This entry is part 38 of 41 in the series In General

Grandpa (Eric)

Hello, my name is Eric, aka Grandpa Growth, formerly of The General Zone, and now, excited to make my debut here on CommanderCast.

For several years now I have been writing a weekly column entitled, “In General.” A play on words dating back to the time when we used to call Commander “EDH” and your commander was your general. But this is also a descriptive title. My writing touches a wide variety of topics and you won’t know what to expect from one week to the next.

I have a couple bad habits: I like to make subtle puns and my articles tend to go on way too long. You have been warned.


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This entry is part 37 of 41 in the series In General

Grandpa (Eric)

By Eric, aka Grandpa Growth

 

I spend a lot of time in my own head. I am contemplative and solipsistic. Ideas are my favorite pastime. It is for this reason that I find kinship with thinkers and philosophers ranging from the classical right up to the modern day. To me, thinking is my real work. My job is a distraction from my thinking. I enjoy the untangling of mental knots. This helps me in a couple of ways, one being that it keeps me involved in the game of Magic.

 

Magic is a deep mental challenge. Volumes have been written about it. Both fortune and fame have been made playing it. It asks of us a passionate pursuit. It takes quite a lot of slow, purposeful thought to get good at. Every once in a while you can pull off a win while you are on autopilot, but most of the time you are going to have to ponder your way to victory…sometimes literally.

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This entry is part 36 of 41 in the series In General

Grandpa (Eric)

 

By Eric, AKA Grandpa Growth

 

Welcome to “In General.” I have been writing “Decksplanations” for several months here on CommanderCast now, but it’s over for now. It was a limited-run series, albeit a long one, and now I’m back to my regular old tricks. “In General” is a column about everything. I do my best to keep the topics related to Magic, but sometimes that connection is…loose. I am going to ease into things here though. Here goes…

 

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This entry is part 35 of 41 in the series In General

Grandpa (Eric)

 

By Eric, AKA Grandpa Growth

Last week I talked about the concept of my ‘library.’ My personal collection of Magic articles that have helped shaped me as a player and taught me important lessons about the game. I encourage everyone to read and learn as much as they can about the game; build your own library as you go. If you missed the first part you can check it out here. This article is just a continuation where I am going to share even more great articles by some of Magic’s brightest thinkers and writers.
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This entry is part 34 of 41 in the series In General

Grandpa (Eric)

 

By Eric, AKA Grandpa Growth

 

Hello and welcome back to “In General,” a weekly column where we talk about playing Commander and host of other things. Over the last few months I have talked extensively about my approach to deckbuilding both in its philosophy and its execution. A big part of that approach was to take the path of least resistance through your metagame: don’t force themes that don’t work! Take advantage of the opportunities and exploit the weaknesses that crop up in your opponent’s decks. In this new series, Important Cards”, I’m going to examine some of those opportunities by talking about key cards in each color and the underlying design environment that makes these particular cards so good in Commander. This series is going to be structured as a color-by-color walkthrough of the Commander format, stopping to take an in-depth look at the most significant landmarks.

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This entry is part 33 of 41 in the series In General

Grandpa (Eric)

By Eric, AKA Grandpa Growth

 

Hello and welcome back to “In General.” Last week I began a new series detailing the particular strengths that each color brings to Commander and what effect those specific cards or groups of cards have on how we build our decks. The existence of certain powerful staples heavily influences what ends up being playable in the Commander format. Thinking critically about these metagame constraints is the best way to gain familiarity with them and will help us learn strategies to take advantage of them. Last week we discussed White, as well as an explanation of the article format that will help you get the most out of what we talk about today. This week we continue our journey around the color pie with Blue!

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