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Spawnsire of Ulamog , Brisela, Voice of Nightmares

No, Spawnsire of Ulamog can't cast Brisela, Voice of Nightmares . While Meld cards aren't DFCs, they're still treated as such and thus are only their front face when not on the battlefield melded. Brisela can't be cast by the Spawnsire's second ability because it doesn't exist outside of the battlefield.

January 17, 2019 11:05 a.m.

Said on Expertise + suspend...

#2

Ancestral Vision and other cards like it that have no casting cost in the upper corner have a CMC of 0, regardless of other ways to cast them like Suspend. Kari Zev's Expertise can be used to cast Ancestral Vision from your hand without paying for it.

January 16, 2019 8:28 p.m.

When a card refers to "you," it's the controller of the spell or ability in question. In the specific case of Xantcha, Sleeper Agent , the controller of the third ability is whoever activates it, given that any player may activate it.

For an example, say Alice cast Xantcha, Sleeper Agent , and chooses Bob to gain control of it. Alice is the permanent's owner, but Bob is its controller. Xantcha can't attack Alice or her planeswalkers.

Cam then activates the third ability by paying . While Alice is Xantcha's owner and Bob is its controller, Cam is the controller of the ability. So "You draw a card" in the ability is specifically referring to Cam. Cam draws a card, and Bob loses 2 life. If Bob activates the ability, he's going to both draw a card and lose 2 life.

January 16, 2019 5:10 p.m.

Yes, the copy from Isochron Scepter is actually cast (given the words "you may cast" in the ability), so it would count for both triggering Thousand-Year Storm and counting as an instant cast previously that turn.

It's important to note that the copies from Thousand-Year Storm are not cast, so they won't count.

January 16, 2019 5:06 p.m.

Incorrect, Sousaphonist.

Summoning sickness refers to the rule that a creature cannot attack or use activated abilities with the or symbol in their cost if it hasn't been continuously controlled by a player since the beginning of that player's most recent turn. (See rule 302.6)

So say you cast Llanowar Elves on turn one. It has summoning sickness because you haven't controlled it since the start of your turn (beginning of the untap step). Three turns later, I use Act of Treason to take control of it during my first main phase. Now I control it. I haven't controlled it since the start of my untap step, so normally it would have summoning sickness, but Act of Treason gives it haste. I can use Elves' mana ability or attack with it this turn.

Now let's say that on the next turn, I steal it again, but this time with Skyfire Kirin 's ability. Again, I haven't controlled the creature since the start of my untap step, but unfortunately in this case, Kirin doesn't give the Elves haste. I can't actually use its mana ability or attack with it this turn unless I've got something else to give it haste.

A creature will keep regaining summoning sickness if control of it keeps getting interrupted. This could be control-changing effects like the above, but it also includes zone-changing effects (such as flickering with Ghostly Flicker ). This is why so many short-term control-changing effects (usually in red) add haste, so you can use it before you hand it back to its previous controller. Skyfire Kirin is an odd one out.

January 16, 2019 12:01 p.m.

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Evolving Wilds , Golgari Rot Farm (as a sample bounce land)

The Golgari Rot Farm 's ETB trigger goes on the stack, but it doesn't target, so you don't choose which land is bouncing until it resolves. While you can activate Evolving Wilds in response and put down a tapped basic, the Rot Farm's trigger will still resolve, at which point you will have to choose one of your lands to bounce (the Rot Farm, the basic, or another land if you have one).

This is not a valid way to get around the bounce, so the Wilds player would still have had to return a land to their hand.

January 14, 2019 11:23 p.m.

Ah, yes, that does affect options. I didn't even think about flicker effects where the return trigger is end of turn.

So you'll have to choose with the flicker effect: do you want to save Psychosis Crawler , or do you want to get the card draw triggers from its second ability.

Pre-emptively increasing toughness is how you're going to get both.

January 14, 2019 4:47 p.m.

The short answer is that you will lose Psychosis Crawler , and there's no way to save it without preemptive action.

The long answer:

When your discard phase comes up, you choose to use Manabond 's effect. You place all 18 lands on the table, triggering Tatyova, Benthic Druid 18 times, and discard the rest of your hand. However, before those triggers are even placed on the stack, state-based actions are checked. So state-based actions find that Psychosis Crawler is 0/0 due to your hand being empty, and it's put into your graveyard. Then the triggers go on the stack and can start resolving.

The only way to save Psychosis Crawler is to find a way to move it somewhere "safe" before you use Manabond 's effect. Bouncing it to your hand won't work, because you'll have to do it before the Manabond discard, and Psychosis Crawler will be discarded with the rest. You can't save it in the moment because you can't respond to state-based actions with spells or abilities, so you can't empty your hand with Manabond and then immediately use some kind of bounce ability to return Psychosis Crawler to your hand because state-based actions will be checked before you could do that.

