Staff members are drawn to the Magic Tournament as the locus of nerd-life at camp and they’re usually quite willing to help me with the fantastically menial tasks that dominate preparing my collection for sale. Â One particular staff member sprang to the opportunity to work with cards and I gave him the following directions: Â Create piles containing 12 unique cards of each color, 10 unique artifacts and 15 multicolor cards. Â Keep going until you run out of cards (he had a 5000 count box, which would take me almost a day to process).
I returned about 10 minutes later and he had make 12 piles each containing one card of each color, an artifact, and a multicolor card. Â He made 10 of these piles and when I asked him what he did he responded “I did exactly what you said”.