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MTG – Lifetime stats calculator

Hello all,

For those who have been reading the MTG twittersphere recently surely have heard about this awesome program from Benjamin Peebles-Mundy that will let you calculate your lifetime win% stats. Here his site: http://www.zizibaloob.com/pwps.html

Well, when I heard about it, and I was very interested, but I could not get it to work because I couldn’t compile the thing. So, this is my collaboration for all you not so tech savvy guys out there that want to use it, but could not wrap your head around the java.

This is a walk-trough for windows only and you still have to be somewhat capable of the minimum computer skills to get it done.

1. As Benjamin mentions, start by downloading all your tournament info from the planeswalker points site: (taken from Bejamins site)

“”The first step is to download information from the Planeswalker Points website in a format that my program can understand. To do this, you have to log in using your password, navigate to the History tab, and select “Events only” from the drop-down menu in the top-right. If you’re already logged in, here’s a direct link.

(Note: make sure you download the info in English as the program does not recognize other lenguages, to change this, bottom right of the planeswalker points page.)

Now you have to expand every single tournament. You can either click on every single little arrow next to every single tournament, or you can do things the easy way. Using Google Chrome, open the menu in the top-right of the browser and select Tools > Deveoper Tools and execute this command:
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Once you wait for everything to expand (which can take a while if you’ve been playing for a long time), select-all the whole page (ctrl+a) and copy it. Paste it into your favorite text editor, and save the .txt file anywhere you’ll be able to find it again.””

Note: The txt should have your matched saves as 1 line per match

e.g. Match History:
1Win(+3) Surname, Name
2Win(+3) Surname2, Name2
3Win(+3) Surname3, Name3

2. Now you need to download the program to make the calculations. Get it here (If thew link stops working for any reason please contact me)

Locate this file in the same place you located your .txt file, this way it will be easy to find and get it to work together with the .txt file.

I recommend putting both into your files folder (Users/Yourname)

(Note: this is a .jar file created from Bejamins files compiled by a friend of mine. I looked at the code and it is safe, but i still have no right nor responsibility over them.)

3. Now you have the pieces, but you need your computer to be able to understand java. If you don’t have the Java platform installed or you don’t know if you do, download and install it directly from the official site (make sure to install the JDK and not JRE or anything else)2013-08-13_110011If you have the platform installed, skip this step. But its very unlikely you are even reading this if you have it installed.

4. Now everything should be in place to get this working. Open a command console (if you dont know where to start one go to: start – all programs – accessories – command prompt) and go to the path where you left your .jar and .txt files. Once there type in “java -jar PWP.jar file path.txt”

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If this works, you should be able to see all your Win% per format and tournament type.

If not, go through all the steps again carefully and double-check everything. If you still get nothing you can contact me on skype (ma.betschart), twitter (@mabetschart) of facebook and I might be able to help you.

Best regards all.

Mauro

Prerelease gatecrash y guild promos

A new article about the gatecrash prerelease and which guild to choose:

http://www.themagictutor.com/articulos/130-estrategia/limitado/2423-prerelease-gatecrash-y-guild-promos

TMT article – Presentación y draft pack order

This is part of a series of magic the gathering related articles I will be writing for an argentinian magic related site “themagictutor.com”

Hola, buenas a todos los amables lectores de este sitio de magic, en el articulo de hoy vamos a hablar de como cuidar las plantas de jardín de interior para que no se marchiten con los calores que se nos avecinan este verano…..

Que? Como que no puedo hablar de eso? Es una columna sobre limitado? Pero Adrián me dijo que yo podía…… bueno, esta bien…..

Empecemos entonces por el principio. Sé que muchos de los lectores de este sitio no me conocen, asique me presento. Mi nombre es Mauro, vivo en Montevideo, Uruguay, tengo 28 años y hace mas de 10 que juego a las magic. Si bien no tengo un curriculum tan extenso como algunos jugadores de nivel alto de Argentina, he hecho top8 en 5 y he ganado un nacional en Uruguay, participado en varios torneos internacionales, un pro tour en Japón y mi último gran logro fue llegar al top16 del último WMC (2012) en Indianápolis junto con mis compañeros del Team Uruguay.Uruguay

