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    Thanks @Rhino for the awesome card! Happy to help you and your channel, keep making the awesome content! You can find Young Mages Patreon page here
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    Also a sneak peek i am working on doing some MTG related parody songs once i got them written out i will just need to find some vocal talent...
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    Or at least.. we think so... and that's because we think we might be the only one. So, hi! We're Cassie and Erik, the hosts of the brand spanking new YouTube Channel, Haus of Magic. Watch us for Pack Openings, Miscellaneous Commentary, Game Play, and some random non-Magic related material. There's a lot of bickering because we're married and stuff, There's a bit of swearing because Cassie lived her childhood in a life where swearing was not allowed and is trying to make up for it. We think we're funny and we hope you do too!! We play mostly Standard and Draft for competitive, and then for Casual it's anything goes!
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    The site renewal is coming up in January, so to help with the costs I decided to try being an Amazon Affiliate. The way it works is you follow one of the links with our affiliate number on them, and whether you buy that particular product or another, a small portion of the sale goes to us as an affiliate - the price stays the same for you. Some of you asked if I would be starting a Patreon account but I don't consider myself a creator necessarily or need monthly patrons, so I don't think that would be for me. Any little bit to help with the costs of renewal is fantastic, even clicking the links helps. So if you're planning on buying something from Amazon, follow one of the links below before your purchase it helps the site costs - every little bit helps and it all comes out of Amazons end. (stick it to the man) Ultra Pro Deck Box Tower Ultra Pro Deck Boxes Ultimate Guard Boulder Deck Box Dragon Shield Matte Sleeves KMC Perfect Fit Ultra Pro 9 pocket binder sleeves BCW Z-Folio Amonkhet Booster Box Ixalan Booster Box and Bundle These are just a few examples off the top of my head, but if you want a link to something specific I'll create one. It should work just by clicking the link and doing your shopping. Thanks again, I appreciate the clicks and help!
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    I've been playing Magic for a long time, 95% of it casually and until last Saturday had never played a game of Commander. We have another husband and wife couple in our playgroup and their birthdays are close together so we always celebrate them on the same day. We took the opportunity to buy Commander pre cons for everyone and finally try Commander. I think most of the people in my play group have been hesitant to get into a new format after all these years but they were curious. So my wife and I bought two decks for us the C17 Dragon deck for me and the C16 Stalwart Unity for my wife, and we bought our other three friends a C17 Cats deck, the C17 Vampires and a C15 Swell the Host. It took us a while to get all the decks because they were sold out pretty much everywhere but luckily found some as they were being stocked at a retail store. After going through the rules and sleeving the decks we gave it a go. I've only played one game, but to me it seems like the Monopoly version of Magic. Long, drawn out games that someone can go from 2 life back to 30 in a turn or two, or someone plays a sweeper and clears the battlefield with everyone around 30-40 life and you have to start over again basically. Now I realize we were playing precons and there are decks out there that go off in a few turns, but the game lasted a long time. I guess this can be good and bad. Sometimes it can be fun to have a long drawn out game, but it got to the point where I was trying to find a way to finish everyone off as fast as possible or help someone else help me kill the other 4 people. Overall it was fun, I can see why people enjoy the format. I'll play again but it won't be something I play exclusively. Hope to play some games with more experienced Commander players locally ( @Magonista66 ) to see if maybe I'm doing something wrong or get some tips on how best to play the format. I did like that it's a format that is loose with the rules and lets the players establish how they want to play, making it open to customizations.
