Good morning, team! Welcome to GDC this fine, cold-as-hell morning. It’s nearly time for a coffee run, so let’s talk about proxies.
IT’S ALL GOOD
It seems like most of you are pretty even-keeled when it comes to proxies. Almost 90% of you who voted in the recent proxy poll here were okay to some extent with proxies existing in your environment. The most interesting result is this one in my eyes:
27% – As long as the person is testing a card or actively trying to get his/her hands on it
My initial vote was for “Make it legible!”, but I think I’d be voting in this category in retrospect. Part of my reasoning is that I brew my decks in Excel, finalize my lists, and then put the deck together to shuffle up and test before ordering the cards I need to round it out. As a result, any new deck I have is going to contain a handful of cards that fall directly into this category, and it certainly seems the most reasonable allowance of the bunch.
I won’t discount any of these, though:
22% – One or two is fine
22% – Make it legible…Sharpie on a Revised forest gets the finger!
11% – Sure! It’s a casual format, after all
I’m a card snob. I’ll admit it. I need the real-deal in front of me if I’m going to be playing with a card for any amount of time. But I’m absolutely fine with other players doing what they want to as far as using proxies go. I recognize that, as an adult(ish) person, I have access to more disposable income than I used to. I certainly couldn’t have fielded the collection I have today when I was a starving college kid, so I’m fine with people doing what they need to to be able to sit down and play this format. The caveat is the Sharpie-on-a-basic thing, though; I’m fine with a spur-of-the-moment include here and there, but I’ve lost games by attacking for what I assumed was lethal damage, having the defending player pull an Island out of his stack of lands that has “Mzphf org Iphrtn” roughly scribbled on it, tap it, and say, “Maze your guy.” Seriously…download Magic Work Station and print out a respectable proxy for next week. It won’t kill you, and if you do that again, I might…
5% – As long as the player owns the card
Again, it seems fine to me, although I won’t do it personally. If you’ve got 50+ decks like some people I know, I’m not going to knock you for proxying up Sensei’s Divining Top number twenty-four, when I know you own twenty-three others.
I do admit I don’t get this personally, but I can respect the stance:
11% – Not at my table, thanks
I’d rather have someone be able to sit and play, rather than be unable to because they’re missing some cards. I’d *really* rather not have to sit and wait while someone swaps out proxies for other cards before we can start the game. But again…Magic is a collectable card game, so whatever works for you works for you.
Next up in poll-land – How do you get your hands on your EDH cards? Go vote!
SWEET SOUL SISTERS
As promised, I wanted to unleash my current Sisters Of Stone Death list for your approval/perusal/insert your favorite “-al” word here. Again, for those keeping score, the design constraint on this list is that it’s completely creature-less other than the general:
GENERAL – 1
Sisters Of Stone Death
LANDS – 37
Temple Of The False God
Okina, Temple To The Grandfathers
Urborg, Tomb Of Yawgmoth
Miren, The Moaning Well
Shizo, Death’s Storehouse
7 x Forest
6 x Swamp
SPELLS – 62
Sensei’s Divining Top
Promise Of Power
Sign In Blood
Rise From The Grave
Beacon Of Unrest
Life From The Loam
Ashes To Ashes
Black Sun’s Zenith
Decree of Pain
Dregs Of Sorrow
Suffer The Past