This thread is for discussion of this week's Limited Information, which goes live Tuesday morning on magicthegathering.com.
The Analytical Engine has no pretensions whatever to originate anything. It can do whatever we know how to order it to perform.
*facepalm*I'm as excited for this new format as anyone, but some of the plays described in this article are...not ideal. A tempo card that causes card disadvantage might be really, really good, but it will never be a first pick, because you will never want more than one in your deck. The claim that Makeshift Mauler can "stand toe-to-toe with pretty much anything is laughable when an enormous number of 5/5 and bigger creatures are in the set at common and uncommon - more than any set preceding it, EVER. And then, in almost the same breath, he talks about using a bunch of self mill cards, "even Armored Skaab", as if Armored Skaab weren't one of the best and highest priority cards in the set for a blue deck.The arguments for why Rotting Fensnake is good were just NOT good. The card is playable because Zombies have some amazing tribal support, and Fensnake is one of only a few that you can expect to get reasonably late in a draft. In sealed, however, the card is plain terrible and is almost never going to justifiably make your deck. Cobbled Wings, Nightbird's Clutches, and Sharpened Pitchfork are all extremely marginal cards and do not make Fensnake worth playing, even if they weren't.If Howlpack of Estwald was a 6 mana spell, it would be terrible. A green vanilla 4/6 is a decent 5 mana card. And the suggestions given here for how to flip it (don't cast spells! get mana screwed!) are suggestions on how to most efficiently lose the game. Lastly, the suggestions on how to use instants to both turn on your own guys and turn off your opponents' are all well and good, but it might be nice to avoid the implication that you can do both at once.