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J.J. Abrams Unveils Star Wars Episode VII X-Wing

It’s no secret that Battleground Games & Hobbies owner Derek Lloyd and I are HUGE Star Wars fans. So, while this deviates from the content you’re use to here at Battlegroundgames.com, check this out:

 

 

 

 

 

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Tempo-Twin for Grand Prix Boston-Worcester

Greetings Magic the Gathering fans. This is my first actual article for Battlegroundgames.com and in it, I’m excited to be writing about the ever-evolving Modern format — a format I use to very much dislike. Thankfully, I found an archetype I can get behind and now fully support this really interesting format. Can you guess what it is?

 

 

Yup, that’s the one – Splinter Twin; the Blue-Red Tempo version, to be exact. There’s nothing more exciting that creating four-billion 2/1 or 1/4 creatures! This will be my weapon of choice for Grand Prix Boston-Worcester 2014 tomorrow morning.

 

The deck plays essentially like a control deck with a combo finish, utilizing the Splinter Twin (or Kiki-Jiki) plus Deceiver Exarch or Pestermite combo in order to make an infinite amount of token creatures. Here is the final decklist and sideboard:

 

Land:

5 Island

1 Mountain

4 Scalding Tarn

4 Misty Rainforest

1 Desolate Lighthouse

1 Stomping Ground

4 Steam Vents

3 Sulfur Falls

 

Creatures:

4 Deceiver Exarch

2 Pestermite

1 Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker

4 Snapcaster Mage

2 Vendilion Clique

1 Spellskite

 

Spells:

4 Splinter Twin

2 Electrolyze

2 Flame Slash

4 Lightning Bolt

1 Dispel

2 Cryptic Command

4 Remand

4 Serum Visions

 

Sideboard:

2 Anger of the Gods

2 Blood Moon

2 Ancient Grudge

2 Keranos, God of Storms

1 Counterflux

1 Negate

1 Echoing Truth

1 Dispel

1 Batterskull

1 Vedalken Shackles

1 Spellskite

 

Essentially, a fairly standard list, all things considered. When compared to most other versions out there, I have an extra Steam Vents (for the Vedalken Shackles in the sideboard); only one Spellskite; an additional Electrolyze; and no Peek/Gitaxian Probe. Spellskite seems to be increasingly mitigated of late as a lot of matchups are increasingly prepared for this card. However, having an 0/4 blocker can be useful and it’s redirect ability is still randomly useful and has a wide range of applications. Electrolyze has been amazing lately and I play the deck as a control deck that wins with a combo;  Electrolyze helps with that goal. Finally, Peek/Probe felt far too low impact and often times, regardless of knowing my opponent’s hand, my lines of play were the same regardless.

 

Why Splinter Twin?

 

This goes back to Grand Prix Richmond 2013. After the banning of Deathrite Shaman, I immediately gravitated toward the Blue-White-Red Control deck that Shaun McLaren won Pro Tour Born of the Gods with. I’m a control player at heart and this deck felt perfect to me. Despite this, I put up a very disappointing 2-1-2 record and dropped, disappointed. What happened? The metagame had shifted; Lightning Helix just wasn’t cutting it and the deck has an awful lot of trouble actually finishing a game (hence the draws). So, I went back to the drawing board.

 

 

Never underestimate this little guy.

 

I knew I wanted to play something powerful, especially given the amount of combo decks in the format. I owned all the cards for Splinter Twin and I played the deck when it was Standard-legal. With that, I didn’t see that I had any other choice; Splinter Twin it is.

 

Ultimately – aside from card availability and basic familiarity – I chose the deck because it’s inherently powerful, consistent, and has positive match ups against the other combo decks (though Scapeshift is a bit closer) and Affinity. Furthermore, the mana is solid and allows for the use of Blood Moon (a very powerful trump in a lot of matchups, especially the Jund/Junk/Rock decks). I briefly tried the Tarmo-Twin deck popularized by German professional Magic player Patrick Dickmann, but I hate losing to my mana base, despite gaining some powerful cards and – I think – a better sideboard. Overall, consistency goes a long way to generating wins, especially in long tournaments.

 

Fin

I’m excited to be doing battle with Splinter Twin and very much looking forward to the Grand Prix. I’ve put a lot of practice into the deck, so I feel confident for big things. Wish me luck and look forward to an after-action report following the Grand Prix! If you’re in attendance, please say hello!

