Articles tagged with: Redemption

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!

2017 Redemption National Tournament Info & Registration

Your hosts Jesse Foresto and Gabe Isbell are excited to announce the details for the 2017 Redemption National Tournament! Our goal is to have everything you need in the details below. If you have questions that are unanswered, please post them in the comments below so we can address them. It’s likely that someone else will have the same question.

The BoM Deck

Is the “Because of Moses” (BoM) deck really that good or is it all just hype? I’m sure plenty of people have asked this question. I know I was wondering the same thing just a few short months ago. Now that the State, Regional and National tournaments are behind us, I think we have our answer. BoM is for real!

While I’ve dropped the names of some cards and alluded to others, the deck list wasn’t published in my State, Regional or even National reports. The time has come. First I’ll share the list, then give a detailed explanation of card choices below. Without further ado, here it is:

More Than Just a Game

Another year of Nationals has come and gone and what a wonderful turn out it was! It’s been a long time since I have joined Gabe on a trip to the National Tournament, let alone play Redemption; with each baby, they slowly ate away at my action plan brain cells and just never gave them back. Good thing they’re so cute, eh? But that doesn’t mean I don’t support it 100% and encourage my husband and kids as they get their gaming geekiness on. I love it. The strategy, math, reading and knowledge of the Bible characters, locations, commands and promises are saturating their minds as they participate in fellowship and fun. What an incredible combination!

What to Expect (When You’re Expecting)

There are a number of people traveling to Ohio for the Redemption National Tournament this week. In fact, by the time you’re reading this I’ll probably be on the road with my family. For all you procrastinators out there who haven’t nailed down your deck list yet, I’m going to give some last minute thoughts on what I expect to see in the Type 1 events.

I’ve seen and heard from a lot of players that they’re just getting back into the game after a hiatus. If you’ve been keeping tabs on things here at Land of Redemption then you probably have an idea of what’s good right now. Let’s recap what’s strongest in Type 1.

Learning From Our Peers – Tilt

How many of you have ever played a game of pinball? Not a digital rendition on a mobile device or gaming console, but on a real arcade-style pinball table? For those that have, maybe you remember nudging the table to help move the ball the direction you wanted. But if you nudge too much, the table would lock up with a warning – TILT! You’d lose your ball and sometimes points.

The term tilt has also been adapted into strategy card games as slang for those times when our emotions override sound judgment and cause us to make a poor play or adapt a sub-optimal strategy.

California State Tournament Summary

We had most of the people from our playgroup gather for the California State Redemption tournament that met on June 25th and 26th and I would like to share my experience during the tournament and the impact the new set had.

Best. Nationals. Yet!!!

My first Redemption Nationals was in 2007. It was such a great time that I’ve been back every year since! But let me assure you, the things that I have the privilege to share with you today are going to help make Redemption Nationals 2016 the best National Tournament yet!!!

Iowa State Tournament Summary – Part 1

Approximately 20 people gathered for the Iowa State Redemption tournament on June 9th and 10th. I’d like to share a little bit about that experience with you and talk about the “BoM” deck that took 1st and 2nd in T1-2P.

The Players

The crowd consisted of mostly local players with a handful of veterans who traveled to join us. Both Pat (h20tor on the forum) and Mitch (MitchRobStew) made the drive from other parts of Iowa. Joining us from the great state of Minnesota were Jayden (KoalaKing), John (Red Dragon Thorn) and Justin (The Guardian).

The Great National Promo Experiment

Think back to the first time you ever attended a Redemption National Tournament. Your trip to the location may have been an epic tale of heroic struggle and fortitude or it may have been a short trip with little to remember. Either way, as you walked into the venue, you inevitably came to a registration table stacked with possibilities and promos. You paid your entry and then were handed your very first copy of the newest National promo. What did you want to do immediately? Right, put it into your deck immediately so you can show of your newest acquisition. But alas, your dreams were dashed at deck check-in.

Two Testaments are Better Than One: Part 1 (**SPOILERS**)

When I heard that our set this year was going to be based on Hebrews, my eyes lit up. Not only do I really love Hebrews as a book, but I really love when a New Testament writer harkens back to and quotes from an Old Testament text. And since Dual Testament cards are already a thing since The Early Church set gave us the Covenant card, Scroll of Isaiah, the precedent had been set. I opened up my Bible and began hunting for places where Hebrews quoted the Old Testament and made a list of references. Next, I went back and looked at each instance and tried to come up with possible names for cards from each reference. Once I had that, I made the first draft of what I thought a card with that name and that verse might do in the game of Redemption. My original list consisted of 54 Dual Testament cards and 4 other cards that I came up with along the way. Now for the fun part. I will to show you where each card began followed by the end result.

