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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.


Jan
25
comment Is Dimir's milling strategy viable in Gatecrash sealed deck? If not, what can they do instead?
Thanks; that's the analysis I was looking for. (Consuming Aberration is the obvious bomb for a Dimir mill deck, but I can't tutor it, can't count on drawing it and can't protect it much against removal.) So: mill if I get lucky and have strong support, otherwise provide control support for an extort or flyer evolve deck.
Jan
25
awarded  Student
Jan
25
comment Is Dimir's milling strategy viable in Gatecrash sealed deck? If not, what can they do instead?
Ooh, good point, thanks. (I'm returning to tournament play with this match after being out since Ice Age, so I'm far from up to date with limited strategies; I haven't seen much of M13.) That said, both of those combos are much better mills than most things I might draw in Gatecrash; I get the feeling that Mind Sculpt / Doorkeeper were added with Dimir constructed in mind, but that won't help me tomorrow ;)
Jan
25
comment Can I activate a bloodrush ability at instant speed?
It's rule 112.6, with the exception spelled out in 112.6i. (It's not an obvious rule to find even when you know it's there; took me a while searching.)
Jan
25
comment Is Dimir's milling strategy viable in Gatecrash sealed deck? If not, what can they do instead?
Also: Hi, Tomanta; welcome to the site! Thanks for your answer.
Jan
25
comment Is Dimir's milling strategy viable in Gatecrash sealed deck? If not, what can they do instead?
Thanks for the general advice. I'm always very dubious about mill as a secondary strategy; you're as likely to mill in an opponent's bomb as mill it out. If you can't take advantage of graveyard size (as with Consuming Aberration), then milling is an effect you're paying for that doesn't help you win. (Obviously I abandon Dimir if my draws don't support it; in this question I'm more concerned about what I do if the draws do support it, but don't have the Lazav / Aberration bombs for the mill-based win.)
Jan
25
asked Is Dimir's milling strategy viable in Gatecrash sealed deck? If not, what can they do instead?
Jan
25
comment Can I activate a bloodrush ability at instant speed?
Note that in general creature activated abilities do need to be on the battlefield to be activated. Bloodrush is an exception because it has a cost - "discard this card" - which can only be paid when it's in hand.
Jan
23
comment MTG Gatecrash Simic Strategies for a Prerelease event
In this case I think the E in BREAD depends on what you're playing. Simic needs efficient creature growth (where Dimir wants Evasion above all things).
Dec
25
awarded  Civic Duty
Nov
9
comment Is there a limit on how good you can get at Hearts?
@Matt: You're absolutely correct. Of course, as you say, that doesn't change that this is an excellent answer. +1 each.
Nov
9
awarded  Custodian
Nov
9
reviewed Reviewed Is there a limit on how good you can get at Hearts?
Oct
27
awarded  Yearling
Oct
22
comment Are encounters naturally weighted against players and how do we 'fix' it?
@PatLudwig: Hmmm... technically better by our usual conventions, but I'm not sure it's necessary - 'descent' is findable and unambiguous. (The 'Journeys in the Dark' subtitle applies to both editions anyway, so it doesn't hurt; I'm just not sure it helps. And I've never heard someone actually use it in conversation.)
Oct
22
comment Are encounters naturally weighted against players and how do we 'fix' it?
@Pat: Good point; I'd forgotten about that discussion. Repeat ten times: I shall not retag before coffee.
Oct
22
revised Are encounters naturally weighted against players and how do we 'fix' it?
edited tags
Oct
22
comment Are encounters naturally weighted against players and how do we 'fix' it?
As a side note, I think this question is evidence that we now need a Descent-2nd-ed tag, since this question would be very different and have a different answer in the old edition. Added for now, pending ideas by anyone.
Sep
23
awarded  Custodian
Sep
23
reviewed Close Is there a complete database of Pokémon data?