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Post by cryogen » 1 year ago

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They shut down the breakroom at my work, which means no coffee. 😭

At least pretty much everyone else in the company is working from home, so I'm less at risk.
That's just tragic.
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Airi wrote:
1 year ago
They shut down the breakroom at my work, which means no coffee. 😭

At least pretty much everyone else in the company is working from home, so I'm less at risk.
Would it be against the rules to have a personal coffee maker? I know I've considered bringing an electric kettle to work for tea purposes more than once.

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Post by SocorroTortoise » 1 year ago

Airi wrote:
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They shut down the breakroom at my work, which means no coffee. 😭

At least pretty much everyone else in the company is working from home, so I'm less at risk.
If you still have access to hot water, Aeropress is a painless way to make good coffee. Easier to clean up than a French press and doesn't require water to be as hot as common pour over methods. I used that for a while before I went down the rabbit hole with my office coffee setup (kettle, hand grinder, and V60).
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Post by pokken » 1 year ago

The internet and unsolicited advice name a more iconic duo ;)

(I say this fairly ironically as I'm extremely guilty of it :)
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Post by SocorroTortoise » 1 year ago

pokken wrote:
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The internet and unsolicited advice name a more iconic duo ;)

(I say this fairly ironically as I'm extremely guilty of it :)
I'll never pass up a chance to give coffee advice. Have to validate all the time and money I've spent on it somehow.
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The internet and unsolicited advice name a more iconic duo ;)
I'm just gonna go ahead and say that if there's a more iconic companion for the internet, it's definitely porn.
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Post by pokken » 1 year ago

ZenN wrote:
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pokken wrote:
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The internet and unsolicited advice name a more iconic duo ;)
I'm just gonna go ahead and say that if there's a more iconic companion for the internet, it's definitely porn.
I was gonna say I think at least unsolicited advice predated porn but then I remembered ascii images.
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Post by Segrus » 1 year ago

pokken wrote:
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The internet and unsolicited advice name a more iconic duo ;)

(I say this fairly ironically as I'm extremely guilty of it :)
I probably mistakenly read too much into what was said and interpreted the wording as more than just venting (in a subtle way). A carryover from growing up with somebody who would do this and get upset later if you didn't decipher the subtext correctly.

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Post by Airi » 1 year ago

Segrus wrote:
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Would it be against the rules to have a personal coffee maker? I know I've considered bringing an electric kettle to work for tea purposes more than once.
SocorroTortoise wrote:
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If you still have access to hot water, Aeropress is a painless way to make good coffee. Easier to clean up than a French press and doesn't require water to be as hot as common pour over methods. I used that for a while before I went down the rabbit hole with my office coffee setup (kettle, hand grinder, and V60).
To answer both of these together, I have access to a coffee maker, but the only water access we have is a drinking fountain, and a tiny bathroom sink so cleaning it has been... not worth the extreme mess it's caused. No microwaves, etc. to heat stuff up either. It's a tragedy.

I've been reduced to getting mediocre gas station coffee on the mornings that I actually have time to do so.
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Post by Segrus » 1 year ago

Airi wrote:
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To answer both of these together, I have access to a coffee maker, but the only water access we have is a drinking fountain, and a tiny bathroom sink so cleaning it has been... not worth the extreme mess it's caused. No microwaves, etc. to heat stuff up either. It's a tragedy.

I've been reduced to getting mediocre gas station coffee on the mornings that I actually have time to do so.
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Post by SocorroTortoise » 1 year ago

That's rough. Hopefully you're not stuck coffee-less for too long.

I'm not anywhere near as coffee dependent as I used to be. I was a minimum pot a day drinker in college and typically only have 1-2 small coffees a day now (but they're orders of magnitude better than what I was drinking back in the day). The thing I miss when I don't have it is the whole ritual of making and drinking it.
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Post by toctheyounger » 1 year ago

Airi wrote:
1 year ago
Segrus wrote:
1 year ago
Would it be against the rules to have a personal coffee maker? I know I've considered bringing an electric kettle to work for tea purposes more than once.
SocorroTortoise wrote:
1 year ago
If you still have access to hot water, Aeropress is a painless way to make good coffee. Easier to clean up than a French press and doesn't require water to be as hot as common pour over methods. I used that for a while before I went down the rabbit hole with my office coffee setup (kettle, hand grinder, and V60).
To answer both of these together, I have access to a coffee maker, but the only water access we have is a drinking fountain, and a tiny bathroom sink so cleaning it has been... not worth the extreme mess it's caused. No microwaves, etc. to heat stuff up either. It's a tragedy.

I've been reduced to getting mediocre gas station coffee on the mornings that I actually have time to do so.
That's a sad state of affairs, an a perfect example of why a person ought to own an espresso machine. I've had one for the better part of a decade now and regret nothing. In the meantime though, sending jittery caffeine vibes from Aotearoa. I feel for you.
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Post by Segrus » 1 year ago

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If you don't follow him on Twitter or Facebook, you may not have seen the announcement Sheldon made that tomorrow the RC and friends will be spending the day on Olivia Gobert-Hicks' Twitch stream playing games and chatting with "Commander luminaries" from noon until midnight. I'm pretty stoked that he invited me to join him, so if you want to pop in at any point during the day, I'll be playing at 6pm.
I had to go back and watch the part of the stream you were in due to a Cub Scout Zoom meeting around the same time, but it looked like the game was pretty fun. Although, honestly all of the games in this stream looked fun. Pretty diverse collection of decks.

