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Sports Discussion / Re: **** YOU BRUCE ARENA
« on: October 11, 2017, 07:24:30 PM »
If it makes you feel any better, Chile is a 2 time America Cup champion and a finalist in this year's Confederetions Cup, and we didn't classify either =(

Thanks for the sentiment.

Still, at least for you guys, you play in CONMEBOL, which is many times more difficult than CONCACAF. The only real competition we have is Mexico and (currently) Costa Rica. We should be able to outdo Panama and Honduras. The fact that we couldn't is damning. Qualifying should be academic. Six teams play home-and-away, with top three going in automatically and fourth qualifying for a play-in. That we couldn't even qualify for a play-in is just damning. This lies at the feet of the USSF, but ESPECIALLY Sunil Gulati and Bruce Arena.

Gulati is over-protective of MLS. The only thing he's good at is making MLS owners money. Everything else he couldn't give a damn about. Overhauling our youth development? Can't be bothered. Promoting the game elsewhere? Can't be bothered. He's focused too much on filling the pockets of millionaires and billionaires with dollars instead of developing our infrastructure.

As for Bruce Arena, the man is a jingoistic idiot who thinks he's somebody because of all the MLS Cups he won with LA Galaxy. Nevermind the fact that MLS kept changing the rules every year to make it easier for him. His xenophobic refusal to play dual-national players (when every other team in the world does), his insistence that MLS is a top league in the world, and his fetish for past-their-prime MLS players are all many signs of his complete idiocy. Last night proved just how out of touch he is when he said nothing needed to change. Why he hasn't been sacked yet is a mystery to me.

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Sports Discussion / **** YOU BRUCE ARENA
« on: October 10, 2017, 07:09:39 PM »
Unbelievable. Just..............w ow.

The United States for the first time in over 30 years isn't going to the World Cup. All the US needed was a single point against Trinidad & Tobago and they were in. The last-place team in the Hex. But instead, they go out and lose to them 2-1. This, combined with Honduras and Panama winning their matches means the US finishes fifth and out of the World Cup in 2018.

The US has the talent. In fact, we've got some of the best talent we've ever had in guys like Yedlin and Pulisic. And we had a fine manager in Jurgen Klinsmann, who might've been lacking tactically, but had done a phenomenal job of finding young dual-nationals and building up the youth system. But he made too many enemies with the USSF, mostly because he dared to speak the truth (ie. American players are better off playing in Europe and MLS isn't really a quality league) and make too many people within MLS upset. So he got sacked after two losses to open the qualifying.

So what does the USSF do in all their infinite wisdom? Rehire Bruce Arena, a tactical moron who can't recruit or develop players, with a healthy dose of American jingoism thrown in. Everything that comes out of that idiot's mouth ("MLS is a quality league", "Christian Pulisic is nowhere near what Landon Donovan was", "I'd like to see those European sissies manage in CONCACAF") made me hope for nothing but the worst for us. I'll admit it. I was hoping we wouldn't make it, because in my opinion, the USSF needed to pay for their short-sightedness and hyper-protective stance regarding MLS. Well, I got my wish.

It's humiliating that we couldn't get more points than Honduras or Panama. But this needed to happen. The USSF and Sunil Gulati in particular needed a hard punch to the face to demonstrate just how short-sighted they truly were. And I'll still be watching the World Cup next year, because I love football and the World Cup is an event like no other. But still, even though I wanted this to happen............. ....it still sucks.

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General Chat / One of the Internet's Greatest Mysteries..........SOLVED!
« on: September 22, 2017, 08:03:43 PM »
For anyone who's a Harry Potter fan, the words My Immortal are instantly recognizable. Even some who aren't fans of the books know about what is considered perhaps the worst best piece of fan fiction of all-time. For those who aren't, here's a primer:

My Immortal is a Harry Potter fan fiction which has a cult following on the Internet. It takes every part of bad fan fiction (disregarding canon, out-of-character portrayals, inserting oneself as a near-perfect individual, bad grammar, bad/hilarious spelling, the list goes on) and cranks it up to hilarious levels. It was written by someone calling themselves "Tara Gilesbie" and unleashed on FanFiction.net in 2006. The story's hideousness brilliance drew many detractors......... .....and many fans as well. This was what REALLY kicked off "Dramatic Readings", and it's even spawned a web video series.