 

About the Author

Chris Alexander is the Online Store Manager for Battleground Games & Hobbies. He has a vast amount of experience in the industry having stints with other major internet companies. He is a lover of games and Islands. He dislikes Mountains and anything associated with them except for Splinter Twin. When he is not playing “Magic: The Gathering” or board games, he can be found with his two loving dogs; typically cleaning after them.

 

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About Battleground Games & Hobbies

Battleground is one of New England’s premier game stores with two convenient locations. We are fully stocked in all the major product lines for the serious gamer and we specialize in card games, board games, miniature games and role-playing games. Our deep stock, great events and friendly, knowledgeable staff make Battleground the top choice for your one-stop, friendly local game store!
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Battleground Games & Hobbies

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781.261.9669
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Battleground Games & Hobbies

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Plainville MA, 02762
508.316.1195
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Geek & Sundry Announces Crowdfunding For S3 of Tabletop

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The second International Tabletop Day, a special event that Battleground Games & Hobbies is happy and thankful to be a part of, has come and gone. At the conclusion, Geek & Sundry announced a crowdfunding campaign on Indigogo.com to fund the third season of their hit series TableTop. The campaign, which began on Saturday – International Tabletop Day – has a base target of $500,000 to fund a total of 15 episodes; $750,000 for 20 episodes; and if funding hits $1 million, the promise of a new show featuring Wil Wheaton playing a season-long role-playing game (RPG).

 

Google funded the first two seasons of TableTop, part of Felicia Day’s Geek and Sundry channel, as part of a major program to expand original programming on the site.

 

 

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International TableTop Day – THIS Weekend!

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International TableTop Day returns to Battleground Games & Hobbies TOMORROW, Saturday, April 5th, 2014! International TableTop Day is a celebration for all the fans of tabletop gaming. A single day where the whole world is brought together in a common purpose of spending time together and having fun. We hope you find the resources you need — to connect new fans to experienced group organizers, retailers with their community, and publishers with the international community — all at Battleground Games & Hobbies!

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So join us TOMORROW for  a day full of amazing gaming action. We’ll have everything from board gaming, miniature gaming, card gaming and so much more! This special event to celebrate gaming isn’t to be missed. Join us!

 

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Winner’s Circle – Weekend of Mar 21 Event Champions

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Congratulations to this week’s Friday Night Magic winners at both Battleground Games & Hobbies locations in Abington, MA and Plainville, MA. This week, FNM featured the Standard format with top finishers not only receiving store credit prizes, but likewise an exclusive promo foil Elvish Mystic! This week, we’re adding winners of our Saturday Yu-Gi-Oh event at Battleground Games & Hobbies in Plainville, MA  into the mix from now on. Check it out below! Now, let’s check out last week’s winner’s:

 

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Modern – Start time: 7:30 PM

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Theros/Theros/Born of the Gods Booster Draft Pod One – Start time: 7:30 PM

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Theros/Theros/Born of the Gods Booster Draft Pod Two – Start time: 7:30 PM

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Standard FNM – Start time: 7:30 PM

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Modern – Start time: Saturday 7:15 PM

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Congratulations to the top finishers of each event. In addition, on behalf of the staff here at Battleground Games & Hobbies, we would like to thank everyone that attended our  events. We greatly appreciate you choosing to hang out with us and look forward to seeing you again in the future!

 

To learn more about our events at either of our conveniently located brick-and-mortar stores and see why Magic, Pokemon and Yu-Gi-Oh players alike enjoy our weekly event offerings at Battleground Games & Hobbies, please click here. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us – we’re happy to help!

 

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Grand Prix Richmond ‘Crackgate’ Originator Identified and Interviewed!

 

The plot simply continues to thicken. Professional Magic the Gathering player Matthew Sperling posted recently on his blog an in-depth interview with the individual responsible for what is now known as the ‘crackgate’ scandal (see post “Wizards of the Coast Responds to ‘Crackgate’ Scandal”). The individual, identified as Sid Blair, took photos of numerous unidentified gamer’s rear-ends at Grand Prix Richmond 2014 and then posted the photos to Reddit, as a joke.

 

During the interview, Mr. Sperling asks Mr. Blair the motivation behind the photos:

 

“My goal was to make myself and my friends laugh. We have an odd sense of humor and find this sort of thing funny. I decided to post the pictures I took the day after I got back. I figured a few people would think it was funny, and the rest of the world would think I was really weird. I kept it anonymous and never intended to shame, bully or harass anyone.”

 

You can read the interview with Mr. Blair in it’s entirety here.

 

What do you think? Harmless fun or malicious intent? Let us know in the comments below!

 

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