By: Houston Whitehead
It only takes a few games of Magic to start applying subconscious shortcuts. In society, stereotyping is a cognitive shortcut to help gauge understanding of an individual. Though stereotyping is frowned upon, it’s virtually impossible to remove its process from your brain. What’s interesting is the vast difference between self-stereotyping (self-image) and projected stereotyping (defining those around you relative to personal experiences). Since everyone’s life experiences, ideas, and understandings vary, the only opinions worth caring about are probably just your own. Obviously careers in the public eye turn these theories on their head but that’s beside the point. That said, my goal today is to thoroughly introduce myself the MTGPrice.com readers through my personal perceptions, opinions, experiences.
Since I am a player, trader, collector, writer, and content creator, I feel it would only be appropriate to introduce myself under each hat.
…as a Player
- I picked up my first cards during Lorwyn Block in High School. Newly made friends inaccurately introduced me to an already complicated game during Web Design III class. Since the school kept deleting Doom and Pocket Tanks from our computers, it was time to try out strategic cardboard. Again, my friends didn’t understand many of the rules so our already terrible tribal decks had zero chance of redemption from play skill. My whole collection was from buying a pack or two with loose change from my car during random afterschool visits to a baseball card shop.
- A couple years later I was looking for some extra money and found my shoe box full of cards and traded them into a local shop. Of course, I was ripped off by the manager and offered $100 credit or $50 cash. I was offended at the cash offer and told him I’d think about the credit offer. I saw a guy from high school playing MTG at a nearby table and found out I was playing the game ALL WRONG! With this new information my competitive nature was intrigued and I’ve been healthy addicted to cardboard crack ever since.
- The style of decks I prefer to pilot can best be described as synergistic. I’m addicted to value and prefer to cast and/or recur out of my graveyard whenever possible. This usually lands me in a variety of midrange strategies. That said, I will always have a special place in my heart for spell-heavy mono red burn.
- I participate in the following formats: Standard, Modern, Legacy, EDH, Legacy Pauper, Pauper Cube, and most Limited formats.
…as a trader
- I trade for three reasons. First, I trade to complete a deck I would like to pilot. Obviously the most common reason for trading. Second, I value trade to turn my soft cards into solid cards. Standard Examples: Soft = Thunderbreak Regent & Scry Lands. Solid = Fetch lands & Thoughtseize. Third, I trade to collect which I will talk about later.
- My goal for each non-value trade is to make 10% profit. It doesn’t always happen and every trade is different but having goals helps keep me from getting emotions involved in trading. Otherwise, I would just trade everything they want to them.
- Speculating is one of the most enjoyable parts of trading for me. I even have a binder where I keep all my specs at. Many friends ask to go through my specs/staple binder and either shoot a chuckle or gasp my way. Truly a binder full of free entertainment.
- I prefer to trade using eBay Completed listings but also accept MTGPrice.com’s Fair Trade Price. Many other online vendors flex their prices via stock quantity or what a Pro wrote about this week.
…as a collector
- First goal when a set is released is acquiring a playset of all dual lands in Standard. I don’t care if they are expensive. Knowing you already have the duals makes building a deck x10 easier. That should-probably-might be a real statistic. This also enable you to help your friends that might be on a tighter budget or want to try out a deck before they invest.
- i’m a dog for full art. From full art foil Lightning Bolts to the newest Game Day promos, I aim for a playset of each. The JSS Promos will be the hardest for me to acquire but I enjoy the thought of adding them to my collection.
- Pauper foils are a new addiction that has bleed over from foiling out my pauper cube. I made a pauper gauntlet with the eight best decks in the format and am slowly foiling out each deck when I find pieces I need. I will always be a lover of Pauper and if you can’t afford a Legacy deck, I truly feel legacy pauper has wider decision trees than Standard or Modern.
Next week I’ll share detail about me as a writer and as a content creator.
As always thanks for reading
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