However, there were two mysteries to this that for over a decade, went unsolved:
-Who was "Tara Gilesbie"?
-Was My Immortal supposed to be taken seriously, or was it one big joke?

Two weeks ago, we got the answer: "Tara Gilesbie" is a young adult writer named Rose Christo, and the entire thing was indeed one massive joke on her part. On one hand, she regrets writing it, but not because of the story itself, because it was meant to be a joke. Rather, she regrets the grief it caused FanFiction.net. She does however appreciate people who enjoyed it and thanked them for keeping it relevant. She appreciates such people to the point that when one reader, who went so far as to roleplay Lord Voldemort in flaming her and sending her insulting emails, apologized for doing so, she told the individual to not feel sorry, because she found his flaming/nasty emails funny and one of the highlights of her time as "Tara".

I suggest you read the linked article, because it'll explain things better than I could. But hearing this news brought me back to when I first saw the infamous fanfic. I was at first disturbed.......... .then I found it hilarious. The way I viewed it, I couldn't lose: if it was meant to be taken seriously, I could laugh at how silly that idea was. If it was a joke, it was very well done. Now we know.

Just for the hell of it, I re-read some of it last night. Yep. Still hilarious.

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Gaming Discussion (Everything Else) / FFTCG US Nationals Decks
« on: September 19, 2017, 06:13:54 PM »
The US Nationals for the Final Fantasy TCG was held this weekend. The champion ended up being a player from Wisconsin, Joe Leszczynski. Top Four all qualified for Worlds in Tokyo later this year. FF Decks today got ahold of the decklists for the Top 12.

Decks can be viewed here.

Few things:
-Ice/Wind making up the finals was a massive surprise. It's not a decktype that saw much play until recently.
-A chocobo-themed deck being the championship deck was also a surprise. Guess the archtype does work, it just needs to be finely tuned.
-Legendary Bartz saw some play with the Top 12. Not bad for a card considered to be a garbage Legendary.
-Mono Water still running strong overall, as is Wind/Water.
-The third place deck is the most unique one I've seen. I think I want to try and build something like that, particularly because I want to use Legendary Ramza.

Locally, we ended up being represented well. Mike Scarbrough, a player whose home store is AU Wilmington, ended up coming in 20th overall. I believe you'd met him Pimpin.

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Professional Wrestling Discussion / Re: R.I.P Bobby Heenan
« on: September 17, 2017, 05:13:55 PM »
Even though he'd been ill the past several years, this still hits hard.

I'd given a friend of mine who's in the pro wrestling business my "I Wish Monsoon Was Here" Raw Deal card. He got Heenan to sign it for him. According to my friend, Heenan's face lit up as soon as he saw the card.

I have no doubt that Gorilla Monsoon is eagerly waiting to greet him.

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Sports Discussion / Re: Baker Mayfield isn't unique
« on: September 10, 2017, 11:04:02 AM »
I was there......

As an Ohio State fan, they're in no position to make anyone pay with as horrible as they played. Baker Mayfield had more passing yards than the Buckeyes had total yards of offense. It was pretty disrespectful though, and I don't think if Bob Stoops was still in Norman that he would have allowed it.

That all aside the way Ohio State played I can see them losing at least one if not two more games this year, unless they figure out a passing game and how to keep that defense off the field as much as possible they're not going anywhere.

Hello sir! Nice to see you around.

Quick question for you: Do you think Mayfield's act is going to make OSU/OU a regular thing now? More importantly, do you want it to become a regular matchup?

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Sports Discussion / Re: Baker Mayfield isn't unique
« on: September 10, 2017, 07:58:37 AM »
That was a very disrespectful move by Baker. IF* these teams meet again Ohio State will make him pay for that.

I can see your point. Still, it's nice to see genuine displays of emotion like that. I like seeing athletes show that it means as much to them as it does for people watching like us.

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Sports Discussion / Baker Mayfield isn't unique
« on: September 10, 2017, 04:31:39 AM »
Even though I don't watch college football or the NFL anymore, on occasion I do catch something which captures my attention.

