Kadar and I have both asked each other, “do you think Junk Reanimator has a shot in the current meta?” at various times recently. We both played variations of it for a few weeks when it was live, eventually giving it up when the Bant Control matches refused to stop going to time and FNMs seemed to drag on endlessly and result in draws. I eventually crawled back to Naya, and when Gatecrash hit I tried various Saito aggressive builds. Kadar went back to limited and kept coming up with wacky deck ideas and occasionally built them.
I’m a net decker. The time one needs to theorize, build, test, analyze data, rebuild, test again, etc., doesn’t exist in the life of a 33 year old man with a full time day job, rigorous art practice, and incredibly talented girlfriend (I swear she’s real). I’m telling you, it’s ok to net deck. The deck builders need people to practice their brews, right? Well that’s me. I check Top 8 deck lists on Star City Games, MTGOnline.com, and mtgo-stats.com all the time. Mtgo-stats I check probably daily. When I flip through the decks I think about which decks fit my play style (re: anything that doesn’t have counter magic) and which cards are already in my collection or are super affordable. Then I pick the deck, print out the list, build it, and show up to a tournament. Sometimes I play test on Magic Online but not always. This is a much more economical use of my time than the aforementioned building a deck from scratch strategy. Let others do the work! I just wanna smash.
Posted: March 21st, 2013 | Tagged: Column - Mattcaster Mage