TaKtiX: Jeremiah Uselton

Malexin has been playing CCGs for a long time. At GenCon Indy 2004 he slew the Warlord Madusan Lord Raath. Since then he has been involved in promoting standards of play within the Warlord community, working as a commentator, tournament organiser and occasional ambassador.

Thursday, June 08, 2006

On the Topic of Public Decklists

Throughout the history of Warlord there has been quite the arguement about whether the top placing decks at major tournamnets should be made public knowledge. I'm of the opinion that these decks should be made public and have typically posted my tournament decks as part of a tournament report. There are arguements made by those who oppose the posting of the placing decks. However, those arguements tend to end up grouped together in the same old hat arguement of "I made this deck, its my deck and I'm not going to share it because its mine". While all well and good the players pushing that view point need to step back and realize that "their" deck is nothing more than a collection of cards that are part of the public domain and that its also really easy to reconstruct winning decklists of just by the name of the warlord used, which is often published.

Inevitablely the meta-game will shift between one tournament and the next because of the influence of past tournaments, often meaning that what is good at one tournament often won't be good at the next. This in turn means that the deck you won or placed with at the last tournament, you know the one you're so proud of, most likely isn't the one you'll be playing at the next event. There are also arguements that you can be beaten by your own deck if you are not careful, this is incrediblely unlikely as most net deckers won't have the experience to successfully pilot a deck through the field. If you get beat by an experienced player using the same deck as you, stop an realize that in all likelyhood he didn't net deck it and that its probably his deck.

What the posting of placing decklists does do is provide an excellent reference point for new and inexperienced players to use when building decks. This promotes activity in the secondary market especially amongst chase rares. A healthy secondary market is a good indicator of a strong game that will continue to survive. I bet some of you are thinking, wait did he just advocate net decking, why yes, yes I did. You see if people are net decking its a indication of growth within the game because net deckers are usually new players, growth is good, growth means we get to play longer and have a better supported game. Most new players will stop net decking once they have a good grasp of the rules and tournament scene, because there is satisfaction of building and winning with your own deck.

The main point for public posting of placing decklists is that the better informed the player base is the stronger the game will become. By using the tools the internet grants us, the players can take responsibility for the dissemination of information to the masses and help make the game stronger.


At Tuesday, June 20, 2006 5:37:00 am, Anonymous Masakari said...

Thanks Mr. Malexin! A very concise statement!

At Tuesday, June 20, 2006 3:20:00 pm, Blogger khaiba said...

Hey, I started posting them on ToL!

At Thursday, June 22, 2006 3:57:00 am, Blogger tMmM! said...

I do have to take some exception, here. While I tend to agree with this point of view, it is not my responsibility to post those decks unilaterally. And so I don't - unless everyone agrees to it. Until AEG comes forth and requires it, I will not.

At Thursday, June 22, 2006 8:45:00 pm, Blogger Jeremiah Uselton said...

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At Friday, June 23, 2006 4:30:00 pm, Blogger Jeremiah Uselton said...

Since I somehow deleted my own comment yesterday, I'll repost it.

This was in response to tmmm's post.

I was making a general statement on the good that public posting does for the game. However, the means by which the decks are posted is irrelevant. If more players can be convinced to start posting their own decks after placing in an event then there's no reason to place additional duties on TOs.


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