Written by coboney on January 24, 2014

Today’s profile we have recent trial winner Canabiest.

Cob: Can you introduce yourself to everyone?
Canabiest: Hoi, I am Philipp. Called Canabiest on this site, since I joined a lifetime ago and back then 16 year old me thought it was a funny bun. I stuck with it though and the nick has some nostalgia to it.

Cob: When did you begin playing magic?
Canabiest: I got my first tournament pack (Ice Age) in the slow time after the failing release of Homelands and before Alliances. So sometime in the 90s, when I was around ten. I played some little children kitchentable magic with my friends. Then stopped for a while around Tempest. Got back in it for real on an increasingly competitive level with 8th Edition
Cob: Wow thats quite a while now

Cob: What brought you to Magic-League?
Canabiest: Some google search I assume and outgrowing my kitchentable in skill and interest, but being too poor and cheap for the investment into the real tournament scene.

Cob:I think that speaks for a lot of people here. What is your favourite thing about Magic-League ?
Canabiest: The opportunity to play silly formats and deck concepts on the cheap. Also early testing and opening and playing a great number of limited products without a cost. It is way easier to explore the opportunities of a sealed format when no money is at stake and that way you can discover niche strategies and non-obvious cards. So the monetary aspect still plays into it.

Cob: Alright - so on more of a magic note - what would you say is your favourite card?
Canabiest: Hard to narrow down. It changes with the limited formats and rotations, and then there is the design perspective too. Overall basic lands. Always good to play and they are what make the game tick

Cob: *laughs* Alright can we get a favourite deck or deck type then ?
Canabiest: I am most comfortable with aggressive red decks in a tournament setting. At the kitchentable I like grindy control decks with low card quality, that have to outplay opponents. In legacy everything that wins without lands on the table.

Cob: For people playing Red Decks - would you have any advice ?
Canabiest: Think about your plays. The window to make up for mistakes is smaller. Also consider who is the beatdown, it isn't always you.

Cob: Regarding your trial deck - why did you choose to play Naya Planeswalkers? Any advice for people experimenting with it?
[19:24:35] I was talking with drcerb about his jund deck in the main a few weeks ago and came to the point where i suggested the possibility of white instead of black. With how I saw the meta was at that point I was willing to give it a chance. The planeswalkers turned out to be solid against control and the mass removal worked against the kinds of aggro showing up. It was not a perfect build, but for a first test run it performed well. I would consider more Mortars and have yet to do great things with the silver bullet bow. My advice would be to question card choices but seeing it as a grindy controllish deck more than true midrange. Despite its colors. Also the new format might change everything and thus invalidate the usefulness of tokens

Cob: So any of the spoilers for Born from the Gods excite you so far?
Canabiest: More interest. I see the most gains in monoblack. With the bestow guy who deals 2 damage attacking, the infest and the echoing -3/-3. Sorry not have the names memorized yet. The latter two will affect the meta, even if they aren't played much in the end. Their existence has to be considered in deck building. That is where I see the most gain thus far. I am more annoyed about the U/B millgod, he will be annoying in limited in a way big Jace is in core sets.
(Note: The cards in order are – Spiteful Returned, Drown in Sorrow, Bile Blight and Phenax, God of Decption)

Cob:Any comments you want to add ?
Canabiest: There should be less trolling and a more welcoming atmosphere in the league. It is getting really annoying. I have stayed away from teams and the chat for the longest time because of those attitudes and still find them pretty terrible. They do not make a community fun to hang out in and be a part of. Not only for new members but also for someone like me who has been here for years. That is the big problem with the site I see. The membership is small enough now that every troll or intolerable personality is noticed and matters. They do not vanish in the background anymore. Also less double and triple red mana symbols in the cube, you will never draft monored with it. It's sealed!

Coboney: Alright, thanks for your time!
Canabiest: Always. If there are any more questions feel free to ask

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by coboney on 2014-01-24 00:58 CET

Since the profile area doesn't like decks - here is Canabiest's trial deck
//NAME: Untitled Deck
1 Bow of Nylea
2 Assemble the Legion
4 Anger of the Gods
2 Elspeth, Sun's Champion
3 Chandra, Pyromaster
4 Chained to the Rocks
4 Xenagos, the Reveler
3 Polukranos, World Eater
4 Loxodon Smiter
4 Sylvan Caryatid
2 Plains
2 Forest
3 Mountain
2 Mizzium Mortars
4 Temple of Triumph
4 Temple of Abandon
4 Temple Garden
4 Sacred Foundry
4 Stomping Ground
// Sideboard:
SB: 4 Selesnya Charm
SB: 3 Bramblecrush
SB: 3 Fiendslayer Paladin
SB: 1 Wild Ricochet
SB: 4 Mistcutter Hydra

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