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  1. Custom goat 40 card mirror

    Hey everyone, A lot of effort has gone into trying to design the most skillful possible custom goat format, but I haven't seen too much discussion about building a specific goat deck optimized for skillful mirror matches with itself (presumably this should be a more tractable problem, too). My friends and I really like to play goats occasionally but none of us cares too much about deck building -- we really just want to settle on a 40-card deck and play mirror matches with it. Ironically, I've had a lot of fun thinking about this "deck-building" challenge, and I thought people here might also enjoy discussing it. I'll give my tentative list plus a few thoughts below -- feel free to criticize it or present your own. Monsters - 2x Airknight Parshath - 2x Chaos Sorcerer - 2x Exarion Universe - 1x Cyber Dragon - 1x Breaker the Magical Warrior - 1x Thunder King Rai-Oh - 1x Blade Knight - 2x Tsukuyomi - 2x Witch of the Black Forest - 1x Morphing Jar - 2x Magician of Faith - 2x Magical Merchant Spells - 3x Graceful Charity - 2x Scapegoat - 2x Metamorphosis - 2x Book of Moon - 2x Mystical Space Typhoon - 1x Heavy Storm - 1x Dark Hole - 1x Nobleman of Crossout - 1x Premature Burial - 1x Snatch Steal - 1x Creature Swap Traps - 2x Dimensional Prison - 1x Mirror Force - 1x Call of the Haunted When I think of "optimizing for skillful play," I'm mostly considering how to reduce the role of luck and how to increase the number of meaningful choices per game. To reduce the role of luck, I think it's important that no cards in the deck are too strong or too weak -- this motivated the cuts to BLS, Ring, Pot, and Duo. However, I like the flavor of the "trinity" in goats combined with MoF, so the deck runs 3 Graceful Charity. This piece of the trinity generates the most meaningful choices for the player, and I hope that the consistency boost given by running 3 of them further reduces the role of luck. I feel that tutor monsters (here 2x Witch of the Black Forest) should be a major source of meaningful choices that demand skilled play. Unfortunately in vanilla goats, Sangan often just searches for Sinister which is not a very interesting choice. My hope for this list is that in most situations there will be no obvious best option. The 2 Witches are checked somewhat by DPrison and Thunder King. The remaining choices are more mundane, but I can give my justification for them too if anyone wants to discuss anything in particular. My main concerns for the list are that Blade Knight and Creature Swap are possibly overall too weak (thus you feel "unlucky" when you draw them) and that the Witch of the Black Forests are possibly too strong. Please let me know what you think.