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Brewer's Minute: Honesty in Deck Building

Hey, everyone. It's time for another Brewer's Minute. This week, we are digging deep and getting philosophical. As brewers and deck builders, it's easy to become entwined with our creations, to the point where (at least, to some extent) our self-worth and identity depend on the success of our decks. As such, one of the most important aspects of becoming a good deck builder is to learn to be honest with ourselves. When we are really invested in a deck or card, it's easy to point our fingers at exterior forces like variance, matchups, and the like when things go wrong as a sort of defense mechanism, when we should be pointing our fingers back at ourselves. Building a horrible deck doesn't make you a horrible deck builder or bad Magic player, much less a horrible person—it simply means that, for whatever reason, the deck is bad. 

Because of this, learning to divorce our identities and our self-worth from our brews is essentially to being successful. The quicker we can be honest with ourselves, the quicker we can move on from an idea that isn't working and start investing our time in another, hopefully better idea. This requires the ability to admit that, even though we play a game filled with variance, when our ideas fail, it isn't because of bad luck or bad matchups—it's because we built a bad deck. The good news is that building a bad deck doesn't make you a bad person or player. In fact, building a bad deck and having the ability to honestly and fearlessly explore the faults and failings of the deck are one of the best ways to become a great brewer. 

For today's Brewer's Minute, we are going to look at a real-life example of a bad deck that I built recently and talk about my embarrassingly long path to being honest with myself about it.

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