Auction of the People Decks: aka That's crap

Beyond Dominia: The Rumor Mill: Auction of the People Decks: aka That's crap

By ATW on Saturday, October 06, 2001 - 11:02 am:

Maybe I'm just bitter that none of my decks were chosen for the invitational's "auction of the people". Maybe not. What's your opinion?\849auctionbts

Mark Rosewater says:

"Four of the seventeen decks selected were designed by name players. Three of these players (Taylor, Cuneo and Omerod) are mainly name players known for their deck building skills. This contest was the Auction of the People which includes all Magic players, even famous ones. The committee selected deck lists based on their own merit. The familiarity (or lack thereof) of the deck builder was not a factor."

Later in the article it lists 22 additional decks for honorable mentions. Out of those decks 10 of them are from name players.

Does anyone out there believe this is just a coincidence and that the name recognition of the player had nothing to do with showcasing their decks?

By Matt The Great on Saturday, October 06, 2001 - 12:42 pm:

I think that too many of the decks didn't adhere to the rules...also I think that anyone on the pro tour should have been ineligible.

...hey! Where's my minion deck? Damn you Rosewater!

Heh, cool, I was one of the 10 who made a giant deck.

Oh my god, look at this CRAP: "We liked the fact that Ralf went beyond simply a bear theme"

More fecal extract from Marky MArk:
"The selection committee felt there was only room for one Unglued centered creature deck"

If. You. Don't. Want. Different. Creature. Types. Then. Don't. Hold. A. Creature. Type. Contest.

"These were powerful cards that seemed tailor made to work with Chimeras: Mishra's Workshop, The Abyss, Corpse Dance, Copy Artifact."

Ok, I can see the Workshop and copy artifact fitting the theme...but the Abyss? CorpseDance? how do these fit the Chimera theme at all? And why wasn't golem a seperate creature type? They went through all the trouble of errata'ing the old golems, what the fuck...?

"In the end, we felt that it was okay to have one deck that was light on creature theme"

I shouldn't even have to mention what's wrong with this. Does anyone else have a problem with just throwing together a bunch of power Type1? I think that a "theme" deck should have at LEAST half of the non-basic-land cards be in-theme.

I'll take a break here to congratulate Andrew D Corney for including Knight of the Rainbow Vale. That rules. You go, girl.

I believe this was the only one not to play Rolling Stones or Animate Wall and not to have walls that could activate to attack.
Oh bullshit. I include one god damned rolling stones in a deck that very obviously does not win by attacking and I get this. Ugh. Mine was cooler too, winning by Celestial Convergence. Much more in-theme for WALLS (sit there and defend) than sword of the ages.

We should all collectively slap Scott Forster for not inclding Shapeshifter in his deck. And I bet he never thought of using Polymorph either!

Personally I think the Eye deck was cooler than a lot of the winners. I also think that "legends" was pretty damn cheesy.

By ATW on Saturday, October 06, 2001 - 01:48 pm:

I built a Golem deck. Thran Golem and Serra's Embrace = combo.

"In the end, we felt that it was okay to have one deck that was light on creature theme"

They should have used my KoboldBloom deck then. ;)

I think the most important rule the contest broke was that the decks should be fun.

Maybe its just me but shouldn't fun be silly combos like Veteran's Voice and Brass Man? Creatures with funky abilities? 5 card combos? An all crap rares deck? A deck that can actually find a use for Sorrow's Path?

20 dwarves...oh, we're rocking now. A bijillion Plague fun-o-meter is topping out. I might die from the excitement of how much fun I'd have playing with either of these decks.

Can you imagine them showing some of these decks to Richard Garfield and having to explain to him *why* that these decks are fun? He'd laugh in their faces. Whoever they had judging the decks didn't know much about playing for fun.

By Matt The Great on Saturday, October 06, 2001 - 07:01 pm:

That plague rats one...if it was ok to break the 4-of-a-kind rule, they should have said. The rules were awfully vague and/or misleading in several places.

And yeah, the plague rats deck is just stupid. I bet a lot of people who made rats decks feel pretty gypped.

By lobo on Sunday, October 07, 2001 - 02:13 am:

Whatever you think about name, pro players being selected (I think it's OK) - surely it must be common sense to exclude an employee or a participant at the Invitational.

No matter whether the deck is cool or not (it isn't to me) Wise shouldn't have been picked. No company allows employees to enter their contests, period.

By Rakso, Patriarch & Rules Ayatollah (Rakso) on Sunday, October 07, 2001 - 08:03 am:

I think the idea was good, but the selection method sucked.

By Eron the Relentless on Wednesday, October 10, 2001 - 05:01 pm:

I thought I was the only one who thought of a Townsfolk deck! Aaron Forsythe's deck wasn't as fun as mine, though. I had Game of Chaos, Goblin Game, and some other insane cards :).

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