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Rhadamanthus on Guildmages' Forum Do creatures always ...

52 minutes ago

Yes, it gets the counter. "Additional" doesn't mean it has to start from 1 or more in order to be affected. If you use a generated with Guildmages' Forum's ability to help cast a Watchwolf, it will enter with a +1/+1 counter.

IdRatherBPlayingYuGiOh on Guildmages' Forum Do creatures always ...

2 hours ago

If the creature who enters the battlefield has no effect that adds a +1/+1 counter on summon, does the creature still get the "additional" +1/+1 counter from Guildmages' Forum ?

Rhadamanthus on Can you activate Isochron Scepter ...

5 hours ago

As long as you're able to pay the cost, choose enough valid targets, and follow any restrictions specifically written into the ability ("activate this only as a sorcery", etc.), you're allowed to activate it. It doesn't matter if the ability would have no result or would give you an impossible instruction as it resolves. As Raging_Squiggle explained, the resolving effect will just try to do as much as it can and skip the impossible parts.

Raging_Squiggle on Can you activate Isochron Scepter ...

6 hours ago

Spells and abilities, when cast and activated (respectively), will do as much as they legally can when they resolve. Whether or not it is a may or a must, if it cannot fulfill a portion of the effect, it simply doesn’t happen. (This is slightly different when “targeting” is involved, but here, that is irrelevant.)

In this case, Isochron Scepter will attempt to do everything it can. Even if it weren’t a may ability to cast it, the game would see nothing exiled with the scepter and therefore nothing would happen.

Boza on Golos ability with Aetherflux Reservoir

6 hours ago

Golos, Tireless Pilgrim , Aetherflux Reservoir

While the clarity of the question could be better, I believe you are asking if Golos, Tireless Pilgrim 's activated ability and subsequently cast cards trigger the ability of Aetherflux Reservoir .

If so, then the answer is yes.

Play and cast are the exact same thing regarding spells, the only difference between the two is that if a card lets you "play" cards, you can also play lands as well as spells, while "cast" allows you to only play non-land cards.

Any non-land card exiled with Golos' ability that you cast will trigger Aetherflux Reservoir .

Hawkj72 on Golos, Tireless Pilgrim's Ability

6 hours ago

Thank you. Has been a running argument in my play group since day 1. I use it as my commander in a dragons deck, that also runs Aetherflux Reservoir.

Hawkj72 on Golos ability with Aetherflux Reservoir

7 hours ago

Do I gain life when crack Golos ability? It is a heated argument in my play group. Most, including a tournament judge says yes, while a few others, including a tournament judge say no. If yes, three of my wins with that deck are good. If not, then those should have been losses.

notorius-B.D.A.W.G on Can you activate Isochron Scepter ...

7 hours ago

Is it OK because of the "may" in the effect?

If the effect was a "must" instead of a "may" would it then be an illegal action and the cost would not be allowed to be paid - the game would rewind if attempted?

Raging_Squiggle on Can you activate Isochron Scepter ...

8 hours ago

Yes you can activate its ability, it just won’t do anything.

notorius-B.D.A.W.G on Can you activate Isochron Scepter ...

9 hours ago

If Isochron Scepter is cast, enters the battlefield, ETB trigger ability triggers, whilst triggered ability is on the stack it is Stifle d. So Isochron Scepter never imprinted a card, no card is imprinted. Can it’s tap ability be activated in order to tap it? I thought no because it would be an illegal action, but there’s a “may” in it, so is it legal to do activate to chose no to the may, with the result being its tapped and some mana was spent?

DemonDragonJ on Copying Eidolon of Blossoms

18 hours ago

Gidgetimer, wow, that is insane! As much as I dislike WotC's decision to not put constellation on enchantment creatures in Theros: Beyond Death, I can understand them making that decision.

This is also likely the reason for which they have not yet printed a creature version of Warstorm Surge , despite it being the exact reason for which I wish that they would do so.

Kogarashi on Clarification on morph-indestructible

19 hours ago

Yes, the morphed creature would retain indestructible. It may change its characteristics (from nameless colorless 2/2 to whatever is on the front face of the card), it is still the same permanent, so anything enchanting or equipping it, any spells or abilities targeting it, and any extra abilities granted such as with effects like Chance for Glory , will still apply to that same creature.