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    I've always loved strange, hilarious decks that shotgun people out of nowhere. This is one such deck. Technically, this is a modern legal deck, but since I don't do modern as a competitive thing, I'm throwing it in the casual realms. First, the list: And let's break this down: Early Game: Your job is to flood the board with as many creatures as possible. Use spells like Lingering Souls, as well as Spectral Procession in tandem with Young Pyromancer to get actual mountains of tokens on the field. The signets are there for an early game boost to mana, or to give you the colors to assist in casting these spells as quickly as humanly possible. Snipe out the opponent's enablers with Lightning Bolt or Helix, which will yield tokens off the Pyromancer as well. The tokens are there to fuel later-game spells, so don't throw them away unless you really have to. Mid Game: As soon as possible, play one of these bad boys: Their job should be pretty obvious: they make for wicked blockers/beatsticks that at the same time deal damage straight to the opponent's face, or it can take down much larger creatures through their triggered abilities. Reckoner is a special case, as it can turn on first strike if you don't want to deal with that deathtoucher. Stuffy Doll literally doesn't care, and should be thrown in front of any and all creatures that don't have wither, infect, or trample for maximum hilarity. The End: You should have started with one of these in your opening hand, probably a mixture of any 2 in case of pesky Duress/Inquisitions/other discard: : Now, you really should see where this is going at this point. The tokens, while also chipping away at the opponent's life total, is fuel for your Blasphemous Act. Into the Maw of Hell is great for those times you just want to nuke as well as color screw your opponent in case they survive the hit. Shivan Meteor is just there as another 13 damage nuke that you can hang over the table by suspending it. With any two of Stuffy Doll/Reckoner/Spitemare on the field, Blasphemous Act deals 26 damage straight to the face, which should take out basically everybody. On the Mana Base: My mana base is simple. Shock lands (and the fetches to find them), basic lands for not-enters-tapped mana as well for in case of PtE. Aformentioned signets to get spells out quicker and to assist in case of color screw, which can happen. You could include 2x Boseiju if counterspells are a problem in your area and you need to get that Blasphemous Act through. That's pretty much it for this. Come up with an all-comer's sideboard, or just discuss. Was a little bored, and felt like making some not-video content.
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    Magic Alter episodes: 12) Cranial Plating https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BSd3DuYz9vg&t13) Blue Print Alters (Signets) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NxWX3MEm9EE&t14) Brainstorm (Ice Age Cmd) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RUgz6idb5zc15) Blue Sun's Zenith https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2OpaUEakTpQ16) Thespian's Stage https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SnInLrIfymA&t17) Hymn to Tourach (New Version) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PtqlIiGZ9dc&t18) Lotus Petal https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZArOB7CawI19) Terminate https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d3pQ3eE8fOo&t20) Ponder (Lorwyn) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w4qcw_kJheI&t (13, Blue Print Alters, Signets) 21) Preordain https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j0mA0Tjmw1M22) Oblivion Ring https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CYCUb-tqWFk23) Cabal Therapy https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ESiTpmElja424) Ichorid https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V2axyRLyXZs25) Ghost Quarter https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cW1MvyHZyeU26) Glimmerpost https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZEDSk8gLaI27) Brainstorm (MM version) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tYkjHVsbkNs28) Lighting Bolt (old/Dark bolts) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GWoJDojggSA29) Gilded Lotus https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2MowYwR8MbM (29, Gilded Lotus) 30) Explore https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0U9oZcZ-yJY31) Dark Ritual (Tempest) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xjuqwZRGJ1U32) Command Tower https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jk8UPGpFTVE33) Anger of the Gods https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j2kZWyHRCdM34) Urza's Mine https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ol4yQI0gicA35) Urza's Power Plant https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q3Al11ySBSQ36) Urza's Tower https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NYD-uAJPvic37) Sol Ring (Old version) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9xgZzabdjkw38) Darksteel Ingot (EDH) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oqrRew4H3NE39) Smallpox version 1 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NBPfmfBFzl840) Smallpox version 2 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NsTtivQHX4k (37, Sol Ring) 41) Wild Nacatl https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w-Q7sUnv06g42) Molten Vortex https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pWCwcKEkrDI43) Goblin Chieftain https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AXpMOOlYriU44) Electrolyze https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vj1MKsYB1lM45) Brainstorm (Lined) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6P2X5I3Kkog46) Serum Visions https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jMp252pR2eE47) Temple of the False God https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qU9ICMB1liY48) Elvish Visionary https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c88M0lZDSMg49) Dark Petition https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2cC9eT2UNGI (45, Brainstorm, Lined) Stain Glass MTG Alters, intro complete: 50) Stained Glass Expedition Map https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vbHlXqJv7yg51) Stained Glass Brainstorm https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nPWwWYYpsfU52) Stained Glass Reliquary Tower https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RIMsKJN2LrA53) Stained Glass Blue Sun's Zenith https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NnnR9wwVAqo54) Stained Glass Gilded Lotus https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lkxQHAIu-wg55) Stained Glass Sol Ring https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r_wy2MwTLjA56) Stained Glass Darksteel Ingot https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RM378MXNqIw57) Stained Glass Cloudpost https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xEvPeInCm4A58) Stained Glass Glimmerpost https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aKwMZ58cWMk59) Stained Glass Urza's Mine https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8DFDUng3kPo
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    so this deck has been weird, I am able to win with it especially against midrange decks but it has a very rough time against U/W control, how do you side board in this type of deck to beat that?
