Magic: the Gathering

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So I was reading some of the scripts in Mad Ambition when I came across the name Casmir. That got me thinking about the character Kasimir from the Legends Cycle Two Books.

So now I'm asking a few questions.

1) Do you play Magic: the Gathering? If so, do you have one or more accounts on their boards? What are they?

2) Did TM use that character for inspiration?

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1) I used to play (the card version), though not anymore. And no to boards.

2) I seriously doubt it.

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Casimir is not an entirely uncommon name. There was a moderately famous physicist who went by that name, for example.

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It seems that one Casimir Pulaski is celebrated as the Father of the American Cavalry. A somehow disquieting title.

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1) a long while back

2) no.

It is the same for a lot of people. The masses of new decks that started coming out from way back in 2000 or so, just about anything past Tempest, was just overpowered, weird, and ruined the game for a lot of people.

I didnt play it a lot, but i had friends who did. It was really interesting, but was spoiled by lots and lots of stupid new powerful decks. Oldschool MTG is by far the best.

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Huh. I have never come across the name anywhere except in the storyline books of Magic: the Gathering. And Mad Ambition, of course. Maybe it's a non-American thing. Or maybe I just don't interact with the sort of person whose name is Casmir/Kasmir/Kasimir/Casimir.

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EDIT: Misread.

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[ Thursday, June 09, 2005 20:37: Message edited by: Kelandon ]

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Oh man. I stopped playing that game back in 1996, and good riddance. It was a total money sink, and essentially amounted to dorkiness at its most glorified level. Anyone is welcome to pwn me in Magic, anytime.

[ Friday, June 10, 2005 04:48: Message edited by: Andrew Miller ]
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I used to play alot of M:TG, back in the day. I could make an 80-100 card deck using every single colour, that could beat pretty much any tactic. Took me months to put together. Black and green always used to be a pretty powerful combination, but I much preferred white/blue.

To be perfectly honest, though, I've not played in the last two years. I used to have an account on the boards, but if it still exists, then the sign-in and password are lost to the ages.

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I found a forty card deck was the way to go - you'd have a higher probability of getting the cards you'd need to execute whichever gimmick you could afford.

For me, it was a black deck with Dark Rituals (Instant, spend one black mana to gain three black mana), Sengir Vampires (two black three colorless, 4/4, flying, some other perk), and Hypnotic Spectres (two black one colorless, 2/2, flying, every hit on opponent causes opponent to discard one random card from his hand to the graveyard). If I lucked out and got two dark rituals in my hand the first round, I could have the vampire out immediately, and that could end the game pretty quickly. Two hypnotic spectres early on would also eliminate options for the opponent pretty quickly too.

Of course, this method has probably been completely invalidated by now. The fact that I remember even this much is discouraging. :)
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Except that deck is illegal on two counts. 1) Dark Ritual is banned, and 2) a M:TG deck must be at least 60 cards.

I used to play. I don't anymore though. I think Treefolk are awesome though. I had a treefolk/saproling deck. I once did 86 damage to an opponent with that deck. It featured Nemata Grove Guardian and Verdeloth The Ancient.

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Ah, but back in the day (meaning ten years ago) you could have a forty card deck, no more than four of any card, and dark ritual was legit. The most valued card at that time was the black lotus.

Funny they'd make a card that they'd later ban.

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Black lotus is still the most valued card. As for banned cards, in general nobody complains if you use them in decks that aren't for tournaments.

They even banned this: Vault of Whispers

I'd be surprised if an 80-card 5-colour thing could beat almost anything.

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Nettling Imp/Royal Assassin and Nettling Imp/Sorcerous Queen-to-feed-the-Sengir-vampire were also fun tactics.

Of course, if anyone got the circle of protection: black out, I was hosed. But that's just the way it went, and was why I'd include a couple artifact creatures in my deck, on the off-chance I'd be able to spare myself.

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No, I haven't even watched a game.

