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  • posted a message on How does one choose cards for EDH?
    Quote from Shea_0 »
    Quote from Randuir »
    Quote from Shea_0 »
    A word of caution if you netdeck

    older more experienced players will feast on you if you don't have an in-depth knowledge of mechanics, interactions and meta. I personally love hosing netdeckers with my homebrew decks designed to take advantage of them. I'm not alone!


    @OP, you should definitely ignore any comments of derision about 'net-decking' or whatever. There is no best way to build a deck for a casual variant like commander, and most people don't have an encyclopedic knowledge of every card ever printed, so using online sources for example decks and card recommendations to help you find cards that work for your deck that you never even knew existed without those sources is perfectly fine.


    @OP

    Despite the obvious emotional backlash to the facts I present, it would be bad advice to not acknowledge the reality of the aspects I mentioned in the EDH format, namely meta.

    Meta not only relates to card selection but the mentality around their use

    So regardless of the emotional reaction my statement of fact has provoked, to disregard the notion that older players will pick up on netdecking new players, and to not try to gain a better understanding of your card selection to avoid this scenario (aka to have a better playing experience) - is bad advice.

    Ultimately, we all do as we please and hopefully you have some fun


    The reason for my 'emotional reaction' is that I really, really dislike gate-keeping, and that's what you seem to be doing. But maybe I'm completely reading your post wrong. How would you recommend a new player builds a deck that can allow them to stand up to the older players that don't need online sources?
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on How does one choose cards for EDH?
    Quote from Shea_0 »
    A word of caution if you netdeck

    older more experienced players will feast on you if you don't have an in-depth knowledge of mechanics, interactions and meta. I personally love hosing netdeckers with my homebrew decks designed to take advantage of them. I'm not alone!


    How is this relevant to net-decking though? Someone that knows the mechanics and ins-and-outs of the game will do better than someone who doesn't, both because they know the game better to make good plays, and because they know how to make a really good deck. Someone that decides to pick their cards from gatherer based on what looks fun won't magically make a better deck then someone who decides to head over to edhrec to see what worked for other people. Someone that reads through a primer on this forum and copies or mostly copies a deck here will probably do signifcantly better than either of the previous examples(and will probably play on a fairly even footing with someone that totally homegrew their decks by only opening packs and never even looking at the internet and used their elite knowledge and thousand of hours of playtesting to tune their deck), because they'll most likely have a fairly good understanding of their deck, even though it'd still be 'net-decking'.

    @OP, you should definitely ignore any comments of derision about 'net-decking' or whatever. There is no best way to build a deck for a casual variant like commander, and most people don't have an encyclopedic knowledge of every card ever printed, so using online sources for example decks and card recommendations to help you find cards that work for your deck that you never even knew existed without those sources is perfectly fine.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on What Are you using for a Deck Box?
    Quote from WickedApp »

    as for the anti-advertisement rules, I am specifically asking for brand names and such. It would not be UN-solicited. Of course if you WORKed for such a company I would like that to be disclosed Wink


    Fair enough. I personally use ultra pro's deckbox pro 100+ (the ones with art-work because it makes it easier to remember what is in which box), and they work just fine when I double-sleeve my decks. They don't generally have much extra wiggle-room beyond that, (5-6 unsleeved tokens, generally), so maybe sleeve-type matters if these don't work for you?
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on What Are you using for a Deck Box?
    Can I mention the exact brand and type of box I use on the forums, or would that fall under anti-advertisement rules?

    Either way, I suggest looking for boxes that are specifically being marketed for 100+ cards. Chances are that those can hold 100 cards double-sleeved, with the '+' coming into play if you don't double-sleeve.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on Excess power from crewing
    Quote from Perodequeso »

    A creature can only crew one vehicle


    This is not entirely accurate. If you manage to untap the creature you used to pay a crew cost, you can then use it to pay the crew cost on another vehicle. For example, if you tap hateflayer to crew a vehicle, and then use it's untap ability you could then use it to pay another crew cost.
    Posted in: Magic Rulings
  • posted a message on If any card could be your commander
    I'd probably play Boldwyr intimidator. It might cost a lot to play, and doesn't have a particularly good color identity for commander, but it's a pure flavor win :p
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on [ELD] Rosethorn Halberd
    damn, i guess Unholy Strength needed some re-balancing.


    I mean, as long as you're not playing humans, the halberd is strictly better? It can be reattached if the creature holding it dies, albeit at a rather high cost.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Mothership 9/18 - the great henge (the green legendary artifact)
    I'm going to need a copy of this for my Dino deck.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on [ELD] Castle Garenbrig (Mothership)
    Though it might be less flashy than the others, I think this one might actually see more actual use in mono-green or two-color decks because its ability is applicable in far more situations. If you want to play creatures are activate abilities on creatures for at least 6 mana, this one will get tapped for its special mode.

    The other members of this cycle will mostly see use as a mana sink when you have nothing better to do with your mana. That is still a useful niche, of course, but it means that this card will more often do more than a basic land then the other members of the cycle.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on [ELD] brainstorm brewery preview - Escape into the wilds
    It's nice that this one is untill the end of your next turn, increasing the chances of those 5 cards being useful.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Beating a dead horse: Tutors in commander
    Quote from Macabre »

    Regarding green land-ramp tutors - I strongly feel that land-ramp focused decks tend to dominate most non-competitive tables. It's really kind of sad of just how little hate and negative attention this gets. The sheer volume of landramp tutors that cheat extra permenants in to play is insane compared to what other tutors do. Lands tending to be the hardest to deal with card in the game, and if you happen to run MLD you may be classified as a terrible person.

    Mass land-ramp decks tend to plaque casual tables and green/blue/x casual ramp decks are, imo, the worst. I have a typical ramp bant deck and it feels like every win was never deserved. I honestly feel that they are the catalyst for most issues in the format. To answer a deck that can consistently put 8 lands into play around turn 5 to 6, you have to make a quicker deck full of fast mana (which people complain about), and a fast combo win (which people complain about), and the tutors to get these parts (which people complain about).


    That's not really my experience in my local meta. There are a couple of fairly fast-ramping decks, but there's also a bunch of non-ramp decks. One player mostly plays control decks, another one has a mono-black deck, and neither of these players tend to be out-performed by those that do bring ramping decks to the table, and they don't run fast-combo wins or anything like that.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on [ELD} Castle Vantress (Amanda Yeo spoiler)
    I like these lands. It seems like they should be in pretty much every EDH deck that shares the color.


    Maybe not in 4-5 colour manabases as those are often light on basics (and their bonus isn't good enough IMHO to be worth coming into play tapped), but I'd definitely run these in all mono, two and three color decks if they aren't too expensive.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on The Magic Mirror- Brad Nelson Spoiler
    Hmmm, interesting tool for a mill deck. Donate it to your opponent once it has some counters, then proliferate and double them to the point that they have to draw more than their deck allows.

    I mean, this is completely impractical as a win-con, but imagine the look on their face if you pull it off :p
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on [ELD] epic downfall
    That flavor text is great XD
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Does Elsha of the Infinite and Graftdiggers Cage work together??
    Don't forget card tags:
    Elsha of the infinite
    grafdigger's cage
    And they don't work together. grafdigger's cage specifically forbids the casting of any spells from the library, so Elsha's second ability won't work while grafdiffer's cage is on the field.
    Posted in: Magic Rulings
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