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Tyrant-Thanatos on Lord of Tresserhorn and creatures ...

3 hours ago

You would have to sacrifice him to himself. Enter the battlefield effects like his happen after the creature is on the battlefield, and despite the fact that you don't have two creatures to sacrifice, you still have to follow as much of the instruction as possible.

Snap157 on Lord of Tresserhorn and creatures ...

3 hours ago

If I cast Lord of Tresserhorn and have no other creatures out, would his ability have no affect or would I sacrifice him to himself? Thanks

Smart_TJ on Unstable: With The Grand Calcutron ...

6 hours ago

Yes, you can ONLY cast the FIRST card in your program, unless it's a card that allows you to, say, cast another card from your hand for free or something, in that case, I think you can pick anything in your hand/program.

Yesterday on Unstable: With The Grand Calcutron ...

7 hours ago

I'm just terribly unsure to what extent you are unable to cast spells that aren't from your program. It seems that either you can't play cards from programs except the first card in your own program - or you can't play cards at all ever in general except the first card in your own program.

Smart_TJ on Unstable: With The Grand Calcutron ...

8 hours ago

Your program is basically your hand, just in a specific order, so anything that affects your hand affects your program instead

Lame_Duck on why is it that when ...

9 hours ago

Mostly because you need to declare targets when you cast a spell and the targets of a modal spell depend on what mode(s) have been chosen. It's the same way that Swords to Plowshares requires you to choose a target on cast, but for Council's Judgment you vote on resolution.

The relevant rule is:

700.2a The controller of a modal spell or activated ability chooses the mode(s) as part of casting that spell or activating that ability. If one of the modes would be illegal (due to an inability to choose legal targets, for example), that mode cant be chosen. (See rule 601.2b.)

SmugLookingBarrel on why is it that when ...

10 hours ago

Why is it that for any spell that lets you choose a mode (Izzet Charm, Cryptic Command), you always have to declare what mode you're choosing as you cast the spell and not as part of the resolution, whereas a spell that instructs you to choose a card name (Cabal Therapy) has you choose as part of the resolution?

Monomanamaniac on Dash and Evoke discount?

16 hours ago

Omg thank you for that one! I've always argued that but have been told time and time again that you couldn't reduce alternative costs. That's very useful

Pieguy396 on Is Felidar Guardian and Felidar ...

1 day ago

There is only one stack, any triggered abilities all go onto the same stack. In addition, yes, your combo is susceptible to removal, but you can always Cloudshift a creature in response to a removal spell to save it.

AkrosTheClear on Is Felidar Guardian and Felidar ...

1 day ago

So I recently made a deck (ETB tremors) where it sets up a combo where I have two creatures entering the battlefield an infinite number of times and then something like Impact Tremors to kill off opponents. My question is: does exiling a Felidar Guardian with a Wispweaver Angel and then exiling the Wispweaver Angel with the Felidar Guardian an infinite number of times happen all on the same stack or does it create an infinite number of stacks? Also, how susceptible is this combo to removal? Okay thanks, the answer to this question will help me determine how many Cloudshift-like cards I will need to run.

adrianopleEmpire on If the legendary creature X ...

2 days ago

To try to specify this, I turned to rule 602 (activated abilities) of magic's rules:

602.2a The player announces that he or she is activating the ability. If an activated ability is being activated from a hidden zone, the card that has that ability is revealed. That ability is created on the stack as an object thats not a card. It becomes the topmost object on the stack. It has the text of the ability that created it, and no other characteristics. Its controller is the player who activated the ability. The ability remains on the stack until its countered, it resolves, or an effect moves it elsewhere.

602.5. A player cant begin to activate an ability thats prohibited from being activated. #

I tagged these two rules as there is no rule explicitly stating X's situation and they are the two most relevant. Because X's passive text states that you "can" activate his abilities from your opponent's hand, it in no way implies that he has to be in their hand for you to activate his abilities. Also, because his first activated ability is designed to be used from the battlefield, it wouldn't make sense that you can only activate his abilities from your opponents hand.

Unless MaRo (the silverborder rules manager) makes a ruling that states that X's second ability can only be activated from an opponent's hand, there is no rule constraining the use of X's second ability from it's owners hand, except for 602.2a requiring you to reveal him from your hand (aka. a hidden zone) as an additional cost to activate his ability.

