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When you get into a car to drive it for the first time, what do you do? You adjust the seat so you can reach the pedals and see the road easily, as well as feel comfortable. You move the mirrors to make sure you have a clear line of sight behind you and to either side. You might even change the headrest position and move the seat belt to be at the right height on your shoulder. These customizations make driving safer and more comfortable. When you work from home(Opens in a new tab), it’s important to make similar adjustments.
Anyone can set up their workspace to be safe and comfortable with a few ergonomic tips. Doing so reduces your chance of injury and increases your comfort, all of which helps you stay productive(Opens in a new tab) and focused.
You don’t need to spend a bundle on a special chair. The right office chair(Opens in a new tab) will help some, but you also need to think about how your feet hit the floor, whether your wrists bend when you type or mouse, and other factors. You can make many of these adjustments using items from around the house or with inexpensive purchases.
Got a sore neck or sore back? Here are some tips(Opens in a new tab) for a better office, courtesy of PCMag’s Jill Duffy.
Making Do With What You Have
To learn how to set up an ergonomic home office, I spoke with Alan Hedge, a professor emeritus at Cornell University in the department of design and environmental analysis. I originally interviewed him in October 2020, when this article first ran.
He asked what kind of setup I was using in my home office, and I sheepishly admitted that I was probably in a terrible position. At the time, I had just moved to a new apartment and had nothing more than a laptop on a kitchen table with a straight-backed chair.
“If it so happens that when you sit on that chair you can put your hands flat on the table, then that laptop with a pretty thin keyboard is probably going to be ok,” he said. He added that home tables are often a few inches lower than office desks, making something like a keyboard tray unnecessary for some people working from home.
Whether the table is the right height is relative, of course. It depends on how tall you are. Hedge also had some tips for using inexpensive items, like a rolled-up towel for lumbar support and a laptop riser, to make any home office more ergonomically friendly. It doesn’t take a lot.
There are four areas to focus your attention on when setting up an ergonomic home office, according to Hedge, but before you get started, it’s just as important to consider what kind of work you do and what kind of equipment you need(Opens in a new tab).
What Equipment Do You Need? What Type of Work Do You Do?
What equipment do you need to work? Do you have a desktop, laptop, or tablet? How many monitors do you use? Do you look at books and physical paper often? Are there other peripherals you need, such as a microphone or stylus?
Additionally, what type of work do you do with that equipment? “The posture of the person sitting down really depends on what they’re doing with their hands,” Hedge said. So before you make any changes, consider how you spend the bulk of your work time. Do you type for hours at a time? Are you a graphic designer who relies heavily on a mouse(Opens in a new tab) or stylus? If there is a task that you do for extended periods of time, then customize your setup to be safe and comfortable for that task. For example, if you read physical paper, you might need to add a lamp to your desk.
4 Areas of Focus for an Ergonomic Office
Just as you make many adjustments in a car to fit your body, you should customize your home office to a similarly fine degree. In fact, good ergonomic posture for an office is not all that different from sitting in a car, with your feet flat but legs extended and your body not vertical but tilted slightly backward.
Focus on making adjustments to these four areas to get a good setup.
1. Head and Neck
To keep your neck, shoulders, and back free from injury, your head should be vertical to your neck. This position creates the least amount of strain, according to Hedge.
“Unfortunately, if you’re working with a laptop computer on a kitchen table, that screen is going to be way too low. You’re going to forward-flex your neck,” Hedge said.
For short periods of time, it’s probably harmless, he added. For a long-term setup, though, consider mounting your laptop on a laptop riser and using an external keyboard(Opens in a new tab) and mouse. If you have a monitor, use books to raise it to a comfortable eye level, one that keeps your head and neck in that neutral, stacked position.
2. Hand and Wrist Position
Your hands and wrists should be in a neutral posture, similar to your head. Extend your arm and hand forward to lay them flat on the table. The hand, wrist, and forearm are practically flush, which is what you want. What you don’t want is a hinge at the wrist.
“Make sure any input devices you’re using, you can use with your hands in what we call a neutral posture for as much of the time as possible,” Hedge said. So adjust your workspace accordingly. You might have to change the height of the table or chair if possible, or move your keyboard and mouse closer or farther away from you.
