Is Your Land Base Everything?

Is Your Land Base Everything?

Not all decks need fetches, shocks, pain lands and more; the question is which ones?

In short, no. I don’t believe that every deck needs to run dual/tri colored lands. I feel like this is a misconception amongst most players; not every deck needs every available dual/tri-land to function. Rather than just state this as a fact, I believe it’s a good time to start showing some examples.

The cards shown in the cover photo of this article are all a part of my own 4-colored Kydele draw deck. In this scenario, it is necessary for me to run all ten fetches, six shocks, some tango and cycle lands, and a smaller number of basic lands. The reason for this is, as you can tell by the mana costs of the cards, is that it is very difficult to cast most of these. Plasm Capture especially, but in a deck that mostly hosts blue cards, it’s very difficult to even get Seedborn Muse out. My deck is very color dependent, meaning that more often than not, my ability to cast a card depends on the colors on the field I have to cast things. Additionally, I’d like to reiterate that my deck is a draw deck; I continuously try to fill my hand to cast things. As things enter my hand, I have to evaluate what mana needs to be set aside to cast more than one thing. Because of this, decks similar to mine need to be running a good number of dual lands to function.

On the opposite end of the spectrum are decks that are very color independent, meaning that there are fewer colored mana symbols on the cards itself. The unfortunate part of this topic is that the answer to ‘how many dual lands does this deck need’ is case by case. A deck that wants to cast Jarad, Golgari Lich Lord and Ashen Rider on the same turn is going to have a much harder time than a deck trying to cast Chalice of the Void for 12. The first deck is spending as much mana as the second one, but the second one uses eight less color symbols.

The concept of colored mana is something that all players know about and are aware of, but players need to translate this knowledge into their mana base. Using the example before, I would say that the first deck (Jarad and Ashen Rider) needs to be running a good number of dual lands, whereas the second deck (Chalice) could get away with just running basic lands. At the end of the day, it comes down to a judgement call. Do you want to cast things with lots of mana symbols or not?

If the answer is yes, then by all means load up your deck with dual lands. If not, then don’t. If your deck doesn’t pose the need for a solid mana base, why blow your budget there. If you’re unsure, then try a little experimentation. Leave the dual lands out, use basics instead, and try a few practice hands. If your deck struggles to put things on the field, then add dual lands until it doesn’t.

Another piece to this question is whether or not you have the lands available for use. When I say ‘available for use’, I don’t mean if you own them, I mean if you can place them in a deck. Do you have one copy of each shock and fetch, but want to run a Temur deck and a Naya deck? You can’t have lands in both places (unless you swap the lands around between uses), so find out where they are necessary. If the Temur deck feels starved of green mana, move the lands there. If the Naya deck runs low on green mana, put them in the deck. If both are always in need of green mana, that’s when I’d suggest buying the lands for each.

As mentioned before, this is a huge judgement call on your part. I personally don’t believe that all dual lands are required to run a functional deck, but some people do. This article is geared towards players that don’t own the lands and aren’t sure whether or not they should shell out the money for them. If your deck doesn’t need them, then don’t buy them. They’re a lovely addition to the deck, and if you find yourself in a position to get them, then get them, just know you don’t have to. It all depends on how the deck runs.

As you gain more experience as a player, these answers will become more obvious. I want to point you back to the suggestion I made earlier: playtest the deck. If something doesn’t work, then fix it. You won’t learn what works and what doesn’t unless you give it a shot. Nothing any article could say can give you more than just general knowledge; it’s the experience as a Magic player that will really teach you what to do.

Cover Image Credit: Kyle Siegl

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35 Major Life Facts According To Nick Miller

"All booze is good booze, unless it's weak booze."

Fact: If you watch "New Girl," you love Nick Miller.

You can't help it. He's an adorable, lovable mess of a man and you look forward to seeing him and his shenanigans each week. While living the infamous and incomparable life of Nick Miller, and obviously Julius Pepperwood— he has learned many valuable laws of the land. And, although Nick refuses to learn anything from anyone besides his mysterious, old Asian friend Tran, he does have a few lessons he'd like to teach us.

Here are 35 facts of life according to 'Nick Milla Nick Milla':

1. Drinking keeps you healthy.

"I'm not gonna get sick. No germ can live in a body that is 65% beer."

2. Dinosaurs never existed.

"I don't believe dinosaurs existed. I've seen the science. I don't believe it."

3. A paper bag is a bank.

"A bank is just a paper bag but with fancier walls."

