3/12/2014 8:57:14 PM
My girlfriend and I powered through the entire season of Freaks and Geeks in one Sunday. It was awesome. I'm working on Deadwood now. I'm almost done with season two, which has been considerably slower and less exciting than season one. I've not watched The Wire, Rome, or House of Cards. I just want to retire early so I'll have time to sit around and watch all the tv and movies that I've missed out on.Posted in: The Cube Forum
3/11/2014 8:54:12 PM
Posted in: The Cube ForumQuote from rantipoleNo 1st season plot in first spoiler, just stuff I know about season 2.
Yes, next season is a new cast and a new case. No real word yet on what the details will be, but Pizzolatto will probably write every episode again.
That is fan-damn-tastic.
I'd love to see Ed Norton in something like this. They're really gonna have to get some heavy hitters to follow that opening act.
Quote from rantipoleFirst season plot in this spoiler:
I loved the show, but I have some quibbles. The most important issue is that it is never explained why two victims are put up on public display 17 years apart when all the other victims are carefully hidden. It doesn't make a lot of sense, especially considering that other aspects of the cult seem so carefully thought out.
You know, I didn't even really think about this, but you're absolutely right. That's definitely weird. To be honest, I think the quality acting combined with snappy dialog, a well written storyline, and the amazing direction in each episode (that one shot scene with Rust making his way through the neighborhood was so intense!) probably drew my attention away from several things that I might have nit picked. I kinda of really want to take a lazy Sunday and just marathon the entire season over again now that it's over.
3/10/2014 7:42:36 PM
Without giving anything away, I'll say that it's probably some of the best acting I've seen from both Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson. Those two together is just phenomenal.Posted in: The Cube Forum
I'll spoiler this next bit, just in case...
I hope the show continues with a new cast and new case in the next season. I wanna think I've heard rumors that it's gonna be one of those types of shows and I feel like that would just be the best thing ever. I don't know who can outdo these two guys, but I'm already excited to find out.
3/6/2014 5:36:36 PM
I like Mayor of Avabruck more than Mire Boa, for what it's worth. Before he flips he has fun interactions with some cards in the cube, but he's nothing special. After he flips, though, he's an absolute house. If he's allowed to make just a couple of tokens, then he's done his job. He's not my favorite green two drop, but he's been pretty solid for us.Posted in: The Cube Forum
3/5/2014 7:44:49 PM
For the record, I'd like to point out that my cube nights are rarely more than four people. It's always one of the following:Posted in: Cube Lists
A.) 2 man Winston
B.) 3 man draft
C.) 2 man faux 8 man (we each draft four of the decks)
D.) 4 man draft
So I completely understand what it's like to have a small playgroup and only see a small portion of the cube each time.
3/4/2014 8:12:00 PM
Posted in: Card and Archetype DiscussionQuote from wtwlf123You mulligan your hand, just like you'd have to do if you're playing the Core instead of the Bridge and you can't play your 1-drop. Except aggro has a greater percentage of keepable hands when you have colored mana for your 1-drop, especially if you're using splashable 2cc cards.
As I was typing that I was gonna add that the short answer here is you just mulligan that hand because it's bad for your aggro deck regardless of which land you have. Honestly I don't like bringing up mulligans around here, though, because it always seems to come back to us allowing free mulls in our cube drafts. I think the biggest negative for me with Tendo Ice Bridge is just the one and done nature of the card. You draw it early and it could be just what you need. Alternatively, it might just be as good as any other random land and end up being that annoying land with the dice on it.
I think ultimately it just boils down to the fact that I hate putting dice on my lands.
3/4/2014 8:04:15 PM
Yeah, man. I get it. You ultimately gotta do what you feel is right for your cube and your group. I guess I'm just a much bigger fan of powerful multicolor cards (which is why I'm running six per guild as opposed to the more optimal five at my cube size).Posted in: Cube Lists
3/4/2014 6:53:41 PM
Posted in: The Cube ForumQuote from Bing09Is there interest in drafting on tapped out and then playing on MTGO? I realize purchasing a "powered" cube may be expensive, but a peasant one would be relatively cheap for all the pieces in each persons collection (or sharing with others)
I actually did this with my peasant cube a while back and saw virtually zero interest from people who wanted to draft. This includes posting about it in this forum, posting about it in my MTGO clan chat and on their forum, and even asking my personal IRL playgroup. I did use the metacortex draft site to get a few Winston drafts in a few times, but for the most part I found that it wasn't worth the time, money or effort that I put into the building process.
3/4/2014 6:39:41 PM
Smaller playgroups see a smaller percentage of the cube during a draft. So it's entirely feasible that your sweet Rock deck might just have to run on one two color land and a City of Brass because the Golgari lands just weren't in the draft. It's also entirely feasible that three different Simic lands will be present, but no one ends up playing Simic because the rest of the deck just wasn't there.Posted in: Cube Lists
Also RE Ankh of Mishra, that was just an example. It starts with an A so it was the first card on my chopping block list. I do play it in my aggro decks and I like the card, but despite its best efforts, it's just not a colorless Sulfuric Vortex. I'd kind of like to do an exercise and keep track of how often playable colorless cards are left in the sideboard by my drafters. Looking through my colorless creature section, the only cards I see that would be uncuttable for me are Solemn, Wurmcoil, and Battlesphere. Everything else is decent and fills in gaps for decks that want them, but any of the rest would be a fairly easy cut for the next solid colorless creature we get. This was the point I was trying to make about colorless cards often being worse than their on color counterparts.
3/4/2014 6:35:09 PM
Great article, man. Those numbers are certainly surprising. You already convinced me in an earlier post a couple of months ago to value fixing much higher (which has certainly paid off in my drafts!), but I don't understand the folks here who are already giving the stink eye to double and triple color cards. Pox and Necropotence are two of my favorite cards in the game and subsequently have ended up being two of my favorite cards in the cube. I don't think you should be afraid of cards with two or three colored symbols in their cost. You should just be aware of them while you're drafting. If you're drafting Boros aggro and you already have Knight of Meadograin along with Soltari Priest and Monk, then maybe you should take something else over the Ash Zealot. You should also be valuing those Boros lands very very highly because you want to be able to go Jackal Pup into Soltari fairly reliably. For me it's not a matter of cutting CC, 1CC, or CCC cards from my cube for being tough on my mana base. It's just a matter of paying attention to my draft and valuing fixing appropriately based on the cards I'm drafting.Posted in: Articles, Podcasts and Guides
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