Why You Should Be Netdecking

January 7, 2010 | Posted by Dee

bloodbraid-elf.jpegLauren Lee has a great reason to netdeck:

There is little reason to build a decklist from scratch. Back in the day, the game of Magic used to be equal parts deckbuilding and playing. Winning decklists had no way to be shared amongst the whole player pool, and thus you had to come up with your own ideas to try to beat an unknown field of decks. Magic has passed the time of those Dark Ages. We are experiencing Magic Renaissance. We have more information than we know what to do with!

Tournaments are currently skewed in favor of those who play well, not necessarily those who build well (outside of Limited). In other words, if you want to build your own deck to win a tournament, you better be damn good at it. But if you’re a Level One Kraken Hatchling, you’re better off finding a decklist someone else has already refined. Most of your time should be spent learning how to play well, not build well. The latter is an excellent ability that you will eventually pick up, but the first is essential to have. And the sooner the better.

6 Responses to “Why You Should Be Netdecking”

  1. J-PHAM on January 8th, 2010 2:59 pm

    Hmmm… I see, you’re one of THOSE people.
    At a tournament recently I was playing what I’ve been testing the last couple months and someone asked me if my deck was “Homegrown”. I laugh at and despise all you “netdeckers”. When did originality become so original?

  2. Dee on January 8th, 2010 3:51 pm

    I got nothing against rogue decks. I just think most people have a better chance of winning if they netdeck.

  3. J-PHAM on January 11th, 2010 2:33 pm


  4. J-PHAM on January 11th, 2010 2:34 pm

    *nomnomnom-sluuuuuurp* – Mmmm, noob.

  5. maarten on January 15th, 2010 1:08 pm

    when magic the gathering was made the objective of the game was to have fun. this they stimulated with creating hundreds of cards and so it is possible for the player to come up with eventually an infinity amount of idea’s of decks. the whole concept of the so called “netdecks” started when people where putting there decks online because they where proud of there decks or because they wanted others opinion on how to make it better. so the original “netdecks” where decks made at home with a lot of blood sweat and tears. later Wizards of the Coast took over the concept of putting decks online and posted the winning decks of big tournaments online. they did this so people could learn how to build better decks and have not every creation they made be crushed and take away the fun of building the deck in the first place. The most fun thing is that i no almost not a single big tournament winner that won with a copy of the “netdeck” the main reason for this is because if you take the 2 decks from online and let them play each other say for instance 2 jund decks there is no component of skill involved anymore there is only your topdecks and knowing the deck. like i said before almost all the tournament winners these days have there concept from the net but adjusted it or even made the deck and let it become a “netdeck” like that new green deck with nissa in it.

    so my first argument why you shouldn’t play “netdecks” is because yes you will have a higher chance of winning if you SUCK ad building a deck but the only why to win is not by skill but by luck.

    my second argument against “netdecks” is that you play indeed as Lee said the game of Magic the Gathering has two parts Deck Building and Playing. and they are as big if not even that Deck Building is a slightly bigger component. Now imagine that you want to go study at a university but instead of choosing you major yourself you choose a major because it is “popular”. will you make a lot of money? yes probably. will you be happy? eventually if you learn to suppress your true self. Is it a reflection what you are and who you are and so get the same feeling who choose his own major? HELL NO. so the same with “netdecks” if fun fore a while (Maybe) but you will never experience the whole excitement about the game of MTG.

    as a last remark, “netdecks” are there to inspire not to copy. i have been to so many PTQ’s in my life i can’t count them on 2 hands and feet and i see it over and over again. 75-90% is netdeck and they are all there to win and not to have fun (with exeptions) but the 5-25% that didn’t “netdeck” come reletively speaking higher in the rankings and have a lot more fun in playing the game.

    Maarten “the Dutch”, playing magic for the last 12 years, Deck builder, local judge

  6. icy on January 19th, 2010 10:24 pm

    somehow netdeck is the final evolution of a home brewed deck. tournaments attest to the power or efficency of the deck, hence becoming the meta… most people would want to play this for whatever reason and the cycle continues.

    sometimes its best to play the deck just to learn how to beat it… then another home brew deck will come in that will change this.