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You have to select the target of an ability when you put it on the stack, this is before it resolves.
I can't think of a good line to combo off without a sacrifice outlet. Maybe just start using Greater Gargadon as a sacrifice outlet and suspend him right before you plan on comboing off.
August 22, 2017 1:06 p.m.
Well their language is "no card will be removed" but since abolishing the list would remove all the cards from it it is kinda implied. I think that employees of wizards have said in a more definitive manner that it won't be abolished but I do not have time to sift through articles to try and find it atm, maybe later this evening i will have time.
August 21, 2017 1:57 p.m.
Profet93 there haven't been functional reprints of any of them, that is one thing that is expressly forbidden by the reserved list. I personally am not a fan of the reserved list since it prioritizes collectors over players, but wizards is sticking fast to the fact that it is not going away and no cards will ever be removed. So if you have the frankly ludicrous amount of money to spend on cards that are both playable and on the reserved list then you should be able to get equal or greater value out of them when you want to cash out on them.
August 21, 2017 1:05 a.m.
If you are going to be literal and technical about wording of cards you also need to be aware that all cards no matter what is actually printed on the cardboard are treated as if they have the current Oracle text on them. I was not trying to belittle you, I thought that the fact that they are currently printed as instants would lead everyone to realize that the current Oracle has Counterspell as an instant. I apologize for assuming everyone was aware that every card with the same English name was treated as if it has the same exact text no matter what is printed on the cardboard.
August 20, 2017 12:34 p.m.
August 20, 2017 1:52 a.m.
August 19, 2017 2:33 a.m.
Good catch, for some reason I thought biomancer was a trigger when I replied.
August 17, 2017 4:29 a.m.
Forgot to list Corpsejack Menace is in effect for the evolve and graft triggers. For optimal play you would have stacked the triggers so that they resolved:
Evolve from Plaxcaster making Fathom Mage 11/11
Graft onto Master Biomancer making him 10/12
Evolve from Biomancer making Fathom Mage 19/19
Graft onto Corpsejack Menace making it 14/14
Evolve from menace is not going to resolve because he is too small for the intervening if clause to allow it to.
Graft onto Fathom Mage making it a 27/27.
It seems that both you in your OP and I forgot biomancer on your Cytoplast Manipulator so that is another 8 counters on the manipulator in your op and another 40 in this optimal case. So Manipulator optimal case now is enters with 12+1 doubled doubled to 52 counters on it and then grafts for 1+1 doubled doubled to 8 for a total of 60 power. It also triggers evolve for 8 total counters on Fathom Mage when it enters as the 52/52.
August 16, 2017 7:42 p.m.
You are for the most part right about Cytoplast Manipulator, though Hardened Scales is a replacement effect, not a trigger so the exact proper way to explain it is: Cytoplast Manipulator entered with two plus one is three, doubled to six, doubled to twelve counters on it; and then one plus one is two, doubled to four, doubled to eight counters were grafted onto it.
August 16, 2017 7:25 p.m.
He wants 4 mana available on turn 3, this means he needs rocks that cost 1 or 2 mana. The rocks you mention are fine. I have been known to run Commander's Sphere and Darksteel Ingot. Those rocks do not allow for 4 mana to be available on turn 3.
August 14, 2017 1:12 p.m.
August 12, 2017 6:09 a.m.
When a card refers to itself by name it means "the card this ability is on". So you could activate abilities that require a sacrifice, but you would sacrifice Mairsil to activate them.
August 11, 2017 5:57 a.m.
"Dying" is magic shorthand for "is put into the graveyard from the battlefield". Since the token is being exiled, it does not "die". If you sacrifice the creature or it is otherwise put into the graveyard before the exile trigger you will then get the trigger.
August 10, 2017 1:52 p.m.
The two creatures do enter at EXACTLY the same time so yeah that part of the premise is already wrong. However as Shane said both of the triggered abilities have to go on the stack and resolve, so your opponents have plenty of opportunities to stop your shenanigans. They can even allow you to do Palinchron's ability a set number of times before deciding to stop you. They simply respond to the Soulbond trigger before the creatures gain the abilities it grants but after both creatures are on the board.
August 10, 2017 12:33 a.m.
Nothing on Thespian's Stage gives an end to the copy effect, so that means it lasts until it leaves the battlefield or you make it a copy of something else.
August 7, 2017 9:13 a.m.
Annihilator and Sovereigns of Lost Alara's second ability both trigger on the creature attacking. By the time you have searched out an aura the creature has already attacked and it is too late for annihilator to trigger that combat.
August 5, 2017 5:50 p.m.
Correct, you can NOT tutor any enchantment creature using Tallowisp.
August 5, 2017 3:51 p.m.
You draw before you fetch.
When you activate the fetch land you announce the activation, pay the costs, put the ability on the stack, and then you would receive priority again and triggers that happened since the last time a player received priority (such as the trigger from Gitrog when you sacrificed Verdant Catacombs to pay the cost of its ability) will then go on the stack above the fetch.
August 5, 2017 3:45 p.m.
The current oracle text of Tallowisp reads: "Whenever you cast a Spirit or Arcane spell, you may search your library for an Aura card with enchant creature, reveal it, and put it into your hand. If you do, shuffle your library."
The new wording makes it a bit more clear that you are searching your library for an aura card. Cards only have the types printed on them unless something is modifying those types. As such, no Enchantment Creature has the type "Aura" when in the library.
August 5, 2017 3:35 p.m.
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