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    Hello Everyone, Apologies for being quiet on the forums lately i have started a new job and not getting much free time like i use to but once my probation is out of the way i can return with vengeance. If you want to chat direct to me best go through twitter!
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    The Seeker of the Way downshift has got me brewing up UW Delver again. I think Seeker + Prismatic Strands is a pretty great looking combo that should serve to give the deck a much better Stompy matchup than other Delver variants. The big question is whether or not it should run the Faerie/Ninja package.
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    I love it when people ask this question. My answer is that I sort my trade binder randomly. It subconsciously forces your trade partner to look at every single card available because there is no noticeable pattern to the cards. I get questioned about it every time I trade, but I've been able to trade so many cards that people normally would have just looked over if it wasn't for my unconventional method. It also saves you time because you don't need to worry about constantly organizing/updating your binder.
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    The snow-covered lands from Ice Age are my favorite
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    I'm surprised with the lists so far, I think Iconic Masters set the bar low for Master set reprints. My 5: 5.) Tarmogoyf (yes, again) 4.) Liliana of the Veil 3.) Rishadan Port 2.) Zendikar Fetches 1.) Chalice of the Void
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    Hey everyone, Here's the link to my channel: King of Jank and Twitter: @King_of_Jank If you don't know me, my name is Josh and I am the King of Jank. I started playing Magic a while ago, right when Scars of Mirrodin block was standard. I still look back to that block in awe, and my dream is to open a box of New Phyrexia...regardless, since then I have also gained the reputation of pulling absolute shit from packs. My friends enjoy it as I seem to give any trace of luck to them (One example: my first pack opening with a friend was when we both bought a 2010 Toolkit, his packs contained a foil Sorin and a Karn). But I enjoy the jank. The "curse" I have is funny, predictable, and....not that unique. Yet I embraced it. Looking at crap cards figuring out how to use them, getting excited over packing bulk rares, just so I could find a way to fit them in a deck (EDH helped with this). Granted it seems like the camera has given me some luck, but still I pursue the jank life. My hope is for my channel to consist of content for everyone. Right now it is focused on Pack Openings, but it is going to expand: Upcoming Content: - Pack Openings - Prerelease Openings - 1v1 EDH KitchenTable Gameplay - Deck Techs (Multiple Formats) - Online Jank (Playing the Jankiest combos and decks in any format) There are other avenues I have thought about as well: Podcast, Top 10s, etc. But for now I will stick with the above list, as I have content for all of that waiting in my "EDIT" folder. Feel free to contact me through YouTube, Twitter, or these forums! Welcome to the Realm of Jank!
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    I am now trying to think of the best per colour... White has to be the classic Wrath of God Blue can be Cyclonic Rift (Overload), Devestation Tide or Evacuation. Black is Damnation, Black Sun's Zenith and Life's Finale Red is Jokalhaups (ugh), Earthquake, Subterrean Tremors, Pyroclasm Green.....? Wave of Vitriol and.... what, Overrun +Lure??.
