Y’know what? This entry is for me.
Pork bone stew tonight! I’m getting pork bone stew tonight! I’m sure none of y’all are as excited about this as I am, and that’s on you. I, myself, am utterly stoked. It’s been too long since I had that meaty, beautifully spiced mainstay of Korean cuisine from my favourite locale, but it’s cold as fuck and I want it. I’m an adult, and that’s my decision to make. If I’m gonna buy into capitalism, I may as well take advantage of it and follow my desires as they arise. Or at least the pork bone stew based ones. What’s the harm? It’s cheap and incredibly filling. I might even get two meals out of it. They tend to put it together with a ton of side dishes. What’s more, I can use the bones afterwards to buff up the next bone broth we make. Pork bone stew, the gift that keeps giving.
I’m getting the stew to go, because I’ve got a date with Twitch tonight. It’s the greatest time of the year in the online Magic the Gathering community: Cubemas. Let’s back step a little. In Magic there are a bunch of formats. Limited Magic means you’re opening a bunch of packs, choosing an individual card from each pack and making a deck from what you’ve chosen. The format is extremely high variance and skill testing. Not only do you need to know a bunch of deck archetypes, but you need to understand colour signals to read the draft and suss out which colours are open. If you don’t know what you’re doing, you’ll end up with a stack of cards that barely fit together. Your deck will be sub par, and you’ll get run over. On the contrary, if you’re great at limited, you’ll end up with some amazing decks and run over others. I’m not great at limited, but I love watching skilled played. Which is where Twitch comes in. I’ve got a handful of players I regularly watch. Some of the best players in the world stream often, and you can watch live as they draft a deck, interacting with chat. It’s really cool to be able to ask questions in real time and learn the ‘why’ of what they’re choosing.
Cubemas is another step up entirely. A “cube” is a subset of cards deliberately chosen to be put together in rotation. They’re randomly assorted. You won’t see the same card twice. Often cubes tend to be higher powered than normal sets. Around Christmas, Wizards (the parent company) puts together a curated collection of some of the most powerful cards in the game. Accordingly, the decks people make are absurd. The potential for both success and failure are off the charts. Watching amazing players do insane things never ceases to be a good time, especially when they have the skill level to mess around and still do pretty well. I’ve got my pork bone stew, I’m almost home, and I can hardly wait.
Like I said, I’m almost home. I hardly have to.