MOBA Monday: A Blast from the Past

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MOBA Monday: MOBA (Multiplayer Online Battle Arena) is my favorite kind of gaming genre in the world.
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For a long while, I have had to do a bit of soul-searching as a gamer. Games are supposed to be fun, right? Games should bring you entertainment and all that jazz … However, my “main” game for the past four years, League of Legends, became anything but that at a certain point.

The moment I found myself being more agitated, stressed and even infuriated by League, the more I came to accept that it was probably my No. 1 source of all the negative feelings a human being shouldn’t have to endure on a daily basis, at least when it came from something that should make me happy.

And boy, I certainly wasn’t happy with League on many given days. It was always one thing or another. No matter if I was trying to play a “just for fun” match or something more serious with the game, I kept finding a boatload of reasons and (often illogical) excuses to rage.

It got downright unhealthy and unpleasant. I will admit I relied on League heavily as an outlet for excess emotions, but I think League was definitely spawning more bad feelings than getting rid of them. The balance definitely wasn’t there.

After a while, I just told myself that I needed an actual break from League. I am not saying I am quitting it cold turkey at this point by any means, but this was a really tough decision for me as a gamer.

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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.

Happy Haiku: Fiora

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Happy Haiku: I try to dabble in writing haiku poems in Japanese.
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Happy Haiku! For Fiora, the Grand Duelist. My favorite champion in all of League of Legends.

Haiku
おフィオラ
フランスの花
美しい

Romaji
(O) Fiora
Furansu no hana
Utsukushii

English Translation
(Honorable) Fiora
French flower
Beautiful

- Nhan “Nhan-Fiction” Pham

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MOBA Monday: Serenity

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MOBA (Multiplayer Online Battle Arena) is my favorite kind of gaming genre in the world.
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Serenity Prayer. League of Legends style.

God, grant me the serenity to accept the games I cannot carry.

The courage to carry the ones I can.

And wisdom to know the difference.

Card Me: Unflinching Courage

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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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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.

MOBA Monday: French Flower

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MOBA Monday: 
MOBA (Multiplayer Online Battle Arena) is my favorite kind of gaming genre in the world.
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Fiora, my favorite champion in League of Legends, is awesome. Her name means flower. Now you know. ✾