11th place in this contest. Congratulations to the top 3 and especially pb4 for his undisputed victory.
Fantastic Bits has always been one of my favorite contests and it was a great pleasure to revisit this theme. However, in this variation, I think the one and only Wingardium spell (a mixture of Acio and Flipendo) was at the same time too weak and too expensive. Spending 33 mana for an effect which lasts only one turn and provides no more than a THROW impulse is not rewarding enough to have a major impact on the game.
Regarding my bot, nothing really earth shattering: I have dusted my FB bot whose sim and search (a genetic algorithm) is entirely based on code supplied by Magus. For this contest, I have done some performance improvements (mostly suppress new/delete calls in the main loop for a +30% more sims), weighted the evaluation at each turn with a patience term, revisited the evaluation and of course replaced the 4 original spells with the new one.
By the way, I have retrofitted these changes into my FB bot and moved from #42 to #17 for a +5 points in the TrueSkill leaderboard. Who says semi-private contests do not earn CPs ?
All in all, I enjoyed a lot this contest and hope there will be other ones.