Quote from Randuir »It seems like you're expecting a different level and style of play from them than others do. For example, the 'misplays' you describe here would be fairly common plays in my own fairly casual group. If you've got the mana, and nothing else to play, why not drop one of these cards for future use if they don't get removed? Don't answer that, I understand why it'd be considered sub-optimal, I just can't be bothered to hold onto cards I could play for turn after turn without doing anything until I've got enough mana to do all the things at once.
Now, there might still be some aspect of keeping the show in mind here. A game where everyone is only playing lands and ramps and then passing until they've got enough mana to win outright would be pretty boring, even if it might be optimal, but I think that the considerations here is to have fun and exciting games by not playing a 100% tuned competitive playstyle, and the fact that this makes for better youtube is a secondary concern.
Quote from Alexev »
Not to "win out right" but... In my playgroup a bestmaster ascension wount last a turn and trust me, the decks in my playgroup 10% of those decks, we dont have gaias cradle nor the fast mana rocks or legacy duals , So, you actually think they play that way because is good for the show
Quote from Alexev »For example, in https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vqalJabqJsA at minute 7.47 Josh decide to play Wickerbough elder and he tapped out, he has a lot of pretty good targets for the ability but no mana for the activation.
Quote from papa_funk »Not running a card because you wouldn't have fun with it is the most important reason not to run a card.
Quote from Card Slinger J »I found it ironic how the Command Zone recently posted a YouTube video telling their viewers to learn from their mistakes just days after this thread was posted. So it's good to know that they still follow MTGS given the popularity of Social Media outlets with reddit, Twitter, and Facebook. There's also MTGNexus which doesn't get as much traffic sadly but it's there.