Selesnya Charm in Modern

Hi /r/magicthecirclejerking. In a conversation I had on Discord recently I realized that [[Selesnya Charm]] is super underrated.

It costs GW. A measly 2 mana, at instant speed. This cost even fits into many already existing decks; Abzan, Hatebears, and more.

Let's look at the modes.

  • Mode 1: Make a 2/2 vigilance knight token.

This is, in all likelyhood, the mode you will use most. End of turn making a Knight can be very strong agains many opponents. It has a relevant creature type too, if knight tribal ever becomes a major deck.

  • Mode 2: Target creature you control gets +2/+2 and gains Trample.

This, also, is very good in Abzan. One problem BGx has is getting chumped by Lingering Souls and other token makers. This allows us to pump our Lhurgoyfs over the opponent to victory.

  • Mode 3: Exile target creature with power 5 or greater.

Let's look at the most played creatures in Modern. This kills: Most Goyfs, Scavenging Oozes, Voice of Resurgence Tokens, Death's Shadows, Knight of the Reliquaries and Tireless Trackers, as well as all Reality Smashers, Thragtusks, Wurmcoil Engines, Gurmag Anglers. It also stops kills with Flameblade Adept and occasionally Devoted Druid.

So it's guaranteed to kill 4 out of the top 50 cards. Let's compare this to something not as flexible, like Fatal Push.

Push is guaranteed to kill 27 of the top 50, and can kill 16 more with revolt. Although playable, the extra flexiblity given by the tokens nd pump options mean that Selesnya Charm is a much better card. Of course, they fit into different decks. Charm is horrible in, say, control. They don't want it's first two options. On the other hand, Push is bad in Midrange strategies; it makes them even weaker to Big Mana and Control strategies.

A historic example of Flexibility in action is Bolt. Lightning Bolt kills only 36 of the top 50 creatures; way down from the 43 Push can kill! However, Bolt sees more play; it's not even close! Although I don't think we've found a new Bolt, Charm is very similar on flexibility.

Let's go a little more in depth on what constitutes versatile.

Wikipedia defines versatility as "a person who enjoys both topping and bottoming, or being dominant and submissive, and may alternate between the two in sexual situations." This is a perfect metaphor

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My DMing tips for Eberron

If you got linked to here, it's probably because you mentioned that you're DMing an Eberron campaign and could maybe use some advice or tips.

New to Eberron and Feeling Overwhelmed? Use These Tips!

There is a lot of Eberron lore that differs from the standard PHB stuff, and it can be a bit overwhelming when you are new to it and maybe you want to make it more manageable.

  • My standard advice is to pick out three factions to focus on, a group patron, and two antagonists. It'll be much easier for both DM and players to learn, retain, and remember information on a small handful of important factions. Why three? Because it's the lowest number where you can have two factions form a temporary alliance against a third, and that's where Eberron campaigns can get really interesting.
    • You may decide to try bending this rule, and that's fine. You can have an eliminated faction replaced with another faction like choosing a new villain once an old one is killed off. You can have a faction expanded into a bigger faction, like Daask being replaced with Droaam as a whole. You can have some adventures focus on smaller factions within one of your chosen factions, like an adventure that looks at the rivalry between Cannith West, Cannith South, and Cannith East in a campaign that primarily focuses on House Cannith and two other factions. You can have a faction employ local help that the players are free to forget about when they move on to another location.
    • Some examples that I think are worth looking at for inspiration for how to use this idea to the fullest are Baccano, Kid Icarus Uprising, and Trials of Mana.
      • Baccano has many of its story arcs be about multiple factions and individuals with conflicting goals, motivations, and loyalties interacting with one another, often without knowing important information about the other. Its prohibition era setting and use of a few fantasy elements also serve to make it a bit easier to adapt parts of it into Eberron.
      • Kid Icarus Uprising starts out as a good vs evil plot with a single instance of space pirates as a third faction for one chapter before having the villain defeated and replaced with a more powerful villain who is responsible for the lesser villain. While fighting this greater evil, a third faction focused on nature is angered and the second half of the game mostly revolves around these three factions fighting against one another before the eventual teamup against the final villain leading
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Thought some of you might enjoy a look at the Gmoworld glossary included in the upcoming GMOBATTLES release.

Glossary

β€œThe worlds in which different societies live are distinct worlds, not merely the same world with different labels attached…” ~ Edward Sapir

WHAT IS IN A WORD? Language structures reality. Here are new terms for a new reality and old terms with new meanings.

A

add n. A gamer term for an opponent who enters combat after initial contact.

airborne n. A class of GMOs who float on the air with limited guidance.

anthro n. A class of GMOs who carry human DNA and resemble humans.

arkspore n. A bio-engineered fungus created by the DARPA wizards in an attempt to catalog the genetic information of all life on Earth. Direct ancestor of the mutant g-nomes.

apex n. A species which sits atop its local food chain.

Apex of the Apex A species which controls the food chain itself.

