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Here is a cheap red burn deck that I have been testing for post rotation. It needs more work, but it is cheap and effective.  The Sideboard leaves something to be desired, though.

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Working on a brand new Mono Black control deck for the new type two. This is what I am working with. The Deck explains itself and is still in it’s infancy. I will be updating as I tweak, but so far, it’s working better than expected!

Main Deck and Sideboard

 

 

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Is Darth Vader Alive?

“There has been an awaking in the force, have you felt it?”-Snoke

So, there is a fan theory going around about Snoke in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, being Darth Vader/Anakin. While a lot of people think that it is a good idea, they have spent time pointing out holes in this theory.

This is an interesting concept and while I do not know of the original source of the idea to credit, I can say that it is actually plausible if you keep these key ideas in mind, regarding the story.

“He ceased to be Anakin Skywalker and became known as Darth Vader.”-Obi Wan

This quote right here separates Anakin from Darth Vader, giving this idea the hypothesis we need to have it make sense. The idea that Anakin and Darth Vader are separate characters. While I cannot say this is the most likely idea to happen within the next two episodes, it does all make logical sense.

George Lucas is a student of mythology, keeping very close to the basic structure of ancient mythology. There is an old Native American parable, about two wolves fighting and the one that grows is the one you feed. This thread is strewen throughout the entire seven films of the Saga. So it very much keeps to the same theme. Right now, we have Kylo with his struggle of being both good and bad, unsure which side to keep going down. This duality in human nature is present in us all.

In order for the concept to make sense, Anakin’s deeds, which were horrible, ended up creating two different entities. Darth Vader and Anakin Skywalker, as referenced by the quote above. Perhaps his suit was tainted with the essence of the horrible deeds, once he descended towards the dark side or maybe the split in them came from a different source, but regardless, it is still plausible for this to hold true. Darth Vader would be Snoke, not Anakin. Anakin, being redeemed at the end, would then become a good force ghost. Thus, Anakin fulfils the prophecy of bring balance to the force. Whereas before, the only two ways for Anakin to have brought balance to the force would have been to have died or never been found and trained, this allows for a much different story than what we have come to know from the prequels and original trilogy. Vader would now be his own character and so would Anakin, thus bringing balance to the force by existing on both sides, rather than tilting the balance towards whichever side he is serving, truly fulfilling his destiny within the Star Wars Universe.

While it is too early to say if this is where the story is going, we do know that we are going to see a reverse character arc at the very least, within the next two movies of the main cannon. They already attached Rian Johnson, who is known for reverse character arcs with Breaking Bad. So it isn’t impossible, although not 100% likely.

Mono Black Control Pt.2

Mono Black Control (Fall 2014)

     Here is a new deck list that I’ve been testing. I bought a few cards that I said I was going to put into the original version. It now has Silence the Believers, which replaced Guild. I’m thinking it might need a third, most likely not a fourth. If Super friends becomes a thing, I’m seeing myself wanting to go into a green splash for Garruk,Apex Predator.

     Right now, the deck is solid, but it’s in the process of final tweaking right now. It’s primarily set to go against aggro and will possibly be better post rotation, but it’s working fine at the present moment, just keep in mind you’re at a slight disadvantage and play it impeccably well.

     The sideboard is filled with goodies for control decks. Crypt to prevent U/W and Esper Control from shuffling at the present with Elixir of Immortality and Stain the Mind to remove win conditions. I anticipate that with the rotation of AEtherling, it’s potency is apt to go down.

     Once I’ve finished and have the final numbers set for the deck, I’ll post a third part with deeper analysis for play.

     People are encouraged to give it a go and post their findings in the comments below.

Walker of Planes

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Planeswalker Parody T-shirt.

Planeswalker Parody T-shirt.

Whip it, Whip it Good!

“Couples should explore their mutual fantasies.” There’s no such thing as a mutual fantasy. Yours bore us; ours offend you.”-Bill Maher

     BDSM is lame. I’m going to go out on a limb here and express something that–ever since the illiterate hack of a writer called E.L. James wrote 50 Shades of Crap–has become the hip thing all the kids were talking about.

