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Icbrgr on Casting with conundrum sphinx

18 minutes ago

hmmm interesting technicalities.... did not think Removing the blocker would not cause my attacker to become unblocked. figured that would be my window to slip a 4/4 through for damage... but i guess my only hope for that is with the first option... Thanks for the detailed answer!

Gidgetimer on Obstinate Baloth and Smallpox

27 minutes ago

As Neotrup said you can put it on the battlefield. However, you need to be aware that since the ability is a replacement effect the Baloth will be on the battlefield when you are required to sacrifice a creature, and if you have no other creatures you will have to sacrifice it.

Epochalyptik on Casting with conundrum sphinx

50 minutes ago

Yes, with some fine print.

Conundrum Sphinx's ability triggers and resolves in the declare attackers step. You'll have Voyage's End in hand before the declare attackers step ends.

As a result, you can choose one of two (really, three) options:

1: You see a potential blocker that you'd rather not give your opponent the chance to declare. You cast Voyage's End during the declare attackers step, returning that creature to its owner's hand so that it can't be declared as a blocker. Your opponent can still declare a different blocker if able.

2: You move to the declare blockers step. Your opponent declares a blocker. After blockers are declared, you cast Voyage's End and return it to its owner's hand. Your creature is still blocked, though. Once blocked, an attacking creature remains blocked until the end of combat. Removing the blocker will not cause your attacker to become unblocked.

"Other"/3: You just don't cast Voyage's End.

cklise on Trample and the invisible blocker

59 minutes ago

Forgot to mention, the source is the comprehensive rules for Trample, 702.19.

cklise on Trample and the invisible blocker

1 hour ago

4 damage will be dealt to the opponent.

"702.19c. If an attacking creature with trample is blocked, but there are no creatures blocking it when damage is assigned, all its damage is assigned to the player or planeswalker it's attacking."

KingOfZendikar on Obstinate Baloth and Smallpox

1 hour ago

Ok, thanks! I was told that it would not be put onto the battlefield, and it would have to be from something like Thoughtseize where my opponent chooses the card. Thanks for clearing things up. : )

kellerke83 on Trample and the invisible blocker

1 hour ago

I know the strange rule where if an opponent declares attackers and I declare blockers then sacrifice the creature that i was blocking with the damage is still considered blocked. Or if in a similar situation I declare blockers and the creature is destroyed the damage is also still blocked. However I'm curious how the trample ability would interact in this situation for example if I am attacking with a 4-4 with trample and my opponent blocks with a 4-3 then before damage is dealt I play Gideon's Reproach and destroy his blocker how will damage then be dealt and please site rules if you don't mind.

Neotrup on Obstinate Baloth and Smallpox

2 hours ago

Yes. A spell your opponent controls is causing you to discard the card, so it's ability replaces the action with discarding it onto the battlefield.

Neotrup on Can I use a creatures ...

2 hours ago

The first time a player gets priority during a turn is the upkeep step. The Untap step is special in that no player gets priority. What happens during the Untap step s you simultaneously Phase in all phased out permanents you control and phase out all phased in permanents you control with phasing (this rarely comes up these days). Then you determine what permanents you control that will untap (this is usually all of them, but could be fewer), then you simultaneously untap all those permanents. Abilities can trigger during your untap step (often triggers such as "when [this permanent] untaps"), but cannot be put onto the stack until upkeep.

Icbrgr on Casting with conundrum sphinx

2 hours ago

If i declare Conundrum Sphinx as my attacker and then name Voyage's End (and im correct) causing it to go into my hand; could i then cast Voyage's End targeting my opponents declared blocker?

kellerke83 on Can I use a creatures ...

2 hours ago

Rule 302.6. A creatures activated ability with the tap symbol or the untap symbol in its activation cost cant be activated unless the creature has been under its controllers control continuously since his or her most recent turn began. A creature cant attack unless it has been under its controllers control continuously since his or her most recent turn began. This rule is informally called the summoning sickness rule.

