Alright, I think we need to have the conversation that not everyone wants to have. Today, I logged onto MTGCardsmith, and I found this:
Four cards on popular cards, all by the same smith. In all of my years of Cardsmithing, I have never seen this happen once. This is getting a bit out of hand. At first this might look like a classic case of account spoofing. The first time I actually saw a card from one of these accounts on the popular cards page a couple of months, I thought that it was using fake favorites. I how they worked, I used to use them myself.
However, upon further inspection, I discovered that all of these accounts were, in fact real. "Oh", I thought, "some people just don't like outstanding designs, I suppose."
Things went dormant for a bit. The creator in question continued to make cards, but they rarely got to popular. Then, theFruit Dragon craze happened.
A few decent fruit dragon cards along with a bunch of really crappy ones made it to the front page of MTGcardsmith. What I discovered was that there was a combined front of Cardsmiths going together and favoriting each-others cards. These Smiths are: @Sorinjace
, and @East2West
. There are a few others in this group, but these are the three who have done the most of this "Circular Faving." In their defense, the fruit dragons were just a kind of fun craze, and they didn't favorite all of each-others cards. The fruit dragons, although mostly pretty bad, were kind of fun, and disappeared after a couple of days. No harm done. The problem is that this same group of creators is having a constant stream of front page attention, even though they don't deserve all
of the attention they're getting. The biggest issue, however, is that these cards can't be removed for using "fake Favs" because all of them are favorited by very real accounts.
Look, I know how hard it can be to make it big on this site when you have people like @Faiths_Guide
, and @Corwinnn
who have tons of followers and almost always get at least a few favorites on their cards. But there is a reason for that. The most popular smiths are the ones who make good, well thought out, and well-templated cards on a consistent basis. It's frustrating to see a card that you worked hard on languish in relative obscurity, even though you poured you heart and soul into it. But Faking Favorites and "Circular Faving" Is not the answer. Improve your craft. Make better designs. Over time you'll get there. I mean, in just the time I have been watching @Sorinjace
, his designs have improved greatly. They're not the best on the site by any means, but they are getting there.
P.S. This thread is more to discuss the issue of "Circular Faving," not to dump on any of the smiths I mentioned in this thread. All of them show promise, they just need to practice and improve their crafts.