Friday, May 25, 2018

"Nothing Moves Me"



"Nothing Moves Me"
by:
Virgilio F. De leon Jr.MD

I
Nothing moves me
Not anger , Not fear
Not death , Not living
Not the thought of you leaving

II
Nothing moves me
Not love , Not Hate
Not pleasure nor pain
Or thoughts that might drive others insane

III
Nothing moves me
And I will stand here till all go.
But Only for your tears
Will I wake and dry them for you.

UHG Building N , QC 05/26/2018 1:20am

"Midweek Magic 2018 #16: Jarad secures his place in my Pantheon"


"Midweek Magic 2018 #16: Jarad secures his place in my Pantheon"
by:
Virgilio F. De leon Jr.MD

It was the first group games of April and it was nice to have Cheska back from Japan and Yo from his Mckinley tours. Janry and Jus were also in the mix and it was Jarad at the head of the Archenemy table with me piloting him.

All was going well actually and I was showing some really great luck in the Archenemy draws that I was able to put a Liliana Vess into play and get the cards that I wanted into my hands and into my graveyard. The first game ended with a combo win and some of the control players in the group were tapped out.

Cheska looked at me and asked. "Tapos na Doc?"
Janry didn't want me to explain and I was even chided by Cheska if it would take to long to explain. Overall I felt like my decision making skills were much improved this time around.

I managed to(with the permission of everyone to make a "Sands of time move") to put a Necrotic Ooze on the battlefield with Triskelion and and Phyrexian Devourer already in my graveyard and I pinged everyone to death.

The 2nd game was also a close call and I felt that I would be able to eke out a win even if Janry was controlling me most of the game and Jus was also pressuring with a mechanized production win and 9 treasure tokens already on the battlefield. 

I reanimated Razaketh and looked for an Acidic slime which promptly got countered by Janry who was playing a blue black Ninjutsu deck. After being tapped out I then reanimated Acidic slime to destroy the Mechanized Production. I breathed a sigh of relief but my demise was something worse. It was at the hand of a Manticore from Amonkhet.

Jus who at this point attacked a Lannery storm had 10 treasures which he sacrificed to make the red pirate a 12/2 , dying to the Manticore and dealing damage to me. The Manticore was sacrificed and then Embalmed dealing another set of damage. Much to everyone's relief and my eventual demise. It was the constant pressure and the fact that everyone in the group was engaged that made me happy.Jarad has made his presence felt.Time to move on to the next project. Another member to my Jupon Katana.

"Bumper Cars."


"Bumper Cars."
by:
Virgilio F. De leon Jr.MD

The whole point of bumper cars is in the name itself. Bump each other and laugh to your hearts content. At least that is what I thought it was and I still do. 

Except I saw this one guy who drove his cart like he had no joy in the world. Not a smile cracking on his face as he navigated through everyone. He would voluntarily swerve away from hitting others and even when was able pass safely away his face was impassive. Not a single smile or a single peep out of him with the exception of when he was seemingly scolded his friend to turn the car and drive.

That is no way to drive a bumper car. I think the guy would have enjoyed another ride. Then again he might be one of those iceberg types who do not reveal much of how he feels on his face and maybe his own version of bumper cars is the perverse pleasure of not hitting or being hit by someone.

I don't think I can do that. My personality normally needs to be tempered. I have to look serious. I have to be respectable and all that. When I get into one of these carts I know that I can hit people as hard as I can and they would be laughing hard with me when I do. I can drive as recklessly as I can but then again if I don't put just a little control I won't hit anyone as hard so therein lies the irony. I have to be in control to lose control.

It is always a very relaxing experience for me as I plow through the other carts or back into other people. It seems like my perverse fantasy to do so. No one gets hurt and everyone has a great time. The 5 minutes or so just seem to pass us by and we find ourselves going for another round.

Some people blow off steam by shooting things. I do the same by crashing into other people.