QuamQuam on Clarification on morph-indestructible

20 hours ago

Hi.

  1. Giving a Morphcreature an indestructible effect like Chance for Glory , does the morphed creature keep the indestructible? I assume yes... but im unsure.

Thanks in advance

Gidgetimer on Copying Eidolon of Blossoms

20 hours ago

30 assuming that player controls the original. All of the new Eidolon of Blossoms will see each other entering causing each of them to trigger five times each (self plus four) and the original will trigger five times. 25 if the original belongs to someone else.

DemonDragonJ on Copying Eidolon of Blossoms

21 hours ago

If a player copies Eidolon of Blossoms with a kicked Rite of Replication , how many cards will they draw?

Gattison on If I play Academy Rector ...

23 hours ago

Yes, X is automatically 0 whenever a card is cast without paying its mana cost. So, no, sorry, no infinite tokens... not that way anyway.

mschaefer241 on If I play Academy Rector ...

1 day ago

I was wondering if when you play creatures for free, if x is automatically 0.

Gidgetimer on Does Protean Thaumaturge copy the ...

1 day ago

It has the same abilities as the copied creature, then the copy effect gives the copy Protean Thaumaturge 's constellation ability.

706.2. When copying an object, the copy acquires the copiable values of the original object’s characteristics ... The “copiable values” are the values derived from the text printed on the object (that text being name, mana cost, color indicator, card type, subtype, supertype, rules text, power, toughness, and/or loyalty), as modified by other copy effects, by its face-down status, and by “as . . . enters the battlefield” and “as . . . is turned face up” abilities that set power and toughness (and may also set additional characteristics). Other effects (including type-changing and text-changing effects), status, and counters are not copied.

Gidgetimer on Does Protean Thaumaturge copy creature ...

1 day ago

It has the same types as the copied creature, these may include human and/or wizard but it does not "retain" its own types.

706.2. When copying an object, the copy acquires the copiable values of the original object’s characteristics ... The “copiable values” are the values derived from the text printed on the object (that text being name, mana cost, color indicator, card type, subtype, supertype, rules text, power, toughness, and/or loyalty), as modified by other copy effects, by its face-down status, and by “as . . . enters the battlefield” and “as . . . is turned face up” abilities that set power and toughness (and may also set additional characteristics). Other effects (including type-changing and text-changing effects), status, and counters are not copied.

IdRatherBPlayingYuGiOh on Does Protean Thaumaturge copy the ...

1 day ago

I am a bit confused if he copies the target creatures effect, or if he just copies the name and stats of the creature. The "except it has this ability," on his own effect is what's throwing me off.

IdRatherBPlayingYuGiOh on Does Protean Thaumaturge copy creature ...

2 days ago

When I make P.T. a copy of a creature, does he gain the creature type in addition to his own, and still remain a human/wizard? Or does he become the creature type of whichever creature he copies and lose the human/wizard text for his type?

Spook9MM on Stacked abilities, or separate?

2 days ago

Thanks for the help. I may try and squeeze a Beast Whisperer ... like that idea!! Thanks.

Raging_Squiggle on Stacked abilities, or separate?

2 days ago

If you have an external way to draw a card, perhaps a Beast Whisperer or Soul of the Harvest , and stack the triggers so you search first and then draw, sure. Or a blue creature with flash, like Voidmage Husher or something.

Spook9MM on Stacked abilities, or separate?

2 days ago

Yeah, that was how I was reading it as well. So basically I search from Momir's ability, shuffle. Then as Brutalizer resolves search again, and reshuffle. So follow up then, any way to draw creature placed on top from Momir prior to Brutalizer search??

Rhadamanthus on Stacked abilities, or separate?

2 days ago

They're treated separately. The main reason is because spells, activated abilities, and triggered abilities are always handled one at a time as they resolve. They can't resolve simultaneously, even if they're two triggered abilities that triggered at the same time.

In your example there's another reason: these triggered abilities don't trigger at the same time. Momir Vig triggers when you cast a green creature spell, meaning the creature spell is still on the stack and hasn't hit the battlefield yet. Brutalizer Exarch triggers when it actually enters the battlefield.

Spook9MM on Stacked abilities, or separate?

2 days ago

With Momir Vig, Simic Visionary in play, I cast a Brutalizer Exarch . Will their abilities stack, allowing to search for 2 creatures, shuffling, then placing them both on top of my library? Or do they occur separately, so in essence I'm really only putting 1 on top?

