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?


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.

  • Ugh, thanks. I feel foolish. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parity_(sports) Aug 14 '13 at 4:55
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    So not like this? asset2.cbsistatic.com/cnwk.1d/i/tim/2013/03/06/… 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". 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!). Aug 14 '13 at 5:12

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