Forum Game: Three Card Magic

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yoe helloe, Just_a_cleric was unable to continue running the game so I've taken over


Rules
1. Each player submits a deck of any three Magic cards, except those forbidden by the banned list (see below), to me via private message. (I will finalise my deck before the new thread opens, so I don't gain an unfair advantage.)
2. Each deck will play against each other deck twice, once going first and once going second. Wins are worth 3 points, draws are worth 1 and losses are worth 0.
3. Normal Magic rules apply to a game of 3CM, except that players do not lose if they would draw from an empty library. (Note that draws are not skipped: if you can get a card back into your library you will draw it as you would in a normal Magic game.) Each player's three cards begin in their hand.
4. Games are played with perfect information: that is, it is assumed that the contents of your opponent's deck is known to you at all times, and that players will always play optimally and to win.
5. If the source of a random effect (i.e. a coinflip) is owned by a player, its outcome is chosen by the opponent.
6. Effects that get cards from outside the game (Wishes, Research // Development, Ring of Ma'ruf) cannot be used to find anything.
7. When the round is closed, a spreadsheet of all the decks and matchups is posted, to be filled in by the players. Players are encouraged to double-check the matchups graded by other players, since mistakes are often made when complicated decks are involved.
8. When the scores are completed, the player(s) with the highest score are allowed to choose a new format to be added to the next format poll. In addition, I may ban cards that I feel have been consistently overperforming.
9. The format poll will run concurrently with the time when submissions for the vanilla round are being taken. At the end of the vanilla round, the poll option with the most votes will be chosen, and the one with the least votes will be removed from the poll.
10. Special formats will often include degenerate cards or loopholes. If you find either, please PM me and the cards may be temporarily banned, or the loophole clarified.


Banned list
All cards banned in Vintage. (ante, silver-bordered, physical dexterity, non-mass-produced, Shahrazad)
Any deck that can potentially force your opponent to discard/exile more than 1 card from their hand in a single turn. Note that this includes all cards which say "discard all cards {with quality X}." 
Any deck that can win before the opponent has had a full turn.

Barren Glory 
Blackmail
Chancellor of the Annex
Channel
Flash
Foil
Force of Will
Ghost Quarter
Inquisition of Kozilek
Laboratory Maniac
Leyline of Anticipation
Lodestone Golem
Phyrexian Revoker
Shelldock Isle
Show and Tell
Strip Mine
Thoughtseize


Previous rounds
Round 1 (Alternate): docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0As0... Winner: iamajellydonut
Round 2 (Vanilla): docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0As0... Winner: thatmarkguy
Round 3 (Alternate): docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0As0... Winners: iamajellydonut, razorborne
Round 4 (Vanilla): docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0As0... Winner: iamajellydonut
Round 5 (Alternate): docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0As0... Winner: razorborne
Round 6 (Vanilla): docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0As0... Winner: mqj
Round 7 (Alternate): docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0As0... Winner: Rush_Clasic
Round 8 (Vanilla): docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0As0... Winner: thatmarkguy
Round 9 (Alternate) docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0As0... Winner: Caldera42
Round 10 (Vanilla): docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0As0... Winner: Caldera42
Round 11 (Alternate): docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0As0... Winner: silasw
Round 12 (Vanilla): docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0As0... Winner: razorborne


Leaderboard

New players are given an Elo rating of 1200, which changes based on their performance in future rounds.


1. Caldera42 - 1364
2. razorborne - 1327
3. Mage24365 - 1308
4. thatmarkguy - 1284
4. silasw - 1284
6. stef55 - 1281
7. mqj - 1270
8. Purple_Shrimp - 1261
9. DARK_DRAC0 - 1260
9. Sleeping - 1260
11. TimmyForever - 1248
12. iamajellydonut - 1243
12. verdek - 1243
14. od256 - 1242
15. Ffancrzy - 1241
16. Rush_Clasic - 1236
17. morticianjohn - 1215
18. Thragtusk2468 - 1209
19. Just_a_cleric - 1191
20. Kenku - 1185
21. Zokorad - 1176
22. Mown - 1175
23. TheMOTI - 1163 
24. Ghostyman - 1157
25. Guest1388837345 - 1137
26. Nyktos - 1135 
27. tmich - 1132
28. Dr_Demento - 1099
29. RPJesus - 1092 
30. The_Ogre - 1091
31. BARushified - 1079 
32. Gathered - 1042
33. Fenix. - 1039 
34. Monoredburn - 1022 

  
 


Round 13


docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0As0...