I wake up today and saw all this stuff about Oklahoma planting flags and all the conversation it's generating. Well, I finally decide to see what the commotion is about, and sure enough, it was literal, as Baker Mayfield planted an OU flag on the Block O at The Horseshoe.

Seeing this though, I think I have a reasonable suspicion that Mayfield got inspiration from another such act.

21 years ago, in Turkish soccer, Galatasaray beat Fenerbahce for the Turkish Cup. The two are massive rivals, and matches between them are called The Intercontinental Derby (due to Galatasaray's home ground being in the European side of Istanbul while Fenerbahce's home is on the Asian side). Galatasaray had (for them) a bad season, being nowhere close to winning the Turkish Super League, while Fenerbahce won it running away. In the cup competition, the two faced off in the final, and Galatasaray scored an upset win, beating their rivals for the Turkish Cup at Fenerbahce's home ground. After the match, Galatasaray manager Graeme Souness, who'd been called a cripple by Fenerbahce's chairman due to a heart attack he'd suffered some time ago, decided some payback was in order. He went to the away section, got a Galatasaray flag, and planted it in the middle of the pitch. That event has since made what was already a heated rivalry even more heated. Full details can be found here.

Souness's act has ever since been a talking point between the two clubs, who don't hesitate to bring it up to their respective fanbases, either to remind them of the big "F**K YOU" they delivered (Galatasaray) or to remind them of how they were so brazenly insulted (Fenerbahce). I imagine that the same will occur for Oklahoma and OU. My guess is that for Ohio State fans, Oklahoma now has a permanent place on their s**tlist and that they're going to want payback in the worst way (Hurricane I imagine could confirm this), while Baker Mayfield is now a folk hero for the middle finger he delivered to OU.

I understand that Oklahoma/Ohio State isn't a regular matchup for either side. It might be now!

EDIT: BAKER Mayfield, not Blake. Told you I don't pay much attention.

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General Chat / Re: What I've been up to
« on: September 06, 2017, 06:05:25 PM »
Wow, congrats on all the progress! 

Good to have you back.  I know this was primarily a Raw Deal oriented website, but hopefully people can still enjoy socializing here beyond the game.

CREED

Thank you Creed.

Truth was, at the time I left, there wasn't anything for me to really talk about here. I hadn't played Raw Deal in years. I'd also quit watching football completely, and that dominates the sports discussions here, and I felt there wasn't a purpose for me being here, so I left.

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General Chat / What I've been up to
« on: September 06, 2017, 05:40:16 AM »
The past couple of years, a lot changed in my life. I'd lost interest in this site and left, but after Pimpin necro'd the FFTCG thread, I felt compelled to come back. I'd like to share with you all a brief rundown of what's gone on with me since then.

I worked for a little over a year with a hearing aid company in Chadds Ford, PA until getting laid off (two days before my birthday) and finding myself looking for work again. After I got laid off, I got in touch with a previous employer and let them know I was available. Amith, the guy who was my boss, immediately accepted me back and I began working on Mutual of Omaha Medicare Supplement sales. This didn't last long however, because a few weeks after I began, I was contacted by a woman named Jennifer, who saw my resume and felt I'd be perfect for a contract-to-hire role with Vanguard. For those not familiar, Vanguard is an investment management company located in Malvern, PA. I'd start off doing routine account servicing, and then have a chance to possibly take the Series 6 and Series 63 tests (tests which, if passed, grant the person licenses to deal in securities). I accepted this, partially because they paid more, partially because it'd be closer to home, and mainly because Vanguard is a fantastic company to work for. I told Amith about this and he was very understanding, saying that he figured I would be sought after and that he brought me back knowing this would be the case because he liked me personally and wanted to help me out. He then mentioned that he has money with Vanguard and that he might call in someday and get me.

So I began working as a contractor for Vanguard and did well. When the call went out for licensing opportunities, I interviewed and was accepted. I'd take the tests for Series 6 and 63 and then go on as a licensed contractor before being asked to take the Series 7 and become a full-time employee. This changed a few weeks later: Vanguard was in the midst of a massive hiring push and needed people badly. So they decided that they'd skip us right to Series 7, and passing both tests would mean immediate permanent employment.

