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March 25, 2021

Strixhaven arrives in just a few short weeks, and the hype for this set is turning the heads of collectors and casuals, EDH diehards and Standard purists. In short, it offers something for everyone, but there's no need to break your bank to find what you're looking for.

To help you prepare for the upcoming launch and navigate the selection to narrow down your hunt, here's a quick primer on Strixhaven's upcoming product line.

If you're looking to crack packs as early as possible, the following items will be available a week early (beginning April 16th), during our Prerelease extravaganza:

Set Boosters

 

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March 11, 2021

This week’s blog is a guest article from our friend and community member, Robert! Robert is a Magic and Pokemon aficionado who primarily plays Historic and Brawl on MTG Arena. This week he’s here to tell us about hitting mythic during last season’s run! Take it away Rob!

I started the climb somewhere in gold, and set off with a Sultai Ultimatum list. Emergence Ultimatum allows the player to find three unique mono-colored spells, have an opponent choose one to put back into their library, and then cast the other two.

When Kaldheim released, Vorinclex and Valki took the Ultimatum list to the next level, and raised the impact of its signature spell dramatically. Valki’s planeswalker half can be cast from the Ultimatum, which often provides--at minimum--another card draw, depending on whether Vorinclex has hit the table.

My personal additions to this mostly stock list include: some extra ramp with Explore; Necromentia in the sideboard for the mirror (don’t call the Ultimatum, call their win cons); and for the top end, Cruel Reality and Planewide Celebration.

Once I hit Diamond, I switched to my tried-and-true Simic Control! A good friend and I have been fine tuning this list for some time and it really flows with our play style (I even have the tattoo to prove it!). The list hasn’t changed much since it was first built followingthe release of Kaladesh Remastered. In fact, the only real update has been the addition of Barkchannel Pathways from Kaldheim.

Simply, the deck counters most everything until you win with sharks... or four or five Torrential Gearhulks at the end of the opponent’s turn. The sideboard provides a few more creatures and top-end answers. The trick, as with any control deck, is knowing when to counter and when to take the hits.

What are your favorite deck lists to run? Let us know! Until then, I’ll see you in the Arena.

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March 4, 2021

If you like Godzilla, thought the Pacific Rim movie was cool, or have always wanted to see giant monsters and robots duke it out on the tabletop… have I got the game for you! Monsterpocalypse (Monpoc) is a skirmish sized tabletop miniature game that puts you in control of the biggest of bads or mightiest of protectors, and has quickly become one of my all time favs!

The main goal of Monpoc is to crush your friends, their monsters, and their city. “Their city?” You ask? There are several aspects of Monpoc that really set it apart from other mini games. One of them is that every piece of terrain has purpose, and all of it can be destroyed to your benefit!

The nostalgia of this game cannot be overstated. You get to relive your favorite monsterverse or mobile suit moments, only instead of just watching, now YOU are in control of your own giant kaiju and mechs as they rampage through the city!

Monsterpocalypse also does a great job of taking a simple and easy-to-learn ruleset, and adding layers of complexity with a lot of depth to work with and explore. One game session you can mindlessly smash through buildings and cause as much mayhem as possible, and then enact careful strategy in the next! Either way, the underlying “fun” of the game shines through at all moments, and that’s not something that holds true for every tabletop system.

Monpoc offers a remarkable balance for casual and competitive players, and the community is second to none. Obviously I’m a bit biased, but our local gaming group is one of the best I have ever been a part of, and even on the larger interwebs Monpoc players are some of the more helpful and supportive you will find!

If you are looking to give the game a try, Monpoc is one of the cheapest tabletop games to buy into. Starter boxes provide everything you need to play, and run $49.99. From there you can add models to suit your taste. If you want to grab a demo or get a taste before committing, feel free to drop into our Discord and ask around! We are eager to grow the scene, and are always happy to chat and answer questions! This is just the first in a series of Monpoc related blogs I have planned, so I hope you enjoyed it and look forward to bringing you more kaiju goodness soon!

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February 25, 2021

Hey guys, Dawson here, and today I want to talk about the differences between each of the various tabletop games we carry in our shop! All carry their own strengths, weaknesses, and unique qualities, so let’s start by examining what makes each one special and how that can help us choose the best game for us!

Warhammer 40k is the undeniable most popular of the games we carry, and some of its biggest strengths lie in its size and model range. Games Workshop, the company behind both Warhammer 40k and Age of Sigmar, is arguably the best model making company in the business. With detailed and evocative models in every range, and constant updates to older models, you are guaranteed to find something that fits your aesthetic. The gothic, dystopian sci-fi setting of the game allows its designers to stretch the boundaries of what’s possible in a model kit. The size of the community means that there are always people looking for games, both casual and competitive. While 40k isn’t the most streamlined ruleset to learn, the basic rules are intuitive and straightforward, making it a great game to start your wargaming journey!

