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Apr
12
comment Kill a blocker with an instant - is it still blocking?
@PLL Note, though, that there is time between declaration of attackers and declaration of blockers for instants and sorceries to be cast - for instance, the defending player can attempt to kill an attacker with some Instant spell before deciding whether or not she wishes to block it.
Feb
20
comment Thorncaster Sliver and Venom Sliver vs. Priority or Lack Thereof
That's basically so, except that he's not 'distributing' damage; he's just choosing targets for his abilities. The damage will be dealt as part of the resolution of those abilities. (Distributing damage used to be used for combat damage - and note that this isn't combat damage! - and is used to describe spells like Rolling Thunder or Arc Lightning where one source is dealing damage to several targets, which also isn't the case here.)
Jan
29
comment Why is Sunken Hollow a rare?
@Yakk I'll trade you this awesome giant firebreathing dragon for it! (Although to be fair I think there were more ways to destroy land at the time!)
Jan
29
comment Why is Sunken Hollow a rare?
@IvoBeckers It couldn't have been that either - Oath's Expeditions are an entirely different set from the BFZ expeditions, and Sunken Hollow was already an Expedition in BFZ.
Sep
6
comment Is it worth it to buy booster boxes or singles to collect 4 regular and 4 foil Cards
they are significantly different - but on average, I believe you could buy the entire contents of a typical booster box from a shop for less than the price of a box. Boxes are generally priced for the 'best-case scenario', which is well above the price of the typical contents.
Sep
4
comment Is it worth it to buy booster boxes or singles to collect 4 regular and 4 foil Cards
'it is unlikely that you could buy the contents of that booster box for less than the cost of the box.' - this is false more often than not, I suspect, particularly if you look for bulk deals on commons and uncommons. When the prices of singles inflate to the point that it's profitable to open boxes, the price of boxes generally rises to tip the balance back the other way.
Jul
4
comment Does newer card text on a Magic: The Gathering card override the old wording?
@Pacerier Long enough ago that it's difficult to remember - at least a decade if not a chunk longer. Probably close to the time of the 6th edition rules?
Apr
22
comment Origin of scores for letters in Scrabble (in relation to their frequency in a langauge)
I'm going to tuck this in comments since it's a link-only note (and self-aggrandizement at that), but you might be interested in this note on Gamasutra about letter frequencies.
Apr
3
comment Kolaghan, The Storm's Fury dragon attacking ability
Also, if you somehow wind up with two copies of Kolaghan in play on your side (say, via Mirror Gallery) then each one's ability will trigger for each attacking dragon, and so (assuming no other dragons are attacking) your creatures will get +4/+0 until EOT.
Apr
2
comment How many cards do I need to make a collected set “draftable?”
This is by no means an answer to the question, but as far as 'without equal' goes, you should definitely spin up some Rise of the Eldrazi drafts sometime too. It's a close match for Innistrad in terms of diversity and ability to go deep. (Arguably Modern Masters was also, but that's a much harder format to practice with...)
Mar
26
comment What's the best strategy to win a tic-tac-toe variant on a 5x5-board?
O can win faster here: let their turn 3 be (1,3) & (2,3); now X has no squares in the first or second rows and whichever one he puts a piece in, O will win on turn 4 in the other.
Mar
26
comment What's the best strategy to win a tic-tac-toe variant on a 5x5-board?
@Guvante In your example, if O just makes their second move at (1,2) and (1,4) they will win by turn 4.
Mar
26
comment What's the best strategy to win a tic-tac-toe variant on a 5x5-board?
@Guvante X's first move is wholly moot to this solution. O just places his first move(s) on any two squares which do not share a row or column with X's first move, and then his second move on two squares which do share either rows or columns with his first move, and which leave three 'open sides' to the rectangle. X has only had two moves at this point.
Mar
26
comment What's the best strategy to win a tic-tac-toe variant on a 5x5-board?
@Guvante Having X play at O2 is exactly equivalent to playing where this answer puts it. In either case, after their second move O has a rectangle with three fully free 'lines', which is all this argument needs to go through..
Feb
12
comment Does Vorinclex help its controller or its owner?
I think the problem with quotation marks comes down to the fact that the comprehensive rules are (for no good reason I can comprehend) no longer available in text format, so the 'smart' quotes are embedded in the document itself.
Jan
30
comment How can I store all of the cards for my MtG Cube?
FWIW, I presume that when OP mentions 'shoe boxes' they mean the two-row card boxes of comparable dimensions; this is how I've always heard the phrase used.
Jan
24
comment Why Does Magic Use The “Paris Mulligan” Rule?
@doppelgreener I thought that was implicit in the above - one reason (and there are certainly several) is that it's a game-design decision made to balance the power level of different archetypes.
Jan
23
comment Why Does Magic Use The “Paris Mulligan” Rule?
Under Wizards' official no-land/all-land mulligan rules, you only got one mulligan; you couldn't 'legally mulligan over and over'. I can't dig up a copy of the old floor rules ATM, but look at archive.wizards.com/Magic/magazine/article.aspx?x=mtgcom/daily/… for confirmation of this.
Jan
13
comment Does Marchesa and a creature with modular work together?
Also, tiny nitpickery: there are ways for Ravager to die that don't trigger Marchesa. For instance, if your opponent puts Spike Cannibal into play and gets to move the +1/+1 counters from Arcbound Ravager onto it, then the game state will 'see' Ravager dying to a state-based effect as a 0/0 creature, and since it died with zero counters on it (those counters having moved), Marchesa's ability won't return it to play at EOT.
Dec
24
comment Is an Enchantment Creature also an Enchanted Creature?
If the OP misquotes a card and I explain to them why their quote is incorrect and how that incorrect quote has led to an incorrect assumption about the behavior of the card, I feel like my answer has served a useful purpose regardless.