Card Me: Plummet

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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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Finding “counters” in Magic: The Gathering is crucial for making a good mainboard and sideboard for your deck.

And oftentimes, even a simple card does wonders.

Plummet is one of my favorite sideboard cards when I need to adjust for specific matchups. My green deck has an inherent weakness against creatures that fly, but throwing in a few Plummet cards for the second/third match can drastically alter the final outcome.
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Card Name: Plummet
Mana Cost: 1Green
Converted Mana Cost: 2
Types: Instant
Card Text: Destroy target creature with flying.
Flavor Text: “Let nothing own the skies but the wind.”—Dejara, Giltwood druid
Expansion: Magic 2014 Core Set (Common) Magic 2014 Core Set
Rarity: Common
All Sets: Magic 2011 (Common)Magic 2012 (Common)Magic 2013 (Common)Archenemy (Common)Magic 2014 Core Set (Common)
Card Number: 188
Artist: Pete Venters
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For two mana, Plummet brings down just about anything in the air.

In particular, some prime choices for Plummet targets in the Standard scene are things like Desecration Demon and Nightveil Specter.

Scary threats in Magic often take to the skies, so Plummet makes sure they are sent crashing back down to earth.

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Happy Haiku: Transformation

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Happy Haiku!

Haiku
シーケンス
魔法の変身
変更よ

Romaji
Shiikensu
Mahou no henshin
Henkou yo

English Translation
Sequence
Magical transformation
Change!

- Nhan “Nhan-Fiction” Pham

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Card Me: Boon Satyr

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Boon Satyr is a must-have for any green-oriented deck in Magic: The Gathering.
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Card Name: Boon Satyr
Mana Cost: 1GreenGreen
Converted Mana Cost: 3
Types: Enchantment Creature — Satyr
Card Text: Flash
Bestow 3GreenGreen (If you cast this card for its bestow cost, it’s an Aura spell with enchant creature. It becomes a creature again if it’s not attached to a creature.)
Enchanted creature gets +4/+2.
P/T: 4 / 2
Expansion: Theros (Rare) Theros
Rarity: Rare
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First and foremost, this satyr is a 4/2 body for three mana. With flash, no less. The flash allows you extra versatility in the form of doing things like throwing out an emergency blocker, or there are cases where you want to play this satyr at the end of your opponent’s turn after a board wipe.

Nonetheless, the main attraction of Boon Satyr is how it is easily the strongest bestow-based creature you can play at the moment. Bestow itself is a nifty mechanic, but many creatures have overpriced costs and are thus difficult to play practically. Continue reading

Anime Recommendation: Zero no Tsukaima

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From Zero to Hero?
I just finished the first season of “Zero no Tsukaima” (The Familiar of Zero), and I really enjoyed it.

Synopsis: Louise is a magician at the Tristein Academy, dubbed with the nickname “Zero Louise” due to her inability to effectively use her magic properly, resulting in zero successes. An upcoming test at her academy requires her to summon a familiar, a servant and partner to support her as a magician. Despite desiring a familiar that would be superior to her constantly mocking classmates, Louise ends up summoning Hiraga Saito, your average Japanese boy. Even with Louise and Saito both unwilling to accept each other, they have no choice. Louise cannot attempt another summoning and Saito cannot return to Japan, and so their life together begins. Based on the novel by Noboru Yamaguchi.

I was actually looking for a romantic, shoujo anime to watch, and then I came across “Zero no Tsukaima” on a random list on a forum. It turns out this anime was basically a harem instead of a romantic shoujo, but I still liked it regardless. I found the characters really fun, and I am going to give this anime extra props for actually having an Asian male who hooks up with a non-Asian girl(s) (take that, society).

So yeah, this “shounen” anime is one I will consider watching further (it has three more seasons). I just found Louise and Saito so sweet together as a pair.

Fluttery Part 16

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Special thanks to Devin for making another pony drawing for Sylphie, the Butterfly Faerie.

Sylphie, the Butterfly Faerie is a custom champion for “League of Legends.” Be sure to check out her concept on the LoL Wiki.

Abide by the Vibe: To Transform

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“We all abide by the vibe we create for ourselves.”

With the right vibe, you can transform yourself.

But what will you become?

“We all abide by the vibe we create for ourselves.”



Fluttery Part 15

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Devin made an alternate outfit for Sylphie the other day in Dream Selfy, and I totally derped and forgot to post about it.

This is Sylphie, the Buttercup Mage.

Sylphie, the Butterfly Faerie is a custom champion for “League of Legends.” Be sure to check out her concept on the LoL Wiki.

Card Me: Kalonian Tusker

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In Magic: The Gathering, sometimes simple can be strong. Kalonian Tusker certainly fits this bill.

