Hour of my Favorite Card: Crested Sunmare, Mystic Myriarch, or Uncage the Menagerie?

Nicol Bolas, God-Pharaoh…

Nicol Bolas, God-Pharaoh

Okay, not really. It’s a sweet card and it won me a few drafts 2 weekends ago but not my favorite. Some other really sweet cards that don’t quite make it to my favorite are as follows…

Majestic Myriarch

Majestic Myriarch is just one of those cards that is screaming for a spot in some token deck. I’m thinking a thopter token deck so Myriarch comes in with flying. Bomat Courier and thopters… flying and haste… idk man. There is a lot of easy spots to slip this in. The reason it’s not my favorite is because if you’re behind in a game, this card is useless.

Crested Sunmare

Crested Sunmare! This is quite the horse, eh?

“Other horses you control have indestructible.” Well that’s pointless…

“At the beginning of each end step, if you gained life this turn, create a 5/5 white horse creature token.” Oh that makes more sense.

Now if you want to get really fancy…

Mirage Mirror

Throw Mirage Mirror out a turn or two before Crested Sunmare. Whenever you gain life or expect Crested Sunmare to be destroyed. Copy and give both pieces indestructible and get two 5/5 horses on the end step.

My Favorite Card in Hour of Devastation is…
Uncage the Menagerie

Uncage the Menagerie

This card is so neat! Here are a few combos you can do!

Ethersworn Canonist & Tarmagoyf
Devoted Druid & Vizier of Remedies
Archbound Ravager & Atog
Apocolypse Hydra & Hooded Hydra

Etched Champion & Chief of the Foundry & Metalworker
Diregraf Colossus & Ammit Eternal & Lord of the Accursed (Zombie Standard B/G)

There is literally millions of combinations for Uncage the Menagerie. Tune your EDH deck to use it and I’m sure you’ll be singing when you have an infinite amount of tokens, mana, or life. 😀

I want this card in my Atraxa deck to tutor for Devoted Druid and Vizier of Remedies for infinite mana so I can then cast Exsanguinate and lose all my friends. I’m convinced that’s why people play Atraxa, to lose friends.

Anyways what X card combos will you tutor for with Uncage the Menagerie?

My Favorite Card From Kaladesh

So Kaladesh has been out for a month now and I think I finally have my favorite card narrowed down.

Bomat Courier
Bomat Courier

This thing is cool. I really think it could make the start to any match so much better.

Let’s look at some scenario’s

Turn 1: Mountain, Bomat courier, Attack, exile a card.
Turn 2: Smuggler’s Copter, if they put something down maybe hold the attack.
Turn 3: Thraben Inspector, crew the copter and attack with both, exile a card.

At this point, if they block and will kill your Bomat Courier it’s not worth paying the one mountain to get two cards from exile. Unless you’re looking for something particular and it’s not in your hand. Maybe you’re starved for land or maybe you need a different card for your win condition.

I get this out Smuggler’s Copter and Chief of the Foundry. More often than not. Turn three I crew the Copter with the chief and swing with a 2/2 and a 4/4 flier. It’s not a good way to make friends. At this point, your Bomat might trade with something bigger than it and it will exile it’s second or third card depending on the board state.

I was playing a game last night and my opponent had a Bomat Courier and it was mid-to-late game and I was blocking his bigger creatures with a 1/4 lifelink and letting his bomat hit me. He didn’t notice that at any time he could have replenished his hand with 5 cards for one red mana and saccing a 1/1… that’s powerful! That was when I fell in love.

If you build a red deck send me a link and I hope you add the Bomat Courier. Here is the deck I’m working on.

Kickstarters and The Problem of Serial Crowdfunders.

Kickstarter is great for small companies or individuals to launch their product without huge financial risk.

What grinds my gears is when an established company crowdfunds a project when they have the resources to do it in house. I feel it takes away from the culture of people breaking out and creates noise in the kickstarter system when there is already enough of that. I follow a lot of tabletop gaming projects and I’ve seen this company do so many kickstarters that I’m not sure they know any other way to launch a product.

CoolMiniOrNot, Inc has done 24 projects each one was wildly successful and their current is poised to be their top funded project yet. Now, don’t get me wrong. I’d love to get my hands on 3–4 of their games including the one currently being funded. What I don’t like is that while they are producing tons of games and many are top 1,000 sellers on Amazon in the Games > Board Games category they still need to be kick started.

Zombicide (May 2012), Arcadia Quest (March 2014), Xenoshyft Onslaught (June 2014), and Blood Rage (March 2016) all were successfully funded with hundreds of thousands more than the goal. To me this means that they don’t need to be on Kickstarter but need to be taking pre-orders, on their site, and let crowdfunding be for the little guys.

I don’t think what CoolMiniOrNot is doing is bad but I don’t think it’s the most healthy the gaming community. I believe leaving the door open for more diverse projects to be seen without the giant shadow of an established giant is good for the consumer. I’d like to see more teams of 2–5 posting games where they really have no choice but to crowdfund for their game.

I do have a hunch that the first few games launched on kickstarter needed it. They needed funding because they were created by someone else but produced by CMON. From what I can tell the last several projects were not created by someone else but created by CMON.

I’ll be honest though I don’t know all of their financials or how their setup is. I just have a feeling a company that is working with millions of dollars on the regular should be able to leave Kickstarter to those that need kick starting. Just hire a dev to create a preorder page.