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    If you are having trouble game 2 against control, the best option is to fight fire with fire. 4x Negate/Disallow in the sideboard can function as a shield against control spells. Just make sure to always hold them and only use them when your key pieces are targeted. I saw someone mention in the comments that you should remove Chart a Course for Opt. I'm playing 4x Opt/Chart a Course in a standard blue aggro deck I'm playtesting in standard and I have to say, Chart a Course is pretty damn awesome. Drawing 2 cards for 2 is nice! The two cards that stick out to me are River Sneak and Tishana's Wayfinder. How does River Sneak play? It seems amazing on turn 2 but pretty bad at any other time ever. Is it working for you when you top-deck it in the late game, when your hand is empty?
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    Zuby is wrong, the best sweeper is clearly My real top 5 Wrath of God - The original, and still the best Austere Command - Clear up the problems you need, and allows you to keep stuff you want around. Black Sun's Zenith - If it doesn't kill, it certainly shrinks things down… AND it re-shuffles for more fun All is Dust - SACRIFICE it! DO IT! NOW! Merciless Eviction - Expensive, but it permanently gets rid of big problems and it's awesome Orzhovness
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    With the site renewal coming up in a few months I've been trying to determine the current state of affairs with the community and if it's active enough to continue. If you have any feedback of improvements or suggestions that you think would be successful I'm open to hearing them and welcome any ideas (even if you think it might be silly or negative). Negative feedback won't be taken personally. If you aren't comfortable posting here please PM me privately.
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    This was the best I could find. Could someone top it?
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    What cards should EVERY commander deck have? I'm thinking things like Command Tower, Sol Ring, etc that can go in any deck, but I'm also interested in staples for each color (something that needs to be in EVERY single green deck, etc). What are your essentials?
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    I've not been able to join in as much as usual lately but I'd hate to see KTM disappear. It's lasted through what has been a relatively poor time for the game, but now things are looking much brighter. Ixalan looks like a lot of fun, EDH is slowly taking over as one of the most important formats and a new, hopefully better, digital version of the game is on the horizon. Plus there's some Legacy happening local to me so I should get to play some paper Magic again soon. If only I can manage to get my hands on some Volcanic Islands while still being to pay for rent and food, the MTG world will be perfect...
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    Hey, new sets need some love too!
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    Oh yeah, I didn't open hardly any Future Sight boosters at the time! So much regret!
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    I suppose if you don't get to do as much plowing as I do chopping the wood seems pointless.
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    Great! They have agreed on what colour pens to use in discussions!
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    I work weekends and didn't feel all that excited to miss work for the Ixalan pre release. How was your weekend? Did you have a fun or successful pre release? From what little I saw on Twitter looks like @AlbyMTG had a good day!
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    All stuff about altering magic the gathering cards, the process, & results! From getting started, tips & tricks, borderless alters, blue print alters, line alters, & specializing in stained glass alters starting at our 50th video! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zYyKtfaJ7HM Getting Started. Supplies! Tips & Tricks series: 1 of 10: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XRdvhXpnKOg Base Layer 2 of 10: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uLxXYcKp29c&t White Bordering 3 of 10: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VxmwDGUyw4c Alters & Tournaments 4 of 10: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9qpTFMvRknE&t Making alters match 5 of 10: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pAbhZkwL5L4 Clean alters 6 of 10: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tBg4BlD_Zxs What cards to alter 7 of 10: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zPlcuqvejeg&t The splash effect! 8 of 10: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yxXT6ufFykk&t Paint thin & thickness 9 of 10: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lkrWXWCER80&t Adding water 10 of 10: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hNNcluE1lwY&t Bringing colors in
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    I have the opposite problem - I'm so used to holding off on casting spells until the last possible second that I forget to cast stuff earlier when it is better. Like dropping a lord before combat. Or casting a spell at my endstep when my opponent is tapped out instead at the end of my opponent's end step when my opponent is not.
