Friday, December 2, 2011

EPIC Face Palm!!!

So last Friday night I was playing some Magic the Gathering at my local shop (I mean, what else would I be doing on a Friday Night) and let's just say, I wasn't playing so hot.

During either round two or three, I don't remember exactly which one, I sat down across from my opponent with my Grixis Control deck and prepared to go up against Tempered Steel. My opponent was somebody from the shop who I had played against many times in the past but had not seen in a long while until this night. During many of the previous matches I had played against him I had defeated him and then afterwards explained to him how he could have won the match if he had not made certain play mistakes. So needless to say, combined with that information and knowing that he had just got back into Magic, I was feeling pretty good about my chances in the match.

So we shuffled up and started the match. I was on the play and at the end of his second turn he had three creatures on the board and I was sitting pretty with a Black Sun's Zenith in my hand ready to use it for one and wipe his board, of which I proceeded to do. I was feeling pretty good with an empty board and counter magic as well as removal in my hand. I wasn't worried about the turn three tempered steel that he may play because I figured it would be worth the three for one from the Zenith. So sure enough, for his turn three he played a tempered steel and passed.

I don't remember the exact events of the game for the next few turns but we came to a point where I had five lands in play with a dissipate and a devil's play among other cards in my hand and my opponent only had his tempered steel in play. For his turn he cast an Etched Champion. I could have, and probably should have, countered it but I figured he didn't have metalcraft so I could just kill it with my Devil's Play and leave mana open to counter anything he plays next turn. Now if you stop and think for a minute you will realize the flaw in this logic. Devil's play is not an instant and I only had five lands in play. If you don't see the problem here just wait and you will.

So he passed his turn, I untapped and proceeded to use my Devil's Play to kill the Champion as planned. So I tapped three lands and threw the Devil's Play at my opponents Champion for two damage to kill it. My opponent gave me a puzzled look and said "okay". I paused for a moment wondering why he wasn't proceeding to place his Champion into the graveyard. It was at that point I remembered a key factor, there was a Tempered Steel in play. So two damage wasn't enough to kill the Champion. So what did I do? I tapped one more land and said "oh, I meant to do it for three damage". My opponent looked at me again with a smirk on his face and politely repeated... "okay". At this point I was still wondering why he wasn't moving the Champion to the graveyard and asked "HOW BIG IS THAT THING ANYWAY" as I grabbed the Tempered Steel to read it. It was at this point I made the obvious realization that I had to do FOUR damage to the Champion in order to kill it. Feeling incredibly stupid I asked my opponent again, "can I take that back" wanting to cast the Devil's Play for four and actually KILL the Champion. He responded with, "no, I already let you take it back once, I am not going to let you do it again. Especially after all the times you told me my mistakes at the end of matches that cost me the win".

So there I was, with only one land untapped, counter magic in hand and a wasted Devil's Play in my graveyard. At that point I might as well have scooped it up because my opponent took full advantage of me being tapped out and I spent the rest of the game trying to deal with the Champion and ultimately lost.

Afterwards we had a good laugh about the game. My dialogue recapping my thoughts of the game went something like... "here, you can win, I don't want to... no seriously I don't want to win... I'll just punt the game right here and now". I then made a comment of how "It would be nice if I actually KNEW how to play Magic. I might actually be able to win!".


Oh, by the way, I made plenty of other dumb mistakes throughout the night that may or may not have cost me some games. But this was the worst. Maybe this week I will remember how to play MTG!

Monday, October 17, 2011

More MTG content to come!

Hey everybody, this is Kevin from KlotzProductions again. Today I am posting to let you all know what my plans are moving forward with the channel. I have been thinking about it a lot lately and I have decided to start putting a LOT of time into the channel and start posting videos 2-3 days a week. I am basically going to treat it as a full-time job. It doesn't pay like a full-time job however I want it to someday so I figure I should start treating it like one.

Now, it is possible that I will get into it and decide it is just too much to handle working on videos full-time and then going to work a "day job" at the same time but I am going to give it a shot and see how things go.

This means I am going to try posting full matches again, instead of just one game a week. I may also try recording two matches some weeks. Other things that I may post are the "deck of the week" videos again, however I am going to re-name it "Net Deckers" if I do start making them again. I also want to start doing playtesting with my friends on Magic Workstation (and even with you all if you would like) and then doing live commentary as I play and posting those videos on the channel as well in a "playtesting" playlist.

So that is where I am right now. Keep in mind this is something that I am taking on a "trial run" so to speak. I may stick with it for a long time or I may not. We will have to wait and see.

OH... I redesigned the channel as well. If you haven't seen it yet you should go check it out!