192884403 wrote:
firstrike
56965458 wrote:
97820278 wrote:
56965458 wrote:
97820278 wrote:
Ceci n'est pas une pipe.
This definitely doesn't mean what you think it means.
I was referring to the painting The Treachery of Images.
I know.
I have decided that for this format vesuva will be too good and needs to be temporarily banned
It will be legal again after this format is over.



good thing i can veto B^) 
192884403 wrote:
firstrike
56965458 wrote:
97820278 wrote:
56965458 wrote:
97820278 wrote:
Ceci n'est pas une pipe.
This definitely doesn't mean what you think it means.
I was referring to the painting The Treachery of Images.
I know.
calderas deck underpowered needs buff
57023148 wrote:
People really think WotC is reprinting Lightning Bolt? Really? Are people that gullible?
yes unless you can demonstrate an unreasonably powerful deck that uses it
192884403 wrote:
firstrike
56965458 wrote:
97820278 wrote:
56965458 wrote:
97820278 wrote:
Ceci n'est pas une pipe.
This definitely doesn't mean what you think it means.
I was referring to the painting The Treachery of Images.
I know.
Where do you submit the decks?
I love trolls Dont hate me because I'm blunt and you cannot handle it
If you look really hard it might be in the OP.

Yxoque wrote:
This forum can't even ****ing self-destruct properly.

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If you look really hard it might be in the OP.



In the same time you wrote your lovely reply, you could have answered me instead, jerk
I love trolls Dont hate me because I'm blunt and you cannot handle it
mown strikes again gg wp

also I'm interested in pruning the banned list by quite a bit, I'll probably discuss that at the end of this round 
192884403 wrote:
firstrike
56965458 wrote:
97820278 wrote:
56965458 wrote:
97820278 wrote:
Ceci n'est pas une pipe.
This definitely doesn't mean what you think it means.
I was referring to the painting The Treachery of Images.
I know.
Is RTR legal?
blah blah metal lyrics
Is RTR legal?



no, but I think next week I will hold a RTR release format where every deck has to include at least one RTR card

from then on RTR will be legal
192884403 wrote:
firstrike
56965458 wrote:
97820278 wrote:
56965458 wrote:
97820278 wrote:
Ceci n'est pas une pipe.
This definitely doesn't mean what you think it means.
I was referring to the painting The Treachery of Images.
I know.
Is RTR legal?



no, but I think next week I will hold a RTR release format where every deck has to include at least one RTR card

from then on RTR will be legal



For two years.
139359831 wrote:
Clever deduction Watson! Maybe you can explain why Supergirl is trying to kill me.
---- Autocard is your friend. Lightning Bolt = Lightning Bolt
So by playing optimally, in this round, does this mean that since it is worth more to lose, that a card like Wall of Blood would be used to suicide? But then it would not be used to do so against the bear and crow decks? 
So by playing optimally, in this round, does this mean that since it is worth more to lose, that a card like Wall of Blood would be used to suicide? But then it would not be used to do so against the bear and crow decks? 


generally, in you-want-to-lose rounds it's assumed you don't know that in the play. otherwise I can always just not play anything and all games are ties.

 

120.6. Some effects replace card draws.

 

why are you here when NGA exists and is just better

So by playing optimally, in this round, does this mean that since it is worth more to lose, that a card like Wall of Blood would be used to suicide? But then it would not be used to do so against the bear and crow decks? 



nah, you always play to win
192884403 wrote:
firstrike
56965458 wrote:
97820278 wrote:
56965458 wrote:
97820278 wrote:
Ceci n'est pas une pipe.
This definitely doesn't mean what you think it means.
I was referring to the painting The Treachery of Images.
I know.
My deck is sickest deck.
lel♯ jenk♯ ∞


I'm the world's leading astrophysicist. You can trust me, because I said I was.
92827575 wrote:
57092228 wrote:
What's wrong with my formating?
you make paragraphs shorter than the page width
58280978 wrote:
Names that sam said were "the evil ones":
iamajellydonut glwiley kreewlin and every WizO
My deck is sickest deck.


Better call the deck doctor
57023148 wrote:
People really think WotC is reprinting Lightning Bolt? Really? Are people that gullible?
My deck is sickest deck.


my deck is dumb and obvious and it still took me three tries to get it right.