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    Ironically, I've always undervalued life gain but have been liking it more and more lately. Like most people, I've been a firm believer in the "life gain doesn't win games" motto for years. Recently I've been re-evaluating that and in fact, the last 2 decks I've play on my channel have been life-gain oriented! (Soul Tremors and Panharmonument.) Granted, a spell that just gains life is useless, but my new motto is "life gain is like a counterspell, you won't win with it but it'll allow you to stall a game until you can win in the late game." I'm still terrible about playing things in my first main phase, though. I've been playing the game for 15 years and I still tend to not care that much about it, even though I know I should always hold them in case things go poorly during the combat phase.
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    Hello everyone. I just wanted to make a quick apology for being inactive over the past few weeks. I needed to make sure that everything would go well with college starting again. Despite my love for this game, school will always come first for me. I'm at a great business school and I know that these early years of college are just as important as the later ones, so I can't afford to slack off and ruin opportunities to come in the future. I now have a good feel for how this semester is going to play out and I've figured out when I have free time to allocate on the channel, Twitter, and Magic in general. I don't have a lot of free time, but I'm hoping that you'll see me on the forums, in your comment sections, on Twitter, and (hopefully) in your sub boxes once again. Thank you.
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    "The Monopoly of playing Magic" Best, most accurate description of Commander I've ever read!!!! (Spoken as an occasional commander player)
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    5. Not enough land (new players underestimate how much land you really need). 4. Mana curve out of whack (five drops are more exciting right? Except when you die due to no blockers in the early game) 3. Too many colours (especially in sealed, but sometimes in constructed too... consistency is important!) 2. Not attacking (being too scared to attack with 4 2/2s into my 5/5 for many turns - you could be getting damage through! Especially if you already have me down to lower life total). 1. Playing out your hand too quickly (use up your removal or play out your creatures only to be swept away by a board wipe).
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    I'm excited to draft this set. For standard though? Not so much.
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    I'm hoping this kills MTGO entirely. That program needs to go. BUT I hope they figure out a way I can migrate my collection from MTGO to Arena.
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    I was actually waiting for someone else to post this, but he never did. So I will have to, made me laugh.
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    Someone on the Wizards site screwed up and released the whole map of Ixalan.
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    Two weeks in a row that Izzet Blitz got me. Some misplays with Vines of Vastwood potentially cost me the first game, and when I tried to Fog a 26/26 Cyclops it was Dispeled. Still a good time though, I appreciate good game play even if it's against me. Always learn something and add to your bag of tricks, and unfortunately my bag is pretty empty
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    From a battlefield perspective I have always preferred the rule of if a legend saw it self it would go crazy and die. Having multiple copies of a legend on the board is not really keeping with the idea that it is a legend. From the PW perspective look at it this way... Gideon is still the same Gideon he was when he came out from battling Eldrazi.. but now is like sup Gid.. oh hi Gid..
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    Planeswalkers are swingy enough in games as it is. I can't tell you how many times a planeswalker has hit the board and I was like "Welp, that's the game." This doesn't fix that.
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    Some decent songs too. "you're welcome" being standout.
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    That's probably for the best, I've got so many I'd like to pick up for cube. Maybe I'll be sensible and try and pick up some as singles (bar Mana drain for obvious reasons)
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    I'm a huge fan of these forums, the community is great, and so are the discussions! It's honestly the only place right now where I feel comfortable just venting out a big opinionated post without feeling like it's going to turn into a heated battle to the death. Y'know, like on Twitter and stuff.
