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I'm a postdoc doing research in high-energy particle physics. I also have a hobby interest in computer programming.

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Nov
11
comment How has the rise of limited formats affected MTG set design?
IIRC Mirage block was the first to be designed with limited formats in mind, and that was released in 1997, so it's going to take someone with a good memory to describe in any detail how limited affected the design. (Or good Google-fu, I guess - I'm sure there are some discussions about it on the web)
Oct
15
revised When is a creature's toughness calculated
added 88 characters in body
Oct
15
comment When is a creature's toughness calculated
ah, looks like I forgot to finish writing before I submitted :-P
Oct
15
answered When is a creature's toughness calculated
Sep
26
comment What happens if Genesis Wave puts Fists of Ironwood onto a battlefield with no creatures?
Update to my last comment: the latest rules update (603.2d) has some wording that may be relevant to that - it suggests that in fact if an aura entered the battlefield attached to a permanent, it would not have been considered to become attached to that permanent.
Sep
21
awarded  Custodian
Sep
11
revised What happens when I Radiate a Time Stretch with Timesifter in play?
fix card names and add a tag
Sep
3
comment What happens if I use Sudden Disappearance?
And in particular, only abilities that actually use the tap symbol in their cost.
Aug
25
awarded  Civic Duty
Jul
27
comment Why do cards have different rarity levels in Magic: The Gathering?
I wouldn't say "often." There are a few mistakes, but the majority of expensive cards are just normal cards that are in high demand.
Jul
16
comment Can Dismember kill my Gloryscale Viashino after I cast Armadillo Cloak?
@Nick The triggered ability is not linked in any way to the spell. So if Armadillo Cloak is countered, that doesn't automatically have any effect on the triggered ability.
Jul
15
comment How does Infect resolve in M:TG?
One thing for future readers to note: infect isn't a spell or ability, so it doesn't actually resolve.
Jul
14
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Can Dismember kill my Gloryscale Viashino after I cast Armadillo Cloak?
Jul
14
answered Can Dismember kill my Gloryscale Viashino after I cast Armadillo Cloak?
Jul
5
awarded  Yearling
Jun
28
comment Which effects affect both opponents and which only one in Two Headed Giant?
+1 for correct usage of both "effect" and "affect" :-P
Jun
26
revised Prateor's Grasp - Can Opponent Determine Taken Card Before Shuffle
improve formatting of card text
Jun
19
comment Gaining and losing life at the same time
It's worth noting that in this scenario you don't gain and lose life at the same time. First you lose the life, then only later, you gain the life (if you haven't already lost).
Jun
13
answered Trample + Deathtouch
Jun
13
comment Land ratio vs mana curve
Limited decks have a lower overall quality of spells, and the power cards in the deck tend to be more expensive: 4-6 mana instead of 2 or 3. So it's more important to hit the first 4-5 land drops consistently than it is in a low-curve constructed deck. Plus, if you miss land drops early, it's easy to fall behind in board position, and the kinds of cards that let you recover from those situations are in very short supply in Limited. Better to avoid getting behind at all, and drawing enough land is a key component of doing so.