Storypost | 2017.10.31

Paragon beta Sparrow Halloween Feline Queen Sparrow

Halloween costume Gamora spontaneous Hamlet

The Cooley Halloween party moved to the Tonkers' place due to special circumstances, but it still had costumes, pizzas, and beers. Jessica's Gamora costume won best of the night, (another) Chris's beekeeper won worst.

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Fantasy football

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Paragon game PS4 Sparrow Steel screenshot

I've gotten a few more Paragon sessions in. I'm finding the equipped cards are crucial to success along with, unfortunately, voice comms. I'm curious what the timeline is for it getting out of beta and, obviously, their feature roadmap.

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Time Warp

So Corey moved from Dominion to Hearthstone to, now, Magic. Having a little experience with it 20+ years ago I thought I'd check it out as well. They've done some interesting stuff with the game, beyond just expanding the card sets. Primarily, we play either:

Since I was actually tackling some site changes that will hopefully someday be done, I created a deck dump capability because... I'm not really sure why... pretty pictures? Oh well, it was really just lacing together some functionality that was already in my github.
Ixalan draft

We did a draft at Barrel Harbor. The box was Ixalan - the newest set with Pirates, Merfolk, Dinosaurs, and Vampire Conquistadors (uh huh). I was pretty set on going dinosaurs because dinosaurs. This means either red/white or red/green, I went with the latter. Managed to go 2-0, 2-0, 1-2, although they weren't always fair fights.
Raptor Hatchling Otepec Huntmaster Nest Robber Deathgorge Scavenger
Ravenous Daggertooth Storm Fleet Arsonist Grazing Whiptail Raging Swordtooth
Goring Ceratops Thundering Spineback Ancient Brontodon Commune with Dinosaurs
Rile Sure Strike Pounce Repeating Barrage
Slice in Twain Star of Extinction Unknown Shores Unknown Shores
Prying Blade Thaumatic Compass Pillar of Origins Hierophants Chalice
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Ancient Brontodon
Commune with Dinosaurs
Deathgorge Scavenger
Goring Ceratops
Grazing Whiptail
Hierophant's Chalice
Nest Robber
Otepec Huntmaster
Pillar of Origins
Prying Blade
Raging Swordtooth
Raptor Hatchling
Ravenous Daggertooth
Repeating Barrage
Slice in Twain
Star of Extinction
Storm Fleet Arsonist
Sure Strike
Thaumatic Compass
Thundering Spineback
Unknown Shores
Unknown Shores
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I did two stupid things I knew would be stupid:

1. I put Star of Extinction in. It's an expensive board wipe, it really doesn't make sense in 40-card decks built on the fly. But, y'know, dinosaurs and comets. I'm a romantic, after all. Turns out I used it a few times really effectively. Dinos are pretty slow to get out (they're costly), so what ended up happening is I cleared the board and then had enough mana to start putting in heavy hitters against weak stuff. I expected to yank this thing from my deck after the first game, but I left it in.

2. Goring Ceratops. Maybe it's his crazy frill colors, maybe it's the fact that his art has him about to murder some helpless dino, but it's probably the 'gives all creatures double strike'. I've never been able to resist this card and going red/green wasn't about to stop me. The two Unknown Shoreses (more expensive any color mana) and Pillar of Origins (any color mana if it's casting a dino) made this almost feel reasonable. I replaced a forest and a mountain with plains, figuring that if I didn't have at least one of my main colors on the initial draw I would mulligan anyway. Once again, it didn't end up hurting me and actually won me a game.

Repeating Barrage turned out to be incredibly useful. Once I got lands out and had 1-2 card hands, I was able to recast this thing to pick off the many smaller creatures characteristic of decks that don't use dinosaurs. Similarly, Pounce was great, particularly at instant-speed - this would be a good commander card. Storm Fleet Arsonist was a waste.

My sideboard (unplayed, drafted cards) looked like this:
Skittering Heartstopper Vicious Conquistador Rigging Runner Nest Robber
Ruthless Knave Rummaging Goblin Looming Altisaur Admiral Beckett Brass
Storm Fleet Pyromancer Belligerent Brontodon Ancient Brontodon Sentinel Totem
Opt Dual Shot Commune with Dinosaurs Crash the Ramparts


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Admiral Beckett Brass
Ancient Brontodon
Belligerent Brontodon
Commune with Dinosaurs
Crash the Ramparts
Dual Shot
Looming Altisaur
Nest Robber
Rigging Runner
Rummaging Goblin
Ruthless Knave
Sentinel Totem
Skittering Heartstopper
Storm Fleet Pyromancer
Vicious Conquistador

Highlight: A long, arduous game culminating in my opponent having a ton of little stuff out, me having a few dinos out. Neither could attack and give the opponent choice in what to block/kill. But I got out my Goring Ceratops and Thundering Spineback. This combination meant I could slowly create dino tokens and eventually send them in with double strike to end the stalemate.

Lowlight: Getting Vanquisher's Banner out for the first time and getting it immediately removed.