Gidgetimer on Do cards that counteract hexproof ...

2 days ago

Cards are always treated as if they have the current oracle text (from {https://gatherer.wizards.com/](https://gatherer.wizards.com/) though other sites such as scryfall.com are kept updated too) regardless of what is printed on them. In the case of Alexi's Cloak the oracle text is "Enchanted creature has shroud." Most older cards with keyword abilities described are going to have their oracle text changed to have that ability. Though some cards such as Armadillo Cloak seem to have a keyword ability , but their ability functions differently. It is always a good idea to check.

TL:DR; Alexi's Cloak grants shroud and it will be removed with Arcane Lighthouse . Most older cards will function the same way. It is always a good idea to check gatherer for oracle text.

Sledjer on Do cards that counteract hexproof ...

2 days ago

For example, if I were to use a card like Arcane Lighthouse while a creature is protected by Alexi's Cloak , which has a description that matches shroud, but the description does not specifically mention shroud, presumably because it was printed before the term shroud began to be used, would the protected creature be immune to the effect? or no?

Rhadamanthus on Tapped and Attacking Rules

3 days ago

ChinoEX: A correct answer to your question has been up for a while. I marked it as the "Accepted answer" so that this topic can move out of the list of unanswered questions. Please remember to take care of this yourself in the future.

I usually avoid marking my own answer when I have to do this but in this case it was the only reply.

Kogarashi on Can Aethersnipe ignore evoke downside ...

3 days ago

(Bit late to edit)

This means that you can actually target the AEthersnipe with its own ETB ability as long as that resolves before the Evoke sacrifice trigger. I'm not sure what benefit there would be to doing so, but it is possible without Panharmonicon (though having Panharmonicon means you're bouncing something else too, for value).

Kogarashi on Can Aethersnipe ignore evoke downside ...

4 days ago

More specifically, Evoke actually involves a trigger separate from the AEthersnipe 's printed ETB ability. With Panharmonicon on the battlefield, the AEthersnipe entering the battlefield will create three triggers you control to put on the stack: two bounce triggers ('Snipe and Panharmonicon copy), and one "sacrifice 'Snipe" trigger. You can order these in any way you want, but as long as one of the bounce triggers resolves before the sacrifice trigger and you target the 'Snipe with that bounce trigger, it will return to your hand and avoid being sacrificed.

Because the sacrifice is a trigger, this means you can pull a lot of shenanigans with Evoke creatures by responding to their sacrifice triggers.

Raging_Squiggle on Can Aethersnipe ignore evoke downside ...

4 days ago

Sure that’s something you could do easily. Just stack the triggers in such a way that the bounce one targeting itself will resolve before the evoke trigger. Then when the evoke resolves, nothing happens since the creature is no longer in play

Sledjer on Can Aethersnipe ignore evoke downside ...

4 days ago

So, AEthersnipe , by itself, is a pretty meh card. The evoce cost is still pretty expensive, and it effectively turns it into a sorcery. With Panharmonicon , however, it becomes decent, since the etb fires twice. My question is this: Is it valid to evoke AEthersnipe and have the second firing of the etb target itself, returning it to your hand before it is sacrificed due to the evoke?

Boza on Will multiple copies of Vigor ...

6 days ago

One counter - the abilities are redundant.

Although you have two Vigors, you can only prevent the damage once and get the appropriate amount of counters, since this is a replacement effect. Once the damage is replaced by one of the Vigor , there is no more damage for the other to replace.

Debatra on Will multiple copies of Vigor ...

6 days ago

Let's say I have two copies of Vigor and some other creature with no effects on the battlefield under my control. The non-Vigor creature would take one damage. How many +1/+1 counters does the creature receive?

Boza on Tainted Strike Does the +1,+1 ...

6 days ago

The card itself says it last until end of turn. Generally in MTG if a "buff" or "debuff" would affect a permanent beyond the current turn, some type of counters are used (for creatures, for example, a +1/+1 counter would be used).

Additionally, Tainted Strike gives the creature +1/+0, not +1/+1.

Rhadamanthus on Does this ability activate twice?

1 week ago

Sleepiily: Correct answers to your questions have been up for a while. I chose one of the responses to mark as the "Accepted answer" so that this thread can move out of the list of unanswered questions. Please remember to take care of this yourself in the future.

