Merieke Ri Berit's 'Destroy' trigger after Homeward Path

Asked by Optimator 1 year ago

If someone uses a Homeward Path or similar effect (or even a theft effect of their own) after Merieke Ri Berit has stolen control, what happens if an untap effect untaps Merieke on a later turn? Seems like the creature might be destroyed since the tap ability of Merieke is all one paragraph.

I don't think so, from how it looks, it looks like there wasn't enough space to put the other part of Merieke Ri Berit on it, so it shares the same space where her tap ability is.

November 27, 2017 12:14 a.m.

Monomanamaniac says... Accepted answer #3

If she untaps for any reason the creature is destroyed, regardless of its position on the board. The exception being if they either exile it and return it to play, with a Cloudshift type ability, or return it to your hand. Her second ability activates anytime she untaps for any reason, as a spell or ability is the only way to untap her.

November 27, 2017 12:16 a.m.

Optimator says... #4

Godhead_Initiated, the Oracle text for Merieke has it all one paragraph.

November 27, 2017 12:24 a.m.

But, let's say they use Homeward Path's ability, that would mean their creature is now back under their control. I would believe that her effect would only destroy them if she still controlled them.

November 27, 2017 5:06 p.m.

Optimator says... #6

But the creature never left the battlefield so the trigger still "remembers" the initial targeting and execution of her ability. I'm now quite convinced that you are wrong and Monomanamaniac's answer is correct.

November 27, 2017 5:51 p.m.

Yeah, I am wrong. Her ability does kill the creature. I want to know why, instead of the direct answer though.

November 29, 2017 8:29 p.m.

Monomanamaniac says... #8

Because as long as the creature is on the battlefield, no matter it's position or controller, the second part of her ability will track it. This is because there is a period between the text in her effect, the two parts of her effect essentially work independently of one another.

November 30, 2017 11:11 a.m.

Monomanamaniac says... #9

It would've been better if this card had a space between the parts of her ability, like Fiend Hunter does, so if you read it like that it'll make more sense

November 30, 2017 11:16 a.m.

Optimator says... #10

I guess her pernicious magic weaves that deep...

November 30, 2017 11:27 a.m.

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