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The only time I ever saw people with Magic cards was once during or just before when I was in kindergarten I saw a kid with a deck of magic cards, and in about second grade on the bus another kid gave me one (some minor card) when he found out it was my birthday. I was probably too young to like it during the time period that it had any popularity at all.

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used to play, its an expensive hobby...i read the books now. no i dont have an account on thier boards...

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I played a very little bit, but I didn't want to spend much money on it, so it never became a major hobby. Gave up about 3 years ago. My friends played it rather more and I believe a couple of them still go to the occasional sealed-deck tournament, but other than that they've given up.

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I used to play it all the time, back before it started sucking. I remember the classic reoccurring nightmare deck. A Blue Whale coupled with an Angelic Chorus, Reoccurring Nightmare, and an Urza's Dragoons was unstoppable.

Blue Whale: 7/7 3 colorless 4 blue (I think) when it comes into play you untap 7 mana
Angelic Chorus: white global enchantment, when you bring a creature into play, you gain life equal to it's toughness
Reoccurring Nightmare: black global enchantment, 2 colorless, 1 black mana, return it to your hand to switch a creature in play with one in your graveyard
Urza's Dragoons: white 2/5 creature give's you five health when it comes into play

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Black Lotus, Mox Emerald, Mox Jet, Mox Pearl, Mox Ruby, and Mox Sapphire are restricted in Type 1 (Vintage) games and banned in Type 1.5 (Legacy) games, for much the same reason Dark Ritual is banned in Type 2 (Extended) games. Unusually, Dark Ritual is neither banned nor restricted in Vintage or Legacy games.
I've never played enough to encounter this, but during the Nemesis expansion, there was a card called Lin Sivvi, Defiant Hero that was banned. In the Nemesis expansion were Rebel creature cards. Many of these cards had abilities like "(W)(some small number of colorless),(tap): Search your library for a Rebel card with converted mana cost (same small number of colorless) or less and put it into play, then shuffle your library." This led to Rebel decks that focused on getting out lots of Rebel cards quickly. Lin Sivvi, however, was a Rebel Legend creature card with two abilities: (X),(tap): Search your library for a Rebel card with converted mana cost X or less and put it into play, then shuffle your deck." and "(3): Put target Rebel card from the bottom of your deck on the bottom of your library." The card was so unbelievably powerful that it got to the point where the entire game depended on getting Lin Sivvi into play first.

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I never used the cards, but I did, however, play the old 4th edition computer game version of it - it's the best card game translation to a computer game I've ever seen.

There were several ways to kill almost anything with a deck of any colour in that game, but I particularly liked a red/green deck with a combination of Mana Flare (3 red 1 colourless, enchantment, every land produces an extra mana of the same type), Firebreathing(1 red, creature enchantement, 1 red to give enchanted creature +1/+0), Lure (cant remember the cost, but it's a creature enchantment that made all creatures able to block enchanted creature do so), and Thicket Basilisk (can't remeber cost again, but it was 2/4 green creature that stoned anything it blocked or was blocked by.)

What you did was you played Mana Flare as fast as you could, then tried to get out a Thicket Basilisk and some other creature, cast lure on the basilisk and firebreathing on the other creature, and attack with both, pump up the other creature with firebreathing with all your mana, and let the basilisk kill your opponent's entire army.

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I remember Mana Flare. That was a cool card. Then there was Extinction (black sorcery declare a creature type, bury all creatures of that type). I liked Angelic Chorus and Serra Avatar (creature with str. and toughness equal to your health when it's summoned, if it goes to the graveyard you automatically reshuffle it into your deck). Bring out Angelic Chorus, then Serra Avatar, and your health is instantly doubled.

Personally, I preferred a Black/White combo deck. With black you got lots of instant death cards and Spirit of the Night (7/6 flying black creature, protection from black), with white you got all the healing and damage prevention cards, along with the Disenchant card.

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