Following 40k, we have Age of Sigmar. Age of Sigmar (AOS) is the high fantasy setting to 40k’s grim sci-fi. AOS takes your standard fantasy tropes and dials them up past eleven! Dwarven dirigibles battle celestial star dragons across the skies as elven mages warp time and shift reality in their efforts to thwart daemonic hordes. In AOS, the gods themselves take to the field of battle, and the forces of death lay claim to whole realms of existence. While the ruleset is very similar to 40k, there are a few more random and narrative elements to be found. That doesn’t mean the game is all casual play, but you will typically find a less strict adherence to tournament regimen in our AOS scene.

Jumping back to beloved scifi settings, we have Star Wars: Legion. In Legion, you take part in the ground war in a galaxy far, far away, placing your favorite iconic Star Wars characters on the tabletop to duke it out to see who comes out on top! Once again, as with 40k and AOS, the core mechanics are fun and simple while offering a depth and complexity that allow for complex strategies. While no tabletop hobby is light on the wallet, Legion clocks in as one of the more affordable choices in the miniature wargaming field. Finally, movement in Legion departs from the traditional tape measure. All measurements rely on templates provided in the core set, further assisting clean gameplay and making Legion one of the easier games to pick up and play!

A relative newcomer, also coming from the Disney franchise, we have Marvel Crisis Protocol! A skirmish game that draws from the immersive Marvel comic lineage (not just the MCU!), Crisis Protocol lets you draw from your favorite heroes and villains to create the ultimate team up! The core gameplay revolves around completing mission objectives and playing for scenario. This brings a good deal of balance to combat monsters like the Hulk, who can absolutely take maximum advantage of the destructible terrain rules of the game, but may be less effective than some of the more “supportive” characters like Black Widow or Kingpin. Crisis Protocol has really taken off with the increased depth of its bench, and offers something to new and veteran Marvel fans alike!

The last of the big five tabletop wargames at the shop is Warmachine & Hordes, referred to collectively as Warmahordes. Warmahordes is a tactical wargame revolving around incredibly powerful spellcasters (called Warcasters) commanding elite units, primal warbeasts, and mechanized constructs! Each army’s Warcaster is the lynchpin of the force they command, and should they fall in battle the game immediately ends! Warmahordes offers one of the most formulaic and tightly written rulesets on the market, and was designed from the group up for competitive play. It features a unique fantasy steampunk setting, and offers an aesthetic departure from other game lines! While it can sometimes feel unforgiving, the payoff of a well-executed plan of attack will keep you coming back for more!

There is one other tabletop title I’ve left off the list, which my guy Jessie will be focusing on in detail for next week’s blog series! Hopefully this gives you a better idea of the games we offer in store, and which one might suit you best! If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to swing by the shop and chat with myself or any of our staff!

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February 18, 2021

The official release of the Digimon Trading Card Game is here! I can’t remember the last time I was this excited for a new game, and so I want to take a moment to explain why I think you should give it a look!

The Digimon TCG is built upon the Chrono Clash system. It has very simple core mechanics but offers many, many lines of play. It really piqued my interest as a Magic player, and I am really glad I took the plunge!


Instead of needing mana, every card has a Memory cost to play. To pay that cost, you move the memory marker that many steps towards your opponent. Once the marker crosses the halfway line onto your opponent’s side, your turn is over. This makes every card playable from your hand, but doing so gives your opponent more memory to play cards with as well.

Now just like in all Digimon media you can Digivolve your Digimon from one level to the next. Doing so is highly incentivized, and presents new options and strategy. When you Digivolve, not only do you draw a card for the action, the memory cost of the higher order Digimon is reduced for Digivolving on top of a lower one, and some lower level Digimon forms contribute new skills and abilities to their higher evolutions!

And that covers the core mechanics of the game! Managing the Memory system to control how much your opponent can do, and evolving your digimon into the biggest, baddest forms they can take!!

So, how do you win?! Before drawing their opening hands, each player sets aside the top 5 cards of their deck and places them face down. You must make attacks against all five of these cards (and deal with their resulting effects) before you can attack your opponent directly for the win. While it seems simple--and it is--there may be more advantageous and less direct plays, like attacking your opponents Digimon so you don’t lose the following turn!

The Digimon Card Game has been an absolute blast, and here in Las Vegas we have an amazing community on the Las Vegas Digmon TCG Facebook group. If you are ever looking for a demo please message the store and I will happily arrange one with you!!

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February 11, 2021

 Hey guys, Chris here! Today I want to talk about something that might seem intimidating from the outside, but I think is some of the most fun you can have with your hobby--I want to chat about kitbashing!

