Quote from BlueTronFTW »There's nothing wrong with playing to satisfy a competitive drive. At this point, I'd argue that it is silly to be upset at any level for someone acting the way you know they act for an extended period of time. You want to do "cool stuff" that you find interesting. He is trying to solve a puzzle of efficiency. Nothing wrong with either, but if you are just playing for fun it isn't going to work. Try playing commander, or start a cube, or start a regular draft group. Or, just stop playing with him and continue your friendship without this game. It definitely isn't a necessity.
As someone who plays to win and builds decks accordingly, I know that a lot of people look down on it as some sort of toxic behavior. You sorta indicate that too, claiming he "points the finger back at you" by saying your decks are good. That is a bit silly in my opinion. You are a bit salty about losing, and blaming him for building more efficient decks. Nobody is required to play differently to let you win.
Thanks for the answer! Since you seem to have the same mentality as my friend, I think discussing with you is perfect. The main problem is actually that my friend isnt very good at analyzing and discussing it, for him it becomes personal and so his response is usually just "git good". I am very much into feedback so I would love to hear your opinion!
My questions to you are;
(1): What limitations do you set for yourself when deckbuilding? I have argued that if one strives to push the efficiency limits, then eventually one will reach the only barricade that is in the game and that is the format defining framework. E.g if we play casual modern and he keeps pushing the boundary, eventually we will just be playing tier 1 modern.
(2): Does it bother you that, by pushing the limitations of the game and solving the efficiency puzzle, you effectively eliminate more than 90% of all magic cards and end up with a much more predictable pool of cards? Only a select few cards in each new set are modern playable.
(3): I have argued that when the efficiency curve has been pushed as far as possible, the first turn advantage becomes much more apparent. Our statistics show this as well. Is this something you have seen as well, and if so does it bother you at all?
(4): What is your opinion on meta-picking cards versus your friends? My friend has already commented that there are cards he thought about putting in his decks but that they would rarely have an effect versus me specifically and then he put in direct counters instead.