How Many Players in EDH is Right?

How Many Players in EDH is Right?

EDH is casual enough to play a quick pick-up game, but how many players should play at one time?

EDH is a format that lets any number of players sit down and play a game of Magic. When you have a playgroup that doesn’t have an even number of players, there’s always someone sitting out, but never with EDH. Although this may be true, how many players is the right amount of players? Are players going to have more fun split into even pods, or maybe a group of six wants to be split into one pod of two and another of four? A lot of this boils down to what kind of deck you’re playing (Can group hug really survive 1v1? Will Vial-Smasher be drowned out in a 6 player pod?), but even if your deck isn’t in the most favorable position, it’s not that hard to have fun in EDH.

2 Player Pods

It’s not that hard to judge this one; things can get out of hand so fast that an entirely different ruleset was made for it! That second set of rules is called the Duel Commander format, but it is a different format than EDH. Casually, two players can take their commander decks and play a game, but there are some cards that are just too powerful for 1v1. It’s always polite to ask your opponent if it’s okay that you’re running some Duel Commander banned cards, because it can be quite frustrating to play against. Vial-Smasher is banned in that format for a reason (Commandeer, Soul Spike, and Fury of the Horde can pack quite the punch early game), even if its power level gets watered down the more players you add.

3 Player Pods

In my personal opinion, three player pods are when EDH is the hardest to play. Politics are at their worst here. If player A plays something scary, player B and player C have to deal with it. Once the threat is gone, those players have already teamed up, they’re more likely than not to stay teamed up. Having one coordinated goal brought them together, and so long as neither of them does something to break the bond, player A is as good as dead. This is the exact reason why I run Cruel Entertainment. Hopefully there’s something on the board tempting enough to mess with that the team will separate to let the game continue fairly for all three players.

4 Player Pods

This is where EDH starts to shine. Four players make a square at a table, so everyone is adjacent or kitty corner to someone, and everyone can see what the other is doing. There’s no issue with hearing what someone is saying either. I prefer four players over anything else because there’s enough players to be able to deal with threats, but not so many that the turn cycle takes forever to get back to you. The problem that arises here is that to make a four-player pod, you need four players. EDH is very casual, so it’s easy to pick up a game and drop it when it’s time to do something else, so it’s fun to grab a quick game between rounds at a more competitive event. If three of the four players finish early, they’ll have to wait for the fourth to wrap up before being able to start the game. This is why I love how flexible the pods can be. If two of the EDH players say they’ll need more time, then the two players that finished early can play a game without them. It’s just when the numbers start to rise, it feels like more time is spent waiting to set up than actually playing.

5 Player Pods

This is definitely when you can start to feel the slow pace creep into game play. One extra person really makes a difference, and while it’s not painful, the game definitely suffers from it. If you have a group of friends that are willing to go a little faster for it, then by all means, play with five players. Star is especially fun, even if it takes a little convincing to get everyone on board to play it. Again, it’s just the slower pace that keeps me away from five-player pods. This is the number of people where you can easily get up, get a snack or a drink, use the restroom, have a quick smoke, and still be back in time before something affects you. With games lasting upwards of three hours, I prefer to steer clear.

6 Player Pods

Honestly? I downright refuse to play six-player pods. I cannot stand how long these games take. This is the point where it never feels like it’s your turn. What happens when you get some bad draws and do nothing for a few turns? In four-player, that happens, you get over it, and things will pick up eventually. Here, not so much. This is the point where it takes almost twice as long for the turn to come back to you, so if you’re not doing well, it’s not going to pick up any time soon. I’ve seen some people solve this by passing chips around the table so that two people can take their turn at once, which I feel is a smart move, but causes a lot of issues. Even if the two players that are taking their turns move through the phases the same, if person A has a board wipe, they’ll wait for person B to finish. If person B knows person A has a board wipe, they’ll wait for it to hit. They’ll keep asking each other if they’re done in a game of chicken, and it can be really boring to watch. Not only that, but combats have to happen either simultaneously or staggered. What decides who attacks first if you’re staggering it? If it’s simultaneous, how do you make sure someone’s not changing their plans based off of what the other is doing? It’s just too complicated for a game that’s supposed to be casual, and for that reason, I despise anything more than a five-player pod.

EDH is a pretty fun format, and I try to convince everyone I know to at least own an EDH deck even if it’s not their preferred format. I think that the number of players in a pod can determine whether or not people like or hate EDH, and newer players may hate EDH because they fell into a bad pod their first game. It’s such a finicky format, but I still love it none the less. It lets people have their favorite cards, favorite styles, favorite themes, and still lets them play a real game of Magic. The little things matter to people, even if it’s just the number of people in a pod.

