Deckbuilding Contest - February 2023

{"ops":[{"insert":"\nHello brewers,"},{"attributes":{"header":2},"insert":"\n"},{"insert":"\nBack in January, "},{"attributes":{"link":""},"insert":"MTGDS"},{"insert":" wrote "},{"attributes":{"link":""},"insert":"an article for EDHREC"},{"insert":" in which they proposed a new voluntary deck restriction: the Hipster Quotient. As MTGDS explains, “"},{"attributes":{"italic":true},"insert":"A deck's Hipster Quotient is the sum of the proportion of all recorded EDH decks in which its constituent cards (excluding basic lands) appear."},{"insert":"” In other words, since "},{"insert":{"card-link":"Sol Ring"}},{"insert":" appears in 83.7% of decks on EDHREC, it contributes 83.7% to your deck’s Hipster Quotient. "},{"insert":{"card-link":"Reliquary Tower"}},{"insert":", which is played in 27.2% of decks, would add 27.2%. Of course, there’s a huge drop-off when you get to cards like "},{"insert":{"card-link":"Equal Treatment"}},{"insert":" which comes in at a statistical 0.0%.\n\nSince no one has the time or sanity to manually calculate a deck’s Hipster Quotient, MTGDS has also developed a web app to do it for you! Just paste in your deck’s URL into the "},{"attributes":{"link":""},"insert":"Hipster Dragon Highlander Calculator"},{"insert":" and tap “Update”. \n\nThis month, we’re looking for decks that with a low Hipster Quotient. In other words, lists that play fewer popular cards and more obscure ones. Details below!\n\nWhat’s the contest all about?"},{"attributes":{"header":2},"insert":"\n"},{"insert":"Working within the parameters of the prompt provided below, construct a decklist with your own creative spin. Three chosen finalists will be awarded store credit to "},{"attributes":{"link":""},"insert":""},{"insert":". \n\n"},{"attributes":{"italic":true},"insert":"Construct a Commander/EDH legal deck with a 150% or lower Hipster Quotient, calculated using the "},{"attributes":{"italic":true,"link":""},"insert":"Hipster Dragon Highlander Calculator"},{"attributes":{"italic":true},"insert":". Otherwise, there are no restrictions so just brew the most interesting list you can think of! "},{"attributes":{"header":3},"insert":"\n"},{"insert":"\nHere’s how to participate:"},{"attributes":{"header":2},"insert":"\n"},{"insert":"Brew an EDH/Commander legal deck on Archidekt that satisfies the prompt.\nAny unreleased cards spoiled during the contest’s duration are allowed."},{"attributes":{"list":"bullet"},"insert":"\n"},{"insert":"Silver-bordered and acorn cards, while cool, are not allowed. "},{"attributes":{"list":"bullet"},"insert":"\n"},{"insert":"Digital-only cards (such as those designed for the Alchemy format on Arena) are not allowed."},{"attributes":{"list":"bullet"},"insert":"\n"},{"insert":"Strictly one deck submitted per user."},{"attributes":{"list":"bullet"},"insert":"\n"},{"insert":"\nReply to either this newspost or "},{"attributes":{"link":""},"insert":"the announcement tweet"},{"insert":" from the "},{"attributes":{"link":""},"insert":"@archidekt"},{"insert":" account on Twitter with a link to your deck before 9:00pm ET (UTC -5, currently) on "},{"attributes":{"bold":true},"insert":"Friday, February 24"},{"insert":". Only one submission per user!\nFrom the eligible submissions, we'll select three finalists with lists that we believe best embody the spirit of the prompt. Additional characteristics by which your deck may be judged include playability and uniqueness (i.e. “spice”); budget has no direct bearing on your chances to win. Deck descriptions are not required but certainly may provide valuable context!\n\nOn "},{"attributes":{"bold":true},"insert":"Saturday, February 25, 2022"},{"insert":", we'll tweet out a poll for the community to vote on its favorite of the three selected finalists' lists. Any finalists who submitted their lists on Archidekt will be notified via the email associated with their account. We’ll also publish a newspost on Archidekt announcing the finalists and linking to the poll on Twitter. Each finalist will be awarded store credit to The value of the credit is in US dollars and depends on the finalist's placement in the community poll at the end of its two day duration:\n1st Place Prize - $50"},{"attributes":{"list":"bullet"},"insert":"\n"},{"insert":"2nd Place Prize - $30"},{"attributes":{"list":"bullet"},"insert":"\n"},{"insert":"3rd Place Prize - $20"},{"attributes":{"list":"bullet"},"insert":"\n"},{"insert":"Finalists will be contacted via Twitter or email (depending on where they submitted) regarding their winnings following the conclusion of the poll by Tuesday, January 31, 2022. Please note, you must have a Card Kingdom account in order to receive your winnings. It's quick and free-- "},{"attributes":{"link":""},"insert":"register here"},{"insert":" if you don't have an account already!