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Thanks again Hephem, a decade later 7/5/2018 5:21:02 AM

No one is really going to care much about what I have to say, but I have a guilt-thorn that's been stuck in my side for years I want to "get off my chest".

Roughly 10 years ago, I chatted a lot via PM with another user on EM by the name of Hephem. I had this idea of an Elf deck I wanted to build IRL and he had an idea for a Cleric deck he wanted to build IRL.

I was unemployed and living with my father who could barely support my brother & I. So I was desperate to build this Elf deck, but couldn't, because I was broke. Hephem kindly and generously decided to mail me, all the way from Europe to me in the states, 7 of the cards I needed (And I was only 13 cards short), which included 2 Staff of Domination and 2 Priest of Titania. That was only under the verbal stipulation that if I ever came across some of the Clerics he needed, that I'd return the favor.

Well, as it turns out, the list of Clerics he needed were pretty hard to come by, much more than the Elves I needed. And so I never came by any and never got to return the favor. About a year later, his account went inactive and I haven't had contact with him since.

So this thread goes out as a ten-year-anniversary thanks to a stranger that mailed a gift to a poor young adult me almost halfway across the globe.

I still feel guilty for having never returned the favor, so I figured the least I can do is express my gratitude one more time.


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RE: Thanks again Hephem, a decade later 7/12/2018 7:13:52 PM


Sorry for my late reply. I read your post a while ago, but I have been delaying my answer for different reasons.

I decided to make a short come back to magic, to build this strong cleric deck that I never built. This comeback was mainly motivated because of the new clerics that came out in the recent formats.

However I am struggling to build it, mainly because I have currently no experience in MtG, and because I have no way to test how well a deck does without first buying the cards (that I do not want to buy without being sure that I want them in the first place)... yes a vicious circle... Plus, the lack of good opinions and advices is not helping...

I came up with this B/W Cleric deck, comprising the clerics I like, and it seems to do pretty well when I test it out in ESsential Magic as well as in other platforms. Check it out!

As for our story, I couldn’t possibly remember that anymore. I actually read some of your comments of your left in some of my decks, that showed to me that we were supporting each other. But I didn’t remember that I actually sent to you any card at all.

But while thinking about it, I do remember putting your cards in an envelope and bringing the latter to the post office. My first love letter lol I sent to you those cards because I knew that, even if you wouldn’t find or send any cleric back to me, I wouldn’t possibly need the cards I sent to you: I was never a Elf guy. So I was not really incurring any risk, and to help others (specially without any risk) is within my philosophy.

I hope that those cards helped you finishing your deck, and that you found the remaining missing cards. Maybe one day, a decade from now, you will bring your deck with you to Europe and we will play against one another.

Meanwhile, I will be around.

Thanks for your warm post.

All the best Blockinlick.

Take care.


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Cool RE: RE: Thanks again Hephem, a decade later 7/12/2018 10:02:54 PM

Hot damn you two!

This is truly a touching post. Not to steal the thunder from your comment, Blockinlick, but you two have made the fire burn hotter reinvigorated my enthusiasm for version 6 of eM.

Thank you.


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