Quote from Ninja Bob"Unfair" is just MTG slang for 'very powerful' especially when a combo or series of plays is made on the same turn.
No one is saying anything is illegal.
edit: When people say midrange decks play well against "fair" decks, they're just taking about the expected power level of cards on a curve, usually involving 1-for-1 trades. "Unfair" decks may stall and set up for a turn or 2 and then just explode the next.
Quote from FZAWhen people say "unfair" usually they mean something along the lines of using a card in ways that it clearly was not meant to be used when it was printed. Examples include things like the storm mechanic,
Quote from TybaltDid you wet play/against cawgo?
I didn't want to play that deck, I loved my UB control deck, it was the perfect draw-go deck, IMO. But I couldn't best cawgo. So I had to switch.
Cawgo was absolutely unbeatable by anything but cawgo and super super fast decks like WW/GW quest decks, and even then those matchups were at best a coinflip.
Quote from DrWormOf course no one is saying things are illegal, I get that much, but I don't think people are simply talking about a power differential either. There are decks and mechanics that I have seen people refer to as unfair where power was not the idea that was being communicated.
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Quote from FoodChainGoblinsCombo is my preferred strategy. I want to care less about combat, creatures, and combat damage.
Quote from optimis344
A deck like Jund is a fair deck. It draws it's card. It taps some mana. It kills something or plays a threat. It's power level his high, but it does things inside the box of "What Magic is". Even a card like Bloodbraid Elf doesn't seem unfair, because while you get a free card, it's random and low costing.
Quote from optimis344
And Unfair deck tries to skirt the rules of Magic and win on a different axis. Something like Hypergenesis. You blink and your opponent has 3 tapped lands and 45 mana worth of guys on the field. It's has done it's job and broken the "I pay 3 mana, I get a 3 mana effect" rule. Now the effect is symmetrical, but if your opponent isn't set up to take advantage, you have even pushed even further ahead on mana.
Quote from FZAI think it's silly for people to label decks "unfair". If it's legal in the format...then by definition it's fair.
When people say "unfair" usually they mean something along the lines of using a card in ways that it clearly was not meant to be used when it was printed. Examples include things like the storm mechanic, or using Cloud of Faeries to continually untap Cloudposts.