Thursday, October 6, 2011

Building Grixis Control Post Innistrad Release!

Hello everybody, this is Kevin again and today I am going to take some time to discuss the deck I am currently working on and my gameplan for defeating the curent metagame.  I will start out by telling you that I still have a lot of testing to do and this is only an early analysis of the deck.  So feel free to leave your opinions and suggestions.

Here is the list.

// Lands
    4 [SOM] Blackcleave Cliffs
    4 [M12] Dragonskull Summit
    6 [ZEN] Mountain (4)
    6 [ZEN] Swamp (1)
    4 [M12] Drowned Catacomb
    4 [ISD] Sulfur Falls

// Creatures
    1 [M12] Grave Titan
    1 [M12] Inferno Titan
    2 [MBS] Consecrated Sphinx

// Spells
    2 [M12] Sorin Markov
    3 [M12] Chandra, the Firebrand
    4 [M12] Doom Blade
    4 [NPH] Dismember
    4 [MBS] Go for the Throat
    2 [MBS] Black Sun's Zenith
    4 [MBS] Slagstorm
    2 [NPH] Tezzeret's Gambit
    1 [M12] Sorin's Vengeance
    2 [M12] Druidic Satchel

// Sideboard
SB: 1 [MBS] Black Sun's Zenith
SB: 4 [M12] Combust
SB: 4 [M12] Dragon's Claw
SB: 2 [MBS] Phyrexian Crusader
SB: 2 [SOM] Memoricide
SB: 2 [NPH] Surgical Extraction

The deck was originally only black/red control however I decided to try adding blue due to the sheer power of the Consecrated Sphinx.  Like the other creatures in the deck he is large enough to survive a Dismember which I feel is critical in a deck with so few creatures.

The main idea from the deck originally came from trying to kill someone instantly by casting Sorin's Vengeance and copying it with Chandra.  Because of this I originally ran 2 Vengeance and 2 Diabolic Tutor's to seach for the needed cards.  (remember you can copy tutor to search for 2 cards)  You can also drop the opponent to 10 life with Sorin Markov at 6 mana and then kill them with Vengeance at 7.  All that being said, the deck now only uses that as an alternate win condition.  The main idea is to keep the board under control with all of the creature hate main deck and then drop a bomb like Grave or Inferno Titan or even Markov.  The Tezzeret's Gambit are nice because they have proliferate.  This allows me to copy them with chandra and keep her counters up.

The most recent addition is the Druidic Satchel.  In one of my most recent videos of Blue / Black Control I saw the card being used and realized how powerful it can be.  Not only is it going to excelerate my lands but it will also gain me a lot of life being that most of the cards in the deck are non-creature.  If you want to check out that game you can see it here.

Moving onto the sideboard.

Combust - This is for use against U/W Illusions.  Not only is it solid creature removal against them but it also can not be countered which is very important.

Dragon's Claw & Phyrexian Crusader - These are for Mono-Red matchups.  The idea is to stay alive long enough in those matchups and these help with that.  Also, the Crusader does not die to slagstorm so I can keep those in post sideboarding and probably take out the Black Sun's Zenith.

Memoricide & Surgical Extraction - Both of these cards are intended for use against control decks and even more so against Solar Flare or other graveyard based decks.  I truthfully have never been too good at the control vs control matchups though.  Making them discard cards is what I feel is the best way to combat them though.  Other cards I have considered against them is Liliana of the Veil or Monomania.

That is pretty much it.  Like I said, the deck is still a work in progress and I may not even end up building it, but this is where I am right now.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

New Job and other stuff

Hey everybody, it's Kevin again.

I haven't written a blog update in a while so I figured I would go ahead and do so to let you all know what is going on with me.

First of all I haven't been posting all that many videos lately because I recently got a new job working at a television station and so I have been really busy, and tired.  But I am in the process of editing new gameplays and they should be online before too long. 

Until then though I put together a booster pack unpacking of 12 booster packs I got for getting third place at the New Phyrexia launch party.  So head over to the channel and check it out if you haven't already.

Other than that I have been uploading lots of Gears of War 3 beta gameplays on my second gaming channel.  I have recorded enough footage to upload one game a day until launch day on September 20th.  At that point I plan on playing through the campaign with my friend and uploading that for you all to see as well.  I also plan on trying to put together a Gears of War 3 Beta montage and uploading it on the 4th of July.  We will see how that goes though.  So if you like Gears of War you should definitely head on over there and check out those videos.  And if you like videogames in general be sure to subscribe and support the channel.

That is pretty much it for now though.  As always, you can access both of my youtube channels and the KlotzProductions facebook page by clicking on the image links at the top of the blog.

So until next time, I will see you all later!