Hedge says to keep your arms and wrists nice and straight. The arms shouldn’t bend out to the side or across the midline of the body.
3. Seated Posture and Back Support
“There’s a myth out there that you should sit at 90 degrees,” Hedge said, meaning with the trunk of the body perpendicular to the floor. “Most of us [ergonomics experts] have spent a lifetime trying to tell people that’s not how you should sit.”
Better: Find a posture that allows you to see the screen while sitting back in a way that provides lower back support. You might find it’s similar to sitting in the driver’s seat of a car, slightly leaning back.
If you don’t have a fancy office chair that rocks back, try putting a cushion, pillow, or towel behind your lower back. That will do some good. You can buy inexpensive chair cushions that are designed for lumbar support. Hedge also suggests looking into orthopedic seats (for an example, see BackJoy’s line of posture seats(Opens in a new tab)). These saddle-like products work with any chair, and they tilt your pelvis into a more ergonomic position. Shorter people might also find that having a footrest helps them achieve the right posture.
Additionally, Hedge cautions to make sure the seat is not hitting the back of your knees because it can reduce blood flow and cause your feet and ankles to swell.
The last area of focus has to do with behavior. Take frequent but short breaks(Opens in a new tab).
“From the research we’ve done, the ideal routine is about every 20 minutes, take a short break where you stand up, stretch out a little bit maybe for a minute or two. Or even better, walk and make a cup of tea or coffee,” Hedge said. Movement improves circulation, comfort, and performance. It also decreases the risk of injuries.
Hedge also recommended other changes you can make that limit the length of time your body will be doing one repetitive action. For example, if your job involves excessive typing, consider using a voice-to-text app or dictation software. That way, you can cut down on the total amount of time your fingers are on the keyboard.
I asked Hedge about standing desks(Opens in a new tab) and sit-stand desks (which can be raised and lowered), and he said while it doesn’t hurt to have one, you have to use it properly.
“Standing puts more strain on your body than sitting. The reason we have chairs is because if you had to stand all day to do your work, that’s much harder on your body than sitting down all day to do your work,” he said. “Sitting is not bad for you. What is bad for you is sitting all day long, just the same as standing all day long without moving is bad for you.”
If you’re going to use a sit-stand desk, the optimal cycle is 20 minutes of seated work followed by 8 minutes of standing, followed by 2 minutes of moving around. Standing longer than about 8 minutes, said Hedge, leads people to start leaning. Additionally, every time you change the desk height, you must make sure you adjust all your other workstation components, like the keyboard and the monitor, to put your posture into a neutral position again.
Hedge suggested that creating an ergonomic office was like fitting together the pieces of a puzzle. He said people commonly make the mistake of buying an expensive chair and calling it a day.
“If you don’t do all four [of the recommended customizations], you’ll never get the best results. If what you do is adjust the computer screen to a good height, but you never adjust how you’re sitting or you never adjust your keyboard or your mouse, you’ll never get the optimal results,” he said. “The combined effect of everything to put you into a neutral posture and to keep you moving throughout the day is much greater than the effect of any one individual change.”
The Right Equipment for Your Ergonomic Home Office
Here’s a summary of some of the equipment and tools mentioned that might help you customize your home office to be more ergonomic:
For more advice on working remotely, learn how to make meetings more accessible(Opens in a new tab) and what employers can do to make hybrid work policies a success(Opens in a new tab).
This article originally appeared on PCMag.com(Opens in a new tab), Mashable’s sibling site. PCMag.com(Opens in a new tab) is a leading authority on technology, delivering Labs-based, independent reviews of the latest products and services.
Home Tech News Netflix’s ‘I Think You Should Leave’ set for May 30 season premiere
The last time I was this excited was when I heard Paul Bufano and Roy Donk on the Colgate Comedy Hour.
The highly popular and extremely awkward hit Netflix sketch comedy I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson finally has a premiere date for season 3, the streaming service announced on Friday. Almost a year after it was announced that fans would see a season 3, the comedy series created by former SNL alum and Detroiters star Tim Robinson is set to release on May 30.
