Do you have any kind of seasonal allergy or post-nasal drip or a similar condition? OTC Claritin tablets or a steroid spray (prescription you could get from a free clinic) could help.
Maybe do a shot of Z-quil before bed. Will help you sleep. If that's not enough, Nyquil might help with your throat symptoms.
*Disclaimer: I'm not a doctor.
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Mar 6, 2013About me: I consider myself a Casual at heart. However, I think I'm a pretty good Magic player; I've been playing since the original Ravnica. I still make play mistakes that cost me matches, but I try to learn from them. I have a decent knowledge of cards and the rules (some layering intricacies are tricky and give me a headache though). Sometimes I go to small events like FNMs and Pre-releases. Sometimes I win prizes. In standard I usually find the deck that costs the least, wins the most, and leaves the smallest margin of error for play mistakes so I can grind store credit (99.9% of the time this is Red Deck Wins) because Standard is expensive at times and I like getting my cards for free. I'm compelled to do this by my inner pragmatist as opposed to any sort of competitive spirit; it costs $5 to enter an FNM, I'll be damned if I don't try to earn my money back. I play Standard because I like playing with the newest cards because I'm a Casual.Posted in: Casual & Multiplayer Formats
On casual: Casual is about having fun. Doesn't mean you don't play to win, or don't spend a lot of money, but at heart you're playing the game to play the game. 'Kitchen Table Casual' is about brewing something that defines you, that you enjoy playing, and your opponent enjoys playing against (i.e. don't show up at your friend's house on a Saturday night with Eggs or TurboFog expecting him to get a rise out of watching you sit across from him and have a nice fap with your uninteractive combo deck). It's a game after all, not some sort of a narcissistic, masochistic self-mutilation contest. Then no one is winning. If two people aren't playing, no one is 'winning'; you need two people to be emotionally/mentally engaged in the game for both of you to be having a good time. Then you both get some enjoyment and satisfaction out of the game. That way, if one person won and one person lost, you're both still 'winning'.
Some of my casual decks are pretty expensive, like $300. Some of my casual decks are pretty cheap, like $20. It's not about money, it's about using what you have and being okay with it.
tl;dr: casual is what you do with your friends. You don't beat them over the head with a netdeck and take their money and their good times and their hopes and dreams. That's what tourneys are for, but going to tourneys doesn't make you a "good player".
On Commander (/rant):
What's the deal with people with $1,000 Commander decks? It's a 100-card singleton format with no sanctioned events. People that go out and buy A/B/U duals, Mana Drains, pieces of Power, Legacy banned cards, Legacy staples, etc to have 1 copy of it in a 100-card deck for a casual format to have a powerful deck with a better win-rate is disgusting and astonishing. When I make a Commander deck I use what I have, trade for what I want, and if I really, really need something, I'll only buy it if it's ~$1.
It's 100-card singleton, you have like a 20% chance of seeing one of your broken-ass expensive cards in a given game, assuming you don't tutor or wish for it (which reminds me, some of those cards are pretty goddamn expensive too, AND they contradict the concept essence of the format).
It's supposed to be about variety and randomness and casual fun and some prick has to go and blow his paycheck on Legacy staples for a kitchen table format specifically because he can
tl;dr2: Commander is casual at heart but it can be lousy with tryhards and douches.
edit: Casual can also be about building decks in a way geared towards your playgroup's meta, and learning/honing this unique and individualized canon. It's a pretty unique and experiential approach to playing the game that can make "Casual" with a stranger both interesting and challenging for both of you in a lot of ways because of how different two different Casual environments can be; one man's trash is another man's tech.
Mar 6, 2013Phyrexian Arena- solid card advantage in mono black.Posted in: Casual & Multiplayer Formats
Death Pact- card advantage and board control, works best with sac outlets or Innocent Blood/Barter in Blood/Diabolic Intent. Oni Possession becomes a monstrous threat with Death Pact, making any of your creatures big and giving them trample while killing one of their creatures every turn.
Nightmare Lash and Lashwrithe are pretty solid.
Hand of Cruelty, Black Knight, Diregraf Ghoul, Knight of Infamy, Gravecrawler, Geralf's Messenger, Sengir Autocrat, Duty-Bound Dead, Reassembling Skeleton... The list goes on. Obviously some cards are better in certain decks, but since I don't have a deck list to go off of, these are some general suggestions.
