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So… Hello Folks!

Here’s to hoping this post finds everyone in good spirit and good health! It’s been awhile since I’ve updated, but I was struck today by a particular comment left by Limbonic_Art. 

So sad this site is now almost dead… Is it all because of the store?

This thoughtful comment caught me on a few levels. First, though we haven’t been updating, the site is far from dead. It’s still charting between 800-1000 views a day, which is pretty amazing. That tells me that Ertai’s Lament has succeeded in one of its aims, which is providing a resource for those looking into the older decks.

Of course, for those looking for signs of life itself, such as Limbonic, it certainly could appear moribund thanks to the lack of visible activity. That brings me to the next point- if we haven’t been updating in just over a month… what have we been doing?

First, we’ve been running Moonlite Comics. I knew going into it that it would be a lot of work, but even at my most generous estimates I vastly underestimated how much goes into it. Right now, I’m essentially working two full-time jobs, seven days a week. It sadly doesn’t leave a lot of time left over for other things, no matter how much aspiration is there. I’m steadily working towards finding the right balance between the store, my regular day job, and everything else, so that’s a work in progress.

There’s also one other big reason for our absence.


Say hello to Declan and Lorcan Kirkman! Our wee ones entered the world together on 16 September, a full TWO MONTHS ahead of schedule! It’s been unimaginably hectic around here on top of everything else, but they’re fighters the both of them and they’re doing even better than we dared to hope. No major issues to speak of as yet, and two days ago they both surpassed their birth weight after the initial drop in weight most babies experience. They’re thriving (but prayers are always welcome!)!

Jimi hasn’t left the hospital since they arrived, making a huge sacrifice for our babies in terms of sanity and exposure to horrible food. Sam and the boys have stepped up to help run the house, so we’re all getting through.

So yeah… things have been a little busy around here, but Ertai’s Lament is far from dead.

I promise.

I remember Gathering Magic before it was Gathering Magic, when it was just a really popular casual Magic site run by two guys. As the end arrived and their updates became less and less, you couldn’t shake that feeling of impending doom. Not so here. We’l be back very soon with a lot of catching up to do. I’ve already been poking around the Intro Packs of Theros, and one of them in particular blew my socks off.

Thanks for reading, and see you soon!


News: Theros Intro Pack Rares Revealed!

Ordinarily spoilers for the Intro Packs have come in two waves. First, we get a look at the deck packaging, letting us see the rares and names of the decks. Then, later, we get the fill deck list spoiled. Today, the mothership had something a little different for us- just the Intro Pack rares.

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The Streak Comes to an End

Around three years ago, we started Ertai’s Lament with an ambitious goal: to write a review of a Magic the Gathering preconstructed deck every 48 hours. No-one is more amazed than I that I’ve been able to stick with it, and we’ve written as much as we have. I read on Amazon that the average book is 65,000 words. I did the math and discovered that I had written just over thirteen books’ worth of articles here.

Thirteen books.

But as you might have noticed, we finally missed a review window. The streak had died.

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Rhox War Monk

Whispers of the Muse: Triumph’s “Bant on the March”

Welcome to another installment of the most popular (and to my knowledge only) crowdsourcing precon deck tinkering advice column on the internet! Today we’re back with an interesting twist courtesy of Triumph: block constructed! Here’s what he had to say…

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Reads: Meddling Azorius Authority on Gathering Magic

Shame on me for letting this slip through the cracks, but my Meddling of the Azorius Authority Intro Pack from Dragon’s Maze is up over at Gathering Magic. This time around, the challenge is to make the best 60-card deck from the contents of both Azorius Intro Packs, adding nothing else. What deck do I build? Stop on over to find out!

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The Top Five: James Arnold

Welcome to the first installment of a new occasional feature on Ertai’s Lament! On The Top Five, we ask members of the Magic community what their five favourite preconstructed decks are, and why. We’re delighted to have as our inaugural guest James Arnold, known on twitter as @thatguyJames2. James has a regular feature on Gathering Magic, has his own site dedicated to his incredible design work, and was the creator of the delightful graphic we had for the Grand Final of the 2007-08 Preconstructed Championships.

Here is James’s Top Five- and matching banners he created just for this!

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Reads: Meddling Rakdos Revelry

The third Intro Pack from Dragon’s Maze gets the Meddling treatment over at Gathering Magic today! Come see why this might well be the hardest meddling yet!

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News: Magic 2014 Intro Packs Revealed!

It looks like we’re going for a planeswalker theme on the Intro Packs this time around! The decks were displayed on today’s Arcana, though we’re still in the dark as to deck names, colour pairings, and decklists.

2007-08 Championships

2007-08 Precon Championships: We Have a Winner!

This has been our sixth season of the Preconstructed Championships- three years of the most exciting event in preconstructed Magic. It is also our fourth Prediction League, and it looks like a new record has been set!

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