By October 7, 2008

Magic the Gathering: Shards of Alara release weekend report

After a nearly ten year hiatus, I started playing Magic the Gathering again last December. Magic is played with special cards that do different things. Some cards are critters you can use to attack your opponent. Some cards are spells. Some are artifacts that do nifty things. Cards come out in sets of varying sizes about every three months.

I disliked the last two sets immensely. I stopped playing altogether when the last set came out. That meant I wasn’t at the comic book shop where I’ve spent most of my Friday nights since December. I made a lot of friends there, and missed them. When the latest set came out this weekend I was hopeful that I would like the set enough to start playing again.

Luckily for me, the Shards of Alara set is mostly straight up aggression. Compared to the last two sets, the cards aren’t very complex. The set is also low on tricks and techniques that can rapidly change the pace of the game. I don’t like sneaking around, I prefer to punch people in the face. I don’t mind if I get beaten by a handful of big-ass creatures, but absolutely HATE being killed by one augmented, tricky creature or effect.

I played in the set release tournament on Sunday. There were twenty-four people there, many of which were familiar, friendly faces. There were some new faces, too, which makes me happy. I was nervous about playing at the comic book store when I started up again, and the crowd made me feel welcome. It’s nice to see that tradition has continued.

I won’t bore you with the play-by-play, but I wound up placing in the top four and winning goodies. The important part, as far as my Magic “career” is concerned, that this set seems to gel with my personality and playstyle. I am not sure how the rest of the set’s “season” is going to pan out, but I’ve enjoyed myself enough to continue playing the next three months.

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  1. Tommy says:

    We missed you too!