Mar 6, 2013Steel cut Oatmeal / rolled oats is pretty good for you, especially compared to cold breakfast cereals. Top it with fresh fruit, dried fruit, nuts, granola, brown sugar, maple syrup... it's simple but there's a lot of variety.Posted in: Real-Life Advice
*Important distinction: Steel-cut requires boiling water and about 30 minutes to prepare, but it's sooooo worth it. Blows Quaker instant oatmeal out of the water.
Mar 5, 2013I think I'd be 0/3. I know to try and get the Grizzly to chase me downhill, to make myself look big and loud, and to go fetal and soil myself when all else fails. If none of these things do the trick in helping me to survive over 12 hours, I'd most certainly be effed.Posted in: The Versus Forum
Mar 4, 2013I don't understand how living within walking distance of your friends is a perk when you're home one weekend out of the month, especially when your downstairs neighbors talk trash about you. They obviously just want to start ****. If neither of you have free time to spend at home/with friends because you're always working, it sort of stops mattering where everyone else is.Posted in: Real-Life Advice
It shouldn't be hard to find a place relatively close to your current one between newspaper listings and Craigslist. You shouldn't have to put up with bull**** neighbors. Speaking of which, I share my bedroom wall with an alcoholic prostitute that lives in the next unit over. I'll have school the next morning, and she has the balls to complain about my alarm clock that goes off 2 hours after she's done "working" (read: whoring). Bitch, please. On occasion, she'll get ****faced and yell at her dog at 2 AM. She's also complained to management that my drumming is disturbing, but get this: I don't own a drum set!
People suck man, I feel for you. I'd get the hell out of Dodge if I were you. It's what I'm trying to do.
Mar 4, 2013Combat_Strix posted a message on Can anyone give advice on retraining an aggressive dog?Before I get into it, know that I love animals, dogs especially; my first best friend was a dog.Posted in: Real-Life Advice
They should put it up for adoption or put it down. Your in-laws sound too old/stubborn to teach an old dog new tricks, otherwise they would've done something after the first incident. The dog has already proven it has no reservations about drawing blood, from children no less.
I just saw a story on the news about some idiots who didn't bother to train their aggressive dog properly and it mutilated a 6-year old child; the poor kid looked like the Joker. It also attacked a neighbor and now it's been sentenced to be euthanized, and the stupid prick owners want to appeal the ruling. After it attacked two kids, mutilating one of them... ****ing ridiculous. It was a little **** lapdog too, looked like some kind of basset hound/jack russell mix, not a pitbull or rottweiler.
Mar 4, 20134 Tutors is too high. I'd cut 2 Demonic Tutors for 2 lands.Posted in: Casual & Multiplayer Formats
In my Dralnu deck, I use lots of spells like Undermine with a secondary life loss effect to maximize value. Here are some ideas:
Clutch of the Undercity (nice stall against planeswalkers, can transmute for Damnation)
Hope this was helpful.
Mar 4, 2013Time Ebb is a decent tempo card, but it turns into hard removal when you're playing mill. Whirlpool Whelm is an okay stall card that has the potential to function as removal when you follow it u with a mill spell after winning the clash. Oust is decent pseuso-removal in mill if you want to splash white. While you're at it, Esper Charm is a pretty fantastic card too.Posted in: Casual & Multiplayer Formats
Mar 3, 2013Angelic Benediction is nice here. Makes your sutff harder to block and also bigger. Same goes for Glare of Subdual, but that only shines when you gear your deck towards working around it. It's nice though, if only because it lets you get value out of all the creatures you don't attack with; with Glare they can fend off your opponent's attacks or open up their field for one of your ownPosted in: Casual & Multiplayer Formats
Mar 2, 2013Combat_Strix posted a message on LF cheap & easy to understand combo deck for initiationWhy not combo elves? It's cheap and simple as pie for newer/casual players to understand. It's also pretty interactive and not impossible to stop so they won't accuse you of being an unfair dingus who plays lame-o un-interactive masturbation combos, not unlike Eggs.Posted in: Casual & Multiplayer Formats
Llanowar Elves/Arbor Elf/Elvish Archdruid/Priest of Titania + Imperious Perfect + Intruder Alarm = infinite 2/2 or 3/3 Elf warriors.
There are other variations involving Cloudstone Curio and Heritage Druid/Birchlore Rangers/Nettle Sentinel. Use Elvish Visionary to draw your deck, etc.
Tldr:Combo Elves is cheap and easy for people to understand and deal with a la Infest or Pyroclasm, making it fair for newer players. It's a good starter combo for your playgroup.
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