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Daily NhanSense – Day 9

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Daily NhanSense: Every day, I will blog about something that comes to mind. My goal is to practice writing about my hobbies, my interests, my opinions and so forth.

Day 9’s Topic: Life.


Leave it to an anime song geared toward children to resonate so much with how my heart is feeling right now about life …

Pendulum★Cute - “One Step”

Translated Meaning of Lyrics
Now, catch that heart-pounding dream and cry your tears to release
Step forward to the field as the game starts
And take a fabulous one step to see a miracle

I realized that strength isn’t given
So I reach for it, one step after another
As I keep on working, never ever stopping

Even if walls or fierce winds stand in my way
I take a step forward, drawing my trump card called “Courage”
And believe in the story of victory Continue reading

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Daily NhanSense – Day 8


Daily NhanSense: Every day, I will blog about something that comes to mind. My goal is to practice writing about my hobbies, my interests, my opinions and so forth.

Day 8’s Topic: Card games.


I love card games. For about a year and a half or so, I have been playing a lot of Magic: The Gathering.

It’s the world’s most popular card game for a reason, as numerous players across the globe play Magic.

As of last week, Magic’s Standard format has since rotated to make room for the new Khans of Tarkir set. Basically, each Standard block restricts the type of cards you can use for an extended period of time.

You may only use certain sets of cards allowed for this time period for the decks you build to compete in tournaments. It may sound strange, but it’s a means of letting cards get their time to shine while hopefully mixing up the format for each Standard rotation.

Of course, this newest Standard rotation meant I had to retire the deck I was using for so long, which was my Green White Hexproof deck.

I am a bit saddened at this fact because I really did enjoy this deck. It won me A LOT of cards as prizes, placing well or winning first at my local tournaments on many nights.

But alas, every good thing has to come to an end at some point. At the very least, I can still play a Modern version of this, so not all is lost.

Below is the deck build I used. Continue reading

Card Me: Ethereal Armor


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Card Me: A favorite hobby of mine is playing card games. There is just something really remarkable about how laying cardboard onto a table can bring people together for lots of fun/frustration. As a naturally shy person in real life, I enjoy how card games can bring me out of my shell for quite the social activity.
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Behold one of the strongest commons in Magic: The Gathering.

Ethereal Armor just rocks on so many levels. It honestly should not have been a common. When used in an appropriate deck (cough* Hexproof), Ethereal Armor pays for itself and then some.
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Card Name: Ethereal Armor
Mana Cost: White
Converted Mana Cost: 1
Types: Enchantment — Aura
Card Text: Enchant creature
Enchanted creature gets +1/+1 for each enchantment you control and has first strike.
Flavor Text: Metal is scarce, smiths are pricey, and plate mail is heavy.
Expansion: Return to Ravnica (Common) Return to Ravnica
Rarity: Common
Card Number: 9
Artist: Daarken

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Card Me: Kiora, the Crashing Wave


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Card Me: A favorite hobby of mine is playing card games. There is just something really remarkable about how laying cardboard onto a table can bring people together for lots of fun/frustration. As a naturally shy person in real life, I enjoy how card games can bring me out of my shell for quite the social activity.
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In Magic: The Gathering, my absolute favorite Planeswalker is Kiora, the Crashing Wave. The moment I came across this card spoiled all the way back when the Born of the Gods set was revealed, I just knew deep down I wanted a Kiora card badly.

It took earning second place at a win-a-box tournament at a local card store, splitting the booster box prize in half and then, with sheer luck, I fortunately came across a copy of this card in one of my pulls. Just plain awesome.

Kiora, by the way, is an excellent card in her own right as well. All three of her abilities are respectively powerful and useful in various in-game situations. Let’s just say I have won multiple games when I can unleash the kraken(s) with her extremely overwhelming ultimate ability.

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To Live by a New Motto

Hi there. My name is Nhan Pham, and this is my personal blog I have been using for three+ years now. However, for the past few months, I have been neglecting this site for whatever reason. Let’s just say a lot of things happened, which forced me to rethink everything from the ground up. Blogging has been a great means to relieve stress for me, but I fell into a real slump where even writing a post each day proved difficult without proper focus or motivation.

I want to change this fact from this point forward. The blog itself reflects my “pulse” and offers me a means to share my personality and various interests.

“Get good. Be better.”

This is the new motto I want to live by, not only for this blog, but in general. It has become apparent that if I want to get anywhere in life, I have to strive to improve myself in more facets. Being just proficient at something isn’t enough to me anymore. You have to go a step beyond and surpass individual thresholds and, most importantly, be able to stand with or above others in a respective area. Continue reading

Card Me: Gift of Orzhova

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Card Me: A favorite hobby of mine is playing card games. There is just something really remarkable about how laying cardboard onto a table can bring people together for lots of fun/frustration. As a naturally shy person in real life, I enjoy how card games can bring me out of my shell for quite the social activity.
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Who doesn’t love an angel? Magic: The Gathering certainly does. In fact, Gift of Orzhova is very flavorful.
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Card Name: Gift of Orzhova
Mana Cost: 1White or BlackWhite or Black
Converted Mana Cost: 3
Types:
Enchantment — Aura
Card Text: Enchant creature
Enchanted creature gets +1/+1 and has flying and lifelink.
Flavor Text: “Remember by whose gift you ascend.”
—Milana, Orzhov prelate
Watermark: Orzhov
Expansion: Gatecrash (Uncommon) Gatecrash
Rarity: Uncommon
Card Number: 219
Artist: Johannes Voss
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Simply put, this card is awesome. It makes a target creature an angel with flying and lifelink.

Just incredible.

The 54th Deadline: Wild Card


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The 54th Deadline: Life is a series of chances to achieve something by a given point. You might very well miss out on opportunities if you are not careful. However, I firmly believe that God gives us plenty of means to find our way, even if we mess up here and there. After all, life demands deadlines. Try and try again until your goals and dreams are realized. Strive to finish on a successful note with whatever you set out to do. Always.
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If people are like cards in this elaborate game of life, then I am no doubt a wild card.

My value is ambiguous. My purpose is further shrouded in unpredictability. Regardless, I am cool with this.

Other people are more obvious about what they bring to the table. They already know what they represent as cards and nothing more.

When it is a non-wild card’s turn to be played, they contribute toward life in some way and that’s that. They fulfill their respective role in the name of the game.

However, as a wild card, my time to shine isn’t so obvious. It isn’t apparent until all the other pieces are in play. And then, and only then, will everything make sense.