Kitbashing, or model bashing, is when you create a new model by adapting commercially available kits. Additionally, it can be used to add customization and originality to your rank and file troops. Kitbashing can be as simple as taking a head or weapon from one model and gluing it to another.

The great thing about this venture is there is no limit to how far you can go! Raid your bits boxes and take a model you feel needs an upgrade, or one you want to convert into something special. Nip off a gun and glue on a sword and you just made yourself a counts-as Emperor’s Champion! It’s that simple! Sometimes things don’t turn out the way you want them--it is okay to fail and start over. Often it’ll make you reexamine your method, think about how you want the model to look when finished, and reattack with fresh insight!

So let’s talk about what you will need to start kitbashing. A hobby knife, sprue nippers, and your favorite glue will get you pretty far. Next purchases may include a small set of hobby files, sanding sticks, fine grit emery boards, sculpting tools or dental picks, two part epoxy putty (like green stuff or miliput), brass rods, or plastic card. This is just a small, generic list of add-ons. Again, there’s really no limit to what you can try!

If you’re looking to dive in, there are a lot of talented kitbashers out there. Our Gunpla community has its fair share, and our Warhammer 40,000 and Age of Sigmar scenes have plenty of hobbyists to start you on your path! Join us for our weekly Monday hobby night, ask questions in our discord, and show off your latest project! We are always willing to help and would love to see what you create!

Until next time!

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February 4, 2021

Hey guys, remember in my previous blog where I said to expect sufficient extra value in Set Boosters to pique your interest? Well today I'm here to tell you …

… I love being right!

After opening eighteen boxes, we cracked an extra $645 just from The List, to say nothing of the additional rares and increased showcase drop rate. But don't take my word for it, let's look at the highlights!

The top end of our pulls from The List include cards like Dark Depths, Pact of Negation, Dryad Arbor, Kalonian Hydra, and of course, Food Chain. The images below contain our favorite selection of cards from The List. On average, we opened an extra $35.00 from each Kaldheim Set Booster.

Now, the other benefit of these Set Boosters is the increased rare and showcase drop rate. On average, we opened approximately 1.1 additional rares and mythics than we do from Draft Boosters, and of these cards, we opened more than 33% showcase variants. Now, there is a LOT more variance in Set Boosters than you can expect from Draft Boosters, but at the end of the day, we found that randomness tilted in our favor.

Many of you have already purchased your Set Boosters, but if you haven't, we still have some left in stock! If you could do us a favor and let us know how you do, we're keen to gather as much data as we can from Magic's newest sealed product type. See you guys this weekend!

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Januar 28, 2021

Hi, it’s me again! I’m jumping the queue in our blog series because I’ve seen a lot of questions regarding the Gamestop stock price story, and I want to help provide some clarity on the unfolding events!

To understand the Gamestop situation, first we have to understand what it means to short sell a stock. A “short” is when an investor borrows a stock, sells it immediately, and then buys it back after the stock price falls. The investor is relying on the stock price dropping below the value at which they borrowed it, so when they purchase the borrowed stock, they turn the difference into profit.

A quick example. I want to short sell a stock, as I think it’s current value of $10 is inflated. I borrow one share from a broker and sell it immediately. I have $10, but I still owe the broker back the stock I borrowed. Should the stock price fall, to say $5, I can purchase it at that price, return the loan, and pocket the difference. I’ve made $5.

So what happens in the reverse? If the stock I bought at $10 rises instead of falls, I still owe back the loan. If the stock I sold at $10 rises to $15 I will have lost $5. Now I can continue to wait until the stock reverts back to $10 or falls below what I sold it at, but I am also running the risk of its value rising even further.

Enter Gamestop, a company whose stock price has seen several years of steady decline. Investors on Wall Street (and one hedge fund in particular) saw an opportunity to profit off its further losses, and bet heavily on that outcome. What they didn’t account for was the internet.

A subreddit called r/wallstreetbets noticed the massive amount of short trades against Gamestop and convinced their entire community to buy as much stock as possible. Their actions went viral, the stock price shot up even further, and the hedge fund group lost more than they ever imagined.

There are more twists and turns to the story, but we’ll save those developments for another day!

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Januar 21, 2021

 

My name is Jessie, and I like stompy creatures and vikings.

… So uh, thanks for reading my article. See you guys at prerelease!

Okay fine, a few more words. Kaldheim is a plane like no other. Magic’s first Norse themed plane is chock full of flavorful mechanics and brutal awesomeness.

Sure, we’ve had the berserker creature type for a while in magic, but not like this. Kaldheim introduces some *true* Viking berserker action. The set really pays homage to its source material, including fantastic callouts to some of the lesser known characters of Norse mythology like Fenrir, Jörmungandr and Ratatoskr.

