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Cleaner [klee-ner] adj
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.


May
13
comment Storage Wars: MtG Black Lotus, others, actual worth?
Cannot tell from the picture how serious the damage to the lotus is. That could be a mild crease or it could be a full tear that's been repaired, which could take several hundred dollars off the retail value. The other two, if you look closely, have square corners, they are collector's edition cards, not "real" magic cards, worth maybe $50 each at most if you're a retailer that can find buyers interested in them. Given the incredible hassle of parting out an retailing a collection, I doubt he got ripped off, unless there were playsets of dual lands in those "uncommons."
May
11
awarded  Nice Answer
May
10
comment How do Lazav, Dimir Mastermind and Vigor work together in Magic the Gathering?
Also incidentally, noticing the way you worded the first sentence, remember Lazav would only trigger if your opponent owns the Vigor.
May
9
revised How do Lazav, Dimir Mastermind and Vigor work together in Magic the Gathering?
added 13 characters in body
May
9
answered How do Lazav, Dimir Mastermind and Vigor work together in Magic the Gathering?
Apr
26
comment Sorcery supercedes instant?
There is only one stack. It is a game zone. Spells do not "start a stack." It's always there. Mixing terminology with Yu-Gi-Oh chains is a bad path to follow :)
Apr
23
comment How does Valakut trigger with a card like Harrow or Scapeshift putting multiple mountains into play?
This is incorrect. The first check of the if condition occurs when the trigger condition is met, not when the ability would be put on the stack. These are not the same time. It matters for spells like Hypergenesis where things are not entering the battlefield simultaneously.
Apr
20
comment Can I have multiple copies of a creature with Cipher?
"This can happen as many times as you can manage to deal COMBAT damage to a player with the creature." -- important distinction :)
Apr
12
answered Infractions/Player Communication - Infernal Tutor and Lion's Eye Diamond
Apr
12
comment Infractions/Player Communication - Infernal Tutor and Lion's Eye Diamond
Just an addendum, because of the way you asked the original question, the correct answer for a communication issue in a CREL event is always "whatever the head judge that day thinks."
Mar
13
comment Why does Wizards of the Coast print terrible MTG cards?
For commons and uncommons of any 'modern' set the answer will pretty much always be "that color was too good in draft testing"
Mar
13
answered D4 dice that are truncated tetrahedrons?
Mar
12
comment How can I balance mandatory quests in two-player games of Lords of Waterdeep?
IMO take them out entirely. And if you ever find a worker-placement game that actually scales down to two players really well, let me know!!!
Mar
12
comment Are counters (noun) physical things?
Note that using other cards is forbidden in the context of a sanctioned event :)
Mar
6
awarded  magic-the-gathering
Mar
5
comment If a +1/+1 counter is removed after a creature takes damage, does it die?
Sorry, I didn't think I was being super critical of the entire game or something. It is a plain fact that representing damage as reduced toughness is incorrect. It may have been the right software implementation decision at the time, but particularly with the arrival of "evolve" the widespread misunderstanding about that it caused has been kind of a pain for judging casual FNMs :)
Mar
5
awarded  Nice Answer
Mar
5
answered If a +1/+1 counter is removed after a creature takes damage, does it die?
Mar
4
comment If I am going to start playing Magic The Gathering, what set should I start with?
Also, in the specific context of introducing a 12 year old to the game, the "core set" i.e., M13, is intentionally made up of cards with fewer complicated rules and interactions to understand.
Mar
1
comment How much money would I have to spend to play in tournaments?
vintage is a little weird though since it's almost never played as a sanctioned format and is usually a proxy tournament when played at all.