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In The Beginning Was The d20. Daniel is a long-time computing geek who spends his days spreading this good word. Interests include painting, medieval swordsmanship, and every conceivable form of game design.


Mar
4
reviewed Leave Open Can a Djinn host a Parasite?
Mar
4
reviewed Leave Open Miniature painting - what does it mean to seal the model?
Mar
4
reviewed Close Any online software available for scheduling of adhoc gaming groups?
Mar
4
reviewed Leave Open How much money would I have to spend to play in tournaments?
Feb
25
awarded  Enlightened
Feb
25
awarded  Nice Answer
Feb
13
reviewed Close How do I build a Pokémon TCG deck?
Feb
13
reviewed Close What is the purpose of having randomizer cards for the non-kingdom cards?
Feb
11
comment Why is Homelands considered among the worst Magic expansions?
@thesunneversets: Sure, Legends wasn't an all-time great. But at least it put new ideas into the pool; Homelands didn't. (The legendary mechanic wasn't revised until much later, and it still owes a lot to the original. And I submit Planechase in evidence that Enchant World is not dead, and should not be. But we're moving off Homelands, so I'll shut up.)
Feb
11
comment Why is Homelands considered among the worst Magic expansions?
@thesunneversets: I don't think it's just the few "marquee" cards... Legends was at least exploring new design space. Multi-coloured creatures, cantrips, Enchant Worlds, Legendary cards - all new and interesting at the time. While few Legends cards are still relevant, most of its mechanical ideas are now staples. Homeland had no such innovation; its few new ideas were specific anti-strategy targeting.
Feb
8
comment Is Dimir's milling strategy viable in Gatecrash sealed deck? If not, what can they do instead?
Welcome to the site Jonathan. While I back this approach in draft, in sealed deck I don't think it can be counted on - there's too little chance of drawing evaders and finishers.
Jan
29
revised Is Dimir's milling strategy viable in Gatecrash sealed deck? If not, what can they do instead?
Made question less dependant on the prerelease (which is time-dependent), and more about Gatecrash generally.
Jan
29
comment Is Dimir's milling strategy viable in Gatecrash sealed deck? If not, what can they do instead?
Hmmm... good point @bwarner, but draft strategies are not the same as sealed. Edited to the best compromise I can manage.
Jan
28
awarded  Notable Question
Jan
27
comment Is Dimir's milling strategy viable in Gatecrash sealed deck? If not, what can they do instead?
I left out the faerie rogue, but then I'd drawn two Cloudfin Raptors, Basilica Screecher, two keyrunes and Deathcult Rogue. So I really didn't need it.
Jan
27
comment Is Dimir's milling strategy viable in Gatecrash sealed deck? If not, what can they do instead?
Hi Nick, thanks for your notes and welcome to the site. (Glad to hear it worked for someone. My tournament contained an awesome Dimir mill deck without Lazav, using multiple Consuming Paranoia and smart evasion to set up the Aberration. Unfortunately, it wasn't mine; I pulled three secondary mill cards, few bombs and a lousy creature curve. Decent removal, but no winners except Undercity Plague. So I had to really work to win my fair 50% of matches, and couldn't beat that.)
Jan
26
awarded  Scholar
Jan
26
accepted Is Dimir's milling strategy viable in Gatecrash sealed deck? If not, what can they do instead?
Jan
26
awarded  Popular Question
Jan
26
comment Is Dimir's milling strategy viable in Gatecrash sealed deck? If not, what can they do instead?
@thesunneversets: I'm inclined to agree, and it's not a bad thing in general. But in specific, I need to figure out a way round it, and didn't see how to integrate Dimir's mill-focussed creatures with a non-mill strategy. Oh well ;) Heading out now, so thanks to all for their advice.