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By Mark Ortego
Premium Members Only!

Since when did Magic sites become "Member$ Only"?

Oh sure, I get the whole thing about site costs, time and effort for writting and editing, et al, I thought that was what pop-up ads were for, guess that's just not enough anymore.

First of all, to be fair, I want to tell you that by this time tomorrow, I'll be a Premium Member (annual membership) at Brainburst. With THAT said, I feel that the information I'm going to read will mostly be useful, probably alot useful.

Do I feel like I'm cheating myself at Magic? NO! Am I mad that I now have to pay green-backs to get the best info? HELL YES, I'M MAD!

I'm mad because I have to face myself with the dilemma of whether or not I would like to advance in Magic or not. I do not have the time to sit around all day with my "Team" and discuss what's the most competetive deck out there this week and I cannot bust-a-move every weekend to get the cards I need to BE competetive.

I guess, If I just would quit thinking about competetive Magic, my life would be simpler.
: "Yeah, like THAT'S ever gonna happen!"

So I'm stuck between a rock and a hard place; I either keep reading the regular stuff on the internet (which is good) OR buy my way into the dark underworld of uber secret-tech.

: "Can I have more Tech, please?"

The high road portion of this drivel:
I have too much dignity to lower myself to such depths of Hell.......................okay, no I don't.

The Pragmatic portion of this drivel:
I've been lost on the road to tourneyland for three years, now. I'm tired, and I can't find a friggin' motel anywhere! Humph, yeah, they'll leave a light on fer ya, if you pay 'em!

I need all the help I can get, and is it so bad that I am contributing to a site that is withholding "tech" for cashola? I don't think so.

It is, in fact, a valuable service, otherwise, why come up with the idea of paying for it. You know, Brainburst is still offering lots of great articles and has a very impressive, up to the minute, deck list section.

For $29.99 you can become a Premium Member for a year, not a bad deal ($2.50 per mo.) for a ton of words on a computer screen that just might give you that edge at the next tourney.


Ya know, this idea could catch on, what if folks created magazines with all kinds of info. on magic and maybe other games, too. That would be worth paying for, right!?

Let me pause for a moment to SHAKE the HELL out of my "8 Ball".
Me: "Will I ever Q?"
8B: "I don't know, you cracked me and all of the liquid spilled out."
Oh well, I guess I'm not supposed to shake it.

Will I ever Q? I hope so. But in the meantime, I'm going to keep doing research and sometimes, just sometimes, that research will cost a little and isn't that what a Capitalistic country does best, sell stuff for money?

Later, "O"

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