As an additional cost to cast Acceptable Losses, discard a card at random.
Acceptable Losses deals 5 damage to target creature.
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|Commander / EDH||Legal|
Acceptable Losses Discussion
2 years ago
Exotryptan, actually the spell/ability goes on the stack as the first step in casting/activating it. You are correct that paying costs is the last step of casting/activating spells/abilities, but the object is put on the stack as the first step. This matters in very specific corner cases such as with Acceptable Losses, when the additional cost of discarding a card a random is being payed Acceptable Losses is on the stack, not in your hand.
601.2a-i tells us that the steps to cast a spell or activate an ability are:
a Put the object on the stack.
b Announce choices for modes, kickers, buybacks, values of variables etc.
c Announce number and choice of targets,
d Announce division or distribution of effects.
e Game checks legality of casting the spell/ability and rewinds if illegal.
f Total cost of spell is calculated.
g Player gets a chance to activate mana abilities if cost includes mana payment.
h All costs are paid at the same time.
i Spell is cast or ability is activated.