Sunday, May 31, 2020

The Spooky Bois Play - Resident Evil 3 - Part 2

Our mission in Raccoon City continues, as David and I continue to chronicle the tale of Jill Valentine and Carlos Oliveira. Last time, we managed to make it to the Kendo Gun Shop after besting the Nemesis in a rooftop confrontation. The proprietor gave us a key to the alley on the side of the store, which should hopefully get us back to the train station.

Hopefully, nothing bad happens and we escape unharmed. Then again, what could possibly go wrong.

Thursday, May 28, 2020

In League with the Legends - Scouts and Lux Karma

It's been some time, so let us take a short reprieve from Magic the Gathering: Arena to delve back into Legends of Runeterra. Since we last entered Summoner's Rift, a new nation, and a brand new set of cards, has made its way into the game and people have been playing around with them to great effect.

So of course, we have two new decks that make use of these mechanics in different ways. Sit back, relax, and join we for a few rounds.

As always, the deck lists I use are taken from MobaLytics.

Sunday, May 17, 2020

The Spooky Bois Play - Resident Evil 3 - Part 1

After my wildly successful run of Resident Evil 2's remake back in early 2019, I couldn't possibly pass up the opportunity to go do a similar playthrough for Resident Evil 3.

Thankfully, my friends David Phillips and Andre Doucet were in agreement, and together The Spooky Bois are back in town.

Special thanks to Sam Callahan for working on this thumbnail for me as well.

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Making Magic in the Arena - Jeskai Cycling

Every now and then, a deck comes to light that is so surprising in it's effectiveness that it takes seeing it in action to truly understand how powerful they can be. This is one of those types of decks.

That's right, we're staying in the bike lane with a Jeskai Cycling deck. Don't be fooled by the fact every non-land card in the main deck is either common or uncommon. In the hands of a good pilot, this deck can make miracles happen.

Allow me to demonstrate.

Decklist taken, as always, from MTGGoldfish.

Monday, May 11, 2020

Magic: The Gathering - Commander Night Playback - Choices, Both Good and Bad

Some EDH games don't take too long, only about an hour or so. Others can be marathons where the tides ebb and flow, each player taking their turn in the hot seat until someone is eventually able to establish that final lock to close out the match once and for all.

This week, my table played both of types of games last night. The first of which was the one that wrapped up quickly. I piloted a combo deck using Gyruda, Doom of Depths, and my opponents were Vial Smasher/Ikra Shidiqi (with Obosh as the companion), Jarad, Golgari Lich Lord, Mairsil the Pretender, and Mayael the Anima.

Sunday, May 10, 2020

Egg Hunt - Spyro 3: Year of the Dragon - Finale

What a bitter sweet moment this is. We have completed our long journey, starting by saving dragons imprisoned in crystal and ending by rescuing the next generation from the clutches of an evil sorceress.

And yet, this means that our time with gaming's most iconic, adorable little dragon have come to an end. Not only are we done with Year of the Dragon, but the whole Reignited Trilogy. What a ride it's been.

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Making Magic in the Arena - Lurrus Control (And I Muse About Companions)

Ikoria has proven itself to be a set of intriguing and mechanically complex new mechanics, from the new Keyword Counters to the Mutate ability many of it's non-Human creatures come equipped with.

This is the first deck we've played this season that makes use of one of the most controversial new mechanics: Companion. There are 10 creatures in Ikoria that have the companion keyword, each with their own unique condition that, when satisfied, allows us to cast them from the sideboard. However, we may only designate a single one of them as our Companion, and only a single copy of them.

The one we chose for this deck is a build-around, where most decks won't be able to neatly slot it in without preparation. That said, we don't need to warp our core strategy too great in order to take advantage of it. Yes, as the title of this post suggests, that Companion is Lurrus of the Dream Den.

Credit to MTGGoldfish for providing the deck list used in this episode.

Monday, May 4, 2020

Magic: The Gathering - Commander Night Playback - Photo Finish with Nethroi

We're back with another Commander Night Playback. And naturally, I wouldn't be coming at you with a new build than my playgroup gracious allowed me to test out.

Thanks to the combination of Ikoria and Commander 2020 coming out at the same time, my mind has been aflutter with new build ideas. In particular, I became enamored with the new legendary creatures in Abzan (White/Black/Green) colors. For this match, I brought in Nethroi, Apex of Death, with a deck focused around making the most of his mutate ability to accrue value after every one is running low of resources.

My opponents were Sygg, River Cutthroat, Lukka, Coppercoat Outcast, and Kykar, Wind's Fury. And before you ask, we do allow planeswalkers as commanders at my table. (One day, they'll just be legal, but until then I'll always be arguing in favor of them.)

Sunday, May 3, 2020

Egg Hunt - Spyro 3: Year of the Dragon - Part 5

It's time for us to leave Evening Lake, and enter the final phase of our adventure. The last hub world, Midnight Mountain, awaits us with it's vast quantities of treasure and dragon eggs.

But before we get to that, we must fight our way through another one of the Sorceress's monsters.