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I listen to the Limited Resources Podcast quite a bit, and I always hear this word used that sounds like "Parody". In context:

My opponent and I were at "parody"; neither of us could do anything.

I cannot find this term anywhere online. I've searched for "parody", "parroty", "peredi"... It must sound silly, but what is this word they are using?

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Parity, in this context meaning equality (of game state, in some sense). In general, equality of game state doesn't necessarily mean a stalemate or locked board, but in Magic it's often the case that the player to make the first move is at a disadvantage.

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  • Ugh, thanks. I feel foolish. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parity_(sports) – Wesley Murch Aug 14 '13 at 4:55
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    So not like this? asset2.cbsistatic.com/cnwk.1d/i/tim/2013/03/06/… – Wesley Murch Aug 14 '13 at 4:56
  • ...but yeah as far as it relates to Magic, I guess a good example would be a bunch of vanilla 2/3s on each side. The attacking player is at a disadvantage (not considering combat tricks, etc.). Another term I've heard is "Draw-Go". – Wesley Murch Aug 14 '13 at 5:06
  • @WesleyMurch Or just such that things will trade, you'll be tapped out and die on the swing back, or even a control matchup when whoever tries to cast a spell first will have less mana to back up their play, or the fact that playing your instant first lets your opponent respond. It does sometimes depend on context; if you're both at 1 making the first move might win you the game. – Cascabel Aug 14 '13 at 5:11
  • Right, exactly. Thanks, for the knock on the head. I didn't realize this was a word, and now I realize it's the opposite of "disparity" (I'm learning things!). – Wesley Murch Aug 14 '13 at 5:12

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