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


Jan
29
comment What happens if both players have the ability to pump their creature an unlimited number of times?
I'm not sure this is actually applicable here - specifically, the same game state is not being reached (as the power/toughness of the relevant creatures has changed). It's not clear to me that the rules actually handle this situation cleanly, though I presume the resolution would look something like this.
Jan
23
comment What is the original purpose of Bazaar of Baghdad?
Mostly what I was going to say, but I would go further: I don't think this card was 'designed for anything' in the sense that we now know the term at all. Magic design was in its true dark-ages infancy, and plenty of cards were crafted from a pure-flavor perspective without any sense whatsoever as to how they would help a player. Bazaar, I strongly suspect, was one of these.
Jan
22
comment What happened with Chronicles?
To be fair, Nicol Bolas also suffers from being somewhat impractically costed (particularly the upkeep cost, which makes him an impossible reanimator target); I think without Chronicles (and, keep in mind, the black-bordered Time Spiral reprint!) he'd be more valuable than he is now, but nowhere near $70 or so; probably $30-$35.
Jan
21
revised Creatures with Tribute and targeting
Added some relevant rules quotes
Jan
21
comment Creatures with Tribute and targeting
@Jefromi Yes and no - it's possible that things could work differently than expected, but 'as this enters the battlefield' is standardized rules templating; I believe that section 614 of the comprehensive rules (and in particular, 614.12a) is the relevant rules sections for this, and I'll make that clearer in the question.
Jan
21
comment Creatures with Tribute and targeting
Would the downvoter care to explain themselves?
Jan
21
asked Creatures with Tribute and targeting
Jan
6
comment How is the current format for an MTG booster draft calculated?
(Also, note that the order has changed; at the time it was Lorwyn-Lorwyn-Morningtide, but now the order would be reversed.)
Jan
6
comment What happens if a creature is returned to owner's hand after blocking or being targetted?
Nitpick: 'fizzle' is obsolete terminology and you won't find it in the rules; the correct phrase is 'countered upon resolution'.
Jan
6
revised What happens if a creature is returned to owner's hand after blocking or being targetted?
Spelling and grammar cleanup
Jan
6
awarded  Notable Question
Dec
16
comment Are there any cards that turn creatures into land?
It's not so much that it's abusable - there's very little that would be more abusive with this sort of card than the numerous other type-changing effects. It's just that the rules interactions that come about from making traditionally non-land permanents into land get decidedly awkward. Note that there are very few 'creature-into-X' effects because of just these interactions.
Dec
10
comment Can I block with a previously bestowed creature?
Not-so-minor nitpickery: it's very possible that the 'host' creature was killed after blockers were declared (e.g. by Doom Blade or the like). The bestowed aura that falls off still can't block in this case, of course.
Dec
4
awarded  Nice Answer
Dec
3
comment Do the destination tickets in Ticket To Ride require that the player completes the routes, or only that the tickets are completed?
While your question has already been excellently answered, I wanted to note that if you're interested in a rail game that's 'track-agnostic' you might want to have a look at TransAmerica: boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/2842/transamerica
Dec
1
comment Are Summon - [insert-creature-type-here] cards creatures?
A bit of nitpickery: while these permanents can be destroyed by 'destroy target creature'-type spells, there's actually a salient difference between a creature, a creature card and a creature spell. Doom Blade can't 'destroy' e.g. a non-black creature card in your graveyard, but it can destroy a green Beast token like the ones created by various instances of Garruk.
Nov
30
comment What is this game with pegs in holes, jumping and capturing each other?
As a small matter of pedantry, this isn't so much a game as a puzzle; you can find more information on the triangular version specifically (a version with a square grid is more common) at arxiv.org/abs/math.CO/0703865 .
Nov
24
awarded  Enlightened
Nov
24
awarded  Nice Answer
Nov
19
comment For Scrabble, Is there a most common phonies list anywhere?
I would argue that the reason it's 'neglected' is because it plays a relatively miniscule part of most Scrabble games - for various reasons, phonies just aren't a major part of most club play. That's not to say that they don't show up from time to time, but I would only start worrying about phonies after you have, e.g., not just all the twos but all of their extensions to threes pretty well in-hand.