My hat off to Sakura for an EXCELLENT bit of research here. You did very well, and your findings are very interesting and expected. Thank you, even though this is a very late thanks. This thread is by far pin-worthy.
I did not read the entire thread, so if I missed anything I am about to mention, I ask for forgiveness beforehand.
As I am not complaining of a broken RNG or anything like that, I have noticed what does seem to me to be things to look at, and even for those who have much more patience with this game than me, to put into implementation and record for the sake of the truth. So here they are:
-RNG during peak hours and off-peak hours in each format-I have experienced consistent card-jamming in Standard during loaded up servers, which is why I did not play Standard much, if at all. (I say did because I have not played a Standard match in probably 3 years I do believe). I personally flip mostly tails during sleep and burn recovery, but experience "making up" flips when my opponent makes recovery flips from statuses which I inflict, so it does even out. I do believe there is an "evening out" mechanic in the RNG, as truly pure RNG is not possible in the world of coding.
-using different coins from different eras-I find that I have horrible imbalance with what I consider major trending in coin flips-runs of heads and tails-with older coins from the older sets. I have a red Pikachu coin which I have very good fortune with, I do flip more heads than tails most of the time, from a Worlds code card, which I incorporate in many of my decks.
-I also experience when I play in Legacy matches, the tendency for runs of flipping the same side repeatedly. Again, I do believe there is an "evening out" mechanic which brings the flips closer to 50/50 in play in the RNG.
-I have experienced in both Standard and Expanded a tendency, which does not happen frequently, but when it does happen, I will get hands full of energy cards, while obviously possible, but is very unlikely, especially in games back to back. Again, this does not happen frequently.
Now please read this post with a grain of salt, as I am definitely far too lazy and never play more than 3-4 games a day on the PTCGO, if I play at all, to do an actual scientific study, recording data.
So, if anyone else is interested in furthering this excellent example of work, I recommend the following trials:
-have a deck in each format, with attack flips, status flips, and ability flips (as much as is possible, obviously)
-use the same coin in each deck while playing at different times, using extremely old coins, newer coins, then new coins
-don't just record all flips, but different categories of flips-opening flip, attack flips, ability flips, recovery flips
Maybe I will go ahead and do a similar study, and if I do, I hope to be even 25% as thorough as Sakura. If I do, I will definitely post the results.
So the purpose of this post is to encourage others to do likewise, and to share what is experienced. And if you do, thank you!
Edited by jcgss77, 29 March 2018 - 04:45 AM.