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

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Feb
13
revised What happens if Genesis Wave puts Fists of Ironwood onto a battlefield with no creatures?
edit with a link from WCF (and rewrite for clarity)
Feb
13
answered What happens if Genesis Wave puts Fists of Ironwood onto a battlefield with no creatures?
Feb
10
comment Is the target for an ability part of the cost?
Aura spells have targets just like instants and sorceries (may) have targets. Once the Aura spell resolves, then it creates an Aura permanent, which does not have a target but instead is "attached" to the thing it enchants.
Feb
3
comment What's the current state of Magic: The Gathering online play?
It's my understanding that only the very best pro players (like, top ~20 in the world) have good enough win percentages that they can sustain their MTGO activities solely through winnings and selling drafted cards. For the vast majority of us, it requires some input of money to keep going, although the better a player you are, the less your average cost is.
Jan
28
answered Why do cards have different rarity levels in Magic: The Gathering?
Jan
19
comment How should I determine how many lands of each different color to put in my deck?
It's not exactly simple, but this is about as close to a magic formula (pun intended) as I've ever seen: channelfireball.com/articles/… (and for Modern: channelfireball.com/articles/…).
Jan
13
comment How to decide if I should use a counterspell in MTG?
+1, but even True Conviction can be a dud if your opponent has no creatures. I think it's worth emphasizing that you can't say "always counter [card]" or "never counter [card];" you always have to consider the game state.
Jan
7
revised When must an Instant be played that prevents damage?
added 1199 characters in body
Jan
7
answered When must an Instant be played that prevents damage?
Jan
6
comment Can I cast a spell after a certain part of the stack is resolved in MTG?
@Izkata: the stack worked this way before 6th edition came out. Or rather, there was no stack before 6th edition, but there was something called a "batch" which worked more or less like you're describing. However, batches have not existed in MTG rules at all since the 6th edition rules change in 1998.
Jan
5
answered What general strategy exists for countering a white swarm/pump deck?
Jan
5
comment What general strategy exists for countering a white swarm/pump deck?
It generally does.
Jan
3
comment Which damage number does lifelink use to determine the life gain?
It's not really a question of which damage number is used to determine life gain, because there is only one damage number. As the answers explain, in your example, a 3/3 creature deals 3 damage, period. The toughness of the blocker, 2, is not an amount of damage.
Jan
3
comment How does the double strike mechanic interact with other mechanics like lifelink or trample?
@Beofett: no, it does not.
Jan
1
comment Does Harmonic Sliver have to destroy a permanent?
@Stuart: good point, you're right. (I was confused by the timing rules in MTGO, in which abilities are never actually placed on the stack until a legal target is chosen)
Jan
1
revised Does Harmonic Sliver have to destroy a permanent?
added 9 characters in body
Jan
1
answered Does Harmonic Sliver have to destroy a permanent?
Dec
30
comment Can you claim a Double Sacrifice Bonus?
To offer a slightly different way to think about it: an ability that says "Sacrifice [X]: Do [Y]" does not mean that "[Y]" automatically happens whenever you sacrifice [X]. And in general, it's not the case that the effect of an ability occurs whenever you happen to take the action specified in the cost. You have to specifically choose to use a particular ability in order to get its effect, as Ian said.
Dec
29
awarded  Critic
Dec
28
answered How should my strategy change in an MTG Draft based on the number of players?