the way i play magic the gathering casually is that my deck isn't competitive or anything, i'll put things in because they're funny or w/e, but the moment the cards hit the table i want nothing more than your head on a plate. i'm going to take my deck and be as ruthless as i possibly can with it
@monorail I feel like if I knew the Magic meta better this might change, but: in a very general sense, I would absolutely include a stall and use it to stall if I thought it was my best chance to win, and I would think it was hilarious the whole time.
@The_T the thing about magic is that
(everything i'm about to say has a big "WELL, BASICALLY" attached to it, there are always exceptions, but y'know)
one every turn you can play a land, and every turn you can get one mana out of each of your lands, and you use all that mana to actually do stuff
most of the ways you can mess with your opponent's things don't work on lands, so in general the later in the game you are, the more mana you have to do stuff with
worldslayer is an exception, it destroys everything on the table including everyone's lands, basically resetting everyone back to turn 1. but it's actually worse than that because everyone's probably already played the lands they drew at the beginning of the game and don't have any left to play, so the game grinds to a halt as everyone has to wait to draw more lands before they can do anything
@The_T funny in an "ok everyone buckle in, we'll be dealing with the consequences of this for three hours" kind of way
@monorail this is basically why I cut all the fun tax/stax cards from my [[alesha, who smiles at death]] edh deck - I kept thinking "well I could try to advance my boardstate, but probably lose to the UG player with twice as many lands as me,, or I could reanimate [[Hokori, Dust Drinker]] again
Alesha, Who Smiles at Death - https://scryfall.com/card/2x2/101/alesha-who-smiles-at-death?utm_source=api
Hokori, Dust Drinker - https://scryfall.com/card/bok/7/hokori-dust-drinker?utm_source=api
@monorail this is how I try to even the playing field in any casual match (not ranked or prepping for ranked) where I feel like I have an advantage. It's disrespectful to my opponent to not play as hard as I can, but I don't want to beat someone so badly they don't get a chance to learn. Plus I enjoy thinking my way out of a disadvantageous position a lot more than crushing someone
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