If something is ‘old as fuck’ then it’s about 1.2 billion years old because that’s when life evolved sexual reproduction.
However, if something is “old as balls” it’s only about 65 million years old, when placental mammals began to evolve proper testicles.
Late night M15 draft result: In game 1, drew 16 of the 17 lands in my deck. In game 2, drew 15 of the 17 lands in my deck. The games were actually almost close despite that, I think the deck was fine but I just got epicly shat on by deck shuffler variance
This is a bizarre deck. I opened a Chord of Calling but my computer fucked up and picked an Aeronaut Tinkerer instead, so I kinda just ended up in UR artifacts with 2x Shrapnel Blast, no Ensoul Artifact. Splashing black just for Nightfire Giant, which came by super late. Also grabbed an Urborg, not playing it since it’s actually worse than a basic swamp (I only need 1 black mana ever, don’t want to fix my opponent’s mana). The completely unintentional 3x Foundry Street Denizen gives me the potential for some very aggressive draws too, along with Borderland Marauder and the Shrapnel Blasts
Doing exercises on conditional probabilities for the actuarial exam, and wow does the book solution manual go about things in a ridiculous way. I’m pretty good about writing down enough of my work that I can understand what’s going on (not just jotting down 2 numbers and trying to do the rest in my head, I’ve learned), but for most of these problems I had a chart and maybe 4-10 lines of work, the solution manual has 1-2 pages.
To anyone doing conditional probabilities, ever: MAKE A FUCKING CHART. It’s way easier than using all the formulas. I’m sure Bayes Theorem has unnecessarily scared away quite a few students, even though it’s a very simple idea if you just draw the chart
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13 cats failing at hide and seek
As good as cats think they are at hiding from us, we know better.
masters of disguise!
That cat in the cabinet. lol
Druid: My name is Erik with a k.
NPC: *writes name down* And your last name?
Druid: With a k.
NPC: No I got that: Erik. What’s your last name?
Druid: My last name is with a k.
NPC: Wait…is your name Erik Erik?
Druid: My last name is With a K.
NPC: Okay wait a minute, so to clarify —
Druid: My last name is literally the phrase *air quotes* “Withakay.” It is all one word.
NPC: *finishes writing* So review the document to make sure I got this right.
Druid: *looks* No I spell Eric with a C
Let’s see how good Ensoul Artifact is. Just wish I had been in Red instead of Black; I saw the Ensoul about 4th pick of pack one and decided to give it a shot
Eyyy 3-0’ed the draft. I got cocky and did an 8-4 too, so 8 full packs. I’ve been pretty successful drafting M15 in different locations.
Quick rundown of the draft
- Pack 1, Pick 1 - Triplicate Spirits. Got an Inferno Fist and Krenko’s Enforcer early, but otherwise just white cards. Considering jumping to black as a splash color (Crippling Blight, Sign in Blood, some others I didn’t take).
- Stayed in solid white; almost built as mono white, but 2x Inferno Fist and a Lightning Strike is too powerful to ignore.
- Round 1 vs a UR deck with Kurkesh and Chasm Skulker. He got out Kurkesh and Amphin Pathmage (makes guys unblockable) in every game, but I just barely edged him. Unwisely boarded in 2x Solemn Offering after seeing a bunch of artifacts game 1, then he didn’t draw any after that and I kept drawing Solemn Offering. Boarded out Krenko’s Enforcer because I wasn’t hitting RR, also he had red creatures and Bronze Sable. 2-1
- Round 2 vs BR. Game 1 I piled enchantments onto a Sungrace Pegasus and raced him. Game 2 I was stuck on 2 lands forever but Sungrace Pegasus again kept me alive. I finally hit lands, had a great position with Trip Spirits, Selfless Cathar, and another Trip Spirits in hand but he had Festergloom. Game 3 we traded land drops until I put out Paragon and Trip Spirits, then he had 2x Festergloom to wipe me out. I had a lot more spells though and he didn’t. Again, I boarded out Krenko’s Enforcer for the same reasons. 2-1
- Round 3 vs a GW convoke deck with 2x Sunblade Elf and Avacyn. His deck seemed like it should be in the final, and now I knew why I didn’t see any Raise the Alarms. He also had 2x Siege Wurm and Seraph of the Masses. Anyway, in Game 1 I just barely outraced him, managed to kill Avacyn in combat by quadruple blocking, and beating his double Sunblade activation with my Selfless Cathar activation. Game 2 I beat down with a pair of Sungrace Pegasus (Pegasi?) and in the process growing an Ajani’s Pridemate to the point where he was holding back 2 Siege Wurms. He eventually found a Netcaster Spider, but Inferno Fist and Selfless Cathar helped me out. Krenko’s Enforcer was actually incredible here, and throwing a Marked By Honor on it is what won me Game 1. 2-0
Conclusions and thoughts
- Sungrace Pegasus is awesome, and seems very undervalued
- White and Red are heavily drafted and consensus the top 2 colors, but it’s still possible to draft a WR deck and win.
- Triplicate Spirits will not be passed to you. You have to grab it early if you see it.
- Festergloom is really good
- Always be aware of your opponents on-board tricks
- Oppressive Rays is excellent for taking out activated abilities by taxing them into oblivion. Examples: Sunblade Elf, Avacyn, Zof Shade, Amphin Pathmage, Gargoyle Sentinel. It’s also good on creatures with lifelink, or as a falter effect - if your opponent is tapped out (or less than 3 open) you can screw up their plan of leaving back a creature to block. It’s pretty mediocre if you want it to be a Pacifism though