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You could have the copy of Reiterate repeatedly copy the original Reiterate, but you don't net anything each iteration, so it can be shortcutted to just copying the Lightning Bolt with the end result being bolting 4 things.

August 18, 2017 11:11 a.m.

Yes, and it will get exiled as it resolves unless another effect would put it in a zone other than your graveyard. Note that you can only cast Reduce during your own turn using Kess, Dissident Mage, so it's not exceptionally helpful unless your opponents are casting spells during your turn or you need to counter one of your own spells.

August 17, 2017 6:13 p.m.

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It is important to note that the ability will be slightly weaker when it resolves though, as you will control one fewer creatures.

August 17, 2017 4:44 p.m.

You will get two additional combat phases, however keep in mind most of your attacking creatures will be tapped down from the second attack. Alternatively, if two opponents have more life than you, you could send your attack, except for one for one of the dragons at the player with the most life, then on the second combat send in with the second dragon (who didn't attack at all on the first combat) at the player who now has the highest life total, sending the rest of your forces wherever you like. This will cause the untap triggers to be sequenced right so your creatures will actually be able to attack during your extra combats.

August 17, 2017 4:42 p.m.

If Asceticism did not use the term hexproof, Arcane Lighthouse would not remove it, but Asceticism does say hexproof. I'm not sure why you said it does not have an oracle text update using the term hexproof though, as that's exactly what the oracle text says.

August 17, 2017 11:55 a.m.

I'm confused, why did you put counters on for Master Biomancer? It wasn't on the battlefield yet to effect any of the creatures. Also, for handling evolve triggers, you have to apply Corpsejack Menace, Doubling Season, and Hardened Scales. You also are not applying Hardened Scales correctly, but are arriving at an acceptable result. You have to apply Hardened Scales before applying the doublers, otherwise you just add one to your doubled results.

August 17, 2017 2:23 a.m.

Keep in mind at this point Cryptoplasm won't be a Cryptoplasm either, it will be a Halimar Excavator with the Cryptoplasm ability, just like Jwari Shapeshifter.

August 17, 2017 2:12 a.m.

Some static abilities do work from the grave, such as Wonder's ability, but they only do so because they explicitly state that they do so.

August 15, 2017 11:38 p.m.

Another special case is Charmed Pendant, which can be played in decks that have neither blue nor black in their color identity. Again, because the colored mana symbols appear only in reminder text, and this card is likely why Extort cards are allowed in decks that only use white, as the rule regarding reminder text actually predates extort. As for hybrid mana in general, it does count as both colors and thus requires you to be playing both colors, for instance you cannot run Shu Yun, the Silent Tempest in your deck, despite it being a blue card with a triggered ability you could pay for with white, because having the option to pay with red does exclude it from Grand Arbiter Augustin IV color identity.

August 15, 2017 11:36 p.m.

Small correction: The original is neither sacrificed nor destroyed, it's simply put into the graveyard as a state based action, only the copy is sacrificed. The end result is still losing both lands and getting a 20/20.

August 14, 2017 9:18 p.m.

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The spell actually goes on the stack as Horde of Notions' ability is resolving, so it already violates sorcery speed restrictions even if you activate the ability only any time you could cast a sorcery. If an effect is restricting you to cast spells only any time you could cast a sorcery, you will not be able to cast any spells using Horde of Notions. If no such restriction is being placed on you, the ability will let you cast any Elemental spell at instant speed. The balance to this is that flashing in a Maelstrom Wanderer is a lot less of a surprise when it's in your graveyard and you control Horde of Notions, because all the cards are completely revealed to all players, except the ones you cascade into, which are hidden even from you.

August 14, 2017 2:17 p.m.

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To play a card means to put a land onto the battlefield as a land drop for the turn or to cast it as a spell. As no elemental lands currently exist (though you could finagle the situation if you really wanted), you'll probably be casting the card as a spell, which will trigger Door of Destinies, cascade and Rhystic Study.

August 14, 2017 12:21 p.m.

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Your opponent ill have to put both triggers on the stack, and will likely put Craterhoof Behemoth's trigger on the bottom and Avenger of Zendikar's on top. You won't respond, allowing the top ability to resolve and make a bunch of tokens. Then your opponent will get priority again and assume the bottom ability is going to resolve because people don't normally respond in the middle of a stack resolution, so they'll pass priority. At this point you'll have priority and be able to respond, casting Echoing Decay or Bile Blight or Echoing Truth on one of the tokens. Now you'll pass priority and give your opponent a chance to respond. If they don't, the spell will resolve killing all the tokens and leaving the stack with Craterhoof Behemoth's ability on it and your opponent having [priority. They pass to you, you pass back, and the ability resolves with a smaller boost to the team than they wanted.

August 14, 2017 12:18 p.m.

The blocker will always be able to survive combat as long as the attacker doesn't have some form of evasion. For instance, if one player is using Deceiver Exarch and the other player is using Pestermite, the Pestermite player will be able to win when they attack.

August 14, 2017 12:13 p.m.

Your opponent controlling Kess, Dissident Mage has no bearing on what spells you're allowed to cast from their graveyard. It does not allow you to cast one, and Shaman's Trance makes it so it doesn't allow them to cast one either. You can still cast spells with flashback from their graveyard, or play any number of cards from their graveyard if you also activate a Magus of the Will. You could even play a land from their graveyard if you control a Ramunap Excavator. As for if you control Kess, that would allow you to cast one instant or sorcery from their graveyard, assuming you've not cast one from your own graveyard and it's your turn. An interesting interaction is that doing so won't exile the spell as it finishes resolving, because Kess only exiles the spell if it would be put into your graveyard.

August 14, 2017 2:27 a.m.

When you cast Blaze with 4 experience counters on Mizzix of the Izmagnus you can choose X=0 and pay for it. the result will be no experience counters being gained as the CMC will be 1, and 0 damage being dealt to the targeted creature or player. The next interesting option is choosing X=4 and paying for it. The result for that will be gaining 1 experience counter as the CMC will be 5, and 4 damage being dealt to the targeted creature or player. The mana cost of the spell is different, and so the converted mana cost is also different, but the total cost is the same because the cost reduction brings the second scenario down to the same total cost as the first scenario.

August 14, 2017 12:15 a.m.

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Throw Planeswalkers into category 1, and some permanents have flash which moves them into category 3. Some abilities say "activate this ability only any time you could cast a sorcery," which moves them into category 1, regardless of whether you have an ability that moves sorceries out of that category.

August 12, 2017 3:45 a.m.

Note that the Conspiracy sets, while printed as boosters after 8th edition, are not considered for modern because they were in a supplemental product. Planeswalker deck cards like Ajani, Valiant Protector are legal in modern (though not very good). The test is was this (a) printed after 8th edition (b) into the standard format.

August 12, 2017 3:41 a.m.

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Once Yeva, Nature's Herald resolves you will receive priority again and be able to cast a creature spell. Because you are the first player to receive priority your opponent's can't even prevent you from casting at least one spell, say by casting Sudden Spoiling so Yeva would no longer be letting you cast creature spells at instant speed.

August 10, 2017 2:50 a.m.

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If you cast any instant or sorcery with cycling, whether from hand, graveyard, or exile, it will be exiled on resolution due to the effect of Abandoned Sarcophagus. The same is true for a permanent with cycling being destroyed or a spell with cycling being countered.

August 9, 2017 12:05 p.m.

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