Kalonian Tusker
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Card Name: Kalonian Tusker
Mana Cost: GreenGreen
Converted Mana Cost: 2
Types: Creature — Beast
Flavor Text: “And all this time I thought we were tracking it.”—Juruk, Kalonian tracker
P/T: 3 / 3
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For two green mana, you’re getting a 3/3 creature. That’s it. No effect or anything. However, this is what makes this card so powerful.

Generally speaking, a creature should pass the “Vanilla Test” if you want to consider them for your deck. In this case, Kalonian Tusker passes this particular test with flying colors. A creature should usually get 1/1 stats for each converted mana cost value, give or take a point here and there based on any and all card effects.

You ask yourself stuff like, “Is this card good for its cost?” Or, “Are there better cards I could substitute in for the deck slot?”

Because Kalonian Tusker actually has 1/1 more worth of stats for his converted mana cost, this makes it a real bargain in terms of power. To put a 3/3 creature out on turn two just like that is quite substantial in Magic. As a result, Kalonian Tusker is an excellent card for “beatdown” strategies.

Honestly, my only real gripe with this card is I don’t really like the artwork that much. Otherwise, you can bet a play set of Kalonian Tuskers is on the agenda for just about any green player.

Card Me: Burning-Tree Emissary

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In Magic: The Gathering where a mana-based resource system exists, efficiency is your friend.

Burning-Tree Emissary gives you efficiency and then some.

Burning-Tree Emissary

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Card Name: Burning-Tree Emissary
Mana Cost: Red or GreenRed or Green
Converted Mana Cost: 2
Types: Creature — Human Shaman
Card Text: When Burning-Tree Emissary enters the battlefield, add RedGreen to your mana pool.
Flavor Text: Those who regard the Gruul as savage simpletons underestimate the subtle power of their shamans.
Watermark: Gruul
P/T: 2 / 2

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So for the converted mana cost of two, Burning-Tree Emissary has solid stats as a 2/2 creature, AND she nets you a red and green mana for coming into play. This extra mana is extremely substantial.

For instance, at just turn two on the play, you could potentially call out FOUR Burning-Tree Emissary cards back-to-back with enough mana to use up the remaining cards in your hand as well. This is why Burning-Tree Emissary is used in speedy decks where it is all about blitzing your opponent as soon as possible. She grants you the means to dump the cards from your hand into play while still being useful as a 2/2 creature.

I just love this card a lot.

Card Me: Harpie Channeler

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Harpie Channeler.

Harpie Channeler is a powerful card, and she makes the Harpies archetype viable.

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Harpie Channeler
You can discard 1 “Harpie” card; Special Summon 1 “Harpie” monster from your Deck in face-up Defense Position, except “Harpie Channeler”. You can only use this effect of “Harpie Channeler” once per turn. While you control a Dragon-Type monster, this card’s Level becomes 7. This card’s name becomes “Harpie Lady” while it is on the field or in the Graveyard.
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Harpie Channeler’s best maneuver is being able to form Rank 7 Xyz monsters easily.
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Anime Recommendation: The Legend of the Legendary Heroes

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English Translation of Lyrics by Deciphered Melody
Tired of sleeping, I lost sight of you
And now I want to shatter everything

If I don’t want to hear words of hope
Then even my life will listlessly waste away

My emotions cuddle close to a faint light
It’s loneliness …
Will I even get to see tomorrow?

Tell me … that there is a love binding us together
And I’ll stand up against the despair I’ve called forth
Even the consciousness of people born and destroyed choose the future and show its key

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Legendary Indeed
Densetsu no Yuusha no Densetsu (The Legend of the Legendary Heroes) is quite the anime gem.

Synopsis: Ryner Lute is a lazy student of the Roland Empire Royal Magician’s Academy. One day, the Roland Empire goes to war against their neighboring country Estabul, and Ryner loses his classmates in the war. After the war, Ryner sets out on a journey to search the relics of a “Legendary Hero” at King Sion Astal’s command and finds out that a deadly curse is spreading throughout the continent. (Source: Wikipedia).

It’s an anime I am glad I stumbled upon. It goes beyond the normal fantasy story with a lot of substance and class, though it is extremely violent and at times disturbing (e.g. heads will roll).

Nonetheless, I love this anime’s complex plot. It has action (of the bloody and gruesome kind), comedy, touching moments, politics, warfare and so much else.

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Card Me: Gagaga Girl

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Every card game has their beloved characters, and Yu-Gi-Oh! has many such characters to its name. One iconic card for the newer Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL series is Gagaga Girl. “Gagaga” references the 我 kanji, which is used to indicate physical impact in Japanese manga/comics (e.g. like a POW sound effect).

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Gagaga Girl
You can target 1 “Gagaga Magician” you control; this card’s Level becomes the Level of that monster. An Xyz Monster that was Summoned using only this card and other “Gagaga” monsters as Xyz Material gains this effect.
● When it is Xyz Summoned: You can target 1 Special Summoned monster your opponent controls; its ATK becomes 0.

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