Truths and Myths About Deck Selection

Truths and Myths About Deck Selection

Magic is such a complex game that one of the most important decisions happens before you even start playing the game! PVDDR is here to help you perfect the art of deck selection and avoid the common pitfalls players fall into!

A while ago, I made a Tweet about deck selection that was, at least to me, apparently simple. It spawned a series of comments ranging from “jeez so you’re saying good decks win more than bad decks, thank you captain obvious” to “actually this is all wrong, in fact I won a ptq in 1998 with the opposite strategy. In this essay I will…”.

Given that, I felt it was worth elaborating on what I consider to be the important deck selection points a little bit more. In this article, I will talk about several common ideas about deck selection and give you my opinion on whether they are true or just a myth that you’re better off ignoring.

1 - “PTQs are tournaments with only one winner, so you should try to spike your deck selection” - MYTH

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In my Tweet, I said the most important thing regarding deck selection for a local qualifier was to avoid disaster. A very common response was to say that this didn’t make much sense, because a qualifier is a winner-takes-all tournament, so a 5-2 re...

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Paulo Vitor "PVDDR" Damo da Rosa has been a professional Magic: the Gathering player and writer for over 20 years. He was Player of the Year in 2017, World Champion in 2020, and is tied for most Top Finishes in history with 17. He will play whichever decks he thinks are the best, but his favorite style is aggro-control. Other than Magic, PV is also a fan of watching TV shows, reading fantasy novels and playing several other games such as Bridge, LoL, TFT, Storybook Brawl, Baldur's Gate 2 and Diablo 2.

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