Quantifying Skill in Lincoln-Douglas Debate by Sachin Shah

Note: this article was written about a month prior to the 2021 Tournament of Champions. A difficult question for the LD debate community is how a debater’s skill can be measured effectively. This article will...

Rethinking Phil Debate: How to reinvent 2011 arguments and make them strategic in 2021 by Animesh Joshi

In the last section of my two-part article, I discussed the decline of the “phil” style of debate in the LD meta. The previous article also explained some of the best parts of phil debate and why I think it’s...

Rethinking Phil debate: why it’s declining and why you should care by Animesh Joshi

This article will analyze a recent trend in the debate meta: the decline of “phil” debate. In part 1, we’ll examine what “phil” debate roughly is and why debaters are employing it less often. To conclude the...

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