Sunday, March 2, 2014

Why my Genesis Deck is better than your girlfriend.

Odd title right? Well, it is a nod towards my beautiful wife's blog

We'll get to the Magic in a minute. First, an update since this is my first post in two years. I'm sure the other Jamie Wakefield's out there hate me since I have the url and haven't done anything with it for a while.

When we got back to the states, I had a job waiting for me in Rutland thanks to my good friend and former boss, Patricia Aigner. I was a computer tech again and while I do love that, I did not enjoy the environment nor the two hours of travel every day. I longed to be back at my home town's high school (MUHS) being a tech there. In the meantime, an opening appeared at Middlebury College and I aced the interviews and the meeting with my soon to be boss.

But, luckily, Dan Callahan saved my bacon once again. He told me about a network admin position at my home school district (ACSU.) I applied for the job but had cold feet. I knew little about servers and didn't relish the responsibility of keeping an entire network up and what to do if it went down. I actually applied for the job, then withdrew my application due to fear. Which is bad.

Dan convinced me to come in for the interview and I did pretty well at it. They offered to train me, pay for courses online and offered me the job. With much trepidation I took it. Possibly a mistake?

I've never had a harder job.

At the Middlebury Inn, I used to work an eight hour shift as Manager or sometimes just front desk clerk and then work through the night as the night auditor. That sixteen hour shift was easier than what I am doing now.

On the other hand, despite being hard, I am certainly not stagnant. I have learned more in the past two years than I have learned at any other time in my life. I feel like I am in an intensive college course that never ends. And, we have a great tech team which is so important. We all get along, we're all friends, we all work our asses off and we all support each other.  I love the atmosphere, the teachers and the four mile drive to work. While I wish the job was a little easier, I wouldn't want to be anywhere else. I am just stunned that I had this five year adventure in Spain and then was able to come back to the job I love.

Wendy has moved into a new stage of her life (read her website from the link above) and I know she is going to be a huge success at it, like everything else she has attempted. She redesigned our dismal, poorly lit house into what we now call Wakkafield Palace. And it is a palace. It is insanely wonderful. I have a man-cave with an Alienware computer with two screens, a wall o junk filled with various paraphernalia, most importantly, my Magic "Competitor" badges that I got from going to five Pro Tours. I have my framed original artwork of Timbermare, my favorite books in my bookcase, a Thor Poster and other awesome things from my life. It is incredible.

Magic? Yeah, I got sucked back in by a simple little thing called Duels of the Planeswalkers that was ten bucks on Steam. That led me back to Magic Online.  I'm not a huge fan of Standard right now so I've been playing a ton of Modern mostly because of the deck I'm playing.

15 Forest
2 Kessig Wolf Run
2 Stomping Ground
4 Acidic Slime
4 Arbor Elf
4 Primeval Titan
4 Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx
4 Utopia Sprawl
4 Scavenging Ooze
4 Garruk Wildspeaker
4 Leatherback Baloth
2 Voyaging Satyr
4 Genesis Wave
2 Thrun, the Last Troll
1 Overgrowth

4 Krosan Grip
4 Summoning Trap
4 Essence Warden
3 Choke

This is based off of an article on but is a little bit different. The original list had 4 Burning Tree Emissary and 4 Eternal Witness. I have swapped those out for Acidic Slime and Scavenging Ooze. There are some other minor changes but those are the most important.

The Eternal Witnesses were to get back Genesis Wave, but I've found if I get one off, the game is over, I don't need to cast it again. When I tried the original list, it was super impressive to almost deck myself and put my whole deck on the board, but it was overkill.

The Burning Tree Emissary's were like a lottery ticket. They allowed for staggeringly broken openings, but did nothing late in the game. The deck is more impressive 1/10th of the time that it works perfectly with them, but loses more when you draw them outside of your opening hand.

The Scavenging Ooze and Acidic Slime have both been so good, so game winning, so amazing, that I would never take them out. I am unsure on the Thrun, Overgrowth and Voyaging Satyr.

Anyway, I have to wrap this up. It is Sunday and Wendy is ready to quit work and do something together for the rest of the day. Which is fine by me since I have won my last three matches in Magic, walked doggies, watered plants, done laundry, converted ten DVD's to AVI and updated my blog for the first time in two years two months.