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Episode 377 – Aaron’s Fifteen Minutes of Fame! (Being That Guy)

We’re joined by another Kickstarter backer this week! Aaron comes on to talk about being That Guy. No no, not THAT That Guy. Not one of the bad ones. But the guy that’s been playing forever and has lots of cards and lots of decks and actually has some money to spend on the game. Some casual players frown on That Guy, which gives That Guy some kind of stigma. Aaron wants to address that stigma and help change the opinion of That Guy. That Guy might not be all bad. You might even be able to learn something from That Guy’s experiences! So don’t dump on That Guy!

Of course it’s also Magic Origins preview season! And today the last of the five double-faced Planeswalkers were revealed, so we’re going to take the last bit of the show to cover them. And the new mechanics that we haven’t talked about yet, Renown and Spell Mastery!

SCG Regionals that Brian was talking about: http://www.starcitygames.com/pages/scgop/regionalchampionships
Magic Origins Card Image Gallery: http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-image-gallery/magicorigins
Bruce Richard’s Serious Fun from this week: http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/serious-fun/if-only-it-cost-less-2015-06-23


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  1. June 30, 2015 at 12:53 am | Permalink

    Very interesting discussion. In all my years playing Magic, I’ve only very occasionally been mistaken for That Guy and even then, probably only because I had been collecting since Revised and thus happened in to some dual lands and other broken miscellany. Fortunately, I’m usually cast in the role of plucky underdog fielding the janky combo deck.

    What actually caught my attention was the quick aside about “throwing games.” While I’ve never thrown a game against strangers, there have been instances when I’ve forgone playing a winning card or combo against friends, usually when they’ve been mana screwed, had bad draws, or just started slow generally. Sometimes, this has even resulted in me going on to lose the game, which hasn’t really bothered me.

    I’ve never really reflected on the morality of this practice before, but in poker it’d be called “soft play” which is against the rules in card rooms, and bad etiquette even in a friendly game. Anyone else have thoughts on whether this applies in a game like Magic?

    • June 30, 2015 at 11:57 am | Permalink

      I have “soft-played” opponents before, but only in very particular situations. Basically, if my perception of the game is that they’re totally outclassed, they have no idea they’re outclassed, and literally the only way for me to lose is to throw the game, then I’ll play softly to give them more time to do stuff and make the back-and-forth of the game seem more even. I try to restrict my suboptimal choices as much as possible to either plays involving hidden information or plays that I don’t think the opponent can see based on the impression I get of their experience and playing skill/style.

      I do feel bad when I do it, because I know I’m not being honest. I admit I’ve done it at least once or twice in a sanctioned match, but it made me so uncomfortable (for impacting both the integrity of the tournament and my opponent’s experience and education) that I decided to keep it only as an option of last resort for a friendly game with someone I don’t know very well.

  2. June 30, 2015 at 10:10 pm | Permalink

    I was going to post a detailed reply, but I was so inspired by the ‘cast that I decided to do a blog post on it. Yes, I am also that Casual player!

    As my wife and I are one of THOSE couples, we fully understand what it is like to be the ones with thousands of cards and hundreds of decks.

    We’ve found that tailoring the power level of your decks to your playgroups is a good way to ensure harmony. We know certain players barely play, while others have been playing since Alpha… Know Your Audience, so to speak 🙂

    A very enjoyable listen, as always.

  3. June 30, 2015 at 10:12 pm | Permalink

    Oh, my wife also brought up another point that I missed:
    Multiplayer is a great equalizer – overly powerful decks can cause others to gang up on them, or interesting interactions and increase or decrease a decks effectiveness

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