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The series is a collaboration between Robinson, who stars in almost every sketch, and SNL producer Zach Kanin. According to an interview the duo did with Variety in 2022(Opens in a new tab), the pair write every single sketch. The series is primarily known for its sketches that start out normal but soon devolve into chaos as one or more characters become unreasonable. Hit sketches include “Baby of the Year,” “Brooks Brothers,” and “Prank Show.”
Fans have shown their excitement on social media as they look forward to the return of one of the more unique and creative sketch comedy series to be released in the past couple of years.
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The first two seasons have been well-received, and you still have time to watch the series in full before the season 3 premiere date. Each episode is only around 16-18 minutes in length with 6 episodes per season. You can finish that in a day. In fact, you should watch it right now. Like right now. Do it you coward.
Recently, it was announced that Twitter would only offer SMS-based two-factor authentication (2FA) to its Twitter Blue members (those who are willing to pay $8 a month on Android or $11 a month on iOS). To tell you the truth, my first reaction was: just as well. If you want to use 2FA to secure your social media or another account, using text messaging is not the way to go. You’re much better off using either a third-party authenticator app or a hardware security key.
What are security keys?
Security keys, such as the ones sold by Yubico, are the safest method to use. They can connect to your system using USB-A, USB-C, Lightning, or NFC, and they’re small enough to be carried on a keychain (with the exception of Yubico’s YubiKey 5C Nano, which is so small that it’s safest when kept in your computer’s USB port). They use a variety of authentication standards: FIDO2, U2F, smart card, OTP, and OpenPGP 3.
When you insert a security key into your computer or connect one wirelessly, your browser issues a challenge to the key, which includes the domain name of the specific site you are trying to access (which prevents you from accidentally logging in to a phishing site). The key then cryptographically signs and allows the challenge, logging you in to the service.
Many sites support U2F security keys, including Twitter, Facebook, Google, Instagram, and others. The best thing to do is check the website of your security key of choice and see which services are supported — for example, here’s a link to the apps supported by YubiKeys.
What are authenticator apps?
But while physical security keys are the safest method, they are not the most convenient. If you don’t want to carry around (and possibly lose) a physical key, using an authentication app on your phone is the best way to go.
Authentication apps generate one-time numerical passcodes that change approximately every minute. When you log in to your service or app, it will ask for your authenticator code; you just open up the app to find the randomly generated code required to get past security.
Popular options include Authy, Google Authenticator, and Microsoft Authenticator. These apps mostly follow the same procedure when you’re adding a new account: you scan a QR code associated with your account, and it is saved in the app. The next time you log in to your service or app, it will ask for a numerical code; just open up the authenticator app to find the randomly generated code required to get past security.
Here is how to set up 2FA on some of the more popular online accounts. Not all of them allow for authenticator apps; in that case, we list what is available. (If you’re just interested in using an authenticator app for your Twitter account, you can go directly to this article, which gives you all the steps needed — however, just to be convenient, we’ve included Twitter with the others here.)
Note: most of the following directions are for websites; if you can use a mobile app, directions will be given for that as well.
Log in to your Amazon account.
Hover over Accounts & Lists (in the upper-right corner) and go to Account > Login & security. (You can also simply follow this link.)
Scroll down to 2-step verification and click the Edit button. (You may be asked to reenter your password.)
Click Get Started, and Amazon will walk you through the process of registering your preferred authenticator app by syncing it through a QR code.
If you wish, you can also register a phone number to use as a backup text 2FA. Amazon also lets you opt out of 2FA for any specific devices.
Amazon lets you register your phone number for a backup text 2FA.
You can also activate 2FA on the Android and iOS Amazon apps.
Tap the person icon on the bottom (second from left).
Go to Your Account > Login & security.
The same 2-step verification selection, with the same Edit button, should be available.
Apple iOS / macOS
If you use any Apple devices, you turn on 2FA through your Apple ID — you can do it either on your mobile device or on the web. You also receive any verification codes via Apple’s system; there are no third-party authentication apps here. (Apple recently added the ability to use physical security keys if you have an iPhone on iOS 16.3 or later, an iPad on iPadOS 16.3 or later, or a Mac on macOS Ventura 13.2; you will need to have at least two keys in order to use this feature.)
