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


Feb
1
revised Cribbage pone strategy for hands involving a run and a pair
corrected the analysis
Feb
1
answered Cribbage pone strategy for hands involving a run and a pair
Jan
31
comment What happens when the {X} in Mind Grind *is* zero?
Excellent answer - +1 for the rules quotes.
Jan
31
answered What happens when the {X} in Mind Grind *is* zero?
Jan
30
comment Is this card worded correctly and balanced?
@Lord_Gareth The thing is that the corner cases of 'can blocked even if tapped by external factors' are so small that it's simply not worth the additional complexity over simply declaring it with Vigilance in the first place. Your comparison to Nightguard Patrol is an apt one, but that's also a point - you've made it harder to cast and given it a drawback in the process. I would agree with corsiKa's first suggestion (First strike, Vigilance, must attack, must block, one mana cheaper); I think it perfectly captures the flavor.
Jan
30
comment Are multicolor decks in any color combination viable in modern Magic?
@AlexP It was on my mind, but I didn't see any good Flash decks in the couple of standard tournaments I looked at. :-)
Jan
30
comment What to keep in mind when copying a small card game?
If you have any legal concerns about what you're doing, I would actually recommend not sending the manufacturers money - it could easily be interpreted as an acknowledgement that you know what you're doing is in the legal wrong.
Jan
30
answered Are multicolor decks in any color combination viable in modern Magic?
Jan
30
comment Are multicolor decks in any color combination viable in modern Magic?
Has it ever been the case that building a deck of more than one color was hard? The original base set had a full suite of 10 dual lands, and every core set and every large set since then has had at least some version of a 2 (or more) color land cycle. The original 'competitive' Magic deck, "The Deck", was three colors (blue plus white plus Mind Twist); the first World Championships pitted a U/W/g Stasis deck vs. a 4-color Zoo deck.
Jan
30
comment Does the fact that my deck is aggro mean I should add or remove land?
@user1873 It wouldn't hurt, but I think the principles apply regardless of format (though in limited it's mostly just the distinction between playing, e.g., 16 lands and 18, not nearly the variance of other formats).
Jan
30
answered Does the fact that my deck is aggro mean I should add or remove land?
Jan
29
comment MTG Gatecrash Simic Strategies for a Prerelease event
@AlexP Thank you! It's much appreciated. I just had the misfortune of being late to the party. :-)
Jan
29
comment Is Dimir's milling strategy viable in Gatecrash sealed deck? If not, what can they do instead?
Curiously, I feel almost exactly the opposite - Dimir's commons feel the weakest of the bunch for draft, and (as a diehard RGU player looking forward to plenty of Simic drafts) Boros scares the hell out of me; it's the tempo color and I suspect most good Boros decks will regularly have opponents dead on the board by their 5th turn.
Jan
25
comment Is Dimir's milling strategy viable in Gatecrash sealed deck? If not, what can they do instead?
'Get lucky via milling' isn't a strategy - you're exactly as likely to mill them to their good card as you are to mill them past it. If you don't completely deplete their library, it literally doesn't matter how many cards you mill out of it.
Jan
25
comment MTG Gatecrash Simic Strategies for a Prerelease event
@AlexP Unfortunately, you can't always mulligan to hands with all your colors available. If I had three forests, three purely green (creature) spells and one GU spell, I'd keep that in a heartbeat; it's almost certainly better than a random 6 are going to be.
Jan
25
answered MTG Gatecrash Simic Strategies for a Prerelease event
Jan
23
comment MTG Gatecrash Simic Strategies for a Prerelease event
Since you say 'high toughness and power', I want to point out something that you may not have noticed: Evolve triggers off of the creature entering play having either a higher toughness or a higher power than the evolving creature. And as it happens, there are a number of creatures with either high power or high toughness for triggering evolve (for instance, even just a couple of Crocanura will turn your Cloudfin Raptor into a 2/3 flyer).
Jan
17
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Jan
15
comment Does March of the Machines make artifacts in hand creatures as well?
Also, note that this means that (normally non-creature) artifacts played from your hand will be artifact spells but not creature spells, and cannot be countered by cards like Essence Scatter.
Jan
14
comment What are the odds of drawing a given card after discarding my initial hand?
@Osidan For a mulligan, you actually shuffle your original hand back into your deck and then draw the new hand (usually a hand with one card fewer, per tournament rules, but in friendly play and certain odd formats there are exceptions). This means that the contents of your original hand have no influence whatsoever on the contents of your mulligan hand.