The Old Made New (**SPOILERS**)

With the “earlier than normal” release of Cloud of Witnesses this year, Cactus Game Design is making efforts to ensure everyone gets to know the new cards before we use them in tournaments over the summer. One way they’ve done that is to offer FREE LOCAL TOURNAMENTS this summer! For more details, see CactusRob’s post on the message boards.

Mr. Anderson has afforded us the opportunity to share up to a fourth of the set with you each week over the next four weeks! By my count we’ve only spoiled 25 cards so far on Land of Redemption this week. I’ll rectify that for you today.

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.

Countering Clay

If you’ve been playing Redemption regularly over the past year or so chances are you have played with or against a deck using a clay offense.  The Persecuted Church expansion increased the clay card pool, including some new churches, and added some powerful options for clay offenses.  A few months ago, around Christmas, one of the best Redemption players said “clay is meta.” Based on my opponents in ROOT tournaments since the PC release, I have to agree.  Not everyone is playing clay but your odds of seeing a clay deck are higher than other decks right now.

White Cloud: Part 1 (***SPOILERS***)

White Brigade is often overlooked and undervalued. It is frequently the brigade that ‘oddball’ characters without major themes get placed. Examples include Zerubbabel and Woman of Wisdom. It is the home to 3 O.T. mini-themes, Daniel, Musicians, and Ruth Heroes. None of these are very good on their own. UNTIL NOW! It’s time for white to make a resurgence. I present to you: White Cloud!

It’s Coming!

Check back here and the official Redemption Facebook page the week of April 18th as previews and all kinds of new information about the upcoming set release begin to roll out!

Anytime you see a cloud icon next to the article on the home page you’ll know it contains spoilers. Be forewarned!

The Faith of Ebed-Melech

I was just reading in Jeremiah 38-39 of Ebed-Melech, who I don’t remember ever reading of or learning about but he’s such a great example of a faithful follower of the Lord. He doesn’t currently have a Redemption card, but I think it’d be great to have a card for him!

This is NOT Sparta – The Story Behind “Gideon’s” 300

The book of Hebrews lists Gideon among the heroes of faith in Israel’s history (Hebrews 11:32). The exploits of men like Gideon, who lived more than 3,000 years ago, are recorded because “whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope” (Romans 15:4). The incident in his life most familiar to Bible readers was a spiritual exercise in overcoming seemingly insurmountable obstacles. Gideon understood the ultimate importance and safety of having God as man’s ruler.

Lifetime RNRS Update 2015

In 2001, Redemption revamped it’s tournament structure. With that revamp came the implementation of the Redemption National Ranking System (RNRS). The goal of the RNRS system was to recognize and reward players that performed well at tournaments throughout the year.

Hidden Gems of Gold

In today’s article, I’ll explore the good Gold brigade and discuss some enhancements that I consider “hidden gems.” My goal is not to say “These cards are ones you have to use.” Rather, I want to bring into the light a few cards that don’t see play as often and some players may have forgotten about (or newer players might not be aware of). Redemption’s history goes back over 20 years now; the tendency of Redemption players is often to focus more heavily on the new cards each year. But sometimes old cards can find new niches. Finding these “hidden gems” is one of many things that makes this game exciting!

Hello, I’m New – Phases: Part 2

Whether your new to Redemption, or have been playing casually for some time, it’s possible that you don’t have a good grasp on some of the phases of a turn. You might even be asking, “what are the phases of a turn?”. That’s a great question!

If you missed Phases: Part 1, you’ll want to start there to gain an understanding of the draw, upkeep and preparation phases. Today, we’re going to take a look at the remaining two phases of a turn, including the most important phase of the game.

A Journey Through ROOT – Part 3

Welcome back to A Journey Through ROOT! Part 2 walked through my ROOT game with JD (kariusvega on the boards). With Part 3, I’ll be reflecting on the game: what worked, what didn’t work, and how I’d change my deck for the future. My goal is to help less-experienced Redemption players use their own game experiences to craft better decks – to know what to change, and to know what to keep the same.

