Rhadamanthus Q&A Decklord

I'm Mike, from The Mana Pool.

I first learned to play around the release of Ice Age (1995-ish), and I've been going strong ever since. I was formerly a DCI-certified Rules Advisor (that certification has since been removed from the Judge Program structure), and like to hang out in the Q&A; area here on Tapped Out. If you notice a mistake in one of my responses, don't be shy about pointing it out. Above all else, I want the person's question to be answered correctly!

As a general rule, my deckbuilding is influenced far more than it should be by what I think would be "interesting/funny" instead of what's probably the better choice of cards. The friend who first taught me how to play has a very strong philosophy of "Not every card is good, but pretty much any card can be made good", and it's been a big influence on me ever since.

I also tend to design and build strictly from my existing collection. If there's a good card for a deck that I don't have in a list, there's a good chance I don't own any, but please suggest it anyway, so then maybe I'll remember to go out and get some!

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October 31, 2017 5:30 p.m.

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The creatures don't enter as copies of Essence of the Wild. Since they're all entering the battlefield at the same time as Essence of the Wild, that means Essence's ability doesn't yet exist on the battlefield at the time you figure out if there are any special effects you need to apply as the creatures enter.

November 21, 2017 10:41 p.m.

The key thing to note is that Edgar Markov's ability triggers when you first cast the spell and Cathars' Crusade triggers when a creature actually enters the battlefield. In your example:

  • You cast Vampire Hexmage and Edgar triggers
  • Edgar's ability creates a token and Cathar's Crusade triggers
  • The Crusade hands out counters
  • Vampire Hexmage finally resolves and enters the battlefield, triggering Crusade again
  • Crusade hands out counters
November 21, 2017 10:36 p.m.

Note that this is a change from earlier versions of the Commander rules. It often seems like it takes a while for knowledge of Commander rules updates to finish spreading around the community.

November 17, 2017 11:05 a.m.

Said on Can I counter ......


No, unfortunately this won't work. When an effect uses the name of a permanent type without also saying something like "spell" or "card in (a zone)", then it just means a permanent of that type on the battlefield. Siren Stormtamer can only protect your creatures on the battlefield, not creature spells on the stack.

November 16, 2017 3:50 p.m.

No, it won't trigger. Like any other triggered ability, Teferi's Puzzle Box will only trigger when the given event happens. If your draw step never begins then there's nothing to trigger the ability.

November 15, 2017 11:46 a.m.

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You have to stick with the original choice. The only way to change a target is to use some other card's effect that specifically tells you to change a target.

November 15, 2017 11:27 a.m.

Remember to link all the cards in your question to make sure everyone understands what's going on: Mizzix of the Izmagnus

You can get 3, but only by casting Ponder first. Mizzix triggers when you cast the spell, which means the trigger will be put onto the stack on top of that spell and will resolve before the spell can start resolving. In your original suggested sequence:

  • You cast High Tide and Mizzix triggers because you have 0 XP
  • You respond to the trigger with Quicken and Mizzix triggers again because you still have 0 XP. Note that you can't respond with Ponder at this point because Quicken hasn't resolved yet
  • If no one has any more responses, the most recent Mizzix trigger resolves and gives you 1 XP
  • If no one has any more responses, Quicken resolves. Playing Ponder after this point won't trigger Mizzix because you have 1 XP
  • If no one has any more responses, the first Mizzix trigger finally resolves and gives you another 1 XP (total 2)
  • If no one has any more responses, High Tide resolves

If instead you cast Ponder first, you can respond to the resulting Mizzix trigger by casting either of High Tide or Quicken, and then cast the other in response to the second Mizzix trigger, which will trigger Mizzix a third time.

November 14, 2017 12:39 p.m.

Solitary Confinement only prevents damage, and doesn't stop the life loss from either Necropotence or Phyrexian Arena.

The key thing to know is that damage and life loss are two different things. Losing life is the most common result of taking damage, but it's also possible to lose life without taking any damage (Phyrexian Arena, Bump in the Night, etc.) and there are even some situations where damage doesn't actually cause life loss (the Infect ability on Glistener Elf and friends is the best example).

November 14, 2017 11:23 a.m.

