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  • posted a message on How do two copies of Parallel Lives work?
    Thank you so much, _!
    Posted in: Magic Rulings Archives
  • posted a message on How do two copies of Parallel Lives work?
    Dear forum:

    There's a chance this scenario could occur today, so I need to find this out in advance.

    Let's say I have two copies of Parallel Lives on the battlefield. If I cast Lingering Souls, do I get six tokens (because each copy of Parallel Lives triggers from the single Lingering Souls), or do I get eight tokens (because one copy of Parallel Lives triggers after the other one does)?

    Thanks very much in advance for any help you can give me.
    Posted in: Magic Rulings Archives
  • posted a message on Do people collect Basic Lands?
    I collect all the basic lands with the modern cardframe. I still need these:

    1x Plains (Archenemy, Fred Fields artwork)
    2x Plains (Arena League 2004, John Avon artwork)
    2x Plains (Arena League 2005, Don Thompson artwork)
    1x Plains (Arena League 2006, John Avon artwork)
    2x Plains (MPS Time Spiral, Daren Bader artwork)
    2x Plains (MPS Shards of Alara, John Avon artwork, NON-FOIL!)
    2x Plains (MPS Zendikar, Rob Alexander artwork, NON-FOIL!)

    1x Island (Archenemy, John Avon artwork)
    1x Island (Archenemy, John Avon artwork)
    1x Island (Archenemy, John Avon artwork)
    2x Island (Arena League 2004, John Avon artwork)
    2x Island (Arena League 2005, Don Thompson artwork)
    1x Island (Arena League 2006, John Avon artwork)
    2x Island (MPS Time Spiral, John Avon artwork)
    2x Island (MPS Shards of Alara, John Avon artwork, NON-FOIL!)
    2x Island (MPS Zendikar, Rob Alexander artwork, NON-FOIL!)

    2x Swamp (Arena League 2004, John Avon artwork)
    2x Swamp (Arena League 2005, Don Thompson artwork)
    2x Swamp (Arena League 2006, John Avon artwork)
    3x Swamp (MPS Time Spiral, Puddnhead artwork)
    3x Swamp (MPS Shards of Alara, John Avon artwork, NON-FOIL!)
    3x Swamp (MPS Zendikar, Rob Alexander artwork, NON-FOIL!)

    1x Mountain (Archenemy, Rob Alexander artwork)
    1x Mountain (Archenemy, Rob Alexander artwork)
    1x Mountain (Archenemy, Rob Alexander artwork)
    2x Mountain (Arena League 2004, John Avon artwork)
    2x Mountain (Arena League 2005, Don Thompson artwork)
    1x Mountain (Arena League 2006, John Avon artwork)
    2x Mountain (MPS Time Spiral, Kev Walker artwork)
    2x Mountain (MPS Shards of Alara, John Avon artwork, NON-FOIL!)
    2x Mountain (MPS Zendikar, Rob Alexander artwork, NON-FOIL!)

    1x Forest (Champions of Kamigawa, Rob Alexander artwork)
    1x Forest (Magic 2012, Ryan Pancoast artwork)
    2x Forest (Arena League 2004, John Avon artwork)
    2x Forest (Arena League 2005, Don Thompson artwork)
    1x Forest (Arena League 2006, John Avon artwork)
    2x Forest (MPS Time Spiral, Martina Pilcerova artwork)
    2x Forest (MPS Shards of Alara, John Avon artwork, NON-FOIL!)
    2x Forest (MPS Zendikar, Rob Alexander artwork, NON-FOIL!)
    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on The Great Creature Token Project
    This has been updated to include Planechase 2012 and Magic 2013. The image links for the new artworks appear to not work, so I'll update them when magiccards.info does.
    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on Shocklands
    Booker:

    What does "op" mean? I thought it meant "opening post," but it's clear from your context that it means something else.

    Thanks in advance.
    Posted in: Rumor Mill Archive
  • posted a message on The Great Creature Token Project
    Quote from raphael75
    The link to the 2/4 Black Spider token in the 1st post is broken.


    Ahh, thanks, raphael75. I disabled the link.
    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on The Great Creature Token Project
    StClaus: Thank you for making the Insect token! That's one more down.

    Quote from Kei Maheara
    Why are there spots on the list for tokens of cards/effects that make copies of other cards or themselves? Let me specify. Spawnwrithe makes a token copy of himself. When a token copy of a creature is created, it copies ALL ASPECTS of the copied creature. This means that the token would look exactly like the original card, mana cost and all. There are a few 'named' tokens on the original list that shouldn't be there or (if you just want to list everything that makes tokens) at the very least shouldn't have a token image unless its just a picture of the original card.


    That's because tokens have the added property of being immediately removed from the game whenever they go to a zone other than the battlefield. Hence the need to differentiate them from their parent cards.

    EVERYONE ELSE:

    This project has been updated to include Avacyn Restored. Enjoy!
    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on most beautiful lands?
    Quote from trampleFae
    As for my personal fav ... I know Ravnica is pretty standard as far as "best land" goes but man, this island! The perspective, the colors, it's just so incredible ...

