Let's start with a little backstory. Since I was five years old, I've loved to game. I come from a family of gamers (mind you, the more traditional "Scrabble" and "chess" kind), but as a result, I was primed to make gaming a part of my life. I've played collectible card games since I was eleven years old - I got swept into the phenomenon that was Pokemon. As my pre-pubescent mind succumbed to the allure of "Gotta catch 'em all," a table-top gamer was born. I remember the excitement of waiting in line for my Starter Set and slinging cards from my Fire and Fighting deck with glee. Did you feel the same way cracking your first pack of Magic?
I drifted away from card games like this for a while until I met my roommate my freshman year of college. As a fellow Pokemon nut, he got it, and the dormant giant resurfaced. I got back into the environment again at a local shop, and I picked up Magic there. Several friends at school played, and I got involved in that community. Since my sophomore year, I planned the tournaments and ran the events for the school. It was a very casual environment; we drafted probably once a month, and people played any deck they wanted from Zuberas to Zombies, from Madness to Myrs. Standard was too expensive for our college blood, so we improvised formats.
I love the kinds of decks that made our own college metagame fun, and although I will cover Standard plenty, this blog is for the more casual player - there are plenty of sites devoted to Standard decks, the metagame, and the like. But I hope this blog is more like the place you play - friends who gloat ONE mythic in their deck of mismatched cards, a clever Legacy tactic that locks you out of every turn EVER, and the sigh-inducing Sliver/Ally deck. So without further ado, let's get started!
At my prime, I had dozens of decks put together at once, even if they were terrible. I prefer quantity over quality just because I am easily bored. At school, I was most famous for my Land destruction deck or my R/W Boros deck. This was my first competitive deck, and after a frustrating loss, I would pull out the Boros Guildmage covered box of death and sling some tasty hasties.
|My colors run, but they run FAST.|
I'll use my own Boros as an example. It was a straight-foward weenie+burn with lots of haste. Just something about putting a fattie in play swinging is riotous.
|Whoops, your face is gone.|
|What's that on her face? It's the mask of shame.|
Until next time, don't forget to untap!