My Ghave deck is perfectly fair and reasonable. It is also the bees’ knees amazing. You should all agree.
Normally, I spew off about…well, stupid stuff like why a given card is sweet, or why you need to adult up about issue X because it’s all fine. Today I wanted to take a different angle and talk about something I’ve been really lucky to have, about privilege (no – not white privilege or male privilege, although I’m certainly the long-time beneficiary of those through no particular dessert of my own), and about a general I like – just to prove a point.
Let’s start with the deck. I call it…
Ghave, Guru of Spores
[Tokens, Counters, & Spice]
Heliod, God of the Sun
Sigil of the Empty Throne
Champion of Lambholt
Illusionist’s Bracers[/Tokens, Counters, & Spice]
Eidolon of Countless Battles
Herald of Torment
Falkenrath Noble[/Other Threats]
Eidolon of Blossoms
Plea for Guidance[/Cards]
Font of Fertility
Courser of Kruphix
Cage of Hands
Dictate of Erebos
Swords to Plowshares
Return to Dust[/Removal]
[Other Nice Things]
Bonds of Mortality
Agent of Erebos
Privileged Position[/Other Nice Things]
Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx
Temple of the False God
Golgari Rot Farm
Before someone runs to the comments, each section is organized: enchantments, creatures, artifacts, instants & sorceries. Within each, organization is by CMC, then alphabetical.
So this deck. The point, if not obvious, is to exploit Ghave synergies to make a huge Guru to deal 21 commander damage. In every game I have ever played, it has been fine. Sometimes it explodes due to the mana doublers and high synergy of Ghave. Usually, it just plays some threats, tries to kill some stuff, and EDH Happens Somehow. I don’t know if you’re thinking “That’s a tame piece of trash” or that it’s a little too busted – or that it just looks pretty standard.
My point is, for me and the people I’ve played with, it has always seemed 100% fine.
Given the comments I see on Twitter and Reddit and in comments, many people would not call this deck “a perfectly fine, fun, non-issue.” I think that’s a sign of the quality four – yes, only four – groups I’ve had the pleasure of playing 90% of my EDH with over the past several years. Whether due to sharing a state of mind or just parallel evolution, we all felt roughly the same about EDH. And they are awesome.
That’s something I’ve take for granted a lot up until recently – especially when offering suggestions to others, or debating the merits of various strategies and cards in EDH. For example, if you’re someone who only plays in a store instead of with a carefully cultivated group of homies at a kitchen table, you have to have a deck that can handle a net-decking-college-kid’s-parents’-wallet-of-combo, while still being cool, and fun, and enjoyable. You can’t just know that ‘haups-ing is (or isn’t) verboten.
Cass would say that at the least, you should be able to sit down at a table and ask “What kind of game are we playing?” and get straight answer. I think even that takes time. It’s a sense of ‘winning at the cost of other’s fun’ not being the point that you have to cultivate (or again, get lucky and jump stumble into, multiple times).
So if aren’t one of those people in a situation where others just don’t get it – they can’t seem to admit what type of EDH they prefer to play, and won’t do anything to create more enjoyable games for everyone (like changing who they play with to find a better match, or adjusting a bit to the preferences of the rest of the group) – perhaps because it just isn’t possible in a large, mixed crowd…
…Take a moment to appreciate it.
Then get back to the MTGSal message boards where you can remind all those complain-y people of low moral fiber and weakness of character (I’m trying not to use enablist language…plus, calling someone “of low moral character” is sick. Deal.) that they can always take up other games more fitting their temperament, such as grass sample collecting.
(PS – My Ghave deck is the greatests. If you didn’t get that from this it’s because you’re wrong.)