There is a slight issue with new players coming into the ELO
game (note that I'm not complaining about it, merely pointing it out). Having signed up recently I don't have access to the more expensive collectors that are still ELO
legal, and there are cases where an ELO
player with a card like Lyse Teria playing in the Danger Zone has an advantage over a newer ELO Montana
player who has no way to match how well Lyse fits into the Montana
curve. It's a bit cyclical because to win collectors you have to place high in ELO
, but the best way to consistently place high in ELO
is to beat out the older ELO
players who already have the advantage of tournament legal collectors in their decks.
I think that's the real reason you find more people playing random ELO
than non-random. For a newer player, it seems more feasible to build a deck that tolerates randomness than to play against decks with access to more cards than you.