Why Ultimate Guard Boulders +100 are the perfect deck companion.

Why Ultimate Guard Boulders +100 are the perfect deck companion.

by Affinity Games

Are you looking for a deck box that will last the longest and provide the best value you for your money?

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Is Arclight the best choice for MCQ/Arena Grinding

Is Arclight the best choice for MCQ/Arena Grinding

by Affinity Games

After the past MCQ weekend here in the Philippines and headed into the the Star City Games Invitation, I feel that Arclight Phoenix might be the best choice.






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Why create a new account on Affinity Games?

Why create a new account on Affinity Games?

by Affinity Games

Why create a new account on Affinity Games? Because you get rewards for using the online account!

With change, comes growth.

As we test new systems and bring our customers into the future, we want you to join us in our first new program.

One of the new features we implemented was a new Online Rewards Program. 



1.  This program is designed to exclusively work for our new online store.  

2.  In order for each customer to use the Reward Program, you have to update and create a new account with us.

(This process is very simple and normally means, selecting create account and then filling out new details.)

3.  All details of the program may be found here



Once you have completed the steps above you can begin to claim rewards through our automated system.

We hope you enjoy shopping with Affinity Games!

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"Magic: The Gathering – War of the Spark Prerelease Event" By Dreion

"Magic: The Gathering – War of the Spark Prerelease Event" By Dreion

by Affinity Games

Magic: The Gathering – War of the Spark Prerelease Event

The odd thing about the War of the Spark prerelease in the Philippines was that it was made available for sale to the public a day after the actual set release. These prerelease events usually take place a week beforehand to let players feel how the set plays, like a teaser of sorts. Wizards of the Coast’s decision to reschedule was mainly caused by the recent earthquake that happened in Manila and the extended Lenten holiday season. Store stock distribution was delayed due to the disaster’s effects on shipping logistics. Most players were disappointed but still understanding of the situation. Thankfully the amount of saltiness was minimal, probably because the War release date wasn’t moved.

The Pack

Event Details

Name: War of the Spark Afternoon Prerelease
Date and Time: May 4, 2019 from 1pm – 6pm
Hosted by: Affinity Games
Location: Grand Central, Cagayan de Oro City

I already got myself a WotS bundle, but kind of wanted to experience a prerelease event myself. I wasn’t exactly keen on spending more on MTG this week, but I ended up biting the bullet after “thorough” internal deliberation. The worst thing that could happen is that I simply got myself a few new booster packs, right?

Got meself a green d20.
Guaranteed Foils, Promo Pamphlet, d20, Card Spacer, Booster Packs

The prerelease pack was smaller and less intimidating than the bundle. It included a compartmentalized box with six set booster packs and a d20. The box itself can be used as a deck box if you’re being particularly stingy about buying something sturdier. Although not as robust as the bundle, the prerelease pack still offers good value – specially if the player chooses to join the event. Taking part in the series of matches will give them a chance to win more booster packs for each victory achieved. Assuming, of course, that they don’t suck as much as I did.

Zombie Army tokens at work

I ran a black and red deck like my daily driver because the key to learning is being rigid and refusing to try out new things, right? I’d like to think that it was formulated around the new “Amass” effect instead of just being a mishmash of marginally related cards. Questionable card composition and land variation led to a series of losses caused by flooding and erroneous/missed trigger calls. I almost conceded a round to penalize myself, but I was glad my opponent just calmly told me that the sequencing wasn’t possible or legal and allowed the game to continue. Lesson learned, kids – this was the consequence of me always running basic 2 for 2/2 creatures and single effect sorceries/instants.

I’m glad I got to play with people outside my usual group because I haven’t dived too deep into the set (or even the real meat of the game itself) yet. The veteran players and the event coordinators were happy to help explain spell triggers and effect chains, saving me from going through some weird mental gymnastics. It’s nice to see how the MTG community in general is nurturing instead of condescending, which in turn helps the player base grow.

Mini-Masters after the event

I had a lot of fun with the event even if I got my ass handed to me in spectacular fashion. I even forgot to get myself my body’s mandatory headache-preventing dose of coffee because of the immersion. Maybe one day, I’ll stop being a newbie who can’t keep track of mana expanding creatures and turn into someone who can play with flawless technical execution. Just one day though, because I’ll probably just relapse into being too overeager to properly read card text.

Bonus land art panorama. Gotta succ dem sparks.



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"Magic: The Gathering’s War of the Spark Expansion – Opening My First MTG Bundle" By Dreion

"Magic: The Gathering’s War of the Spark Expansion – Opening My First MTG Bundle" By Dreion

by Affinity Games

Magic: The Gathering’s War of the Spark Expansion – Opening My First MTG Bundle

Last week, I pre-ordered a War of the Spark bundle from Affinity Games, our local game store. This wasn’t my first Magic-related purchase, but it signified a willingness to commit to another hobby/wallet slayer. Magic: The Gathering’s 81st Expansion was set to release on May 03, 2019 (yesterday) which meant I had to agonizingly wait for more than a week and strategize for cards I have yet to own.

I tend to will myself into forgetting about release dates of games and movies that I really love so I won’t go rabid from the excessive anticipation. I used the same approach for this product release, although my mental fortitude pretty much failed about two days ago. The fact that I recently started Magic: The Gathering Arena and how my friends kept talking about MTG probably didn’t help me forget.

