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May the Force Be with You (144/302)

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 Greetings fellow magic players. I hope the spring finds you happy and healthy. Here in Akron, Ohio the rain is coming down quite a bit (snow today even) and our lawns should look amazing the summer! I am doing well lately. Both my wife and I plus our entire families are now fully vaccinated and it has been absolutely wonderful enjoying everyone's company once again. This also includes the return of in-person Magic for The Akron Legionnaires, most of whom gathered a few days ago with our newest member Greg for an awesome night of dueling (we will see Sean very soon)! I cannot wait for our first Legionnaire tournament in over a year this coming weekend. I am also glad that work is finally starting to calm down a bit. Last month was the first month since I started my quest in January of 2019 that I failed to make a post, but fear not a card was acquired, and a mighty one it was. Oh baby. Along with Shivan Dragon and Lord of the Pit this was the biggest, baddest dude on the planet bac

They're Just Phantasmal!! (142-143/302)

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 Greetings Earthlings! I am sitting at the desk in my home office in a somewhat reflective mood today. I am fortunate enough to be getting the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine tomorrow and am feeling quite optimistic. The last 12 months have been quite the head-trip, replete with fear, anxiety, uncertainty, and dogged determination on the part of myself and many, many others (we can't possibly say too much about the heroics shown by those in the scientific and medical community, not to mention folks who worked in grocery stores, gas stations, and other places that we all take for granted and were presumably often frequented by maskless imbeciles).  I am really, really excited to start seeing my vaccinated family and friends as the light at the end of the tunnel begins to shine through. I sincerely hope you and yours are well. The world of Old School Magic has also been pretty topsy turvy in the last year, yet I continue marching forward in my insane quest to collect an entire set

I Guess I'll Do Nothing (141/302)

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Greetings and salutations everyone. I hope that where ever you happen to be as you read this you are doing well. It dawned on me that today is exactly one year to the day that I last didn't think of COVID-19 actively. I kept a log at the beginning as things got crazy here in the United States and it was February 26th that I went to the store and bought a bunch of food and supplies in anticipation of not being able to go anywhere for "a few weeks". I remember in mid-March thinking it was outlandish saying out loud that we would be dealing with this thing after Memorial Day...and here we are a year later almost wearing masks and not playing Magic in person. It's been hard, but I am thankful my loved ones and I have stayed healthy and I sincerely hope the same goes for you. I am also thankful that I live in a time when there are technology options available that make playing Magic possible when meeting in person is potentially hazardous. It really helped keep me sane. Th

It Was Pretty Much Everyone's Favorite Card Back In The Day (140/302)

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Greetings everyone. February is here, and in Northeast Ohio that means we are either 6 weeks away from beautiful summer weather or another blizzard. Right now we are getting a small taste of the Nor'easter pounding the New York metropolitan area so I figured why not write another post? I've actually managed to post a lot thus far (4th post of 2021!!) and am really enjoying my quest right now. I find it a lot more enjoyable writing shorter posts more often and really getting to savor each card. As we all watch prices skyrocket I may have to modify some of my goals this year, but no matter what the journey will be fun. After last week's exciting look at the immense power of  Magical Hack , this week I will be shining a light on a much cooler card, perhaps the most iconic card in all of Old School. I know that is a lofty claim and many will scoff at my idea that a non-power, oft reprinted creature is the most iconic card of 1993 and 1994, but I stand by my assertion. Basically

I Defy You To Find A Cooler, More Useful Rare (139/302)

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 Greetings. It's a dark and snowy night in the 'burbs of Akron, Ohio and I am sitting here thinking about how many Unlimited cards I still need to acquire to complete my quest. I'm not even halfway there yet! I still need seven dual lands! I still need to get that first piece of power! Yikes! I may not have power or half the dual lands, but I do have a few things going for me. I've got moxie and chutzpah to last a life time, an excellent dog who at 6 months old goes into his crate happily for as long as necessary and sleeps soundly all night, a wife who not only tolerates me but actually seems to enjoy my company at times, and the spell that those of us in the enlightened class recognize as the most powerful blue card ever printed: Magical Hack . What can't it do? Opponent playing mono white and you want to sweep the board? Easy, just cast Living Lands , interrupt it with the 'Hack to make it turn plains into 1/1 creatures, then cast Earthquake  and whammy your

Nothing Too Exciting, Just Moving Along (137-138/302)

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Good evening everyone. I hope 2021 finds you all safe, healthy, and happy. It's been a bit of a wild ride here in the United States so far but The Akron Legionnaires continue to sling spells over Whereby and I continue on my noble quest for a full set of Unlimited .  Last week  I started off the year with a bang by showing off my new Scrubland. Since we could all use a little less excitement this week after the craziness in the news I decided to take it easy and write a short post about a few uncommons I acquired: I have always been enamored with Air Elemental . Not only am I currently running two in my killer deck, I also loved it when I first started playing. It was so obviously powerful yet approachable. A simple yet ruthless flying killer. The illustration is really cool and the flavor text is fun...though I feel it does not do enough to convey her hotness. It does mention her "whimsy," but I feel like she is a femme fatale of the air and that ought to be addressed. L

2021: Gotta Have Goals (136/302)

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2021. In the words of 70's pop singer Barry Manilow "It looks like we made it." Like nearly every one I am elated to see 2020 pass into the dustbin of history. I cannot wait to get back out into the world again as soon as it is safe to do so, hopefully by summer. Aside from seeing family and whatnot, my biggest hope is that I will get back to the local gaming pub and finally sling spells in person once more. Thank God for Whereby, but I do miss in-person Magic mightily. Here's to all the doctors, scientists, and front line workers who have worked tirelessly to get us through this madness and back to normal. It's hard to believe that I started this blog all the way back in  January of 2019 . I had just gotten back into Magic about a month earlier after over 20 years out of the game and decided to start collecting a complete set of Unlimited Edition . I knew then that it would be an arduous, multi-year quest. Since then I have managed to get 136 of the 302 cards I w