This entry is part 4 of 7 in the series Up! Your! Deck!

378127_10150441621792624_1477312954_nAgh! My deck building series is being interrupted by a theme week! Damn, well I guess I can write about keeping this Melvin guy’s decks good in a competitive meta. Who the hell is Melvin, anyway?

(Spends twenty minutes using the internet to read up on Melvin for the first time ever.)

Huh… I guess I’m Melvin.

Well, at least that should make this easier.

I've been a melvin all along? What else haven't I known... HOLY HELL I'M AN ANIME GIRL! WHAT!?!?!

I’ve been a Melvin all along? What else haven’t I known… HOLY HELL, I’M AN ANIME GIRL!? WHAT!?!?!

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Posted by William


(Note: The show is still posted, just scroll down a bit)





Hello, and welcome to “Melvin week”, our first theme week for Season 11! Why Melvin? Well, Melvin isn’t someone that really gets talked about. You hear about the three psychographics (a fancy word that really just means a type of person you market towards) of Timmy, Johnny, and Spike. We also hear about Vorthos and how something’s either rustled his jimmies or how he’s been drooling all over Theros (though personally, it doesn’t resonate with me). Vorthos is a profile, rather than a kind of audience that Wizards aims its marketing towards.


That’s not to say that Wizards doesn’t try to make flavorful cards, but those flavored cards are still geared towards Timmy players that love experiencing new and exciting things, Johnny players who love coming up with something fun and creative to do with them, and Spike players who love figuring out how to use cards to their full potential.


And then there’s Melvin. Melvin is the opposite of Vorthos, both of them occupying a spectrum of what you appreciate about the game, albeit polarized ends of said spectrum. Rather than focusing on the flavor aspect of Magic, Melvin appreciates the mechanics and the philosophy. Melvin gets that Form of the Dragon is supposed to be the player turning into the dragon, but he can’t enjoy it because all of the abilities just seem stapled together with a hot glue gun (you may need a minute to think about that one).

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