B

biomancy n. The art or practice of creating GMOs.

biomass n. Organic matter.

bloom n. The period in which jelly pandas rise into the air out of the red-tide.

botanical n. A class of animal-like GMOs who nonetheless possess chlorophyll and receive a portion of their energy from photosynthesis.

burn n. A stage in the g-nome lifecycle after the fairy ring but before the first spawn. Typified by the death and rapid decomposition of all life in a patch of land roughly circular and about 100 yards in diameter.

bush code n. A Gmoworld language commonly used in the Yankee Jungle by predators.

C

carnivore n. Any species which feeds exclusively on meat.

consumer n. A species which occupies the Consumer trophic level typified by carnivory.

cousin n. A GMO with very similar genetic sources.

D

DARPA wizard n. Legendary creators of the arkspore.

Darwin’s Law Similar to evolution usually applied to all of the various Old Skool activities of man.

Dealer A game participant who controls the environment and NPCs. Not the Player(s).

decomposer n. A species which occupies the Decomposer trophic level typified by decomposition.

diurnal n. A species which prefers to be active during daylight.

DNA n. The molecule of Life.

domestic (see native)

E

ecosystem n. Biology A feedback loop between a set of usually diverse lifeforms and their environment.

ecowarp v. The g-nomic process applied over time to g-nome garden. The creation of a GME.

EMO (EE-moe) abbr. Evolutionarily Modified Organism n. Old Skool specie

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Glossary of Common Dragalia Lost Terms V2

Hi I am back to update my glossary of Dragalia Lost Terms:)

General

  • MUB: Max Unbound - Referring to Dragons, Wyrmprints and Weapons have 4 copies (or the appropriate stone, key or brick) fused into the original copy via the unbinding tab
  • S1, S2 and S3: Referring to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd skill on each Character.
    • The 3rd skill is taken from the weapon that the character is equipped with so long the weapon is non-elemental or of a matching element to the character
  • PUBs/PUGs - Public rooms for co-op content
  • BiS: Best in Slot - The best weapon/dragon/wyrmprints for a specific character for a specific content
  • Iframe: Invulnerability Frame - Using a skill in order to avoid damage from enemy attacks
    • Using a skill allows a character to avoid damage taken from enemies' non-purple attacks. In solo, while the portrait of the character is shown, the entire team avoids damage from enemies' non-purple attacks. However, enemies' purple attacks will always hit through the iframe
  • OD: Overdrive - A state in which Bosses' have increased attack and defence
  • MC: Mana Circle/Nodes - What you unlock to increase your character's stats and unlock skills and passives. Without promotion, 3* are capped at 30, 4* at 40 and after promotion, all characters can hit to maximum 50MC
  • UB: Unbinds - Weapons, Dragons and Wyrmprints start at 0 unbinds. They can be unbound with copies of themselves, or through specific items up to 4 times. Eg. 0UB - 1UB - 2UB - 3UB - MUB (Max Unbound)
    • Silver Bricks/Damascus Ingots - Used to unbind a 4* and 5* weapon by 1 stage respectively
    • Moonstones/Sunstones - Used to unbind a 4* and 5* dragon by 1 stage respectively
    • Silver/Golden Keys - Used to unbind a 4* and 5* wyrmprint by 1 stage respectively
  • FS: Force Strike - Done by holding down until the white arrow/circle is charged then releasing. Helps to break OD Bar faster
  • C1-5/1-5a: Combo/Auto attacks - The normal attack combination done when you are tapping the screen. Used in combination with FS to describe what combination you should use when attacking
    • Eg. Xander should use C1FS/1a+FS (He used 1 normal attack followed by 1 FS then repeat)
  • Gala: Gala Dragalia - Limited summon banner that is supposed to come every 2 months that features limited Gala versions of Characters, has an increased 5* summon rate of 6% and a lower number of pulls for a guaranteed 5* (60 pulls)

*Quests

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Dive Bar Tuesdays - Ascent Industries

Well.

I tasked the 'lil fellas with taking a look at Ascent Industries....which has been attracting attention in some circles.

I'd never heard of them (although that doesn't say much). But we are fans here at TheCannalysts of doing audited financial statements rather than press releases for information. At least on the analytical side. Trouble is, all that can be found is within Sedar is a couple of press releases and a statement of filing. At least that's something to begin with.

The roll up at the corporate level will be onerous for anyone wanting to know the nuts and bolts.

The statement covers tons of ground at 96 pages, but is a really good insight for the interested investor to get familiar with an early formation. Challenge is looking around at the 17 companies that comprise this conglomerate for bones to divine.

I think the operative question is the minimum take they signed with ACB (a 12,000 kg/yr deal). There is no pricing mentioned anywhere - which - we'll likely never know. Assuming a $2 margin, that's $24MM of pre-EBITDA earnings per year. There are US ops (apparently), but largely opaque at this point.

For me to dissect this would literally take a week. Likely more.

