Card Me: Ethereal Armor

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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

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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.

Card Me: Unflinching Courage

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Value is everything in Magic: The Gathering. Unflinching Courage gives you plenty of bang for your buck, and it is also playable in a variety of formats if you’re running both green and white in your deck. It is that good.
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Card Name: Unflinching Courage
Mana Cost: 1GreenWhite
Converted Mana Cost: 3
Types: Enchantment — Aura
Card Text: Enchant creature
Enchanted creature gets +2/+2 and has trample and lifelink.
Flavor Text: As Trostani’s influence grew, vitality spread through the Conclave—much to the other guilds’ dismay.
Watermark: Selesnya
Expansion: Dragon's Maze (Uncommon) Dragon’s Maze
Rarity: Uncommon
Card Number: 111
Artist: Mike Bierek

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There are plenty of things to love about this card. It’s a three-mana spell, meaning it won’t break your mana curve as three is very reasonable to come by in any format.

Its effects are all relevant: a +2/2 boost, trample to make sure some damage seeps through and lifelink to build up your life total with every successful hit/block.

You toss this bad boy on any creature to make it into a scary threat for your opponent instantly.

Without a doubt, Unflinching Courage is a straightforward, yet powerful card if your deck runs green and white. Generally, a must-have in these types of decks.

Card Me: Gladecover Scout

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When you think of an “elf” in regards to fantasy, many would immediately conjure up an image of the pretty elf stereotype. Well, Gladecover Scout is certainly a pretty elf in her own right, but she is no pushover by any means in regards to Magic: The Gathering.
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Card Name: Gladecover Scout
Mana Cost: Green
Converted Mana Cost:1
Types: Creature — Elf Scout
Card Text: Hexproof (This creature can’t be the target of spells or abilities your opponents control.)
Flavor Text: “The forest is my cover and I hold it close. In such a tight embrace, there is no room for wickedness.”
P/T: 1 / 1
Expansion: Magic 2012 (Common) Magic 2012
Rarity: Common
All Sets: Magic 2012 (Common)Magic 2014 Core Set (Common)
Card Number: 178
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With built-in hexproof, Gladecover Scout laughs at anything that says “target” by your opponent. Spot removal, many burn spells and so much more are almost rendered useless to a hexproof creature. You have to do roundabout methods to deal with anything that carries the hexproof characteristic.

Gladecover Scout is an ideal card to use in an enchantment-based deck.

For example, a powerful card to use is Ethereal Armor to bling out your elf with +1/1 for each enchantment you control and first strike.

Toss in other cards like Unflinching Courage on top of it, and you’re left with a beefy and scary creature for your opponent to fight.

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