 

120.6. Some effects replace card draws.

 

why are you here when NGA exists and is just better

"right" is a bit generous
192884403 wrote:
firstrike
56965458 wrote:
97820278 wrote:
56965458 wrote:
97820278 wrote:
Ceci n'est pas une pipe.
This definitely doesn't mean what you think it means.
I was referring to the painting The Treachery of Images.
I know.
"right" is a bit generous


you're a bit generous

wait that's not a burn

120.6. Some effects replace card draws.

 

why are you here when NGA exists and is just better

I missed the play to lose bit, in fact i'm not sure the cards I chose can lose to those...

Edit: They can, sort of.
I missed the play to lose bit, in fact i'm not sure the cards I chose can lose to those...

Edit: They can, sort of.



your decks is meant to beat at least one of the test decks, which it does, so you're fine there

if you want to submit another deck then feel free though 
192884403 wrote:
firstrike
56965458 wrote:
97820278 wrote:
56965458 wrote:
97820278 wrote:
Ceci n'est pas une pipe.
This definitely doesn't mean what you think it means.
I was referring to the painting The Treachery of Images.
I know.
Does no one else think it is not worth it to lose to one of the test decks? By making a ridulous deck that beats both by a long shot, you will win more matches, and thus the three points are irrelevant.
Woot! Go RED! I love red! Red is awesome! Did I mention I love red?
those personality things
Suprisingly enough, in that test, I'm not red I am White/Black
I am White/Black
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56778328 wrote:
Why did you post it here? "Hey, all you guys who play this game! I'm not gonna play it!" "Umm... Ok, dude."
Does no one else think it is not worth it to lose to one of the test decks? By making a ridulous deck that beats both by a long shot, you will win more matches, and thus the three points are irrelevant.


you misunderstand.

in order for your deck to qualify it must beat a test deck.

however, in scoring matches, the point values for losses and wins are reversed.

 

120.6. Some effects replace card draws.

 

why are you here when NGA exists and is just better

Does no one else think it is not worth it to lose to one of the test decks? By making a ridulous deck that beats both by a long shot, you will win more matches, and thus the three points are irrelevant.


you misunderstand.

in order for your deck to qualify it must beat a test deck.

however, in scoring matches, the point values for losses and wins are reversed.

 



yup
192884403 wrote:
firstrike
56965458 wrote:
97820278 wrote:
56965458 wrote:
97820278 wrote:
Ceci n'est pas une pipe.
This definitely doesn't mean what you think it means.
I was referring to the painting The Treachery of Images.
I know.
What I'm trying to say is if I run

land
ritual
power creature


and obliterate both decks, then there is no point in stooping to lose to one, because I will just win every match afterwards
Woot! Go RED! I love red! Red is awesome! Did I mention I love red?
those personality things
Suprisingly enough, in that test, I'm not red I am White/Black
I am White/Black
Take The Magic Dual Colour Test - Beta today!
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56778328 wrote:
Why did you post it here? "Hey, all you guys who play this game! I'm not gonna play it!" "Umm... Ok, dude."
What I'm trying to say is if I run

land
ritual
power creature


and obliterate both decks, then there is no point in stooping to lose to one, because I will just win every match afterwards



and then you'll get no points, because in this format you get points for losing matches 
192884403 wrote:
firstrike
56965458 wrote:
97820278 wrote:
56965458 wrote:
97820278 wrote:
Ceci n'est pas une pipe.
This definitely doesn't mean what you think it means.
I was referring to the painting The Treachery of Images.
I know.
oooooooh, I see. Ignore my PM shrimp.
Woot! Go RED! I love red! Red is awesome! Did I mention I love red?
those personality things
Suprisingly enough, in that test, I'm not red I am White/Black
I am White/Black
Take The Magic Dual Colour Test - Beta today!
Created with Rum and Monkey's Personality Test Generator.

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56778328 wrote:
Why did you post it here? "Hey, all you guys who play this game! I'm not gonna play it!" "Umm... Ok, dude."
sure, send in a new deck if you like
192884403 wrote:
firstrike
56965458 wrote:
97820278 wrote:
56965458 wrote:
97820278 wrote:
Ceci n'est pas une pipe.
This definitely doesn't mean what you think it means.
I was referring to the painting The Treachery of Images.
I know.
Ofc, that I won't host anymore doesn't mean I won't play anymore.
Just...whenever I have some free time to think of something. Like now.

www.nogoblinsallowed.com

Almost like real magic, right? There's never a deck that always wins.