A few other things to note (as detailed on Apple’s support page): if you turn on 2FA, you have two weeks to change your mind, and after that, it’s a done deal — you can’t turn it off. Once 2FA is established, then every time you sign in using your Apple ID on a new device, you’ll get a notification on a trusted device, and you’ll have to okay the sign-in. and finally, once you sign in to a device with the verification code, it will be considered a trusted device, and you won’t have to use a code again (unless you sign out, change your password, or erase the device). Finally, you’ll need a trusted phone number to establish 2FA.
Go to Settings > [Your Name] > Password & Security.
Select Turn On Two-Factor Authentication, and follow the instructions.
From your Apple menu (the Apple icon in the upper-left corner), go to System Settings (or, for older macOS versions, System Preferences), then click your name (or Apple ID).
If you turned on 2FA over two weeks ago, you don’t have the option of turning it off.
Select Password & Security.
Look for Two-Factor Authentication. Select Turn On, and follow the instructions.
From your Dropbox homepage on the web, click your profile avatar and select Settings.
Click on the Security tab.
Find Two-Step Verification, toggle to turn the feature on, and select Get Started.
You can choose to receive 2FA through a text or your authenticator app; obviously, we recommend the latter.
Dropbox also lets you use a text or authenticator app.
The way to access Facebook’s 2FA settings is a bit different depending on whether you’re using the mobile app or the web app (and Facebook tends to update both layouts often).
On the mobile app
Access your privacy settings by tapping your personal icon on the upper-right corner (Android) or the lower-right corner (iOS).
Scroll down to the bottom to find the Settings & privacy menu. Tap Settings > Security and login, and select Set up two-factor authentication.
You can opt for a text message, an authenticator app, or a security key; you can also use one of these as a backup method.
On the web
Click your personal icon in the upper-right corner.
Select Settings & Privacy > Settings > Security and login.
Facebook lets you use a text message, an authenticator app, or a security key.
Under the Recommended heading, you will find Set up two-factor authentication. On the next page, click the Setup button next to Authentication app to start the process.
Note: if you scroll down in the Security and login page, you’ll find a section dedicated to two-factor authentication. It offers Use two-factor authentication (which leads to the same setup page as mentioned above) but also lets you establish Authorized logins, a list of devices where you don’t have to deal with 2FA.
You can easily turn 2FA on across your Google accounts (e.g., Gmail, YouTube, or Google Maps).
On the web
Head over to your Google account page.
Click on Security > 2-Step Verification,and follow the directions.
After that, Google will first send prompts to your phone that allow you to select “Yes” or “No” when a login attempt occurs. If that doesn’t work, it will call or send a text message.
Like Apple, Google has its own 2FA system — but unlike Apple, you can use an authenticator app as a backup, alongside text, backup codes, or a security key (either a physical key or your phone). If you have an iPhone, you’ll need to install the Google Smart Lock app.
You can choose a variety of backup security methods for your Google accounts.
You can also generate backup codes for offline access. Google generates 10 codes at a time, and they’re designed to be single-use, so once you’ve successfully used one, cross it out (assuming you’ve printed them), as it will no longer work.
Instagram added 2FA to its mobile app in 2017, but you can also activate it through the web.
On the mobile app
Tap on your profile icon in the lower-right corner and select the hamburger menu in the upper-right corner.
Select Settings > Security.
Choose the menu item for Two-factor Authentication.
Tap on the Get started button. You can toggle on one of three types: an authentication app (Instagram will either choose one that is already installed or recommend one to download); use WhatsApp to generate a login code; or use a text message.
On the web
Click on your profile icon in the upper-right corner.
Select the settings cog from the drop-down menu.
As with most other apps, Instagram lets you use either an authentication app or text messaging.
Select Privacy and Security, and scroll down to Two-Factor Authentication. You can choose either an authentication app or a text message as your 2FA method (but WhatsApp is not available on the web).
