I know it's hard to notice, but the title of this article is supposed to be to the tune of the theme song from "Smokey and the Bandit". It sounds funny in my head, but in execution it turned out pretty stupid...ANYWAY.
Today, and for the next few days I want to talk about some Magic variants I have thrown together that were inspired by my new favorite game: Dominion. If you have been reading the last couple of articles I have written, you know that time is a major factor in my gaming life. Simply put, I barely have any. With little time to play and even less time to deck build I have settled on playing Dominion more often than Magic because you build a deck as you play. My goals was to transpose the greatest mechanic in the world from Dominion, into the greatest game in the world; Magic.
My first concotion that will be featured today I call:
It is a little farther removed from Dominion than some of my other ideas, but it seems like a lot of fun. It gives you the oppertunity to build a deck while you play and uses elements of several awesome formats. This weekend I plan on testing the format with my newly built Cube (the list therof I will be posting within the next few days as well.)
With this format I tried as hard as I could to distance Live Rotisserie Draft from Dominion, while keeping the elements of live deckbuilding that makes Dominion so much fun for those with little time to play and less time to build.
One of my favorite parts (no secret) of Magic, is the deckbuilding aspect of the game. Being a parent of 3 (soon 4) I have very little time to do just that, so my Magic "career" has screeched to a hault as of late. My munchkins are much too young to learn to play the game and they want to hang out with me. I spend far more time these days reading "A Pocket for Corduroy" and "Miss Nelson is Missing" than I do playing or building for any sort of game. Recently I was introduced to the game of Dominion by some of my gamer friends and instantly fell in love. The game has you BUILDING A DECK WHILE YOU PLAY! Thats right, my favorite part of Magic has been added as an intigral part of the gameplay itsself of a card game.
Anyone who enjoys limited play will surely enjoy dominion. Its alot like Rotisserie Drafting while you play, and the ability to customize your deck to respond to what it lacks is a fantastically fun dynamic.
I am currently working on desgining a variant for Magic that allows the same kind of freedom and that promotes deckbuilding skills almost as much or more than the playskill of the Magic player. I have 2 different ideas in the works which I plan on posting later this week or early next.
Untill next time, I suggest you give Dominion a shot and...
Use YOUR shoes as counters,
I talked about EDH a lot lately because its pretty much the only format I have the opportunity to play, not having a consistent playgroup and all, but today I would like to talk about another format that makes me super excited to give it a try.
After seeing the guys on the WOTC site Rotisserie Draft a set (Lorwyn i think), I really wanted to try the format out. It seems making good first pick in Rotisserie is a difficult task with all 200+ cards to choose from in a large set. I set out to get a complete MTG set and ended up choosing Time Spiral. It is one of the best new(er) sets and has a lot of fun older cards in the timeshifted set that I already owned so it wasn't hard to complete the set.
A couple of years later and I still have not drafted with the set, but I do have some ideas on how to draft well in a Rotisserie.
1. Figure out what the most powerful color was in the set you are drafting. In Time Spiral limited, I remember red being extremely powerful. With Bogardan Hellkite, Rift Bolt, Kher Keep and a bunch of other bombs, red seems like a solid first choice. However don't rely on this too much as people will catch on to your strategy and start hate drafting your color.
2. Know the value of the cards in the set. While card value isn't a game mechanic, it will often tell you which cards are pretty good. Any card that maintains a value over $5 online tends to be a strong card. Bogardan Hellkite is always a good card to have in a deck, as is Akroma, Angel of Wrath and Psionic Blast.
3. Removal is always good. Take removal as high picks in any drafting situation. Even Eternity Snare is a good card in draft. Heck it even replaces itself.
4. Never stick to a single strategy if you are hosed so much its no longer viable. If someone hates you out of the deck you are trying to build, go for something else. Use the good cards you have already as a splash in a different deck and let go of the original plan you had. If you can't do this, you will end up with a sub-par deck.
That's all I have time for today, I hope to have a permanent playgroup soon so I can report some ACTUAL experience with this format, but until then...
Use YOUR shoes as counters!
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.