Paradox Personalities #1 – Wallos

By Alex Early

So for starters I’m going to give everybody a little bit of info about myself. I’m 21 years old and I enjoy video games, riding my bike, and exercising at the Y- and while I’m doing those things I’m often listening to music (of which my favorite genre is metal.) I’ve always been a huge gamer, it began with watching my older brother Nick play super Nintendo; then I started playing whenever I got the chance. Eventually I started getting into another gaming medium- card games. Of course it began with Pokemon, which was huge when I was in third and fourth grade.

Now for a little bit of ‘Alex and Magic’ history. When I was in middle-school I began delving into the world of Magic: The Gathering. I began playing when I was in seventh grade and played consistently until I tenth grade. I quit playing when after a few of my close friends quit, shortly after Champions of Kamigawa came out. Not too long after that I began working at Paradox, during which I was constantly around Magic and always kept up with the latest. I began playing again less than a year ago shortly after the release of Zendikar. My choice decks were Vampires and Boros Bushwhacker.

Enough about myself, what I’d really like to talk about is the Rise of the Eldrazi prerelease. First of all, I must say I’ve never seen so many people so excited to play Magic. After we expanded the store a few years ago I never thought I’d see people playing games on the floor again- especially not for just one tournament. Throughout the night I enjoyed looking at people’s decks and listening to crazy plays, card interactions, and seeing people actually get Eldrazi creatures into play. I worked midnight until 9 o’clock AM, I had planned on sleeping after my shift until two headed giant; but the I had the itch, so I played in the 10 AM sealed deck.

I ended up with a card pool that screamed red/green tokens. To my disappointment I only got one Eldrazi, the Hand of Emrakul, which ended up being fine, playing it on turn three several times was quite fun and resulted with a game win. My rare bomb was Hellion Eruption, a sorcery where you sacrifice all of your creatures and put 4/4 red hellion tokens into play for each creature sacrificed. With 3 copies of Brood Birthing and a bunch of Eldrazi spawn makers this card usually resulted in a total blowout of my opponent.

In the two-headed giant tournament (or 2HG) my partner Daryl Erdmann (a.k.a. Barrels o’ Daryl) and I joined forced as team Bondage Kirby- and yes there is a story behind that, but I won’t elaborate on it. Daryl played a blue/white deck with control spells and lots of flyers, I again played red green spawn token madness, once again with Hand of Emrakul and this time packin’ a few other Eldrazi creatures. Our first game was a failure, our opponents gained a bajillion life off of the Soul’s Attendant, while I played 7 of my 9 forests and 0 of my 8 mountains, with a hand of five red cards. We began to stabilize at 2 life to our opponents’ 67, dropped them to the 40s, then lost to a Vent Sentinel. The second round our opponents had the exact same problem that I did round one on an even more ridiculous scale, in roughly twenty turns player A on their team never saw his second color. That was the last game we played because I had a splitting headache and wanted to sleep.

Lastly I’d like to talk about my Standard deck that I began playing with once I saw some of the Rise of the Eldrazi spoilers. I call this deck Wallos. A red/white (boros) deck with a ton of walls (creatures with defender). The deck is geared against agro decks, not so much control. With 19 defenders, a bunch of burn spells, then Gideon Jura and Vent Sentinel as win conditions. Also packing Rage Nimbus and Warmonger’s Chariot, the deck is more offensive than most would expect. The plan is to sit behind Perimeter Captains, Wall of Omens, and Stalwart Shield-Bearers until I can burn the opposition down. I’ve played quite a few games with this silly deck and enjoy it quite a bit. That’s all from me this time around, see you all on Friday nights.

4 Arid Mesa
9 Mountain
11 Plains

4 Perimeter Captain
3 Rage Nimbus
4 Stalwart Shield-Bearers
4 Vent Sentinels
4 Wall of Omens

2 Gideon Jura
3 Harm’s Way
4 Lightning Bolt
2 Path to Exile
4 Searing Blaze
2 Warmonger’s Chariot

P.S. Goblin Assault is an awful card against Wallos.