This entry is part 8 of 15 in the series Journey to Nowhere

by Judson AKA GUDoug

GUDougI’ve been pretty down on tutors for a while now.  If I had to blame an incident or moment in time where this happen I don’t  think I could pin-point anything with any certainty.  Maybe it was with the printing of any number of new cards that can single handedly dominate a game and the redundant easy everyone seems to fetch and summon them for their bidding, the ever increasing ridiculousness of what the new tutors are capable of (good or bad in actual application), or the slow but steady elevation in the number of tutors that I witnessed both within my playgroup and online.  Or it could have been my desire to get closer to the Highlander aspect of format.  Maybe just maybe it was that I started making a lot of theme decks with few to no tutors and saw a deck could work just fine with out them, and often times the randomness was more enjoyable then every game playing out the same. How many tutors are too many: 1, 2, 4, 8, more?  That is a really hard question to answer when everyone has their own expectations, version of how to play, and idea of what is acceptable.  All while the format is without expectation and is lacking definitive/consistent rules regarding what is acceptable to play and not play.  A social contract is only as solid as the least abiding of its followers. Read the rest of this entry »

This entry is part 2 of 15 in the series Journey to Nowhere

Posted by Judson AKA GUDoug
GUDoug
EDH as a format can be a tricky path to navigate.   It is a pseudo legitimate “casual” format acknowledged and pandered to by Wizards of the Coast, but also governed by an outside shadow syndicate that supports the use of a made up ban list of their own concoction that you can follow…or whatever.  The format encompasses cutthroat try hards, n00bs, constructed format washouts, casual players, casual elite, durdlers, herps, derps, and Christian Renoe.  With so many participants, each with there own interpretation of what fun is and how the game should be played, it can be hard to meet everyone’s grandiose delusional expectations of the format.  Nothing is ever going to fundamentally shift EDH into a fair format.  The best that anyone can hope is that everyone is at least somewhat playing on the same power level and enjoying the experience no matter how ruthless or sociable those decks may be.

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