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WillowtheCouncil on Underworld Breach

9 hours ago

QuirkyQU33FER, Rhadamanthus is correct. You will only have Underworld Breach until your next opponent's end step, you can't save it indefinitely. Please resolve the question so it can be closed.

Gidgetimer on Stacking additional combat steps?

13 hours ago

Additional combat phase triggers are weird. Since untapping is not implicit in the creation of the phase the ability also has to provide for untapping. I will go over how each mentioned creature operates separately.

Moraug, Fury of Akoum untaps the creatures at the beginning of his combat phase. The most recently created step is taken first, so if he triggers in your main phase he will untap creatures at the start of the first combat you have and your (non-vigilant) creatures will only get to attack on one of the combat phases. The optimal play is to trigger Moraug on your second main.

Aurelia, the Warleader untaps the creatures when she attacks for the first time each turn. This means that they will tap to attack and then be untapped after attacks are declared and they will be able to attack on the additional combat that she creates.

Port Razer untaps the creatures when he does combat damage.

This means that if you have all three cards out you could have as few as two useful combat phases (Moraug untaps at beginning of his combat, Aurelia untaps on attack, Razer untaps on damage, all in the same combat phase. All creatures are tapped for Aurelia's combat phase and the normal one from the turn).

To speak directly to the question, you do not get to chose the order. The most recently created phase is always taken first.

Nuubi on Stacking additional combat steps?

18 hours ago

So I’m testing playing a Boros deck I put together and this scenario came up. I wanted to know if the combat steps would stack if I have Moraug, Fury of Akoum and Aurelia, the Warleader on the board. The rulings on moraug are a little weird. Would I go to combat like normal, get Aurelia’s trigger, take that additional combat phase,then on my second main phase play a land to get the additional phase from moraug? Or could I play a land on my first main phase and just order the combat steps. I’m not sure how you would order it for this to work. And then to boot, what if I threw Port Razer into the mix and in this scenario he did combat damage to a player on the first combat step?

dragonstryke58 on Yorion and Soulherder EOT trigger …

1 day ago

Unfortunately, Felidar Guardian and Wall of Omens won't be legal targets for Soulherder.

At the beginning of your end step, the two cards in question will not have entered the battlefield yet. Delayed triggered abilities also use the stack, so they must resolve first. In this case, the delayed triggers for Felidar Guardian and Wall of Omens must resolve before they can enter the battlefield.

Since, targets are selected when putting an ability onto the stack, the two cards will not be on the battlefield and able to be selected as targets when Soulherder's ability is put to the stack.

Enral on Yorion and Soulherder EOT trigger …

1 day ago

The following are the context of the scenario:

  • Soulherder in play

  • I cast Yorion, Sky Nomad which blinks Felidar Guardian and Wall of Omens (that will come back at the beginning of my end step)

  • I declare that I'm going to my end step which will have both Soulherder and Yorion's EOT triggers on the stack

  • I put the order of the stack so that Yorion resolves first and Soulherder resolves last

Here is where the confusion lies. When Yorion's EOT trigger resolves, both Felidar and the Wall will return which will create additional ETB trigger. Can I stack it so that Soulherder will have a chance to flickering the wall (to get that draw) before Felidar flicker Yorion to blink the both felidar and the wall away?

dragonstryke58 on Aura Interaction

1 day ago

If you were to enchant Chromatic Lantern with Curator's Ward, only the lantern will have hexproof. Curator's Ward only provides hexproof to the permanent it is enchanted on. If the Curator's Ward is removed, your Chromatic Lantern will no longer have hexproof as the enchantment giving it hexproof is no longer enchanting it.

If Curator's Ward also had hexproof, it would say so on a separate line. To better illustrate, Darksteel Plate itself has indestructible and gives the equipped creature indestructible. Notice how the two effects are on separate lines. Since that is not the case, Curator's Ward only provides hexproof to whatever it is enchanting.

Hexproof only protects something from being targeted. An effect needs to explicitly have the word "target" in its rules text in order for hexproof to protect against it. Hexproof will protect against a Naturalize but not against a Shatterstorm.

702.11b “Hexproof” on a permanent means “This permanent can’t be the target of spells or abilities your opponents control.”

