Being optimal and fast its true that its always going to help. Some more reactive strategies though its not as big of a deal though but generally speaking those strategies don't work in cEDH. I have been experimenting more with non optimized landbases when it comes to 5c decks because I just cant justify putting 5+K into a landbase and feeling comfortable transporting that around.cryogen wrote: ↑3 months agoInteresting. I started playing in 2011 and I've ALWAYS felt like I needed them. I don't think it's so much that players feel like they don't need them, it's that they're realistic and know that they aren't worth the expense most of the time. But strictly speaking, every deck "needs" them as they are hands down the best dual lands in the format.pokken wrote: ↑3 months agoNot every manabase has to have duals. I only play the duals I own and its definitely made me more creative with mana. Sometimes i just play shocks and sometimes i play weird stuff.
Feeling like you need to have dual lands in every deck is part of the arms race problem. People didnt used to feel like that when I started playing.
It would be hard to play a competative deck and not use an optimized landbase. I think a lot of people aren't playing to that level though and probably could in some situations scale back. My solution in a lot of cases is just to play more mono colored decks and two color decks.