This entry is part 6 of 7 in the series Up! Your! Deck!

378127_10150441621792624_1477312954_nIt’s Vorthos week on, where we take time out to talk about the guys who really just want to play their sea monster Wrexial, the Risen Deep deck and be left alone. Vorthos are players who play for the flavour of Magic, who don’t really care if their deck is winning as long as it all makes thematic sense.

Basically, they are the sort of player who would never read one of my articles.

But I love Vorthos all the same. Vorthos players make some of the most fun and hilarious decks around, and the fact that they aren’t particularly competitive means they usually have some of the best sportsmanship at the table (please note my use of the word ‘usually’ in the last sentence). Vorthos serves as great reminder to everybody that this is just a game, and we should all just relax and have fun.

But this article series isn’t about relaxing, it’s about building a stronger deck. So here is my gift to Vorthos: a list of my favourite mono-colour generals that can wipe the board out while staying totally in character.

Unfortunately, none of these generals are known to LARP. So here is a picture of Peter Dinklage doing it instead!

Unfortunately, none of these generals are known to LARP. So here is a picture of Peter Dinklage doing it instead!

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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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(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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