Sunday, July 24, 2011

Recent Magic Tournament Results

I've been playing a lot of Magic: The Gathering lately, if you haven't noticed by the increase in Magic-related posts here on Outsyder Gaming. In the last few months, I've come to a few realizations about the game:


  • I don't really like Standard anymore. Gone are the days when I could put together a decent deck for less than a hundred bucks and make top eight with it at FNM. Budget decks have always been tough to make work, but nowadays they are just so sorely outclassed that it just doesn't seem worth the effort. You either sink tons of cash into the format, you don't play at all, or you get used to losing a lot.
  • Legacy, while much more expensive to get into, is actually less expensive over the long haul. Similar to Warhammer 40K, in the legacy format you dump a lot of cash on the game when you first get started but you don't have to make major investments after that.
  • Limited formats (draft and sealed deck) are much better options for me. Since I stopped playing (back when I was running a budget Gruul deck and making top eight consistently) and started back (with budget decks that get me 1-2-drop performances consistently), I've had the following results at tournaments:
Limited
4/1/2011: Win, Win, Loss, Win, Finished 2nd
5/6/2011: Loss, Loss, Drop (Bad night...)
6/3/2011: Win, Loss, Win, Win, Finished 3rd
7/17/2011: Win, Win, Win, Win, Finished 2nd

Constructed
5/29/2011: Win, Loss, Drop (Time constraints... wanted to keep playing...)
6/12/2011: Win, Loss, Draw, Loss, Finished 10th
7/3/2011: Loss, Win, Loss, Drop
7/22/2011: Loss, Win, Loss, Drop

Total for Limited: 10 wins, 4 losses, three out of four top eights
Total for Constructed: 4 wins, 7 losses, 1 draw, zero top eights

So the big question is this: Do I fork out the money for these $20+ mythic rares, or do I just suck it up and expect losses in constructed tournaments? 

Eventually, I'm sure I'll start forking out the money... even if I'm just selling off cards to get the new hotness. For now, though, I think I'm going to hang back and stick to limited for a while.
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