\n\nAn important note:"},{"attributes":{"header":2},"insert":"\n"},{"insert":"Unfortunately, due to wild variance in contest laws, eligibility is limited to residents of the United States and Canada (excluding Quebec). We’d love to allow all of our users to participate, but ensuring we are legally compliant with each country’s national laws is too great a barrier. For additional information regarding eligibility, check our "},{"attributes":{"link":""},"insert":"official contest rules"},{"insert":". \n\nCongratulations to January’s winners! "},{"attributes":{"header":2},"insert":"\n"},{"insert":"1st Place: "},{"attributes":{"link":""},"insert":"Volbe"},{"insert":" - "},{"attributes":{"link":""},"insert":"Nekusar But White"},{"attributes":{"list":"bullet"},"insert":"\n"},{"insert":"2nd Place: "},{"attributes":{"link":""},"insert":"Fzzr"},{"insert":" - "},{"attributes":{"link":""},"insert":"Bant Burn"},{"attributes":{"list":"bullet"},"insert":"\n"},{"insert":"3rd Place: "},{"attributes":{"link":""},"insert":"MTGBro23"},{"insert":" - "},{"attributes":{"link":""},"insert":"Mono Red Pacifist"},{"attributes":{"list":"bullet"},"insert":"\n"},{"insert":"\nThank you!"},{"attributes":{"header":2},"insert":"\n"},{"insert":"If you have any other questions, feel free to ask here, reach out on Twitter, or join "},{"attributes":{"link":""},"insert":"our public Discord server"},{"insert":". We look forward to seeing what you all come up with! \n\nThe Archidekt Team"},{"attributes":{"header":3},"insert":"\n"},{"insert":"\n"}]}
Edited 2/18/2023, 7:12:31 AM
divarty avatardivarty 40 days
{"ops":[{"insert":"You've seen plenty of superfriends decks, but have you seen a mono red one?\n\n,_Fire_of_Kaladesh\n"}]}
{"ops":[{"insert":"That was my first super friends deck! Feels like forever ago.\n"}]}
anMTclip avataranMTclip 40 days
{"ops":[{"insert":" That's tough, my original list was like 334%. Is green ramp really so bad? \n"}]}
{"ops":[{"insert":"It is. I began finding my Baeloth//Giants goad deck boring, so I kept a lot of the green out of it and put together a Ghalta Landfall deck, and there's no way I'm dropping the hipster quotient another 50 points to qualify here. The fatal blows to my qualifying here were dealt the moment I included the Cultivate-style ramp package, but the cmc-1 dorks that won't surprise anyone didn't help. Lots of respect to any mono color deck that hits the contest threshold.\n"}]}
MooGiGon avatarMooGiGon 40 days
{"ops":[{"insert":"This deck is a passion project of mine to illustrate the issue of food insecurity among college students, which I also tackle in my professional life. It's also got a Hipster Quotient of 23%, which I think is pretty rad.\n\n \n"}]}
Braddy_Buns avatarBraddy_Buns 39 days
{"ops":[{"insert":"Wow, I love this design and never want to play against it.\n"}]}
BananaHero avatarBananaHero 40 days
{"ops":[{"insert":"Easy, only had to modify my simic deck slightly to fit the guidelines lol\n\n\n"}]}
Dinoman35 avatarDinoman35 40 days
{"ops":[{"insert":"One might say this is \"exploiting the rules,\" or \"a bad deck.\" But I just call it \"the best.\"\n\n"},{"attributes":{"link":",_Land_Ownership"},"insert":",_Land_Ownership"},{"insert":"\n\n:)\n"}]}
Tabias avatarTabias 40 days
{"ops":[{"attributes":{"link":""},"insert":""},{"insert":"\n\na bunch of good green creatures that get overlooked \n"}]}
arzadu avatararzadu 40 days
{"ops":[{"attributes":{"link":""},"insert":""},{"insert":" at 104%. No one card has more than 5% ubiquity.\n\nA minor variant of a different janky nine-fingers deck (220% plus sol ring) I've been working on: get rogues, mill your opponents, win by stabbing your opponents to death, milling them out, or getting a bunch of Gates out (yes, seriously). Definitely weird but also kind of funny and very atypical. \n"}]}
Edited 2/17/2023, 10:39:19 PM
WSheep avatarWSheep 39 days
{"ops":[{"insert":"!\n\nDeck designed to make, and then promptly fling (for free, might I add) a variety of tokens.\n\nHas a startlingly low quotient for how powerful it can be\n"}]}
cazick avatarcazick 39 days
{"ops":[{"insert":"This deck you bring all your lands alive and trample over your opponents\n"},{"attributes":{"link":""},"insert":""},{"insert":"\n"}]}
Edited 2/24/2023, 1:24:14 AM
TomDanks avatarTomDanks 39 days
{"ops":[{"insert":"A casual abzan cycling deck lead by Teneb, the Harvester. \t\n"}]}
Tak avatarTak 39 days
{"ops":[{"insert":"\nWith a hipster quotient of 50%, try an energy counter deck\n"}]}
Mr.Hummus avatarMr.Hummus 39 days
{"ops":[{"insert":"With just a few modifications to my Feather deck it’s gotten extremely low\n\n"},{"attributes":{"link":""},"insert":""},{"insert":"\n"}]}
TevishSzat avatarTevishSzat 39 days
{"ops":[{"insert":"\"If your card was printed after 2000, I'm not interested.\" - Muldrotha, the Hipster (142%)\n\n's_Vintage_Hipster_Adventure\n"}]}
AwesomeSauce avatarAwesomeSauce 39 days
{"ops":[{"attributes":{"link":""},"insert":"Mental Gymnastics (Commander / EDH) - Archidekt"},{"insert":" How many effects can be active in a game until someone's head explodes? (interesting correlation I discovered: i saw a fair number of low quotient cards also have HIGH Salt Score XD )\n"}]}
Edited 2/18/2023, 2:52:30 AM