On a powerpoint deck, some promises, paid placements, and across several press releases.....I'd rather see post consolidated financials. Anything other than those is simply air.

I'd summarize this as a leap of faith. Given their CEO ran a web-design body shop for the past decade.....I'd say that leap is somewhat large on it's face.

Since I mainly work within capital structure (and since the elves gave up after a couple of hours), I'll simply leave you with what I think is some relevant information from one of the appendices at the back of the document.

I'd encourage the interested DIY investor to grab a beer and read the document in it's entirety. It's insightful, and useful orientation to genuine DD.


APPENDIX A: Glossary of Terms

<not all, just some selected items nb>

"Agrima Mortgage" means the mortgage on the Agrima Botanicals facility in Maple Ridge, British Columbia in a principal amount of $1.9 million.

"Ascent Convertible Debenture" means the senior secured convertible debenture dated May 30, 2017 granted to third-party lenders in the principal amount of $4,000

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Gardening resources: General links and tips
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Compilation of field guides

It can be difficult when first getting into field botany or moving to a new area to find good local field guides and floras. I am currently studying Environmental Science and was lucky enough to have lecturers more than happy to give solid recommendations, but I know others would struggle when confronted with a row of books in a bookshop to know which contain quality information, and which are rubbish.

So, I thought who better than /r/Botany to make a list of the best (and maybe worst) field guides and other botanical literature for their region.

I'll start off with South East Australia/Victoria.

Trees of Victoria and Adjoining Areas - Leon Costermans

This is hands-down the best pocket field guide to trees for the region. It has good descriptions, drawings and pictures of spotting characteristics and range, logical structure based on broad vegetation class and botanical groups within genera (eg. the Eucalypts are arranged based on bark), and provides useful information on the broader landscape, botanical terms and genus characteristics.

Native Trees and Shrubs of South-Eastern Australia - Leon Costermans

An expanded version of the field guide above including more trees and also shrubs. I particularly like the regional guide list. The index of major plant groups and genera and the glossary at the back are useful, as is the list of additional references. It's more like a text book or flora, though I still cart it around to field trips sometimes.

Flora of Melbourne: a guide to the indigenous plants of the greater Melbourne area - Australian Plant Society Maroondah

I've just ordered this book, but have used it lots before. It's good for the smaller shrubs and herbaceous plants that Costermans doesn't cover.

Weeds of the South-East: an identification guide for Australia - F.J. Richardson, R.G. Richardson and R.C.H. Shepherd

The imminent weeds book. It's expensive, but worth it if you need to work with (ie. kill), or are interested in weeds.

PlantNET: NSW Flora online

All the scientific terms can be a bit daunting, but it has lots of information and a useful key. The glossary is extensive. Pictures, illustrations and spotting characteristics are a-plenty. The spatial search is really good, particularly the search by state forest and bounding box.

Plant names: a guide to botanical nomenclature - R. Spencer, R. Cross and P. Lumley

Bonus book on getting into botanica

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Glossary of Common Dragalia Lost Terms

I have been seeing a few people asking what certain terms and acronyms used mean and I have decided to create a glossary for everyone.

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Please let me know if there any terms you guys would like to add to this list :)

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General

  • MUB: Max Unbound - Referring to Dragons, Wyrmprints and Weapons have 4 copies (or the appropriate stone, key or brick) fused into the original copy via the unbinding tab

  • S1, S2 and S3: Referring to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd skill on each Character.

  • OD: Overdrive - A state in which Bosses' have increased attack and defence

  • MC: Mana Circle - What you unlock to increase your character's stats and unlock skills and passives. Without promotion, 3* are capped at 30, 4* at 40 and after promotion, all characters can hit to maximum 50MC

  • FS: Force Strike - Done by holding down until the white arrow/circle is charged then releasing. Helps to break OD Bar faster

  • C1-5/1-5a: Combo/Auto attacks -The normal attack combination done when you are tapping the screen. Used in combination with FS to describe what combination you should use when attacking

    • Eg. Xander should use C1FS/1a+FS
  • The 3rd skill is taken from the weapon that the character is equipped with so long the weapon is non-elemental or of a matching element to the character

  • Gala: Gala Dragalia - Limited summon banner that is supposed to come every 2 months that features limited Gala versions of Characters, has an increased 5* summon rate of 6% and a lower number of pulls for a guaranteed 5* (60 pulls)

Quests

  • AtP/AtF: Avenue to Power/Fortune, the quests meant for farming crystals/rupies respectively

  • IO: Imperial Onslaught, the quests meant for farming insignia, tablets and coins used to build weapons and level up your dojos

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Characters and Dragons

  • Welfare Characters/Dragons: The free Characters and Dragons you receive from Raid Events
Event Character Dragon
Loyalty's Requiem Celliera Pele
Kindness and Captivity Melsa Sylvia
Resplendent Refrain Elias Martimus
Fortune from Afar (New Year) Botan [Shishimai](https://dragalia
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