Good morning, team!  Just a quick drop-in today that I felt like pondering publically…

ITH’S BEGINNING TO LOOK ALOT LIKE CHRISTMAS…

I cashed in some store credit I had lying around and ponied up a little extra to give myself a nice little Christmas present:

I’ve been wanting to get my hands on one of these for a while, so I decided to pull the trigger.  I haven’t actually owned a Maze for the better part of the last two years, when I got rid of an Italian Dark version I had because I don’t do foreign cards.  (They irritate me in the same way that white borders do…can’t quite explain it.)  The original art never sat well with me, and when this alternate art was spoiled for the first time, I knew I had to have one eventually.

So why is it ‘coal’?

Here’s the thing – I hate Maze Of Ith.  Not in a “Man, I hate it when someone plays that card against me!” way; it’s more of a “I’m always miserable to see this come off the top” sort of way.  I understand the power level of the card; I know that it’s considered to be an EDH staple by many people.  I get that it’s an uncounterable way to deal with attacks.  I understand that it’s free to use.  But the fact of the matter is that I will run Mystifying Maze over this card every time, because it taps for one.  Flat-out.  I realize that the idea is to put this in a non-land slot in the deck, but I always find better things to include.  I just can’t get into Maze Of Ith.

So yeah…I’ve succeeded in buying myself a really nice present that I won’t like.  Figure that one out.

What about you?  Are there any “format staples” that you just can’t bring yourself to play?

What cards are on your Christmas list?

—>DJ