|And at decks like Matteo's MonoGreen at the table next to me. Damn!|
In other places in Europe though, there has been some voices raised about the perceived dominance of The Deck in the last couple of weeks. The Deck took five spots in the top8 at the European Eternal Weekend, as well as five spots in the top8 at Ovino XI. This has in turn led to some resentment towards The Deck, and new rallies for restrictions. And in some cases animosity towards The Deck players. In a few of the discussions, it kinda resembles the rallying against aggro players in the mid 90s, when beatdown players were often considered less skilled or "too stupid" to play control decks. Here, it is more like The Deck players are lacking creativity, or have a negative impact on the ambience at tournaments by playing a deck that is against the casual spirit of the format. So I'll use my soap box here to state my opinions on the matter.
It could be interesting to note I've played this format for almost 10 years and own all the cards needed to play The Deck, but I've never sleeved it up myself. So this is from a pure "player who plays against The Deck"-perspective.
Some people say that The Deck should be nerfed as it isn't "fun". That's an odd statement. Who are we to judge what other people think is fun? Would it be more fun if Nether Void Ponza or Stasis were the most played decks? Sean O'Brien might argue that. What if Sligh were tier1? Maybe David Price would love it, but most people would hate getting burned out by 3-4 Sligh decks in a row. Distress or Parfait? Creatureless TaxEdge? I guess that we just dislike tier1, regardless of what that might be.
|Michi Doná's sweet Parfait from Fishliver Oil Cup.|
|Hardy's The Machine from Fishliver Oil Cup.|
|"The absolute best way to play Magic." -Åland at n00bcon 6|
That said, here's my guide on how to play against The Deck. We basically have three options:
1. Play cards that beat it, practice, and get a favorable matchup.
2. Accept that you will lose most of the time but try to have fun anyway.
3. Do not play against it.
Number one is fairly easy as deck building goes, but might not go hand in hand with a pet deck strategy. You might have to shift decks for this to work well. (E.g. The Aisling Leprechaun deck will probably never beat The Deck).
Number two is a little harder, as that one requires a more casual mindset. Still doable.
Number three is super easy. If you really get upset playing against The Decks in tournaments, you don't have to do it. You could just scoop. If two people does that, you two could spend the round playing against each other for fun, and the control players could play The Deck mirror for fun. All it will cost you is a match loss.
The Deck haters vs. The Deck players is a weird divide. I know that most of you guys reading this blog haven't been a part of the discussions on Facebook or elsewhere, but I want to state that I think that The Deck is an important pile of cards. Most players play it because they think it's fun and nostalgic. It is and always will be an important part of old school Magic. There will always be tier one decks, and I think that we should be happy that one of the best decks in the format is an interactive one that gives both players a lot of options (even though it plays a lot of broken cards).
|Michelle Maggi's ControlMonolith from Fishliver Oil Cup. Easily top3 most awe-inspiring bling decks I've ever seen.|
|Luca Giannecchini's UR CounterBurn. 1st place.|
|Liam Bertz's UWrb Control/Skies. 2nd place.|
|Marco Isidori's Lestree Zoo. 3-4th place.|
|Francesco Delfino's Nether Void Ponza. 3-4th place.|
|Mario Delucis's BRu Troll Disco. 5-8th place.|
|Mg's Gonzo. 5-8th place.|
|Berlin's TwiddleVault. 5-8th place.|
|Andrea Braida's UBRW Sweetstuff. 5-8th place.|
Other news around the world:
- Stephen Menendian has posted another part in his old school magic epic at VintageMagic. This one is about how to approach restricted lists. A great read, check it out!
- We have another old school blag in the blogosphere! Gael from france has recently started up his Time Walking blog. Regarding the B&R discussions, it should be interesting to check out his recent post about Mishra's Factory.
- Danny Friedman's Understanding Ancestral Recall blag has been updated with a new tournament report from The Festival of the Pit. Winning deck plays zero power cards.
- At the Wizard's Tower blag, we have a new report from an old school gathering at a pub next to GP Providence. Next week, we'll go Rashomon style again and show another witness from that same tournament at this blog, so make sure to check out Wizard's Tower first to get your stories straight.