Rise of the Eldrazi is the newest set in the trading card game Magic the Gathering. I made it to the pre-release at midnight to find about 80 other people there. After playing until 4:00 AM I ended up dropping with a record of 2-1. I hadn’t lost a match all night until round 3, where I played someone that had an amazing deck. I still feel I could of made top 8 that night, but seeing as it was already eating into my weekend I had to call it a night.
I am very competitive at every game I play, but lately I’ve found EDH to be a nice break. It gives me a chance to play crazy cards that I would never be able to play in Standard. I have been playing a slightly modified version of EDH at lunch at work for the last year. The modifications we made were basically so we could finish a game in our lunch break. We all start with 20 life, with no general damage rules. After the pre-release I had to update my mono-red EDH deck to now a Red/Green Rosheen the meander deck. I put in a copy of all the big Eldrazi’s including Emrakul himself. I’ve been able to hard cast him in 3 different games, and I still lost one of those by getting overrun by tokens. Sometimes I feel like the games go until someone casts Emrakul, as we all run a copy now, but I don’t think it ruins the game in anyway as some people predicted. So far my favorite card for EDH from the ROE set has been Momentous Fall, which is a card that makes you sacrifice a creature, and you draw cards equal to its power, and gain life equal to its toughness. That card has saved my life so many times! In my last game I had 6 mana and Rosheen on the table. I was being attacked by an opponent for 50 damage or something insane. He was at one life and I had no burn spells in my hand. I paid 4 to sacrifice my 16/16 dragon that was equipped to a Sigil of Distinction. I was lucky enough to draw into a comet storm and was able to tap Rosheen for 4 and my remaining two red lands to kill my opponent and win the game the following turn.
I can’t wait to see what the next set has in store.