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Oct
9
comment Two Player Draft Formats
@bengoesboom seeing as many cards have 3 mana pips in them, you kind of need 3. Besides, you need 15 land in a 30 card deck if you reliable want 7 mana out on turn 7, which you usually do. the 40% rule breaks down on decks that small.
Oct
9
comment Predator's Rapport and counters
@Jefromi You do need to know about layers if the creature in question is an Ogre. Because Ogres are like onions: they have layers.
Sep
22
comment Can my opponent and I decide on a victory condition to avoid a draw?
I'm just saying that because the life totals are part of the game (while rock paper scissors are not) that opens the door for confusion among players who may consider life total to be a perfectly valid victory condition when they're actually committing a penalty. This confusion could easily arise even from the July 2014 edition of the IPG.
Sep
22
comment Can my opponent and I decide on a victory condition to avoid a draw?
As I read the player's guide (that I found here: blogs.magicjudges.org/whatsupdocs/mipg/4-unsporting-conduct/… ) I'm not sure this answer is supported. The four examples they mention as against this rule are: coin flipping, dice rolling, arm wrestling, and rock-paper-scissors, and the phrase "outside-the-game" is mentioned multiple times. In fact, in single-elimination tournaments, life total is the tie-breaker.
Sep
19
comment Can I use tokens and basic lands from outside my format?
I've even seen token starved folks use dice for their tokens (sometimes a 6 means a 6/6, other times a 6 means 6 of whatever token it represents...), with their position representing tapped vs untapped vs summoning sickness. I don't recommend it because it forces you to remember so much more, but it does work in a pinch.
Sep
17
comment Can you destroy your own starbases?
Be me. See Eclipse tag. Almost flag to move to Stack Overflow. Realize I'm dumb. Post comment saying so.
Sep
15
comment Is older MTG Online client not supported any more?
@dnLL You seem surprised that complex software has bugs. For a company that isn't a software company, I'm surprised there aren't more bugs, honestly.
Sep
5
comment Why did Experiment One not get a counter when my Undying creature returned to play?
There's usually a couple glitches a year that I'm aware of. I don't know of any computer system with thousands of unique object families (each mechanic is essentially an object family) that interact with each other and somehow limits the number of bugs to "a couple a year". I have enterprise apps with a few dozen object families that would dream of having as few bugs as MTGO does.
Sep
3
comment In what order should I present the basics of Magic?
How long is your presentation? If it's 5 minutes, you might need a lot fewer sections.
Aug
28
comment Does Grindclock's counter reset when it's activated?
@StephenWinburn Actually, while the power 9 are certainly overpowered, the real reason they are not reprinted is due to their being on the reserved list. If you're looking for an example of a card that won't be reprinted --only-- for power level reasons, I would consider Jace the Mind Sculptor as your posterboy. To quote Mark Rosewater "Standard has never been at a power level where Jace, the Mind Sculptor was not over powered. (Well, maybe Standard with Urza’s Saga block.)"
Jul
30
comment In MTG, is there a collective name for cards that cost 1 mana and grant 3 of something?
It's worth pointing out that when Savannah Lions was first released, rarity was considered a mitigating factor to power level, which is no longer directly the case. Now the rarity is more strongly tied to how much it warps the limited environment which is only indirectly related to power level. You couldn't just bump up the rarity on a spell to justify its higher power level.
Jul
16
comment If you block an attack, can the blocker be killed with an instant before you can sacrifice it?
Yes, Rusher, but imagine if someone said "If I enchant it, can my opponent respond before I enchant it?" and the answer would be yes they can. It's poorly worded (what OP actually means is "kill it before it is sacrificed") granted, but it's a completely legit question.
Jul
14
comment What color are Nissa, Worldwaker's lands?
If a land had a mana cost, you wouldn't have to pay it as per 202.1b. That doesn't mean that they could not decide to color a land again, like they did with Dryad Arbor. If you Nissa a Dryad Arbor, it's a green elemental.
Jul
8
comment Are Magic: the Gathering Conspiracy cards colorless?
It seems very picky to say that you're considering Conspiracies, a card legal in a tiny sliver of Magic games, but won't also consider an Unhinged card, which is also legal in a tiny sliver of Magic games. Kind of a double standard. You're talking about two of the only "draft-only" sets in existence. It doesn't make sense to start drawing arbitrary lines.
Jul
8
comment Are Magic: the Gathering Conspiracy cards colorless?
I don't know about only existing in the Command Zone. You could open a Conspiracy pack with a Booster Tutor to put it into your hand, where it could interact with any number of cards that interact with the hand.
Jul
8
comment What's the technical term for the period of time between when an opponent concludes their turn and mine begins?
Interesting. After reading the article, I've found the confusion. You weren't oversimplifying. I was overcomplicated. I would have considered the one "Go" shortcut to be what you consider two different shortcuts. One by player A who passes priority until B gets priority in the end step, and then a shortcut initiated by B to pass any cleanup and untap-deferred triggers and proceed with the upkeep step. I would have considered those two different, but it appears I'm in the minority.
Jul
8
comment What's the technical term for the period of time between when an opponent concludes their turn and mine begins?
@Rusher passing the end step passes to the cleanup step where players can get priority to respond to events occuring as a result of the cleanup step (for example "when this card enters the graveyard" triggering from discarding down to 7. After the cleanup is the untap step where no priority is given ("when this uptaps" and other such triggers are deferred to the beginning of the upkeep step). I think you (and murgatroid) are oversimplifying exactly how complex the 'go' shortcut really is and what it entails, which I suppose is okay given mugatroid's link to the shortcut rules.
Jul
8
comment What's the technical term for the period of time between when an opponent concludes their turn and mine begins?
I believe your last paragraph is misleading. Untapping your lands and creatures would be the same as saying "I accept your shortcut." If you say "During your end step..." that would be the same as saying "I decline your shortcut." and the game actually goes as it is supposed to without shortcuts.
Jun
25
comment When a card asks you to flip a coin is it against the rules to use a two headed coin?
They might buy it if you called tails. =)
Jun
25
comment When a card asks you to flip a coin is it against the rules to use a two headed coin?
That depends - do you let your opponent examine the coin and then call it in the air? =)