Is "all of it" an acceptable term for paying life?

Asked by yeckit 1 week ago

So this topic is more of me being curious.
I was playing a game of commander where my friend was getting pretty salty after I would fog, or evacuation, or cyclonic rift, ECT all his relentless rats back to his hand however in the process he used Myron to gain a bunch of life. He then manage to swing through with Eerbos and I ran out of tricks and used Hatred and I asked how much life he is using and he said all of it and just to fuel his rage even more I told him that he just killed himself.
He said that "all of it" wasn't allowed and he actually had to choose a number which I let him change it but not without giving him flack for it.
I got to thinking that if I didn't let him change and there was an actual judge involved would "all of it" actually mean that he would have paid all his life?

Boza says... #1

You have to choose a non-negative number for X that is no more than your current life total. It is part of the requirement for casting the spell and it is important for both players to be clear on the value of X, so a number is generally required.

January 10, 2018 8:29 a.m.

Epochalyptik says... #2

I can't tell how a judge would have rule, but I'd interpret "all of it" to be an acceptable way to say "I pay life equal to my current life total."

"All of it" is a pretty unambiguous phrase.

January 10, 2018 9:16 a.m.

Rhadamanthus says... Accepted answer #4

"All" means "all" and is a legal choice for an effect like this.

However, when your opponent makes a play that appears to make no sense you should ideally do something simple to confirm it ("All of it?"), because you might be in a situation where you and your opponent have completely different understandings of what's going on right now. It kind of sounds like that's actually what happened here: "All of it", "You're dead", "That's not what I meant!". If you were in a tournament setting and called a Judge, their decision would be based on the details you and your opponent are able to give on exactly how your exchanged developed. This is a "you had to be there" situation.

January 10, 2018 1:49 p.m.

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