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For the next several weeks, I’ll be opening an M14 booster pack and discussing the contents in terms of use during a booster draft type event. Once I’ve gone through six of them, I’ll be examining them in the context of a Sealed Event, making a 40-card deck from 6 boosters.

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We’re going to cover quite a bit today, so be sure to carve out some time for this one.  Also, it’s best if you follow along, so if you don’t already have Eclipse installed, see last week‘s article for a link to the download page.

My goal today is to show you how to get started with Eclipse, and then show you the building-blocks of programming: variables, conditional statements and for loops.  These three things form the basic tool set that you’ll use in every program from here on out.  Variables are how you store and access information.  Conditional statements are how you control the program and allow it to make decisions.  For loops are the most basic way to run through a set of data points, running calculations or making decisions along the way.

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So, I don’t have a How-to Tuesday article for you today.  Today’s slot was reserved for the off-chance that the Extreme Ghetorix tutorials took longer than expected.  I want to maintain my posting momentum, though, so I figured I would share some hobby related resources with you.

Ichiban Studios

I recently found this channel on YouTube, while looking to see if SchnauzerFace or AwesomePaintJob had any new videos up. Hugo, the main man behind the videos is a really good painter, and enjoys showing his methods. His videos range from unboxings to airbrush tutorials to weathering to studio updates (he does commissions).

Ichiban seems to do only 40k, so don’t expect to see much Warmachine. The techniques and advice still apply though, and I know many of you out there aren’t monogamous when it comes to game systems, so hopefully he has something to teach you. I particularly like the handful of videos about spicing up X-Wing models. I’ve included one below.

Here are some of examples of his stuff:



HandCannon Online: Randy Miller on 2-Brush Blending

This article is a great place to start if you’re looking at 2-bush blending. He has some good explanations with pictures, and then a video (below). Note that the video is sped up – you don’t actually move that fast.

The video does a great job of showing the motions and how to do it, but the article itself helps explain the theory, and why you’re making the motions you are, and why they’re effective. Definitely give the video a watch, and definitely read through the article.

So, I went to my first Draft event two weekends ago.  Overall, I had fun, despite the fact I lost more times than I won.  I ended up going 1-3, only because I got the bye in round 3.  Before I start dissecting what I did and where I think I need to do things differently, here’s the 40-card deck I ended up with (in order or rarity):


Construction

I firmly believe that I picked too many creatures. I pulled the Colossus of Akros the first round and was lured by the fact that I didn’t have to commit to a color yet. Also, it’s efficient being a 10/10 for only 8. I completely disregarded the fact that 8 mana is still 8. Freaking. Mana. I chose the Fanatic of Mogis every time it came around, because it’s efficient and tags the opponent for some damage when ever it comes out. Hundred-Handed one was a solid pick, it showed up in my starting hand more times than I can remember.

I’m happy with the creatures I picked, I just picked far too many of them. I know I passed by Lightning Strike and Shock a few times, and I really shouldn’t have. Those spells are too good to pass by, not unless there’s something even better.

Gameplay

This deck is fast, and it’s insanely aggressive. There are enough small creatures that I’m usually summoning creatures by round two or three, and if I got the right mana, Hundred-Handed One can be out pretty early too. Minotaur Skullcleaver is a great early-game play, especially when followed up by a Fanatic of Mogis for some nice damage from devotion to red.

I don’t think I ever used Lightning Strike correctly. Way too often I just tagged my opponent with it as soon as I could, rather than waiting to remove a creature when it attacked, or when it blocked. I went for the easy points, rather than thinking in the long term.

I made lots of other little mistakes: throwing a creature at my opponent who could block it without issue, chump blocking when I had plenty of health and could have taken the hit, etc.

Thoughts for next time…

Obviously, more removal and fewer creatures during the draft.

I definitely enjoyed playing Red, I think the fast and reckless nature works for me, as a newb.

I need to get a better handle on the cards in this set, so I can draft faster and be better prepared for the next Draft.