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Lapsed Catholic. Luddite Geek. Shy Chatterbox. A mass of contradictions wrapped in an open enigma.

Some days, I really regret making http://stackoverflow.com/a/3638034/14250 a comm. wiki question. Then I get back to helping people solve problems rather than trying to help myself score rep. (Man, but 370 upvotes. Three. Hundred. And. Seventy.)


Jul
29
comment Why do dwarves only have a racial base of 3 tokens?
@bwarner The effect is powerful. The handicap is too much.
Jul
29
comment Why do dwarves only have a racial base of 3 tokens?
This. The ability to work in decline is very powerful in early game, especially as most of the mines are in difficult to conquer areas.
Jul
22
comment Does heroic trigger when the creature is in a graveyard?
Ashen Ghoul, Chronosavant, etc. @Rainbolt The answer is 112.6*k*, which handles exactly this situation.
Jul
21
comment Does heroic trigger when the creature is in a graveyard?
As evidence I present various questions genuinely asked about Worst Fears: "Can I force my opponent to concede?" "Can I force my opponent to attack himself with his creatures?" "Can I force my opponent to tear up his own cards with Blacker Lotus if he doesn't concede?" "Can I force my opponent to let me take cards from his deck?" "Can I force my opponent to take his top off if he doesn't concede?" "Can I force my opponent to rob a bank if he doesn't concede?" "Can I force my opponent to give me his wallet?" "Can I force my opponent to not concede so that he has to tear up his cards?"
Jul
21
comment Does heroic trigger when the creature is in a graveyard?
@LuisMasuelli Note that Common Sense would also do the job, but the Judge program stopped using Common Sense long ago, after the realisation that a) two people can have legitimately conflicting views of what is sensible, and b) some players (who am I kidding, most players) would claim to speak like Yoda if it bought them an incremental advantage.
Jul
21
comment Does heroic trigger when the creature is in a graveyard?
@LuisMasuelli Not really. If "Exile this card from your graveyard:" is the cost, that doesn't actually state that you can pay this effect while the card is in the graveyard, any more than you can tap a mana elf while it's in the graveyard. 112.6 solves this problem. Otherwise it would be argued that Elder of Laurels says you can pay mana to pump your creatures, and thus by 101.1, you can do that anywhere (after all, the card doesn't state that this is only true for cards on the battlefield, and if card "always beats the rules"...)
Jul
16
comment Where can I learn to draft online?
Note that BREAD, while a good intro, is merely a starting point: lrcast.com/limited-resources-64-breaking-bread
Jul
3
comment Does Phantasmal Bear get sacrificed if its affected by spells or abilities that don't say 'target'?
No, you can check this in Magic 2014 by playing out a Lord of the Unreal, a card that really doesn't work if it kills the illusions.
Jun
26
comment When a card asks you to flip a coin is it against the rules to use a two headed coin?
Downvoted because the question seemed silly "Is blatant cheating covered by a tournament system that offers thousands of dollars in prizes."
Jun
25
revised Do MTG Core sets contain new (never before seen) cards? How does this compare with expansion sets?
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Jun
23
answered Do MTG Core sets contain new (never before seen) cards? How does this compare with expansion sets?
Jun
18
answered Where can I get my Magic the Gathering play critiqued?
Jun
17
comment Does a +1/+1 counter remove a -1/-1 counter?
@primo You're correct that there is complexity in both cases, but in one, the complexity is one-time: The first time you add an opposing counter to the existing one and encounter this rule. The alternative is continual complexity: every time I look at your creature, I have to add, subtract, and work out its current P/T, whether it will Persist etc. Continual complexity is more problematic than "on-effect" complexity.
Jun
17
comment Why does Wizards of the Coast print terrible MTG cards?
Apparently Archangel's Light wasn't so much broken as simply "didn't work" within the rules framework (e.g. created rules inconsistencies that would cause serious issues for the overall game). But this is a really good answer. Apparently the current head developer has cautious attitude to "pushed mistakes", preferring unplayable to HELLA BUSTED.
Jun
2
comment Pyxis of Pandemonium and 'enters the battlefield' abilities
To clarify, would the active player in this case be the one who popped the Pyxis?
Jun
2
comment Reverse the Sands and Sanguine Bond
@BrianS Do you know, I'd forgotten Tree of Redemption's official rules text. God, I love this silly, silly game.
Jun
2
awarded  Yearling
May
30
comment Reverse the Sands and Sanguine Bond
Also, I think Exchange is reserved for permanents/spells, not values, because you need specific rules. To the comp rules!
May
30
answered How much would it cost to get started with Magic: The Gathering?
May
30
comment How much would it cost to get started with Magic: The Gathering?
Attended an FNM based on a Deckbuilder's toolkit and some boosters. Play to play, not to win.