Also, forget about Mox Lotus. The real fun comes from 5 mana, instant speed Emrakul, the Aeons Torn and Gleemax. Just remember to run plenty of bounce spells and Mulldrifters.

Rhadamanthus on Masterful Ninja and Phasing

2 days ago

Because it's a permanent on the battlefield, it can have the phased-out status. It stands to reason that a silver-bordered game would allow the "this doesn't exist" concept to apply to how the card is treated for being in your hand. This would mean it can't be chosen for any effect (including discards), doesn't count towards your maximum hand size, and can't be cast.

Yesterday on Unstable: With The Grand Calcutron ...

2 days ago

It could also be interpreted as "The only card that you may play from programs is the first card in your program."

Frickin' Unstable, man.

Blo on Unstable: With The Grand Calcutron ...

2 days ago

To the above, it is stated in the Unstable FAQAWASLFAQPAFTIDAWABIAJTBT (FAQ) when explaining rules about X that The Grand Calcutron overrides the ruling.
I understood the same, that you can cast spells from anywhere else, as this isn't stated explicitly so it should follow the normal rules. However, after rereading the card and the gatherer, you can read it as 'the only card you may cast is the first card of your program, period.' So flashback, etc, cards can't be cast as long as they are not the first card of your program.

@Boza, thanks for the confirmation.

Tyrant-Thanatos on Reactions on the Stack

2 days ago

Bah, Slip up on that post and I can't edit it anymore, the second stack looks like:

N's Sphinx

N's Sphinx

A's Crawler and Erasure in the order of their choice

A's Sphinx

N's Sphinx

N's Sphinx

A's Crawler and Erasure in the order of their choice

Not the order I listed it in. My bad.

Tyrant-Thanatos on Reactions on the Stack

2 days ago

Okay so that sort of scenario gets hairy real fast.

In addition to APNAP order, if a player controls multiple triggered abilities that trigger off of the same event, that player choses what order their triggers go on the stack in, relative to one another.

If Player A (the active player) has: Psychosis Crawler, Consecrated Sphinx, and Jace's Erasure

And Player N (the non-active player) has: Consecrated Sphinx, and Jace's Erasure

Player A casts Vivisection

It resolves and Player A draws three cards.

A's Crawler triggers, A's Erasure triggers, and N's Sphinx triggers three times at the same time. A chooses what order their Crawler and Erasure land on the stack, then they are followed by sphinx

Sphinx resolves. N draws two cards. (keep in mind, this is optional. the Sphinx very specifically says that you MAY draw two cards)

At this point, Crawler and Erasure are still on the stack, as well as two more instances of N's Sphinx, and A's Sphinx triggers twice at the same time N's Erasure triggers. Sphinxs go on the stack first, followed by Erasure.

So the stack looks like this:

N's Erasure

A's Sphinx

A's Sphinx

N's Sphinx

N's Sphinx

A's Crawler/A's Erasure (in the order of A's choosing)

Then n's erasure resolves, A mills 2.

A's Sphinx resolves, A draws 2 cards. At this point, A's Crawler triggers again and A's Erasure triggers again, as well as N's Sphinx. At this point we find ourselves more or less in the same state as before, except with another instance of A's Crawler/Erasure and sphinx stacks at the bottom.

The Stack is so:

N's Sphinx

N's Sphinx

A's Sphinx

N's Sphinx

N's Sphinx

A's Crawler and Erasure in the order of their choice

A's Crawler and Erasure in the order of their choice

Basically, so long as both players choose to draw off of their sphinx triggers that are triggering off of the other player's sphinx, this will continue until someone runs out of cards. If a player cuts the loop off by choosing not to draw cards, the stack will finally collapse and all of A's Crawlers and Erasures will finally resolve.

Again this is a really messy situation and I'm not even 100% sure I got everything correct here, I had to revise this post like twice lol.

Edit: and something I covered here that I missed in previous posts, Consecrated Sphinx triggers for each card the opponent drew, not just once for each instance of card draw effect. so Vivisection will trigger the enemy Sphinx 3 times.

