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Yes, "effect" pretty much means everything in the game.

@EldridgeCrimson: Remember that replacement effects don't trigger, only triggered abilities do. This, like you said, is a replacement effect, and it will simply cause those cards to result in twice as many tokens being put on the battlefield.

April 28, 2017 9:01 a.m.

On a side note, 1000 times is way too few to rearrange a deck in this manner, even if it were working the way you described. You generally want to pick a number that appears to be way too high in order to not getting screwed over by a false impression.

April 25, 2017 2:40 a.m.

The two cards you mentioned (which by the way function identically) are both redirection effects, which is a type of replacement effect. They modify the original event, and what would've happened (you getting damage) never happens, instead something else happens (Reaper of Sheoldred getting damage).

This means that the source is your opponent's creature, in this case, and that player would get a poison counter.

April 22, 2017 10:52 a.m.

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You will not get the additional experience counter.

Meren has a triggered ability, and from it triggering, being put on the stack, and eventually resolving, there's a lot of time - when the ability resolves, that Snake is already in the graveyard, unable to affect anything with it's replacement effect. 603.6d refers to things that happen at the very same time, meaning if all three mentioned creatures here would die at the same time, Meren would still trigger twice, even though she's not on the battlefield anymore.

April 21, 2017 7:14 a.m.

Unlike most Auras, Indestructibility says "Enchant permanent", which means you're allowed to target any permanent. Planeswalkers are permanents on the battlefield, which makes Garruk a legal target, and the Aura will attach just fine. (this is here for completeness' sake, you probably knew that).

However, what kills Planeswalkers isn't damage, but lack of Loyalty - and just like creatures with toughness of 0 or less, he's not destroyed, but simply put in the graveyard as a state-based action:

704.5i If a planeswalker has loyalty 0, its put into its owners graveyard.

And just as with creatures, being indestructible doesn't prevent damage, therefore being dealt damage will remove loyalty counters from Garruk as normal:

306.8. Damage dealt to a planeswalker results in that many loyalty counters being removed from it.

So the only way to survive a Goblin Grenade in this example is to have 6 or more loyalty counters.

April 21, 2017 6:41 a.m.

No, not in this manner at least. Once you declare a creature as attacking, it will be attacking. The tapping you seem to associate with it is only a "cost" you pay, so to speak - if the creature is already tapped, you won't be able to attack with it; if it's untapped and has Vigilance, it won't be tapped when attacking, and if neither are true, it will be tapped when attacking.

In other words, untapping a creature in combat is possible, but it won't remove it from combat. It's not easy to do so in general without having it change zones, but some cards (such as Hollowhenge Spirit) allow you to do that.

April 21, 2017 6:33 a.m.

Said on If a 4/4 ......

#7

The defending player will take up to 1 damage.

It's actually the attacking player's choice whether to assign leftover damage from a creature with Trample to the defending player - the only requirement is to assign lethal damage to all blocking creatures first, which is the amount of their toughness, or 1 if the creature also has Deathtouch.

While there's normally situations where you would want to assign damage to the creature and not the player, in this case, this doesn't yield any benefit, so there's nothing wrong with assuming you assign the 1 point of damage to your opponent by default.

April 18, 2017 11:27 a.m.

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#8

@Gidgetimer: To be fair, all those cards are different from each other from the begin with :) It's interesting that there are actually differences between Vizier of Remedies and Hardened Scales or Winding Constrictor, though, especially since those are rather recent cards.

April 18, 2017 7:20 a.m.

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