I write because I donít know what I think until I read what I say.
Another unplanned one...
I've discovered something, I think, and please, all of you, don't take this the wrong way. I appreciate very much the opportunity to write these articles. This is something I've always wanted to do, and in many ways this is a dream come true for me.
But doing it once a week is HARD! Keeping it fresh and lively without repeatedly hammering away at the same old subjects is getting tougher and tougher, and I fear I'm starting to lose that battle.
In some ways, it's even harder on the Bulletin Board, where just this last week someone called me on another rehash of an already covered subject. My comment was on topic, and different than what I had said earlier, but because the subject has been talked to death here I think that maybe it wasn't as effective as I had hoped it would be.
So be it.
I've noticed a tremendous increase in our membership lately. Welcome, to all of you. We're glad to have you aboard.
I've noticed something else, too.
The decks section of the BB has never seen this much use before. Now, granted, it's a real nice thing to have deck construction specialists among us, willing to share their "tech" with the unwashed masses, but is this a good thing?
Is this a "Casual" thing?
I had always thought that the greater percentage of us preferred to use decks of our own designs, and that part of the thrill of this game is watching a deck you made yourself, sans "tech", outperform the latest killer design.
I can't tell you how much fun it was watching my "Pony Deck" (Sacred Mesa, Mana Flare, Shivans and Wraths) take apart the metagame a couple years ago, back when the "tech" decks were Oath, Jank, 5CB, and Tradewindageddon.
I usually lost to Deadguy varients though, unless my sideboard came through big time.
The point is, for me, it was a lot more fun to do it that way than it would have been to play a pre-made, pre-constructed, killer design. It was something I had made myself, and, because it was so radically different from everything else out there people were always gathered around the table where I was playing, checking it out.
It was cool.
I think that is the essence of what it is to be a casual player in a tournament. To show up with a rogue deck that plays every bit as good as a more widely publicized design. To be original, yet competitive. To help a newbie with their deck, or their game, before, during, or after the tourney.
And, of course, to have fun while we're there, win or lose.
That is what it means to me to be a casual tournament player.
TomB on the CPA BB
"I do not teach. I simply reveal."
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