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Post by cryogen » 1 year ago

Segrus wrote:
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cryogen wrote:
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If you don't follow him on Twitter or Facebook, you may not have seen the announcement Sheldon made that tomorrow the RC and friends will be spending the day on Olivia Gobert-Hicks' Twitch stream playing games and chatting with "Commander luminaries" from noon until midnight. I'm pretty stoked that he invited me to join him, so if you want to pop in at any point during the day, I'll be playing at 6pm.
I had to go back and watch the part of the stream you were in due to a Cub Scout Zoom meeting around the same time, but it looked like the game was pretty fun. Although, honestly all of the games in this stream looked fun. Pretty diverse collection of decks.
Yeah it was fun. Blood Artist and Aura Shards lasted way longer than they should have, although I probably got some small amount of pity for so many missed land drops.
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Post by bobthefunny » 1 year ago

That's not pity, that's threat assessment! You can't be a threat if you have no lands. :p

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Post by tstorm823 » 1 year ago

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That's not pity, that's threat assessment! You can't be a threat if you have no lands. :p
Disagree. If I could Door to Nothingness an Aura Shards, I would do it every time.
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Post by cryogen » 1 year ago

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Yesterday I was able to catch about an hour and a half of Olivia Gobert-Hicks's stream, which featured various EDH community members and luminaries. The game I watched featured Jim from the Spike Feeders, cryogen, Toby, and a fourth person whose name I'm afraid I forget. Now, the points I want to stress are that this game looked both a) super fun and b) super casual.

Like I've been playing EDH for eight years now, both with friends and at my LGS, and I've never participated in such a casual game. Like, I don't know if I've ever seen an MTG Muddstah game that was this casual. Like, "it's-turn-11-and-nobody-has-played-a-counterspell-or-a-boardwipe" casual.

Jim was rocking his ultra casual Kangee meme deck, which seems to be all about shapeshifters and weird synergies. The dude whose name I didn't catch was playing super fair Boros. cryogen was playing super fair Karador and didn't mulligan a bad hand. And Toby, finally, was playing his Niv-Mizzet Reborn deck featuring zero counterspells, zero cards that aren't a "hit" for Niv — no signets, no Rampant Growth, etc. — and Allure of the Unknown.

I have to underscore again that this game looked super fun. Toby's and Jim's decks, in particular, seemed really thematic and unique. It actually made me want to build a really low powered, thematic deck, something I haven't ever really done.

It's also true that these decks would have been absolutely annihilated by a typical Josh Lee Kwai or Kyle Hill deck. Every deck except cryogen's looked like it would have seriously struggled against one of the "tuned" budget decks Mitch builds on the Commander's Quarters.
I'm not sure how to take this. I realize it was one game seeing the decks for the first time, but "super fair" really isn't what I was going for (I also didn't mulligan because the hand was 4 lands + so-so cards, but I wouldn't call it "bad").

I probably should lower the curve some though.
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Post by ZenN » 1 year ago

cryogen wrote:
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I'm not sure how to take this. I realize it was one game seeing the decks for the first time, but "super fair" really isn't what I was going for (I also didn't mulligan because the hand was 4 lands + so-so cards, but I wouldn't call it "bad").

I probably should lower the curve some though.
I'm sure it wasn't meant as a criticism of your deck. :P

I didn't watch the stream, but from the sounds of it, it seems it was a very fair game, so maybe even if your Karador deck isn't built to be "super fair", maybe you just unintentionally played down a bit for the super casual decks at the table?
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Post by bobthefunny » 1 year ago

I think the mana hurt him. Having played against that Karador deck, I can say it has Kokopuffs and Yosei in it, so it's capable of being rather mean.

I wouldn't call it unfair - I've seen far more consistent and terrifying Karador/Meren type things, but the deck has some sizable punches. I believe it also has a few ways of going infinite, but doesn't seek them out or insta win it.

If anything, I would say what's holding the deck back a bit is a high curve with relatively low ramp/draw. Though, as @cryogen will attest, what I consider to be an ample amount of ramp/draw is... not normal.

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Post by cryogen » 1 year ago

Yeah, I don't run Boonweaver or Hulk combo, nor stax - although I have all the pieces in there to go those routes. It was really just a situation where the poster doesn't know my list and watched a game where the 4 lands in my opening hand were all I got for like 10 turns (I drew into Yavimaya Granger and looped it a couple of times to start getting back in the game). It also helped that I missed a number of Aura Shards triggers.
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Post by bobthefunny » 1 year ago

I have just realized that Split cards and Aftermath cards are rotated in different directions.

This game is now ruined for me.

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Post by lyonhaert » 1 year ago

bobthefunny wrote:
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I have just realized that Split cards and Aftermath cards are rotated in different directions.

This game is now ruined for me.
I wonder why they changed that. Maybe so you wouldn't see the aftermath part as easily while it's in your hand the typical way they get fanned out, since that can only be cast from graveyard? I like the little tombstone icons they had on older cards with flashback like Moment's Peace.
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Post by tstorm823 » 1 year ago

lyonhaert wrote:
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I wonder why they changed that. Maybe so you wouldn't see the aftermath part as easily while it's in your hand the typical way they get fanned out, since that can only be cast from graveyard? I like the little tombstone icons they had on older cards with flashback like Moment's Peace.
It makes it obvious which way is right side up in your hand. It also gives you the option (if you're someone like me) to turn it sideways in the grave so that the aftermath effect sticks out and can be read entirely and you don't have to shuffle through to remember that it's there and what it does.
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Post by Hermes_ » 1 year ago

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Hermes_ wrote:
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Found this cool alter on pintrest
I'd like a whole deck where all the creature cards look something like this. Such a cool look for the card. I wish I could paint well enough to make things look this way.

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