The Magic Bracket FAQ

This post will be where I’ll answer common questions.

What’s going on here?

I realised that the number of Magic cards printed up to the end of 2016 was a nearly perfect power of 2 - perfect for a single-elimination tournament.  So that’s what I’m doing.

Each day, a SurveyMonkey poll will be posted and linked here and on our Twitter feed.  The polls remain open for one week and have 32 card-vs-card matchups in them.  The results will be posted after one week and the process will continue until we have our winner!

Which cards are included?

All black and silver bordered cards printed 2016 or prior.  This makes 16,343 cards (a perfect 14-round bracket would be 16,384).  There are 41 first-round byes to make up the shortfall.

A ‘card’ is a card with a unique name - so Giant Growth is in once, even though it has been printed many times.

Which cards get byes?

The 41 byes were assigned to the 41 cards with the highest Gatherer community rating as of when I made the bracket.  It’s not perfect, but it’s better than nothing.  The cards (in order) are:

Mox Sapphire
Time Walk
Tolarian Academy
Valorous Stance
Yawgmoth’s Will
Mox Emerald
Mox Pearl
Mox Ruby
Time Vault
Mishra’s Workshop
Sarkhan, the Dragonspeaker
Chandra, Pyromaster
Imperial Seal
Nether Void
The Abyss
The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale
Gaea’s Cradle
Mind Twist
Time Spiral
Meddling Mage
Orim’s Chant
Rishadan Port
Gifts Ungiven
Magus of the Candelabra
Fire // Ice
Crucible of Worlds
Phyrexian Dreadnought
Illusionary Mask
Voltaic Key
Simian Spirit Guide
No Mercy
Demonic Consultation
Land Tax

How is the rest of the bracket seeded?

It isn’t.  The remaining cards are all randomly paired for Round 1, and the order of which cards are in each voting batch is also random.

Round 2 onwards will use some seeding; the exact method is TBA.

How long will this all take?

Approximately two years.

What does ‘best’ mean?  How should I pick which cards to vote for?

That’s completely up to you.  Most fun, most powerful, coolest flavour, best art, most meaningful to you, most valuable, oldest, newest, anything - vote your heart.
One Of President Trump’s First Acts Will Cost Homeowners Millions Of Dollars
Hundreds of thousands of would-be homeowners will be hit with higher costs.

That’s just for starters. Wait till tax cuts cause rising rates, falling bond prices, and then shortfalls in pension fund’s ability to sustain payments. If you have a pension fund and voted for Trump, you royally screwed yourself.

Positively Forceful Felines - All Artist Proceeds to Planned Parenthood!

A good friend inspired me to participate in their #Caturday art project on Twitter last weekend, to inspire some positivity. I decided I would put the final version on Society6 and give all proceeds I make from it to Planned Parenthood- to spread those good feelings a little bit further.

All art prints sold equal $5 to Planned Parenthood, other products will vary but I will make up any shortfalls to the $5 minimum donation each month I receive any other product’s profit less than the minimum.

Here’s just a few of the products you can buy this print/pattern on:

T-Shirts, Tote Bags, Clear iPhone cases, Doona Covers, Mugs, Throw Blankets, Throw Pillows, Leggings, Pouches, Hoodies


Trudeau’s non-answers to Charlie Angus’s simple questions today about Indigenous child welfare underfunding doesn’t give me much confidence that he’s serious about addressing the human rights tribunal demands, even thought his government has signalled it will vote in favour of a motion demanding exactly that.

He was asked whether he would fix the funding shortfall. He didn’t address the topic asked, and reverted to generic talking points.

Then he was asked whether his government will at least stop taking indigenous kids to court who are trying to access necessary medical care. More talking points. Again didn’t answer the question.

Okay okay let me get this straight

So not only are you taking away funded nursing degrees and maintenence away from student nurses, so you want them to pay 9k x 3 and aprox 7k x 3 (48k) to train to be be a nurse, but they might also have to pay for clinical placements? What?

To explain. English student nurses apply for a nursing degree. We do 50% at uni and the other 50% of each year is spent working 40 hours a week at an NHS hospital. This is organised by our university as part of our course and we have no say in which hospital or area we work in. It changes placement to placement (we get about 6 during the degree). So we do aprox 60 weeks of work for the NHS for free. We make up for a huge staffing shortfall in the NHS and lots of nurses will tell you they don’t know how the ward copes without help from us.

But now apparently students are going to have to PAY THOUSANDS so they can go and provide free labour for the NHS. Are they joking?! Many of us already work in paying jobs alongside clinical placement, so effectively we are working like 50/60 hour weeks.

There’s absolutely no way this is going to work. I have pity on the poor students who start from 2017 onwards. In fact I would have never have been able to do nursing if this would have been the case when I applied.

It probably wouldn’t be as bad if we got paid well on qualification. But unfortunately we don’t.

[Feb 16 2016] Today, as I sit in my dorm room and stress about the million things that college girls normally should have to stress about, I found peace in the Lord.

Today I realized that we are not built for perfection. God made us each unique, and in His image. We are made beautiful by His mercy and grace and endless love. He is our forever. It’s incredibly sweet that we have a Father who loves us despite and through our weaknesses and shortfalls.

