Names of Color Combinations

  • #1
    Due to the release of RtR, a lot more people are coming back to naming color combinations after the guilds and, of course, the shards (more now).

    So I thought I should make a thread for us to agree to what the proper names to color combinations should be or should not be and perhaps make it official.

    Obviously, the guilds have long since grown on us to the point where the color combos they represent should be named after them.

    Hence forth decks using these colors could be named as:

    :symw::symu: Azorius
    :symu::symb: Dimir
    :symb::symr: Rakdos
    :symr::symg: Gruul
    :symg::symw: Selesyna

    :symw::symr: Boros
    :symr::symu: Izzet
    :symu::symg: Simic
    :symg::symb: Golgari
    :symb::symw: Orzhov

    Shards of Alara gave us the color wedges (of allied color combos of 3 colors):

    Hence forth these color combinations should be known as:

    :symw::symu::symb: Esper
    :symu::symb::symr: Grixis
    :symb::symr::symg: Jund
    :symr::symg::symw: Naya
    :symg::symw::symu: Bant

    Now, here's the real question, what do we call the non-wedge tri-color combinations?

    :symw::symu::symr: America?
    :symu::symb::symg: ???
    :symb::symr::symw: ???
    :symr::symg::symu: ???
    :symg::symw::symb: Doran?

    Should we wait for another multicolor set to name these or determine a name in this thread now?
  • #2
    :symw::symu::symr: America?
    :symu::symb::symg: BUG
    :symb::symr::symw: ???
    :symr::symg::symu: RUG
    :symg::symw::symb: Doran?

    BG: Rock

    btw

    http://wiki.mtgsalvation.com/article/Team_America
  • #3
    There aren't official names for wedge cards, but in the Invasion Block, they were given prefixes, e.g. Ana, Dega, etc. They're more known by tournament archetypes, however, e.g. BUG, RUG, etc.
  • #4
    Quote from Sam I am
    :symw::symu::symr: America?
    :symu::symb::symg: BUG
    :symb::symr::symw: ???
    :symr::symg::symu: RUG
    :symg::symw::symb: Doran?

    BG: Rock

    btw

    http://wiki.mtgsalvation.com/article/Team_America


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  • #5
    The "enemy wedges" are usually referred to based on either the Disciple cycle from Apocalypse or the Dragon cycle from Planar Chaos. For instance, WBR would be either "Dega" or "Oros".

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  • #6
    You could use the Invasion Dragon names, as has been mentioned, you could simply use the three initials (RUG, BUG) or you can use the Commander names:

    BGW: Counterpunch/Ghave
    GUB: Devour/Mimeoplasm
    WBR: Inferno/Kaalia
    URG: Mirror/Rikku
    RWU: Political/Zedruu

    As there is no established way to do this, whatever you wish to name your deck is pretty much fair game. Hell, I have decks that I have named "Hatebreed" (Destroy Everything), White Deck Wins (Mono White Aggro Humans), Venus Fly Trap (Saproling swarm), and I may get a cocked eyebrow, but nobody has ever told me I can't use that name.
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    Standard:
    WBRG Aggro-Reanimator Humans GRBW

    Modern:
    UR Twinning RU
    G Venus Fly Trap G
    U Artifacts Aggro U

    Legacy:
    B Reanimator B
    WU Stoneblade UW

    EDH
    WBGGhave, Guru of SporesGBW
    URGRiku of the Two ReflectionsGRU
    WUBRGScion of the Ur-DragonGRBUW

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  • #7
    Quote from Sam I am
    :symw::symu::symr: America?
    :symu::symb::symg: BUG
    :symb::symr::symw: ???
    :symr::symg::symu: RUG
    :symg::symw::symb: Doran?

    BG: Rock

    btw

    http://wiki.mtgsalvation.com/article/Team_America

    I have always been under the impression that GBW was "The Rock"
  • #8
    I refuse to call it "Junk" or "Jank"

    Also when you name a deck do you name it by mana symbol order or by predominance of color.

