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Attack of the Red Uncommons!! (133-135/302)

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 Good evening Old Schoolers! I hope that as 2020 winds down you are all getting a chance to enjoy some relaxation. What with the pandemic still raging here in the burbs of Akron, Ohio I will be spending the Christmas holiday with my wife Lauren and our 6-month old Dachshund Otto. I will be taking a much needed vacation from the hustle and bustle...pretty stoked to be home until January 4th. Things at the office have been insane since I returned in July and I am even more excited than usual to sit back, enjoy my time with my wife and Otto, play some Nintendo, catch up on some movies and television, read a good book, and of course enjoy all things Magic! For this week's post (one day I will actually start posting weekly) I present three red uncommon cards. In my quest to collect a full set of Unlimited I have grown increasingly fond of uncommon cards. More interesting and unusual than a humble common, yet more approachable than the mighty rare, they represent many of our first encoun

What Is That Loathsome Smell? (132/302)

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     Greetings everyone. I hope you enjoyed some scares and some good candy last week. Trick or treating wasn't really an option for a lot of people this year, but if you're like me you still ate a hell of a lot of sugary sweets and watched some good horror flicks. Onto Thanksgiving and the glorious feast which it entails!     So in addition to all the pandemic insanity I have been utterly jammed with work the last few months. I am by no means complaining, just lamenting the lack of time I've had for important things, like Magic and video games. That being said my posts have been a bit shorter, which is OK as long as I keep getting more Unlimited  cards on my long quest for a complete set. Although it has been crazy at the office I've managed to get up at least one post a month. When I started this blog at the outset of my quest nearly two years ago it was never my intention to take deep dives into the strategic uses of the cards, it has always been more of a scrapbook

I Have Always Hated This Card (131/302)

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     Good evening fellow Old Schoolers. I hope that autumn finds you and yours well. I know I am not sad to see a summer without swim clubs and vacations come to a close! Even in normal times the final three months of the year are my favorite. I love the falling leaves turning into falling snow, and the holidays make bring me as much joy as an adult as they did when I was a kid. In this difficult year it's important to really treasure the good times and isn't that what the holidays are about? Well, that and horror movies, gluttony, and presents! Speaking of having fun I would like to discuss something totally not fun this week, though any time I add a new rare it is a good day. The latest step in my quest to acquire a complete set of Unlimited Edition  is a card that have always hated.      There are few cards that I actually dislike. My love of this game, its history, the illustrations, the lore, and of course the mechanics makes it hard for me to truly dislike a card. I can u

Some Cards Are Just Totally Awesome (130/302)

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Good evening friends. I hope September is going well for all of you. Soon we will be entering those wonderful days of football, cooler temperatures, and the many-colored wonder of leaves as they prepare to fall to the ground. Autumn and winter have always been my favorite seasons and I am looking forward to the end of this long, hot, crazy summer. Here's hoping you all are as excited as I am for the coming months. Alpha/Beta/Unlimited was wildly successful for a number of reasons. The game was obviously fun and addictive, plus it was a fresh and unique gaming concept in 1993. Another factor in the amazing success of Magic: The Gathering  was how wonderfully evocative so many of the cards were. Dr. Garfield and the Limited Edition design and development team wanted to create a game that was at once complex but also accessible in terms of its setting and even mechanics. The set was top-down design at its finest. Cards like Fireball , Stream of Life , Armageddon , and so many others d

My First Jailbreak (129/302)

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Good evening friends the world over. I hope August finds you and yours well. I have found that blogging is a rather pleasant diversion during this, the year of our discontent, so I have been writing on a weekly basis. As I approach the halfway point in my quest for a complete set of Unlimited  I look forward to the time when I can play with my friends in person once more. I am also really excited for 2021, when I can get on the road and meet some new friends in this great community of ours. The cancellation of Eternal Weekend was tough, though I am cognizant of its unimportance in comparison to the suffering felt by so many this year. This too shall pass... When I think back to late 1994 when my brother Jimmy and I started playing, several cards immediately come to mind. Obviously Hill Giant, my first favorite card. The cards that jump to mind are inextricably linked to the various decks in my family playgroup: Dad's U/B--- Royal Assassin, Terror, Braingeyser Sister Kristin's W

A Necromancer Rules the Wintry World (127-128/302)

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Happy Saturday friends here in The United States and abroad. I hope everyone is safe and healthy. I cannot wait until The Akron Legionnaires can meet in person once more. I am also stoked to get to some tournaments next year and play with new people. Trying to collect a full set of Unlimited is both challenging and rewarding, but nothing beats sitting around a table drinking a milkshake or a beer while slinging spells with good people.  Another activity that has been a wonderful escape for me during our present crises has been Dungeons and Dragons. I did not encounter the amazing world of roleplaying until last year. I made an off-handed remark to Matt and Sean one time back in February or March of 2019 that I was curious about Dungeons and Dragons and they invited me to watch one of their sessions with Jason. I was totally blown away by the immersive, fantastic nature of the game. I didn't really understand how it was played or what was goi

