Year-End Mtg Spoilers Review Re-Assessment

It’s just a few more hours before New Year’s Eve and I decided to look back at how my assessment or speculations were with regard to the cards that I talked about in the recent Theros Spoiler season two months ago. Let’s start with:

Year-End Mtg Spoilers Review Re-Assessment

Elspeth, Sun’s Champion: I wouldn’t say that my speculation or prediction of Elspeth, Sun’s Champion is off since I was still right with regard to the number of Elspeths that people put in their decks. Not to mention that I did mention that Elspeth would be most fitting in a control shell or a Mono-White shell deck though the latter was a bit off since we didn’t see her much in action in such a deck. Overall, the restrictive mana-cost was remained the biggest factor that kept her in the bench most of the time if not as a one-of or two-of in a control shell.

Year-End Mtg Spoilers Review Re-Assessment

Scry Spells: The spells that I discussed last time namely; Voyages’ End, Read the Bones, Omenspeaker, Magma Jet and God’s Willing each had their own moment under the sun though none of them really made a big impact towards the current Standard format. The one losing the most here would probably be Voyages’ End with no deck in Standard sporting the bounce spell with the scry function. Of all these spells, the most that’s seeing play would be Magma Jet, and followed by a tie between Omenspeaker and Read the Bones.

Year-End Mtg Spoilers Review Re-Assessment

Stormbreath Dragon: My speculation on this one was perhaps the most accurate of all my previous assessments then again, it’s nothing really spectacular since a lot of people had already seen this good ol’ dragon coming. Stormbreath Dragon has seen play in various red-based decks such as Gruul Monsters, Boros Midrange, Dega Naya Control, and many more and it does what it’s expected to do: Kill players outright.

Year-End Mtg Spoilers Review Re-Assessment

“Again, they’re not the power rangers”

The Pantheon of Theros: Though I was able to highlight Thassa as my favorite God of the set, I never imagined that it would be part of the Mono-Blue Devotion shell that’s been putting positive results in tournaments ever since Pro Tour Theros. My evaluation of Heliod on the other hand would be a miss in a sense that though I ranked him highly in my previous article, he was the only God that didn’t get much attention in the current Standard format. Purphoros saw heavy play at the beginning of the new Standard season but eventually waned thanks as the metagame evolved. As of present, the hype on Purphoros has already died down with only a few Boros decks utilizing him. Was I right regarding my evaluation? Partially because though people initially put him in mono-red decks, the card that really did the heavy lifting in these decks would be Fanatics of Mogis. Though I did encounter a deck which used Purphoros and was soundly defeated by it and yes, I can attest that the two damage it deals whenever a creature enters the battlefield does stack eventually. Nylea lived up to the expectations of people seeing fringe play and nothing more nothing less and I can also say that my speculation regarding Erebos is a miss in a sense that though I wasn’t that impressed with what he can do overall, he sees more play as compared to Nylea and or Heliod which I may have regarded highly in my previous article.

Year-End Mtg Spoilers Review Re-Assessment

Ashiok, Nightmare Weaver: Though he may be one of those planeswalkers that got my attention, the truth is that he didn’t live up to what people expected of him or imagined he could become in the current Standard format. His first ability may show promise followed by his second ability but then again, people just ignore him and go head directly to the opponent’s direction to beat him senseless. However, it is still too early to completely dismiss Ashiok, not with Born of the Gods just around the corner.

Overall, I am happy with my Theros Spoiler Assessment. It’s only a few weeks from now before the Born of the Gods spoiler season begins and I am already excited to see what’s in store for every M:tG player out there!

Year-End Mtg Spoilers Review Re-Assessment

Aoki Hagane no Arpeggio: Ars Nova Final Review

I just finished watching the last episode of Aoki Hagane no Arpreggio: Ars Nova and I must say that I am satisfied with regard to the naval battles. The only concern I have with the anime is that there is not much character development throughout the story or any time for back stories. The story was solely focused on how Gunzo and Iona tough it through with the different Fleet of Fogs and how they were able to get them as allies. In addition to their primary objective that was to deliver the vibration warhead to the United States which we didn’t get the chance to see how it would fare against the Fog.

 Aoki Hagane no Arpeggio: Ars Nova Final Review

“Just love ’em Subs.”

Though this isn’t really a bad thing since almost everyone enjoys naval fleets exchanging cannon fires and torpedoes. However, for those who are very particular about character development, they will be disappointed. My impression regarding the character’s artwork didn’t change though but it’s something that I don’t mind. At the same time, the harem aspect of the anime is underplayed so those who’re looking for a lot of romantic moments or interactions between the main protagonist and the girls in the story will be disappointed.

 Aoki Hagane no Arpeggio: Ars Nova Final Review

“Would you like to board either one of them?”

These factors aren’t really a minus for me since I am already conditioned to accept that these kinds of anime wouldn’t have much time to focus on character development. Let alone, telling back stories so I am not really disappointed. I could only wish otherwise but it’s not much of a big deal for me. Overall, I was satisfied watching the anime and I wouldn’t mind watching another season of naval battles though I am hoping that my questions would be answered at that time without me having to resort to reading the manga.

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Blazblue: Altered Memory Final Review

I’ve been following Blazblue: Alter Memory for a while now and is always excited to watch it. Who wouldn’t be excited watching one of those games that you enjoy playing that’s been adapted into an anime? Not to mention that the company, Arc System Works, who initially developed the PS3 game Blazblue was the same company who developed one of my favorite fighting games which is Guilty Gear. In addition to this, Daisuke Ishiwatari, the person who wrote the music for Blazblue is also the same person who’s responsible for the character designs, voice-over of the main protagonist of Guilty Gear, and storyline.

Blazblue: Altered Memory Final Review

I just recently finished watching the last episode of the said anime and though I was satisfied enough with the anime, I wouldn’t recommend it to just anyone. The thing is that unless you’re aware of the game, or more importantly, the storyline or plot of the game, you wouldn’t be able to understand or follow the events in the anime. Let alone, the role of each character and the terms they are using. Any regular viewer who doesn’t have any idea about the game or characters will likely get lost as the story progress. In fact, I am already familiar with the game and plot but I still am a bit lost with what’s happening in the story.

Blazblue: Altered Memory Final Review

“One of the main antagonist of the story”

Overall, it’s a good watch provided that you are a fan of the game and is familiar with the story in general. If you’re still curious or interested in watching it despite lacking knowledge of the plot or the game, you may want to take a peek first in Wikipedia or Blazblue Wikia to get an idea of what’s happening in the story.