Se me conoce en Uruguay como un jugador del perfil de limitado, porque en general me va mucho mejor en esos torneos que en los construidos. Carezco de colección de cartas posteriores a mirrodin, excepto varios mazos de 40 cartas que juntan polvo en mi armario de magic en mi casa. He drafteado todos los sets desde saga de urza (aunque debo decir que no draftee tormento, que me pareció el peor set de la historia de magic, pero eso es para otro articulo)

Aun así, me gusta jugar cualquier tipo de magic, ya sea construido, limitado, competitivo, casual, commander, Winston draft, cubo, lands, booster duel, etc. No solo eso, soy muy ávido jugando juegos de mesa (Last night on earth, Mansions of madness), de otros juegos de cartas (competitivos como Poker o las mas casuales como Illuminati o Munchkin) y de rol también. Fui adicto a varios juegos de computadora como el diablo 1 y 2, tomb raider del 1 a 4, age of empires, siedler del 1 al 3, héroes of might and magic en su saga completa, warcraft, command and conquer y tantos mas, como muchos de los gamers de mi época. Pueden leer alguna de mis reportes de juegos de mesa en mi blog, en el que van a estar estos articulo también.

Nota: después de escribir esto leí el articulo de esteban del viernes (http://themagictutor.com/articulos/viernes-de-vicio/2334-una-videohistoria-no-apta-para-gente-sensible-a-emociones) y me identifiqué enseguida. Supongo que mas de uno compartirá entonces también la pasión el por los juegos.
Aparte de todo eso, hago cosas de “adulto” también. Soy licenciado en gerencia y Administración y tengo un título en marketing.  Trabajo desde hace 3 años como  gerente de ventas en una empresa de venta de equipamiento de energía solar en Montevideo. Soy adicto a las redes sociales, el café y a la música.

Ahora vamos a lo que nos compete. Ya que usé bastante de su tiempo en la presentación y para no hacer este primer artículo muy extenso voy a tratar básicamente sobre un tema que quizás no sea tan controversial ni nuevo, pero fue un cambio que afectó y afecta bastante a la manera de jugar e incluso para prepararse para draftear un set.

Al comienzo de los tiempos, todo era lindo y ordenado, y los sets, una vez que salieran mas de 2 de sus ediciones se drafteaban en orden, el que salió primero era el primer pack, el segundo iba después y si había tercero iba al final.

Después las cosas cambiaron y dieron vuelta el orden, y se draftean primero los sets más nuevos y después los más viejos del bloque. (Desde scars of mirrodin en adelante, es decir, desde hace 2 años).

En que nos afectó esto para prepararnos y para draftear?

Bueno, empezando por el aspecto de que los jugadores menos activos generalmente están menos acostumbrados a draftear el primer pack (segundo set). Esto les da una ventaja a los más activos, que saben mejor (o entienden más rápido) como adaptarse a los arquetipos y van a llegar con picks más consistentes, y mazos mas alineados al segundo pack.

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El segundo aspecto a considerar es que los arquetipos basados en cartas “draft around me” del primer set ya no van ser drafteados con tanta facilidad. En mirrodin teníamos mazos sacrificadores que podían “abusar de furnace celebration y en innistrad se drafteo bastante el selfmill deck con spider spawning (este ultimo estaba bueno aun sin esta carta, pero con una o dos copias del spawning era increíble)

Si, es verdad que algunos jugadores lo intentan forzar, y los mazos generalmente funcionan igual sin estas cartas, pero la mayoría de los jugadores trataría de evitar entrar en estos arquetipos teniendo el riesgo de no ver estas cartas que son claves.

Pero estos argumentos solo son precedentes para el que realmente quiero comentar hoy.

Quiero que nos adelantemos a la salida del próximo set, “gatecrash”, donde van a estar los 5 guilds que no están en RTR (Dimir, Gruul, Orzhov, Boros y Simic).Gatecrash-Guilds-615x465

Cuando salió Ravnica original se drafteaba en orden y los sets estaban repartidos entre las 3 ediciones.

Como afecta el orden de draftear los packs en esto y que significa que vayamos a draftear uno de estos primero y después 2 packs de Rtr?

Que la elección de el/los guilds que drafteemos en gatecrash, nos definan el/los guilds de Rtr también antes de realmente abrir un pack con sus cartas. Y lo más importante, que en un pack de gatecrash vamos a limitar los guilds útiles de dos packs de Rtr.

Como casi seguro vamos a jugar 3 colores (combinando 3 guilds), tenemos que elegir bien lo que drafteamos en el primer pack, para que esto no nos juegue en contra después.

