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Jul
30
answered Mechanism to balance all game stages
Jul
30
comment How long are magic cards actually “printed”/“In production”
Here is an article on wizards.com which explains how a card goes from conception to print. Magic the Gathering cards are printed by a company called Carta Mundi. I was going to theorize that sets are just printed in one run and warehoused for distribution, but your answer has specific details on how long a set is printed. It seems you only have to look at Magic Online Redemption Guarantee Dates to see how long a set is in production. Good answer.
Jul
17
comment If creatures targeted by Living Inferno's ability all die, what happens?
Thought experiment: What if Living Inferno were instead a Psionic Inferno (see Psionic Entity) "{T}: Psionic Inferno deals damage equal to its power divided as you choose among any number of target creatures and X damage to itself where X is the total power of the targeted creatures." — then 112.7a kicks in.
Jul
17
comment If creatures targeted by Living Inferno's ability all die, what happens?
@user1873 What about the last part of CR608.2b? It cannot be ignored. "However, if any of its targets are illegal, the part of the spell or ability’s effect for which it is an illegal target can’t perform any actions on that target, make another object or player perform any actions on that target, or make that target perform any actions." Clearly, Living Inferno cannot force an illegal target to deal damage. I believe the explicit rules you mention for the keyword fight are a direct consequence of CR608.2b, and not just grafted onto the rules.
Jul
16
comment Can I combo Dismiss Into Dream with Living Inferno or Cauldron of Souls?
@MiloGertjejansen Here's a gatherer search with more "any number of target creature" options. Sway of Illusion in particular seems to fit perfectly mechanically and thematically. A board wipe when Dismiss into Dream is in play, and draw a card, all for the low cost of two mana! Artful Dodge also seems an exceptional fit.
Jul
16
comment If creatures targeted by Living Inferno's ability all die, what happens?
@SamIam of course you're right, as I have realized. :)
Jul
16
comment If creatures targeted by Living Inferno's ability all die, what happens?
@user1873 Damage is calculated on resolution. As per the gathering ruling: "The amount of damage Living Inferno will deal is locked in as you activate its ability, since you're dividing damage. If Living Inferno's power changes after its ability is activated but before it resolves (via Giant Growth, for example), the amount of damage Living Inferno deals won't change. The same is not true for the amount of damage dealt to Living Inferno by the other creatures, which is determined when the ability resolves."
Jul
10
comment MTG: Zegana, Mul Daya Channellers and Green Suns's Zenith
Because no one gets priority until the spell finishes resolving, the only way I can think of the first reveal mattering in gameplay is if there were a permanent which had a trigger depending on what card is on top of the library. I'm not aware of any card which does this.
Jul
9
comment MTG: Zegana, Mul Daya Channellers and Green Suns's Zenith
One wrinkle this example brings up is a technicality. Should an extra card in the deck need to be revealed because Zenith shuffles the deck twice? I found rulings in gatherer with top-card reveal effects that says when you draw multiple cards you must reveal them as you draw them — but I saw no such clarification for multiple shuffles… This has implications, for example, if the other player is playing Cranial Extraction-type cards. Is this an exception to the one-shuffle shortcut?
Jul
9
comment MTG: Zegana, Mul Daya Channellers and Green Suns's Zenith
I think you've got the right answer here. I was unsure whether Zegana "looks at the battlefield" after the Zenith resolves or not, and completely missed 608.2c. I was pondering the implications of 608.2g and couldn't find clarification if the "effect" that puts Zagana in play was the full resolution of the spell or not.
Jun
27
answered How can I keep Magic foils flat?
Jun
27
answered Does “each creature” include all creatures on the battlefield?
Jun
17
comment Othello on a non-square board?
I had a feeling someone already thought of this.
Jun
7
comment Can you play 99 relentless rats in commander?
@Pow-Ian Those who argue that are against the spirit of Relentless Rats.
Jun
5
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Jun
4
awarded  Nice Answer
Jun
3
answered How can I make a fast, MTG Modern Glimpse-based mill deck?
May
31
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May
30
answered Can I use Lingering Souls' flashback ability the same turn I cast it normally?
May
30
answered Do creatures with summoning sickness deal damage while blocking?