What do you do with a little weekend insomnia? Well, if you were me, you might play some Magic. Then you might also draft a deck with lots of removal and try to remove, well, pretty much everything, up to and including your opponent if need be.
I couldn’t sleep Saturday night and ended up playing some very early Magic Online. I often play on Sunday Mornings but not normally at 2:30 on Sunday Mornings. I played one draft that imploded on me. It wasn’t a good deck and then my opponent got some good draws that didn’t help anything. I was a bit disappointed so I decided to play again. My second deck came out looking like this.
As you can see it’s got removal but not much else. Personally I like decks like this. While there are obvious problems some of the most fun choices for me are those involving which removal spell to cast and when. With cards like Shriekmaw and, as soon as it makes its way online, Violet Pall a deck with “too much removal” can never get enough.
Unfortunately all the removal in the world could not do two things. One it could not win me the draft (I came in second place) and it could not remove the bad attitudes from my opponents. (Yes yes, having all your creatures blown up often causes bad attitudes and rarely “removes” them.)
I will admit that there are times that I have said “Not really…” when someone said “Good game” but I’m usually only that snarky when it really hasn’t been a good game (snarky is what I call my rats when they are being pains in the butt, rats are very intelligent and their intelligence leads them to think that they know what is best for them). For instance times when I got land screwed and they rolled over me. I know people mean it as a kindness but it just feels insulting when the game was actually quite poor.
My first opponent did the ultimate jerk move and disconnected, as he was about to lose.
I am glad to say I have never pulled something like that before. I have been a bit rude, as I mentioned, so I can’t complain too much about my second opponent. I’m not even sure what he was trying to say since the first part of it was bleeped out.
And in other news this was my opening hand for the final match of the Magic draft and yet I still lost.
Still, it was a really fun deck to play and I’m generally happy with a second place performance.
While we’re talking about removing things, it would be nice if Magic Online could remove some of the crashes and a bit of the lag, and how about part of the price for purchasing digital packs? I don’t see that last one happening any time soon but then I guess I’m still playing so why should they change it?
So what was the point of me posting any of this? Well, I guess I just wanted to say that I like removal and I don’t like jerks.
Have you faced a jerk in Magic Online? Have you, umm, been one? Let me know in the comments!