Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Korean M12

Korean M12 arrived on the weekend but I didn't get to see the cards first hand until yesterday.

People have complained about the translations and it does effect flavor but they are playable.
The only thing that bothers me is that remainder and rules text is very similar to the important game text and the text inside the text box is a bit small.

They could do with bumping up the size of the game text a little in the next printing.

Oppened a foil ponder so I was really interested what it was worth. I couldn't find people selling them anywhere on English sites so I fired up Ebay and have put mine up to see if there is much interest.

Was a little tricky working out how to list a South Korean Item located in Korea under my Australian account but hopefully it works.

Monday, October 17, 2011

M12 Korea arrives

Korean magic cards are here!

The Korean version of M12 has arrived.
So far it’s garnering mixed reviews from Korean players because some of the translations are sub par and the font used is pretty simple. Cooler heads in the community are more forgiving given it’s the first effort at Korean cards in modern times.

I haven’t had a chance to see the cards first hand as I couldn’t make it to the pre release but will hopefully have some in my hand later this week.

The Korean distributor has also used the release of Korean cards as a chance to up the price. A box has gone from W140,400 to W158,400; a pretty substantial bump. The excuse banded around is currency changes.
In Australia the dollar went from 1 AUD = 0.80 US Cents to parity and we didn’t see prices drop. Seems in every country currency changes can only increase prices and the consumer never wins.
You can still get the English version of M12 at the old prices but Innistrad (English) and M12 (Korean) look to be W158,400 everywhere.

If you are going to raise prices doing so when you’re improving the product (Korean cards are certainly better for Korean players) is good timing but I think it’s a shame that it makes the game very expensive and limits growth. You only have to look at Japan to see the potential for Magic in Korea, now that they have cards in their own language.

Korean players are also well aware that their foils should be in demand overseas, though traditionally foils aren't so popular domestically because they are not very suitable for tournaments. Well that's according to my wife but she is a spike so perhaps casual players would disagree.

Tourney report 25th September 2011

Tourney report

Location: DiveDice Seoul
Event: Innistrad pre release
Sealed deck 25th September 2011

I made it to DiveDice with plenty of time to spare for a 10:00 am start. Player count was 34 players, 6 waygooks, 3 guys in suits and one female.

Deck registration was required and I opened a Garruk that I would have to pass. It could have been much worse, and it was for the guy next to me who cracked Liliana and Snapcaster mage.

There was a tiny amount of intriguing green but red white was a fairly obvious combination and resulted in a really strong and fairly broken deck. I made a few deck construction errors. The main one being that I main decked Bloodcrazed Neonate which is a mistake I wouldn’t have made if I wasn’t so rusty. Attacks each turn if possible is a huge red flag and anything with that drawback and lacking ridiculous stats is unplayable in sealed.
I sided out Bloodcrazed Neonate in favor of Blazing Torch for game 2 every time.

Final deck list:
8 Mountains
8 Plains
1 Shimmering Grotto

2 x Bonds of Faith
Silverchase fox
Avacynian Priest
Chapel Geist
Fiend Hunter
Elder Cathar
Gallows Warden
Slayer of the Wicked
Abbey Griffin
Smite the Monstrous

Kruin Outlaw // Terror of Kruin Pass
Village Ironsmith // Ironfang
Reckless Waif // Merciless Predator
Bloodcrazed Neonate
Rakish Heir
Devils Play
Skirsdag Cultist
Charmbreaker Devils
Into the Maw of Hell

Manor Gargoyle
Butcher’s Cleaver
Trepanation Blade

Harvest Pyre
Blazing Torch (should have been main)
One eyed scarecrow (brought in against blue white to great effect)

Round 1 Chang Myoung Soo with green/white
He had the Garruk that I had opened during deck registration. I know this because he showed it to me as he was using a checklist card. When he did so I assumed he was just volunteering this info and was a bit of a scrub. I wasn’t going to be revealing my 3 cards that’s for sure.
Turns out I was being a massive cheater and that if you use a checklist it is an actual rule that you have to reveal your double sided cards before the match starts. The high ground was lost but I managed to win a tight mach 2-1

Round 2 Jung-suk Goh with blue/white
I could tell he was a very strong player and his deck was quite tricky and produced a lot of tokens. I sided in One Eyed Scarecrow for games 2 and 3 and it bought me enough time to kill him with Devils Play in game 3.

Round 3 Jungmin Lee with green/white
His deck was based around a lot of very strong creatures but he didn’t have removal for my Charmbreaker Devils and I lived the dream of getting back devils play 3 turns in a row to wipe his board.
In game 2 I had a Reckless Waif on turn one which flipped and did 6 damage before he summoned some defence. I felt like a luck sack both games and they ended up being the easiest I had all day.

Round 4 Jon Queiros With blue/black
Jon offered the split before playing which I accepted. That took a lot of pressure off our match which was lucky because he had a very strong pool. I managed to come back from an early Liliana to win game 1 but was crushed in game two. In game 3 he was a little late to find enough creatures and my removal kept him from coming back into it.

A fun day but I did not have enough time to draft which was a shame as Innistrad looks a really fun set. Oh well I am undefeated on Korean Soil...... which won’t last long so I should enjoy it while it lasts.