Storyteller, adventurer, and Magic: the Gathering Designer. Have a question? Ask away!

 

Long before Oona, it was this queen that you had to deal with. #magic365 #mtg #magic

Long before Oona, it was this queen that you had to deal with. #magic365 #mtg #magic

deetsposts asked
Any tips on making a control deck using Poison counters as the win condition? I like BUG and love the idea of the inevitability of poison to win, plus proliferate is also one of my favorite mechanics. But, it seems like if I want to poison someone I really need to do it with creatures. At which point the question is why don't I just do Aggro-Infect.

If you want to do this, I would recommend Inkmoth Nexus. Fits in your mana base as a non creature and is a good way to get the poison train rolling.

What do you think the number of players lifetime in the history of Magic that have ever done this exact sequence of plays? I’m setting the line at 99.5 - do you take the over or under? #magic365 #mtg #magic

What do you think the number of players lifetime in the history of Magic that have ever done this exact sequence of plays? I’m setting the line at 99.5 - do you take the over or under? #magic365 #mtg #magic

Our professionally taken family photograph, circa 1998. #gottacatchemall

Our professionally taken family photograph, circa 1998. #gottacatchemall

Interestingly, this card seems much more at home in a red frame than in its original black frame. #magic365 #mtg #magic

Interestingly, this card seems much more at home in a red frame than in its original black frame. #magic365 #mtg #magic

phrawger asked
Is there an article or tips you might recommend to help deal with tilt? Not your own tilt, but another person's. My second round of the prerelease I went 2-0 against someone and they tore each card of their deck in half right then and there, dead silent. It was very threatening and I've had trouble playing Magic since. Is there a good way to bounce back from that?

There is a reason behind every action a person takes, whether conscious or subconscious, that has led them to that exact point.

The most important question in the entire universe that I have ever learned to repeatedly ask myself is: "Why?"  If you can understand the rationale behind why somebody acts a certain way or make a certain decision, that can lead you to better understanding the situation.

This is true in Magic, of course - asking yourself "Why?" after every single play can yield great dividends. Did you ever stop to think what it meant that they played Llanowar Wastes into Thoughtseize on the first turn? By asking yourself the question, "Why?" it becomes apparent that means their hand doesn’t contain any basic swamps, which could prove important a few turns down the road when you’re wondering if you should play around Bile Blight or not and they haven’t played a second black source yet.

But this is also true in all of life. It is, in fact, one of the greatest things Magic ever taught me. And in a situation like this, I would ask myself: "Why?"

Now, I wasn’t there. I can’t exactly see the situation. But if I see somebody ripping up their cards because they lost, I ask myself that question. And the answer I come up with is that they feel something is wrong and are either sad or angry about it. And, perhaps more importantly, that I can try to help. 

I think it’s important here to not see this as a threat toward you, but as somebody who is deeply distressed. If I was in a situation like this, I’d kindly ask if everything was alright. 

It’s possible the answer is silence, or a “No, screw you.” In which case, it would be best to back away. Perhaps mention it to the TO and see if he can help. Many people probably don’t want help from the person who just defeated them, and so the TO might have better fortune than you. 

However, it’s also equally possible that he might express to you a crucial sentiment and that you could turn his day around. “Look, I’ve just had a really bad day.” At which point you can talk about it and try to help them. You help unravel the "Why?"

Maybe they tell you that “My girlfriend broke up with me and I’m really mad” or “I don’t know why I even bother living anymore.” There are real actionable things there that you can help with, or at least talk to your organizer about helping to turn their day around

Always remember that you can’t control other people’s actions. You can influence them, you can talk with them, but you ultimately can’t choose them. At the end of the day, you can’t decide how this person acts. But you can certainly go in, putting your best foot forward. Maybe you don’t make a difference, maybe you do - but at least you know you tried and can try and point the TO toward them with more information about the situation.

Worst case, you get stonewalled and they glare at you. Now, that’s not fun. But best case, you save someone’s life. And that’s a trade I’ll make every time.

sarpadianempiresvol-viii asked
I wasn't able to attend the Khans prerelease, so the Launch Party was my first chance to play with the set. Savagely Punching things is exactly as satisfying as I thought it would be.

BAM!

henro88 asked
Assuming over half my creatures have a power of 4 or more, how many Ferocity spells should I have? Should they ALL be Ferocity just in case? Or should only some of them be Ferocity? Should I just pick one REALLY good Ferocity card and build around it?

The best ferocity cards are the ones that are good even when you aren’t ferocious.

dunharrow-le-dingue asked
Pre-release today, I played 5 colours, and proudly proclaimed my allegiance to all clans. Flying Crane Technique on 2 Woolly Loxodons was my favourite win of the day. Also noteworthy was Villainous Wealth for x=10, netting 6 spells.

I’d like to see the scene where they teach the Woolly Loxodons the flying crane technique. 

djunknown0 asked
I skimmed your Doctor Who intro, mostly because I'm familiar with the show. I do have to say that I thought season 1 was great. At the time I was unfamiliar with how the series worked with Doctors regenerating and a new actor playing the part. I loved Christopher Eccleston in the role and I've watched it sparingly because I was slightly brokenhearted that he wasn't on the show anymore. I've probably held it against the Doctors since then too much for not being Eccleston.

Eccleston certainly has a large fan following, and I don’t think he was bad. He just wasn’t for me. And that’s why it’s cool we all have opinions. :)