- File Size: 2859 KB
- Print Length: 1285 pages
- Publisher: Top8Magic.com; 1 edition (February 1, 2006)
- Publication Date: February 1, 2006
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B003ZSHQ3I
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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,296,040 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Michael J. Flores Deckade: 10 Years of Magic: The Gathering Strategy and Commentary Kindle Edition
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The entries here span the range from tournament report to deck tech, from set review to talk of high-level strategy. Mike's sharp wit, surrounding cast of characters, love of the game, and evolution as a strategist comes through on every page. There are countless awesome articles compiled here. Some of my personal favorites include Investment, Who Comes in Ninth?, The True History of PT Junk, Return of the King, Magic: the Intangibles, and of course the classic Who's the Beatdown?
I own the physical Deckade and have read it many times. I frequently pull it out just to re-read and article or two, and then find myself reading tournament reports late into the night. The content is fantastic, and I would give the physical copy of Decade 5 stars - but I give the Kindle version only 3. There are two major shortcomings: the price and a missing table of contents.
Personally I have no problem paying $25 for a book like this, but I know that for a lot of people that's very steep. I've never even paid more than $10 for any one book on my Kindle, so this is a pretty big step up. As for the missing table of contents, this is just completely inexcusable - and makes the book much, MUCH more difficult to enjoy. I want to be able to skip around and find my favorite articles easily, not be forced to slug it out with the Kindle's search function and my own memory.
Hopefully there's some way for them to fix the table of contents issue, and I'll gladly revise this review!
I skipped laaarge chunks of it.
...And yet...If you are a long time MtG player, or if you were (and if you aren't or weren't, why in the hell are you even looking at this), there is still a lot to enjoy here. Some of the articles are actually very good, and the trip down MtG-memory-lane that I took for a weekend was a pleasant experience. It's far too expensive, but I nonetheless I don't regret the purchase: I probably couldn't have taken that trip in any other way.
However I am very disappointed in the Kindle version. Its very difficult to navigate throughout this book. Its a large collection of articles but its a real pain to try and find a particular article as there is NO table of contents or navigational aids of any kind. It is essentially nothing more then the contents of the paper book dumped into one long continuous stream. To add insult to injury the utterly useless paper table of contents is also included.
As a Kindle book this book isn't worth its price which is a real pity given the quality of the writing.
Flores goes into great detail about decks, good times and stratgey.
Although its perfect for a trip down memory lane, the lessons taught in this book are just as relevant today as they were when the articles were first introduced years ago.
A must resd for any magic player interested in high level strategy or the tournament experience.
That might sound intriguing as I expected some insider aspect to his thoughts to coalesce, but that never really came across to me.
Quite frankly, it just doesn't make for good reading.
Do yourself a favor, keep a browser open to Gatherer, just in case you don't know some of the cards mentioned.