So summoning sickness wouldn't apply because i had control since the start of TURN C. I think you're first response seemed to answer my question though. So even though the summoning sickness wouldn't apply and the ability activates as an instant there is no formal period with which i could activate that ability or play any other spell before untapping begins?

KingOfZendikar on Obstinate Baloth and Smallpox

2 hours ago

If I have Obstinate Baloth in hand and my opponent play Smallpox, can I choose to discard Obstinate Baloth and put it onto the battlefield? Can I do the same with Loxodon Smiter?

PhotogenicParasympathetic on Can I use a creatures ...

3 hours ago

Also note that even if you could activate abilities before untap, the Thermo Alchemist would still be affected by summoning sickness until your upkeep anyway.

PhotogenicParasympathetic on Can I use a creatures ...

3 hours ago

No.

The first thing you do on your turn is untap, with no players receiving priority before that happens.

kellerke83 on Can I use a creatures ...

3 hours ago

If I play a Thermo-Alchemist on what we will call turn A then passed the turn to my opponent who is taking what we will call turn B then at the beginning of my next turn that we will will refer to as turn C before my untap phase can I tap my Thermo Alchemist to deal damage to my opponent and then untap it during the untap phase. The rules state that you cannot use a tap ability of a creature unless you have controlled that creature since the beginning of your current turn. Any help would be appreciated

Neotrup on Does an activated ability from ...

3 hours ago

Yes. Abilities, once on the stack, act independently of their sources.

uth_matar on Does an activated ability from ...

3 hours ago

I play a land and have Hedron Crab in play, and the 3 card mill goes on the stack. My opponent responds by lightningbolting the crad. Does he still get milled 3 cards?

Neotrup on card: Unexpected Results + card: ...

7 hours ago

Yes, but you don't want to. Unexpected Results is still on the stack resolving when you cast Reverberate, so you can target it. However, it will be removed from the stack as soon as it finishes resolving, so when Reverberate tries to resolve it will no longer have a legal target and will be countered by the game rules.

IrishMidgetMan on card: Unexpected Results + card: ...

7 hours ago

I played Unexpected Results and reveled Reverberate, can I cast Reverberate targeting Unexpected Results?

Catalog9000 on Can I sacrifice Ghost Quarter ...

8 hours ago

Epochalyptik, thank's for the response. That's so sick. My Rakdos LD / CC deck just got a whole lot nastier.

Epochalyptik on Can I sacrifice Ghost Quarter ...

8 hours ago

Yes. As long as Boom has at least one legal target, it will resolve and do as much as it can. It won't be able to destroy the missing Ghost Quarter, but it'll destroy the land your opponent controls.

Catalog9000 on Can I sacrifice Ghost Quarter ...

8 hours ago

I have out a Ghost Quarter, and I cast Boom. The land I target is my Ghost Quarter. As Boom sits on the stack, am I allowed to tap Ghost Quarter and sacrifice it, targeting a different land my opponent controls other than the one I targeted with Boom? Effectively, yes I lose my Ghost Quarter but I throw two of their lands in the Graveyard.

Neotrup on Stack interaction in artifact combo

15 hours ago

As a note you can use KCI to sacrifice the original in response to the Mirrorworks' trigger to float the mana, or make the sacrifice on resolution, as it is a mana ability. The only difference is whether the triggered ability from the dies trigger occurs before mirrorworks resolves or after. You can also use the mirrorworks to copy the wellspring, doubling your draws each time through the loop, but that doesn't make much difference as it has no effect on the mana math and your doing this an arbitrary number of times to draw however many cards you want.

Boza on can Consulate Surveilance prevent combat ...

15 hours ago

Additionally, to make extra sure, you can activate the ability of Consulate Surveillance in response to Avacyn, the Purifier  Flip's damage dealing trigger. By the time that trigger is put on the stack, the creature has already transformed (that is what caused the trigger).

