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'm a DCI-certified Rules Advisor and like to hang out in the Rules 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 that maybe I'll remember to go out and find it.

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It would die before it gets the counter.

Rite of Passage triggers when Servant of the Scale is dealt lethal damage, but then right before that trigger is put onto the stack the game checks to see if any state-based actions (SBAs) need to be handled. Destroying a creature that's been dealt lethal damage is one of the game's SBAs, so the Servant will die before the Rite can give it another counter.

December 6, 2019 2:40 p.m.

So you know, here's the specific rule handling this interaction:

118.7a Effects that reduce a cost by an amount of generic mana affect only the generic mana component of that cost. They can't affect the colored or colorless mana components of that cost.

December 6, 2019 1:34 p.m.

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jesuslovedhumor: Since it's clear you got a satisfactory answer to your question, I marked it as the "Accepted Answer" so that this thread can move out of the list of unanswered questions. Please remember to take care of this yourself in the future.

December 5, 2019 9:18 a.m.

Yes, that's right. Ensoul Artifact changes Ornithopter 's base P/T to 5/5 and then the +2/+2 bonus from Ghostfire Blade is applied on top of that.

December 4, 2019 10:12 a.m.

theindigoeffect: This thread was moved from the Rules Q&A forum to the Deck Help forum. The Rules Q&A forum is intended to be for questions about game rules, tournament rules, and the details of specific card interactions. Your question about deckbuilding advice is much better suited for the Deck Help forum instead.

December 2, 2019 9:08 p.m.

3n3rgy2: Since it's clear you received a satisfactory (and correct) answer to your question, I marked it as the "Accepted Answer" so that this topic can move out of the list of unanswered questions. Please remember to take care of this yourself in the future.

November 27, 2019 10:12 a.m.

9-lives: Since you acknowledged an answer for your other very similar question, I'm marking this one as being answered as well so it can move out of the list of unanswered questions. Please remember to take care of this yourself in the future.

November 26, 2019 3:15 p.m.

Narset's Reversal will go to the graveyard.

Narset's Reversal doesn't become a copy of the targeted spell, it just makes a copy of it.

Is that the question you were asking?

November 26, 2019 8:25 a.m.

That's right. If you sacrifice Voice of Resurgence to pay the additional cost to cast Neoform then the Voice's ability will trigger while you're casting the spell. When you're finished with the casting process the trigger will be put onto the stack on top of the spell and will resolve before the spell can start resolving.

November 26, 2019 8:21 a.m.

Yes, that's right. Arixmethes would just be a 2/2. Keep in mind that your opponent would have to activate Quirion Druid while Arixmethes still has slumber counters. If there aren't any counters left then Arixmethes isn't a land anymore and won't be a legal target for the Druid's ability.

November 21, 2019 10:35 a.m.

Suchy: A correct answer to your question has been up for a while. I marked it as the "Accepted Answer" so that this thread can move out of the list of unanswered questions. Please remember to take care of this yourself in the future.

November 21, 2019 10:33 a.m.

Not sure what you mean by "take away" Arixmethes, but if Arixmethes, Slumbering Isle is currently a land then your opponent can use Quirion Druid to turn it into a 2/2 creature.

Even if Arixmethes still has slumber counters on it, it will get turned into a creature in this example because the effect from the Druid that makes it a creature has a newer timestamp than Arixmethes' own ability making it a land. If all the slumber counters are removed then Arixmethes will stay a 2/2 because the Druid's effect changing the P/T has a newer timestamp than the printed P/T.

November 19, 2019 5:25 p.m.


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