Mastodon doesn’t mess around with SMS; you can use an authenticator app or a security key.
If you’re a Twitter user who has moved to Mastodon — or if you’re an original Mastodon user — you can enable 2FA from the standard Mastodon web app. (Note: because the features of Mastodon can vary depending on which instance you are using, there is a possibility 2FA may not be available. Also, it will probably not be available in a mobile app, although again, that may vary.)
Access your Preferences, either by clicking the three dots opposite your personal icon or by clicking on Preferences at the bottom of the right-hand main menu.
In the left-hand menu, click on Account > Two-factor Auth.
You can enable an authenticator app or a security key. You can also generate recovery codes to hold on to in case you lose your phone.
Log in to your Microsoft account and find the Security menu. (There are several ways to get there; click on this link for the easiest.)
You’ll find the link to establish 2FA for your Microsoft account at the top of the Security page.
You should see Two-step verification in the main header to the right of Security and Change password. If it’s not there, scroll down to the Additional security section. Look for Two-step verification, and click on the setup link.
You’ll be walked through the steps needed to use either the Microsoft Authenticator app or a different authentication app. You’ll also be able to create passwords for apps that don’t accept 2FA.
In the Additional security section, you can also make your account passwordless; in other words, you would sign in with an authentication app, Windows Hello, a security key, or SMS codes.
Current Nest users will have signed in to the app via their Google accounts and will be using Google’s 2FA feature (see above).
If you’ve resisted migrating your existing Nest account to your Google account, you are required to use 2FA — and, in fact, you were probably emailed about it as of May 2020. In the unlikely possibility that you still haven’t switched:
From the homescreen, go to Settings > Account > Manage account > Account security.
Select two-step verification, and toggle the switch on.
A series of prompts will ask for your password, phone number, and the verification code that will be sent to your phone.
Keep in mind that all of your devices will be automatically signed out, so you’ll have to sign in again using two-step verification.
If all your family members don’t have their own logins and have been using yours, it’s a good idea to set them up with separate logins using Family Accounts. Otherwise, when they try to log on using two-step verification, the necessary code will be sent to your phone, not theirs.
On the main Summary page, click the gear icon and select the Security tab.
Look for the section called 2-step verification,and click on the Set Up link.
You’ll be able to choose whether to have a code texted to you, use an authenticator app, or use a security key. (PayPal also offers to find an authenticator app if you want one.)
PayPal offers to find you an authorization app if you don’t have one.
If you lose your phone, change numbers, or decide to revoke authorization rights, come back to this menu to make adjustments.
Ring has made 2FA mandatory. If you haven’t activated it yet (or if, for some reason, you were not asked to do so when you first installed the software), then once you’ve made sure your Ring app is up to date:
Go to your app’s Dashboard and tap on the hamburger icon (the three lines) at the top left.
Go to Control Center > Account Verification.
You can use either a text message or authentication app for your required 2FA.
You can choose to use an authenticator app or text messaging. Select the one you want to use (as always, we suggest the former), and follow the directions.
Once you use 2FA to log in, you won’t have to do so again unless you haven’t logged in for over 30 days, logged out, or deleted all your authorized devices. (Note: previously, you could also opt to have the codes sent to your email address; that is no longer available.)
To enable 2FA, you’ll first need to find the Account Settings page. There are several ways to access this:
You can click on your username or profile picture in the Slack app to open a drop-down menu, and then select Profile. Your account information will now display on the right side of the chat window.
Or, under your avatar next to the View as button, click the three-dot icon and select Account settings.
You can also head straight to my.slack.com/account/settings.
However you get there, you should immediately see the selection for Two-Factor Authentication.
Select Expand on Two-Factor Authentication and hit the Set Up Two-Factor Authentication button to verify your information via an SMS text message or authenticator app.
Like most other apps, Slack lets you use either SMS or an authentication app.
If you can’t find the option for 2FA, check whether you have a work account. Some employers may use single sign-on services that bypass the need for 2FA, which would remove this option from Slack’s account settings page.
From the app’s main camera screen, tap your profile icon and find the gear icon to access your settings. Select Two-Factor Authentication, and then tap Continue.