Btw, please use the edit button in the future.

www.nogoblinsallowed.com

no shrimp get your facts right
round over forever
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57817638 wrote:
I like storm crow because I really like crows in real life, as an animal, and the card isn't terribly stupid, but packs a good deal of nostalgia and also a chunck of the game's history. So it's perhaps one of the cards I have most affection to, but not because "lol storm crow is bad hurr hurr durr".
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56747598 wrote:
57295478 wrote:
Although I do assume you deliberately refer to them (DCI) as The Grand Imperial Convocation of Evil just for the purposes of making them sound like an ancient and terrible conspiracy.
Now, now. 1994 doesn't quite qualify as "ancient".
56734518 wrote:
Oh, it's a brilliant plan. You see, Bolas was travelling through shadowmoor, causing trouble, when he saw a Wickerbough Elder with its stylin' dead scarecrow hat. Now, Bolas being Bolas took the awesome hat and he put it on his head, but even with all his titanic powers of magic he couldn't make it fit. He grabbed some more scarecrows, but then a little kithkin girl asked if he was trying to build a toupee. "BY ALL THE POWERS IN THE MULTIVERSE!" he roared, "I WILL HAVE A HAT WORTHY OF MY GLORY." and so he went through his Dark Lore of Doom (tm) looking for something he could make into a hat that would look as stylish on him as a scarecrow does on a treefolk. He thought about the Phyrexians, but they were covered in goopy oil that would make his nonexistant hair greasy. He Tried out angels for a while but they didn't sit quite right. Then, he looked under "e" (because in the Elder Draconic alphabet, "e" for Eldrazi is right next to "h" for Hat) in his Dark Lore of Doom and saw depictions of the Eldrazi, and all their forms. "THIS SHALL BE MY HAT!" he declared, poking a picture of Emrakul, "AND WITH IT I WILL USHER IN A NEW AGE OF DARKNESS -- ER, I MEAN A NEW AGE OF FASHION!" And so Nicol Bolas masterminded the release of the Eldrazi.
57864098 wrote:
Rhox War Monk just flips pancakes, and if games have told us anything, it's that food = life.
56747598 wrote:
76973988 wrote:
This thread has gotten creepy. XP
Really? Really? The last couple days have been roughly every perverse fetish imaginable, but it only got "creepy" when speculation on Mother of Runes's mob affiliation came up?
76672808 wrote:
57864098 wrote:
57531048 wrote:
Nice mana base. Not really.
Yeah, really. If my deck was going to cost $1000+, I'd at least make it good.
99812049 wrote:
I like to think up what I consider clever names for my decks, only later to be laughed at by my wife. It kills me a little on the inside, but thats what marriage is about.
56816728 wrote:
56854588 wrote:
Of course, the best use [of tolaria west] is transmuting for the real Tolaria. ;)
Absolutely. I used to loose to my buddy's Banding deck for ages, it was then that I found out about Tolaria, and I was finally able win my first game.
70246459 wrote:
WOAH wait wait wait
56957928 wrote:
You know, being shallow and jusdgmental aside, "I later found out that Jon infiltrated his way into OKCupid dates with at least two other people"
56957928 wrote:
"I later found out that Jon infiltrated his way into OKCupid dates with at least two other people"
56957928 wrote:
Jon infiltrated his way into OKCupid dates
56957928 wrote:
OH MY GOD
109874309 wrote:
The only way I'd cast this card is into a bonfire.
82032421 wrote:
The short answer is that there's no rule barring annoying people from posting, but there a rule barring us from harassing them about it.
56747598 wrote:
Browbeat is a card that is an appropriate deck choice when there's no better idea available. "No better idea available" was pretty much the running theme of Odyssey era.
56874518 wrote:
Or perhaps it was a more straightforward comment indicating a wish for you to be bitten (Perhaps repeatedly) by a small yet highly venomous arachnid.
70246459 wrote:
58280208 wrote:
You're an idiot, and I'm in no mood for silliness.
57817638 wrote:
57145078 wrote:
You just... Vektor it.
That's the answer to everything.
70246459 wrote:
58347268 wrote:
I think the problem is that you don't exist.
This would sound great out of context!
56965458 wrote:
Modern is like playing a new tournament every time : you build a deck, you win with it, don't bother keeping it. Just build another, its key pieces will get banned.
57864098 wrote:
57309598 wrote:
I specifically remember posting a thread when I was just a witty bitty noob.
You make it sound like that's still not the case.
58325628 wrote:
Rap is what happens when the c from crap is taken away.
Doug Beyer:
But sometimes it's also challenging. Because sometimes OH MY GOD, WHAT THE HELL IS THIS THING?
141434757 wrote:
Flashforward five thousand years (Click for atmosphere) :
57927608 wrote:
to paraphrase Jeff Goldblum, Vektor finds a way.
58347268 wrote:
when in rome **** AND PILLAGE
143229641 wrote:
I always find it helpful when im angry to dress up in an owl costume and rub pennies all over my body in front of a full body mirror next to the window.
Dymecoar:
Playing Magic without Blue is like sleeping without any sheets or blankets. You can do it...but why?
Omega137:
Me: "I love the moment when a control deck stabilizes. It feels so... right." Omega137: "I like the life drop part until you get there, it's the MtG variant of bungee jumping"
Zigeif777:
Just do it like Yu-Gi-Oh or monkeys: throw all the crap you got at them and hope it works or else the by-standers (or opponents) just get dirty and pissed.
57471038 wrote:
58258708 wrote:
It's true that Alpha and Beta didn't contain any cards like Tarmogoyf, Darksteel Colossus, or Platinum Angel. It just contained weak, insignificant cards like Black Lotus, Mox Sapphire, and Time Walk.
Normally it's difficult to pick up on your jokes/sarcasm. But this one's pretty much out there. Good progress. You have moved up to Humanoid. You'll be Human in no time.
91893448 wrote:
94618431 wrote:
I didn't know Samurai were known to be able to cut down whole armies...
They can when they're using lightsabers!
57129358 wrote:
97980259 wrote:
My wife brought home a baby black squirrel they found on a horse track and cared for it for a few days. We named it Grixis, but it died.
Unearth it!
70246459 wrote:
[/spoiler] And I'm on Magic Arcana. How about you? Oh, by the way, I'm also on From the Lab now. Twice, actually. And now with my own submited decklist!
no shrimp get your facts right
round over forever


