So, in my previous post of an old article I wrote, 5-Color magic was a very different beast than it is today. That article is actually written about a format now known as 250 Magic, and is listed as such here on WOOBERG. Not so long ago, 5-Color MTG underwent a MAJOR face lift and isn't the same beast it once was. I think it has become a better format overall, but there was a large following that did not and decided to branch off and create 250 Magic.
Sometimes, when I write about a variant format, I will have a ‘totem card’ for that article. I feel it gives me a good way to pull everyone into an article. Even though everyone will not be familiar with certain cards, they can be REALLY playable and REALLY good in the right format. For my stint here at WOOBERG.com, I want to open people’s eyes to some un-played “jank” cards that actually become playable, if not GOOD in other formats. Defining a card as good or not is something we all do, it tells us about the set it came from, and usually about the next deck you will build (if you liked it enough and have/can get enough copies). The totem card will not only usually be featured in the article, but will have something to do with what is good or fun in the format and not in many others. So without further ado, today’s totem card…
In the world of alternative formats, huge decks with loads of cards have always been fun to me. I love a challenge, and gigantic decks create a challenge in both build and play strategy. This is why 5-Color magic is an absolute blast to play. With a minimum deck size of 250 cards, and 20 of each color required during construction a few things are king.
For example, in the average deck, we can likely assume any player will be playing with [card]Harrow[/card]. A spectacular land fetch card and easy on the pocket book. If you have a Harrow in your deck, you can easily deal six damage to each player without losing a card for it. And, even if you have 0 of the same cards that any opponents have in a deck you can still use it as a repeatable discard to a spellshaper or other discard effect.
That’s all the time we have for today, so until next time...
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Moderator of WOOBERG.net, the Encyclopedia of Magic Variant formats, Shoe has been playing MTG since mid to late 1994, He acquired the nickname ‘Shoe’ through a stupid joke made during a MTG game about the Chimpokomon episode of South Park. He loves MTG and gaming in general and hopes to work designing games one day. He plays mostly with his 6 year old daughter these days, but multi-player, and weird formats are his preference.