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Colors: A CPA Special Report
By Mark Ortego
Hi All,
As promised, I'm writing a report on the Color polls I had set up in the "Voting Forum". Let's go through, real quick, the terminology I'm going to use. Remember high school math? The "mean", "median" and "mode"? No? Okay, here's how I'm using them:

The mean=I took the number of participants and divided them up for each category (there were five) and established where the mean was (mostly at 8). A dashed line will indicate the mean.

The median=I took the number of participants and divided it by two and claiming the almsot exact division as the median (like a median strip on the road). A "M" will indicate the median.

The mode=I looked at each color and determined the mode as the category with the highest "spike", in only one case was there a "Bi-Modal" spike. A "D" will indicate the mode.

Lo=Love__Li=Like__Ok=Okay__DL=Don't Like__H=Hate

Let's start with "Black" here's the grid:
(There were 40 participants)
13..............D
12....x.........x
11....x.........x
10....x....x....x
9.....x....x....x
8-----x----M----x------mean
7.....x....x....x
6.....x....x....x
5.....x....x....x
4.....x....x....x
3.....x....x....x....x
2.....x....x....x....x....x
1.....x....x....x....x....x
......Lo...Li...OK...DL...H
the "x's" represent the votes counted toward each category.

The mean was at 8, the mode was at the "OK" and the median was near the top of "Like". What does this all mean?
Well, I think that of the people that voted, generally liked black. I voted for "Ok" because I just don't DO black that often and I haven't been bothered by it either. I also think that had more people voted, we would've seen a general trend toward this finding. To the two who voted "Hate", I have found out that people who DO hate black, REALLLY hate it! Good for you for sticking to your ground.
From a curve of distribution, this poll was a bit skewed to the left, eh?

Blue (43 participants)
12....D
11....x
10....x
9-----x---------------mean------
8.....x.........x....x....x
7.....x....x....x....x....x
6.....x....x....x....x....x
5.....x....x....x....x....x
4.....x....x....x....x....x
3.....x....x....M....x....x
2.....x....x....x....x....x
1.....x....x....x....x....x
......Lo...Li...OK...DL...H

Okay, Blue, this one didn't surprise me at all. This is almost even across the board. I hated to play against Blue, at first, then I started to appreciate it as THE best color in Magic. But I know a great many who do NOT like Blue and never will. Again, I think that if more people had voted, we would continue to see this "even" trend.

Green (41 participants)
18....D
17....x
16....x
15....x
14....x
13....x
12....x....x
11....x....x
10....x....x
9.....x....x
8-----x----x----x-------mean-----
7.....x....x....x
6.....x....x....x
5.....x....x....x
4.....x....x....x
3.....x....M....x
2.....x....x....x.........x
1.....x....x....x....x....x
......Lo...Li...OK...DL...H
Okay, first, whointhehell were the two who voted "Hate"!!!??? Green is by far thee most "Beloved" color (mind you, I did not say greatest or bestest color ) in all of Magicdom. It pleased me, to no end, to see Green get this standing ovation. It is the "mother" to all things of good nature like Lions and Tigers and Bears, oh my! Not mindless death machines or creepy goblins or even ugly sea creatures, bleech! (I don't "dis" White, so don't ask!)
On this graph, though, I am not sure that if more people had voted, we would see this trend continue. Green gets the "Bad Rap", alot! Only recently has it started to become in a more favorable light with the pro-players (U/G/B or U/G/R, etc...). It certainly IS a casual color, so the voting being as skewed as it was, is no real surprise here at the CPA .

Red (41 Participants)
14....D
13....x.........x
12....x.........x
11....x.........x
10....x.........x
9.....x....x....x
8-----x----x----x-----mean-----
7.....x....M....x
6.....x....x....x
5.....x....x....x
4.....x....x....x....x
3.....x....x....x....x
2.....x....x....x....x
1.....x....x....x....x....x
......Lo...Li...OK...DL...H
Man, people like their Red. For a good while, no one had voted "Hate" for Red. I think Red is Okay. Foe me, it's kinda like Black, I don't really play it and I haven't been really burned by it (get it? "Burned"? ). I was surprised at how skewed this graph was, I mean, I think because it's rarely a MAIN color in a deck (except for Sligh, I'm not Stupid, Sparky!), I would've thought this would be a more even color. Oh well, let's go on.

White (39 participants. Humph, wusamattawityou!? Did ya forget to vote all five colors or what? Isn't White good enough for you to vote on? OY!)
9.....D..............D
8-----x----x---------x----mean----
7.....x....x....x....x
6.....x....x....x....x....x
5.....x....x....x....x....x
4.....x....x....x....x....x
3.....x....x....M....x....x
2.....x....x....x....x....x
1.....x....x....x....x....x
......Lo...Li...OK...DL...H
Hmmmmm, White did surprise me here. I thought there would've been alot of white supporters. White is a rather impressive color, whether it's mixed with Green, Blue or mono, it's the grand daddy of mass destruction such as Armageddon & Wrath of God, and has some of the best spot removal in the game being the color of Swords to Plowshares & Disenchant. And the chart was near even, with TWO modes!

Summary:I think Green gets the nod for the most liked color of those who participated in the poll and Blue/White get thumbs up for being liked as much as disliked (I like even distributions). I would be willing to bet that Black/Red is probably the most favored "Coupled Colors" (ie B/R decks).
Remember, this was an un-scientifc poll with not enough people participating to get a truly accurate feel for the color outcomes. Now, if this could be a national voting poll where like a 1,000 people voted (EVENLY!!!!!meaning: didn't forget to vote on a color! ), then I think that it would be more accurate.
Hey, it's up for debate. Whaddaya think? What color got the shaft and what color got too many accolades? And how many of you just didn't bother to vote?
Thanks for reading, and Thanks for you who participated!

This is Mark Ortego
aka Yellowjacket (CPA Boards)
aka Killer Joe (WizCo. Boards)

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