    For instance the modern deck, is it WUR Delver or UWR Delver?
  • #9
    Quote from quinton
    I have always been under the impression that GBW was "The Rock"


    The Rock is a deck archetype that revolves around grinding out card advantage. Recursive creatures that generate card advantage have often been used to do this, which is why Rock decks fit well into WGB. However, Rock is not a color combination per se.

    WGB is Junk. So you could have Junk Rock (in Legacy, this deck is called Explorer Rock or Nic Fit).
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  • #10
    :symw::symu::symr: Raka
    :symu::symb::symg: Ana
    :symb::symr::symw: Dega
    :symr::symg::symu: Ceta
    :symg::symw::symb: Necra

    Is what i'd probably call them if i could ever remember which way round they go :p
  • #11
    Quote from Uranium
    The Rock is a deck archetype that revolves around grinding out card advantage. Recursive creatures that generate card advantage have often been used to do this, which is why Rock decks fit well into WGB. However, Rock is not a color combination per se.

    WGB is Junk. So you could have Junk Rock (in Legacy, this deck is called Explorer Rock or Nic Fit).


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  • #12
    I like to call things by the names that I make up. Right now I'm playing smiles, but after rotation I might play clownfish kegger.
  • #13
    Quote from xadith
    I refuse to call it "Junk" or "Jank"

    Also when you name a deck do you name it by mana symbol order or by predominance of color.

    For instance the modern deck, is it WUR Delver or UWR Delver?


    If they're evenly costed, or there isn't a defining mechanic or theme in one color, it's by official color order, WUBRG, and if the color is a splash it gets a lowercase letter. (WUR Delver, WUr Delver, Urw Delver, haha.)

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  • #14
    Quote from xadith
    Also when you name a deck do you name it by mana symbol order or by predominance of color.

    For instance the modern deck, is it WUR Delver or UWR Delver?


    No hard and fast rules on the order they are put in. The closest thing to an order is to keep them in the order that they appear whenever multiple mana symbols appear on a single card, which is WUBRG. That said, "RUG Delver" violates that "rule". Why? Because "rug" is a word, and URG isn't.
    Currently playing:

    Standard:
    WBRG Aggro-Reanimator Humans GRBW

    Modern:
    UR Twinning RU
    G Venus Fly Trap G
    U Artifacts Aggro U

    Legacy:
    B Reanimator B
    WU Stoneblade UW

    EDH
    WBGGhave, Guru of SporesGBW
    URGRiku of the Two ReflectionsGRU
    WUBRGScion of the Ur-DragonGRBUW

    Casual
    Far too many to list
  • #15
    Quote from blueconcept
    Due to the release of RtR, a lot more people are coming back to naming color combinations after the guilds and, of course, the shards (more now).

    So I thought I should make a thread for us to agree to what the proper names to color combinations should be or should not be and perhaps make it official.

    Obviously, the guilds have long since grown on us to the point where the color combos they represent should be named after them.

    Hence forth decks using these colors could be named as:

    :symw::symu: Azorius
    :symu::symb: Dimir
    :symb::symr: Rakdos
    :symr::symg: Gruul
    :symg::symw: Selesyna

    :symw::symr: Boros
    :symr::symu: Izzet
    :symu::symg: Simic
    :symg::symb: Golgari
    :symb::symw: Orzhov

    Shards of Alara gave us the color wedges (of allied color combos of 3 colors):

    Hence forth these color combinations should be known as:

    :symw::symu::symb: Esper
    :symu::symb::symr: Grixis
    :symb::symr::symg: Jund
    :symr::symg::symw: Naya
    :symg::symw::symu: Bant

    Now, here's the real question, what do we call the non-wedge tri-color combinations?

    :symw::symu::symr: America?
    :symu::symb::symg: ???
    :symb::symr::symw: ???
    :symr::symg::symu: ???
    :symg::symw::symb: Doran?

    Should we wait for another multicolor set to name these or determine a name in this thread now?


