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 7 of 15 in the series Journey to Nowhere

by Judson AKA GUDoug

GUDougOne of my favorite decks is full of the worst creatures and permanents, and by worst I am referring to a pile a worthless chaff monsters and trinkets, not what most people would consider powerful game winners.  One of my favorite things to do in EDH is to demoralize people by besting them in game, killing them, and winning with crappy cards.  The deck that I am referring to has those crappy cards and can win with them.  I bring this up because I wanted to write an article that shared some of the seemingly garbage cards that I am enamored with, but while I was going through my decks I came to the realization that a great quantity of my favorite turds are in the aforementioned build.  It is a regular cavalcade of underwhelmingly mediocre ham and eggers.  That is until you notice that the general is Shirei, Shizo’s Caretaker and all those turds suddenly begin to sparkle and shine like… well polished turds of course.

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