"Midweek Magic 2018 #15:A little thing called Golgari Wars!"


"Midweek Magic 2018  #15:A little thing called Golgari Wars!"
by:
Virgilio F. De leon Jr.MD

It was my 2nd day of using Jarad and after a great run battling Jus and Janry the previous day I was feeling a bit more confident using the deck again. 

Of course I was not expecting to battle 1 on 1 with another Golgari powerhouse in Varolz which Janry brought this night. It was a such a fast win that I was not able to react properly. It was a 15/15 Varolz attacking on turn 3 after Janry cast a Death's Shadow and it promptly died , only to be Scavenged on the deadly troll. So many counters. I had to scoop my cards and concede.

Our 2nd game was starting to look the same with Varolz going on the offensive early again and threatening to kill me next turn but it went much better in my favor as I was able to cast Living Death reanimating a lot of my deadly creatures and eliminating Varolz in the process and Janry would try to play control for the rest of the game.

I cannot remember which game it was but I also died to a 6/6 flying Plague stinger with Varolz scavenging a 5/5 creature on it. I had to slap my forehead because I did not play my Bojuka bog the previous turn when I could have eliminated anything that Varolz could scavenge.

Over all the night was back and for between the Golgari Lichlord , Jarad and Golgari Champion Varolz.  

"What I say to Fear"


"What I say to Fear"
by:
Virgilio F. De leon Jr.MD

I
Fear often whispers in my ear
this could fail
this could be the end
the worst thing you can ever be

II
And I find myself staring at it
And this is what I say
I know
I know that I could fail
I know that this might be it
I know that despite giving it all
I know .I I know I could fail.

III
Fear looks back at me as I answer
and it has nothing left to whisper.
So I do what I do
Pray and study and know
Listen and Live and Go.
I know I could fail.
Fear lets me go.

UHG Building N 5/19/2018 2:48am

"Midweek Magic 2018 #14:Jarad is back!"


"Midweek Magic 2018 #14:Jarad is back!"
by:
Virgilio F. De leon Jr.MD

On the first day that Jarad , Golgari returned into active EDH play I found that both my opponents Janry and Jus were not focusing on him. It was that part of the night where I moved from 1 v 1 with Jus into the 3 on 3 portion with Janry in the pantry.

Now the reason why my opponents were not focusing on Jarad was because they saw the 8/8 Razaketh as the beater that they needed to eliminate. I believe that Razaketh was killed and reanimated around three times in one of our games. I no longer had any reanimation spells on me. They no longer had any removal spells. It seemed that a draw was in the offing.

The difference was that Jarad stepped unto the battlefield as a 12/12 creature alongside my Lhurgoyf who was now 10/11. It pays to have a well stocked graveyard. Hehehehehe. It was not long before I eliminated both of them.

I had my doubts playing it in a multiplayer setting but it was strong enough and I was better at piloting it this time around.  Jarad is back! 

"Stairs:Giving You Perspective."


"Stairs:Giving You Perspective."
by:
Virgilio F. De leon Jr.MD

The view from where I was standing was beautiful and dare I say worth the 9 hours or so drive from Manila to Ilocos. Only I realized something when it was time to eat and the buffet restaurant where we were supposed to go was located. It was located above us which can mean only one thing. Stairs.

And lots of it , stairs that were cut into the stone face of the cliff where Vitalis sat  , stairs that were steep and daunting and made your calf muscles burn with the effort when you climbed them. The kids were running up as I trudged myself up like an old man. I was just not into all that climbing and there were lots of that if you wanted to get around the resort and enjoy the views and different pools.

After awhile though I feel like I have gotten used to it. My heart didn't feel like it was going to pound right out of my chest. I did realize though that I was still out of shape and that I needed to do something about it.

The summer is half way over but it might present a good bonding moment with my Aven if we exercise a bit. I might need to look into that as I want to have more wonderful vacations with my family in the near future.