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Software engineer and long-time dabbler in mathematics; 11th in the Putnams forever ago but I've long since atrophied.


Dec
10
comment Can regenerate save a creature from -X/-X effects?
Not relevant, incidentally, but zero toughness hasn't always been an SBA; there was a while where you could attempt to regenerate from zero toughness (and, as you note, die again). IIRC, problems with Clergy of the Holy Nimbus were one of the primary driving causes for the change.
Dec
8
comment When you “sacrifice 3 creatures” as a cost, are they sacrificed one at a time?
The canonical example where you have to be careful about ordering between 602.1f and 602.1g is Wild Cantor and Chord of Calling; since 602.1f says you have to use mana abilities before paying costs, if you sacrifice Wild Cantor to add a mana to your pool then it won't be available to tap as part of the cost for Chord.
Dec
7
answered Is an Enchantment Creature also an Enchanted Creature?
Dec
7
reviewed Approve Is an Enchantment Creature also an Enchanted Creature?
Dec
3
awarded  Nice Question
Nov
24
comment How are M:TG cards printed in regards to the rarity of each card?
@Zags Here's a Magic 2015 sheet at 11x11: desertbus.org/blog/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/… . As far as I know they've never used 10x11; even uncut beta sheets are 11x11 ( product-images.highwire.com/1593929/betasheetuncutsold.jpg ). I suspect the article you saw may have been in error.
Nov
24
comment How are M:TG cards printed in regards to the rarity of each card?
Magic sheets - and there are a lot out there; they show up as prizes at conventions and such - are generally 11x11, with 121 cards on them. (You can see this if you do a google image search for 'Magic uncut sheet'). The sheet in that article is specifically the sheet that the oversized Commander generals were printed on; if you look at the size of the images in comparison to the proofer's hands, they're much larger than normal Magic cards.
Nov
16
comment Do Collectible Card Games without shuffling exist?
While this is an interesting discussion (and a sentiment that I agree with), StackExchange is not a discussion site (from boardgames.stackexchange.com/tour : "This site is all about getting answers. It's not a discussion forum. There's no chit-chat.") and this doesn't answer the OP's question.
Nov
16
comment What cards have good potential for a combo with Mayor of Avabruck // Howlpack Alpha?
Note that Master of the Hunt has errata on him so that the tokens he produces are Wolf tokens named Wolves of the Hunt; previously, since they had no specified creature type, their type was the same as their name and they wouldn't have gotten the Alpha's bonus!
Nov
14
comment Sorcery supercedes instant?
I might add a tiny 'you get priority' or the like between 'You cast the sorcery' and 'You pass priority to your opponent' - by the rules of the game, you have priority immediately after casting the sorcery, and someone might read this as saying otherwise. (Though of course the floor rules sort of tweak this a bit)
Nov
12
awarded  Yearling
Nov
7
comment Why would you not move pawn two spaces during first move in chess?
Your magic word is 'Nimzowitsch'. His 'overprotection' is by far not the only approach to chess, but learning about his style and his system will help you to understand the other factors that can be at play in a position.
Oct
30
comment Does a copy of your commander count as your “Commander”?
Tiny nitpickery: Lieutenant isn't a keyword, it's actually an ability word. Think of it as a form of reminder text: the word 'Lieutenant' doesn't carry any rules weight, it just lets you know that something is going on when you control your commander.
Sep
30
awarded  Explainer
Sep
29
comment Statistics on a booster pack (to make my own re-packs)
For what it's worth, if your purpose behind the repacks is to open them to draft with, you should consider building a cube : see starcitygames.com/magic/multiplayer/11755_The_Cube_20.html , for instance. (Some people go to the trouble of 'balancing' their cube packs, but many more folks just shuffle up and let randomness be randomness)
Sep
24
awarded  Autobiographer
Sep
22
comment Can my opponent and I decide on a victory condition to avoid a draw?
@corsiKa In that one special circumstance yes, but the precise phrasing in the very tournament rules document that you link to is "The result of a match or game may not be randomly or arbitrarily determined through any means other than the normal progress of the game in play. Examples include (but are not limited to) rolling a die, flipping a coin, arm wrestling, or playing any other game." The key phrase is 'normal progress of the game in play'; 'outside the game' doesn't come into it at all.
Sep
20
comment What's the most intuitive way to use a die for a pass/fail test?
If your only concern is to give the players ways of making a 50/50 choice, then I agree with Dave's comment above - simply flip a coin. There's no need to introduce extra parts for this. (P.S. : players will be frustrated at having game-relevant events decided by coin flips. Whether you care about this, or whether you choose to use that frustration for good, is up to you - but you should be aware that it will exist.)
Sep
18
comment How does Rageblood Shaman's ability work?
I'm more disappointed that neither of you picked Hurloon Minotaur!
Sep
6
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