Articles Written By: Jordan

About Jordan

Jordan’s Redemption career began in 1997, just before the Women of the Bible expansion was released. For the first 5 or so years, his opponents were generally restricted to his brothers and friends at his church. Starting in 2002, he was introduced to the tournament scene, and has never looked back. For Jordan, Redemption has been a great hobby, but more than that it has introduced him to great friends, given him a good excuse to travel to several different parts of the country, and he even has a brother-in-law and a niece thanks to the game. In addition to playing competitively, Jordan is a playtester, Elder, and all-around great guy.

A Generic, Nameless Copy of Jordan Alstad Interviews the Unique Jordan about the ORCID

Hello everyone, generic copy here. Today I am interviewing the Redemption player, elder, and superfan whose stats and identifiers I copied regarding his latest project, the Official Redemption Card Information Database, aka, ORCID. The project began a little over a year ago, and just recently was released for download on Land of Redemption. You can find the files in our resource section.

Please enjoy the interview, and respond with any questions or comments below!

Building a Better Mousetrap – Jeepers Creepers Part 1

Jeepers Creepers:  How a Rules Clarification Helped Create a Dominant Defense – Part 1

To those of you who read my last issue and expected to see the cliffhanger resolved as to what it was that made the Jeepers Creepers defense dominant, I apologize. Life has a way of getting in the way of even some of our favorite past times, as it has been for me the last few months or so. But the wait is over! So without further ado, I present to you this next issue of Building a Better Mousetrap.

Building a Better Mousetrap – The Glory Days of an Under-Appreciated Dominant: A Deck that Countered Everything

This article is probably going to be one of my shorter ones, not really because I don’t have the time or energy to do a longer write-up, but more because I don’t necessarily remember the full story. After all, it was 11 years ago that the story takes place. That’s right, this edition of BaBM will take you way back: to a time before AUtO, Thaddeus, and The Garden Tomb; before the Dominant Cap and Rescue Rule; and probably, for most of you reading this, a time before you even knew there was such a thing as Redemption.

Building a Better Mousetrap – From Chumps to Champs: How the Tiny, Little Panic Demons Became the Focus of a Nationals Winner Part 1

When it comes to Redemption sets, Angel Wars is not high on most players’ rankings. From varying opinions on the artwork to a lot of concepts that may have been before their time, there are several things about the set that make players largely avoid most of the set when it comes to deckbuilding.

Building a Better Mousetrap – The Heroless of the North: From 2007 Until Today

I’ve always liked defense. I’m not sure what it is, but ever since I started playing Redemption competitively, I’ve always favored decks that rely more on the defense to stop your opponents from winning than on the offense (of course I also like to win, so I do put some thought into my offense, but I just don’t enjoy it as much. Who knows, maybe I have a good twin running around somewhere…).

Building a Better Mousetrap

This series will be devoted to one of my favorite parts of Redemption: Deck building. Each article will describe a deck concept that I have used in the past, and how that deck concept developed over time to be successful (or in some cases, not so much).

Teams Nationals 2015 1st Place – “Judges, Jars and ‘Gyptians”

I rarely play Teams. Most tournaments I attend run Teams at the same time as my favorite category other than T2-2P, Booster Draft, so I rarely have the chance. In the last 3 years after 2012 Nationals, when the esteemed Matt Brinkman and I ran a pair of 154-card monstrosities to capture 3rd place, I believe I played the category twice in tournaments: 2013 MW Regionals and 2014 Nationals, with little success in either. I was also not originally planning to play this year, but when my brother Justin decided that his success in the previous two days would suffice and he could step in as judge, I ended up teaming up with his planned partner, Martin Miller. Which is something like the Redemption equivalent of Venus Williams coming to you and saying that she will not be participating in a doubles tournament, so you can go ahead and team up with Serena.

T2-2P Nationals 2015 2nd Place – “Judge Judah”

Nationals record: 3-0 (1 timeout win)

Record in other tournaments: 8-0. Won T2 Only (6-0, 1 timeount) and 1 district (2-0)

Inspiration and Analysis

The inspiration for this deck came about by observing the meta in T2. Many decks that I had seen had at least 3-4 brigades on offense. For example, the ever-popular Judges offenses (including mine!) had Gold, Silver, Green, and often a Teal splash. Disciples always have purple (obviously) and sometimes Red (with Simon the Zealot or perhaps a red Peter and a few centurions) or Green (with Simeon able to band to Peter and John). With the addition of the new set, Clay and Silver made an appearance as well. Then there were Prophets decks with Isaiah, angels and Daniel, and Genesis decks with Captain and Joseph adding colors to the standard blue.

Everywhere I looked, I saw colors aplenty. Which is why when I was looking through my collection, and stumbled upon Broken Cisterns, I thought that it would make a nice counter to the wide-open meta.