Math department seminar: A statistical analysis of mana-positive mana rocks

Speaker: Joseph Ronzetti '22, Hofstra University

Abstract: I studied the effects that mana-positive mana rocks have on the number of turns it takes for my deck to win in Magic The Gathering. Mana is a resource within the game that allows the players to play their other cards. These mana rocks enable the user to produce more mana earlier in the game and see use in a variety of decks. In this project, I look at the cards' effects individually and in categories based on their unique drawbacks.

There are several different factors to consider when judging each of these mana rocks' effectiveness in the game. I measure this quality by the kill turn in the trial. The kill turn is the term used for the turn when I can win the game. First, I discuss general relationships between the kill turn and the number of mana rocks in the deck, my starting hand, and on the battlefield. I then analyze how unique aspects of the individual mana rocks may affect the kill turn. Finally, I examine the effect each mana rock has individually on the kill turn.


Date: Friday, May 7, 2021

Time: 4 p.m.

Location: Zoom

Please contact Dr. Johanna Franklin at for the Zoom information.

Friday, May 07, 2021





Zoom Link
Online, NY 00000


Johanna Franklin

Phone: 516-463-5739

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