Por ejemplo, si comienzo el draft con Dimir, lo mejor va a ser que complemente con Izzet y Rakdos en los siguiente packs, ya que probablemente no sea tan bueno combinarlo con Golgari ni Azorius, ya que los packs que contienen el tercer guild de esa combinación ya pasaron.

Si esto no pasa, y tenemos que draftear abiertos a dos guilds en gatecrash ej:Simic-Gruul, vamos a quedarnos solo con un guild en el segundo y tercero ej:Izzet. Y sin duda que restringirnos a un guild es infinitamente peor que tener opcion a 2 guilds y más opciones de picks a disposición en el set en el que darfteamos 2/3 de nuestras cartas.

La clave entonces esta en elegir o solo un guild o un guild y cartas de un color no asociado en gatecrash.

Y cuales son esas cartas? Que color no asociado debo elegir? Facil, aca una guía rapida de que guilds con que colores conviene draftear en gatecrash para poder disponer de más cartas útiles en Rtr:

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Sin duda que como se dio también en la Ravnica anterior, se puedan llegar a splashear alguna carta con los fixers que haya disponibles (que por ahora de hecho no son tantos excepto para verde) abriéndose mucho las posibilidades al jugar 4 colores.

Supongo que después de algunos drafts esto va a ser bastante más fácil y mecánico, pero espero que les sirva para guía inicial los drafts de ravnica-gatecrash.

No les quiero quitar más tiempo, asique termino diciendo que si quieren y pueden me mandan algún mensaje con opiniones o hacerme comentarios sobre lo mucho o poco que les gustó el articulo, e incluso sugerir alguna idea de lo que quieren leer o ver en estos artículos. Para contactarse me mandan un correo a maurobe@themagictutor.com o me escriben a través de fb https://www.facebook.com/mauro.betschart o de twitter https://twitter.com/MaBetschart

World magic qualifying championship I Uruguay – Titaning to the top

Last week was the first of three world magic the gathering cup qualifying championship.

This means there was a trip to the Gen Con® in Indianapolis, Indiana on August 17-19 and the entry to the world magic the gathering cup at stake.

This means, winning was a big thing, second place was almost nothing.

With this in mind I started testing some week prior to the tourney, playing a deck my brother had suggested. I didn’t really like it much, didn’t think it was the best deck to play. So I was always trying to get my hands on another deck, and luckily, and thanks to a friend (joaquin fuentes) I got my hands on a different one which I list here:

Wolf run Ramp

Spells:

4 Rampant Growth
4 Sphere of the Suns
2 Green Sun´s Zenith
4 Galvanic Blast
1 Whipflare
4 Slagstorm
1 Beast within

Creatures:
1 Birds of Paradise
1 Thrun, the Last Troll
2 Solemn Simulacrum
4 Huntmaster of the Fells
1 Acidic Slime
2 Inferno Titan
4 Primeval Titan

Lands:
2 Kessig Wolf Run
1 Ghost quarter
4 Inkmoth Nexus
4 Copperline Gorge
4 Rootbound Crag
4 Mountain
6 Forest

The deck revolves around playing big spells fast.

It tries to play some spells to accelerate in the first turns and then drop big spells like the titans (like the one you see in the image) generating insane card advantage. It also uses the kessig wolf run land to make its creatures deadlier on each attack.

The very same deck was played by another player of my group (Diego Prato), who had had some success with it before, so I thought it would be a nice deck to play. We tested together and built the deck together and finished it on Saturday together.

On Sunday morning we started the day of 7 rounds and top8 for the trip.

The tourney started well for me. I played the national champion from 3 years back (Juan Ordiozola) in the first round. He was playing the same deck I was and I managed to beat him. (1-0)

Second round I played one of the guys who tested with me (Layron) and managed to beat him too. (2-0)

The third round I lost to the local store owner (Zeta, playing zombies), against which I has a very slim chance of winning anyway, so I didn’t worry too much. (2-1)

Fourth round was coming along and I was paired with a player piloting a deck that was hard to beat for me too ( Santiago Rivero playing UB control), luckily I managed to outplay him and get out with the win. (3-1)

Next round I played against a somewhat new player,  Juan Ignacio Cor a about 14 year old kid who apparently played very well already. To be honest, he seemed to had run out of luck, as he could not master any good defense and I run him over very quickly. (4-1)

Round 6 paired me with Diego, the one playing the same deck I was playing, the one I built and tested with, the one I told we would meet in the finals. I did not want to play him, as this would mean one of us would go away with a defeat and his chances of getting to the top would be reduced drastically. We played, I won. I moved to 5-1 and was almost guaranteed to make the cut to the top8 single elimination rounds, but he had to play with the rope around his neck.

