10/21/2010 TD: "How to Think About Magic"

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This thread is for discussion of this week's Top Decks Article, which goes live Thursday morning on magicthegathering.com.
Love what this article had to say; hate how it said it. There's an overall lack of coherency that makes reading it so irksome.
A lot of Magic Wisdom in a compact space, as well as being fun to read. Certainly a welcome change-of-pace. Thanks!
The rantings of a madman. Nobody should try to write a Mark Rosewater article but Mark Rosewater.
I must be blind or something, but only now I've managed to notice that dwarven driller is actually beating some face with that drill he has. Thanks, full art! By the way, I want that long-term plans full art. I've already searched the web for it but didn't manage to find. The version used in the article seems to be really big, but is cropped.
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57817638 wrote:
I like storm crow because I really like crows in real life, as an animal, and the card isn't terribly stupid, but packs a good deal of nostalgia and also a chunck of the game's history. So it's perhaps one of the cards I have most affection to, but not because "lol storm crow is bad hurr hurr durr".
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56747598 wrote:
57295478 wrote:
Although I do assume you deliberately refer to them (DCI) as The Grand Imperial Convocation of Evil just for the purposes of making them sound like an ancient and terrible conspiracy.
Now, now. 1994 doesn't quite qualify as "ancient".
56734518 wrote:
Oh, it's a brilliant plan. You see, Bolas was travelling through shadowmoor, causing trouble, when he saw a Wickerbough Elder with its stylin' dead scarecrow hat. Now, Bolas being Bolas took the awesome hat and he put it on his head, but even with all his titanic powers of magic he couldn't make it fit. He grabbed some more scarecrows, but then a little kithkin girl asked if he was trying to build a toupee. "BY ALL THE POWERS IN THE MULTIVERSE!" he roared, "I WILL HAVE A HAT WORTHY OF MY GLORY." and so he went through his Dark Lore of Doom (tm) looking for something he could make into a hat that would look as stylish on him as a scarecrow does on a treefolk. He thought about the Phyrexians, but they were covered in goopy oil that would make his nonexistant hair greasy. He Tried out angels for a while but they didn't sit quite right. Then, he looked under "e" (because in the Elder Draconic alphabet, "e" for Eldrazi is right next to "h" for Hat) in his Dark Lore of Doom and saw depictions of the Eldrazi, and all their forms. "THIS SHALL BE MY HAT!" he declared, poking a picture of Emrakul, "AND WITH IT I WILL USHER IN A NEW AGE OF DARKNESS -- ER, I MEAN A NEW AGE OF FASHION!" And so Nicol Bolas masterminded the release of the Eldrazi.
57864098 wrote:
Rhox War Monk just flips pancakes, and if games have told us anything, it's that food = life.
56747598 wrote:
76973988 wrote:
This thread has gotten creepy. XP
Really? Really? The last couple days have been roughly every perverse fetish imaginable, but it only got "creepy" when speculation on Mother of Runes's mob affiliation came up?
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57531048 wrote:
Nice mana base. Not really.
Yeah, really. If my deck was going to cost $1000+, I'd at least make it good.
99812049 wrote:
I like to think up what I consider clever names for my decks, only later to be laughed at by my wife. It kills me a little on the inside, but thats what marriage is about.
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56854588 wrote:
Of course, the best use [of tolaria west] is transmuting for the real Tolaria. ;)
Absolutely. I used to loose to my buddy's Banding deck for ages, it was then that I found out about Tolaria, and I was finally able win my first game.
70246459 wrote:
WOAH wait wait wait
56957928 wrote:
You know, being shallow and jusdgmental aside, "I later found out that Jon infiltrated his way into OKCupid dates with at least two other people"
56957928 wrote:
"I later found out that Jon infiltrated his way into OKCupid dates with at least two other people"
56957928 wrote:
Jon infiltrated his way into OKCupid dates
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109874309 wrote:
The only way I'd cast this card is into a bonfire.
82032421 wrote:
The short answer is that there's no rule barring annoying people from posting, but there a rule barring us from harassing them about it.
56747598 wrote:
Browbeat is a card that is an appropriate deck choice when there's no better idea available. "No better idea available" was pretty much the running theme of Odyssey era.
56874518 wrote:
Or perhaps it was a more straightforward comment indicating a wish for you to be bitten (Perhaps repeatedly) by a small yet highly venomous arachnid.
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58280208 wrote:
You're an idiot, and I'm in no mood for silliness.
57817638 wrote:
57145078 wrote:
You just... Vektor it.
That's the answer to everything.
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58347268 wrote:
I think the problem is that you don't exist.
This would sound great out of context!
56965458 wrote:
Modern is like playing a new tournament every time : you build a deck, you win with it, don't bother keeping it. Just build another, its key pieces will get banned.
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57309598 wrote:
I specifically remember posting a thread when I was just a witty bitty noob.
You make it sound like that's still not the case.
58325628 wrote:
Rap is what happens when the c from crap is taken away.
Doug Beyer:
But sometimes it's also challenging. Because sometimes OH MY GOD, WHAT THE HELL IS THIS THING?
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Flashforward five thousand years (Click for atmosphere) :
57927608 wrote:
to paraphrase Jeff Goldblum, Vektor finds a way.
58347268 wrote:
when in rome **** AND PILLAGE
143229641 wrote:
I always find it helpful when im angry to dress up in an owl costume and rub pennies all over my body in front of a full body mirror next to the window.
Playing Magic without Blue is like sleeping without any sheets or blankets. You can do it...but why?
Me: "I love the moment when a control deck stabilizes. It feels so... right." Omega137: "I like the life drop part until you get there, it's the MtG variant of bungee jumping"
Just do it like Yu-Gi-Oh or monkeys: throw all the crap you got at them and hope it works or else the by-standers (or opponents) just get dirty and pissed.
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58258708 wrote:
It's true that Alpha and Beta didn't contain any cards like Tarmogoyf, Darksteel Colossus, or Platinum Angel. It just contained weak, insignificant cards like Black Lotus, Mox Sapphire, and Time Walk.
Normally it's difficult to pick up on your jokes/sarcasm. But this one's pretty much out there. Good progress. You have moved up to Humanoid. You'll be Human in no time.
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94618431 wrote:
I didn't know Samurai were known to be able to cut down whole armies...
They can when they're using lightsabers!
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97980259 wrote:
My wife brought home a baby black squirrel they found on a horse track and cared for it for a few days. We named it Grixis, but it died.
Unearth it!
70246459 wrote:
[/spoiler] And I'm on Magic Arcana. How about you? Oh, by the way, I'm also on From the Lab now. Twice, actually. And now with my own submited decklist!
Great article.
man you are right, this article show me that i have to leave magic forever i mean i play magic for fun but it isnt fun anymore, and all its your fault netdecking, well, in my store there are only spikes, and i want to get fun no only play against copied decks, so i better go play a game where the spikes at least dont get angry when losing
It is a good article, but the topics listed near the beginning seem far more interesting. Please write about that.