Whether it’s grades or a missed opportunity or simply feelings of inadequacy, He is there. And He is loving us through it. We are His, and He is ours. What a true blessing that is, to be loved by a King.


A day in the life of a junior doctor. Shared by a junior doctor on Facebook, whose identity I’ll keep private as per usual.

The day they describe isn’t a one-off or a worst case scenario, it’s pretty common to have this level of , this kind of experience is common. And it’s this constant struggle that grinds us down; the feeling that we are struggling to provide adequate care in the face of underfunding and systems which don’t prioritise properly. We chose these jobs because we want to do good, and work to the best of our ability, so being severely pressurised and limited to the point where we can’t is very distressing. This is real; my close doctor friends were saying something very similar to me just the other day.

And worst of all, the blame displaced onto you and your colleagues by the media and those who just don’t know how the system works. It’s disheartening to feel blamed and judged for the shortfalls in our system, which have been engineered by politicians, not hospital staff.

Transit Moon in Pisces
When the Moon is in Pisces, we’re softer, dreamier, and romantic. We may want to spend more time sleeping, alone with our thoughts or daydreams, and are more vulnerable to others. This can be a very sensitive Moon, and retreat may be necessary as reality can seem too harsh right now. Spirituality is heightened (so if you only go to church once a month, this is the time of the month to go). We’re drawn to music and water, and our compassion is high. We want to help the helpless and step in to lend a hand to whomever we encounter that needs it. Being understanding of people’s shortfalls can come with this Moon. Our imaginations soar and our sense of reality is foggy. Many may give in to escapism; that’s fine if it’s just for a day or two, but if you know you don’t know when to stop, then don’t give in to the temptation. We can be highly intuitive and emotional, and our sense of boundaries can be off.
Good for: natal Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces Moons, those with natal Moon conjunct natal Neptune, or natal Moon in the Twelfth House

~A Dark Pixie Astrology

Art: Brian Lee Zodiac Images

Still Ferguson. Still Eric Garner. Still adolescents being shot to death for having toy guns. Still claims of voting fraud. Still income inequality and poverty and hunger. Still shortfalls in education and extreme disparities in health. A black President, but from one party, still so little respect, and still so much hatred. For these and many reasons, we still observe Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Because much more work still remains to be done.
Oklahoma introduces measure to impeach Obama over bathroom rights
Oklahoma's Republican-dominated legislature has filed a measure calling for President Barack Obama's impeachment over his administration's recommendations on accommodating transgender students, saying he overstepped his constitutional authority.


“Lawmakers in the socially conservative state are also expected to take up a measure as early as Friday that would allow students to claim a religious right to have separate but equal bathrooms and changing facilities to segregate them from transgender students.

The bill introduced on Thursday night could force schools into costly construction, which would be difficult for them to complete after lawmakers significantly cut education funding to plug a $1.3 billion state budget shortfall.”

So, it’s more important to give money to schools to address some religiously-sourced boogeyman than it is to give money to schools to actually *be* schools. Sounds like Oklahoma lawmakers could have benefited from some better-funded education themselves.

When the sky is unsure
of whether it should remain lightsome
or fall quickly into moonlight,
the shortfall in your company
smothers me.
What a clumsy time of day:
we are all awake but stumbling.
I try to untangle my body from the thought of you, 
but a delicate noise spoken by the heavy-hearted
does not exist.
Late afternoon
and a trumpet bellows from my chest.
Cardiology has no answer.  
I suppose sore hearts announce themselves
to any time of day that is willing to listen.
—  Alessia Di Cesare, Late Afternoon

Folks talking about budget shortfalls because cops aren’t issuing endless citations to the middle and working classes, gtfo. Really, gtfo. Few examples could more starkly show just how much this system is built upon the backs of the poor, how it uses state-sanctioned goon squads for the direct benefit of the rich. Fuck bourgeoisie “law”. That’s called institutionalized inequality.

Commerzbank: capital shortfall a matter of mindset

Beumer said the question of whether there was a capital shortfall depended on how urgently regulators wanted to see the Basel III banking rules implemented.“That’s really a difference in mindsets in that discussion,” said Beumer, who was in Tokyo for a reception marking the German bank’s 50 years in Japan.Earlier this week bankers wrote to the German finance minister protesting that the move to tighten up capital standards using an “artificially tightened definition of equity capital” could exacerbate the crisis.Beumer said the real issue was to get sovereign debt levels under control.“It’s a little bit of an unbalanced discussion. The discussion about banking before we discuss solutions of government, has to be the other way around,” Beumer told Reuters.Beumer declined to comment on whether Commerzbank could raise capital in the current environment, adding that there were possibilities to do so, but not opportunities he would like to talk about in public.Commerzbank’s core tier one capital ratio was 9.9 percent at the end of June, and its exposure to Greece was 3.1 billion euros ($4.2 billion).Beumer said the bank expected loan loss provisions at the Mittelstandsbank unit, which mainly makes loans to small and medium-sized companies, to rise in 2012. ($1 = 0.731 Euros)