Articles for July 2015

Nationals Update – Day 2

This will be a small update, just to get information in your hands. The event went until 8 PM today. Afterwards there was a large group dinner where the fun and fellowship continued.

Our very own Dayne Maust judged all 3 events today. I know he’s working on a great day 2 summary including player interviews. Expect that ASAP.

Type 1 – 2 Player was won by John Earley who played an amazing Abom, Watchful Servant lock deck.

Type 2 – 2 Player was won by Justin Alstad who was playing a form of Judges and Assyrians.

Type A was won by Forest Isbell who played Angels and Philistines.

We will share pics and more with you as soon as we can. Tomorrow is going to be another fun filled day and then we have a long drive home.

The Christ-Likeness of Joseph

In both his character and his life, Joseph is one of the most Christ-like figures in all history, at least that God has told us about in His Word. One of the 12 sons of Jacob, and one of the two sons of Rachel along with Benjamin, Joseph was specially favored by his father. Not only did he receive a Coat of Many Colors as a gift from Jacob, but his Brothers’ Envy boiled over after he shared a few dreams that the Lord gave him showing that he would be in authority over them one day. Joseph’s Brothers’ Scheme was originally to kill him, but Reuben and Judah convinced the others to have Joseph cast into a Pit, the Pit of Dothan, and Sold Into Slavery.

Seek and Ye Shall Find

The Parable of the Lost Sheep –

No soldier in active service entangles himself in the affairs of everyday life, so that he may please the one who enlisted him as a soldier” II Timothy 2:4

That doesn’t look correct does it? That’s the verse on the promo version of Seeker of the Lost.

The Persecuted Church FULL SPOILER!!!


This link contains the full list of card images for The Persecuted Church set! If you want to wait to view the cards until you have the opportunity to open them in packs you’ll need to resist the temptation to click the link above!


Nationals Booster Draft Primer: Part 2 – Rares

Do you plan to play in the booster draft at Nationals? Will you be drafting with the new Persecuted Church cards anytime in the near future? Are you just curious about the new cards and can’t wait to hear more?

Join us for this two part podcast where three of the Redemption play testers discuss their thoughts on drafting with the new cards!

Click one of the links below to listen to part 2 – rares

Nationals Booster Draft Primer: Part 1 – Commons

Do you plan to play in the booster draft at Nationals? Will you be drafting with the new Persecuted Church cards anytime in the near future? Are you just curious about the new cards and can’t wait to hear more?

Join us for this two part podcast where three of the Redemption play testers discuss their thoughts on drafting with the new cards!

Click one of the links below to listen to part 1 – commons

Got a Counter? King David

A consistent challenge for many decks including royalty Evil Characters has been blocking King David.  I’ve seen many players single handedly lose games due to King David keeping the Evil Characters sitting helplessly in territories due to King David’s ignore ability.  What can royalty defenses due to counters this threat?

The Preeminence of Christ Jesus and the Colossi Church

Paul’s letter to the Colossi Church and his letter to Philemon give us some unique insight into this group of believers. Colossians was written primarily to encourage the church to grow in their faith and to refute heretical teaching that was threatening the church. Let’s take look at how that plays out in the development of the Colossi Church for Redemption.

Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing

In Redemption, there are some themes that just go together as opponents.  We see this often in starter decks, where the Judges fight Philistines and wicked Israelites, and the Disciples contend with the rulers of this world and demonic forces.

For the early church, there was no greater foe than the heretics and false teachers.  While the rulers could imprison and kill, the early Christians stood fast in their belief that “Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:10).  However, those who claimed to be Christians but who would try to “delude you with persuasive argument” (Colossians 2:4) succeeded in “upset[ing] the faith of some” ( II Timothy 2:18), which lead to believers who “suffered shipwreck in regard to their faith” (I Timothy 1:19).

Call It Magic

Today’s preview is of a small, 3 card theme boost for one of the most popular defensive strategies—Magicians. First let’s look at some of the reasons Magicians are so strong.

The Church at Ephesus

As we look at the churches in the New Testament, one in particular stands out – the Church in Ephesus. The Apostle Paul was close to people there, especially one of their pastors and elders, Timothy. Timothy was like a son to Paul. They traveled together on Paul’s missionary journeys and he was there for Paul while he was in prison. Paul wrote a letter not only to the Ephesians, but also two personal letters of pastoral instruction to Timothy. All three of these give us material to flesh out cards for the Church in Ephesus.

