#498: The Counter


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So, I sometimes run a deck that has a lot of good counterspells in it. No one seems to know what to do when they face it one-on-one, because it’s just so obnoxious to deal with. It reminds us always of a friend who we used to play with constantly, who always ran counterspells and loved the colors blue, black, and red in Magic. Those colors generally run with annoying spells, so it’s sensible that people wouldn’t feel that great playing against it in games. It’s like playing against control decks in Hearthstone; you never really want to do it, because you know they’re just going to ruin your whole game plan for the duration of the game. It’s part of their strategy, and it’s basically how they plan on winning, by disrupting you so much that you no longer have the combo pieces required to win how you would expect to.

Today I’m writing about counters because, as it happens to be, yesterday I spent some time with my friends playing magic and we discussed what it’s like to play against the Bolas deck, as it’s called. It’s my grixis-colored commander deck, and it’s known for being especially obnoxious to play against, especially if you’re playing Dan’s selesnya-colored commander deck. He doesn’t run much blue hate in that deck, and it’s pretty much exclusively good at out-doing other fat decks that rely on big creatures. My Lord Windgrace deck gets countered pretty hard by Dan’s deck, but whenever I seem to play the Bolas one, it seems to come out on top in spite of it being less good, in my opinion. It doesn’t have the same options and I haven’t put as much money into it as I did the other decks. Sometimes simple is better, at least in this case.

3 thoughts on “#498: The Counter

  1. Always was interested in the game, but never really figured out how to play it correctly. What’s a good starting place or deck? There seems to be so many intricacies to it.

    • I like the guild kits that they recently released for their Ravnica Allegiance and Guilds of Ravnica sets. Either those, or any of the duel decks seem like good introductions to the game!

      And yeah, the intricacies can be really confusing, especially at first and if you don’t have someone who knows the game well guiding you through it. If you end up picking it up, I can help!

      • I have a good amount cards from around when it first started but I had no clue what I was doing as a kid and doubt many of them are useful. Thanks for the tips. Hoping I can look into it more in the near future. Stay safe out there!

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