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Gears of War 3: Beta and launch!

Hello everybody, this is Kevin again and today I want to take some time to talk about Gears of War 3.

As some of you may know, Gears 3 is set to launch on September 20th (2 days after my birthday!) and the beta will be April 25th through May 15th. I am a huge fan of the Gears of War games and already have my copy of Gears 3 reserved.

So what does this mean for you all?  I'll tell you.

Since I will have the beta for the some 20 days it will be going, I am going to record as much gameplay footage as I can.  Then I plan on trying to post one gameplay a day on KlotzSquared until the launch of the game... if I can play that much.  Then I would also like to take all the footage I get and make a beta montage to release a day or two before the launch of the game.

So if you are a Gears of War fan, and who isn't, then go check out KlotzSquared and get ready for the gameplays!!!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Pre-Release Online, Next is MBS Gameday!

Hello everybody, this is Kevin from KlotzProductions again back for another blog update.

I now have all of the footage from the Mirrodin Besieged Pre-Release edited and online.  So head on over to the channel and check out all of the top eight goodness if you haven't already.

The next thing I will be working on is the top eight footage from MBS gameday.  I actually played in this tournament and made it into the top eight.  But I will wait until I upload the videos for you to see how well I did.

The deck that I put together for the tournament was Mono-White Quest.  I built the exact 75 cards from a deck I saw from a deck-tech on the WizardsMTG youtube channel.  Here is the list.

4 Contested War Zone
4 Arid Mesa
4 Marsh Flats
11 Plains
4 Ornithopter
4 Memnite
4 Glint Hawk
4 Signal Pest
4 Steppe Lynx
4 Accorder Paladin
4 Kor Skyfisher
3 Squadron Hawk
4 Quest for the Holy Relic
2 Argentum Armor


2 Plains
1 Squadron Hawk
1 Sword of Feast and Famine
3 Refraction Trap
4 Kor Firewalker
2 Jinxed Idol
1 Molten-Tail Masticore
1 Journey to Nowhere

You can find the deck-tech I watched here...

The reason I chose this deck is because it is pretty straight forward to play and aside from the lands, it was fairly cheap to build.  I ended up trading a bunch of my cards to get what I needed so I didn't have to spend anything to build mine.. however I am still short 2 signal pests and 1 sword of feast and famine.  I am getting the pests from a friend though and I will just probably do without the sword in the sideboard.  I borrowed the cards I needed in the tournament though so I did play the exact 75 like I said.

After playing the deck, one change that I would make is take out one of the Accorder Paladins from the main deck and swap in the fourth Squadron Hawk.  The card advantage from them is too great to pass up and it gives you more creatures for you quest, plus better chances to get a Hawk.

That is all for now.  See you all later!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Mirrodin Beseiged Pre-Release Videos

Hello everybody, this is Kevin again, just wanted to give you all a quick update.

I am currently doing a lot of editing trying to get done with all the footage from the top 8 at the Mirrodin Beseiged Pre-Release tournament.  I have a few full gameplays done but I am trying to get done with all the videos from the tournament first.  Then I plan on uploading one match a day once they are done.  So they are coming... it's just taking a little bit of time!

See you all later.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

New Deck Tech and things to come!

Hello everybody, this is Kevin again.

Just wanted to make a quick update for everybody that reads this.  I have uploaded a new deck tech video showing the deck I played at my Mirrodin Besieged Pre-Release.  I ended up getting 14th out of a little over 60 people.  So go check that out on my MTG channel.

I have lots of footage from the top 8 of the tournament that I need to edit but I am not exactly sure when that stuff will be online.... whenever I get the time I suppose.

I also wanted to let you all know that I am doing a collaboration video with another youtuber that I think you all will like, however it will take a while for me to complete that... It is something different from what I normally do.  Don't worry, it is still related to MTG.

So that is all for now.... later!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

KlotzProductions on facebook!!!

Hey everybody, it's me again, Kevin.

For everybody that does not know I now have a facebook page associated with KlotzProductions.  I encourage everybody to help support me going to the page and clicking "like" at the top of the page.  This is basically facebook's new version of becoming a fan of a page.  You can find the page by clicking the facebook image at the top of the blog, or click here...

Why should you care?  Well not only will it help support me but I am also thinking about discussing deck lists that people send me on there.  I have my "Deck of the Week" but I get so many deck lists that people want help with, I figure this will be a way I can help you all.

Plus, I give updates on the page plus other things and it is another way for you to contact me.

I will also be doing more giveaways sometime in the future and you will have to "like" KlotzProductions on facebook to be eligible.

So what are you waiting for?  Go "like" it now!!!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Mirrodin Beseiged Images and Videos

Hello everybody, this is Kevin from KlotzProductions and KlotzSquared.

