What defines you on Tappedout?
Posted on April 20, 2017, 8:54 p.m. by Crayfish
Anywhere I go, I like to be known for something. Whether I'm the guy who posts famous quotes on item rename sites, or the guy who tries stupid combos in video games, it's always satisfying to be defined by something. So my question is what defines you here? Is it one specific deck? Is it a set of related decks or challenge decks? Is it your activity in comments and forums? What makes YOU stand out here?
I think most people know I'm a huge hip-hop head. Also people probably tire of hearing me preach the gospel of the lord and savior Niv Mizzet.
I guess that's what I'm known for, that and talking too damn much. Lol
April 20, 2017 10:40 p.m.
I'm known as a good trade partner. A decent if sometimes unorthodoxed commander builder. And for having too many commander decks (currently have 22 built and sleeved up with 3 currently in construction. I play on Saturdays for 5+ hours and usually play each game with a different deck (unless I get real bad draws or ran over quickly due to some one getting real good draws). Which reminds me I need to post my newer decks.
April 21, 2017 7:22 a.m.
I like to build way out there competitive decks. They might not always beat the top tier decks but they give them a run for their money. Right now I'm a running a 4c copy cat deck. Except it's running 10 possible infinite combos in it. Standard legal :)
April 21, 2017 8:12 a.m.
I think it's by helping any Commander player with deckbuilding by building resources like MagicalHacker - List of All Draw Cards (Steady) and decks to explore underplayed themes like Get a Clue! (Or Maybe Nine), and by theory crafting one on one with players to help them find cards and build a sweet deck like I did for Lantern Control in Commander?.
So basically, I am the helpful one. Oh and also, I might be known for always challenging others to design or build crazy cards/decks, like in Let's build some more tribal decks!.
April 21, 2017 9:11 a.m.
I find the challenge to identify what defines me difficult because I don't feel that my definition is determined by myself alone and I don't fully understand how to correctly interpret others' reactions towards myself personally in an environment where the focus seems to be on a game more so than on individual people.
I can still make a "best guess". Here goes.
My unimpressive T/O rank, unflashy username, lack of upgraded status, and less than ubber haxor style home page and deck pages defy the number of years that I have been around on the site.
I started out with prototypes of commander decks while I was still in college and not yet up for taking the plunge and investing in cards just yet. I believe that at this time, while I was far more active and I had a better rank etc., I was mainly known for making decks using cards that I didn't in fact own. Yikes ...
So then I finished school and started working so that I could afford actual cards. I became slightly distinguished for a brief moment on the commander front right before it hit a much more competitive mode, being slightly known for a few particular builds and stories behind them but not necessarily popular or distinguished, just "emerging". At this time, I did some minor trading involving cards that generally were valued at or below the cost of shipping them. I was reliable in this way, using tracking and whatnot (however, I fear that at least a time or two I underestimated the importance of stringent analysis of lightly played vs near mint valued cards - yikes).
Then, things in life got rocky and I started reacting to some of the raunchy talk and whatnot which resulted in lots of retaliation from a small peanut gallery. At this time, the game took an all-around more competitive tone that I did not keep up with, while still refusing to trade away my EDH singles that had gained value to people indicating particular interest in them as the number of decks I was running expanded well beyond the norm with a continuing refusal to let go of any deck projects that I started for the purpose of trade.
Now I find it most to my liking to mostly keep to myself, enjoying my cards and the many game-play enhancing features of this site more or less quietly. At times I will have a streak of card suggestions or deck comments, typically related to a specific deck style that I am currently running and very interested in myself. In this way, I feel I am known mostly for giving too many +1s too freely and not actually being the voice among the many to be the one to heed in particular (yikes). Generally, if a playtest I conduct results in any kind of possible indication of a particular weakness, I believe that my results are regarded as the likely product of misplaying in some way (yikes) and people generally become surprised to hear that I have ever won anything at all even though my DCI number does show that this kind of craziness has been known to happen now and then (YIKES)(but in no way consistently).
I think the verdict may be that my budget choices are either the result of not being able to afford to play real MTG (so why don't I give up those choice singles already - geez) - or ignorance of obvious cards to include in lists (so why don't I give up those choice singles already - geez)
Yeah, things are more competitive around here than they were when I first started but I think that is true of the game as a whole so it makes sense. I'm still here, doing my own thing. I am quite able to sustain my own interest in the game and this site helps me keep up with the latest just through reading without necessarily generating any notoriety about it.
April 21, 2017 10:20 a.m.
I'd like to think that i'm known by my brews. Whenever a new set is spoiled I instantly brew with every interesting card.
April 21, 2017 4:50 p.m.
That's a really thought-provoking question, Crayfish ... thanks for asking!
I frankly have no idea what I'm actually know for.
Hopefully though, it's for ...
- Giving thoughtful deck advice that doesn't make assumptions about the recipient's meta/playstyle/budget/etc.
- Building a sense of community for folks who are passionate about the same quirky things I am (e.g., Werewolves, Zada, Hedron Grinder / Mirrorwing Dragon, and Rith the Awakener).
- Politely but firmly pushing for inclusive language in every thread I host.