The prerelease weekend has come and gone and what an exciting weekend it was. Every store where I played an event was at maximum capacity for every Helvault event. It would appear the Helvault experiment was a success. Before I move on I'd like to discuss something regarding the helvault that is really bothering me.
Regarding the Helvault
The contents of the Helvault were not thrilling for most players, and I don't think I'm going out on a limb to say that.
Apart from being unexciting, especially to Spike, power gamer and (... is there a name like that for a value trader? There is now: Kelly) Kelly, value trader, the contents of the Helvault were also 100% completely free of charge to most of us.
If your LGS charged more for a Helvault event than they have in the past, I'm sorry. That was their choice, not a WOTC mandate and you should take that into consideration regarding whether to attend future events at that store.
For the rest of us, we got completely free swag. Spike doesn't care about over-sized Commander cards of angels and spindowns, but guess what, Spike? The Helvault wasn't for you. If they made a set that was 120 creatures with the card type "Steamflogger" with no instants, Spike would go to 5 prereleases in a weekend, and Kelly would preorder 4 cases.
Like it or not, the Helvault was designed to get the casual crowd to stop playing at their kitchen tables and come to a store.
Did it work? All accounts point to yes. So why is there so much bellyaching? The major complaints are:
- The contents of the Helvault were unexciting/poor.
- Other stores got premium judge foils and we didn't.
- Smaller stores will suffer lower attendance because only premier stores got good Helvaults.
Of all three complaints, perhaps point 3 is the only truly legitimate one. But there is no indication that the premium Helvaults (which didn't affect attendance because no one knew about premium Helvaults until after the fact) were given to premier stores as a reward, so it's possible premier stores were selected because those stores were most likely to have the full 54 players in attendance.
If 54 seems like a weird number, it seems to me that at 2 packs per player, 54 players means 3 boxes total for prizes.
The last I will say is that you got free stuff. If you don't like the quality of the free stuff, take a minute to process how silly that position is. For all the whining about the spindowns, when I offered people a dollar each for theirs, I didn't get any takers. Curious.
Please tell me in the comment section of this article why I am wrong.
Moving on to what you came here to see.
The great Klug IAMA
- Klug's IAMA can be found here on reddit.
Perhaps the most famous and talented card alteration artist, Eric Klug sat down to answer some of reddit.com's burning questions about his art. This is a fascinating read and I can't emphasize enough to the people who aren't interested in reading about a card painter, you will be glad you read this. It is worth the time you put in.
At GP Indianapolis I had the great pleasure of having dinner at a place called "Sushi Club" just outside of downtown Indy with a mixed bag of Magic pros, Binder Grinders and judges. Sushi Club, for those uninitiated, is a gauntlet of all-you-can eat sushi for a flat price. Perhaps Indianapolis' best-kept secret until now, Sushi Club is poised to unseat Fogo De Chao as the go-to dinner venue in Indianapolis. Who needs all-you-can eat greasy steak when you can get all-you-can eat sushi for a third of the price?
Digression aside, I found myself seated across from a very talented young lady named Lindsay Burley who, in addition to really knowing her sushi, does 3D alterations. I've seen a lot of these alters done before and they are getting quite popular with the EDH crowd. I can say without bias that Ms. Burley's cuts are the cleanest I've seen, and that has a great effect on the overall aesthetic of the card.
She got a lot of attention at GP Indy because the head judge ruled that a 3D altered Delver of Secrets was legal to use as long as there was a corresponding checklist card shuffled into the deck. Lindsay happened to have a few double-sided Delver of Secrets alters made up.
I'll make a list of cards that may benefit from this ruling:
- Delver of Secrets
- Huntmaster of the Fells
- Mayor of Avadid, did you not hear me say Delver? Why are we still having this discussion?
Yes, she does commissions. Yes, she is also a talented artist, capable of making you a playmat to protect your 3D Rafiq as you double strike your way into the EDH hall of fame. Yes, she has a website.
A Moment of Levity
Redditor thekidd142 offered an alternative to the controversial card art, injecting some much-needed levity into the contentious, ongoing debate about sexism in the Magic community. I loled. All this picture needs is a musical number from an animated Candelabra of Tawnos and you have my favorite kid's movie about Stockholm syndrome ever.
Literal Germ Tokens
Redditor awp105 submitted for our consideration some germ tokens that will tickle the fancy of the science-minded among us.
If you want to make a set of these your own, the eBay auction containing these bad boys is here.
Finally, Redditor TheCurmudgoen offers this visual guide to just how many older cards Avacyn Restored has left without a job.
A Fond Farewell
Prerelease weekend leaves me without any decklists to talk about, so I bid you adieu.
I will be back next week to talk about this coming weekend's lists.
In the mean time, I welcome you to brew something. Let me know what you're thinking of running in the new Standard where titans always resolve, one-mana wraths can deal with Thrun and all the thatchers want shorter weeks and better pay.
Is Champion of Lambholt as silly as I think it is when paired with Huntmaster and creatures with undying, or is he begging to eat a Slagstorm? Let me know in the comments, or follow me on twitter @JasonEAlt.
See you next week, kids!