Quote from willdice »Matt Tabak said that's how it works on his tumblr (link). You can't manifest from the library if Grafdigger's Cage is on the battlefield.
...The effect defining its characteristics works any time the card is face down and ends when it's turned face up
701.31a "Manifest [a card]" means "Put [that card] onto the battlefield face down." That permanent is a 2/2 creature with no text, no name, no subtypes, and no mana cost. That permanent is a manifested permanent as long as it's face down. The effect defining its characteristics works any time the card is face down and ends when it's turned face up.
Quote from VirdeI am tired of this black and white perspective players have on cheating. It's player error if the mistake had no benefit to you. It's cheating if the mistake was beneficial. Intent is required. I've made mistakes before as to casting a creature when I was short on the Mana because I was convinced it cost 1 less than it did and didn't notice until the next game. We are human, no one is perfect.
Quote from ColonelCooHaving a dealer to the side of the table so that each player only touches the cards he is dealt is impractical? I disagree given that Poker does it for all 5,000 attendees at major events with 1 dealer per table of players.
I think a reasonable consideration would be the final 32 for pro-tour and final 8 for GP events.
I would think a lvl 1 judge status would be a good starting point for a dealer to work the table. Dealer qualifications would be separate from judge qualifications. Players present the dealer with the deck and the sideboard. Dealer counts both for confirmation of suitability to play. The dealer sets aside the sideboard, then would shuffle each deck in a repeated way (split, split again, shuffle parts 1 and 2, then 3 and 4: split, then split again, shuffle parts 1 and 4, then 2 and 3) then repeat 5 times. Present cut card (yellow) to opponent for cut. Then perform again with 2nd deck.
Deal 7 cards to player who will start play, then 7 cards to player 2. If rejected, shuffle twice per above and deal 6 cards. Repeating downward as needed.
For sideboarding: dealer will press cut the 15 card sideboard into the players deck then present the entire deck to the player. The player then must remove 15 cards from his/her deck and present both to the dealer. Players may not selectively separate cards in the deck. Dealer confirms 15 cards sideboard and provides a count of the deck. Shuffle and play starts.
Look this allows enormous protection over slight of hand, deck stacking, card in lap, pass-through shuffling, sleeve shaving, and deck manipulation.
Quote from genini1WotC attempts to minimize this by having harsh blanket rules for this type of event. Had his opponent, or anyone, seen Dominguez only put back one card and said something it would have been an automatic game loss. There is no 'I forgot' just game loss. It's not the perfect system, but it works.
Quote from HaspI think you should re-evaluate your priorities if you skipped multiple friends birthday parties to go play some FNM. Don't be that guy.
Quote from danNow, I wasn't quite prepared to answer so I stumbled over my words quite a bit in explaining what a "legacy FNM" is and why I love it so much.
Quote from rujasuCard pool matters, and you'll often see good players 0-3 drop with bad Sealed pools, but deckbuilding can be very difficult in Sealed, and the games can be very skill-intensive, particularly with as long as they can go. (Sometimes it is a matter of just drawing your "bomb rare" to win the game, but not as often as some folks think it is.)
Quote from DaGuyonDaCouch8I kind of just wish each event had both Limited and Constructed events on different days so people could participate in both or either no matter where they live.
Quote from DaGuyonDaCouch8All magic is "luck based" but if you think luck is the primary driver of limited then you aren't very familiar with the format. They've been doing this for awhile they probably know which events tend to draw the most/best players.
Quote from TybaltThe biggest GP ever was a limited format.
Quote from Syndrome LawlietSo I think the very nature of Limited attracts more people.
Quote from SeneLimited is 1) very popular, 2) accessible to all.
I see nothing wrong with it.
Quote from SeneAlso, for the record, 21 of 46 is not 85%. It's 46%.
Quote from TheEternalVortexSince there are (at least) four sets released each year, there are just as many different limited formats.
Quote from gereffiLooking at the GP list, it looks like over half of the GPs in the 2014 schedule are Constructed events. I think that WotC aims for about half Constructed and half Limited.