How does Infect work?
Asked by WiseHeart65 4 years agoexample, i have a 4/4 creature going to block an attacking 4/3 with infect...so what happens next? -4/-3 to my 4/4? who swings first? i dont get infect right now at all, someone help, and include examples, going against deathtouch, lifelink, first strike etc...thanks to all who comment....
Unless one of the creatures has first strike or double strike, damage will resolve simultaneously. Your creature will deal 4 damge to the opposing creature and the opposing creature will deal 4 damage to your creature. Because the opposing creature has infect, it will deal damage in the form of -1/-1 counters. Your creature will get 4 -1/-1 counters on it, and as a stated based effect of having a toughness equal to or less than zero, will be sent to the graveyard.
October 5, 2010 2:06 p.m.
I suppose I should add that the opposing creature dies too, having taken 4 damage, enough to destroy it.
October 5, 2010 2:07 p.m.
Okay, here's what happens in the situation you gave.
4/4 v 4/3 infect.
The 4/4 deals 4 damage to the 4/3 destroying it, while the 4/3 deals 4 damage to the 4/4 killing it. The difference? The 4/3 deals damage in the form of -1/-1 counters so the 4/4 get's 4 -1/-1 counters on it reducing it's toughness to 0, thus putting it into the graveyard. The 4/4 is not technically destroyed because with the 4 -1/-1 counters on it regenerating it will do no good.
In that situation if you gave the 4/4 deathtough the results would be the same. If you gave either of them lifelink, that creatures controller would gain 4 life, whether it was on the infect creature or the non-infect creature.
Now, let's say either of them have first strike. If the 4/4 get's first strike it will deal 4 damage to the 4/3 destroying it BEFORE the 4/3 can put -1/-1 counters on the 4/4. If, however, the 4/3 has first strike it will put 4 -1/-1 counters on the 4/4 before IT has a chance to deal damage to the 4/3 and the 4/4 would be put into the graveyard.
I hope this clears the issue up for you. I only know so much about the mechanics because of wither from Shadowmoor and Eventide.