For some time now, I've had this idea of getting a binder that's filled with cards that are playable in most EDH decks. But not for the purpose of using those cards to build my own decks. What I want is to be able to help other the other EDH'ers in my town - especially the new ones - to build their decks. At the moment I don't have any kind of a collection, but it would be nice if I had some cards I could trade or sell to people in need, and being able to provide EDH staples would help the growth of our local EDH community.
But I want to start small, just to see how it works out. So right now I'd like to find, say, 12 cards of each color, and some artifacts and utility lands of course (read: enough to fill ten binder pages with 9 pockets on each page). I'll buy maybe 2-3 of each card online, and offer to find people more cards if there's something they need but I don't have.
To have an example of what kind of cards I want to buy, let's look at Explosive Vegetation
. It's cheap. It's not even a rare - most of the cards I get probably should be, because most commons and uncommons aren't very interesting - but the effect is very useful in EDH, and most T2 players probably haven't heard of the card (T2 and limited are the only tournament formats we ever play in this town). It's playable (and played) in almost every green deck, and can simply be thrown into a deck without making any additional changes. (Something like Dense Foliage
, while easy to cast and good in the right deck, also blanks your own removal and auras and whatever, so it's not a card you'd buy for your deck unless you knew it'd be worth the slot there.)
Another example could be Lurking Predators
, which is the card that inspired me to write this post. I just told another EDH player how good that card is in EDH, and he said he didn't even remember a card like that existed. Clearly someone needs to promote these cards that are gems in EDH but are too often dismissed as unplayable jank.
But while I have my plans mostly thought up, I need your help to pick the cards to buy. I may be able to build EDH decks in one hour using nothing but MagicCards.Info, but in this case, the opinions of other EDH'ers are worth more than days of searching on the internet could be.