    :symw::symu::symr: America
    :symu::symb::symg: BUG
    :symb::symr::symw: ???
    :symr::symg::symu: RUG
    :symg::symw::symb: Junk

    A name will most likely surface. For now, that's how players refer to them out loud. Don't say bee you gee. Say bug. Like insect. And rug, like a section of carpet on a hardwood floor.
  • #16
    :symb::symr::symw: ???

    In Legacy, I've seen decks in these colors with the name "Team Italia" It's not too common...
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  • #17
    Quote from Sparki
    :symb::symr::symw: ???

    In Legacy, I've seen decks in these colors with the name "Team Italia" It's not too common...



    In legacy people are allowed to name their decks random things, and it rarely seems to have anything to do with colours.

    Two decks I've wanted to play are 'team america' and 'canadian threshold'.

    Back in the day it never seemed like the colours mattered in naming conventions.

    Now it's all 'RUG control' and 'naya midrange' or whatever.

    Back in the day we called decks things like 'rock' because it was extremely stable. 'tog' because it's wincon was psychatog. Then there was 'burning tog' because it featured burning wish (and anger). It was Goblin Sligh, not Mono Red Goblins, or RDW Goblins.
  • #18
    Quote from blueconcept
    Now, here's the real question, what do we call the non-wedge tri-color combinations?

    Should we wait for another multicolor set to name these or determine a name in this thread now?


    You're a bit confused on the wedge thing.

    The enemy tri-colors are called wedge. Since if you connect the 3 colors on the back of a card it makes a wedge.

    A long while ago I've seen it written as 'wedge white' (WRB), since the point is from the main color and its 2 enemy colors.


    Whoever said it earlier was right with these names.

    :symu::symb::symg: Ana
    :symg::symw::symb: Necra
    :symb::symr::symw: Dega
    :symw::symu::symr: Raka
    :symr::symg::symu: Ceta

    The enemy tri-colors were actually named before the guild or shard names; it just never caught on since it wasn't the age of the internet yet.

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    Drana B
    Jhoira UR
    Savra BG
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  • #19
    I've seen the WBR slice called "Webber", "Borzovdos", and more currently, "Aristocrats".
  • #20
    I just call BRW "newspaper"
  • #21
    I have never been a fan of the naming conventions as listed in the OP. RG decks were never called "gruul" prior to ravnica. WUR decks during the original ravnica were called "Angelfire" because of the cards in the deck. UW control decks are usually named such, not WU Control and certainly not Azorius Control, in particular since it likely doesn't use either the Forecast or Detain mechanics.

    Look at Modern/Legacy deck names: Affinity, Melira Pod, Death and Taxes, Burn, Spanish Inquisition. They show a general idea of thought that went into creating the deck that made it, and by calling it by its standard color pairing instead, you've lumped it into a group of decks that deserve no praise.

    I say this quite literally: "Please leave deck naming to the professionals". By that I mean this: Decks are usually crap, and usually fall into the color stereotypes they are made of (Aggro decks made of black and red cards are usually BR Aggro decks, or Rakdos Aggro if made from cards from a Ravnica set). But occasionally a new deck wins a Grand Prix or Other large tournament, and at that point, it's that winner's decision to name the deck archetype and the rest of us go along with it. If he wants to name his GU deck Simic Control or Snuffaluffagus & Friends, the archetype should be named as such, it was his/her major win and the rest of us are just Net-Decking.
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  • #22
    I disagree with the idea of naming color combos after Ravnican guilds or Alaran shards because it's absurd to call a deck "Boros Deck Wins" when it's a red-white aggro deck that contains no actual Boros-related cards.
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  • #23
    I was under the impression WRB was called "Dega". It's the only one of the Invasion wedge names that really caught on. Rug, Bug and Junk have stuck around. I don't like "America" personally, not being American, but since the majority of the community call it that then it sticks.
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  • #24
    I personally call my WBG deck "Necra" instead of junk. I'd rather my deck not be associated with Garbage given how much effort I put in to it. Junk being a term for male sex organs doesn't help. :p
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