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How long will you be there on Sunday?

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Man that leaves just Bret from the Hart Foundation of the 90's still around.


Talk about a sad family story. The Hart family story is less tragic than the Von Erichs, but really only because they lived longer. They are still all dying pretty young.  :-\

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't think Stu Hart was anywhere close to as much of an asshole as Fritz von Erich was. Fritz shamelessly exploited the passing of David von Erich's death to promote a supercard, which is downright scummy. He also told Kevin von Erich that the only reason he was still alive while his brothers were all dead was because Kevin wasn't man enough to kill himself.

JESUS. I never knew any of that, good lord.

You should read what Lou Thesz and Irv Muchnick wrote about Fritz. It's enough to permanently destroy your faith in humanity.

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Man that leaves just Bret from the Hart Foundation of the 90's still around.


Talk about a sad family story. The Hart family story is less tragic than the Von Erichs, but really only because they lived longer. They are still all dying pretty young.  :-\

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't think Stu Hart was anywhere close to as much of an asshole as Fritz von Erich was. Fritz shamelessly exploited the passing of David von Erich's death to promote a supercard, which is downright scummy. He also told Kevin von Erich that the only reason he was still alive while his brothers were all dead was because Kevin wasn't man enough to kill himself.

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Gaming Discussion (Everything Else) / Re: Smash Ultimate
« on: August 10, 2018, 05:44:31 PM »
That makes me wonder... why has Birdo never shown up in Smash, apart from being a stage hazard in Mushroom Kingdom II?

If we're gonna get another Mario character, Geno, Fawful, or Popple need to be at the front of the line.

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I was at GenCon and I visited the Raw Deal guys several times. There were definitely prizes there, laid out and ready to be taken.

Either you didn’t see them Jokerfish or you did but didn’t realize you could take some.

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Gaming Discussion (Everything Else) / Smash Ultimate
« on: August 09, 2018, 04:17:30 PM »
Super Smash Bros Ultimate seems to be at this point Masahiro Sakurai giving fans whatever they ask for. Ridley being the first new character introduced was something long anticipated but never thought a reality. But now thanks to the Nintendo Direct yesterday, it seems "Give the fans whatever they want" is the primary factor for new additions. Proof:

There's tears flowing. But they're not bloody, that I can assure you.

Finally got his lazy ass off the Gangplank Galleon.

With that in mind, I have only one thing to say:

GOKU FOR SMASH!!!!

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I try to avoid net decking all together. I like to be known for being original rather than just a rip off of anothers idea. In yugioh and dicemasters i won several big events and was wierd seeing the net deckers play the decks. Was funny that they couldnt play it or have no concept of my playstyle or why i make choices the way i do. Like in raw deal my deck choices are heavily dependant on everyone thinking someone is crap so i build on the idea and play it till i make it the best it can be.

The point of my article is to say that no, netdecking isn’t necessarily that.

The next article will be about what you should and should not do when netdecking.

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Hey everyone! Just wanted to link you guys to something I did.

At the June 30th Zodiac Trial, I proposed to John Schreiner and Dan Cousillas, two of the top FFTCG players in New Jersey, and the owners of EXP+, an online FFTCG site, a series of articles about netdecking. John had said he was working on one, but welcomed me to submit it to him.

I did so, and John was so impressed by it, both the tone and formatting of it, that he decided to scrap his article on netdecking and gave me the go-ahead to write my series.

The article recently went up (The date it went up was actually July 25th, not July 5th.). You can find it here.

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General Discussion: Raw Deal / Quick opinion poll
« on: July 19, 2018, 08:25:45 PM »
I've just got a quick question for everyone: Would you agree or disagree that the TK support for Raw Deal back when it was officially running was a negative from a gameplay aspect, to the point of it being a major issue?

I'm asking because I got into a debate with some fellow Final Fantasy TCG players about the promo support for the game. The first three promos made were unique cards not found in any set, but after that, it was changed to alternate art versions of pre-existing cards. Some FFTCG players want unique cards that aren't printed in any set as promos/prize support, but I stated my opposition to this, because in my experience as a Raw Deal player, some of the cards in TKs became absolute necessities for decks, and not having them put you at a disadvantage. This created scenarios of players who won and had those cards, and players who didn't and fell behind as a result unless they shelled out cash for them on eBay or elsewhere. To me, this was a major problem, and it's because of that experience in Raw Deal I am against any sort of unique prize cards.

What are your thoughts?