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'Baby, It's Cold Outside' Is NOT About Date Rape, It's A Fight Against Social Norms Of The 1940s

The popular Christmas song shouldn't be considered inappropriate.


The classic Christmas song "Baby, It's Cold Outside" has recently been under attack. There has been controversy over the song being deemed as inappropriate since it has been suggested that it promotes date rape. Others believe that the song is another common example of our culture's promotion of rape. You may be wondering, where did they get that idea from?

The controversy has led to one radio station, WCPO, taking the song off the radio and banning it from their station. Some people believe that this song goes against the #MeToo movement since it promotes rape. However, people are not considering the fact that this traditional Christmas song was made in the 1940s.

People are viewing the song from a modern-day cultural perspective rather than from the perspective of the 1940s. "Baby, It's Cold Outside" was written in 1944. Many people have viewed the song from the perspective of our cultural and social norms. People believe that the song promotes date rape because of lyrics that suggest that the male singing is trying to stop the female singer from leaving, and the female singer is constantly singing about trying to escape with verses like "I really can't stay" or "I've got to go home."

When you first view the song from the perspective of today's culture, you may jump to the conclusion that the song is part of the date rape culture. And it's very easy to jump to this conclusion, especially when you are viewing only one line from the song. We're used to women being given more freedom. In our society, women can have jobs, marry and be independent. However, what everyone seems to forget is that women did not always have this freedom.

In 1944, one of the social norms was that women had curfews and were not allowed to be in the same house as a man at a later time. It was considered a scandal if a single woman so much as stayed at another man's house, let alone be in the same room together. It's mind-blowing, right? You can imagine that this song was probably considered very provocative for the time period.

"Baby, It's Cold Outside" is not a song that encourages date rape, but is actually challenging the social norms of society during the time period. When you listen to the song, you notice that at one part of the song, the female states, "At least I can say that I tried," which suggests that she really doesn't want to leave. In fact, most of the song, she is going back and forth the whole time about leaving stating, "I ought to say no…well maybe just a half a drink more," and other phrases.

She doesn't want to leave but doesn't really have a choice due to fear of causing a scandal, which would have consequences with how others will treat her. It was not like today's society where nobody cares how late someone stays at another man's house. Nowadays, we could care less if we heard that our single neighbor stayed over a single man's house after 7. We especially don't try to look through our curtain to check on our neighbor. Well, maybe some of us do. But back then, people did care about where women were and what they were doing.

The female singer also says in the lyrics, "The neighbors might think," and, "There's bound to be talk tomorrow," meaning she's scared of how others might perceive her for staying with him. She even says, "My sister will be suspicious," and, "My brother will be there at the door," again stating that she's worried that her family will find out and she will face repercussions for her actions. Yes, she is a grown woman, but that doesn't mean that she won't be treated negatively by others for going against the social norms of the time period.

Then why did the male singer keep pressuring her in the song? This is again because the song is more about challenging the social norms of the time period. Both the female and male singers in the song are trying to find excuses to stay and not leave.

On top of that, when you watch the video of the scene in which the song was originally viewed, you notice that the genders suddenly switch for another two characters, and now it's a female singer singing the male singer's part and vice versa. You also notice that the whole time, both characters are attracted to one another and trying to find a way to stay over longer.

Yes, I know you're thinking it doesn't matter about the genders. But, the song is again consensual for both couples. The woman in the beginning wants to stay but knows what will await if she doesn't leave. The male singer meanwhile is trying to convince her to forget about the rules for the time period and break them.

In addition, the complaint regarding the lyric "What's in this drink?" is misguided. What a lot of people don't understand is that back in 1944, this was a common saying. If you look at the lyrics of the song, you notice that the woman who is singing is trying to blame the alcoholic drink for causing her to want to stay longer instead of leaving early. It has nothing to do with her supposed fear that he may have tried to give her too much to drink in order to date rape her. Rather, she is trying to find something to blame for her wanting to commit a scandal.

As you can see, when you view the song from the cultural perspective of the 1940s, you realize that the song could be said to fight against the social norms of that decade. It is a song that challenges the social constrictions against women during the time period. You could even say that it's an example of women's rights, if you wanted to really start an argument.

Yes, I will admit that there were movies and songs made back in the time period that were part of the culture of date rape. However, this song is not the case. It has a historical context that cannot be viewed from today's perspective.

The #MeToo movement is an important movement that has led to so many changes in our society today. However, this is not the right song to use as an example of the date rape culture.

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