MWorl91 on Reactions on the Stack

2 days ago

That seems correct

Duiliath on Reactions on the Stack

2 days ago

Okay, to see if I have this in my head right could you verify or refute this stack order if in addition to Psychosis Crawler I also had a Consecrated Sphinx and Jace's Erasure and my opponent has Consecrated Sphinx and Jace's Erasure when I draw cards:

(Assuming whenever applicable players pass priority)

I cast Vivisection.

Vivisection resolves and I draw 3 cards.

Psychosis Crawler and opponent's Consecrated Sphinx trigger simultaneously and Psychosis Crawler is on the stack first.

Opponent's Consecrated Sphinx resolves and my Consecrated Sphinx and the opponents Jace's Erasure trigger simultaneously.

My Consecrated Sphinx is put on the stack first then my opponent's Jace's Erasure is put on the stack and resolves.

Then my Consecrated Sphinx resolves and triggers my Jace's Erasure which then resolves.

Then after everything Psychosis Crawler deals damage to the opponent.

Is this the right idea or am I missing something?

Hankmc on Angel of condemnation rulings

2 days ago

Thank you the only mistake I made was not having it exerted

Tyrant-Thanatos on Reactions on the Stack

2 days ago

APNAP. When more than one trigger from more than one player is put on the stack, it goes in turn order, starting with the Active Player. Assuming this whole thing happened on your turn (you casted a sorcery to kick this whole thing off so I think that's a safe assumption assuming no Hypersonic Dragons were involved), you triggers will always go on the stack before your opponents when triggering off the same event, and therefor your opponents triggers will resolve first.

So:

You cast Vivisection

Each player passes priority

Vivisection Resolves

Psychosis Crawler and Consecrated Sphinx trigger simultaneously

Crawler's ability is put on the stack first, then Sphinx's.

Assuming both players pass priority, Sphinx resolves

Jace's Erasures trigger and are put on the stack

The Erasures resolve, then the Crawler Resolves, assuming no responses.

TL;DR, your opponent is correct. but as MWorl91 pointed out, you don't lose for having an empty library, you lose for attempting to draw from an empty library.

Duiliath on Reactions on the Stack

3 days ago

Well I guess that solves the issue of who won but I want to know the order of effects as well and how these cards get put on the stack since this can happen earlier in the game.

MWorl91 on Reactions on the Stack

3 days ago

You win. You lose whenever you have 0 cards in deck and attempt to draw a card. Erasure mills them but doesn't force you to draw. So order of operations or not, you'll have 0 in library but they lose to having 0 life as long as they can't force you to draw from your empty library

Duiliath on Reactions on the Stack

3 days ago

I have Psychosis Crawler in play and my opponent has Consecrated Sphinx and 2 Jace's Erasures in play. I draw 3 cards during my turn, from Vivisection ability. I think the order of actions is:

I draw 3 cards. Then Consecrated Sphinx makes my opponent draw 2x3 cards. Then they lose 3 life from Psychosis Crawler. Then their Jace's Erasures trigger and I mill 2x6 cards

My Opponent thinks that the order is:

I draw 3 cards Then their Consecrated Sphinx makes them draw 2x3 cards. Then Their Jace's Erasures make me mill 4x3 cards. Then they lose 3 life

I was in a situation where this determined who won since I had 10 cards left in my deck and she had 3 life. We want to know who was right or if there is a different order we didn't realize.

Rhadamanthus on Kess and Illusionist bracers.

3 days ago

To be clear: An activated ability is always written as "Cost : Effect", a triggered ability is always written to start with "when/whenever/at", and anything else is some kind of static ability. Kess, Dissident Mage only has static abilities and doeesn't interact with Illusionist's Bracers.

Neotrup on Kess and Illusionist bracers.

3 days ago

No. Illusionist's Bracers only copies activated abilities.

Yesterday on Unstable: With The Grand Calcutron ...

3 days ago

Scroll Rack here has the ability to put n cards in your hand at once rather than draw them, which is nice.

If The Grand Caluctron in on the battlefield and my X is in my opponent's hand, can I cast cards in their program?

No. The Grand Calcutron's ability overrides X in this case. You're limited to the first card in your program.

This definitely contradicts what I've heard before. I understood that The Grand Calcutron only limits the castability of cards within your own hand, as though the correct wording really ought to be "Players can't cast spells from their program except for the first in that program."