I began studying for the tests, and let me tell you that if this is something you want to do, you pretty much have to give up all of your free time and private life to study and make sure you pass. I studied long and hard and eventually the day of the Series 7 test came. I went in, took the test, and then submitted it for scoring.

The minute it took to score the test (it's a 270-question test) was one of the most agonizing minutes of my life. Passing it requires a score of 72. Finally, my results came: 87. I'd passed! I informed the lead trainer about the test result and was now hired. Passing the 7 makes the Series 63 all but academic, and I killed that one as well.

I got hired by Vanguard as an investment professional, and eventually went on rotation to their Retirement Center last November. I did a good enough job that in April, I was asked to stick around. I accepted, and now work for the Retirement Center. Now I'm taking time to consider my options as to what position I'll go for next within Vanguard.

In my personal life, the following happend:
-I took my best friend John Rebstock (Dilbert) down to Ocean City, NJ for a day, a couple weeks before his wedding, to celebrate
-I found Gamers Heaven, the local store I now play FFTCG at
-I went to London and saw Tottenham Hotspur play West Bromwich Albion. Spurs won 4-0, Harry Kane with a hat trick
-My sister got married to an Israeli-American guy named Jonathan, who I've gotten really close to. Much like Dilbert, I took him down to the shore for a day to celebrate.
-After my sister's wedding, I went to Israel for a week to visit Jonathan's parents in Jerusalem and also meet his other friends and family. Israel is really something I must say.

Tomorrow is yet another change: after renting for nine years, I'm closing on a condo half a mile from where I live now. I'll be moved in by late September.

One thing I will say about my job is that my dad, who's an investor, now views me as a source of information and asks me questions frequently about investing. Despite the fact that my dad's been in the investment game way longer than I have, the fact that he sees me as someone he can ask questions to and get guidance from gives me pride. It might be because in discussing with him about the things I was learning while I studied for my licenses, I introduced him to things about investing that he had no idea existed.

So that's what happened to me.

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Gaming Discussion (Everything Else) / Re: Easy place to play FFTCG online
« on: September 04, 2017, 04:52:33 PM »
You'd want to read the rules to get a general grasp, but the nuances of the rules would become more apparent by playing. So yes, this would help.

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General Chat / We've lost a Major Dude (RIP Walter Becker)
« on: September 04, 2017, 05:22:22 AM »
My dad influenced my musical tastes at a very young age. One of my first loves in music was Steely Dan. Some of my earliest musical memories include their classics such as "Do It Again", "Reelin' In The Years", "Bodhisattva", "My Old School", "Any Major Dude Will Tell You", "Peg", the list goes on. When I did a classic rock show for my college's radio station, I called it "Reelin' In The Years" and would start off every show with a Steely Dan song.

Hearing this news hit me. It hit my dad hard too. Steely Dan rotated through personnel on a constant basis, but the two constants were Don Fagen and Walter Becker. And now one of them is gone.

Rest in peace Walter Becker. You can't buy a thrill, but you can provide them, and you were outstanding at it.

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Gaming Discussion (Everything Else) / Easy place to play FFTCG online
« on: September 03, 2017, 08:28:27 PM »
Hey everyone. At tonight's tournament, one of the locals showed me a site online where you can play the FFTCG.

It can be found at Trade Cards Online.

If anyone is interested in some online games, I'd be happy to play you!

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Middle of nowhere? C'mon man...........sure, it's not the greater NY area, but Phoenixville is just outside of Philadelphia and also near other places like King of Prussia and West Chester. Don't confuse us with places like Scranton, PA (which actually IS in the middle of nowhere).

For those curious, the Top 8 for the tournament just got posted up on FF Decks. As you can see, Earth was dominant, with six of the decks having Earth as one of the elements, four of them outright Mono-Earth. Final Fantasy TCG Pauper Top 8.

Also, I relayed your message to Gene. He wanted to thank you for letting him open packs for you.