9-lives on Aura Interaction

1 day ago

Say I was running Chromatic Lantern and used Curator's Ward on it. Would that mean that the enchantment attaches to the Lantern then makes both of them hexproof? Or would there still be able to be enchantment removal, thus making either my lantern without hexproof again, or destroying both my aura and lantern by removing enchantment? Or would it simply be hexproof and thus protected from any removal spells?

Also, would hexproof protect from spells that say 'destroy this enchantment or artifact'? Or do I have to have indestructible for that?

TheRealSpecialK on Tormod, the desecrator triggering with …

1 day ago

It will trigger twice - once from casting the spell with escape, and a second time when you're exiling cards to cast it.

moo1234 on Tormod, the desecrator triggering with …

2 days ago

Tormod, the Desecrator's ability simply states "whenever one or more cards leave your graveyard create a 2/2 black zombie token. I've been trying to work out wether escape would trigger twice or once for Tormod's ability:

For example, if I wanted to cast Phoenix of Ash, I don't know wether the cards you must exile count as leaving the same time as the phoenix, or if it would trigger the ability seperately as it is a different action that happens the same time you cast it?

If that makes sense. Either way. What happens. I've checked the gatherer, it has no rules for tormod and I can't find anything about escape and triggers like this anywhere else.

9-lives on Do companions have summoning sickness?

2 days ago

Ahh okay. I didn't know that you still have to pay the mana cost on the card after putting it into your hand. They really nerfed companions with this paying 3 generic then mana cost.

Flooremoji on Ugin, the spirit dragon x …

2 days ago

Yes.

There are cards that say 'x can't be zero' and (outside of a very small group of cards that were errated after print) if the card dosen't have this text x can be zero. If you want to be sure you can always check the 'oracle text' which should reflect weather you can or can not pay x=0.

doodkyle on Ugin, the spirit dragon x …

2 days ago

Can you choose x to be 0 on Ugin, the Spirit Dragon's -x ability?

Gidgetimer on Do companions have summoning sickness?

2 days ago

702.138a Companion is a keyword ability that functions outside the game. It’s written as “Companion—[Condition].” Before the game begins, you may reveal one card you own from outside the game with a companion ability whose condition is fulfilled by your starting deck. (See rule 103.2b.) Once during the game, any time you have priority and the stack is empty, but only during a main phase of your turn, you may pay {3} and put that card into your hand.

Paying puts it in your hand, not into play. After it is in your hand you will still have to cast it as normal, and it will still have summoning sickness as normal.

9-lives on Do companions have summoning sickness?

2 days ago

Do companions have summoning sickness? When I pay 3 generic mana for a companion to be in play, do they have to wait a turn to be actually used?

dragonstryke58 on Gisela Blade of Goldnight and …

2 days ago

Thanks for the confirmation.

Gidgetimer on Gisela Blade of Goldnight and …

2 days ago

You will deal 10 to the attacked opponent and 20 to each other opponent. Gisela, Blade of Goldnight's ability is a replacement effect. Replacement effects can only apply to an event once. However the combat damage and the trigger from Kediss, Emberclaw Familiar are two different game events.

This interaction is one of the reasons that Repercussion is so good with damage doublers.

dragonstryke58 on Jodah, Archmage Eternal and Jegantha, …

2 days ago

Sorry, 9-lives

One part of the answer I gave that you selected was a bit wrong.

If you chose to use the to cast Chamber Sentry, you would get 5 +1/+1 counters. Though you did not pay , Chamber Sentry only cares about the number of colors spent to cast it.

Edit - Ninja'd

Neotrup on Jodah, Archmage Eternal and Jegantha, …

2 days ago

Small correction, if you cast Chamber Sentry with Jodah, Archmage Eternal's ability, X will be 0, as dragonstryke58 stated, but it will still enter with 5 counters on it. This is because Chamber Sentry doesn't actually care about the value chosen for X, just the colors of mana spent.

This actually ends up being an important distinction for Engineered Explosives that works the same way, as players will choose a smaller value for X than needed to get around the effect of Thalia, Guardian of Thraben or a larger value of X and spend mana of the same color to avoid triggering Eidolon of the Great Revel.

dragonstryke58 on Gisela Blade of Goldnight and …

2 days ago

Thanks for the comment.

I am just wondering since the above scenario is an alternate version of my original idea.

With Kediss, Emberclaw Familiar and Ardenn, Intrepid Archaeologist as my commanders, I want Ardenn to give Kediss a Colossus Hammer with a damage doubler like Dictate of the Twin Gods on the field.

