Mike

Mike!

Mike first learned the game from his good friend Gabe around the time of the release of Ice Age. The strong, evocative flavor of the cards (especially several from Fallen Empires, believe it or not) and the depth of strategy (and fun!) in the gameplay got him irreversibly hooked, and he’s been playing continuously ever since.

His role as the “rules guy” started very early on, developing an interest in being able to play the game as well as possible within the realm of what the rules allowed. Though he and Gabe only started with an incomplete recollection of what Gabe had learned from an older kid, a Revised-edition rulebook, and the logical prowess of a couple of 10-year olds, it turned out they weren’t all that far off. When the wonders of the internet were opened to them, Mike was able to study the Comprehensive Rules when it was still less than 50 pages long, and made sure to keep up with it as best he could. Currently, he’s an official DCI-certified Rules Advisor, and is more than happy to help people come to a better understanding of the game whenever he can. If you see someone in our forums with the handle “Rhadamanthus” giving advice and answering questions, that’s him.

Playing with and learning from other players his own age almost exclusively during those first several years had a lasting impact on Mike’s deckbuilding strategies. His choices of cards and themes are still very strongly influenced by the general philosophy (first learned from Gabe) of “not every card is good, but pretty much any card can be made good”, sometimes at the expense of using “better” cards or making a “stronger” deck. With all those kids also looking to get an edge by trying things none of the others had ever thought about before, there’s also a strong rogue streak in Mike’s thinking, especially when it comes to competitive formats. Though he definitely hasn’t won as many games over the years as he would have by building and playing in a more conventional manner, he wouldn’t trade the fun of those games for anything.

Mike’s SCG IQ Top 8 Maze’s End Deck

Maze's End
Brian and I went to a StarCityGames Invitational Qualifier last weekend (02-15-2014).  You heard Brian talk about his deck on Episode 312 (hopefully his decklist will make it to the site soon enough), but my own deck was just casually mentioned.  Since I ended up making Top 8, Chewie had me write up the decklist and some quick comments to highlight a few recent changes, important cards, and how I did at the event.  You can find those comments at the bottom of the decklist, given below:

 

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Everything Old is New Again – Slivers in M14

New Slivers

Considering the fact you’re reading about Magic: The Gathering on the internet, you’re probably already aware of a very interesting bit of news about the upcoming M14 Core Set.  The storied tribe of Slivers is back in the game with brand new cards, an updated design philosophy, and revamped art and style guidelines.  As with any New Thing referencing an Old Thing the news has inspired tons of conversation since first being announced, and it’s easy to find vivid and vocal opinions across the entire spectrum, from “Hooray, Slivers forever!” to “BOOO!  LAME!”

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Mike’s Mimeoplasm CMDR Deck

The Mimeoplasm

Untold thousands of years ago, Chewie talked me into filming a marathon session of videos for the CMDR Decks channel, and we sent them over to be placed in the queue for future release.  Presumably you’ve already seen Dakkon Blackblade, Fumiko the Lowblood, and Scion of the Ur-Dragon (check them out, if not), but this one is the long-lost final episode from that session:  The Mimeoplasm.  Note that I go and make tweaks to my decks fairly often, and this video has been in the can for a while, so several details just aren’t accurate anymore.  You can look it up on TappedOut to see the up-to-the-minute current list.  As always, let me know what you think in the comments here, or in the comments section on YouTube if you feel so inclined.  To be honest, there’s no guarantee I’ll read the YouTube comments, as I do my best to avoid reading any YouTube comments as a general rule (that stuff will rot your brain).  Recording all these videos was a lot of fun, and I want to thank Uriah Oxford (@CMDRDecks) and Gathering Magic for featuring them on the CMDR Decks channel.

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Mike’s Scion of the Ur-Dragon CMDR Decks Video

Scion of the Ur-Dragon

Several months ago, Chewie talked me into filming a marathon session of videos for the CMDR Decks channel, and we sent them over to be placed in the queue for future release.  Presumably you’ve already seen the Dakkon Blackblade video and the Fumiko the Lowblood video (check them out, if not), but this one is the very first Commander deck I ever built:  my Scion of the Ur-Dragon deck.  Note that I go and make tweaks to my decks fairly often, especially if I get to thinking about them for some reason, so some of the details aren’t really accurate anymore.  You can look it up on TappedOut to see the up-to-the-minute current list.  As always, let me know what you think in the comments here, or in the comments section on YouTube if you feel so inclined.  To be honest, there’s no guarantee I’ll read the YouTube comments, as I do my best to avoid reading any YouTube comments as a general rule (that stuff will rot your brain).  Recording all these videos was a lot of fun, and I want to thank Uriah Oxford (@CMDRDecks) and Gathering Magic for featuring them on the CMDR Decks channel.

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Mike’s Fumiko CMDR Decks Video

Fumiko the Lowblood

A few months ago, Chewie talked me into filming a marathon session of videos for the CMDR Decks channel, and we sent them over to be placed in the queue for future release.  Presumably you’ve already seen the Dakkon Blackblade video (check it out, if not), and the second one is the second Commander deck I ever built:  my Fumiko the Lowblood deck.  Note that I go and make tweaks to my decks fairly often, especially if I get to thinking about them for some reason, so some of the details aren’t exactly accurate anymore.  You can look it up on TappedOut to see the up-to-the-minute current list.  As always, let me know what you think in the comments here, or in the comments section on YouTube if you feel so inclined.  To be honest, there’s no guarantee I’ll read the YouTube comments, as I do my best to avoid reading any YouTube comments as a general rule (that stuff will rot your brain).  Recording all these videos was a lot of fun, and I want to thank Uriah Oxford and Gathering Magic for featuring them on the CMDR Decks channel.

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