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Yesterday at Gamers Heaven in Phoenixville, PA, we held a Final Fantasy TCG pauper tournament. This meant that only common and rare cards were legal for decks. To avoid confusion, in FFTCG, "rare" means "uncommon". Actual rares are "Heroic" and ultra-rares are "Legendary". Anyway, this ended up being a big tournament. We had 35 participants. BigPimpin (the Brian in this thread's title) ended up coming down to participate with me, and we had other visitors as well. Two other guys from All-in-One Collectibles in Randolph, NJ came down to take part and also promote their tournament in early September. A contingent from Pittsburgh came, as did some guys from Harrisburg, PA and a player from Lancaster, PA. The regulars from Alternate Universes in Holmes, PA and Alternate Universes in Wilmington, DE also showed up (as they typically do for FFTCG events). Finally, we had a group of five who came all the way down from Lowell, MA to take part.

The tourney itself was a lot of fun. Five rounds of Swiss, cut to Top 8. Participation packs for everyone, with Top 20 getting promos and then Top 8 battling it out for even more packs. As for results............ this is why I said "Bogus Tourney", because Brian and I did not do particularly well. I went 1-4 playing Wind/Lightning Type-0 Cadets with unblockability as the primary theme, while Brian went 2-3 with his Water/Earth deck. I thought that maybe the concept I played just didn't work, but later other players felt that my deck was fine, just that Earth was overly dominant in the format (Opus 3 Yang and Ursula were prevalent, and getting two 9000 power forwards out for 4 Crystal Points is going to cause problems). But it was still fun, and we even got featured in some matches. Brian was twice on the store's Twitch stream for matches, and one of my matches was recorded by Bernardo from AU Wilmington for his YouTube channel. Also, due to the number of players, Andrew, the store's owner, sprang for free pizza for everyone.

I also did some commentary on the Twitch stream, commentating on the Top 8 match between Mike Hunsicker, one of the locals, and Steve Molnar, one of the players from All-in-One Collectibles in Randolph. Brian eventually joined me for some post-match commentary, where we reported on the other results, discussed FFTCG, and talked about our experiences at the tournament. Being a former Raw Deal player, I did make sure to get in one wrestling reference, in regards to Kyle, another local player who made Top 8. Specifically, I said, "Kyle was playing Mono-Earth before Mono-Earth was cool!"

I ended up giving my participation pack to Brian because I already have a playset of everything in Opus 3. Brian's pack had a foil Legendary in it (I believe it was Zodiark, Keeper of Precepts. Correct me if I'm wrong), so it was well worth it. He also bought himself a box of Opus 3 and got some nice pulls.

Overall, it was a fantastic experience. Gabe Cavaliere was the one responsible for organizing the tournament and promoting it, so he deserves a lot of praise for getting the attendance he did and his tireless efforts to promote the event. Andrew Hwang, the owner of Gamers Heaven, also deserves thanks for his incredible prize support as well as hosting and providing food for us. And on a personal note, I want to thank Brian for coming down to play. It was nice to see you again, and hopefully the scene in Randolph continues to grow so that I can come by your neck of the woods and play closer to you.

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Gaming Discussion (Everything Else) / Re: final fantasy tcg
« on: August 03, 2017, 04:40:23 PM »
Word. I found a guy about 45 minutes away also trying to get people into it via the us Facebook group.

I've really been liking the no backup golbez/strongest sword deck. No idea what I'll do with opus 3, I'm not super great at deckbuilding without physically touching the cards. Should have 4 boxes coming in soon. Place in Jacksonville FL is having a big $1000 tourney this Sunday, probably gonna hit that up.

$1000 tourney? Damn! That's a prize pot right there! Wish I could be down there.

I've got three boxes coming in. One tomorrow and two more on Saturday. I'm also picking up Pimpin's order tomorrow and shipping it off to him. Should you ever find yourself in the Philadelphia area, feel free to drop by Gamers Heaven in Phoenixville. It's one of the centerpoints of the Tri-State scene.

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Gaming Discussion (Everything Else) / Re: final fantasy tcg
« on: July 31, 2017, 06:59:19 PM »
Wow, glad the game has a following on this site. I got fairly busy and stopped checking in so much, so I didn't know you guys had necro'ed the thread. I've been in on it since opus 1. Unfortunately most of the stores in my area couldn't/ wouldn't get it. And so I haven't been able to play very often. So if anyone knows someone in or near Tallahassee FL that would be interested let me know.