Just wanted to give you all a quick update.  First of all the high quality scans of the Mirrodin Beseiged cards are now online, you can find them by going here...

This is the site I always get all of my images from.  To find the Beseiged stuff click on the link that says

CCGHQ MTG English Pics Fulls
CCGHQ MTG English Pics Crops

I use the full images...

Then simply find the set from the list... Mirrodin Beseiged is currently on page 2 but there are tons of other sets there if you still need them.

I am working on some Beseiged pre-release stuff right now, not sure when it will be online though.  I have been busy working on videos and logo stuff for my church this week.

So that's it for now.  Please follow my blog, then go check out my facebook page and two youtube channels, all the links are at the top of the page in the banner. Talk to you all later!

Monday, January 24, 2011

New DoW Design + Updates

Hello everybody, this is Kevin from KlotzProductions and KlotzSquared and welcome to another blog entry.

So I haven't posted any new videos in three days because I have literally been working on one video during that time.  What video is that you might ask?  It is the new Deck of the Week video.  The reason it took me so long is because I redesigned the layout for the video series and it has a lot of effects to render.  It actually took me around 40 hours just to render out the one video that is around 4 minutes.

A really long rendering time

In the future I will be rendering out the background separately and keep that file on my external hard drive so I don't have to render for 40-80 hours every week.  However this means that I will have to render one 20 minute video for about a week one time.  Don't worry though, I will start and stop the render when I have time and keep making new videos in between.

A sneak peak at the new design... go watch the video to see the full thing

I am working on the rest of the footage from the Black / Red vampires mirror match currently.  So expect to see those videos coming online in the next few days.  Then I have two more matches of footage from tuesday night.  I will also be recording at the Pre-Release on saturday which I will also be playing in... so if I get top 8 you will get to see me play ;)  I will also do a deck tech with the deck I create afterwards as well.

As far as my videogame channel is going I have been working on my Bioshock 2 Walkthrough.  I have all the footage for the next level recorded and am working my way through the level after that right now.  I still have to record audio for those though.  I have been trying to work on the COD: Black Ops walkthrough, however I have been having a rough time trying to be "Executive Order" without dying.  Whenever I get access to the internet with my xbox and computer at the same time again I will be working on more multiplayer stuff for COD and possibly even some Halo: Reach because I have a cousin on the other side of my family that plays with the pros.

Fighting the big daddy!

So that is it for now and I will talk to you all later.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Fixed Computer and Free MTG Booster Packs

Hello everybody, this is Kevin from KlotzProductions and KlotzSquared and welcome to another blog entry.

So, after over a week of being without a computer I finally have it fixed and up and running again.  I ended up having to replace my motherboard and then I was still having problems when I installed the new board.  I kept getting a blue screen of death when I booted Windows.  To make a long story short I ended up doing a system restore back to December 30th and it fixed things up nicely.  I think there were driver and registry problems.  But now that everything is working you can expect all kinds of new videos coming during the next week.  The holiday season is over and so I don't have many hours at work right now.

My computer and HD PVR

I went and recorded last night at the FNM and also picked up the five Scars of Mirrodin Booster packs for the giveaway.  I am not exactly sure how I will choose the winner, it will probably be random, but I will make a video and post it on KlotzProductions within the next few days about it.

These could be yours!

I am uploading two new videos on KlotzSquared today.  They are both from COD: Black Ops.  The first video is a guide for a few quick and easy achievements and unlockables.  The second is a "gametage" commentary of a multiplayer game my friend played of Team Deathmatch on Firing Range.  So head over there and check those out.

Expect to see new gameplays the next few days on KlotzProductions.  Like I said, I recorded at the FNM last night and will be working on making new videos for you guys.  At the end of the month I will also be attending the pre-release for the new set.  I will be playing and recording the top 8 at that event.

So that is about it for now.  See you all later!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Computer Problems

Hello everybody, this is Kevin from KlotzProductions and KlotzSquared and it is time for another blog update.  So here we go. 

My computer is currently not working, for whatever reason, when I boot it up there is no display on the screen.  I know it isn't a monitor issue because I tried three different monitors with no luck.  I am thinking it might a video card issue.  I have a friend that is going to take a look at it today and will hopefully be able to tell me what the problem is.  I have a feeling it is going to cost me some money to get it fixed though and I don't have a lot of money right now but I need the computer.  So we will see.  Hopefully it won't set me back to much, but until I get it fixed I won't be able to make any new videos.

On a different note, I plan on going and recording new footage this friday and I will also see about getting the five booster packs to give away when I am there.  So keep checking back for updates and I will keep you all posted.

See you later!