Round 7 and final round of the day I was paired with Carlos Garcia, a well known older player of the game. His position was well worse than mine, but he could still draw into top8 if I accepted. But since I had beat my friend and even if I lost I was almost guaranteed in, I chose to play. I won in a pretty quick fashion, playing two very fine games. I ended up 6-1, second place to enter the elimination rounds for the real prize.

The awesome thing was that of my play-testing group of 6, 3 of us made the cut to top8. One of which was Diego, who won his last round and was able to make the cut.

The standings were as follows:

Christian Alico 6-0-1 (frites)
Me 6-1 (wolf run ramp)
Leandro Cabrera 5-1-1 (ub control)
Diego Prato 5-2 (wolf run ramp)
Felipe Araujo 5-2 (humans)
Fabian Velazquez 5-2 (wolf run ramp)
Adrian García 5-2 (delver)
Federico Bigally 5-2 (white run ramp)

So the top 8 started. Only 3 matches were between me and a trip to Indianapolis. The guy who beat me in the round was already out, I felt good. I felt we could make it. On top of this, the brackets (1st plays 8th, 2nd plays 3rd, etc.) would make me not play Diego until the finals of we both got there.

Quarterfinals I played an incredibly nice, long and grindy two games against Adrian Garcia, a friend and player I respect. I know he thinks he is not such a good player, but he has some very consistent finishes, and is a respectful, calm and focused player. To be honest, it was the game I enjoyed most of the tourney. I beat him and advanced to the semis.

Diego Prato won against our other testing friend and advanced too. The chance of meeting in the finals was still possible.

Semifinals I had to play Federico Bigally, a player who has been playing for some years too now. I actually remember losing to him in a top8 5 years ago due to a BIG misplay on my part. I did not know what he was playing before the match, and was pretty puzzeled of how to play against him. I didn’t know the cards he had in the deck, and he knew perfectly what I had brought. His deck was prepared to beat my deck.

This worked against me in game 1, in which I had two lines of play (killing him with damage, or killing his creatures to let mine damage him), being on the aggressor side I finally chose the one that fit the current board better, but was incorrect in the long run, as he played a card that nullified my attacks (Gideon Jura). If I had damaged him he would have been dead by the time he could stabilize. So he won this game.

Second game was completely different. I rushed him out and he conceded 5 turns into the game with lethal damage from me next turn.

Third game is where I had no chance. He started very well and I was behind. I managed to stabilize, but when he drew his wolf run from the top with no cards in hand and a creature in play, he was able to finish me off.

That was it for me. Sad and disappointed for losing when I could have won I went to watch my friend Diego´s game.  He was down a game and was against the ropes. He would lose pretty quickly. Although his opponent managed to make a few bad played and Diego drew a few good cards in a row and he turned the tables, winning his match.

So Diego was in the finals, I wasn’t. I let him down. If I had won it would have been so amazing….a final between the two. Like predicted….He ended up losing to the player who beat me… and finished in second place.

All in all I can say it was an awesome tourney, with my testing group showing they can play, and me proving to myself I can win constructed events, I just have to play it right till the end. I will remember my misplay for a long time, but I will also remember that I won 7 matched and lost only 2, without much testing and on pure skill.

I hope you enjoyed my short report.

Gaming – New Magic: The Gathering world championships

A few of the magic player who follow this blog will be delighted to read this.

Lets start a few months ago, when we all heard the incredible news from wizards announcing there would be no more “world championship”A lot of us were angry, frustrated and could not understand how wizards of the coast would do this to one of the greatest expressions of the magic year.

Now, we get this news. A different, more vibrant, and easier to qualify world championship. Where only country representatives play, and only for national pride, not for own glory.

Here the link to the news: http://www.wizards.com/Magic/Magazine/Article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/other/122311a

So there will be a world magic championship, where 4 players of every country will be battling and slinging spells. Who will be these 4? One will be the player with most professional points of the season. And 3 will be players who won three different qualifying tournaments held in the country. They will get the invite and the airfare paid to participate.

