This entry is part 11 of 15 in the series Journey to Nowhere

by Judson AKA GUDoug

GUDougDisclaimer:  At the end of May 2012 CommanderCast was blitzkrieged by an all out assault that everyone involved in the podcast and website had never seen before.  Within the span of three days on one especially burned out week the website was attacked in a dual strike by one Mike AKA ‘Mightily Oats,’ leaving a smoldering crater filled with market fresh entertainment, choice cuts of meaty cards, and Photoshopped delicacies, all steeped in two mind boggling articles good enough to steam your grandma’s undies.  It was for all intents and purposes an unheralded double tap to the head the likes of which we will never see again.  The series ‘Cooking With Oats’ showcased a new great talent to the CommanderCast lineup and punched everyone in the yambags with a innovative new spin on writing EDH articles (Click this to read the ‘Cooking With Oats’ back catalog).  I remember reading the first ‘Cooking With Oats’ and basically realizing that this guy, whoever he was, was putting everything into his articles that I wanted to but had never found a way to do so.  Mike’s articles were full of humor, bizarre non-EDH stories that tied into EDH decks at the end, and were all impeccably well written.  Having done a fair amount of comedy writing in my college days, I had always wished for a way to include that more into articles but struggled to do, and this Mightily Oats just seemed to ooze everything that I wanted in my writing.  Every other week I looked forward to seeing what unpredictably insane situation Oats would be in and how it would all tie up nicely with a big bow at the end.  So with Mike’s permission and blessing I wrote an Oats-esque article and had a blast doing so.  The experience was very liberating and actually one of the most effortless articles I have written.  While I would never want to steal Mike’s style I really wanted to give his article archetype a try, so be prepared as this isn’t going to be anything close to your usual Judson AKA GUDoug article.  I know that this probably won’t appeal to everyone but I encourage you to sit back, buckle up, and enjoy the ride. Read the rest of this entry »

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 »