The “Christian-Likeness” of Jacob

Jacob is an enigma, of sorts. His life seemed to be filled with deception (indeed, one meaning for his name is “he cheats”!), and yet God blessed him, and the very nation and people of Israel are his namesake! Jacob was cunning and shrewd, but Jesus tells us to be as wise as serpents and innocent as doves (Matthew 10:16), which Jacob certainly did as he sought God’s blessing. In fact, “Jacob I have loved, but Esau I hated” is a repeated phrase in the Bible (Malachi 1:2-3, Romans 9:13) expressing God’s choice to fulfill His grand Covenant of Abraham through Jacob’s line and not through Esau, despite Esau being the firstborn son, as Jacob desired it.

King Me

Today’s preview comes from probably my favorite brigade of all time. If I had to choose one defensive brigade to use for the rest of eternity (or however long I play Redemption), it would most certainly be the brown brigade.

Now because brown does not really have a theme in the New Testament, where this set is focused, we decided to reprint some Evil Kings from the Old Testament to boost a theme that has some potential, but isn’t quite there in terms of being a top-tier defense—Kings of Israel. The Kings of Israel theme centers around the powerful Gates of Samaria Fortress. This set gives us two Israelite Kings with some really strong abilities.

Jude the Dude

Jude the dude. Or is it Jude the dewd. Or maybe, Jude the dood. However you spell it, he was an important member of the early Christian Church. He was the brother of James the Just and the half-brother of Jesus. He was an authority figure in the church, enough so that he wrote an epistle with instructions for believers in his day and for centuries to come.

James the Just

“James the Just” was an important figure in the early years of the Christian Church. We first hear of him in Matthew 13:55 “Is not this the carpenter’s son? Is not his mother called Mary? And are not his brothers James and Joseph and Simon and Judas?

The Original

We saw our first printing of James in Redemption as early as the Apostles set in the form of James (half-brother of Jesus). Due to his large numbers he’s a card I’ve used from time to time in booster draft. But beyond limited formats I’ve never seen him played.

Armed and Dangerous

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devilʼs schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” – Ephesians 6:10-12

My childhood preacher always reminded us when a passage says “finally” or “therefore”, we should probably see what itʼs there for. Paul has been building a case for the importance of unity and Christ-like living. With this in mind, he now wants to warn them about what will come next. When we draw near to God, and to the body of Christ, we become a serious threat to Satan.

Got a Counter? A Domination

Abomination of Desolation has seen an increase in play since the release of The Early Church expansion.  The release of quality greek characters (Epicurean Philosophers, Stoic Philosophers, The Priest of Zeus, Demetrius the Silversmith), strong search options (Demetrius the Silversmith, Worldly Wisdom, Shrine of Artemis), quality battle winners (Adjourn, Seized by Rioters), and new forced draw options (Kindness, Titus, Areopagus, and Hellenistic Jews) have push the themed to a level where it has seen of tournament success this season winning and placing at many tournaments in T1 and T2.

Learning From Our Peers – I Am Second

I am second. If you haven’t heard of this before, it’s a really cool movement meant to inspire people to live for God and others. They’ve put together powerful video testimonies of lives transformed by the Gospel, including people from pop culture. While I find these testimonies of God’s awesomeness inspiring, that’s not the focus of our discussion today. We’re going to venture back into the deep end of the pool to talk about why it’s good to go second in a two-player game of Redemption.

Put on Your Dancing Shoes!

Today we’re taking a look at Shoes of Peace. Shoes are very significant in the Bible – They’re mentioned no less than 30 times in the new testament – Usually in reference to baptism. Two O.T. stories in particular come to mind when talking about shoes – Both Moses and Joshua were instructed to remove their sandals, when standing on Holy Ground.

Put on your Armor! – Part 1

This week on Land of Redemption we’re focusing on the Armor of God.

Ephesians 6:14-17 lays out what the armor of god are – “Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”

The “Christian-Likeness” of Abraham

Abram/Abraham, renamed by God from the former to the latter name, was born about 4000 years ago – about 400-500 years after The Flood. Even though God had started the world’s civilization anew with the righteous family of Noah, in just a few hundred years darkness was again spreading over the earth. The rebellion at Babel displayed the Bad Intentions of humanity to worship themselves instead of the One True God, and The Lord responded by causing Confused Languages amongst the people so that they would be frustrated in this evil desire and spread out to fill the Earth, as He had commanded.

Got a Counter?

What is a counter?  A counter is an effect which cancels another effect or card directly.  There are two types of counters in games of strategy.  Hard counters and soft counters.  With hard counter the opposing strategy has no chance and is completely dominated.  For example in rock-paper-scissors: rock hard counters scissors, scissors hard counters paper, etc.  Soft-counters include situation where a card has an advantage over another card, but not an overwhelming one.  A soft counter will usually beat the card it is opposing if it is able to get into play.