     On a surface level, BDSM to most people seems to be about Dominate and Submissive persuasions. It’s actually a lot deeper than that, but for the sake of brevity, since I could write an entire book detailing all the little nuances of the culture, we’re going to leave it here. In BDSM you take on a role of either Master/Slave or Dominate/Submissive depending upon your preferred preference of role. They refer to it as taking on a role within the BDSM “Community.”In other words, you could be a Dominate guy, running a fortune 500 company by day and a submissive slave at night. Put even better in 1975, in the Rocky Horror Picture Show, “I’m not much of a man by the light of day, but by night I’m one hell of a lover.”

     I’m not casting judgment on this lifestyle and for many, it is just that. Let us be honest, it’s fucking nerdy! BDSM is on par with Live Action Role Playing. It’s Dungeons & Dragons, for “Adults.” Your mistress gets +12 at night and must roll a D20 for damage modifier to her whip.
Alpha
Can you spot the difference between the alpha and the nerd? I can’t.

     Look to nature, do you see Bucks wearing ass-less chaps? No, that’s because they don’t change roles, they’re static in their persuasion. BDSM is exclusively unique to humans and I think it’s because humans don’t quite understand dominance vs submission. They have rough ideas because of how warped society is and how religion has changed everything, effectively fucking humanity up.

     Rape is a horrible crime. Even in nature, no means no. I had a female pit bull for 10 years. She was a hard up lesbian. Anytime a male dog attempted to mount her, she would promptly move. If the dog didn’t take the hint, she would attack to protect herself. Does that sound like allowance of rape?

     There is a major difference from being a rapist and being a man. Masculinity, for those who don’t get it (I.E. woman and 99% of men) is not about rape. “Rape” is often tossed about as being a common fantasy of woman. Yet, when you read the description, it’s not even akin to rape at all. It’s something out of a stupid Harley-Quinn romance novel featuring Fabio on the cover, in a shirt that the front man of The Cure would rock for Gothic flavor. Harley-Quinn Romance
Harley Quinn Romance

     Men are intuitive, with luck. Not all are, but since the birth of humanity, one thing was certain, sex was most likely accomplished non-verbally. Hence why there are so many books on how to know if a woman is flirting with you. It’s in human nature and it didn’t go away just because we developed a language which allows for far more efficient communication. You can be a man and not be a rapist. It is quite easy, so long as you pay attention. What woman are really saying, but lack the ability to verbalize is not rape, but passionate, strong, aggressive sex.

     Getting back to the topic at hand on BDSM, is it any wonder that it catches on in a society with a childlike understanding of sexual persuasions? Scratch that, because one look at a schools structure and how children group will show a much better understanding of those persuasions. There are leaders, followers and uncategorized. They don’t just extend to sex.

     Dominance is no more a role than being a gender is an identity. It’s something that is innate and cannot be faked by people who aren’t. Whips, chains, dog collars and pleather jackets, (because to rock real leather would be harming animals and the pseudo-dominate couldn’t allow that, could they?) are not dominate.

     Leather doesn’t make you dominate, fuck, it doesn’t make you anything. Try making it yourself, instead of buying a machine made, Chinese lead filled, cheap piece of shit. Does wearing elves ears make me a Vulcan? Nope and it doesn’t extend anywhere else, either. You either are or you’re not, but you can play the role as so many do in this lifestyle. Emphasis on the play.

     Going back to 50 Shades of Grey, which isn’t about a dominate male and a submissive woman, but rather about a scared little boy who wants total control over everything, including woman. Security is a hallmark of men. Woman seek it and men need to have it and that doesn’t need to mean money or status, since status is so varied that it will depend on a woman’s preference.

