This entry is part 13 of 14 in the series Decksplanations

Grandpa (Eric)

By Eric, AKA Grandpa Growth

Over the last month we have examined how to build more consistent decks. Consistency is extremely important, but it is only half of the puzzle. The other half is power. Consistency + Power = A Good Deck. If you consistently have the most powerful deck in the game, you are going to be favored to win. Now that we have finished our exploration of consistency, let’s begin discussing how to construct decks with higher power levels. Starting with Durability.

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This entry is part 6 of 14 in the series Decksplanations

Grandpa (Eric)

By Eric, AKA Grandpa Growth

 

When I first transitioned over from The General Zone to CommanderCast, I was under a huge time crunch. There was a lot to do and a lot of changes had to be made. We needed to begin working on new projects, get a consistent production schedule together, and start releasing regular content all while dealing with a new environment and new challenges. I responded to this by writing a huge flurry of shorter articles ahead of time that could be posted during the early weeks when we needed content. Now that we are past that crucial period, I want to circle the wagons and address some ideas that popped up during those first few weeks. Starting with the responses to my June 3rd article “Threat Density in Aggressive Decks.” If you didn’t catch it, click the title to check it out and be sure to take a stroll through the comments.

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This entry is part 5 of 14 in the series Decksplanations

Grandpa (Eric)

By Eric, AKA Grandpa Growth

 

Hello and welcome back to Decksplanations. Over the last couple of weeks we have been talking about how I approach increasing the power levels of my decks. So far we have covered the concepts of:

 

  • Solidarity – Focusing on what you do best and maximizing your chances of achieving it, removing elements that don’t advance your gameplan.
  • Durability – The ability to overcome the most common obstacles that would prevent your victory. Be difficult to stop.

 

As always, the information that I’m presenting compliments and builds on what I’ve already discussed in the series. If you missed the previously posted articles I encourage you to go back and read them, if not start at the very beginning of “Decksplanations.” Today I’ll discuss the third of five parts of power: interactivity.

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This entry is part 4 of 14 in the series Decksplanations

Grandpa (Eric)

By Eric, AKA Grandpa Growth

 

Hello and welcome back to Decksplanations. Over the last couple of weeks we have been talking about how I approach increasing the power levels of my decks. So far we have covered the concepts of:

 

  • Solidarity – Focusing on what you do best and maximizing your chances of achieving it, removing elements that don’t advance your gameplan.
  • Durability – The ability to overcome the most common obstacles that would prevent your victory. Be difficult to stop.
  • Interactivity –  Capitalizing on interaction advantage. Be superior to your opponents in the ways that matter most and capitalize on their weaknesses.

 

As always, the information that I am presenting compliments and builds on what I have already discussed in the series. If you missed the previously posted articles I encourage you to go back and read them, if not start at the very beginning of “Decksplanations.” Today we are discussing the fourth of five parts of power: proactivity. Let it begin!
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This entry is part 3 of 14 in the series Decksplanations

Grandpa (Eric)

By Eric, AKA Grandpa Growth

 

Hello and welcome back to “Decksplanations.” Over the last couple of weeks we have been talking about how I approach increasing the power levels of my decks. So far we have covered the concepts of:

 

  • Solidarity – Focusing on what you do best and maximizing your chances of achieving it, removing elements that don’t advance your gameplan.
  • Durability – The ability to overcome the most common obstacles that would prevent your victory. Be difficult to stop.
  • Interactivity –  Capitalizing on interaction advantage. Be superior to your opponents in the ways that matter most and capitalize on their weaknesses.
  • Proactivity – Begin to pursue your game plan immediately and be able to punish opponents with slower draws and decks. Fill use disruption to preemptively disable key cards from your opponent and slow down their plan even further.

 

As always, the information that I’m presenting compliments and builds on what I’ve already discussed in the series. If you missed the previously posted articles I encourage you to go back and read them, if not start at the very beginning of “Decksplanations.” Today we are discussing the fourth of five parts of power: value. Let it begin!

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This entry is part 2 of 14 in the series Decksplanations

Grandpa (Eric)

By Eric, AKA Grandpa Growth

 

This is it. The final countdown. For the last nine articles I have been describing small pieces of my deckbuilding philosophy. Today, they will all be united. I will briefly review each of the topics that I have discussed thus far, describe how they fit into the larger puzzle of making a better deck, and I will share with you my one best tip for how to use that concept to immediately improve your decks. This is a bird’s eye view of the ideas presented in this series; the TL:DR version if you will. This barebones review couldn’t possibly contain everything you need to know about my deck building philosophy, so if you need further explanation of an idea or specific recommendations for cards to play and not play, click the section headings to link directly back to the original article for an in-depth look at that subject.

 

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