Note that Consulate Surveillance will not prevent damage done to creatures, only to you. And you will also prevent any combat damage from Avacyn, the Purifier  Flip to you during that turn with that activation of CS on upkeep.

Panzerforge on Protection and dual-color DFC interaction.

15 hours ago

It was as I thought, GearNoir, and I think I can consider the discussion resolved now.

And yes, Color Identity in EDH is what sparked the argument.

Boza on Stack interaction in artifact combo

16 hours ago

Yes.

Mirrorworks' trigger only requires you to pay for it on resolution, not when it is put on the stack. I think this is the point of confusion.

PhotogenicParasympathetic on can Consulate Surveilance prevent combat ...

16 hours ago

To further clarify, unlike the Transforming Planeswalkers (Nissa, Vastwood Seer  Flip, for example), Archangel Avacyn  Flip does not leave the battlefield when she transforms. Therefore, as far as the game is concerned, she is still the same instance of the same permanent, although some characteristics of that permanent have changed. When you choose a permanent with Consulate Surveillance, it does not matter which side she is currently on - all damage she attempts to deal to you after the resolution of the ability will be prevented.

PhotogenicParasympathetic on can Consulate Surveilance prevent combat ...

16 hours ago

The above answer is incorrect.

On your turn, you can activate Consulate Surveillance and choose Avacyn. This will do nothing for you, as the effect wears off when you pass back to your opponent.

However, when your opponent's turn begins, first, they untap all tapped permanents, then they move to upkeep. Avacyn's ability triggers, and goes on the stack. At this moment, you can respond by activating Consulate Surveillance, choosing Avacyn. If that ability resolves, Avacyn will then transform, attempt to deal damage, and be prevented.

Alternatively, you can allow Avacyn to transform without activating CS. In this case, Avacyn completes her transformation, and puts her ability to deal damage on the stack. You can then activate CS to prevent that damage, before the ability resolves.

In either case, CS will continue to protect you from all damage, combat or otherwise, that originates from that copy of Avacyn, the Purifier  Flip. Note, however, that in both cases the damage Avacyn attempts to do to creatures still happens, as CS only protects you.

fastbond_stripmine_crucible on can Consulate Surveilance prevent combat ...

16 hours ago

the source you would choose would have to be Avacyn, the Purifier  Flip the flip with the 3 damage trigger on the stack you CHOOSE the source and this turn at resolution not target so spells like Reroute don't effect it

PhotogenicParasympathetic on Stack interaction in artifact combo

16 hours ago

Let's say I have an Ichor Wellspring, a Mirrorworks, and a Krark-Clan Ironworks in play, and a Myr Retriever in hand, and am completely tapped out of mana.

Does the following loop work?

Sac the Wellspring to KCI for .
Draw a card.
Cast Retriever.
Trigger Mirrorworks upon ETB.
Respond to the trigger by sacrificing Retriever to KCI for .
Get back Wellspring.
Pay for the Mirrorworks to make a copy of the Retriever.
Sacrifice the Retriever Copy to KCI for .
Get back the Retriever card from my graveyard.
Recast the Wellspring.
Draw a card.
Rinse and repeat for infinite draws through my deck, finding some other more lethal combo to finish everyone.

GearNoir on Protection and dual-color DFC interaction.

19 hours ago

Scenario 1 - Akroma's Memorial would not protect Ornithopter from Archangel Avacyn  Flip because Avacyn is .

Scenario 2 - Circle of Protection: White would not protect your opponent from Avacyn, the Purifier  Flip as it is transformed and is when the damage is dealt.

Color identity, which is what I beleive you are thinking about, is only really applicable in Commander/EDH to determine if a card can go into the deck; it has to account for both sides of the transform card in case of varied colors.

Double-faced Card Rules:

  • 711.4. Each face of a double-faced card has its own set of characteristics.