On playing both DoJ and Linvala - Assuming you really want to beat Elves for some reason, the extra redundancy could be worth it in spite of the internal dis-synergy. You don't always draw one out of four cards in time, but you usually can have one out of eight within the first few turns. That's not to say playing all eight is good for the current or any enviroment, but there were successful decks that did have to Wrath away their Exalted Angels at times.

Me myself am not the biggest fan of something you might call an 'inspirational talk'. Partly it's that I play semi-competitively rather than competitively, and obsession to some degree - I always keep a straight burn deck, a mono-green beastie deck, and a weird combo deck usually involving blue, throughout the ages - is part to what the game is to me. It's the value-ridden connotation of words such as 'bad', 'pointless', 'successful' and so on, intended or otherwise, that made this article a troubling read. And this is genuinely not a compliment.

However the article has its share of merits - the unquestioned high point is the message that we seize opportunities as they come and go. Much as Standard decks stay up there only during varying but short amounts of time, so do other things in life - like stock prices. Do the necessary homework and proceed cautiously, but not to misplay simply out of fear. This is one of the advices I take to heart.

Flores, you have some good thigns to say, but it's oft buried beneath your own horn-tooting.  And also: please please PLEASE get rid of that huge tendency to over-exaggerate.  Naya Lightsaber was not 'better' than Jund.  Naya Lightsaber matched up very badly against Jund.  It just happened to be better against most things that were not Jund.  There is a lot of  superiority complex and rosy-tinted glasses speaking in this article.  Not everyone is interested in an autobiography when they read Top Decks...
Love what this article had to say; hate how it said it. There's an overall lack of coherency that makes reading it so irksome.

Seconded. The content was nice but it seemed to wander everywhere.

man you are right, this article show me that i have to leave magic forever i mean i play magic for fun but it isnt fun anymore, and all its your fault netdecking, well, in my store there are only spikes, and i want to get fun no only play against copied decks, so i better go play a game where the spikes at least dont get angry when losing

That's not a fault of the game, that's the fault of not playing with matching people. 
thank god mike flores is high-profile enough that he can ignore the article theme of the week and write something interesting. the only player worth reading on daily mtg (although rosewater is of course brilliant). enough of the fluff; give us more stuff like this so I don't have to pay for a premium subscription on starcity. 
Thank you! This article has given me a path to follow in order to be a better Magic player.
I'd be a lot more willing to switch decks, if, you know, each new deck didn't cost me $500 or more.

- Doug


"Collectability is just a code-word for ripping you off." - David Sirlin

This is a good read.  I enjoyed it.
Well done. 

Peppermint Von Corduroy?
Possibly the best Osyp reference ever, which is saying something.
This article has had the most influence on me as a magic player. I constantly quote this article wthout remembering where I read it. Even though I sometimes miss win triggers and dont quite know when I should block yet (Ive been playing for 2 years) I feel like this article made me a better magic player.
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