A Journey Through ROOT – Part 2

Welcome back to A Journey Through ROOT! Part 1 left off right before my January ROOT game against kariusvega. I included the deck list for the deck I was testing in ROOT which was tweaked after my first ROOT test game (a 5-0 win for me). With Part 2, I’ll be doing a play-by-play walk-through of our game. Without further ado…

A Journey Through ROOT – Part 1

Today I would like to talk about ROOT, the Redemption Official Online Tournaments that run about 1.5 months each throughout the year. This will be the first of 3 articles during which I’ll walk through a recent ROOT experience.

Hello, I’m New – Phases: Part 1

Whether you’re new to Redemption or have been playing casually for some time it’s possible that you don’t have a good grasp on some of the phases of a turn. You might even be asking, “what are the phases of a turn?” That’s a great question!

The Story Behind the Stats: Pharaoh’s Court

Redemption has been a huge part of my life for as long as I can remember. I would hold new cards and wonder “what is the story behind this picture?”, or as the game began to advance “why does this card have this special ability?”. These questions always pointed me back to the Word of God and gave me a rich connection to the stories in the Bible. Sometimes my reading would make me think of a card, other times a card would prompt me to open my Bible.

In this series of articles, I will draw attention to some “stats” on a Redemption card. Most of the time it will be the special ability, but there are times (like today’s card) where the very structure or brigades of the card will help us tell a story!

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.

Not Your Parents’ Disciples

First I want to say it is good to be back. I know it has been awhile since I’ve been able to contribute to Land of Redemption but I am excited to be in a situation that will allow me to be involved again.

Redemption Strategy – Using Dominants

Dominants are the most powerful cards in Redemption. There are very few times they cannot be played and very few counters that can stop them. From the staples (Son of God) to the specialized (supporting a certain deck strategy), selection of Dominants in deck-building is critically important. Josiah Beers recently shared a great article in which he ranked all the Dominants and gave some comments on each. In this article, I will try to add to the discussion with some suggestions regarding strategic use of good Dominants. A follow-up article will focus on evil Dominants. Please comment below with additional strategies you have found regarding Dominants!

The Alternate Win Condition That Wasn’t

An alternate win condition is fun topic of discussion that continues to crop up from time to time in the Redemption community. If you’re unfamiliar with the term it means there’s a way to win the game apart from the normal route to victory. In Redemption that’s normally done by rescuing Lost Souls using Heroes in battle. Today, we’re going to look back at a card that could have been Redemptions first alternate win condition.

Call My Bluff

Several years ago I started watching Texas Hold ‘Em tournaments on TV. I was fascinated with the decision-making process that the poker pros went through. I loved to watch players try and bluff. There was nothing quite as satisfying as watching someone with 7-2 offsuit (statistically, the worst poker hand in Texas Hold ‘Em) bluff his way through a hand and cause players with better hands to fold.

2016 – The Future Looks Bright

Welcome to 2016! Things look to pick back up here at Land of Redemption in the new year. Several of our regular authors from the past have confirmed that they are entering a season where they will have time to begin contributing again, meaning that our readers can expect more frequent regular content again!

December 2015 Tournament Report

This week’s article will be rather brief, at least compared to what’s normal for me. Last Saturday we had a District Redemption tournament in our area. I’d like to take a moment to share with you a summary of that event.

Mr. Utility

Music Leader is one of my favorite cards from The Persecuted Church set. I find myself wanting to incorporate him into several of the decks I build. He’s likely to have a big impact on the way people build decks for a long time to come.

T1 Meta 2015-2016 Season

When preparing to attend a Redemption tournament, it’s good to have an idea of what cards and deck types you might go up against. While there are almost unlimited options available, there are some which are popular, powerful, and commonly played. We call this the “meta” for those unfamiliar with the term. Lets take a look at what we expect in the current meta in Type 1.

Learning From Our Peers – The King of Beatdown

Many years ago when I played MTG a favorite quote from one of my favorite players went something like this “There are no wrong threats, only wrong answers”. The quote comes from a guy named David Price who was given titles such as “The People’s Champion” and “The King of Beatdown”. But what does it mean?

The Christian-Likeness of Peter

Peter is one of my favorite people from the Bible. I feel like I can relate to him a lot as a Christian. His life illustrates the “paradox of grace”: how we are far worse than we ever dare to believe, yet far more loved than we ever hoped to imagine!

The Judean Mediums – Strategy for Forgotten Cards

When a new set of Redemption cards is released, I like to see if I can find clever or potentially powerful combos with older Redemption cards. The constant release of new cards and the shifting of the Redemption “meta” as it adapts to trends in popular deckbuilding tends to leave a lot of once-useful cards in binders collecting dust.

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.