If you select Two-Factor Authentication, you’ll first get an explanation of what it is.
You can find an installed app automatically, choose one manually, or download a new one.
Choose whether to use SMS verification or an authenticator app. If you choose the latter, you can either have the app automatically hook up to an already installed authenticator app, set one up manually, or find an app.
To set up 2FA on TikTok (in this case, we’re assuming a mobile device), tap your profile icon on the lower right, then click the three lines in the upper right of the screen.
Go to Settings and privacy > Security and look for 2-step verification.
Unfortunately, TikTok only offers to send a verification code via a text message or email.
Using the mobile app
Tap your personal icon at the top left of the screen and select Settings & Support > Settings and privacy > Security and account access > Security.
Tap Two-factor authentication. You have the choice of using a text message, authentication key, or security key; you can also get a single-use backup code just in case.
Using the web app
Click on More in the left-hand menu.
Just as in the mobile app, go to Settings & Support > Settings and privacy > Security and account access > Security. (You can also just follow this link.)
Click on Two-factor authentication. You will get the same choices as in the mobile app.
Twitter lets you use a text message, an app, or a security key for authentication.
As with other services mentioned above, you can generate a backup code to use when you’re traveling and will be without internet or cell service. You may also see an option to create a temporary app password that you can use to log in from other devices. This can be used to log in to third-party apps if you have them linked to your Twitter account. Note that the temporary password expires one hour after being generated.
Open WhatsApp and find the Settings menu under the upper-right dots icon.
Look under Account > Two-step verification > Turn on.
The app will ask you to enter a six-digit PIN to use as verification; after that, it will request it the next time you register your phone number and also every once in a while (so you don’t want to forget it). You can optionally add an email address in case you forget your PIN.
Having an email associated with your WhatsApp account is important — if you don’t have one and forget your PIN, you’ll have to wait seven days before you can reset it. In the same vein, be cautious of emails encouraging you to turn off 2FA if you didn’t request it yourself.
Did we miss your favorite apps?
For more information, check out the 2FA Directory, which categorizes and lists companies that support 2FA and gives you the option to message a company on Twitter, Facebook, or email to request that 2FA be added.
A final note: while adding 2FA is great for an extra layer of security on all your accounts, remember that you should be changing and updating your passwords regularly even with 2FA enabled just to stay in tip-top shape. If that’s not your style, you can also use a password manager to automatically take care of it for you.
Update March 1st, 2023, 4:43PM ET: This article was originally published on February 28th, 2023, and has been updated to add the fact that Apple now offers 2FA with security keys.
Audible today announced that it would launch its first-ever singing competition series as an exclusive podcast featuring artists Sara Bareilles and Kelly Rowland as judges. “Breakthrough” will premiere on the Amazon-owned audio service on June 1.
On the podcast series, Bareilles and Rowland will mentor five artists over the course of nine episodes. The host of “Breakthrough” will be “Hamilton” star Daveed Diggs.
The undiscovered musicians will have to compete in a series of challenges, including covering well-known songs, experimenting with genres, writing original songs and more. Prizes include vocal coaching sessions, studio recording time and recording equipment. At the end of the competition, one artist will be crowned the winner.
“‘Breakthrough’ pushes the boundaries of audio even further and invites music lovers to participate in the first of its kind, audio-only singing competition,” said Zola Mashariki, Head of Audible Studios, in a statement.
Since it’s audio-only format, both the listeners and the judges won’t know what the performers look like. Slightly similar to the hit competition series, “The Masked Singer,” concealing their identities will likely help Audible users better connect with the music. However, with “Breakthrough,” Audible is giving up-and-coming artists the chance to, like the title says, potentially get their big break.
As of 2020, Audible’s paid membership plan, Audible Plus, had approximately 300 million monthly active users.
“I love that the creative team are on the same journey as our audience – getting to know these artists without seeing them – developing a sense of their artistry through only their music and storytelling,” Bareilles added. “These five incredible souls showed up to each challenge with courage and vulnerability that invited us all into a remarkably intimate space, and I learned so much from them. No matter where you are in your career, it is always inspiring to witness someone reach for the deepest parts of themselves and be willing to share that tender space.”
