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I face this all the time. I wander around from LGS to LGS looking for a game or five. It is always fascinating to see the competitiveness vs casualness. Additionally, watching the dynamics of "who does what to whom" is also entertaining. To a point.
I have 3 decks, a Scion of the Ur-Dragon (Five Color - Dragon Tribal); a Krenko, Mob Boss (Mono-red Goblin Tribal - Burn); and a Tajic, Blade of the Legion (RW Soldiers with Dragons and Angel Air Support).
Scion is a streaky deck, but I really love using it. I tried NOT to build it in a conventional manner:
. My fiancee calls it Scaly Bungholes (she uses a**holes).
Krenko is a glass cannon. Light the fuse and BOOM!
Tajic I am still looking at playing.
I get blown up a lot when I play Scion. Seems like someone, somewhere, somehow built a Scion deck which butt-hurt the universe. All at once. As such, my own build has gotten leaner and meaner, with fewer gimmicks, just mean things. I adjust how I utilize the deck, based on how the table plays out. Folks are laid back, I play laid back. Folks get aggro, I blow people up. Fair's fair, yanno.
Ultimately, in my opinion, it boils down to building your deck the way you want, then being able to switch gears based on the playstyles at the table. Some players will not table talk, or joke around. They are playing a four to six player game as seriously as they would a one on one game for the World's Championship. Good on them. Others are there to flop cards, and try to pull off the janky combo they built the deck to pull off. Others are playing like it is a game of Diplomacy, gotta win and win big.
I am not knocking any of these folks. They are playing to have fun, just like I am. They just define fun differently.
Here's my advice, and it's worth exactly what you are paying for it.
Build your deck. Make it exactly the way you want it, with how you want it to run.
Don't expect anyone you play against to have a mindset similar to yours. They won't.
Adjust HOW you run your deck, based on the playgroup. Just because you have Scion on the table with 4 untapped mana, does not MEAN you need to use him to Copy Moltensteel Dragon and Skittles. You CAN, but will it enhance the overall game? Same with attacking and eliminating the weakest player first. How much fun is that for the mana-screwed guy who had a bad shuffle?
Expect nothing. Sit down and play.
It's a game, not a tournament. You didn't pay to sit down, and winning just means you won the game, losing doesn't mean anything else.
Don't question someone else's strategies. They play their style. You play yours. Trying to convince them that their style is wrong just alienates you from them.
Don't META. If you play a guy in one game and he beats you with a janky combo, next time you sit down be aware of what he did, but for the love of all that's holy don't make this game about what he did last game. Play each game independently.
Do wonky fun things. Your decks DO NOT need to be "light the fires and kick the tires" racer decks. Throw in a strange combo that makes people go "WTF Is THAT?"
Did I mention having fun? Keep the mood light. Tell jokes. Use humor. This ain't life and death. Unless of course IT IS. Then you are in the wrong place. Don't be Christopher Walken in "The Deer Hunters."
Play with courtesy, grace and humility. Say please and thank you. Ask to see cards. Announce your phases and allow for responses. Don't play slushy (running all of your actions together). Saying things like "I am going infinite now." don't allow your opponents to react.
Are infinite combos necessary? I dunno. They do cause a bit of confusion. Having one in deck, does not mean you NEED to use it every game.
Ignore all I have said. Like I mention, my advice is worth what you paid for it.
Be awesome to one another.
April 15, 2017 10:56 a.m.
Here is my deck.
Objective is to be able to fit into a casual play table, or pull off the gloves and go competitive.