If I destroy the source of an activated ability in response to it's activation, does the ability still resolve?
Asked by Gorgosaurusrex 5 years ago
Another, slightly different example:
I activate the monstrous ability of my Stormbreath Dragon, hoping to damage my opponent. My opponent casts Doom Blade in response targeting my Stormbreath Dragon. Does my opponent still take damage equal to the number of cards in his/her hand?
Any clarification would be appreciated.
In general: Abilities exist independent of their sources when they're on the stack. If their source is destroyed, the ability still resolves (unless it was also targeting their source, in which case, it would be countered by game rules for not having legal targets).
The Stormbreath Dragon one is a little trickier, though. If you activate its Monstrous ability, then your opponent Doom Blade s your Dragon in response, then the damage trigger doesn't occur. However, if the Monstrous ability is allowed to resolve, and Stormbreath becomes monstrous and gets the counters, its final ability will trigger. If your opponent only Doom Blades the dragon after that happens, then it still gets to deal damage.
August 21, 2014 6:08 p.m.
August 21, 2014 6:13 p.m.
Correct. As long as the monstrosity ability resolves before Doom Blade , the last ability will have a chance to trigger.