     How does BDSM fit into that? It doesn’t. It’s all up to the individual to do what’s right for them, but one thing is for sure, BDSM and 50 Shades of Grey are not, nor will it ever be legit dominance. My personal understanding of a dominatrix, is that it is something woman do, in order to be more actively engaged in sex. Nature kind of decrees that they’re usually in a more passive role, during the sex. This is wholly understandable, yet I will never understand why men are drawn to it. It’s on par with studying masculinity. If you have to study masculinity, you’re probably not too much of a man, anyways and that’s fine, nature needs you as well. Don’t attempt to be “Alpha.” Anyone with a brain knows this type of guy just doesn’t exist. You can be masculine and great with woman and not be the top dog. In some cases, that “Alpha” guy is taking it in the ass from his boyfriend, if he happens to be gay. Yes, they exist on both sides of sexuality.

     If you know a thing or two about programing, you know Alpha testing is the shit phase. That’s when you work out all the kinks out and figure out how to fix them. In other words, your alpha phase should be childhood and by your teen years, you should have a much better grasp on yourself as a person and your likes and dislikes.

     Best way to be dominate in the bedroom? Be active in the sex and not passive. That is being dominate. Direct the traffic and take some chances. If something doesn’t work, she’ll express herself and you can stop doing as such. It doesn’t make you less of a man to have respect for any human, regardless of gender.

     Think with the right head and you’ll be fine.

     Postscript:Cleaned up the article a bit, made a few minor errors, which are now corrected.

Mono Black Control Type 2 (Fall 2014)

   I’m thinking about the current rotation coming up and I’m starting to see the potential of a mono-black control deck. Right now, it’s in its infancy, but it seems to have potential with so many strong black cards in type 2 right now. It isn’t in it’s final form, in fact, it’s an evolving deck, but as it stands, this is what the deck currently looks like.


Spell

4x Thoughtseize

2x Bile Bright

4x Gild

4x Doom Blades

4x Sign in Blood

2x Extinguish All Hope

Planeswalker
2x Liliana Vess

Creatures

2x Soul of Innistrad

4x Indulgent Tormentor

4x Squelching Leeches

4x Master of the Feast

Land
24x Swamps

   Not much to look at, but she has it were it counts, kid. Looking at our card choices for the upcoming season, we’re gonna need a bigger boat.

   Soul of Innistard is a really solid creature, but it’s not Grave Titan. It brings back three creatures, sure, and does so at instant speed, but so far I found it hasn’t been much. I’m still holding out that this will be the key in the deck, although OB might find himself coming up to bat. Sure, 4/4 flying with trample isn’t that much in comparison to a 6/6, but it’s second ability will become more crucial to games should Liliana be in the prime version of the deck. It stops them from looking for answers. If you side them in, the opponent playing you in the mirror will most likely side her out and you’re stuck with an alright 4/4 flying trampler, vs the 6/6.

   Extinguish All Hope is a cheap, destroy all creatures spell. I would prefer Garruk’s Wake, but at nine, it’s price point is too steep. I want to wait until the format draws closer, but Nyxthkos will be seeing its way into the deck as a way to ramp us into the Wake. The wake will also be much better in the mirror match. Master of the Feast is not something on their board that we will want sticking around, even with its literal DRAW back.

   Gild seems counter-intuitive and yes, it I could understand why it would seem that way to you. A sorcery speed kill card that refunds one is on par with Liturgy of Blood. It has potential and so far, it hasn’t proven horrible enough to remove. The exile effect will be worth not being able to hit at instant speed, but against aggro it will need to be sided out. What is missing from this version and only because I’m missing them online, is Hero’s Downfall. They will need to be included, as they are still really solid removal.

The second list will look more like this


Spell

4x Thoughtseize

2x Bile Bright

2x Gild

4x Hero’s Downfall

4x Sign in Blood

2x Extinguish All Hope

Planeswalker
2x Liliana Vess

Creatures

2x Soul of Innistrad

4x Indulgent Tormentor

4x Squelching Leeches

4x Master of the Feast

Land
24x Swamps
2x Nykthkos

Comment with thoughts. Will update when Khans of Tarkir hits.

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