Subcultures of One

Simon Barrett, the writer of You’re Next and The Guest (and some other movies I would rather not mention), appeared in an episode of re:View to talk about The Guest earlier this year. It’s a half an hour discussion on the film years after it’s release, so it’s not an advertisement, just reflection on it, so if this kind of analysis is your thing or you like small budget movies, you should take a look.

But, in the beginning, he mentions the concept of Subculture of One. A little research tells me that he didn’t come up with the phrase, it has come up here and there, but he was the first source for me on the subject, so let’s run with that.

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EDH Deck Time – Etrata

I can’t be the only one who wants to read this name as ‘Errata’.

I should note that the effect of shuffling this into your deck is a trigger and the target is the other creature. The trigger won’t be countered if Etrata is no longer on the battlefield. Also, you can always just choose to put her into your command zone anyhow.

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Guilds of Ravnica Brews, pt. 6 – Monoblack Aggro

We already had quite enough 1-drops to make this work (at least a bit), so maybe…

Diregraf GhoulGrasping ScoundrelVicious Conquistador

The problem is more with the 2-drops, but Guilds does give this deck some long game… and Dead Weight. Granted, it’s no Fatal Push, but cheap removal is extremely important in a deck like this, especially since you have no usable discard.

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Guilds of Ravnica Brews, pt. 4 – Midrange Elves

There hasn’t been a set with a bunch of elves in it, but they have sort of snuck up on me by just being around on several sets. Ixalan has none and we are losing some from Kaladesh, but the losses are not major and there’s some very interesting ones on Ravnica. Some I didn’t even think of as elves.

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