On a Crusade for Better Gameplay (126/302)

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Happy Saturday my friends across the globe. As we all continue to trudge through this incredibly challenging year, I find that the weekends are especially important to re-center around what is important: relaxation and Old School Magic: The Gathering. Summer vacations and pool days may have been wrecked by COVID-19, but The Akron Legionnaires continue to find comfort in the friendly confines of online dueling. As we continue to tweak our decks to find that perfect balance between killer combos and spicy brewing, ever wary of too much optimization, I continue to happily move along in my long journey to acquire a complete set of Unlimited Edition . My brother Jimmy and my friends Matt and Sean comprise The Akron Legionnaires. This year we were going to begin holding occasional meet-ups at our local gaming/alcohol/milkshake establishment, but the aforementioned pandemic foiled our plans. Like most Old School groups we strive for a fun, casual atmosphere. We also individually are always lo

It's Been too Long (107-125/302)

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Good Afternoon and Happy Weekend friends the world over. It has certainly been a challenging year for everyone, some unfortunately much more so than others. Thankfully no know one I know personally has been a victim of the tragic COVID-19 pandemic, but like everyone I have adjusting to life being essentially shut down here in the states. I have been working from home since March 15th and do miss my colleagues but am grateful that I am blessed enough to be in a position where working from home is even an option. I am much looking forward to re-entering the world when it is safe to do so.  It has been far too long since I have posted on my blog. I started in January 2019 and up until this past April I had averaged about one post per month. I guess it took a global pandemic and a market crash to knock me off my stride, but I am hoping to start posting at least once a month again. I was about a third of the way through my quest to collect a complete set of the  Unlimited Edition of The Gat

Just a Few Awesome Cards (105-106/302)

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Hello friends across the world. Things are certainly a lot different from the last time we met. Like many of you, my wife and I have been "sheltering in place" (stuck at home, and rightfully so) here in Ohio for about a week now in response to COVID-19. My prayers go out to anyone reading this who has been affected by the pandemic, especially our friends in China and Italy. Hang tough and know that we are all with you. Sometimes it is hard to focus on other things during times like these, but perhaps now more than ever it is crucial to find ways to de-stress and unwind. I know that Old School tournaments are already being cancelled, but here in our corner of the world the Akron Legionnaires have gotten several epic games in via webcam, and it has certainly helped me to soldier through this. Keep calm and play Magic: The Gathering I guess. I've mentioned before that to me the coolest cards in Unlimited  are non-Power ones that did not make it to Revised. Obviously I am n

A Glorious Christmas Present (104/302)

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Good morning and happy Friday fellow Old School players across the world. It has been an especially hairy month at work (I am a financial planner) and I have not been able to focus on Magic anywhere near as much as I would like. It sure seems like the sky is falling these days with the Coronavirus and the world markets. I hope the media in other countries is not as hysterical, misinformed, and prone to inducing unnecessary panic as it is here in America. If you are reading this from Europe or Asia stay away from sick people and let's all hope this blows over when the weather changes! Now on to more radical, bodacious things. My wife Lauren is a real boss lady. In addition to being highly intelligent and extremely beautiful, she also is always open to playing video games, board games, and Magic with me. Now I don't have any illusions of her coming to a tournament or even wanting to play Magic if I suddenly stopped, but she will sit down and build decks with me and then play fo

The Old School is Strong in Ohio (101-103/302)

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Hello everyone, welcome to the second month of the Roaring 20's. I hope we all have had a great beginning to the new decade. My goal for the new year was two blog posts per month, however a bad case of the flu at the beginning of the year sidelined me for a week and then an extremely hectic, albeit productive, month at work kept me from meeting my goal. I intend to fix that now. I begin my staycation today and look forward to the Super Bowl, video games, and Magic.  One of the most awesome parts of Old School Magic: The Gathering is the various local communities that dot the globe. From our forefathers in Sweden to the groups right here in the United States and everywhere in between, the different rules, cultures, blogs, and tournaments are what set this format apart. Any time I see people get irritated about set legality or rule variations I cannot help but feel that they are missing the point. Just play with your group how you like with the cards you like and respect those w

100th Card Spectacular!!! (100/302)

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Happy belated new year to everyone the world over. It has become increasingly apparent to me that the little things are very important, and having a decade that is easy to say out loud for the first time since the '90's is a big deal. I wish everyone and their families and friends a happy, prosperous '20's! May they roar like a field of Savannah Lions ! My Christmas was totally bodacious and the wife and I spent New Years Eve with the rest of the Akron Legionnaires and much karaoke was sang. 2020 has been rough for me so far though as I got hit with a nasty case of Influenza B that had me down for a good week with a severe cough, a sore throat straight from the bowels of Hell, and a high fever. I am now back again, like Aerosmith I persevered through the hard times and am ready to conquer a new decade. Part of this good cheer comes from having acquired my 100th(!) card in my quest to complete a set of Unlimited Edition . What began about a year ago is starting to get re