That cards that you cast from other zones are therefore pretty neat in a dedicated deck, like spells with flashback. Am I misinformed?

gnat7 on Kess and Illusionist bracers.

3 days ago

Hello, this might be a silly question, but if I equip Kess, Dissident Mage with Illusionist's Bracers can I cast two spells from my graveyard each turn?

Boza on Unstable: With The Grand Calcutron ...

3 days ago

The first would be correct.

When an effect instructs you to draw N cards, where n is more than 1, you do so one at a time. For that reason, if you cast Jace's Ingenuity when an opponent has Nekusar, the Mindrazer in play, it will create three separate triggers.

Blo on Unstable: With The Grand Calcutron ...

3 days ago

Follow up question, as this seems relevant here ;)

If you use Scroll Rack or a 'draw X cards' spell, would you put 1 card in your hand/draw 1, choose where to put it, and so on until you've drawn all cards that spell allowed you to, or do you simply draw all spells and then arrange your hand as you see fit?
This seems relevant, because the first way (which I think is correct) makes it a bit more challenging to line up your plays properly.

Boza on Unstable: With The Grand Calcutron ...

3 days ago

Q1: From the FAQ: If I'm forced to discard, do I lose cards from my program?Yes. Your program is still your hand, and those cards can be discarded.

So, in theory, scroll rack works as normal, except when you draw cards, you have to put them in your program however you like.

Q2: Yes.

Q3: If the card is put into your hand by your own effect, you choose where it goes. If it goes there with someone else's effect (I am thinking X), you choose where it is put in their program. Also, from FAQ:

X and calcutron are fun! Show

Q4: From FAQ:

Title goes here Show

Yesterday on Unstable: With The Grand Calcutron ...

3 days ago

If I have a The Grand Calcutron on the battlefield as well as a Scroll Rack, can I activate the rack to practical use or does it look and find 0 cards in my hand because I have a 'program' instead? (In the case of the latter, I really don't know how one is meant to avail of The Grand Calcutron as a decent commander.)

If I have X and activate the ability to put it into an opponent's hand, would it go into their program? Who chooses where a card goes in its owner's program if the card wasn't drawn? Would X and Sen Triplets still allow me to cast cards from my opponent's program as they would from their hand?

Blo on Masterful Ninja and Phasing

3 days ago

I'd say it's treated as a card in your hand and a permanent on the battefield that doesn't exist. So it won't deal damage, can't be discarded or card, etc. The reason being that it interacts with any effects as if it were in that zone (hand/battlefield).
You can remove it (kill/exile), you can target it with spells, but you can't bounce it back to the player's hand, since it's already there. Phasing however, doesn't change the zone, so it would still be on the battlefield and in your hand.
I have no reason to think it wouldn't affect both zones.

Then again, this is a guess ;)

Yesterday on Unstable: What power and toughness ...

3 days ago

Weird and wonderful! Thanks for the help folks!

Boza on Unstable: What power and toughness ...

3 days ago

I thought that undeathtouch works only on creatures in graveyards. After reading this card for the 6th time today, turns out undeathtouch works for any creature. Silver borders are weird for sure.

Yesterday on Unstable: What if you draw ...

3 days ago

Okay, fair point! It wouldn't be the weirdest interaction to come out of Unstable, that's for sure. Thanks!

Yesterday on Unstable: What power and toughness ...

3 days ago

Why would Undeathtouch not exile a creature that's on the battlefield if it was dealt damage by a creature card in the graveyard animated with Over My Dead Bodies?

chosenone124 on Masterful Ninja and Phasing

3 days ago

To be clear, I activate its first ability to make sure it is on both the battlefield and my hand.

chosenone124 on Masterful Ninja and Phasing

3 days ago

I reveal Masterful Ninja from my hand and attack with it. My opponent Reality Ripples it. Can I cast it again since it is still in my hand?

chosenone124 on Animate Library and Phasing

3 days ago

Right, I always forget the card vs object difference

Tyrant-Thanatos on Animate Library and Phasing

3 days ago

Honestly it's essentially the same thing. We just have to remember that a card and the object it represents are two entirely separate things. If I control a Tarmogoyf and you cast a Reality Ripple on it, it's not as if the physical card itself doesn't exist, just the goyf that the card represents doesn't exist. In the case of Animate Library, just because the creature that your library is representing is phased out, doesn't mean the cards in your library are phased out. Cards don't phase, objects do, permanents, specifically. And because MTG cards don't refer to permanent cards that are on the battlefield, but rather the permanents themselves, this is something that in most practical application, makes no difference.

