Last night I slayed many mens. The ultimate triumph, as always was mine. Ultimate Triumph, in Magic Terminology, is when you have your quarry rage-quit.
Journey to the games in question...4 player FFA. first turn, Burt casts an Avatar of Discord off a rit, then a turn later animate deads a Hippie out of his graveyard that he discarded. I didn't see many lands that game, drawing nothing but Tainted Fields until I just have a pair of boots and a Sol Ring to compliment my three colorless producing lands.
Dave1 and Dave2 manage to get some defenses up, but beforelong Dave2 dies to Avatar beatdown. I finally draw my swamp, after having had to discard 2 Hellcarver Demon, a Lich's Mirror and a variety of other crap due to Hypnotic Specter...play it and cast my third Hellcarver.
Me: "I wouldn't do that, Burt'll win if you do that. I'll take down Burt for you."
Dave1 relents...I slap my Hellcarver into some boots, swing at Burt, flip 2 Doomsdays, a swamp, a Mirror of Fate and Relentless Assault.
Well. Dave1 did try abjuring that first Doomsday.
Suffice to say, the ensuing screaming from Dave1 at me and how I always browbeat him into misplays, would have finished with Dave1 storming off, were it not his house. Burt tried explaining that all my tabletalk to "help" the Daves is to my own advantage, but Dave1 was done for the day.
Nevermind that it was totally a griefer move to try to counterspell the third spell I'd cast in ten turns.
Is it wrong to whisper sweet nothings in your foeman's ear? To browbeat him into misplays? Dave1 certainly thinks so.
He says he won't play anymore because I apparently always do things of that nature to him. Nevermind all the targeted aggression towards me.
We continue on as a three man group, me receiving the requisite retaliatory gang-up fights ("guys, we could just play Archenemy") until I ambush Dave2 and Burt with Pox.dec, making Burt rage-quit at the first Smallpox. Dave2's out of the loop, so he fights 'til the bitter end. At the end he says "those decks are appropriate for tournaments, not for kitchen table games".
So, what constitutes fair conversation at the table? Is politicizing during the game truly so bad? Is Pox really that cheesy? Am I a bad man?