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Content details on the back of the bundle

After leaving work early, I headed straight to the store where I was greeted by my friend who worked there. He handed over the bundle to me with a congratulatory grin and I could feel myself grinning unconsciously too. It was the kind of face I always make when I start to overpower a particularly challenging monster in Monster Hunter. Whenever I smile like this, it admittedly looks pretty unsettling so I’m glad the younger MTG players had their backs to me. The whole “unboxing” session was a bit unceremonious and spottily documented because I forgot to take pictures about halfway through due to too much excitement.

No way they’d kill a character that’s featured as much as this, right?

The first thing I paid attention to was the basic land pack. This is something that veterans won’t fuss around with too much, but I really do appreciate getting something like this as it will help me try different deck builds using all colors. The d20 included was red accented with black splatter. I already have one with the inverse color scheme, so this new one would be a perfect addition to my still measly collection of counters.

“Daghan kog kayutaan”
Snug af. ‘Cept the lonely d20
Forgot I had this lol

Next was the actual meat of the bundle, the 10 booster packs. I admit that I should’ve taken a video or some pictures when I opened the packs, but I was too engrossed with the cards and couldn’t be arsed to reach for my phone. I didn’t even bother reading the included Player’s Guide until after spending an hour just pointlessly fiddling with the cards as if I knew anything about deck building.

10x Booster Packs. No card listing per pack because I’m lazy AND absent-minded

During the course of the afternoon, I managed to do nothing with the new cards but categorize by color, “convince” a friend to get a bundle for himself (justification: a new player needs a decent card pool), play a few matches and somehow under appreciate the fact that I got a Gideon Blackblade.

>not lucky enough to get a Ugin

Having realized that any deck I could build with the cards I had would have next to nonexistent synergy, I decided to make a deck from the Thirty Casual Decks under $20 for Magic: the Gathering War of the Spark article by mtggoldfish.com. The goal I had in mind was to have something on hand that showcases the beauty of cards working together. This kind of card interaction was almost absent whenever I used my daily driver deck, where at most only two effects happen by casting a single spell.

I traded in three cards to get enough store credit to get the cards I needed and to avoid spending even more money on singles:

  • Enter the God-Eternals
  • Feather, the Redeemed
  • Gideon Blackblade (since I have no plans to invest in a collection or to run white)

In turn, I managed to build a Golgari Ramp deck and will finally be able to experience how to operate a properly formulated Green and Black deck.

I haven’t tested this yet. Betting on me botching the execution and the opponent capitalizing on my idiocy and proceeding to ream me mercilessly.

I would like to thank David from Affinity Games for being patient with an overeager newbie like me and helping me build my first “real” deck. Special thanks also to the two other dudes who I hung out with but will not be named because reasons. I had fun discussing the new card mechanics and possible strategies that we could use with our new cards. Although I wasn’t able to make a solid library out of the cards I got from the bundle, I still think I got more than enough value from it. Now I have a significantly larger card pool, two boxes, a nifty poster and handy expansion reference from the Player’s Guide.

The “pre”release event is in about 11 hours. I’ll probably join that one not because of the exclusives, but because of the cute box included in the pack.



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"Starting Magic: The Gathering in My Late Twenties" By Dreion

"Starting Magic: The Gathering in My Late Twenties" By Dreion

by Affinity Games

Starting Magic: The Gathering in My Late Twenties

The Magic: The Gathering has been around for ages but I never really got the chance to try it out myself until last week. The push to actually dive into the game was caused by a few friends getting free welcome decks from the local tabletop game store. I’ve always found the game interesting and seeing how curious I was, they goaded me into getting my own free pack of cards. The first taste is free as they say and only a few days into the hobby, I’ve already bought a bunch of accessories and booster packs.

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Went full edgy with Black/Red

The game is almost as old as I am, with a massive following of players (also called planeswalkers) from all around the globe. People participate in regular events and tournaments to compete, meet new friends and collect cards. Despite being a newbie at Magic, seeing someone play now gives me the same giddy feeling I get whenever I see someone playing a video game I really like.

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Aurum Hunters – the ones I blame for getting me hooked on paper crack

Some of the veteran players I’ve met actively dissuaded me from playing because of how much of a resource sink Magic can be. Getting the perfect build for a deck would usually require one to buy one high value card or worse, a whole bunch of said cards. Although I haven’t reached that point yet (hopefully never), I’ve already thrown a considerable amount of money at the hobby to buy myself some card sleeves, a deck box, two booster packs and a pre-order for a bundle of the newest “set” of cards that will release this Friday.

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My first two booster packs.

I’d like to justify this spike in spending with the fact that I’ve been really rigid with my spending for the past four months. I’ve only bought a few games and a model kit or two since 2019 started. Pay me no mind though, as I’m only trying not to get frustrated at my lack (or momentary loss) of self restraint.

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The Professor from Tolarian Community College really loves this deck box, so I bought myself one. Really wanted a black one too, but I’d have to punch myself if I bought two.

I probably won’t be able to compete at a professional level and I might have to take a break for some time in the future, but I’m still glad I finally know how to play Magic. I’ve always respected tabletop players because of their patience in dealing with convoluted rules and mechanics and now I get to experience the mental mess myself. At least I now have something else to do when the power is out.

Many thanks to my friends from my local hunting guild Aurum for teaching me how to play and to our local game store Affinity Games for helping me get into Magic: The Gathering.



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He describes himself as:
"Some dude who loved video games too much, got burned out, then got into model kit building. Loves music and books too."

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