Articles Written By: Blake

About Blake

Blake began collecting as a little kid back when Warriors cards were still in print. He started playing competitively in 2011, and has played with the Maryland/PA group ever since. Blake now plays primarily Teams and Type I. He also helps playtest the new sets.

Esau, the Hunter (**SPOILERS**)

After we had first gone over the first set list for Cloud of Witnesses, my brother and I were in the car headed somewhere I can’t remember, discussing the set and trying to think if there were any major thematic cards that weren’t currently in the list.  We realized that one Hero, Jacob, did not have any opposing evil characters in the set, and the most obvious antagonist for him would be Esau.  And so, we decided to try to take a crack at thinking of a good ability to propose an Esau for the set list.

Drafting with Drrek – Patriarchs

Welcome back once again to Drafting with Drrek.  A crazy school semester had left this article series on hiatus, but now I have a shiny piece of paper that says I went to school for several years and am back to satisfy your draft advice needs. This time we’ll be taking a look at a pack with a lot of strong cards: Patriarchs.

Drafting with Drrek – Apostles

Welcome back finally to Drafting with Drrek after our long hiatus as we look at my least favorite pack, Apostles.  Still there are a few diamonds in this pack and you want to be sure that you can recognize them if they come to you.

Paul Arrested and Taken to Rome: Part 6 (**spoilers**)

Welcome back for the finale time, as we conclude the story of Paul’s arrest and transfer to Rome.  As I mentioned last time, the ship ran aground on Malta.  The islanders welcomed the soldiers, sailors and prisoners, and Paul, being helpful gathered some wood for the fire.  While he did this, a viper came out and bit him.

Paul Arrested and Taken to Rome: Part 5 (**spoilers**)

Once again, welcome back.  Paul now was being sent off to Rome to stand trial before Caesar, and he was handed over to the control of Julius the Centurion.  The centurion took Paul aboard a ship and sailed along the ports of the province of Asia.  Paul’s companions, such as Aristarchus and Luke, continued to travel with Paul, even as he was under arrest.  When they arrived a Sidon, Julius allowed Paul to go to some of his friends that they might care for his needs.  From there they sailed to Myra in Lycia where they found an Alexandrian Ship that was on its way to Italy.  The ships from Alexandria were responsible for bring grain to Rome from Egypt.

Paul Arrested and Taken to Rome: Part 4 (**spoilers**)

Welcome back again.  When we last left Paul he had made his declaration of appeal to Caesar.  While Festus would be more than happy to send this headache of a prisoner away, he still wanted more information on the charges the Jews were bringing against Paul. Then he was visited by Bernice and her brother Herod Agrippa II. Festus mentioned the Paul situation to Herod, who, interested, asked to see Paul, and Festus was happy to oblige. After all Festus was new to the area, and wasn’t well acquainted with the Jews, their customs or religion, and Herod could bring some expertise and let him know what he should write to send with Paul to Rome.

Paul Arrested and Taken to Rome: Part 3 (**spoilers**)

Hopefully you all check out Dayne’s article on the man who Lysias mistook Paul for, The Egyptian Rebel, and are ready to follow Paul again as he stands trial.

When the soldiers arrived with Paul, Felix put him in Herod’s Praetorium to hold him until Paul’s accusers made there way down to Caesarea.  A few days later his accusers would come down, including the High Priest and some elders, and they would bring with them a lawyer, Tertullus.  Tertullus addressed Felix, buttering him up with some compliments that weren’t really true, and accuses Paul of trying to desecrate the temple and stirring up riots.

Paul Arrested and Taken to Rome: Part 2 (**spoilers**)

Today we will continue Paul’s story as he arrives in Jerusalem, and James, the leader of the Jerusalem church advises Paul in a way to avoid provoking the Jews.  He tells Paul that there are four men who have taken a vow to purify themselves, and advises Paul to go purify himself with them, so that the zealous Jews would have no reason to doubt Paul followed the law of Moses.

The Foretelling Angel

As Dayne mentioned in his earlier article we wanted to spread the wealth of territory class Heroes outside of the clay brigade.  Additionally, the theme of Daniel was identified to be one that could really benefit from a strong character, and thus we arrived at The Foretelling Angel.

The Foretelling Angel appears to Daniel in Daniel 10, with what is in my opinion, one of the coolest description of a person in the entire Bible, “there was a certain man dressed in linen, whose waist was girded with a belt of pure gold of Uphaz.  His body also was like beryl, his face had the appearance of lightning, his eyes were like flaming torches, his arms and feet like the gleam of polished bronze, and the sound of his words like the sound of a tumult.”  But the Foretelling Angel doesn’t just look and sound cool, he comforts Daniel and then tells Daniel some pretty interesting prophecies.