Quote from DirkGently »Imo a very important quality is being non-threatening. Atraxa sucks imo, because people will happily use a removal spell on her and then smash face. Whereas people feel pretty stupid using an stp on a 1/1 dt rat, so they'll probably look elsewhere.
Quote from toctheyounger77 »The other variable I find helpful in a blocker is one that can also swing with impunity, being a threat both ways, in attack and defense - ergo, vigilant attackers that can hold their own in defense. The best example of this I can think of from the top of my head is Bruna, the Fading Light.
Quote from Dunharrow »I mean, does Peacekeeper count?
Quote from arrogantAxolotl »See, I have mixed feelings about this. I come from the school of thought that's like "Well, why aren't all of your cards things your opponents want to remove?"
If an opponent can remove one of your cards but chooses not to, that implies one of two things. Either 1.) your opponent doesn't want to remove your card because it isn't valuable, or 2.) your opponent doesn't want to remove your card because they can't do so profitably.
Quote from DirkGently »if you think about it, those are both different ways of saying the same thing.
Quote from arrogantAxolotl »Quote from DirkGently »if you think about it, those are both different ways of saying the same thing.Sorry, I'm still a bit lost. Would you mind elaborating?
Quote from DirkGently »yeah I accidentally hit post and then my gf enlisted me in packing and I hoped it would stand on its own.
Your opponent has a removal spell. You've got permanents. Using the spell costs a card, mana, and the opportunity to use it elsewhere. They'll use the removal on your permanent if those costs are less than the resulting effect. So if you want to make sure they aim elsewhere, you do your best to ensure that the value they get from removing your stuff is less than the value of the removal.
There are plenty of ways to do this without playing bad cards. One way a lot of people know intuitively is etb creatures. Token production. Repeatable token production. Recursion. Etc. I think one that newer players overlook is not having the scariest permanent on the board. Less what you play, and more when you play them.
The reason your opponent doesn't want to stp your rat is because their removal is more valuable than your rat. If your permanent is low enough threat, it becomes real hard to remove profitably. They'd need a pinger or something to reduce the cost enough to justify using their removal against your rat (whether a card or a token produced by something). Unless they're particularly interested in hurting you for some reason.
Quote from bobthefunnyYup. It doesn't change zones. It simply holds a sign up saying "I'm not here!" if anything comes looking for it.
Quote from Blinking Spirit »Quote from magickware99 »How do you achieve the state of "above being logical"?I dunno. You tell me.
Quote from magickware99 »How do you achieve the state of "above being logical"?
Quote from Outcryqq »Baleful Strix. You've already gotten the value out of it once it's on the field.