total drop under the critical three point threshold (ha!), you are likely done for as well. Other burn, such as Forked Bolt or Chain Lightning, may crop up as well.

The Land
While RUG has a fragile and greedy mana base with mostly fetches, Volcanic Island and Tropical Island, it also runs Wasteland to punish the other suckers doing the same thing. While you may be tempted to think your own Wastelands will be a great avenue to victory, don’t forget about Stifle

The Game Plan

  1. Make threat
  2. Disrupt
  3. Remove anything else
  4. Hit you

Repeat steps 2-4.

So, how do you survive? Make better threats? Have better counterspells? It is hard to say. RUG Delver is, sadly for the rest of us, a good balance of threats and answers.

 


 

This is part of an ongoing series of posts introducing you to different Legacy decks. It began as a semi-re-occurring series on Monday Night Magic. This deck was discussed on Episode (UPDATE_NUMBER_WHEN_I_FIND_IT).

You can find the introduction to this series here. You can find more articles in this series by looking for the Legacy Corner tag.

Episode 066 – Bouncing Fireball

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Rich and Cluze talk about the new FTV: Annihilation as well as the merits of burn vs. bounce.

We have a sweet contest! We are giving away four Goblin staples provided by a listener named Andrew and signed by Cluze. Just create your own FTV set; 15 cards maximum, and all existing cards. Keep it on the theme of your choosing and send your full list to us at the show email, listed below. Feel free to describe new art if you think it is important or thematic. You can enter as many FTVs as you want, but you can only win once. We reserve the right to decide the winners based on our own arbitrary decision of what we like best.

Entries must be received by noon Eastern on Tuesday September 9th, 2014. Rich and Cluze will pick out the four winners.
1st – Goblin Piledriver
2nd – Goblin Lackey
3rd – Goblin Warchief (FNM foil)
4th – Warren Instigator

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Episode 065 – Khans of Speculation

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We saw a lot of interesting stuff come out of the SDCC Magic panel this year, including our first real look at Khans of Tarkir. Rich and Cluze wildly speculate on what WotC has in store for us all.

Magic panel video, Comicon 2014
Summary of stuff from the panel
A list of Planeswalkers

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