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Gaming Discussion (Everything Else) / Re: New ccg to play?
« on: July 16, 2018, 10:38:22 AM »
It’s not got the exact criteria you’re asking for, but the Final Fantasy TCG is an excellent game. A lot of strategy involved and opportunities for clever play. The great thing about it is that every card in your deck is a resource. Plus, while you don’t build around a single character, it is very character-based, as you attack the opponent with characters from the many Final Fantasy games.

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Sports Discussion / Re: 2018 World Cup
« on: July 15, 2018, 02:44:03 PM »
France defeats Croatia 4-2 to capture their second World Cup. Luka Modric wins the Golden Ball as the tournament’s best player, Thibaut Courtois wins the Golden Glove for allowing the fewest goals, Harry Kane wins the Golden Boot as the tournament’s top scorer, and Kylian Mbappe wins the award for the tournament’s best young player.
...but did Tony Adams win the golden spool of barbed wire?  ;)

CREED

No, that goes to the very loud minority of Liverpool fans who whined about Harry Kane being named captain and openly rooted against England because of it. Their guy Jordan Henderson wasn’t made captain, so those idiots hoped England would lose. For that, they win the Golden Spool of Barbed Wire They Can Go F**k Themselves With.

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Sports Discussion / Re: 2018 World Cup
« on: July 15, 2018, 01:31:03 PM »
The 2018 World Cup is over.

France defeats Croatia 4-2 to capture their second World Cup. Luka Modric wins the Golden Ball as the tournament’s best player, Thibaut Courtois wins the Golden Glove for allowing the fewest goals, Harry Kane wins the Golden Boot as the tournament’s top scorer, and Kylian Mbappe wins the award for the tournament’s best young player.

The Final was action-packed and exciting. After France concerted the penalty, Croatia was forced to open up, which played into France’s counterattack, resulting them in getting two more goals. A careless error by Hugo Lloris gave Croatia a second, but it was too late for them.

Overall, a great tournament. Plenty of fantastic play and surprises as the tournament went on. On a personal level, I’m happy France won because Hugo Lloris is the goalkeeper and captain for Tottenham Hotspur, so I was glad to see one of my guys get the win.

Now the four year wait begins anew.

Until then, we’ve got club football to sustain us, as well as the Euros in 2020.

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Sports Discussion / Re: 2018 World Cup
« on: July 11, 2018, 05:10:31 PM »
Crushed. Crushed is how I feel.

After England took care of Sweden, I really believed. I really believed that the Three Lions would make the World Cup Final and compete for a chance to bring it home. Alas, it wasn't to be.

Croatia outplayed and outlasted England, beating them 2-1 to set up a final match with France for the World Cup. France could win their second, while Croatia would be a new champion.

Still, it was a fantastic tournament for England, who got further than anyone thought they would. They should be proud of themselves and use this as a stepping stone towards greater things.

Finally, I'll just say once more: Tony Adams can go f**k himself with a spool of barbed wire. And while we're at it, Steve Nicol and Stewart Robson can join him.

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Just remember, a vote for me is....a waste of your time :p

I’ve said this to FFTCG players when they openly say they will never win, and I’ll be saying it to you now:

Do not say that again. If you do, I will pick up your deck and toss it across the room.

Seriously man. You say it, it creates a feedback loop and what you say becomes self-fulfilling. Stop it.

Hey say what you want, it worked pretty damn well for me last year *points to super show world tag team championship*  :laugh:

But in all reality, my goal every year at Gen Con is to get away from insanity and near 24/7ish demands on my computer brain and reboot myself, if I tried to gear and focus myself as much on Raw Deal as I do ....say the 3-4 hockey leagues I win every year.... I'd not enjoy very much of my trip, and THAT'S why I say it :)

I still hate hearing that though. I just hate self-defeating remarks. I have to deal with FFTCG players who say stuff like that all the time, and it annoys me to no end, especially since a few of them have potential to be really good and just need to stop being self-defeating.

I found out I’ll be able to drop by pretty easily: SquareEnix HQ is in Hall B, right where the Raw Deal events are. So I’ll be able to see some of the action........and also carry through with my threat.

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Just remember, a vote for me is....a waste of your time :p

I’ve said this to FFTCG players when they openly say they will never win, and I’ll be saying it to you now:

Do not say that again. If you do, I will pick up your deck and toss it across the room.

Seriously man. You say it, it creates a feedback loop and what you say becomes self-fulfilling. Stop it.

