Review: INSIDE

Inside

Playdead’s Inside opens on a young boy tumbling over a hill with nowhere to go but onward. There’s something so desolate about this one that makes it stick out – you start with no direction and no other characters on screen. The way the protagonist emerges into a forest, alone, with no guide. The color palette is subdued. There is no music. The protagonist is alone in some woods and the only direction to go is right. There is no compulsion to go on, there’s no arrow. To be quite honest, it just feels right. It’s a primal thing born in the history of video games to continue going in that direction. Read More

Top 10 Impressive Cards from Moonlight Savior

Hello everyone! This week I am doing something a little different than the usual brew.  Moonlight Savior has been out now for about 2 weeks and I wanted to talk a bit about the top 10 cards I have been most impressed with in testing.  Not all of the cards on this list are cards I feel are potential for being top tier competitive.  This is a list of cards that have impressed me in some way in testing, either being way more powerful than I expected or being much more payable and providing more value that I originally expected. Without further ado, here are the top 10 cards that have impressed me in the first 2 weeks of the set’s release. Read More

On Reflect/Refrain and Bans

Hello! My name is Alex Gerdes and this is my first article here at Of Dice and Pens, but you might recognize my name since I am the host of the On the Chase Podcast. With the top 8 decks from the first two AGPs after the release of the Moonlight Savior, AGP Montreal and AGP Hawaii, being made up of primarily reflect there has been a lot discussion about a banning of reflect and how bad it is for the game. This article is going to be about why reflect isn’t actually as bad for the game as everyone makes him out to be and why I feel he shouldn’t be banned. Read More

On the Chase Podcast Episode 6 – By Fire Be Burned

Hello Ladies and Gentlemen! Welcome to the sixth episode of the On the Chase Podcast featuring Gerds, Sean, Lane, Andrew, and our newcomer Brendan! Today we will be talking about our first Friday night local event and what we played after a long and hard fought journey to AGP Richmond and then we continue on into our new segment that we’re pretty sure is called Brew Fest. I don’t know but I’m pretty sure that was the case. Anyway, as always if you have anything to comment on, please let us know. If you have a brew in mind that you would like us to tackle, feel free to leave us a suggestion in the comments below. Thanks for listening! Read More

On the Chase Podcast Episode 5 – Insert Clever Title Here

Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen! Welcome to the fifth episode of the On the Chase Podcast hosted by Gerds, Lane, Andrew, and RJ! During this podcast we primarily discuss our trip down to AGP Richmond and ramble on. It is during this podcast that I have discovered that I am an extremely passive aggressive person when it comes to addressing Gerds and I just don’t know why… might be his face, who knows. Anyway, we hope you enjoy this weeks episode and tune in this Friday when I actually upload the episode on time because I’ll stop being a scrub eventually. Also a huge shout out to the guys from Grinning Remnant, if you haven’t checked em out, you should do so! Read More

Team Twisted Fate’s Debut

Hello Everyone! I’m here today to talk about my experience at AGP Richmond.  In the weeks leading up to the event, our team had been testing several decks to find what would be the best choice to bring to Richmond. We had 3 decks we felt were strong contenders for the event: Black/Blue/Red aggro (this color combination will be called Grixis moving forward), green Val 2.0, and Alice’s World.  After seeing the results of the AGP in Italy, we first began testing the Grixis list and we were impressed with how powerful the deck was. While testing Val 2.0, we were very impressed with how the deck accelerated its mana quickly but felt the deck lacked something and we believed it was not as good as the Grixis or World decks. After the results from AGP Dallas, most of the team agreed that Alice’s World was the best deck to play at Richmond and began working to tune the deck for the event. One teammate suggested that we try running Gretel in the World list with Green stones instead of using Ruler’s Memorial.  We agreed that this sounded like a promising idea and put the first draft of the deck together.  As we began playing the first games with it, we were impressed with how fast the deck was at developing its stone base and how good Gretel was in the deck.  We spent the final few days before the event trying out different pieces of tech and everyone decided to play 3-4 different cards that we each felt would help the deck. This is the list I registered at the event. Read More