January 14, 2019 12:35 p.m.

Teysa Karlov is meant to work with the Afterlife mechanic.

Afterlife and similar abilities are "triggered abilities of permanents you control" (which is what Teysa is looking for), and they are triggered by creatures dying (also what Teysa is looking for). This means they qualify for her first ability, and are triggered an additional time. Because the creature with Afterlife is no longer on the board, Last Known Information comes into play (referring back to when it was a permanent on the board).

Rekindling Phoenix would get you two tokens with Teysa in play because its ability is on a permanent you control and triggers when a creature dies. The tokens say "target card named Rekindling Phoenix ," so you could use one of the tokens to return your other Rekindling Phoenix to the battlefield when it dies. The tokens aren't tied to specific instances of the card.

January 13, 2019 1:59 p.m.

Said on Aluren with an ......

#10

In short: Emerald Medallion represents a discount on the CMC, but the CMC hasn't changed.

Goreclaw, Terror of Qal Sisma has a CMC of 4 even if you have three Medallions on the battlefield, just as it's CMC is still 4 even if it's your commander and you've cast it for the fourth time in a game (meaning you've spent 10 total mana casting it this time).

January 12, 2019 1:37 p.m.

Correct, the stolen creatures would have summoning sickness unless they have haste or you have another effect on the battlefield giving them haste (such as Temur Ascendancy or Torch Courier ).

January 11, 2019 7:06 p.m.

It's also important to note that Goreclaw, Terror of Qal Sisma's ability only triggers when Goreclaw attacks, not when a creature with power greater than 4 attacks, and that the ability gives +1/+1 and trample to all your powerful creatures, not just the attacking one(s).

January 10, 2019 10:27 a.m.

And with Find / Finality, it's a sorcery, so they couldn't cast a second one in response to your Sentinel Totem without a different effect that gives their sorceries flash (Hypersonic Dragon, for instance).

January 8, 2019 7:06 p.m.

If a creature is dealt damage by a source with deathtouch, it'll be destroyed as a state-based action. It doesn't matter if the damage comes from combat, a direct damage-dealing ability (such as from Hermetic Study), or due to effects like Mutiny, Rabid Bite, or Epic Confrontation.

Mutiny doesn't need to specify that deathtouch and similar abilities still apply. That's a function of deathtouch itself (that any damage dealt by that creature qualifies).

January 7, 2019 1:25 a.m.

Said on Rhino Soon and ......

#15

Ideally, you would use Roon just before the end of an opponent's turn so that you're the monarch for your entire turn, not just the remainder of your end step (plus however long it takes for someone to attack you again for the monarchy). This would also allow you to get the "at the beginning of your end step" card draw for being the monarch.

The reason you wouldn't get the card draw if you use Roon on your own turn to get Regal Behemoth back is because all "at the beginning of end step" abilities trigger at the same time, at which point you aren't the monarch yet (because the trigger to put Behemoth back on the battlefield under your control hasn't resolved yet). Once the Behemoth is back and you're the monarch, it's too late to trigger your card draw because the beginning of your end step has already passed. You'd have to wait until your next turn, at which point someone else might have already taken the monarchy away from you.

January 6, 2019 8:48 p.m.

Said on Phthisis...

#16

You must choose a target for Phthisis when you put it on the stack, and can't change that target later without some outside effect telling you to (such as Redirect). Additionally, if all of a spell's targets become invalid, then the spell "fizzles" or is removed from the stack with no effect.

So you can't change the target to the 7/7 after you've already targeted the 10/10, and your opponent won't lose any life if he Putrefys his own creature.

January 5, 2019 9:54 p.m.

Said on If I have ......

#17

It's not even if you're putting it into the battlefield from your hand. Elvish Piper puts a creature card from your hand onto the battlefield, but it doesen't trigger Wild Pair.

The key point is that Wild Pair says "If you cast it from your hand." Placing it onto the battlefield, even from your hand, isn't necessarily casting it. In order to cast it from your hand, you have to pay its mana cost (or another effect tells you to cast it without paying its mana cost), and it goes onto the stack before entering the battlefield. "From your hand" is important because in EDH/Commander, casting your commander from the command zone won't trigger Wild Pair either, because you're not casting it from your hand (and other things might allow for casting from the graveyard or from exile, which again, are not casting from your hand).

So Wild Pair doesn't trigger itself because you're not casting the creature at all, and it's certainly not casting it from your hand.

January 2, 2019 2:06 p.m.

Chapter abilities on sagas are triggered abilities, so yes, Strionic Resonator can copy them.

January 2, 2019 1:32 a.m.

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