Magic Challenge Deck review…"Face the Hydra"

I was sooo excited to see the Hydra deck for sale last Friday!  I snatched that thing up as soon as I could!

The Hydra is a challenge.  He is hard to beat.  The way this works is you get however many heads you want to slay out, and then shuffle his deck.  He uses no mana.  He gets to play whatever card he draws.  (That is why it is a self running deck.)  You on the other hand are restricted to the rules of magic, except that discard and mill spells don’t work against the Hydra.

And when you kill a Hydra head, he gets to draw two cards…And if they are Hydra heads, you guessed it…You put them on the battlefield immediately.

The Hydra is no chump either…He can burn you with cards like “Unified Lunge” (See below), and there is not hardly anything you can do about it.  Furthermore, he swings every turn unless you can tap his heads.  I predicted that a white and blue azorius type deck would beat him easily, because that kind of deck can tap things.  I was correct to a point.  It depends on how lucky the hydra is..and how early he is lucky!  (I guess this is true of all Magic playing, isn’t it.)

I have played the Hydra with my boys several times…It is a good thing to play Magic a different way…In a teamwork kind of way.

And the Hydra deck makes a great game of Magic Solitaire…In fact, this is something Magic has been sorely lacking…Sure there are a few rules for a Solitaire game floating around out there, but those games aren’t that good.  The Hydra is a good option if you don’t have a playing opponent.

The Challenge Deck is a new kind of deck, and more are promised in the future.  That said, I’m not sure how to rate it.  I Really Like It!  But it COULD have better art, I suppose.  Some of the Hydra heads look kind of “cartoony”.  On the other hand, I love the back of the cards…They look cool…It makes me wish that sometimes MTG cards had a different back, but I guess the “deck master” back is a consistent choice that promotes a variety of formats.

So I’m going to rate the deck with 4/5.  The point was lost for the cartoony heads.  Otherwise, this is an awesome product, and every Magic fan should get one!

Enjoy pictures of my Hydra deck below!

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Theros Review

First of all, I must apologize for a little break in the blog action.  I have been a busy SpartanNerd…But I’m ultra-excited..The Tangled Web has a big sale coming up!

Theros has some cool new things!  The “god cards” are cool…They are jacked examples of enchantment-creatures…Like these…

I have Purphoros and Erebos, and am trying to get SpartanNerd #1 to trade me a Heliod. I like how the Wizards have riffed on the greek gods…Hades, Helios, and Hephaestus.  There is also a Thassa and a Nylea, which we don’t have.

Each god card has a weapon, and emissary, and an ordeal card related to them.  So there are quite a few things to collect!  I would argue that the weapons are better than the gods themselves!  When I played Booster draft, Purphoros Emissary won a few matches for me.  It has a Bestow trick, where it can be either a crature or enchantment.  It is the kind of thing that you hang onto for awhile if you can and then use it to move in for the kill.

Then there are the “hero cards,”  My favorite is Fabled Hero….(Goes great with Fencing Ace…plus, check out that flavor text.  “You.  Poet.  Write this down.”  Brilliant!)  Hero cards use the “heroic” mechanic, which means that you target something and it causes a trigger.  So Heroic works good with  Bestow.

Let’s not forget the monsters!  Hundred Handed One is a good example…This card was obviously designed for those token generator decks.

So that is my review of the set.  Maybe this is why M14 was so boring…All the wizards good ideas were saved for Theros!

Groovy Dork list

Groovy–  theros has been a blast to draft!  I have pretty much stuck to read and whie, and have had fun and won some. 

Dork–  how come MOTUC figures cost so much, when better figures are cheaper in the Marvel Select line?  One reason Mattel seems to give is the price of plastic.   Well the Marvel figures have to use two or three times as much plastic!
Groovy–  IOS7 keeps surprising me.   I turned off my blootooth and on my flashlight from the “control Center” today. 
Dork–  The Walking Dead figures…don’t look like to TV show.   They must be based on the comics?   I havn’t read any of those. 
Groovy– Vlllains Month!
Dork– Villains Month…   (More on these later)
Groovy–  James Eatock’s list of greatest moments from Filmation He-Man cartoon
Dork–  The Filmation show is NOT streaming from NETFLIX anymore.  
Groovy–  there is now a SpartanCat!
Dork–  they actually made this?   Water Grow Ninja Turtles.