Rhadamanthus on What happens to opponent creatures?

1 week ago

risedo: Correct answers to your questions have been up for a while. I chose one of the responses to mark as the "Accepted answer" so that this thread can move out of the list of unanswered questions. Please remember to take care of this yourself in the future.

Rhadamanthus on Can mindlock orb be tapped?

1 week ago

Gilbobaggins: A correct answer to your question has been up for a while. I marked it as the "Accepted answer" so that this thread can move out of the list of unanswered questions. Please remember to take care of this yourself in the future.

Rhadamanthus on Tapped and Attacking Rules

1 week ago

You get to choose what the tokens are attacking. If you were required to attack the same player/planeswalker with them then the effect would be written more like Kaalia of the Vast to specifically say so.

ChinoEX on Tapped and Attacking Rules

1 week ago

Need a bit of clarification on cards such as Tilonalli's Summoner and Hero of Bladehold . Am i able to direct the tapped and attacking creatures where i wish them to go, or are they attacking the defending player those creatures are attacking?

C on Fanatical Devotion

1 week ago

In the future, if you have questions about rules, cards, or card interactions, please use the Rules Q&A section of this site. It has some added functionalities, such as the ability to "Mark as Answer" a question to show you no longer need assistance.

I have gone ahead and moved this for you.

Funkydiscogod on Fanatical Devotion

1 week ago

You must pick a target, but, the target of the ability can be the creature you sacrifice to pay for it. So, yes, it can work as a free sacrifice outlet.

If there are no creatures on the battlefield, you neither have a legal target, nor the ability to pay for the activation. No, you cannot use it without a creature on the battlefield.

QuirkyQU33FER on Fanatical Devotion

1 week ago

rules question..

i sac a creature.. do i have to choose to regenerate something or can i just choose to not pick anything?

i really just want this for a free sac outlet.

this question kinda goes with any other effect similar to this. finally.. if there are no creatures on the board can i even use this ability?

Boza on Control Changing with Roil Elemental ...

1 week ago

The control changing effects are applied in timestamp order, with the newest being the one in effect. In your case, playing a land results in:

  • Triggers Roil Elemental , which in turn triggers Willbreaker .
  • Willbreaker resolves first and takes control of the creature.
  • Afterwards, Roil resolves and takes control of the creature.

So what happens if an effect ends:

  • If Willbreaker leaves the battlefield, Roil's control effect is next in line, so control will default to Roil, but since you control both effects, nothing will change.
  • If Roil leaves but Willbreak still remains, it does not matter, since Roil was not applying its control effect at the time.
  • If both cards leave, control defaults to the opponent who last controlled the creature.

Rhadamanthus on Control Changing with Roil Elemental ...

1 week ago

This works out pretty well for you and you don't have to do anything unusual to manage it. If you apply both control-changing effects in your example to a single creature then you'll only lose control of it if both Roil Elemental and Willbreaker go away. This is because if the control-changing effect from one of them ends, the effect from the other still exists.

Though you can choose not to apply the effect from Roil Elemental (since it says "you may") there's really no benefit to doing it that way for this interaction.

lil_cheez on Control Changing with Roil Elemental ...

1 week ago

Hello everyone!

Let's say I control Roil Elemental and Willbreaker .

I play a land, wich will trigger Roil Elemental's ability. Then I target a creature with that and Willbreaker will trigger.

I will end up taking control of that creature, but I don't understand what will happen if any of the control-changing creatures die.

I have to choose what effect will apply?

If Roil Elemental dies, Willbreaker effect will go on? And vice versa? Or vice versa?

Thanks in advance!!

WaitingForGodo on Tanglewire and Saheeli, Sublime interaction

1 week ago

Caerwyn Many thanks for the respond! :)

C on Tanglewire and Saheeli, Sublime interaction

1 week ago

Counters are only removed from an object if an effect or cost or other rules mechanism instructs you to do so (or it it becomes a new object by changing zones).

Your Tangle Wire in this case will become a copy of another artifact (let's say Sol Ring for the sake of the example). You will now have a copy of Sol Ring with a few time counters on it. This effect will end at end of turn, and you'll have your Tangle Wire with the same number of counters on your next upkeep when Vanishing will be implicated.