Hello and welcome to first installment of What’s in Your Cart?!!! In this article series we will look at steps all of us here in CCONation are taking to deepen our collections, pimp out decks or maybe what we are looking forward to in an upcoming release. To start off, I figured it would be interesting to tell you all about an impulse cart I ended up filling on a recent run to Calgary with some birthday money and some big dreams! I stopped by two of my regular haunts and picked up some really cool stuff. I had some totally kick ass experiences with the sales staff and other Magic players! There is nothing that will ever beat the feeling of being the ‘new guy’ who rolls into someone else’s LGS and fits in. The camaraderie and welcome feeling are two things that I super dig about the Magic community. It makes me hopeful that if I ever have to spend an extended period away from my regular group I will always have a place to play.
BUT, enough of that sappy garbage! On with the sweet list...
Coralhelm Commander (foil) - I picked this one up totally for trade reasons. It was a great price, as it had been totally passed over when stuff was being jacked up. It will go straight into my trade binder.
Vizier of Many Faces (foil) - She lives in a deck I currently play that runs a billion clones, Vizier is totally cool and you get to clone the best thing on the table twice! I get to rock your Ulamog twice! In foil.
Rhystic Study - ...yeah. I know. I’m a degenerate piece of shit. I picked this one up for my ‘tuned’ Sliver Queen combo deck AND the Masques Block set I am currently working on. I got it for collector’s purposes
...and because I want to create openings for me to two-card-combo the table to death.
...because I am a degenerate piece of shit.
Butcher of Malakir (foil) - Another impulse buy. It’s a Grave Pact that doesn’t cost an internal organ. Sure, it’s on an easily killable dude, but hey...it’ll find a way in to a deck at some point.
Nekrataal (foil) – It’s the shitty 8th Edition art and it was a dollar. Who wouldn’t buy it? Right!? Anyone? No? ...just me? Well...eff you too, I guess.
Yahenni’s Expertise (full art foil) - This will find its way into my Stax list at some point. It sweeps bros and lets me lay down another piece of hate-drawing, fun-destroying, friendship-ruining shit.
...what have I become?
Dictate of Erebos - I found this after the Butcher. Bought it for the same reason. This one will most likely find its way into my Horobi list as I like it better than Grave Pact because it can be used as a sweet trick if they sweep my board.
Japanese Ichorid (foil) - Vanity buy!! I play Ichorid in my Dredge deck. Now one of the three are foil! That’s pretty cool. It’s not the Torment one, but it’ll do.
Magus of the Moon (foil) - Because my new and improved Norin the Wary deck isn’t a huge enough pain in the ass as it is. Now it has an additional Blood Moon effect.
...I hate my own self sometimes.
Blur Sliver (foil) – It’s the third haste sliver. All are very important to any good sliver combo deck. Buy them when you see them.
Squee, the Immortal (foil) - I grabbed him for a new deck I am working on. Maybe it will appear on Commander Cookout Podcast!? I promise no stax and no d-bag stuff this time!!!
Earthquake (foil) - I played it in Standard when I first got back into the game after a few years away from the competitive scene. Not many people saw it coming and it was fun to play something no one expected. Fun Fact: never in my life have I ever owned a foil one. Now I do.
Treasonous Ogre - Another include for New Norin. He lets me pay life to win the game. I super wanted a foil one, but they are very hard to come by, it seems.
Molten Disaster (foil) - A pimp upgrade for Norin. Because sometimes it is really important that you just pay some mana and kill the shit out of a whole bunch of creatures. Or your friends. They’ll get over it.
Commune with Lava (foil) - Pimp upgrade for Norin. Part of the jack-in-box combo I built into the deck (editor’s note: see Commander Cookout Podcast, Ep. 25). It let’s me convert the ass I have beaten into mana, which I then use to wipe out anyone I can’t crush with creatures.
Goblin Trashmaster (foil) x2 - Just to finish the playset. Also, I have a feeling they might go up as it is a wrecking ball in any deck that runs a notable number of goblins.
Perilous Forays (foil) - Pimp upgrade for Angry Omnath. This was a hard one to add to the cart as it was a little more than I like to pay for such a niche card. But, it wins mad games, so here we are.
Caustic Caterpillar (foil) - I have settled on Meren as my Stax commander so it’s time I embraced my inner (eff you) Joel and just admitted I hate fun and friendship all together...right?
Ramunap Excavator (foil) - Because Crucible of Worlds is just way too much effing money.
Goreclaw, Terror of Qal Sisma (foil) - She found a home in my Grimlock-led dinosaur deck. I have had lots of fun playing her, so I figured I would be able to find a place for her in future lists.
Cadaverous Bloom (beat nearly to death) - It was in a box of super fucked up cards so I adopted it and brought it home. Solid include in a new deck I have been working very hard on.
Hapatra, Vizier of Poisons (foil) - I just like the art. Too grindy for me to really play, though.
Endbrinder (foil) - This guy is a HOUSE in Horobi. It is a pimp house. A pimp house filled with serial killers and magical fairies that let you draw cards.
Walking Ballista - Another step down the road to Degenerate Town. I actually hate that I own this card now. I feel as though I have betrayed everything I love. As I type this, my dog is laying next to me, snoring contentedly. I know that if she knew what I am going to use this card to do...she would be disappointed in me.
Ruby Medallion - The Tempest one. This is another cool include for Norin. I kind of hate the art on it, but it’s still a cool card.
Asshole Cornucopia (foil) - We talked about it on the show and it occurred to me how criminally underplayed this card is. I will single-handedly change that.
Riptide Replicator (foil) - I love this card strictly for the art and the flavour. It will find a home in the next tribal deck I make that goes big on mana or includes proliferation. Those Riptide scientists were super messed up. I think they’re all dead now. Good.
Tainted Wood (foil) - I didn’t really want a foil of this to be honest. But, it was all I could find and dammit it was my birthday! I think the tainted lands are tragically underplayed and I would love to see something like the ‘Tainted’ cycle happen again.
Swarmyard (foil) - Ryan needed one, so I was a bro and picked it up for him. I assume he’ll put it in his Mistform Ultimus deck.
There we have it! A sweet B-day haul and the first stab at sharing what we snap up at the shop, and why! I initially went out to find a foil Subterranean Tremors and came back with all this...my goodness. Any how, I hope you dug it and are inspired to dig through some boxes yourself. If so, let us know what you come home with!
Thank you for reading and enjoy the rest of your day!!