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  • posted a message on Is Ashiok an aetherborn?
    The panel refers to Gonti as "They" for it's pronoun. Akin to the genderless Ashiok. That's what pushed me well into believing it is an Aetherborn from Kaladesh.
    Posted in: Speculation
  • posted a message on Mid / High level tournaments without byes
    The WMCQ offers a Bye to high level players or those who gain 4000 PWPs in a year.
    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on Have you ever won with a no land hand?
    I won a game playing an artifact deck by having Mox Opal and Springleaf Drum. Does that count? I think I drew a land by turn 6 or so.
    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on DFC question
    Thanks.
    Posted in: Magic Rulings Archives
  • posted a message on DFC question
    I have a friend arguing with me about needing to own multiple copies of the new Avacyn and just using multiple checklists since it is Legendary. Can someone point me out the rule because I'm not even sure where it would be listed.
    Posted in: Magic Rulings Archives
  • posted a message on Google's AI, DeepMind, will take on MTG & Hearthstone next
    Go and Chess and Poker have much a much shorter list of rules and preparation involved.

    Someone could bring Battle of Wits just to mess with the Computer's head.

    I'd be interested to see what format they try to teach the computer. Then I'd be interested to see if they introduce it to that format's metagame. No format is "solved" but a large part of being ready to play Magic competitively is to know the popular strategies and how to identify them and then play around them. But you also need to be able to adapt to rogue decks.

    Is the computer designing their deck too? If so it will be harder to teach it how to build a balanced deck instead of letting it build a pile of hate against the meta with no real way to win.
    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on Casting a Fuse card without paying its mana cost
    If you cast have the ability to cast a spell with CMC 2 without paying it's mana cost (Say with the new card Brain in a Jar). Can you cast the Breaking // Entering fused since Breaking has a CMC of 2?

    The rulings say this and I'm just checking to be sure:

    4/15/2013: If you cast a split card with fuse from your hand without paying its mana cost, you can choose to use its fuse ability and cast both halves without paying their mana costs.
    Posted in: Magic Rulings Archives
  • posted a message on Mothership Spoilers 3/15 - To the Slaughter and Odric, Lunarch Marshal
    I love me some Odric.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Colorless mana.
    Wizards continuously tries to make cards easier to read and understand. Giving a colorless a symbol of its own achieves this. They also were able to give Kozilek's brood a unique theme without making it too complicated which is cool.
    Posted in: Magic Rulings Archives
  • posted a message on If you were playing in the WMC tomorrow
    So what Rich Hagon says rather specifically in this video is incorrect? Helene Bergeot confirms what he says.

    https://youtu.be/1oZC7DijhSU?t=11m30s

    The article does confirm what you are saying but it seems weird that they would bungle it this hard.

    Well that makes this conversation no fun at this point. Thanks for your help Smile
    Posted in: Modern
  • posted a message on If you were playing in the WMC tomorrow
    I'll explain. A Unified format (Standard, Modern, etc) uses the same construction rules as it's individual format. Matches a played 3v3 as three separate matches where the winning team wins two of those three matches (which are each played 2 of 3 games like normal 1v1). The kicker is that you can't have more than four of a single non-basic card across all three decks. Rich Hagon like to explain it that if you stacked all three decks one on top of another you would still have a legal deck.

    For the World Magic Cup they are playing Unified Modern. Also for the WMC specifically they are adding a special rule. Only one deck per team can use non-basic lands. So if the guy in Seat A has Eldrazi Temple in his deck (even just one) then no one else on his team can use any non-basic lands.
    Posted in: Modern
  • posted a message on If you were playing in the WMC tomorrow
    I know that the the World Magic Cup is a long ways away but this Unified Modern where you can only play Non Basics in one of the three decks has me a little intrigued.

    Assuming no bans (I'm looking at you Eye of Ugin) an Eldrazi deck has to be your Non Basic deck at this point right? Mono Red seems like a good choice with all Mountains.

    So what would you do for the third deck? Would you play a 2 color deck with only Basics? 3 color? Or what would you pick instead of my first two choices?
    Posted in: Modern
  • posted a message on Questions on Wastes/Colorless
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    I have been correcting people all week. They call it Wastes Mana, I explain that it is colorless mana. They call colorless the sixth color, I explain that colorless is literally the lack of color.

    My favorite moment was when I told someone who argued about colorless being a sixth color by telling the Birds of Paradise couldn't make colorless mana and it left him speechless.

    It's just going to take some getting used to. We just have a lot more people at once that have to get used to using correct terms at the same time.
    For the purposes of deck building, it makes sense to view cards that require diamond mana as a 6th color. Just like if you were splashing one or two swamp colored cards, you'd need to make sure you have a few skull mana lands in your deck, if you're splashing one or two waste colored cards in your deck, you'd need to make sure you have a few diamond mana lands in your deck.


    It makes sense to balance the mana costs in your deck like it is a 6th color, but the whole point is that colorless mana is not an actual color and cannot be generated by "produce one of any color" mana sources. This is one of a few rule cases that will come up where colorless cannot be confused as a 6th color.
    When there are people like Sam Stoddard and Paolo Vitor Damo Da Rosa talking about how colorless is effectively now 6th color, it seems silly to me that so many people are taking a "that's not the literal truth according to the rules, noob!" stance on this. Maybe, just maybe, the point people like Sam and PV are making is a bit more nuanced than that. It makes me wonder if people like Mistermind also feel the need to correct people when they summon a Bob or "swing" with all their creatures. Maybe the person Mistermind was speaking to was "speechless" not because he didn't have an answer but because it's pretty hard to completely explain the concept of figurative language and how it relates to Magic and its culture.


    Calling Colorless a 6th color adds to the confusion that makes learning the game harder. Plenty of people out there hear that this new mana symbol is a 6th color and don't understand the difference. There will be several people trying to cast colorless spells off of an assortment of sources that can't produce colorless because one or more can produce a "mana of any color". Calling Dark Confidant "Bob" because of the designer of the card or using a term like "swing" to refer to tapping all of your creatures is a far cry from saying something is the exact opposite of what it is. The Comp Rules are as long and detailed as they are because people spend a lot of time making Magic as concise as possible. Adding a Colorless mana symbol just serves to clear up the terminology and writing even more. If you want to argue with me trying to teach people the rules and terminology have at it.
    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on Playing magic the gathering over skype
    All you need is Skype and a time machine.
    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on Questions on Wastes/Colorless
    I have been correcting people all week. They call it Wastes Mana, I explain that it is colorless mana. They call colorless the sixth color, I explain that colorless is literally the lack of color.

    My favorite moment was when I told someone who argued about colorless being a sixth color by telling the Birds of Paradise couldn't make colorless mana and it left him speechless.

    It's just going to take some getting used to. We just have a lot more people at once that have to get used to using correct terms at the same time.
    Posted in: Magic General
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