Dragonlords and Pyromancers: Attacking Post-Champs Vintage

Eternal Weekend 2015 was an incredible event for Legacy and Vintage players. The fantastic deck design and varied metagame of the top performing decks at Vintage Champs are rife with opportunity to learn about how Vintage functions today, and where there are potential angles in the metagame that can be exploited moving forward.

In this article, I take a look at how two creative decks from Vintage Champs attacked the format, starting with Brian Kelly’s Dragonlord Oath deck, and then Stephen Menendian’s Gush Pyromancer deck. I then provide the deck list and sideboard strategy for the version I played at Top Deck Games on 9/19.

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New Chromebooks: Dell 13 vs. Toshiba 2

Arguably the most popular consumer Chromebook of 2014 into 2015 has been the Toshiba Chromebook 2. Launched at $329.99 MSRP, but often discounted to $50 or more below that price, it features 4 GB of RAM, 16 GB of storage, and a gorgeous 1080p IPS display… but, it is powered by the underwhelming N2840 Celeron processor. Some users have also had issues with build quality, in particular with problems with the screen mounting.

Many fans of Chrome OS hoped that this popular Toshiba Chromebook would usher in an era of more full HD, 1080p Chromebooks, and while there have been other FHD Chromebooks released, almost all of them have had lower quality TN displays instead of the much nicer IPS display of the Toshiba. The main exceptions have been a larger Chromebook – the Acer Chromebook 15 / Acer C910, and a very expensive Chromebook, the Google Chromebook Pixel.

Finally, a full year later, we have two upcoming Chromebooks that are similar in many respects to the Toshiba Chromebook 2, while offering notable improvements. The first comes from Toshiba themselves, while the second comes from Dell.

If you’re in the market for a full HD, 13.3″ Chromebook, one of these two devices is likely the right choice for you.

Let’s take a look at the similarities and differences between these two key upcoming Chromebooks.

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Pebble Time Steel Review: It Has Great Personality

Despite being mostly happy with my Moto 360 and the Android Wear platform, I still chose to back the Pebble Time Steel on Kickstarter this past summer, lured by promises of amazing battery life, great water resistance, and a revised Pebble OS based on a timeline concept.

Now that I’ve been wearing it for a week, here is my review of the Pebble Time Steel, and a comparison between the Pebble and Android Wear platforms.


Pebble Time Steel: What Is It?

The Pebble Time Steel is the successor to Pebble’s original Pebble Steel, and like that watch, it is compatible with both iOS and Android smartphones. It is worth noting, however, that as with Android Wear on iOS, Apple has limited the Pebble’s functionality in iOS compared to the Apple Watch.

The Time Steel is the fancier sibling to the recently released Pebble Time, which contains mostly the same guts, but has a plastic case and synthetic band. The Steel also has a more clearly visible screen and longer battery life.

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The Moto 360 Turns One: 1st Birthday Follow-up Review

The true second generation of Android Wear devices are now upon us, with the release of the 2nd Gen Moto 360, and the upcoming release of the Huawei Watch, among other releases already on the market like the LG G Watch Urbane.

If you’re considering buying a smartwatch, you may be wondering how those first generation Moto 360s have held up, both physically and in terms of functionality. It is also worth noting that you can pick up the outgoing generation for half the price of the new one ($149.99 or less) and thus a review of the original may still be helpful. This is especially true given that many OS updates have happened since the launch period reviews, making much of their information out of date.

So: here are my impressions of the original Moto 360 after a full year of use, taking a look at how the device has held up physically, how it has performed, and the best features and apps of Android Wear.


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Acer Cloudbook Review – $189 Windows 10 Laptop

Microsoft’s push back against Google’s Chrome OS platform, and Chromebooks in particular, continues in 2015 with the release of Acer’s Cloudbook series of budget Windows laptops.

The first one available, the Acer Cloudbook 11.6″ model – officially the Aspire One AO1-131-C9PM – is notable for several reasons. It has Intel’s new “Braswell” Celeron N3050 processor, comes with Windows 10 preinstalled, and has an MSRP of only $189.99 which includes a one-year Office 365 subscription.

Acer is the current market leader in Chromebooks, offering a variety of models and feature sets that are mostly well-regarded. Have they been able to apply that winning formula to the Cloudbook, or is this another low-end Windows laptop that has too many compromises? Will this suffice for a student, or for someone looking to play Minecraft?

Read on to find out!


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