The singing competition series joins over 760,000 audio programs on Audible, including a slate of original content from its “Words + Music” series that features popular musicians like Mariah Carey, John Legend, Sheryl Crow, Alanis Morrissette, Sting, Alice Cooper and more.
I haven’t logged into Marvel Snap for about a week now — just when the new Quantumania-themed season has begun. Now what, you ask, could be powerful enough to drag me away from a game I have made my ministry since its launch?
The big daddy, the OG, the original Magic: The Gathering.
Magic’s latest set, Phyrexia: All Will Be One, has gotten to me in a way that defies even my expectations. I play paper Magic in casual in-person games with friends pretty regularly and have been content with that. But there’s something that’s irresistible about this set, with its horrifying flesh creatures with too many teeth, that has compelled me to play the digital version, Arena, non-friggin’-stop.
This all started when I told my husband that I wanted to do a prerelease event. I’ve been playing Magic off and on for about 13 years now, and the last prerelease I remember going to was likely for the Core Set 2011. Even though I can get my fix playing with friends as I normally do, I wanted the challenge of playing against people who aren’t going to look at me with big puppy eyes and ask for a gentleman’s mulligan. So, our group of Magic-playing friends got together for a Phyrexia prerelease at the local game shop.
I don’t remember prereleases in the past being as strict with time as this one was, but I was all out of sorts trying to put together a cohesive deck in the time allotted. I didn’t feel good about it. My deck was bad (so bad that I took the time to make another deck that was still bad), and I ended the night with an ignominious 1–2 score — that one win the result of a lucky bye. Usually, getting whooped like that turns me off. When I get on a losing streak in Snap, I usually don’t want to look at the game for a standard 24 hours. But even after that atrocious prerelease, I still hopped on Magic Arena the first day Phyrexia was out, and I haven’t stopped drafting since.
It definitely helps that Phyrexia favors my preferred archetype — playing big-ass creatures that do nasty things (i.e., your typical green ramp) — and that the archetype I don’t like — blue anything — isn’t that strong. But I think the problem is worse than simply that.
I think I might be… compleated?
From its definition on the MTG wiki (its lore definition, not its keyword meaning):
Compleation entails the replacement of much of a person’s organic parts with artifice, which typically causes the death of their original organic body. The being retains its memory and personality, but loses its soul and is endowed with a fanatical desire to serve Phyrexia.
That pretty much describes the fanaticism with which I have pursued playing this set.
There’s something about the H.R. Giger-like monsters in Phyrexia — the horrific Sheoldred, the tooth-filled arms of the Mandible Justiciar, or the haunting allure of the Mother herself, Elesh Norn — that are so friggin’ cool to look at that I can’t stop playing. Also, the many synergies of this set seem to work for me better than mechanics in other sets. I love toxic damage that allows me to kill my opponent whenever they accumulate 10 poison counters. I also enjoy the various neat things you can do with the oil mechanic. Equipment cards are not typically my jam, but the new For Mirrodin mechanic that allows equipment cards to, essentially, come with their own creature to wield them, is very nice. Who wants to spend mana to play an equipment card and then spend even more to attach it to something? Not me!
Phyrexia is my favorite set in a long while. It might be my favorite set ever. I have so much fun drafting, picking cards like this nasty, evil thing that lets me do double damage, that even when I lose (and, somehow, I lost with this deck), I just want to get back on the fleshless, bony horse and start again. and when I win? Whew. One of my first successful draft decks was one where I let this chonky boi run over every creature on the board to poison my opponent until they died.
In another draft, my opponent commanded the board with a horde of creatures I could not get through. I was dead in the water until I pulled a creature that allowed me to fly over a wall of monsters to damage my opponent directly. Even then, I was still dead, but my opponent conceded, granting me the win because they likely did their math wrong. I was one point of damage short of winning. I knew it; my opponent didn’t. My husband was hootin’ and hollerin’ as though he had won.
Phyrexia is somehow uniquely fun compared to most other Magic sets I’ve played. I have become a monster, so I feel right at home with Phyrexia: All Will Be One.
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