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Friendship is Tragic: Rainbow Dash Edition

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She’s adorable. She’s awesome. And she is super bad at this game. That’s right. Of course I am talking about Rainbow Dash: Sonic Rainboom. I ended up pulling two of these and trading for one (because I had 5 UR Discord manes…). Everyone was telling me how bad this card was, and basically, that’s like telling me, “make a deck out of this, it’s a really good idea!”. So once again, I ventured down the path of Noted Speaker (seriously though, we are never getting back together). So join me down my twisting path and learn how to optimize this adorable card for minimal benefit!

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Brony-Con or A Magical Friendship Adventure

Road-trip-my-little-pony-friendship-is-magic-26934224-305-165I did it. I went to BronyCon. It was last minute and ill-advised, but I went. Thankfully, I did not go on this magical friendship adventure alone. No, I took the fabled Niko with me. Sadly, Chash had to stay at home on the couch (more on that later). So Thursday I packed up my car, drove down to Pandemonium and picked up Niko for what would become a legendary friendship adventure. Continue reading Brony-Con or A Magical Friendship Adventure

Friendship Is Tragic: Octavia Edition

She knows we're making bad decisions.
She knows we’re making bad decisions.

Hello friends, long time no talk! Our competitive scene hasn’t been super exciting recently, being mostly DreamQuest, combo, and Maud, so I haven’t had much to write about. But Vinyl, Sparkle Moneybags, and I are apparently connected on a spiritual level, because this past weekend we decided to make terrible Octavia theme decks for the hell of it, without even consulting each other. So, we might as well write about them, right? Right. Let’s go.

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Friendship Is Tragic: Necromancy with Applejack Gravedigger

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Welcome to another installment of everyone’s favorite article series: Friendship is Tragic. This article is a very special one. You see, our group has a club: The Cutie Mark Crusaders of Regret. It’s an exclusive club with only three members because anymore than that and the bad choices we make might actually start affecting our lives in a very major way. Our group comprises of: Scootalose (Charlotte), Sweetie Bot (Me) and the third member that this article introduces, Appledoom (Greg). Appledoom made the wonderful deck that we are going to go over today: Gravedigger Applejack! (I have been waiting patiently to write this article as it is without a doubt one of my favorite decks). Continue reading Friendship Is Tragic: Necromancy with Applejack Gravedigger

Friendship Is Tragic Primer: Berry Punch Babysits the CMC

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Welcome to another installment of Friendship Is Tragic. This is the place where all the terrible decisions we have made, and ill conceived decks we have built, live. Today I will be touring a deck that could be, arguably, the very heart of our inspiration. That is right! Today we visit a Cutie Mark Crusaders deck. That terrible mane that is only good at one thing: confronting with Ponyville Banner. However, this deck is not just a one trick pony. It takes a few tips from good ol’ Airquotes and Berry punch (because after that last article how could it be a bad idea?) Continue reading Friendship Is Tragic Primer: Berry Punch Babysits the CMC

Mover and Shaker: or Blood Bending with Ponies

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I don’t know why I gravitate towards bad cards. I think part of it is that I sincerely hope that there is a reason that card exists, like a Zelda treasure chest you can see but never actually get to. So my latest brush with Stockholm syndrome involves not just a card but a mane. Prior to the release of Cadence, this might have been the very worst mane in the game. However, when Crystal Games came out my Cheesy sense began to tingle. Bad Rarity (as we shall call her) drove up in a van, put a hood over my head, and kidnapped me. And now, just like Noted Speaker (we are never, ever, ever getting back together Twilight), I have Stockholm syndrome.

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Friendship Is Tragic 1: Twilight Sparkle Noted Speaker

I’m not going to say this is going to become a regular feature, but it really could, because Friendship is Tragic is the name I’m giving to articles about how me and Vinyl Scratch make terrible choices and shouldn’t be allowed to be friends. And I feel like there is probably a wealth of articles in that. Both of us enjoy going really deep with horrible deck concepts and encouraging the other to do the same. It’s been described by many observers as a trainwreck. That’s also how we describe it. We know what we’re about.

Today, we’re looking at a trainwreck we’re committed to:

My ancient nemesis.
Twilight Sparkle: Noted Speaker

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Let’s Talk About Monster Manual

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Villains are everywhere in our group. Whether they are there to scare or block your opponent, to allow you to beat them up to get extra points, or both; they are the meta. So how can you use that meta to your advantage? Well I am going to talk you about one solution that can be game changing: Monster Manual. Already versed in the finer points of this card? Great, you don’t need this article. But for those who are unfamiliar I am going to talk about some of the nuances of using this card. Continue reading Let’s Talk About Monster Manual

Problem Decks: I got 99 Problems but a Parasprite Ain’t One

So let me start this article out by saying I do not have an amazing handle on the finer points of problem deck construction. However, I have seen a lot of bad decisions made. Like a lot. Not a few. Like A LOT. I mean peoples’ problem decks might as well start a blog called Pony Regrets. What I have learned from them and myself is that you need to construct them with significantly more thoughtfulness than your draw deck. I mean, so you have three premier Hoity Toities in your draw deck, ok that sucks, but at least the worst thing you do with him is play him. If a bad problem pops up during your game that might just be the end of said game. If it’s not the end of the game it may very well be the point in the game you look back on and think, “that’s where it all went wrong…”. Continue reading Problem Decks: I got 99 Problems but a Parasprite Ain’t One

Thinking Ahead: Pony Math Is Hard

There are certain circumstances in which I have no business winning the games I win. In fact, often times I have stumbled through a tournament and come out on top despite having a terrible deck with terrible match ups against me. These events have lead to two things. The first being that I have developed the unfortunate habit of playing decks that may in fact, disgrace the great name of team Pandeponium and the second is that I have developed a reputation as a “good” player. Both of these outcomes have reinforced bad behavior.

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