Totem Armor and Conviction

Asked by Kravix 2 years ago

So I have a random reature with 1/1 stats and Conviction Aura attached to them. Also Umbra Mystic is present along with mentioned random creature. An opponent attempts to Terror my creature. Can I use Conviction 's ability to return it to my hand as a response to enemy spell to save both my creature and enchantment?

As far as I understand it, Totem armor redirects the destroy effect to Auras attached to a creatue. However since Aura is removed, the destroy effect is lost due to lack of legal target in final result. Am I right?

colton815 says... #1

totem armor is not redirecting anything, and the aura must be destroyed in order to save the creature. if you bounce the Conviction, there is no aura with totem armor left to destroy in the creatures place. you can't bounce and destroy something at the same time.

June 22, 2017 11:11 a.m.

Epochalyptik says... Accepted answer #2

No.

First, totem armor is a static ability that defines a replacement effect. Remember that replacement effects apply as the event they replace would happen. That means that the replacement effect itself needs to exist at the time that event would occur. They also don't use the stack, so you can't respond to them.

Totem armor means that if the enchanted permanent would be destroyed, the enchantment is destroyed instead. This isn't a redirection effect, either. You're not changing Terror's target; your creature is still the target.

If you return your aura to your hand, its totem armor ability won't exist when Terror resolves, and your creature will be destroyed as a result. You don't have priority when Terror is resolving, either, so you don't even have the opportunity to take any actions once the resolution process begins.

June 22, 2017 11:13 a.m.

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