    When you say "this island," to which Island are you referring?
    Posted in: Opinions & Polls
  • posted a message on Teaching Beginning Magic Is Not As Easy As It Looks
    I've taught so many people how to play Magic that I've lost count. Here is the method I've settled into:

    1. I first explain that both players are powerful spellcasters, and both start at 20 life. The winner of the game is the one who reduces his opponent's life total to 0 first.
    2. I show them the back of the card and explain that there are five colors of Magic, and each of them does a different thing (White is the magic of protection and defense; green is the magic of nature and balance, etc.). Then I explain that if you look at any color in that design, the two colors next to it are its allies while the two across from it are its enemies, etc.
    3. I tell them that the deck of cards is your "library," while your discard pile is your "graveyard."
    4. I next explain that there are two types of cards: Lands and spells.
    5. I then break down the individual types of lands and spells, showing them where on the card it tells them what it is. I make ABSOLUTELY SURE to tell them that it's okay if they don't memorize all of these right off the bat.
    6. For creatures, I explain what "power" and "toughness" are and demonstrate the numbers you compare when any two creatures meet in combat.
    7. Then I explain what a casting cost is and how it relates to land.
    8. I then show them what "tapping" means, explaining that it's nothing more than an accounting method to show each player what's been used and what's still available for use.
    9. Then I show them the steps that are taken in a turn, in order.
    10. Next I write up a list, showing them what spells can be played during whose turn and during which steps. I give them the list afterward for their reference.
    11. I am careful to explain that the game isn't so much about buying up all the best cards; it's about synergy: Finding out which cards work together to enhance each other's effects. In other words, the idea behind deckbuilding is to make 2 + 2 = 5 or more.
    12. Last of all, I play a sample game with them with both players' hands plainly visible. I walk them through what they can do and advise them what they SHOULD do and inform them why they should do it.
    13. Repeat that last step until the person feels comfortable playing on his or her own with our hands concealed, like normal. Even then, I ALWAYS let him or her take back obvious mistakes and tell him or her why it was a mistake and give them suggestions for better plays. I keep doing this until he or she is comfortable living with his or her mistakes and insists on learning the hard way.
    If you're unsure of the best way to teach people Magic, hopefully the above list will come in handy for you.
    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on The Great Creature Token Project
    Quote from ID15
    I just wanted to say that I think this is a wonderful thread/project and I really appreciate all that you (everyone who contributed) have done.


    Thanks!

    I enjoy most of the token art, I just wanted to know if maybe you could make printable versions or is there a easy way to do this that I dont know about?


    Saving the image to a graphical editing program and then resizing it to the correct proportions is the only thing I can think of.

    ALSO, is there a symbol or something you could put beside the tokens that are OFFICIAL artwork?


    When there's an official token available, that's the one that's linked.

    Finally, whats with the Red XIII token art (can't remember which one is was at the moment)?


    I don't know what you mean here.

    EDIT: oh yea! forgot to mention, do you ever plan to make different tokens for tokens with the same characterisitics? for example suppose you have something that produces a 1/1 blue flying spirit token from Innistrad, and another that produces a 1/1 blue flying spirit token from a Kamigawa cycle (this is JUSt an example, no specific cards). Although they are basically the same thing they would probably look alot different, with Innistrad's token probably looking more like a "scary" ghost while the token from Kamigawa looking closer to one of the crazy looking Kami. See what I'm saying?


    Yes, I see what you're saying. At the end of every bulleted item, look for the "ALTERNATE ART" link and click on it. Voila!

    I just appreciate this topic b/c it brings the tokens to life instead of them being represend by boring beads or six-sided dice.


    You're welcome. Smile
    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on The Great Creature Token Project
    This project has now been updated to include Dark Ascension. We're now caught up!

    As a bonus, I'm now including all Emblems, too.

    Enjoy!
    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on Players with anger control issues
    Quote from Derenathor
    4 players (including myself) conspired to let her win each match and she went home with a modest amount of boosters.

    You, sir, are pure class. My hat is off to you and those other three.
    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on Ice Cage vs. Mind Control vs. Mana Leak?
    Oh. OOPS! In that case, we played it incorrectly.

    Natedogg, Channel/Stream of Life, and Sir Ad, THANK YOU for getting back to me on this. I appreciate your time.
    Posted in: Magic Rulings Archives
  • posted a message on Ice Cage vs. Mind Control vs. Mana Leak?
    Dear community:

    This situation came up in real life recently.

    My opponent had a nice creature on the battlefield. I had enchanted it with Ice Cage on a previous turn. Later, I wanted to gain control of it and use it to attack, etc., so I cast Mind Control on it, knowing that it would dissolve the Ice Cage.

    Seeing this, my opponent cast a Mana Leak which I couldn't pay 3 for. Therefore, MY QUESTION IS:

    Since my Mind Control was on the stack and never resolved, does the Ice Cage stay on the creature? Or, since I cast it and chose the creature as the target, does the Ice Cage nevertheless vanish, and he gets to attack and block with the creature again?

    Thanks very much for your help.
    Posted in: Magic Rulings Archives
  • posted a message on [DKA] Ultra Pro Products (new art)
    If anyone is familiar with Michael Moorcock's Elric series, then other than the sword, doesn't that Sorin artwork look just like it could be Elric?
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
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