I haven't read this before and found it interesting, even illuminating.Shame the "rich kid syndrome" became true. Of course, it didn't help that at some point Garfield himself thought that degenerate decks were ok, and that the community itself would sort it out. I started playing in Unlimited, but stopped after playing against too many Mountain + Black Lotus -> Channel -> Fireball decks and other equally silly decks with completely non-interactive games. I realised the game was degenerate and stopped playing for many, many years. If he had from the start decided to cut out the degenerate decks (power nine mainly) from the published version, Magic would have had a much better footing from the start. Moving the broken stuff to rare was actually just worse, since only few kids could afford making those silly decks, and those who could, held onto them more dearly. If all of the power nine had actually been printed at common, there would have been more chance of the community self-regulating itself back then, saying "Don't play these" because the degenerate decks would have been obvious to everyone. But then again, degenerate cards should never have been printed, at any rarity.[The same could be said of the original dual lands, which were rare and pretty much strictly better than basics.]But coming back to today, stuff like mythic rares don't alleviate the "rich kid syndrome". I just pointed out that it was integral to Magic from the start.The article did take me way back down Nostalgia Lane to the time of trading cards in a bubble, without internet to tell you what it was worth, or when you didn't even know all the cards that existed. It was interesting, for a while. Until it got too popular and broke down. Luckily modern Magic designers know the lengths people will go to in order to make degenerate decks and design their cards appropriately.
Did enjoyment in a competitive game become a zero-sum game while I wasn't looking?
Lets not turn this family reunion into an argument
Lets not turn this family reunion into an argumentYOURE NOT THE MAN I MARRIED
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Great article, if only Garfield would write a book (or even a current article, but like someone said above he probably would not prove thrilled ref the rich kid syndrome becoming the norm).
Great article, if only Garfield would write a book (or even a current article, but like someone said above he probably would not prove thrilled ref the rich kid syndrome becoming the norm).He also hates modern Magic art. I really wish Wizards had the balls to give him a weekly column about how things he hates about the game.
Coming up with weird ideas to make everyone happy since 2008!
I have now started a blog as an appropriate place to put my crazy ideas.
I am unhappy about the very standardized templating of today's cards as opposed to the easy-to-understand text on the earliest cards