Boza on Unstable: What power and toughness ...

3 days ago

By creatures that are alive, I meant actually creatures that are unaffected by Over my dead bodies. Undeathtouch does nothing to them.

Boza on Unstable: What if you draw ...

3 days ago

Welcome to silver borders! There are no black-bordered static abilities that work from your hand and no way to put cards you own into opponents hands. By that logic, nothing is compelling you to reveal your hand when X is put there with his own ability.

So, since his is a static ability, as long as the conditions are met, it will work.

chosenone124 on Animate Library and Phasing

3 days ago

Ah, so the rules aren't worded with Unstable cards in mind (shocker). Instead of "treated as if it doesn't exist" it's "treated as if it isn't on the battlefield"

wroberts316 on Would Aluren affect Omnath Locus ...

3 days ago

Was away I see. Still an incredibly useful ability. Definitely going to make this a permanent staple for him. Thanks a ton! :)

Tyrant-Thanatos on Animate Library and Phasing

3 days ago

Ah, fair enough. As Neotrup pointed out, and I missed, Phasing only affects things on the battlefield. It's a bit of a weird circumstance, but even though the library is phased out and treated as though its not on the battlefield, it'd still function as a library.

@chosenone124: Switch the accepted answer to Neotrup's post, yeah? My bad for missing that bit. (I should really stop trying to answer Q&A stuff and working at the same time lol)

Neotrup on Animate Library and Phasing

3 days ago

A Phased out Animated Library is treated as though it's not on the battlefield. It's still a Library that is treated as such:

http://markrosewater.tumblr.com/post/168001018898/how-does-animate-library-interact-with-phasing-it

Neotrup on Would Aluren affect Omnath Locus ...

3 days ago

No. When you cast a spell without paying it's mana cost, you still have to pay manditory additional costs, such as the Commander Tax, and still get to pay optional additional costs, such as Kicker. This is important for casting something like Fling, where if you didn't pay the additional cost the spell would not be able to do anything. Because Aluren allows you to cast Omnath, Locus of Mana as though he had flash, you are able to use your floating mana to pay the commander tax before it empties from your mana pool however.

Neotrup on Is there a Hurricane a'coming ...

3 days ago

Generally people use the MTGO pauper list for legality even in paper pauper, as there can be confusion with older cards that didn't have a set symbol, or a rarity color for the set symbol.

Neotrup on Unstable: What power and toughness ...

3 days ago

For Undeathtouch:http://markrosewater.tumblr.com/post/168450614523/can-a-creature-in-a-graveyard-from-over-my-dead

For Augments in the graveyard:http://markrosewater.tumblr.com/post/168200828248/presumably-augment-creatures-in-my-graveyard-are

Though it does look like an augment on the battlefield could attack/block:http://markrosewater.tumblr.com/post/168398356728/what-happens-when-garbage-elemental-cascades-into

As for targeting a creature in your graveyard with Pit Fight, while a creature in a graveyard is attacking or blocking, you may target it as though it were on the the battlefield. If it would be destroyed, it is instead removed from combat. From the Unstable faqawaslfaqpaftidawabiajtbt:

So I can cast Giant Growth targeting an attacking graveyard creature?

Yes, you may target an attacking or blocking graveyard creature just as you could target a normal creature.

So I can cast Murder targeting my opponent's blocking graveyard creature?

Sure. If a graveyard creature is destroyed, it's removed from combat. It would go to the graveyard, but it's already in the graveyard. But you removed it from combat!

Can I target a graveyard creature that isn't attacking or blocking?

Not with anything that targets a creature on the battlefield. Remember you treat them as on the battlefield only while they're attacking or blocking.

wroberts316 on Would Aluren affect Omnath Locus ...

3 days ago

Because Aluren only takes the written cmc into account, would that negate the extra mana needed to summon Omnath back to the field if he were my commander and he were to be destroyed?