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


Jun
25
comment What's the name of the theory that the player with the most options has the advantage?
This is in fact a well-established theorem in Conbinatorial Game Theory; it's a piece of proving the so-called Simplest Form Theorem. If I remember when I get home I can chase down proper references, but the canonical source is the book Winning Ways For Your Mathematical Plays.
Jun
12
comment When do transformed creatures go back to their original forms?
Since this subsumes just about everything I was going to say (and says it better), I'll add one tiny note from my answer: this is implicit (but could be much better spelled out) in the informal article pointed to: "not all double-faced cards transform in both directions."
Jun
4
comment How do you run a short multiplayer Conspiracy draft tournament?
@AlexP I'm pretty certain that Conspiracy will not be available as an FNM format precisely because of the issues around making suitable multiplayer tournaments; WotC might have suggestions as to how stores can run Conspiracy drafts on their own, but FNM tends to be a 'grinder format' and I wouldn't expect them to turn it over to the politics of multiplayer.
Jun
3
answered How do you run a short multiplayer Conspiracy draft tournament?
May
29
comment Why is Sword of Body and Mind regarded as the weakest of the Swords?
Oh, I agree - when you have a creature to fetch back, that ability is clearly better; any guy in your deck is likely to trump a 2/2 Wolf. It's just that in my experience the Raise Dead ability is moot often enough (either because the Sword is on the first creature you've played, or the opponent has something like a Scavenging Ooze active) that I feel like it's mostly a wash vs. SoBaM. I can't argue that LaS gets a lot more play, though.
May
29
comment Why is Sword of Body and Mind regarded as the weakest of the Swords?
@BrianS In the case where you have some Kitchen Finks-level creature in your yard, that's definitely so - but I would argue that the 2/2 dork is more unconditionally useful than a Raise Dead, since outside of going the dedicated route it's difficult to guarantee that there will be creatures in your GY when you get to trigger the Sword's ability.
May
29
answered Why is Sword of Body and Mind regarded as the weakest of the Swords?
May
24
asked Do I draw a card if I enchant an opponent's Eidolon of Blossoms with Hypnotic Siren?
May
24
comment What does Will of the Council do with 2 Players?
Why the downvotes? This question has an easy answer, but it doesn't seem like a bad question...
May
22
comment Improve the Power of creatures in the graveyard?
For the 'high-power creatures' section, while it's rolled out of Standard now I feel obliged to mention Death's Shadow ( gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/… ), which has actually seen some fringe competitive play in Modern for just this purpose.
May
19
comment Are there 5/5 Beast Token cards?
I would rather say that it's only with (roughly) Tenth Edition that Wizards started making tokens for all cards that produced token creatures; while the ones before that were promos, there really were quite a few of them (as they were used for player rewards promos). For instance, I have several of the 4/4 beast token from Odyssey. Mirrodin more falls in the 'dead zone' in between the two different styles of token production.
May
19
comment Are there 5/5 Beast Token cards?
I'm glad to know I wasn't the only one wondering about this! I was looking for a 5/5 beast token for my cube, and while I suspected there wasn't one I wasn't 100% sure.
May
11
awarded  Citizen Patrol
May
8
comment Could an actual mono black storm (Tendril of agony) deck be viable for Legacy?
Ahhh, that's a fair point. I should probably mention ANT in this answer for completeness' sake; the deck usually really wants its cantrips, but it can certainly ostensibly play without.
May
8
comment Could an actual mono black storm (Tendril of agony) deck be viable for Legacy?
@Cruncher In Legacy? What do you use for a YawgWill effect, or do you even have one?
May
7
answered Could an actual mono black storm (Tendril of agony) deck be viable for Legacy?
May
2
comment Gods have summon sickness?
@Rusher But that's my point exactly: when you say 'all permanents are affected by summoning sickness' it's easy for someone new to the game to infer incorrectly that 'no permanents may tap to activate abilities', since one of the elements of summoning sickness is exactly that.
May
2
comment Gods have summon sickness?
I agree that this is actively confusing; in particular, one aspect of summoning sickness is 'this permanent cannot tap to activate an ability', which is patently false for non-creature permanents.
May
1
comment What's the best way to determine which cards will be banned or not reprinted?
You can virtually guarantee that Sphinx's Revelation will not be reprinted in the next block, and probably not for some time if ever. The only cards that tend to see reprint are 'staple' effects, and that's a card that's both thematic to its block and a complicated card, the sort that's very fungible.
Apr
29
comment What happens when I cast a spell incorrectly?
@callahan09 Your bolded section of 601.2c specifically says "if any effects say that an object or player must be chosen as a target", etc. This is not part of the normal process of casting the spell; this specifically refers to effects such as the 'flagbearer' ability on cards like Coalition Honor Guard ( gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=26371 ).