Here how this looks for Uruguay:

First place in professional points will be the one that got the best spot in the latin american gp or if anyone travels to one or more gps. Also if someone qualifies for a pro tour, he will most likely get the spot.

Grinders:
Theres a minimum amount of competitive points to have to be invited to them. Having 50 points is really not that hard, you could get them by:
1 gp
1 ptq
1 gp trial y 2 small tourneys
1 national
5-10 small toruneys
FNM dont count to the competitive total.

So, the big thing will be winning one of these Grinders. We can assume that those who play them will be the better players, and since the prize is fairly interesting, there will be a lot of practice involved. But hey, someone has to win it, right?

All in all a great way to turn things around. A great game play enhancer and good prizes. Wizards shows us again they know how to do marketing.

Gaming Tuesday – Magic nationals 2 (forgot to post it yesterday)

Uruguayan Magic the gathering nationals are in the books….. and no, I didn’t win them, but it was awfully close.

After a crazy week last week, trying to get the best build out of the deck I wanted to play, I finally made a last minute change on Saturday, asking a few people for the cards I needed, and got one positive reply. On Sunday morning, the day of the tourney, I asked for the cards, but the player told me he didn’t have them.

Now what? I asked around, but no one brought the cards i needed to the tourney, so a last second change to the deck was made. Here the final list for those who know something about magic:

Lands
4 scalding tarn
3 halimar depths
8 inslands
7 mountains

spells
4 pyromancer ascension
4 ponder
4 preordain
4 gitaxian probe
4 lightning bolt
4 burst lightning
4 into the roil
4 mana leak
3 incinerate
2 forsee
1 call to mind

A kind of deck that relies on building up and getting one big turn to win out of nowhere, a “combo” deck.

Combo decks are never easy to play, they require practice and a lot of thinking ahead in the game, a careful choice at each option. The good thing about them is they are rarely played, and as such are not expected nor practiced against by a lot of players.

The tourney is composed of 6 rounds and then they make a cut and the top 8 players in the standings are allowed to play the finals.

First 3 rounds of the tourney are constructed play, with the deck I posted. So I started my day losing the first round, but not to worry too much, at the nationals 2005 I won, I lost the first round too. But now I had to win all my next rounds to make the cut. The second round I won, and things were looking up. When I won my third round I was seriously looking at a good result.

4th to 6th round was limited, which is my expertise. I played a green blue deck and won the following two rounds to be able to intentionally draw the last one and make the cut to the finals with a 4-1-1 record (4 wins, 1 loss, 1 draw)

Top 8 finals (single elimination): I played the quarterfinals against a deck I had the upper hand, and it turned out as expected, with me winning it in a pretty fast fashion.

Top 4 finals on the other hand I played against a deck I didn’t have much of a chance. My opponent had the upper hand and he played correctly, so I lost.

Not too bad though, I had a lot of fun, played a deck thatIi liked a lot and ended in 3rd place at nationals. A result well worth being proud of.

Gaming tuesday – Magic nationals

Well, thanks for all the visits yesterday (2 visits). I guess the topic was not that interesting :_(

If that one wasn’t interesting, then this one will be a lot less interesting.

This weekend are the Magic: The Gathering nationals.

For those who don’t know what I’m talking about, just think of a card game with strategy like chess, with the ability to choose which pieces to play and which one to leave out, and with a fantasy element added to it. Maybe you have seen some odd cards like the one on the bottom somewhere already, played by socially rejected, weird, often overweight or overly skinny kids. Its an interesting game for kids, with all the fantasy things, and an interesting game for grown-ups, who like strategy, role playing or adventure games. And there are the cash prizes to attract grown ups too. (we are talking about over 1.000.000U$S a year in prizes for big tourneys)

Anyway, ill be “wasting” my whole Sunday playing, trying to get hold of this years championship and the invite to play in worlds in San Francisco. I don’t feel pressured to win or anything, i already have a national champion title and a trip to japan under my belt from previous years. I just want to have a lot of fun and maybe go home with some prizes for being one of the top 8 players.

True to my history at national championships, ill be playing a rather “under the radar” deck of cards, trying to take more than one by surprise, and counting on the fact that they don’t know how to play against it.

If you are interested in the game, interested in fantasy games, or just curious about how this works, you can come by on Sunday to see some player slinging spells at each other, summoning creatures to fight or enchanting ancient artifacts :), or just say “hi”. We are going to be playing at “espacio Pliegues” Bvr. España 2697, 1 block from the “Ombú”.