"Midweek Magic 2017 #17 - Stop Listening to your heart"
Virgilio F. De leon Jr. MD
In life listening to your heart is right most of the time. It let's you be free to decide who you want to be. More often than not it lets you be the best version of yourself. It let's you do the right things and you are at peace with it.
So I guess there must be a great disconnect when you Listen to your heart and it tells you things like "Oppress Other Players." or "Yes , Yes! Stasis and that Brine Elemental Lock Combo you always pull off are fun ways to end the game." or "Put the fun in unfun" or "Turn On in Prison." Our resident Oppressor in the group Ram did listen to these things and took it to heart.
Think of all the horrible controlling ways that a game could end and Ram probably has that same deck and he is happy to use it. It makes him happy! And of course we on the receiving it of it are mostly in shock when the combo is pulled off and we end up twiddling our thumbs doing nothing.
Don't get me wrong those. A play group always needs a strong oppressor in it so that the other players would improve their game and not be happy with just the results of the current games. People develop Hate for certain strategies and if the oppressor takes joy in pulling off Nefarious schemes then every other player in the room feel happy to stop those same schemes.
All in all this will lead to really exciting and satisfying game plays of political cooperation and mutual respect for the power of both the decks and those who wield it. The result is that that Oppressor normally dies first before all chaos breaks lose but heck that is just how the ball rolls.
Take it from someone who runs a planeswalker Tron deck. People in the group make faster , stronger decks and there are times that you just roll over and die without even knowing it.