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Synergy
An application of
GraphTheory
Jacob Chodoriwsky
Synergy
is not …
Synergy
Positive
◦ (whole) > (sum of parts)
Negative:
◦ (whole) < (sum of parts)
Today, focus on the positive!
Example:
 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-
edinburgh-east-fife-10998281
GraphTheory
 Vertices (dots) = things
 Edges (lines) = synergy
 Clique = all possible edges
Magic : The Gathering
life points: 20 → 0
Fields of Play
Battlefield Library Graveyard
Turn Structure (UDDER)
 Untap
◦ upkeep
 Draw
 Do things
 End turn
 Remain calm
Do things
 Land
 Creatures, Spells,Artifacts
 Attack!
Tap lands → spells
Tap creatures : attack!
•Not during first turn on battlefield
Block with untapped creatures
Power ≥ toughness ?
DEAD.
Cast Instants : any time!
• Save a creature
• Prevent attack
• Many other options!
Play:
 1 deck / pair
 2 vs. 2
Improvise!
Analyze Synergy
Improve Synergy
Large clique: Aeo Paquette, 2004
Special Thanks to:
 André
◦ Wizard’s Tower, Barrhaven
 Britta
◦ Youth University 2010, uOttawa
 Dr. Fabrice Colin
◦ Lau...
Image Sources
 www.pursuitist.com
 www.1-poem.com
 www.smugbastard.com
 www.nevadaspacegrant.com
 www.epicfail.com
 ...
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Synergy in Magic

  1. 1. Synergy An application of GraphTheory Jacob Chodoriwsky
  2. 2. Synergy is not …
  3. 3. Synergy Positive ◦ (whole) > (sum of parts) Negative: ◦ (whole) < (sum of parts)
  4. 4. Today, focus on the positive!
  5. 5. Example:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland- edinburgh-east-fife-10998281
  6. 6. GraphTheory  Vertices (dots) = things  Edges (lines) = synergy  Clique = all possible edges
  7. 7. Magic : The Gathering life points: 20 → 0
  8. 8. Fields of Play Battlefield Library Graveyard
  9. 9. Turn Structure (UDDER)  Untap ◦ upkeep  Draw  Do things  End turn  Remain calm
  10. 10. Do things  Land  Creatures, Spells,Artifacts  Attack!
  11. 11. Tap lands → spells
  12. 12. Tap creatures : attack! •Not during first turn on battlefield
  13. 13. Block with untapped creatures Power ≥ toughness ? DEAD.
  14. 14. Cast Instants : any time! • Save a creature • Prevent attack • Many other options!
  15. 15. Play:  1 deck / pair  2 vs. 2 Improvise!
  16. 16. Analyze Synergy
  17. 17. Improve Synergy
  18. 18. Large clique: Aeo Paquette, 2004
  19. 19. Special Thanks to:  André ◦ Wizard’s Tower, Barrhaven  Britta ◦ Youth University 2010, uOttawa  Dr. Fabrice Colin ◦ Laurentian University  Kyle ◦ uOttawa Gaming Club
  20. 20. Image Sources  www.pursuitist.com  www.1-poem.com  www.smugbastard.com  www.nevadaspacegrant.com  www.epicfail.com  www.microcows.com  www.2011-chevy-cruze.com  www.commons.wikimedia.org  www.thetidbit.com  www.light.jdspc.com  www.zcars.com.au  www.harishzone.com  www.wizards.com  www.thejewishstar.wordpress.com  www.en.wikipedia.org  www.newspirates.com  www.johnycyorhawkins.com  www.psdgraphics.com

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