How can I get attention to the decks I make?

Modern forum

Posted on July 8, 2019, 10:20 a.m. by Snowmen1

Hey, I'm not sure if I'm asking in right place or not, but Im wondering if there is anything I could be doing to get more attention to the modern decks I make. I'm pretty new to tappedout. Ive used it for years, but only recently have started posting. I try to make unique decks around cards I like, and I spend a lot of time making them, but they don't seem to get any attention. I really want feedback to try to make the best deck possible, but no one is really interested apparently. I'm just wondering if there is anything else I could be doing besides just deck cycling that can make my decks stand out so people can see them. Also, on a somewhat related note, are there any communities dedicated to brewing modern decks here?

Boza says... #2

Feature tokens are great at promoting a deck. You get a lot more eyeballs than simply deck cycling.

July 8, 2019 10:44 a.m.

Hey. First of all, welcome here on T/O :)

To help you get visibility, the best is to :

  • either start a thread in the appropriate section of the forum asking for help/feedback (basically what you did here but with a description and a link to your decklist instead)

  • or to 'Deckcycle' your build. When you are on your deck page, there is a button called 'Deckcycle' in the list on the left. When you click it, it will promote the list to the website's homepage. However, this option is free and limited to 3 times a day. Everyone can do it, so your deck will quickly disappear in the flood.

There is another way to promote your deck, which is 'Feature Queue', but I think you need some sort of token to do so that you get when you become a paying member (see the colored name? ;) ) or when you buy them. This option gives you access to the dedicated blue 'rectangle' on the top of the homepage and your list will be there for a longer period than with the deckcycle option.

Otherwise, go and post your lists on various websites/forums (Reddit, MTG Salvation, MTG Goldfish) and eventually people will notice them - provided that they truly are original.


July 8, 2019 10:50 a.m.

Epoch made a long-winded help guide on getting more attention, back when he was still active in tappedout.

Link to his help guide

It should have some useful advice in there somewhere.

July 8, 2019 11:17 a.m.

KibaAlpha says... #5

A catchy deck name is a huge help especially if it plays off of the commanders ability.

July 8, 2019 11:23 a.m.

PepsiAddicted says... #6

all the above but in short: catchy name + funny pic + usefull description. the decklist itself is the last thing that matters ;)

if you dont have those 3 even tokens wont get u anywhere. didnt look at epochs guide but im sure its good

never spam ur deck on other ppls sites as in "hey im Fred, cool list but check out my version XXX"

July 8, 2019 12:41 p.m. Edited.

Snowmen1 says... #7

Hey thanks for the feedback. I didnt get any notifications that anyone replied...dont know what that is about. I have been deck cycling, but I only get one a day, so I cant promote multiple lists. I try to make cool names, but more often than not I get excited about a concept and just slap a name on it to get the idea down. To get constructive criticism on my lists, I think deck help may be the way to go, but Im wary about just putting my deck there and asking what people think for fear of abusing it. Sometimes I have specific problems that I'd ask about, but otherwise I don't know how to ask for help on an otherwise pretty refinee build. I guess I could just ask for suggestions for my lists. Ill look at the guide to see what else I can do. also something to note: I dont spam my lists in other peoples deck lists, but often Id link a deck that I made that is similar to avoid having long winded comments. Like Id say "in my deck I played X, and there are many reasons why I chose it which you can see on my list description, but the main purpose/reason I included it is..." Is that fine? anyways, thanks for the tips, so far they've been very helpful.

July 8, 2019 6:56 p.m.

Sarkhan420X says... #8

make sure to keep deckcycling the deck you want feedback on every day, and you can also make a post in the deck help forum. unfortunately, using a feature token isn't very effective. someone else always uses their own token soon after anyway, and then your deck won't be featured anymore. it always seems to be the same few people hogging the featured spot even though they already have tens of thousands of views anyway. kinda irritating actually.

July 8, 2019 11:56 p.m.

just use forums for help with your deck and such. you get a lot more attention that way.

July 30, 2019 8:09 p.m.

kamarupa says... #10

The first thing is definitely the deck name. Something witty helps get people to view your deck, but after they click on it, you want them to actually comment. There are things that can make people leave right away without commenting - for example, naming your deck something like Pharaoh's Throne without having a copy of Throne of the God-Pharaoh . Having a lengthy description that's very dense usually doesn't help either nor does having no description at all.

It's often kind of a popularity contest to get comments and upvotes, and that doesn't equate to a deck's viability at all.

Good descriptions help quite a bit. What I look for in a description is immediate clarity on what the deck is trying to do, which is best to keep very simple - something like: Elf tribal prototype: Elvish Archdruid + Banefire . That said, I think a lot of people judge proverbial books by their covers. If you add a snappy image behind your deck, include videos and all that stuff, it seems to garner interest. That said, I find all that stuff gaudy and it usually makes it a lot harder to read.

Don't use custom categories - they just make it harder for people to pinpoint potentially problematic issues.

Just because a deck is an original brew doesn't mean it's interesting or good. MTG isn't just about creativity, it's also about one's ability to measure effectiveness. There are a lot of crazy possibilities out there, but most of them are quite convoluted/complicated, and often even unnecessary. Lifegain, for example, has a stigma of being a dead-end mechanic. So a lot of people might click on a lifegain deck, see nothing exciting or new or especially viable, and then move on without commenting. Another great example are decks like Exquisite Blood + Sanguine Bond . It just isn't likely such a combo is ever going to hit the battlefield. So while such a combo is very powerful in theory, most experienced mtg players know it's not really viable, and so many people will be unlikely to bother commenting or upvoting.

My #1 piece of advice is to pay very close attention during spoiler seasons. Brew with new cards as quickly as you can - there's usually a lot of interest in exploiting new cards and that will definitely help garner interest in your decks.

The biggest problem, though, has little to do with you, and more to do with popularity of formats. If you go into your settings, you can suppress formats from showing up on the mainpage feed. If you set it to show only Modern format decks, you'll see that very few people are deckcycling Modern decks. The most popular format seems to be EDH, so it seems logical to assume more people are going to comment, upvote, and critique EDH decks.

I'm pretty sure that Feature Tokens add your deck to the day's feature cycle. That is, your token isn't wasted if someone else uses theirs. I'm not 100% on how it works, but I usually don't click on featured decks anyway.

August 19, 2019 5:01 p.m.

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