  • 711.4a While a double-faced card is outside the game, in a zone other than the battlefield, or on the battlefield with its front face up, it has only the characteristics of its front face.

  • 711.4b While a double-faced permanents back face is up, it has only the characteristics of its back face. However, its converted mana cost is calculated using the mana cost of its front face. This is a change from previous rules. If a permanent is copying the back face of a double-faced card (even if the card representing that copy is itself a double-faced card), the converted mana cost of that permanent is 0.

Panzerforge on Protection and dual-color DFC interaction.

19 hours ago

Scenario 1:
My opponent has Akroma's Memorial in play, giving her creatures protection from red and black. I attack with Archangel Avacyn  Flip (not transformed into Avacyn, the Purifier  Flip), and she is blocking with an Ornithopter.

Does the pro-red from Memorial have any effect whatsoever on the white side Archangel Avacyn  Flip, or has the "color identity" aspect of EDH just caused us to have a very confused perspective of double faced card colors?

Scenario 2:
Archangel Avacyn  Flip transforms into Avacyn, the Purifier  Flip, dealing 3 damage to each creature and each opponent, and my opponent has Circle of Protection: White.

Same kind of question, does the CoP:W have any effect whatsoever on damage inflicted by Avacyn, the Purifier  Flip's red side?

Thank you for your help!

GearNoir on can Consulate Surveilance prevent combat ...

21 hours ago

To keep Archangel Avacyn  Flip's flip damage from occurring, you would have to destroy her before the end of your turn or be able to counter the delayed transform trigger before the end of your turn, neither of which Consulate Surveillance can do.

The issue with Surveillance is that it is only valid for the current turn. If you were to activate it during your turn, even at the last possible moment before your opponent's turn, "this turn" would have ended. Conversely, the earliest time priority can be passed is during the upkeep step, but Avacyn would have already transformed "at the beginning" due to her delayed trigger already being on the stack from the previous turn. There is not a way for you to respond to such a trigger in a timely manner; activating Consulate on her then would only prevent you from further damage after the transform damage.

yeahboy on can Consulate Surveilance prevent combat ...

22 hours ago

Note that the rulings in Gatherer says "Consulate Surveillances second ability doesnt target anything. You choose a source of damage as it resolves." that's why I'm confused about Archangel Avacyn  Flip's triggered ability and combat damage.

yeahboy on can Consulate Surveilance prevent combat ...

23 hours ago

My opponent has Archangel Avacyn  Flip and it's going to flip on his upkeep. I have Consulate Surveillance and I activate it's ability to prevent the 3 damage from Archangel Avacyn  Flip's flip. Question, can Archangel Avacyn  Flip still deal combat damage to me?

Neotrup on Magical Hack card question

1 day ago

In order to make Aysen Highway give green creatures plainswalk you would need Sleight of Mind. Using Magical Hack would let you make Aysen Highway give white creatures forestwalk.

GearNoir on Does a creature die if ...

1 day ago

I believe in this situation, where your opponent plays a Cower in Fear on your Pharika's Chosen in response to your casting Titanic Growth on the same Pharika's Chosen, the Cower in Fear would resolve first and your creature would die due to having 0 toughness, leaving Titanic Growth to resolve without a valid target (the card it targeted is in the graveyard).

Pieguy396 on Magical Hack card question

1 day ago

No, because Magical Hack says "one basic land type". You could make Aysen Highway give all green creatures plainswalk if you want, but you can't make it explicitly give only your creatures plainswalk. An easier way to counter his deck would be Virtue's Ruin, though, Aysen Highway is a pretty bad card.

Pieguy396 on Does a creature die if ...

1 day ago

The last spell cast resolves first, so in this case, the Cower in Fear would take effect first, killing the Pharika's Chosen, then the Titanic Growth would try to give it +4/+4, but find that it's target is no longer on the battlefield and be countered.

Lord_Olga on Does a creature die if ...