4. Having sex is similar to delivering mail.

"I'm like a mailman, except instead of mail it's hot sex that I deliver."

5. Moonwalking is a foolproof way to get out of any awkward situation.

Jess (about Nick): "Now he won't even talk to me. I saw him this morning and he just panic moonwalked away from me. He does that sometimes."

6. Using a movie reference is also a great way.

Cece: "Come on, get up!"

Nick: "No, I don't dance. I'm from that town in "Footloose."

7. There's no reason to wash towels.

Nick: "I don’t wash the towel. The towel washes me. Who washes a towel?"

Schmidt: "You never wash your towel?"

Nick: "What am I gonna do? Wash the shower next? Wash a bar of soap?"

8. Exes are meant to be avoided at all costs (especially if/unless they're Caroline)

"I don't deal with exes, they're part of the past. You burn them swiftly and you give their ashes to Poseidon."

9. IKEA furniture is not as intimidating as it looks.

"I'm building you the dresser. I love this stuff. It's like high-stakes LEGOs."

10. You don't need forks if you have hands.

Jess: "That's gross. Get a fork, man."

Nick: "I got two perfectly good forks at the end of my arms!"

11. Sex has a very specific definition.

"It's not sex until you put the straw in the coconut."

12. Doors are frustrating.

"I will push if I want to push! Come on! I hate doors!"

13. All booze is good booze.

"Can I get an alcohol?"

14. ...unless it's weak booze.

"Schmidt, that is melon flavored liquor! That is 4-proof! That is safe to drink while you're pregnant!"

15. Writers are like pregnant women.

Jess: "You know what that sound is? It's the sound of an empty uterus."

Nick: "I can top that easily. I'm having a hard time with my zombie novel."

Jess: "Are you really comparing a zombie novel to my ability to create life?"

Nick: "I'm a writer, Jess. We create life."

16. All bets must be honored.

"There is something serious I have to tell you about the future. The name of my first-born child needs to be Reginald VelJohnson. I lost a bet to Schmidt."

17. Adele's voice is like a combination of Fergie and Jesus.

"Adele is amazing."

18. Beyoncé is extremely trustworthy.

"I'd trust Beyoncé with my life. We be all night."

19. Fish, on the other hand, are not.

“Absolutely not. You know I don’t trust fish! They breathe water. That's crazy!"

20. Bar mitzvahs are terrifying.

Schmidt: "It's a bar mitzvah!"

Nick: "I am NOT watching a kid get circumcised!"

21. are blueberries.

Jess: "So far, Nick Miller's list of fears is sharks, tap water, real relationships..."

Nick: "And blueberries."

22. Take your time with difficult decisions. Don't be rash.

Jess: "You care about your burritos more than my children, Nick?"

Nick: "You're putting me in a tough spot!"

23. Getting into shape is not easy.

"I mean, I’m not doing squats or anything. I’m trying to eat less donuts."

24. We aren't meant to talk about our feelings.

"If we needed to talk about feelings, they would be called talkings."

25. We're all a little bit too hard on ourselves.

"The enemy is the inner me."

26. Freezing your underwear is a good way to cool off.

"Trust me, I'm wearing frozen underpants right now and I feel amazing. I'm gonna grab some old underpants and put a pair into the freezer for each of you."

27. Public nudity is normal.

"Everbody has been flashed countless times."

28. Alcohol is a cure-all.

"You treat an outside wound with rubbing alcohol. You treat an inside wound with drinking alcohol."

29. Horses are aliens.

"I believe horses are from outer-space."

30. Turtles should actually be called 'shell-beavers.'

Jess: "He calls turtles 'shell-beavers."

Nick: "Well, that's what they should be called."

31. Trench coats are hot.

"This coat has clean lines and pockets that don't quit, and it has room for your hips. And, when I wear it, I feel hot to trot!"

32. Sparkles are too.

"Now, my final bit of advice, and don't get sensitive on this, but you've got to change that top it's terrible and you've got to throw sparkles on. Sparkles are in. SPARKLES ARE IN."

33. Introspection can lead to a deeper knowing of oneself.

"I'm not convinced I know how to read. I've just memorized a lot of words."

34. It's important to live in the moment.

"I know this isn't gonna end well but the middle part is gonna be awesome."

35. Drinking makes you cooler.

Jess: "Drinking to be cool, Nick? That's not a real thing."

Nick: "That's the only thing in the world I know to be true."

Cover Image Credit: Hollywood Reporter

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