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Mind Grind Day 4: #23

There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t think about you, and the impact you’ve had on my life.  I know that you’re always with me.  Keep watching over me, my family, and my friends, and teaching me how to be a better person.  

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails." 
- 1 Corinthians 13:4-8

Instincts and Mentality told me that it wouldn’t work. No matter how much I wanted it now, it wouldn’t be good for me in the long run. I knew from the get go there was no future with you and if I were to stay, it’d be so much work to get us going some where. You just weren’t good for me period. We were like puzzle pieces that didn’t fit together.

But then there’s always hope and heart. Depending on the person, sometimes even though all the signs were there, I just had to know. That leap of faith either leads you to hurt or … it. The one you’ve been waiting for. And damn.. I’ve taken some pretty big leaps and let me tell you, I’ve only accumulated scars. It came down to how much I was willing to hurt for them rather than how good they are for me. Outside the relationship, you know that equation is all wrong.. but inside? You’d never realize how blind you really are.

That’s just how shit happens though sometimes. You either fuck yourself over or fucking get over someone

Mind Grind Day 9: Let It Be

When I find myself in times of trouble, Mother Mary comes to me
Speaking words of wisdom, let it be
And in my hour of darkness she is standing right in front of me
Speaking words of wisdom, let it be
Let it be, let it be, let it be, let it be
Whisper words of wisdom, let it be

And when the broken hearted people living in the world agree
There will be an answer, let it be
For though they may be parted, there is still a chance that they will see
There will be an answer, let it be
Let it be, let it be, let it be, let it be
There will be an answer, let it be
Let it be, let it be, let it be, let it be
Whisper words of wisdom, let it be
Let it be, let it be, let it be, let it be
Whisper words of wisdom, let it be

And when the night is cloudy there is still a light that shines on me
Shine until tomorrow, let it be
I wake up to the sound of music, Mother Mary comes to me
Speaking words of wisdom, let it be
Let it be, let it be, let it be, yeah, let it be
There will be an answer, let it be
Let it be, let it be, let it be, yeah, let it be
Whisper words of wisdom, let it be

 

Mind Grind Day 3: Teammates

“I want to go to your wedding, and meet your children.” How many times in your life do you meet a group of people who this thought would be true for? Not often, but I have been blessed. I’m surrounded by the smartest, funniest, most diverse, passionate, determined, and hard working group of women. The best part: they’re my teammates. In one of our oldest and best traditions, 22 girls sat in a circle, concealed by the darkness of the night and watched over by the stars above, and revealed why the team was important to them and what role it played in their lives. I spoke about family, and lessons learned, and specifically, what I hope to carry on and how I wish to better myself and present myself in a way that would make my teammates proud of me.

crypsys asked:

Suppose my opponent casts Mind Grind declaring X to be 4, and I counter it with Mystic Genesis. Is the declared X taken into account when calculating the ooze's power/toughness, making it a 6/6 instead of a 2/2? If I control a Guile at the time, and I exile the Mind Grind, can I cast it for free? Normally X would be zero, since I'm casting it for free, but Mind Grind says that X can't be zero. Will it be countered by its own rules text? If so, can I cast it and let it be countered indefinitely?

Mind Grind’s converted mana cost when it’s on the stack is 2 plus the value paid for X. (Mind Grind’s converted mana cost when it’s in any other zone is 2, but that doesn’t matter here.) If you counter Mind Grind (X = 4) with Mystic Genesis, the token will be 6/6.

Guile’s replacement effect means Mind Grind is exiled instead of being countered, so that part of Mystic Genesis’s effect will be replaced. However there is no “If you do” clause connecting the rest of Mystic Genesis’ effect to the spell being countered, so even though it’s not being countered by Mystic Genesis, so you’ll still get to make an Ooze token based on Mind Grind’s converted mana cost. (This is also true if you cast Mystic Genesis targeting a spell that can’t be countered, such as Supreme Verdict — Mystic Genesis will try to counter the spell but can’t, and then you’ll get your Ooze token anyway.)

Now as far as the rest…

If Mind Grind is exiled with Guile, it will forget all choices made for it, including the value paid for X. Then the player will have the option to cast the exiled Mind Grind for free… except they can’t. Typically, any time you cast a spell with X in its cost without paying that cost, the new X = 0. However Mind Grind’s text says “X can’t 0,” which prevents it being cast this way. The ruling on Mind Grind’s Gatherer entry clarifies this point:

1/24/2013

If another spell or ability instructs you to cast Mind Grind “without paying its mana cost,” you won’t be able to. You must pick 0 as the value of X in the mana cost of a spell being cast “without paying its mana cost,” but the X in Mind Grind’s mana cost can’t be 0.

In other words, you can’t legally cast Mind Grind without paying its mana cost, because the “X can’t be 0” clause prevents it from being cast this way. If an effect (such as Guile’s) allows or forces a player to cast Mind Grind without paying its mana cost, they won’t be able to. (This doesn’t cause Guile’s ability to be countered, however — the rest of the ability, including exiling the spell, will still take effect.)

Finally, I want to make it clear that there is a difference between “You can’t cast this spell” and “Counter this spell.” The fact that you can’t cast Mind Grind for free doesn’t mean it counters itself — it means it never gets cast that way in the first place.

Effects which counter spells (including if the spell counters itself) explicitly say so in their text. (See Brain Gorgers, for example.) This is not the same as not being able to cast the spell in the first place.