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    I was very disappointed to find I only had one copy of Opt that survived from playing back in Invasion block times, it's a sweet card For me Jade Guardian has got to be in the discussion for best common in the set, should be a big addition to Pauper
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    I'll type up some "wish I knew that when I started" notes this evening after I've had a chance to think about it some. This game is very sandbox ... umm ... besides the main and side quests. You can go pretty much anywhere you're able to survive. LoL. The biggest tips are ones from the loading screen, since they seem somewhat contextual based. [edit: just remember this is not necessarily true; some areas are gate locked depending on main quest progress] As I've mentioned in earlier posts, pick up anything and everything not nailed down. You may need those items to upgrade your equipment. Since you mentioned changing vocations, I assume you've reached the capital city. The weaponsmith in the main square will get new items for sale with each main quest chapter (see wiki linked earlier). "Masterworks all ..." Find the Black Cat shop and note that the vendor will create forgeries of items in your inventory or bank. Use this info wisely to "eat your cake and have it, too." Some quests need the same unique items as turn-ins. You may also have forgeries made of rare items, and they may or may not function as the origional. Destroy boxes, crates, barrels, carts, etc., to find random loot. Keep an eye out above tall slopes adjacent to your path for potential rolling-boulder traps. Smaller boulders may be destroyed by arrow (super long shot skills help here), but the larger ones can't ... although you can set them off while you're in a safe place. Pay attention to what pawns say; sometimes it is helpful. Creatures and loot respawn, and chests refill - some on longer timers than others. So you can revisit areas to level and loot. Explore. You can climb, and often are rewarded for your efforts. Use terrain to your advantage ... Beware, some creatures can jump and climb, too. There are lots of interesting places to discover - some more dangerous than others. Pawns can die, and you can revive them when they do ... as long as you do so before their timer expires. If that happens, you have to go back to the rift to hire another (or to resummon your main pawn). Powder keg barrels are fun to shoot and destroy. They're also useful. Did Mercedes show you the barrel trick on the hydra? Similarly, you can grapple/pick up items, people, creature, etc., and throw them off a high place to their death. You may be strongly tempted to do so with Festes. Avoid deep water; it will kill you (and others). Clumsy pawns will admit their watery errors before they ... uhh ... return to the rift. Speaking of which, items in a pawn's inventory are returned to your bank when they die. Use that knowledge for good, not evil. Creatures all have strengths and weaknesses to different elemental and physical damage types. Pay attention to how much relative damage you do and don't hesitate to change up to try something more effective. You can pause in combat to change weapons, drink potions, etc. Keep 2 or 3 vials of oil on you for refilling your lamp. I haven't been able to tell if filling with more than one vial is beneficial or wasteful. I don't think there is a benefit. You can also fill lamps using oil in other party members' inventories. Give your main pawn a pickaxe and let them mine for you. Ore can get heavy. In that vein (see wut I did?), distribute items to keep individual weight-loads down or suffer reduced movement speed. Enough for now.
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    How's that Brexit working out for you guys?
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    A quick update. I eventually ended up with: - a streamer/DAC/Preamp (but not really using the preamp bit), called the Cambridge Audio Azure 851N. - an integrated amplifier called the Cambridge Audio Azure 851A. - speakers call Monitor Audio Gold GX300. - Interconnects called Fisual Havana Custom XLR - speaker cables called Fisual Super Pearl 2.5mm - I will be buying this to attach to the streamer for bluetooth connectivity. Picking up the speakers on Sunday. I bought them on ebay second hand. The 2 components are being shipped from Italy, where they are £600 cheaper than here. Cables arrive tomorrow. Cable chap is running an Ethernet cable to my new study on Friday. Total bill £3712. I took an awful lot of advice through a pretty awesome forum, called AVforums. The amount of time people were prepared to give up to offer their advice was quite amazing. One or two people in particular would gathers bucketloads of info to help out. If it helps, the full post and the advice is here: https://www.avforums.com/threads/my-first-digital-hifi-setup-sanity-check.2121584/#post-25424151 Thanks also to those who guided and steered me along here. I started knowing next to nothing, and now i know a tiny bit more. But if it ends up sounding shit, it's down to you guys.