Brawl of the Week: Blood Magic – Standard

This week’s Tavern Brawl is probably one you either love or hate: Blood Magic – Standard. I kind of got anxiety on Wednesday when it was open. I remember it being a bit of a pain. I know there are people out there who have some absolutely nasty One Turn Kills. Heck, I almost was victim of that.

I picked the mage, because I am silly. While loading up on spells is cool, it also means EVERY spell you cast is going to cost health. I kind of forgot about that little nugget when I was loading up my deck with SPELLS! I somehow thought it only costed health if you didn’t have the mana to cover it. No. Not how it works.

My opponent played a minion, then a card that recruited minions, then some buffs. Got their health all the way down to 10, which I was over the moon about. Since I had a Pyroblast handy. The bugger played a card that made my spells cost 5 more on my next turn, which means 5 more health. I had 15; the Pyroblast cost 15. Lucky again, I had a Tiny Sorcerer as well. Which made my Pyroblast only cost 14 health. Boom! I win!

So go on and get in there. Get lucky, or craft a silly good deck, and wreck some face! Get your free pack. I will see you next week!

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Brawl of the Week: A Less Friendly Game of Chess

This week’s Tavern Brawl is a new spin on one we have had before: A Less Friendly Game of Chess. It’s the Chess brawl, plus you get to pick 6 cards. This ended up harder for me than I thought. I had no success yesterday, and had little time and patience for it.

I had some ideas for a Warlock deck, but after a couple beat-downs, I had to change tactics, and decks.

It looked good to me!

Tried the mage, and then the paladin. Eventually, the only way I could win was having my opponent go “AFK” (probably lost connection). I’ll take it any way I can get it. This brawl was annoying to begin with, and I think they found a way to improve on it.

So get on in there and grab that free pack. I will see you next week (4th of July might delay my post, and or the brawl itself!)

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Brawl of the Week: Shadow Reflections

This week’s Tavern Brawl: Shadow Reflection is a brand new brawl (or we had it and somehow I do not recall). Build a deck of any size, and they will fill it with “Shadow Reflection” cards, which copies the last card you played*.

I misunderstood, and thought it filled your entire deck with the same card. So naturally, I built a priest deck full of Mind Blasts. I’m a jerk like that. Of course, that didn’t work, and on round 2, I had nothing but Shadow Reflections.

I didn’t have the mental energy to deal with this on Wednesday, so I tried again. This time, I made a proper deck, and left I think 5 open cards for Shadow Reflections. You can really make some nasty decks if you put the time into it.

So, I got lucky and got a card on the board I could exploit. I’m sure my opponent was thoroughly ticked off when pumped up my turtle dude to 24/24. Anyways, game over. As much as this brawl has endless possibilities, I doubt I will play it much. We’ll see.

You get in there, and get that free pack. As always, I will see you next week!

*What they don’t tell you is, it goes away after your turn is over. So keep that in mind 😉

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Brawl of the Week: Randomonium (again)

OK, so we have had this week’s Tavern Brawl a lot. Second to the Crossroads I think. Anyways, you pick a class and get a random deck full of spells and minions. Each round the mana value for the cards changes. Hence, Randomonium. This battle is spectacularly random. Take that for what it’s worth.

I pick the mage. You know I do. I even stuck with it after my first match goes pear-shaped. It looked good out of the gate. I had a nice mix of cards, got something on the board.

At one point it was real lopsided. Then they play a spell (forgot what it was, but it took out 2 minions.

Second match went much better. Totally one-sided, in my favor. Which, is how most of these battles shake out. This is one of those “one and done” brawls for me. I get my freebee and go on with my day.

So have fun, get your pack, maybe have some more fun. See you next week!

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All Time favorite player: “each sport”

This tweet came across my feed, and I thought it was a neat thing to discuss. Why not make it a blog post, ’cause you know I like to talk sports? So here we go!

In case you all don’t know, John Buffone is a nephew of former Bears linebacker, radio personality, and beautiful human–Doug Buffone.

NBA– Michael Jordan. Boring answer perhaps. Best player in his era, among probably the most talented era in NBA basketball. Which is why Kobe Bryant was probably my second favorite NBA player. Until his personal issues bled into the NBA. Still doesn’t diminish what he has done as a player.

NFL– Walter Payton, but Barry Sanders is a close, close second. Walter Payton was what every kid around my day wanted to grow up to be. Barry Sanders was like watching a great painter paint. The way he ran, turned direction, cut, spun, got out of tackles–you could only dream up stuff like that. That is talent you are born with. I don’t know that any player in the Super Bowl era got more out of their talent than Walter Payton though. Wasn’t the fastest, biggest, or strongest (thought he was one of the toughest), but he had great body control, vision, and patience. Just as soon run you over as run past you, stiff arm you, stop and start. That was just the beginning. He could punt, throw a touchdown, catch, block, or play on special teams.

