How do intimidate and fear interact on the same creature?

Asked by legendofa 3 years ago

Let's say A has a Bladetusk Boar enchanted with Fear. A attacks B, who has Child of Night, Stromkirk Captain, and Crossway Vampire able to block. Since the Boar essentially reads, "This creature can't be blocked except by red creatures or artifact creatures. This creature can't be blocked except by black creatures or artifact creatures.", which of B's creatures could block it?

In a different situation, A has Sunhome Enforcer nattily sporting an Executioner's Hood and enchanted with Fear. B has Mardu Roughrider, Spike Jester, Weapons Trainer, and Reassembling Skeleton. If A attacks, which of B's creatures could block?

Basically, how do fear and intimidate work when a non-black creature has both? Can a mono-black creature block, can a creature that shares a color with the attacker block, or does the blocker have to both be black and share a color? (Artifact creatures can block in all cases.)

Raging_Squiggle says... Accepted answer #1

The blocking creature must meet all requirements for blocking. The requirements here must be the blocking creature had to share either or , it must also have the color , or must be an artifact.

In this case, it must at least have the colors , , or it must be an artifact (i.e. Burnished Hart or Etherium Sculptor).

Note that Etherium Sculptor is and doesn't share any colors, but it is an artifact so can block as normal.

April 19, 2016 11:39 a.m.

legendofa says... #2

So, the blocker has to be a multicolor creature with, at minimum, black and at least one of the attacker's colors. In the examples, Stromkirk Captain could block the Bladetusk Boar, and Mardu Roughrider and Spike Jester can block the Sunhome Enforcer. An artifact creature of any color could block either of them.

April 19, 2016 12:03 p.m.

Gidgetimer says... #3

Yes. When checking for legal blockers you have to obey as many requirements as possible without disobeying any restrictions. So in your cases any blocker must follow both restrictions of "be black or an artifact", and "share a color or be an artifact".

April 19, 2016 12:40 p.m.

legendofa says... #4

April 19, 2016 3:13 p.m.

This discussion has been closed