I would suggest going to the FFTCG subreddit and inquiring there. You should be able to find folks there who play nearby.

What decks do you gravitate towards? Me, I've been mostly playing a lot of lightning-based decks, as well as both Opus 1 and Opus 2 Golbez with a lot of success. I tried an ice/earth deck yesterday, but ended up doing poorly............b efore I discovered my deck was illegal, at which point I reported myself and asked to be disqualified. I wanted to have three each of the Opus 1 rare Laguna/Squall, but I accidentally packed four of the Lagunas, and in the third match I discovered this.

Next week I'll be trying out a lightning/wind deck out.

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Gaming Discussion (Everything Else) / Re: FFTCG Opus 3
« on: July 23, 2017, 10:12:53 AM »
Here's something for us: the first major tournament using Opus 3.

Nagoya Grand Championship Top 12

The thing that stuck out to me was the prevalence of Water/Wind. Legendary Balthier looks to be a staple of those decks, as does Light Zidane. Overall, I'm interested to see this sudden shift in the meta. The next major tournaments should give us a clue whether this is a shift that'll stick.

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Gaming Discussion (Everything Else) / Re: FFTCG Opus 3
« on: July 21, 2017, 07:42:41 PM »

And finally, whoever thought we needed more and better Archfiends in this set should be tarred and feathered.  Damnit Golbez.


I think for the time being I'm gonna stick with the Opus 2 Archfiends. Opus 3 Rubicante looks nice, but he looks more suited for mono-fire. In general, I think the Opus 3 Archfiends are meant to be played in non-Golbez decks.

Maybe, but it feels like out of the four Archfiends, I think I'd run both sets of Scarmiglione to make sure I have enough to keep resurrecting the O3 one.  Cagnazzo is a push (you're probably running the 2-cost one if you're running O1 Golbez, but O3's Cag seems more useful overall even if he is the only Water Forward on the table), Rubicante goes to O3, and Barbariccia goes to O2, but I'd still run O3's to activate her special. 

You're pretty much looking at:

6 x Scarmaglione
6 x Barbariccia
3 x O2 Cagnazzo
3 x O3 Rubicante
3 x O1 Golbez
3 x O2 Golbez


The rest of the deck is support to prop up those combos - maybe some more 2 cost forwards like Zidane or Light Onion Knight (does Light count as an "Element" for Golbez?) or others of that ilk.

To answer your question, yes, Light (and Dark) are elements. Light Onion Knight is in fact a staple of Opus 1 Golbez.

Now I can see what your line of thinking is. Thing is, I think that's a bit of overkill. That right there is 24 cards, or almost half your deck. Unless you're going for a backup-less deck, you've got 26 slots left for everything else, and in my experience most successful Golbez decks are reliant on backups. I hadn't considered the possibility of having both Opus 1 and Opus 2 Golbez, but for me that'd be a tricky proposition, since Opus 1 Golbez is much more of a tempo/control card while Opus 2 Golbez is much more aggressive. Right now I have two Golbez decks, each built with one version of Golbez, and they're very different animals.

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Gaming Discussion (Everything Else) / Re: FFTCG Opus 3
« on: July 20, 2017, 04:20:51 PM »

And finally, whoever thought we needed more and better Archfiends in this set should be tarred and feathered.  Damnit Golbez.


I think for the time being I'm gonna stick with the Opus 2 Archfiends. Opus 3 Rubicante looks nice, but he looks more suited for mono-fire. In general, I think the Opus 3 Archfiends are meant to be played in non-Golbez decks.

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Gaming Discussion (Everything Else) / Re: FFTCG Opus 3
« on: July 19, 2017, 03:47:52 AM »
I haven't really read into much of the spoilers yet, I'm mainly disappointed that the packs and the box have Sephiroth on it, but alas he's only a rare and not a very good one at that. It's getting a bit frustrating. I do like fire a bit more now though with the Zack that's in the set since I picked up my third Legendary Cloud.

This set's Sephiroth is decent............p rovided you have the promo Sephiroth which costs only 4. If not, then yeah, I can see why you'd say that.