  

The developers at Wizards have done a wonderful job of crafting a diverse and magical setting that is new and still feels familiar to Yggdrasil. My absolute favorite card of the set has to be Toralf, God of Fury. His ability to deal explosive amounts of damage in a very untraditional way is a great new design space for a card and I can’t wait to play him as my commander.

 

Overall the set just feels like it came out of a Norse legend complete with its own runes, frost giants and gods. I can’t wait to geek out over the set prerelease next weekend, and I hope you’ll join me there! 

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Januar 7, 2021

 

When we launched our new blog initiative, I struggled to figure out what it was I could write about. Dawson has a handle on all things across the tabletop, and Henry is a wizard with cards, but what could I discuss that might be of interest? So, I asked.

The answer I got was that you guys are as curious about what goes on behind the scenes with your favorite companies as you are with what happens on the table with your favorite games. So, without further ado, here are my thoughts on the year that was: the highs, the lows, the changes we saw in our industry, and what we can expect in the coming months.

Despite the challenges of 2020, there are some niches within our industry that performed exceptionally well. The rise of 3-D printing, etsy, various independents and third-party platforms threatened the position of “mainstream” companies, and, in many cases, these companies rose to meet that challenge.

Accessory companies (the guys who make your deck boxes, sleeves, dice trays and playmat tubes) have managed to stay relevant in an era where infinite customization is just a click away. The quality and personalization you can pick off the shelf that complements your favorite style and hobby of choice has never been higher. 

Brand name tabletop miniatures, once thought to be on the brink of extinction, have held strong throughout 2020. We are still a generation away from personal 3-d printers matching the execution of the professional injection mold, and while the race is on, the divide remains intact.

The nature of 2020 has also seen a boon in the collectibles market, with nostalgia, isolation, and access all contributing to a rising tide for card games and blind boosters of all types.

It’s not been all roses and sunshine. Surprisingly, some of the biggest failures of 2020 came from some of its biggest players. Corporate giants have dropped the ball time and again, causing a trickle-down effect felt most keenly by those on the bottom. I have often said our industry is decades behind the rest of the world, and this year proved the tenuous nature of the systems and operating procedures used by the most popular household names. 

Games Workshop, Asmodee, and Hasbro have both the experience and infrastructure to have predicted and alleviated some of the challenges posed by COVID-19, yet their supply chains were, and continue to be, impacted in a more substantial manner than many smaller independent entities. Avoidable production issues and poor management decisions have created absurd product scarcities in a season already known for delays.

That’s a lot of text, and we’re just starting to scratch the surface. If this topic is of interest I’ll happily revisit it when my turn comes around next.

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December 31, 2020

 

 

Hey guys, Dawson here, and today I want to ask you a question: What’s better than an eight foot tall bio-engineered killing machine? A sneaky one.

Warhammer 40k is all about scoring objectives and seizing territory, and the Interdiction Legion Battleforce box comes with all kinds of great toys to help you push forward and control the board. Let’s break down the elements of this box and see how they function together! 

Starting off our early game we can use Primaris Infiltrators to center our line and stop any deep strike or teleportation shenanigans from getting the jump on us and starting combat before we’re ready. Denying that much area forces our opponent to concentrate their fire on that single unit before they can even THINK about enacting their own game plan. The Primaris Reivers complement our Infiltrators, providing a fantastic screen to keep them alive so we can continue our area denial and positional dominance.

Now we come to the two heavies in the box, the Primaris Impulsor and the Primaris Invictor Warsuit! Let’s start with the Impulsor: This absolute brick of a transport can take a 5+ invulnerable save for only a few extra points, making it one of the harder nuts to crack for its value. This allows it to move up and contest objectives, or deliver a unit of Assault Intercessors into the fray! All this is backstopped by the fast and deadly Warsuit; a tough, hard hitting, and incredibly quick model that can force your opponents to react to it or get punished by it.

 

All in all, GW has done a really fantastic job using this box as an on-ramp to getting a sizeable Primaris army, or finishing up the job started with either the new Combat Patrols or Indomitus boxed sets.

 

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December 24, 2020

 

Hey guys, my name is Henry, and I absolutely hate MTG finance. Let’s dive in!


MTG finance is a fickle beast that requires diligent observation to stay relevant. That’s a lot of work I don’t want to invest in. That said, it's not too hard to see what product is worth the price tag, like the upcoming Kaldheim Set Boosters. 

 

 


Now, Set Boosters aren’t for everyone. If you are a drafter, or playing on a budget, then you will want to stick to Draft boosters. For everyone else (especially those opening boxes for singles!) I would recommend buying Set Boosters, specifically for the additional rare options and“THE LIST.” 


What is “THE LIST?” In short, it is a throwback to powerful cards from Magic’s history. Full update and card list can be found by following this link.

 

 

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