no, vektor. round over forever of all time

120.6. Some effects replace card draws.

 

why are you here when NGA exists and is just better

no need to show off
192884403 wrote:
firstrike
56965458 wrote:
97820278 wrote:
56965458 wrote:
97820278 wrote:
Ceci n'est pas une pipe.
This definitely doesn't mean what you think it means.
I was referring to the painting The Treachery of Images.
I know.
Ooooohhhhh.... That is the format, I'm a little sad that the Runeclaw bear option is there, because, you know, stormcrow, but I thought this would be a cool format.

At first I thought the format was pick Storm Crow or Runeclaw Bear deck. 
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57817638 wrote:
58060728 wrote:
88318561 wrote:
58060728 wrote:
Moriok Rigger does absolutely nothing to boost other riggers. You are incorrect.
Moriok Rigger is not a Rigger in print. Only in Errata WHAT NOW! (yes, I did put that phrase in for that exact reason)
Congratulations, they have activated your trap card!
Ooooohhhhh.... That is the format, I'm a little sad that the Runeclaw bear option is there, because, you know, stormcrow, but I thought this would be a cool format.

At first I thought the format was pick Storm Crow or Runeclaw Bear deck. 


all 2-2s, all the time.

 

120.6. Some effects replace card draws.

 

why are you here when NGA exists and is just better

I changed my deck.
old deck :

savannah
Wild Dogs
Green ward
I know I've been away for a while, but is posting your deck before the round is over a thing now?

 

120.6. Some effects replace card draws.

 

why are you here when NGA exists and is just better

I know I've been away for a while, but is posting your deck before the round is over a thing now?

 










3. Players will pm their one deck to me. While not required, please post here to acknowledge your involvement, as well as to keep the thread on the first page for people to see.

It was a (poor) attempt to acknowledge my involvement.
"Post here", as in "Hey, I submitted a deck".

Discussing lists before a round is over is specifically prohibited. 
Etiamnunc sto, etiamsi caelum ruat.
Discussing lists before a round is over is specifically prohibited. 


By the Time Police.
lel♯ jenk♯ ∞


I'm the world's leading astrophysicist. You can trust me, because I said I was.
92827575 wrote:
57092228 wrote:
What's wrong with my formating?
you make paragraphs shorter than the page width
58280978 wrote:
Names that sam said were "the evil ones":
iamajellydonut glwiley kreewlin and every WizO
Discussing lists before a round is over is specifically prohibited. 


By the Time Police.



Don't mess with the Teselecta, bro. They're pretty hardcore.
Etiamnunc sto, etiamsi caelum ruat.
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