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General Chat / Re: Level 36 Achieved!
« on: July 09, 2018, 01:54:53 PM »
Congratulations! How are you going to spend your new talent point?

Constitution. Given that my physical prime has just passed, I’m gonna need the help.

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General Chat / Level 36 Achieved!
« on: July 09, 2018, 06:30:05 AM »
Today marks another day of leveling up. Another 365 EXP achieved. And I’m celebrating it with a couple of days away from work at the shore.

+1s to all!

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I've got my badge and tickets. Now all that remains is the flight to Indy in four weeks.

KD8ESU: In case I don't see you before Dub That Hentai, an easy way to find me is to look for a bald guy with a goatee and wearing a Gamers Heaven t-shirt and Tottenham Hotspur baseball cap. I'll try to drop by the Raw Deal area on Friday prior to Dub That Hentai to say hi to everyone. Also, you can find me on Thursday at Hall B, where SquareEnix will be holding the Crystal Cups.

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Sports Discussion / Re: 2018 World Cup
« on: July 03, 2018, 02:26:41 PM »
The end times are upon us. England won a penalty shootout to defeat Colombia and advance to the World Cup Quarterfinals!

I've said it twice but it bears repeating: Tony Adams can continue to go f**k himself with a spool of barbed wire.

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The Top 8 is now up on FF Decks! For those of you here on TCO who play FFTCG, feel free to check out the decks (including mine!). Also, if you want, I'll answer questions about Press Your Luck.

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Rants Forum / Re: Enzo Amoré is Innocent!
« on: July 01, 2018, 05:50:06 AM »
I will also put out there. that disproportionate amount of sexual assault cases never happen not because the claims being made are false, but  because their is not enough evidence to bring to trial and have a conviction.

Enzo may be innocent, but there is just as good a chance that he is not and they can't prove it.  unless the accuser comes forward and admits that he didn't actually do something. I want nothing to do Enzo in raw deal.  I loved that tag team. but no way no how.

This is important. If you read the statement, it says there was "insufficient evidence" to charge Enzo. That doesn't mean he's innocent. It means they don't have enough evidence in their opinion to prove it happened beyond a reasonable doubt. If someone is absolutely, completely innocent, the DA or police will explicitly say so, which is rare, but does happen.

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Yesterday, me and two FFTCG players from Gamers Heaven, Gabe Cavaliere and Kevin Witherow, traveled up to All-In-One Collectibles in Randolph, NJ for a tournament series they have called the Zodiac Trials. It's a different Zodiac sign each month, and after they've held 12, all prior champions will be invited for a Tournament of Champions. For me, my purpose in going up was threefold:

1. To playtest and begin thinking of how to refine the deck I plan on playing at GenCon for the Crystal Cup.
2. To visit friends, among them our own BigPimpin.
3. To place in the Top 4 and get one of the Zodiac Trial playmats handed out to those who finish Top 4. Since this month's Zodiac sign is Cancer, and that's my sign, I REALLY wanted one.

There's going to be several events held which will give me ample opportunity to playtest and hone the deck. Yesterday was the first one, and much like the Royal Rumble begins the Road To WrestleMania, I consider yesterday's Zodiac Trial to begin the Road To GenCon for me personally.

The deck I'm playing is a modified version of this deck. To explain: the deck is an EX Burst deck. EX Burst is an FFTCG mechanic where when you take damage, you flip a card over from the top of your deck, and if it has the EX Burst logo, you get the card's EX Burst effect without paying any cost. When I first saw that decklist, I was baffled as to how it would work. It didn't even look coherent, much less a tournament-winning deck. I threw it together and then quickly figured it out. I then modified the deck to streamline it and began playing the archetype in earnest. I call my variant "Press Your Luck" because in casual play, whenever I would flip over an EX Burst which would adversely affect the opponent, I'd say "Stop, on a Whammy!" as a joke. Today was the first time I'd be playing the deck in a big tournament with players from outside my local area, and I ended up being very happy with the results. Here's how the tournament went down:

Round 1 Swiss: vs. Dan Cousillas

Dan is one of All-In-One's top players. He won the FFTCG NYC Petit Cup late last year and was the champion of the first Zodiac Trial. He was playing a Wind/Lightning deck revolving around Leyak, a Monster that activates the opponent's characters when you attack. As it was, he got off to a quick start, helped by the fact that I didn't draw an ideal hand. I stabilized however and we traded damage. We both got to six damage, each of us needing one more to win the game. And then I made a HUGE mistake. He played Illua, a Forward that has Haste and has an ability that cancels the first Summon or Ability that targets her. I had no Forwards that could block, so I told Dan he had it. However, right as I was scooping, I immediately realized I had an answer: I had Mateus, the Corrupt from Opus 2 in my hand. It makes the opponent put one attacking Forward in the Break Zone. That gets around Illua's shield because it doesn't target the Forward, but the opponent. However, I'd already said it was over, and that ended the match. Dan gave me a little pep talk after the match, saying that he made a similar mistake in prior games, and that I just need to shake it off. After taking a couple minutes, I took a deep breath and got ready for the rest of the tournament.


Round 2 Swiss: vs. Bernardo Rodriguez

Bernardo, along with two other guys, came up from Delaware to play in the tournament. They come infrequently to GH events, so we're familiar with each other. He was playing a Mono-Earth deck. Of all my games, this was the only easy one I had. I got Kam'lanaut out early, which is a Dark Forward whose element you can change, and he can't be targeted by Summons or Abilities of his element. He got rid of the first one with a global effect, but I immediately played a second and picked apart his defenses to take the match.


Round 3 Swiss: vs. John Soto

John is a friend I made when I went to All-In-One's Opus IV prerelease. He was playing an Earth/Wind deck, featuring big and fast Forwards. Of all the matches I had, this one was the most stressful. At one point he'd dealt six damage to my one. But then I finally got going and managed to begin coming back. I steadily dealt him damage and broke his Forwards, hard-casting Summons as I needed them. I managed a complete comeback to win the match and improve to 2-1. This was big, because if I won the next match, I would make the Top 8 cut.


Round 4 Swiss: vs. Eugene Bowie

Gene is another one of the Delaware crew. And our matches always seem to be closely-fought epics. This one was no different. He was playing Lightning/Earth Scions, which involves getting cards with the Job (think creature type like in Magic) "Scion of the Seventh Dawn" in play, since they give each other bonuses. As it was, we both got off to ideal starts and traded damage throughout. Then on the penultimate turn, he attacked and I chose to take the damage. I got an EX Burst which let me break his biggest Forward, and then the next turn I forced through the final point of damage and won. I'd done it! I was now 3-1 and guaranteed Top 8.


Top 8 Match: vs. Mike Hunsicker

Mike is a GH local, playing Mono-Lightning. We both knew each other's decks and knew it would be close. Both our games in the Best of Three were the same: damage trading, breaking Forwards, and trying to outmaneuver each other. Both games I also came up short, with each of us having dealt the other six damage and needing one last point. The first game, I thought he was setting up some sort of trap when really he was drawing dead for a couple turns. As a result, I left him in the game too long and he managed to get that last point. The second, he saved his biggest nuke after I cleared out his defenses and then managed to hold on to deal that final point. So close, but alas.


My final placement was 5th. For my efforts, I got $40 in store credit at All-In-One, which I used on Opus I packs. I also earned a foil promo of my choice. And it doesn't stop there. A raffle was held, and I was lucky enough to get my name called out. I got a chibi Lightning plushie as a result. Because I was also the guy who played the deck with the most elements (six), Steve Molnar, one of the organizers for All-In-One's scene, gave me a set of FF-themed six-sided dice as a door prize. And lastly, because I finished Top 8, my deck will be listed on FFDecks.com as one of those who placed. Unfortunately I came up just short of winning a custom playmat. Maybe next time.

Overall, to quote Ice Cube, it was a good day. I got affirmation that my modified deck works and that it's something I can run with. Me, Gabe, and Kevin had a good time driving up and going back. Plus, we got to stop at a White Castle for dinner. I visited my friends at All-In-One, Pimpin and John Soto among them, and got a pleasant surprise when I saw the Delaware crew had made the trip up. And the best part was that Gamers Heaven represented quite well: we made up half of the Top 8, 3 of the Top 4, and it was Kevin who won the tournament and took the trophy home. Plus, All-In-One sprang for pizza for all of us.

Now the real prep begins. Opus VI is coming out in two weeks, and I'll need to see what I can add to Press Your Luck to strengthen it from that set. There's also going to be locals with the new meta, and at least one more major tournament: the North American Nationals Qualifier on July 28th, which will be the final stop before GenCon. There may however be another big tournament before then. But things are looking good as I begin my Road To GenCon.

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Just saw my badge has been printed and is being mailed out today!

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