Zack I feel is one of the weaker Legendaries. Effects like Gippal's are powerful, but Zack's isn't nearly as good and not worth 5 CP. 8000 power is okay, but something like that should be 9000 power. Also, the truth is that on paper, Light Cloud is the best forward in the game, but there's so many ways to deal with him that he's not really all that powerful in the current meta.

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Gaming Discussion (Everything Else) / FFTCG Opus 3
« on: July 18, 2017, 02:24:35 PM »
So I've got three booster boxes of Opus 3 on the way. Has anyone else checked out the spoilers? If not, feel free to check them here.

Overall I find the Legendaries as a whole kind of disappointing. Kuja looks nice for Ice decks. Delita is pretty much a must-pack for Earth. Exdeath looks fun and is a potential finisher, and Ultima is a great removal option. Other than that, the Legendaries seem weak. Bartz in particular is disappointing, since it requires you to have at least two other forwards already out for him to be at least kind of useful.

Some of the heroics have me excited. Minerve in particular looks to be a late-game finisher, and Desperado Chaos not only looks fun but also can be used for some nice tricks. Kefka is a two-cost, 8000 power with Brave (doesn't tap to attack) with Shantotto in play, which, since it's earth, should be something any Earth-heavy deck has.

Gonna have to wait to see how this changes the meta, but overall I'm looking forward to it.

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Gaming Discussion (Everything Else) / Mono-Lightning FFTCG deck
« on: June 20, 2017, 06:01:21 PM »
Hey all. Here's a deck I played last night at a FFTCG tournament in Wilmington, DE. I came in second and figured to share it with everyone. It ended up being another Mono-Lightning deck that beat me.

Forwards
3 Amon
3 Kain (Opus 2 Heroic)
3 Al-Cid
3 Onion Knight
3 Gilgamesh (Opus 1 Common)
3 Edea
2 Rygdea
2 Ramza
2 Seifer
1 Zalbaag

Backups
3 Ninja (Opus 2 Common)
3 Red Mage (Opus 1)
3 Black Mage (Opus 2)
2 Summoner (Opus 1 Common)
2 Lulu (Opus 1 Rare)
1 Magus (Opus 1 Common)
1 Duke Goltanna
1 Seymour
1 Fusoya (Light)

Summons
3 Cyclops
3 Odin (7-drop)
2 Odin (4-drop)


This deck is as simple as it gets: destroy every forward the opponent brings out and attack relentlessly. Early game, we have Kain for quick damage and Al-Cid shenanigans to break the opponent's forwards and give you forward advantage. Seifer is a counter for Opus 1 Golbez: go ahead and break Golbez, then break the summoned minions with No Mercy. Amon and Edea late-game provide even more breakage and also a way to clear a path should you run out of break power.

The backups are self-explanatory. Red Mage is a must to keep your Forward pressure up, with Black Mage also weakening threats from the opponent. Fusoya is a game-changer if you can get him early, as he can consistently clear a path. From there, it's situational with what Backups to use. Sometimes Lulu's buffing will help. Other times Seymour gives you a resource and breaks a forward.

The summons all fit in as well. Cyclops is a handy way to deal with Zidane, as well as weaken problems like Legendary Vincent so you can Fusoya him. 7-drop Odin late-game can swing the match towards you, but is also a nasty EX Burst surprise. 4-drop Odin also helps, since most forwards in the meta are 4-cost or less.

Pretty self-explanatory I'd say. Feel free to comment!

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Hero Of the Day / HotD: Lord Buckethead
« on: June 09, 2017, 05:54:44 PM »
So the UK had a general election recently. And of all the candidates available, one of them had perhaps the most clear and forward-thinking manifesto of them all.

Meet Lord Buckethead, the candidate for Maidenhead (UK PM Theresa May's seat).

Lord Buckethead is the candidate the world needs. Not the one it deserves. The one that shows us that in the end, politics is a circus, and Lord Buckethead is the only one honest enough to admit openly that it's a circus.

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I'd say we'll give you a crash course but my God that would be brutally pun-tastic :p

It'd be appropriate though.

Plus, you could just tag "Pun not intended" at the end.

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