NCAA Football– Shaun Alexander. I was fortunate enough to watch many games/highlights of him throughout his college career. Reminded me a lot of Walter Payton. Alexander might have been a tick faster. He carved his way through teams, week in and week out, stacking up yards, and touchdowns. He was just as fun to watch in his NFL career.

NCAA Basketball– Tim Duncan. For me, Tim Duncan was a throwback player. He was a big man who could shoot, or just make a power move to the hoop. Played hard defense, and was a generational player.

MLB– Ken Griffey Junior. I used to play this computer simulation called Strat-o-matic baseball. We only used NL players though. So naturally I was thrilled when Griffey signed with the Cincinnati Reds. He wasn’t the same player as he was back in Seattle, swatting majestic home runs, and robbing players of hits in center field, but he still had that swing. One of the most beautiful swings of his day. He also played every game with that childlike smile, which was almost more of a trademark than his game play.

NHL– Patrick Kane. I’m going new school, mainly because Blackhawks games were not on TV when I was growing up. I used to follow them in the papers, and when they made it to the playoffs (and I was old enough) I would go to the bar to watch them play. I almost said Steve Larmer, and Ed Belfour is in the conversation. I also thought about Artemi Panarin, who might be my 2nd favorite player. Patrick Kane has gone through a lot in his career. His best seasons might have been the two he played with Panarin. I still can’t believe those teams didn’t win a cup. No one has the “handles” that Kane does, or the vision, and ability to pass the puck. Not that great on defense, but he pitches in for timely defense.

Boxing: Evander Holyfield. Not a huge boxing fan. I do respect the sport. We don’t have guys like Mike Tyson, Holyfield, Sugar Ray Leonard, George Frazier, or Muhammad Ali. Boxing is just a shell of what it used to be. Holyfield might have been the last of his kind. He had an impressive list of wins in his day. He was professional. I would have loved to see Ali and Frazier fight in their prime.

Wrestling: Andre the Giant. As a “bad guy”, he was a formidable opponent, but when he switched over to join Hulk Hogan as a “good guy”, that was the bees knees. I mean, for the short time I watched wrestling for what it was (pure entertainment), it was glorious. There was only one Hulk Hogan, but there was also only one giant. Then of course, him being in one of my favorite movies of all time: The Princess Bride–that seals the deal.

This has been a fantastic list to share, and write about. I hope you do your own list and pass it on. Feel free to put it in the comments below.


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Brawl of the Week: Gone Fishin’

This week’s Tavern Brawl is a brand spankin’ new one: Gone Fishin’- Simply make a deck of 20 minions, and you will get 10 class spells. You also get a “weapon” which is a 0/1 fishing pole that summons a random minion from your opponents deck.

I think I read that wrong at first, because it said “fish”, I assumed it meant put into your hand. This is a big detail. Especially since I filled my deck with a few low cost minions, and the rest were 5-mana or more. I figured that would bog them down. When they are summoned automatically, not so much. Needless to say that deck failed hard.

So my next attempt was a little better. Went with the mage again. This brawl is random enough to be frustrating. I’m sure people will be coming up with some nasty decks as the day rolls on.

I got really lucky summoning a Lich King in another match. However, my opponent easily cleared him before I could attack.

My luck would hold up though, as I continued to draw some decent minions from my buddy. It really comes down to that. So, do you put good minions in your deck, or try to sabotage? BattleCry minions that only help when played (vs summoned) might a way to go. I got my win, and I’m not sure how much more I will play this.

Go on, get in there, and get that free pack. I will see you next week. Have fun!

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Brawl of the Week: Cloneball! (again)

This week’s Tavern Brawl is one we have had a couple times: Cloneball! Your deck is filled with random Legendaries, which have 4 copies of them. Kind of. I am no math expert, but 4 x 7 = 28, and there are 30 cards in a deck, so…anyways.

I picked the mage because I need some instant gratification in my life. Of course that means I will lose horribly.

Even though my opponent ridiculously had Patches (which is cruel and unusual), I had no real counter for it, save using my hero power. I got pummeled early on, as my deck betrayed me a little. It didn’t get much better. In fact it got worse.

Round 2 was much better. So much better that my opponent opted out fairly early. I probably would have too. This is how this brawl goes though. Terribly one-sided. Fun to be able to play a bunch of legendaries. Especially when you don’t have a large library to draw from.

So get on in there and have a blast! Pick up that free pack. See you back here next week!

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