3,759 reputation
926
bio website
location Seattle, WA
age 44
visits member for 3 years, 1 month
seen yesterday

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


May
29
awarded  Organizer
May
29
revised When entering Tokyo Bay, does the monster in Tokyo City take damage?
edited tags - the game is identified!
May
20
comment Does an exiled Aetherling come back into play untapped?
Note that this is still affected by effects that indicate how permanents enter the battlefield; if your opponent controls a card like Urabrask or Blind Obedience which says that 'creatures [your opponents control] enter the battlefield tapped' then Aetherling will enter play tapped when coming out of exile and not just when played from your hand.
May
6
revised In Axis and Allies, how do you choose which player plays which country?
Formatting and an order fix so the 3-player and 5-player orders match
Apr
24
reviewed Edit In bridge, how can you “see” (locate) most of 52 cards halfway into the play?
Apr
24
revised In bridge, how can you “see” (locate) most of 52 cards halfway into the play?
formatting / readability
Apr
16
comment Does the first spell from Possibility Storm go on the stack before being exiled?
While this looks good overall (I haven't taken a close look yet), one small catch in the first example: Reiterate will also trigger Possibility Storm, unless you happen to find it in your library from casting some other spell in response to Lightning Bolt! Increasing Vengeance (out of the GY) might be a better choice for an example...
Apr
10
awarded  Custodian
Apr
10
reviewed Approve Can somebody continue a road after it has been cut off/separated from its nearest city?
Apr
10
comment After using Act of Treason and Cloudshift, does a creature re-enter the battlefield under my control?
Not true: almost all 'flicker' effects before AVR specifically returned the card to play under its owner's control. Momentary Blink returns the card under its owner's control, as does Flickerwisp, as do Oblivon Ring and Fiend Hunter, as does Obzedat (returning itself to play under its owner's control). Avacyn Restored's flicker mechanics are the exception but definitely not the rule.
Apr
10
comment Can I flicker Aurelia to get more than two attack phases?
This is incorrect on several different levels. Firstly, the additional combat triggers when Aurelia attacks; you can flicker her any time between declaring attackers and end of combat, you don't need to do it with the ability on the stack or any such. Secondly, you can do it during the first combat phase's end-of-combat step (see section 511 in the comprehensive rules), so that Aurelia gets all the way through the first combat phase and is in play in plenty of time to attack during the second combat phase. (You could even do it during the second combat's beginning-of-combat step.)
Mar
31
comment Can I flicker Aurelia to get more than two attack phases?
+1 especially for the note that this doesn't work with Restoration Angel! It's amazing how many people forget that clause. Also, note that the fact that Aurelia untaps all creatures (and not just those that attacked) means it's theoretically possible to go infinite with e.g. a Breeding Pool and a couple of Arbor Elves.
Mar
27
comment Must a player take a jump in checkers?
I think you're mis-reading rule 9. If after the jump you choose there's still another jump available, you do have to take that additional jump - but you don't have to choose the multi-jump move in the first place in preference to some move that only offers a single jump.
Mar
26
comment Types of EDH mana base
Might be worth noting Aven Mindcensor as another search hoser as that's arguably less conditional than Leonin Arbiter and sees a fair bit of play (at least in the groups I've seen).
Mar
20
comment Are Basic Lands (Mana) Block/Set Agnostic?
Nitpickery: (1) Alpha corners aren't square; they're actually more rounded than 'normal' Magic cards. Square corners were used for the collector's edition (and neither is generally tournament-legal). (2) that Japanese Island is from Return to Ravnica, not Kamigawa. :-) Maybe you want to point to an Arabian Nights Mountain (magic.tcgplayer.com/db/…) instead?
Mar
20
answered What are the names for Magic's different colour combinations?
Mar
18
comment Is it better to start with M13 and splash in RtR and GTC when building a deck?
One note of meta-advice (which could go on many of your posts, which is why it's a comment here rather than an answer): if your interest is to build a deck to be (semi-)competitive with at FNM, at some point you're acutally going to want to switch from buying packs to buying singles. Especially (counter-intuitively) outside of rares, singles make it much more cost-efficient to get the effects and cards you want, essentially without having to worry about which sets you're picking up. The singles market is another thing that's changed drastically (much for the better) since the 'old days'.
Mar
13
comment Why does Wizards of the Coast print terrible MTG cards?
"Imagine if every card in a pack had the same power level" - I think anyone who's cubed can empathize with this agony. :-) Which do you pick: Ancestral, Mox Ruby, Tinker, or Library of Alexandria?
Mar
9
comment Playing Settlers of Catan with a D12 instead of 2D6
@JoeZeng Interestingly, that would lead to exactly the same odds (1 in 6) as in the 2d6 case...
Mar
3
comment What is the term for a stalemate in Checkers?
Small nitpickery: the correct term is 'draw' in Chess and Checkers. 'Stalemate' refers to a particular kind of draw in chess - namely, when a player is unable to move - that's all but impossible to achieve in Checkers.