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Game: Mainstreaming vs. Creativity
Here’s my first Featured Article on Pojo, so I hope you can
enjoy my in depth analysis of the game and our adventure to
figure out why we play this game.
Ok. I have one main belief in the game, and I would only
hope that everyone who ever picked up a card would also
believe: That a game is meant to be fun and enjoyable to
play. Is that a word? Enjoyable? Eh…
Back to the point, everyone plays a game to enjoy it.
Sometimes, it gets out of hand and people begin getting too
serious about it. Tears are occasionally shed, decks
slammed, angers flared, and many other signs of the
Dimension of Angry Card Players. I’ll admit, I go to that
land occasionally, but we can all say that we all went down
that road before, when a game starts becoming serious. But,
hopefully, we can get to the main idea of a game, to have
fun and chill-ax.
What the heck does this have to do with anything? Well, I
must say, it’s most disappointing when people do get serious
and overreact over things. That’s why I always make a few
decks. One is a competitive deck that mostly all business.
For me, it’s my precious Red/Black deck. But there’s always
another deck or 2 I have that really shows the game’s “fun
factor”. Hopefully I can get everyone to do this.
With this article, let’s get to the bottom of the idea of
Mainstream decks and seriousness against Creativity and fun.
Mainstream/Seriousness throws a left…
Let’s focus on the serious aspect of a game here. We should
all know what a staple is: A deck or card that is currently
strong in the metagame. We all know what Mainstreaming is:
Using a popular deck theme or a deck idea that has become
overly used. So what are the mainstream decks of today?
Here’s what I see those being…
Green/Blue – Beast/People
That’s the main decks right now. I mean, we see them almost
everywhere. Go to a tourney and you’ll definitely see a
Mono-Water deck, since that is highly mainstreamed right
now. Rush Decks are everywhere. Beast Folks have been abused
like a palm playing Mario Party 1 (remember, the whole deal
with getting blisters on your hand…good days…).
Do we care? You know, about the entire fact that decks have
mainstreamed? Well, we’ve all played enough games to figure
out that decks get popular. They’re just effective. It does
get annoying. I mean, when we start seeing Pyrofighter and
Barkwhip and all those in every deck with those colors, we
start getting tired of the game. Will we ever see a banned
list in this game? Hopefully so…
So why do we use those decks? I would think because we’ve
been precon-ed with the idea that winning is fun. Yea, it
is…to an extent. I mean, if you keep winning tourney after
tourny, you get bored after a while. You lose the rush you
normally get when you win, since winning has mainstreamed.
To end, Mainstreaming is okay if you do want to become
successful in the game, but it gets old. Real old. Like the
Life-Saver in your pocket you had since Kindergarten.
Creativity holds on…
Let’s get some background here first. Now, I can mostly
guess that a lot of us started with another game before Duel
Masters. I had YGO, Pokemon, Magic, lots of stuff.
Take YGO for example. I have a Warrior Deck, and I’m sick of
playing it, since it mainstreamed and it’s not fun anymore.
That’s why I have my “fun” deck. I have a second deck that
is based on luck and complete chance. Time wizards, Dice
Jars, Questions, all that. See, when you lose to a BLS-Envoy
(a card in almost every deck), you don’t really feel
anything but sadness and frustration, I would think. But if
you lose to Dice Jar, a card so random, you really just
laugh in disbelief, because it’s so unbelievable that it’s
Duel masters is tougher, though. There isn’t that much room
for originality, but if you look for it, you’ll find it. I
mean, you could make a deck of 40 Billion-Degrees, and you
still have a fun deck. That’s what’s the fun is about, using
something weird or unbelievable that you never thought you
So what do we got? A deck that is unbelievable, uses cards
you never saw or thought of, and really demonstrates full
enjoyment of the game. What can do that?
Here’s an idea that I was toying around with. It uses Hydro
Hurricane with Yellow and Darkness cards, to reach full
potential of the card.
4x Crystal Memory
3x Hydro Hurricane
3x Energy Stream
4x La Ura Giga
4x Emerald Grass
4x Holy Awe
2x Mist Rias
2x Diamond Cutter
4x Marrow Ooze
3x Bloody Squito
4x Terror Pit
2x Proclamation of Death
2x Horrid Worm
1x Snake Attack
The first time I used this deck was so much fun. I saw the
reaction by my friend and he didn’t even know what to say
when he got hit by the Hydro. He had to pick up the card and
read it. By the time I was done, he had not a 1 card on his
side of the field. We laughed it up.
And the Winner Is…
I don’t have that answer for you. If you think that winning
and becoming a gaming legend is fun, then by all means, pack
your mono-blue deck and head out to Continentals. If you
think that creativity and thinking outside of the box is
fun, then use your brain and think of something.
You all know where I stand. I’m all for Creativity. I mean,
I just spent thousands of words of text showing my stance.
Mainstreaming isn’t fun…hey, that only took 3 and a half
Here’s your task Pojo People: Send me your stance on the
issue. Are you a mainstream player or a creative thinker?
Give me your stance. I’ll release a chart if I actually get
responses. If you can, E-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org and
speak your mind…
The Challenge- here’s the other task I got for you. I want
to see some creativity in the minds of people, so resemble
some sculptures of art and sit on a stool and think with
your fist to your chin. Come up with an original idea for a
deck that really demonstrates the idea of “fun” through my
eyes. I’ll test out decks every Saturday that I can, so I
want legal decks. No 40 copies of a card decks. I’ll start
taking deck ideas by the day this article posts. I’ll stop
on the Last Friday on Saturday. I’ll reveal the results on
the first Day of August. The one person who comes up with
the most fun deck that I got the best “kick” out of will win
a prize that will be worth it. Take some time.
Send your deck ideas
Ok, that’s it for the first article. I’ll try to keep
regular with the articles. I’ll try every week, or 2 a week
or so. Reach me at my e-mail if you got anything to say.
Andrew Wang (Nimbly)
Hey, if you got an idea for an article, I’ll gladly write
about it. Send it to the E-Mail and I’ll have it done within