The Eldrazi Diet

Arianna and Neff are playing in a Standard PPTQ. Neff controls Ulamog, The Ceaseless Hunger. Arianna has several cards in her graveyard and 20 cards exiled face-up by Neff’s Ulamog. Arianna casts Inverter of Truth. She grabs her deck and says, “My library is exiled and my graveyard will become my library,” to which Neff responds with a nod. Arianna picks up her graveyard and begins shuffling it. After a moment she picks up her old library and says, “Hold on, wanted to check something first,” and begins to look through it. Neff calls for a judge and when you arrive to the table Arianna explains that she wanted to know what she was losing from the Inverter of Truth trigger. What do you do?

 

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Answer
Arianna has committed Game Play Error – Game Rules Violation by looking at face-down exiled cards when she was not allowed to. Instruct Arianna to leave the exiled cards face down and finish the resolution of Inverter of Truth‘s triggered ability. Neff is not issued a warning for Failure to Maintain Game State because he called attention to Arianna’s error at the earliest possible time.

Again, while Arianna’s actions may appear to be Looking at Extra Cards, the recent policy update narrows the scope of LEC to cards in a player’s deck and no other zone.

Emrakul, the situation torn

At a Grand Prix Trial, Ajani plays Glimpse the Unthinkable and mills Nissa for ten cards. Amongst them, Emrakul is put into the graveyard. After the ten cards are put into the graveyard, Nissa immediately picks up her graveyard and begins shuffling it into her library. Ajani calls over a judge and explains he wished to respond to the Emrakul trigger with the Crypt Incursion he has in his hand. After investigation, you find out there were about 30 cards in Nissa’s graveyard after Glimpse the Unthinkable had resolved. What do you do?

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Answer
Thank you for everyone who contributed to this week’s KP discussion. 4 pages of lively debate made for some interesting readings and opinions. This week, there are two possible ways to address the situation. Fortunately, they have almost identical outcomes!

The first way to approach this is as a GRV. Technically speaking, Nissa is responsible for giving Ajani priority before resolving the trigger, which means in this case she’s violated the CR. We can assess the GRV for the error, but a rewind is impossible here and no partial fixes are relevant.

The second approach is to look at Nissa’s actions as a proposed shortcut. While she didn’t communicate it well (or at all), what she’s doing is shortcutting through two priority passes straight to the trigger resolving. Shortcuts exist to allow players to just play, and not worry about the highly technical side of things, so in many situations this would be fine. Unfortunately she didn’t give him the chance to accept or reject her shortcut, which violates the MTR in a way that’s not a specific infraction. As such, there is no penalty, we would simply tell her that she needs to not repeat this error, and any further issues of this type would be handled with USC-Minor and an investigation.

Both approaches lead us to the same place- the game has been messed up in a way we don’t have the power to fix, we tell Nissa she needs to be more careful moving forward.

Christmas time is here!

‘Twas the EDH before Christmas, and all on the table,
Not a creature type missing, casting all we were able.
Stocking Tiger was placed by the chimney (such glory!)
Hoping St. Nicol Bolas would come read us a story.

 

My opponent was smiling, tapping all of his lands,
Then Myojin of Night’s Reach annihilated our hands.
One mana to my name and I let out a shriek,
I’m not the threat; why Strip Mine me, you freak?!

 

Calm yourself down, I know you’re no threat,
But If I keep you down they will be in my debt.
I know it’s not fair, but I’m sorry dear Percy,
Yule Ooze and then I will show you Snow Mercy!

 

I flipped over the table, exhibiting my rage,
Then I pulled out my laptop and found the Gatherer page.
I browsed for an answer; O, what a selection!
But none of these cards are in my collection!

 

My friends they all left, feeling bitter and sour.
(I wondered, “Is the game store open this hour?”)
I jumped in my car and took off with a flash,
Running into the store with a fistful of cash.

 

Behind the counter was the jolly shopkeeper,
Time to feed my addiction, I fell deeper and deeper.
More rapid than eagles his assistants they came,
They showed me their wares, while shouting card names!

 

Naughty//Nice

Here’s Elspeth, Jace, Chandra, and Nissa Revane!
Plus Sorin and Lily and Ajani Goldmane!
We have sleeves on the counter and mats on the wall,
Now please, purchase! Purchase! Purchase them all!

 

I hopped in my car with new cards, mats and dice,
As I looked at my loot, I felt quite Naughty//Nice.
But on my way home I started to wonder,
What good were these cards with my group torn asunder?

 

Gifts Given

 

 

I phoned all my friends to come back to my place.
When they assembled I spoke with a serious face.
“I’m sorry for earlier, I’d been such a jerk,
By flipping the table and going Berserk.”

 

Fruitcake Elemental

 

 

This I know now, for as long as I’m livin’,
The best kinds of gifts are surely Gifts Given.
I brought you some gifts… they’re not sentimental,
But I’d never give you a Fruitcake Elemental!

 

 

 

I passed out Evil Presents all wrapped up with care,
What good are these things without friends to share?
My friends’ eyes all twinkled, what a glorious sight.
Season’s Beatings to all, and to all a good night!

 

Season's Beatings

 

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