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To clarify, the spell wouldn’t fizzle, but it would deal no damage. Hmm. Magic Lawyering is tough stuff. Am I wrong in that you can theoretically target a non-flying creature with the flying component but it won’t deal damage unless you can somehow give it flying before it resolves?

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Wow, long time since I’ve played magic myself. Good thing you can keep up with the card upkeeps. And I guess just a bit more practice?Also, Re: “I’m pretty sure giving it flying would make it an invalid target, feel free to correct me if I’m wrong”, I think you’re right, since the card states “deals 3 damage to target creature with/without flying” versus “Target a flying/non-flying creature, and Branching Bolt deals 3 damage to it.

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Comment by trinity on Speed Reading

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214 wpm at 73% comperhension. If the article was Twilight or another feel-good novel, am sure i’m way faster and with better comprehension. πŸ˜›

Comment by switch on Magic the Puzzling: Nicol Bolas

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Whichever player goes first eventually kills all the planeswalkers on the other side:Player B goes first: Elspeth makes 1/1, Sarkhan gives +1/+1 and haste, goon deals Bolas 2 damage, Ajani finishes him off with Lightning Helix. Tezzeret twiddles his thumbs.Player A goes first: with no library considerations, Bolas kills Elspeth. Sarkhan gains loyalty, Ajani Lightning Helixes him, and Tezzeret does nothing important (can he gain loyalty?). Bolas picks off Sarkhan, the two remaining wait to die.

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Comment by roy on Code Quality

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I know full well about the benefits of refactoring and code reviews. What I’m saying is, there are other factors to consider. As developers who take pride in our work surely you should want to refactor and have someone looking at your code almost all the time. But like all things, software is largely a product of compromise. Sure, it works out well in the long run. But sometimes you just want to make it through the short run, you have to realize that cutting back on these code quality measures and accepting the technical debt is a viable business option.

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Comment by Aleks on Code Quality

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That’s supposed to be: You *will* be able to justify the effort to refactor the code on its long-term benefits.

Comment by Aleks on Code Quality

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Refactoring is an investment. You should be able to justify the effort to refactor the code on its long-term benefits. As for code reviews, I now think that its effectivity is largely dependent on when it’s conducted. It’s less effective when the developer is already done with the whole module/functionality and the QA team is about to do their thing. I think it’s better to conduct the reviews when the developer has done a little coding and his design has been laid out.

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Just to let u know, I went 5-1 with this list: // Deck file for Magic Workstation (http://www.magicworkstation.com)// Lands 3 [UL] Ghitu Encampment 4 [LRW] Auntie’s Hovel 4 [FUT] Graven Cairns 4 [IA] Sulfurous Springs 7 [UNH] Mountain 2 [TE] Reflecting Pool// Creatures 2 [SHM] Murderous Redcap 3 [FNM] Mogg Fanatic 4 [EVE] Figure of Destiny 4 [SHM] Tattermunge Maniac 3 [SC] Siege-Gang Commander// Spells 4 [MOR] Bitterblossom 4 [LRW] Tarfire 4 [10E] Incinerate 4 [SHM] Flame Javelin 4 [LRW] Thoughtseize// Sideboard SB: 4 [ALA] Infest SB: 4 [SHM] Guttural Response SB: 3 [SHM] Everlasting Torment SB: 4 [MR] Loxodon Warhammerhf))

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hi, keep it up, since practice makes perfect. This is what ill be running this weekend. nice report. have fun!// Deck file for Magic Workstation (http://www.magicworkstation.com)// Lands 3 [UL] Ghitu Encampment 4 [LRW] Auntie’s Hovel 4 [FUT] Graven Cairns 4 [IA] Sulfurous Springs 8 [UNH] Mountain// Creatures 3 [SHM] Murderous Redcap 3 [FNM] Mogg Fanatic 4 [EVE] Figure of Destiny 4 [SHM] Tattermunge Maniac 2 [SC] Siege-Gang Commander// Spells 4 [MOR] Bitterblossom 4 [LRW] Tarfire 4 [10E] Incinerate 4 [SHM] Flame Javelin 3 [LRW] Thoughtseize 2 [ALA] Blightning// Sideboard SB: 3 [ALA] Infest SB: 3 [SHM] Guttural Response SB: 4 [DS] Dragon’s Claw SB: 2 [REW] Pyroclasm SB: 3 [SHM] Everlasting Torment

Comment by guzeppe on Speed Reading

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664 wpm, 67% comprehension… not sure what that means.

Comment by frank on Speed Reading

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my god, 289 wpm at 64% comprehension!! i’m like a grade-schooler!

Comment by mikong on Speed Reading

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Damn I’m much slower than you. 294wpm screen reading at 100% comprehension. Though I have to admit I re-read some parts. I guess that makes me an above-average-almost-good-reader. heheheA good reader screen reads at 300wpm right? At 472wpm, I think that makes you a very good reader. πŸ™‚

Comment by roy on Transition to 2009

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More details later. I think the timezone on the server is wrong, using this comment to test.

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