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Disclaimer: I’m sure this idea isn’t a brand new one, but we do think it could be a useful tool to folks out there.
Disclaimer 2: I don’t do this for every deck I built, but it’s most of them.
Do you always find yourself cutting the same card over and over again, right at the end of deck-brewing? Flex spots could be the answer you're looking for
In every deck tech we do you might have noticed we include a slot called the flex spot.
Having a healthy amount of cards reserved for flex spots, is a good way to ensure you’re not hyper-tuning your deck. This can lead to a lower overall power level. Some folks out there have a hard time not over-tuning (nice place to plug Lenny’s Power Sink series on edhrec:https://edhrec.com/articles/author/lenny-woo…)
This idea is potentially more useful to folks that brew decks often, and don’t necessarily keep all their decks up-to-date when new cards are released (guilty!). However, I do see some merit to people who have like 3-5 decks that they frequently update. Maybe say earmark 5 cards as like “sandbox play area”. Heck, you could even do this with a star sticker on the inner sleeve
If you use Flex spots in this way, you also greatly increase the chance of a deck feeling more “like you”
Cards that you simply want to play that maybe aren’t synergistic with the deck.
New cards you want to test out and see how good they are.
Extra removal ;-)
There are lots of different cards you can include in a flex spot
In Roger and Arden I run Grafted Exoskeleton, it is an equipment, so it fits the deck in that way, but It’s also infect which IMO is just fun.
I don’t know if Vorpal Sword is good in Yawgmoth, but I want to put it in a flex spot to find out!
Journey to Eternity
Explosion of Riches
Diaochan, Artful Beauty
Zurzoth, Chaos Rider
Delina, Wild Mage
Ryan Pet Cards
Ryan is gonna mix-it-up here and list some cards coming-soon-to-a-flex-spot
Rise of the Dread Marn
Search for Azcanta
Zack Pet Cards
Dustin Ivy - Shirei, Shizo’s Caretaker
Case Vickers - Mist-syndicate Naga
Zane - Glaring Spotlight.
Prophet - Trade Routes
CardTyrant -Sarkhan the Mad
Bill Toenjes - Jarad, Golgari Lich Lord
We thought sharing some of our patrons' pet cards might help some folks out there in audience land, maybe get some creative juices flowing.
The flex spot is also a way to put your own personal touches in a deck.