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1. characteristic valued by a programmer's personal preference for something that cannot otherwise be justified using accepted Software Engineering principles: This approach increases cyclomatic complexity and reduces encapsulation. It's cleaner, do it.


Feb
10
comment Why so many people use “house rules” in EDH/Commander?
Right, but we're talking about kitchen table banlists. People who started playing magic in the xBox-M10 boom don't even have Wrath of God in their collection, have never even heard of Swords to Plowshares or Vindicate. They have a comparatively poor ratio of removal and sweepers to creature-based threats compared to the full depth of the EDH card pool.
Feb
10
comment Why so many people use “house rules” in EDH/Commander?
Only thing I would add is 'official' banlists rarely take into consideration the $$$ value/general scarcity of cards that are the good 'answers' to certain ban-worthy strategies, where house rules often will.
Feb
6
comment Wording on Volrath's Shapeshifter
I read OP's question as "If I Clone my opponent's Volrath's Shapeshifter, why do I get a shapeshifter of my own instead of a copy of the top card of my opponent's GY?"
Feb
6
comment Wording on Volrath's Shapeshifter
I think you guys are over-thinking what he's asking. The answer imo is just: 706.2. When copying an object, the copy acquires the copiable values...Other effects (including type-changing and text-changing effects), status, and counters are not copied. the results of text-changes are not copiable, so when you copy the shapeshifter you get a 'base' one that then text-changes itself to the top card of your GY.
Jan
31
comment Penalty For Skipping Priority
@John in a sense, yes, it does. If you've been playing the game for many turns at a particular pace and not asking your opponent to slow down or be explicit about the upkeep step, you can't really expect him or her to be penalized for carrying on playing at the same pace with the same shortcut that you didn't previously say anything about?
Jan
26
comment Are Magic The Gathering Proxy cards illegal to print?
The specific question actually asked was whether WoTC offers a license to reproduce the content that could be shown to a commercial printer, so in that sense it is the exact answer :) Do agree with your broader point though of course.
Jan
26
comment Are Magic The Gathering Proxy cards illegal to print?
Sure but a "backup" of a copyrighted work you have purchased certainly has a more legitimate claim than an unauthorized reproduction of a copyrighted work you don't own a legitimate copy of.
Jan
25
comment Why is Wizards breaking the color pie (at least in Legacy)?
Don't know how to answer this in a stack-exchange appropriate way.. hmmm. I would say neither of those is a "Good Creature" It's a good blue ability that happens to be on a body. Would "Snapcast 1U Instant - Target spell in your graveyard gains flashback and up to one target creature opponent controls becomes blocked." be so much worse? or probably played almost as much?
Jan
22
comment Creatures with Tribute and targeting
Also note the intervening if. Should tribute be paid, the ability will never go on the stack. (Phantasmal Image copying Inkmoth Nexus laughs in your general direction!)
Jan
19
awarded  Enlightened
Jan
19
awarded  Nice Answer
Jan
14
comment Does the starting world dictate your strategy in Race for the Galaxy?
I usually base my strategy on the first high-power 6-cost development I draw
Jan
12
comment Does Eclipse under-estimate the game length, or are we playing it incredibly slowly?
At a minimum with two players you have less time to think about your options between turns...!
Jan
12
comment Hibernation Sliver and sacrifices
although it is not destroyed!
Jan
3
awarded  Citizen Patrol
Dec
24
awarded  Enlightened
Dec
24
awarded  Nice Answer
Dec
22
reviewed Reject suggested edit on Storage Wars: MtG Black Lotus, others, actual worth?
Dec
13
comment Are there any bridge systems where cards played convey deeper information in a manner similar to bidding systems?
Isn't that the very definition of illegal communication? Or do I misunderstand the question? Not a bridge expert.
Dec
3
comment Angel's Grace and Phyrexian Unlife
You actually lose in your own cleanup, not the next player's upkeep.