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About phoenexus

Phoenexus (aka Trent) has been playing games for as long as he can remember. While D&D and Magic: The Gathering have largely consumed his time since the '80s (D&D) and '90s (MtG), he is also an avid PC gamer who loves RPGs - logging, for example, 782 hours in Skyrim and thousands of hours in Eve Online. Phoenexus has recently rediscovered his love of tabletop RPGs and is currently running a self-created D&D 5E campaign focusing on an occult storyline.

Magic: the Gathering – EDH (Commander) – Heartless Hidetsugu

I love playing casual EDH (commander) with my friends, primarily because of all the janky, stupidly, amazing things you can do with the nearly unlimited pool of cards available.  Being singleton format makes this difficult – no playsets of anything … Continue reading

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Magic: the Gathering – Tiny Leaders

My group is in the process of preparing for our Gathering the Magic tournament, which is the main way we celebrate each new release – a fatpack draft event where we create 60-card decks from our boxes and smash them … Continue reading

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Magic: the Gathering weekend at the beach

We’re away at the beach and we invited friends to join us for a weekend of gaming and beach shenanigans. I won’t talk about the beach, since this blog is about gaming, but I will talk about what my group … Continue reading

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[Modern] Budget Boros (~$40 Magic: the Gathering deck)

Woah, there, wooooooah. Slow down. That’s better. Much better. Lately, I’ve been playing against a lot of fairly quick decks filled with enchantments/instants/sorceries and getting swarmed with 4/4 angels (Luminarch Ascension). While I would normally just exile or destroy the … Continue reading

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The “Turn 3” Standard

Once again I find myself turning to cheap and fun ways to annoy my friends by smashing them with very cheap decks – in this case, less than $20!!! And, if your card draw is good, and they decide not … Continue reading

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Big Fatties for casual MtG matches

One of the simplest mechanics to abuse in MtG is to ‘ramp’ mana and then start casting  huge creatures with high costs.  My partner loves this mechanic and she is currently building a hydra deck around this concept (with a … Continue reading

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Creatively constructing themed events for your Magic the Gathering tournaments

How do you cater for the casual player who just wants to play the occasional game of Magic: the Gathering with friends and isn’t interested in spending a lot of money on amassing a true treasure trove of cards? Continue reading

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Lego + Metallica

Came across a post on Wired today about Metallica’s u-turn embrace of the internet (probably because of the shining success Radiohead and NIN have had) and their new YouTube channel for fans. Contained in this post is a fantastic stop-time … Continue reading

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The Call of Cthulhu

Apparently the hugely awesome masterpiece The Call of Cthulhu came into public domain in April 2008… How could I miss it! I’m three months late! Anyway, here is a link where you can download the title in various formats: The … Continue reading

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Half-Life: Full Life Consequences

I was doing my morning reading when I came across this hilarious HL2 fan fiction 😀 (edit) after a little research I found the source! Squirrelking’s Fanfiction John Freeman who was Gordon Freemans brother was one day in an office … Continue reading

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