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You get 4 zombies. The way it's written, Mesmeric Orb triggers separately for each permanent that untaps. That means in your example you have 8 distinct triggers to process. Sidisi, Brood Tyrant will trigger for each one of them that ends up putting a creature card into your graveyard.

November 13, 2017 1:18 p.m.

Oops, not a Construct. A Shapeshifter. Sorry, I forgot to re-read the card carefully before I started answering.

November 12, 2017 9:10 p.m.

It won't trigger Edgar Markov. When you first cast Metallic Mimic as a spell it's just a Construct. You don't choose the creature type for its first ability until the spell resolves and the Mimic is about to enter the battlefield. This means it isn't yet a Vampire at the time Edgar's ability checks to see if it should trigger.

November 12, 2017 7:54 p.m.

The Heroic ability on Favored Hoplite triggers when you first cast the Defiant Strike targeting it. Changing the target of the spell won't do anything to "un-trigger" the ability or otherwise interfere with it. Favored Hoplite will get a +1/+1 counter (and you'll prevent all damage that would be dealt to it this turn).

November 12, 2017 5:48 p.m.

Color identity only considers mana symbols, color indicator symbols, and characteristic-defining abilities that define the object's color. It doesn't count color words in other rules text. Dowsing Dagger has a colorless identity.

November 11, 2017 11:48 p.m.

If there are multiple requirements and restrictions to take into account when declaring attackers/blockers, you have to make a declaration that maximizes the number of requirements being fulfilled without violating any restrictions. The first ability on Nacatl War-Pride and the token copies it creates is a requirement and the first ability on Mirri, Weatherlight Duelist is a restriction. In your example the only legal declaration of blockers your opponent can make is to block the War Pride (or one of the token copies) with one creature.

November 11, 2017 11:44 p.m.

Said on Dryad Arbor & ......


Yes, it will. If a card has multiple types, then it follows all the rules for each of those types and any effects that care about any of those types will care about that card. Dryad Arbor is a creature and will trigger Soul of the Harvest's ability.

November 11, 2017 1:45 a.m.

The shapeshifter creature type doesn't have any special rules meaning on its own. Only the actual Changeling ability grants all creature types. A Clone card in a graveyard is just a shapeshifter.

November 9, 2017 11:09 p.m.

Unfortunately this doesn't work. If a triggered ability has targets then you need to choose them at the time it's first put onto the stack. In your example the Bloodline Necromancer isn't in the graveyard at the time you have to choose a target for its ability (and you don't have an opportunity to make a response in-between the Necromancer entering the battlefield and the ability triggering).

If you can find something else for the Necromancer to target that can keep the loop rolling then you can make this work, but the Necromancer can't do it by itself.

Just in case it's relevant: if you're wondering why this doesn't work the same way as some Sharuum the Hegemon combos you may have heard of, it's because many of those loops rely on the specific ways state-based actions (SBAs) and triggered abilities work differently from one another. SBAs like the Legend Rule are processed right before each time a player would get priority, and a triggered ability that triggers is put onto the stack right at the next time a player would get priority. This is why a Sharuum killed by the Legend Rule can target herself with her own triggered ability.

November 9, 2017 4:48 p.m.

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Whoever casts their Lightning Bolt 2nd ends up winning in your example. Whenever a player makes a response to something, that response is put onto the stack on top of whatever they were responding to. That means the response will resolve first.

Priority really just determines who currently has the opportunity to either take an action or pass priority to the next player. It doesn't affect what order objects resolve after they're added to the stack.

November 8, 2017 11:59 a.m.

In case it matters: it's possible your opponent is playing with an outdated understanding of the rules of the game. In older versions of the rules (roughly 1993-1999), the state-based action that makes a player lose for having 0 or less life wasn't checked until the end of each phase. Under the current rules it's basically checked immediately after every event, like any other SBA.

November 8, 2017 11:49 a.m.

This doesn't work, for multiple reasons:

  1. If a spell (or ability) has targets, you have to choose a full set of legal targets in order to play it at all. Your opponent isn't allowed to cast Cancel without a target.
  2. Overload is an alternative cost, as is "without paying its mana cost". Only one alternative cost can be applied to a spell, meaning Overload can't be applied to a spell being cast by Possibility Storm's ability
November 8, 2017 11:43 a.m.


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