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Cleaner [klee-ner] adj
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Nov
27
comment In what kind of deck is Aether Vial good?
The other thing vial does is make your creatures instant speed. Such as the use of Vial + Flickerwisp in some HateBears builds. Flickerwisp is suddenly much more interesting when you can use it to counter removal spells or rescue chump blocks.
Nov
24
comment What's the most effective storage solution for x-wing to keep bases, dials and templates next to ships?
You can also fit a dial and two base tokens quite nicely into the original packaging of expansion ships if you line up the void in the tokens with the hinge on the dial and slide it in right.
Nov
24
comment Are there any consequences, if you cannot block Loathsome Catoblepas?
Attacking and Blocking restrictions in general do not force you to activate abilities or pay costs to satisfy them. If your opponent has Ghostly Prison out and puts Curse of the Nightly Hunt on you, you can basically choose not to attack. The Curse can't force you to activate mana abilities and/or use mana to pay the cost of the Prison.
Oct
7
comment Rune of spellbreaking on multiple runelords
You're not allowed to have more than one dispell scroll anymore in 8th edition btw :) (Unless maybe there's still a book or two with the old rules in the army book. Brets?)
Sep
26
comment Dwarf giant slayers and runic weapons
Can you still have more than one giant slayer in the new book? I thought they killed the GS bus for some reason.
Sep
22
comment Can my opponent and I decide on a victory condition to avoid a draw?
What you can do in this situation is report the true result of the match. IPG is clear on this. Scheming to play the tournament by your own alternate rules harms other players who are in the same situation at a different table and obey the rules. (In practice it is in fact common for players with clearly inferior board states to scoop on turn 5 of extra turns as a courtesy in this situation. But that is different from making an agreement to play the tournament by your own rules ahead of time.)
Sep
22
comment Can my opponent and I decide on a victory condition to avoid a draw?
That link is out of date. The current wording is 'a method that is not part of the current game'. wpn.wizards.com/sites/wpn/files/attachements/…
Sep
18
comment Are there any resources available for building custom battle decks?
For multiplayer decks, check out the Conspiracy set. It's still readily available at retail at discounted prices (at least in my area.)
Sep
16
comment How can I remove a Darksteel Citadel animated by Nissa, Worldwaker?
Retraction Helix does not deal with indestructible lands ;)
Sep
9
comment Is checkers just tactics?
Checkers is a solved game. Two perfect players will always play to a draw. So in a sense there is one perfect strategy and it's just a test of tactical ability to see who makes a mistake first. (In tournaments it is normal to draw the opening moves out of a hat as mitigation.)
Sep
5
comment If a single effect would destroy a permanent multiple times, can regeneration replace it?
@Kevin Austere Command is different, modal spells are kinda funny. It created two effects that you execute in the order printed on the card. "Destroy all artifacts. (then) Destroy all enchantments." It's not the same as, e.g., "Destroy all artifacts and enchantments" which is a single effect applying twice (that gets converted to a single destruction by rule 400.6).
Sep
3
comment If a single effect would destroy a permanent multiple times, can regeneration replace it?
Nancy gets a warning for trying to cast a sorcery on Anthony's turn and the game state is reverted to before the illegal action. :)
Aug
26
comment Modernising a 90s Warhammer 40K Army
Aww, Heavy Flamer template :( I miss that thing.
Aug
21
comment Are the odds of drawing mythics greater when purchasing individually packaged boosters over booster boxes?
One supposes only someone who works at Hasbro or CartaMundi could tell us for certain. But, cards are printed in pre-set sheets and cut up, they don't come out of the printer one at a time. Consider if you really think Hasbro would go to the trouble and expense of creating a different set of printing templates + whatever else to create a different set of sheets that have differently weighted distributions of cards on them just for that small run of individually wrapped packs? (also... it's tough to think they earn a higher margin on anything sold at Walmart of all places!)
Aug
11
comment Can more lands be tapped for mana than needed?
@Rainbolt Lund committed a Game Rule Violation. His opponent saying "I noticed you commit that game rule violation, but chose not to say anything because I didn't want to point it out to you" is an exact definition of cheating. The only thing to investigate is potentially if his opponent was aware it was an actual rule violation and not just a mis-play.
Aug
11
comment Can more lands be tapped for mana than needed?
Fair enough, but I think it's relevant for OP to know he did actually break a rule of the game, whatever the consequences may be at his kitchen table/level of tournament. Cheating is still a DQ at R-REL, and his opponent potentially cheated. Since the rule is a bit obscure and the offense subtle, some more leeway in determining if the opponent understood a rule was broken rather than simply a mis-play may be given at Regular, but it still needs to be investigated.
Aug
11
comment Can more lands be tapped for mana than needed?
Floating mana without announcing is however a violation of rule 106.4a and can be penalized.
Aug
11
comment Can more lands be tapped for mana than needed?
Your friend would actually be facing disqualification for cheating if he did that at a tournament. He noticed you breaking a rule (failing to announce out loud that you had leftover mana after casting a spell) and chose not to say anything believing he would gain an advantage from your rule violation.
Aug
11
comment Can more lands be tapped for mana than needed?
What happened is illegal and there would be a penalty of a Warning for Game Rule Violation at a Competitive or Professional tournament. As you quoted in 106.4a, floating mana must be explicitly announced.
Jul
27
comment What do I say when an opponent asks if I'm “tapped out”, especially if I still have a means of casting a spell?
Or sometimes to badger people who purposely play with messy or confusing boards thinking it gives them some kind of pro edge. e.g., "Yes I am going to ask you if your inkmoth nexus is tapped every time it's relevant until you take it out from under that stack of darksteel citadels you tried to slip it into and put it where I can see it." :)