Illusions of Grandeur love undercosted creatures, even when they have obvious drawbacks. When your spells are cheap to cast, you are far less likely to succumb to mana problems. If I have a bunch of cheap creatures and removal spells in my deck, then I might be glad when I'm stuck on three lands, because that will mean that I've drawn a bunch of spells. Whenever possible, I want to draft aggressive decks that will allow me to kill my opponents before they can cast their most expensive (and most powerful) spells. By doing this I put a magnifying glass on the otherwise barely visible drawbacks that my opponent's cards have. The fact is, being expensive, or otherwise difficult to cast, is one of the biggest drawbacks that a card can possibly have.
The Lens of Creativity ello all, and welcome to a very special theme week. I don't think I have to properly explain it, but just to keep everything straightforward for the moment: It's Johnny Week! Fresh off of the couple of months since Timmy Week aired here on the site, everyone's favorite combo player gets his moment of glory this week. I realize that in particular, my article this week might be highly anticipated. This isn't due to any bloated ego, but to the fact that this column, From the Lab, is the Johnny column. Naturally, I'll be examining just why this is so and why indeed I choose to reside in these particular waters of the ocean of Magic player psychographics.
If you're interested in working for Wizards of the Coast, make sure you check out the end of this column. elcome to Johnny Week, part two of our series of player psychographic theme weeks. (The first one, Timmy Week, was back in March—you can see my column on designing for Timmy here.) If you're not familiar with our player psychographics, I suggest checking my most recent article on them (Timmy, Johnny, and Spike Revisited). Designing For Johnny
Johnny, Combo Player (Unhinged
Johnny - MTG Salvation Wiki A "psychographic profile" is a "psychological profile" (of a Magic: The Gathering player) or a "player type". MTG.com columnist and Head Designer Mark Rosewater wrote of psychographic profiles: Expansions are designed with cards that appeal to players of all profiles, and Wizards of the Coast categorizes its Magic consumers into three psychographic profiles: Johnny, Timmy, and Spike.  Melvin and Vorthos were a later addition as secondary profiles. Types