The Christ-Likeness of Mary

This devotion using The Redemption Bible focuses on Mary, the “mother” of Jesus (humanly speaking – in actuality he preexisted her as he is God!). Mary was a sinful human being like all people (Romans 3:23), but she also was very Christ-like at times. Let’s see how!

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.

The Christian-Likeness of David

David is, after Jesus, my favorite Biblical person. I am fascinated by the dynamics of his life, his heart, and his relationship with the Lord. David seems to have the highest highs and the lowest lows of anyone else in Scripture and yet God’s summarizing statement of him both before he is first introduced as a young teenager (1 Samuel 13:14) as well as long after he had passed away (Acts 13:22) is “a man after God’s own heart.” Let’s examine how David is “Christian-Like” using The Redemption Bible!

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…).

Why So Quiet?

Our regular readers might be wondering why we had a couple days without content this past week. Is Land of Redemption closing its doors?

I can assure you, we’re not going anywhere. There are a number of reasons for the slow week, and why we might have a few more slow weeks before things pick back up.

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).

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.

Beginnings Of The Twin Cities Playgroup

When my son was 8 years old he found something called Redemption cards at our church bookstore (1). We tried to figure out how to play with the rulebook and had fun but we didn’t quite know how to play correctly. We learned online that the 2002 Nationals was in Rochester, MN so we went because my wife thought she would like to go shopping there. We found the tournament and stayed about 30 minutes. While we were there, we met Chris Bany who invited us to come to Rochester for their regular tournaments and game nights. Chris had a tournament every month and a game night on Fridays the weekends they didn’t hold the tournament (2).

Learning From Our Peers – Counting the Cost

If you’re familiar with other CCGs then you’re aware that most use some kind of cost system as a way to build up resources as the game progresses and to balance the power level of cards. Some use energy, mana, or coins as a means of paying a cost to play your cards. One of the things I liked about Redemption when I was first introduced is that you could just play your cards. The game doesn’t have a cost system. Or does it?

Got a Counter? Toss

Offensive toss is dangerous for opposing defenses.  Most effective evil Enhancements have little to no strength resulting in poor use in a toss battle so it is best to utilize other methods when attempting to block.

Do You Wanna Build a Type 2?

(To the tune of “Do You Wanna Build a Snowman”)
Do you wanna build a Type Two?
They are so fun to play
Wasn’t sure it could be so
I tried it though
And I’ve never gone away
If you want a challenge
And something new
Then why not give it a try!
Do you wanna build a Type Two?
Then please give me a chance to help you!

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.

Got a Counter? Fully Armored Spiritual Warriors

When fully armored with the Armor of God a Hero can become nearly unstoppable.  A fully armored Hero is protected from all evil brigades, capture abilities and Dominants, negates Evil Characters from 6 evil brigades, prevents Enhancements with a toughness less than 6, protects 6 souls from opponent’s cards, possibly plays an Enhancement after your opponent blocks, generates Lost Souls, has Site access, increases 6/6, and adds a card to hand each battle.  How can you possibly stop a Hero like that from rescuing souls?

T1-2P Nationals 2015 4th Place – “Ruthless Stuff”: Part 1

Having spent most of the past tournament season play testing Persecuted Church cards, when the Iowa State tournament started drawing near I didn’t have a finely tuned deck I wanted to play.

My favorite deck to play was something I call “Ruthless”. It’s an updated version of a deck I was play testing during the development of the I&J starter decks. The offense isn’t really tournament quality though. Despite the name, it actually uses the 4 Ruth Heroes from the starter deck, paired with some judges.

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.

Nationals 2015 Day 3 – Reflections From a Judge

Nationals 2015 was awesome for many reasons. Most importantly, I got to see many friends whom I had not seen in quite a while as well as meeting a few friends in person for the first time. Another thing that made it awesome was that Chris was an excellent host, and the only complaint I had about the facilities was that I kept losing my sense of direction in the hallways that all looked exactly the same—I think I finally figured them out, but then we left 15 minutes later…

Nationals 2015 Day 2 – T1-2P Interviews and Outcomes

During Day 2 of Nationals 2015, I judged both the T1-2P and T2-2P categories.  As the ‘main event’ each year, I decided to interview those who made the Top Cut and get their thoughts on the state of the meta in this game.  Top Cut was determined after 7 rounds of Swiss-style gaming, with the top 8 players moving on to a single-elimination bracket (with a third place game added) to determine an overall winner.

After their matches, I asked them each the same questions, and here were their responses.