How to Choose a Deck — The Process of Preparing the Play

Hello everyone! Today I want to go over a topic that is almost never talked about: choosing the right deck.

This all applies just as much for online events as it does for in-person ones. At any given time, there are usually at least five viable decks. Ideally, you could put hours of practice into every deck and every matchup, but there’s only so much time in the day. In this article, I want to discuss how to choose a deck for an event, and what considerations and priorities go into such a decision. These thought processes are not talked about often, and I feel that this discussion can be new and helpful for many players. Lots of people are unsure about their pick even the day before a tournament, and I’ve definitely been there.

Of course, I’ll be going into this with the mindset of trying to win. There’s nothing wrong with playing a comfort deck or a rogue deck, but if you’re reading this, you’re probably more interested in the optimal approach. With anything larger than a League Cup, I’m completely zoned in on preparing and analyzing all of my options. I still try to win at League Cups, but I more or less play whatever deck I feel like playing. I’m going to explain my process, and I hope it serves as a guideline. Not everything I say in this article is necessarily the only way to go about things, so don’t take it like I’m saying that everything else is wrong. Sometimes that’s the case with lists, but things are a bit less strict here.

Preparing for an Event

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