1 day ago

Say I have a 1/1 like Pharika's Chosen. If I play a Titanic Growth on it, then my opponent plays a Cower in Fear on it, would the order of the stack cause it to become a 0/0 and die, or would it become a 4/4?

Quinnagin27 on Magical Hack card question

1 day ago

Alright so i'm wondering trying to build a plainswalk deck to fight my friends knights deck i want to use the card Aysen Highway but that would give his creatures plainswalk too. my question is could i use Magical Hack to change the text to creatures I control

GearNoir on What happens if I draw ...

1 day ago

I should clarify further perhaps. The CMC of Fireball is 1 because of the single in the mana cost; the of course does not any anything to the CMC value because = 0 in this case.

GearNoir on What happens if I draw ...

1 day ago

From Sorin, Grim Nemesis's Gatherer page:

  • If a card in your library has Variable Colorless in its mana cost, X is considered to be 0.

In other words, the CMC of Fireball is 1, so the +1 would do 1 damage to each opponent.

AndersRumpf on What happens if I draw ...

1 day ago

What happens when you use the +1 on Sorin, Grim Nemesis and you draw a card with X in the mana cost, like Fireball?

Mr_Radical on War's Toll Propaganda against mana ...

1 day ago

Sorry, it didn't occur to me that War's Toll's ability was static. Thanks for clarifying.

nibsey on Synery prevents Combo?

1 day ago

Thank you Neotrup that is exactly what i wanted to hear.

Neotrup on Synery prevents Combo?

1 day ago

Hexproof granted by Padeem, Consul of Innovation does not stop you from targeting Voltaic Construct, it only stops your opponent from targeting it. Shroud granted by Lightning Greaves would prevent you from targeting Voltaic Construct, if you needed to equip them to give haste, however, you can equip them to something else so you can target it again.

Also, Padeem, Consul of Innovation doesn't need Lightning Greaves if you have Mycosynth Lattice on the battlefield, as Padeem will grant himself hexproof, as he will be an Artifact.

nibsey on Synery prevents Combo?

1 day ago

I love the following synergy in an artifact heavy deck, especially if Mycosynth Lattice comes out too

Padeem, Consul of Innovation + Lightning Greaves

Does Padeem prevent Voltaic Construct interacting with Grim Monolith?

Karn, Silver Golem + Grim Monolith + Voltaic Construct

Therefore my combo above no longer works?

Many thanks, Nibsey

Neotrup on War's Toll Propaganda against mana ...

1 day ago

War's Toll's second ability doesn't use the stack, nor does Propaganda. Propaganda adds a restriction to the attack (requiring a mana payment), and War's Toll adds a requirement to the attack (attacking with all creatures, When you attack, you must follow all requirements you are able to without violating any restrictions. If you only attack with one creature, you are violating the War's Toll requirement, but if you were to attack with all three creatures (without paying the mana, because Propaganda cannot make you tap land if you don't want to), you would be violating a restriction, so the attack would be illegal. Because of this, the attack with a single creature is more legal than the attack with all creatures, and thus is an acceptable attack. The reason this destinction is important because if you simply had 3 creatures and none were able to produce mana, you could still attack with just one creature, even if you had six lands. (Although, you would end up tapping all your lands anyways due to War's Toll's first ability, which is a triggered ability.)

Neotrup on Serrated Arrows (old people stuff)

1 day ago

The Oracle texxt on cards are what always matters, which can be found on Gatherer. If they are vastly different from the most recent printing, it's possible they will change to more closely match the most recent printing, but in this case they match so you shouldn't have to worry about that. As for the meaning of bury, from the rules glossary:

Bury (Obsolete)A term that meant "put [a permanent] into its owner's graveyard." In general, cards that were printed with the term "bury" have received errata in the Oracle card reference to read, "Destroy [a permanent]. It can't be regenerated," or "Sacrifice [a permanent]."