Omniscience_is_life on Gisela Blade of Goldnight and …

2 days ago

“Gisela doubles damage dealt to opponents and permanents your opponents control from any source, including sources controlled by those opponents.”, says gatherer. That means every instance of damage dealt is doubled, including Kediss’ trigger’s damage, as a static replacement. Gidgetimer would know for sure, as would sergiodelrio

dragonstryke58 on Gisela Blade of Goldnight and …

2 days ago

Just wanted to double check this:

So if Gisela, Blade of Goldnight is my commander and I have Kediss, Emberclaw Familiar on the battlefield. When my commander Gisela, Blade of Goldnight deals combat damage to an opponent, that opponent will take 10 damage (due to Gisela, Blade of Goldnight's replacement effect) and my other opponents will take 20 damage (due to Kediss, Emberclaw Familiar's triggered ability and Gisela, Blade of Goldnight's replacement effect).

Since the damage from Kediss, Emberclaw Familiar's ability is a triggered ability, it is separate from the combat damage being dealt by my commander, thus being eligible to be doubled by Gisela, Blade of Goldnight, correct?

Friend is saying that because Gisela, Blade of Goldnight already doubled the damage from the commander's attack, it doesn't double the damage again when Kediss, Emberclaw Familiar's triggered ability deals damage to each other opponent.

dragonstryke58 on Jodah, Archmage Eternal and Jegantha, …

2 days ago

The key here is that Jodah, Archmage Eternal gives all your spells an alternate casting cost. He does not override anything. You can choose to pay the original casting cost or the alternate casting cost.

Some other examples of alternate casting costs are Overload, Evoke, Morph, etc.

In much the same way, you choose which cost you want to pay -- either the original casting cost or the alternate casting cost.

Comprehensive Rules:

  • 118.9. Some spells have alternative costs. An alternative cost is a cost listed in a spell’s text, or applied to it from another effect, that its controller may pay rather than paying the spell’s mana cost. Alternative costs are usually phrased, “You may [action] rather than pay [this object’s] mana cost,” or “You may cast [this object] without paying its mana cost.” Note that some alternative costs are listed in keywords; see rule 702.
  • 118.9a Only one alternative cost can be applied to any one spell as it’s being cast. The controller of the spell announces their intentions to pay that cost as described in rule 601.2b.
  • 118.9b Alternative costs are generally optional. An effect that allows you to cast a spell may require a certain alternative cost to be paid.
  • 118.9c An alternative cost doesn’t change a spell’s mana cost, only what its controller has to pay to cast it. Spells and abilities that ask for that spell’s mana cost still see the original value.
  • 118.9d If an alternative cost is being paid to cast a spell, any additional costs, cost increases, and cost reductions that affect that spell are applied to that alternative cost. (See rule 601.2f.)

dragonstryke58 on Jodah, Archmage Eternal and Jegantha, …

2 days ago

Jodah, Archmage Eternal does not generate mana. He only provides an alternate casting cost to cast spells.

If you choose to pay the alternate casting cost provided by Jodah, Archmage Eternal for Stonecoil Serpent or Chamber Sentry, X will not be paid. They will enter the battlefield with 0 +1/+1 counters.

9-lives on Jodah, Archmage Eternal and Jegantha, …

2 days ago

Alright. Thank y'all for answering my question and clearing things up for me. Now, I have another question. Would Stonecoil Serpent or especically Chamber Sentry benefit from the 5 mana that Jodah, Archmage Eternal gives?

Rhadamanthus on Jodah, Archmage Eternal and Jegantha, …

2 days ago

9-lives: That's right. Applying Jodah's effect means Ulamog doesn't have a generic cost anymore.

dragonstryke58 on Jodah, Archmage Eternal and Jegantha, …

2 days ago

The part you are confusing is that the restriction on Jegantha, the Wellspring only means that the mana created by its ability can only be used to satisfy the color requirement of a mana cost. It does not mean that a card with generic mana in its mana cost cannot be cast.

9-lives on Jodah, Archmage Eternal and Jegantha, …

2 days ago

So, just to be clear, basically while Jegantha, the Wellspring wouldn't normally pay for Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger on her own, with Jodah, Archmage Eternal he modifies the cost, thereby making a modification on the ability of the mana to pay for generic cost of Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger?

Rhadamanthus on Jodah, Archmage Eternal and Jegantha, …

2 days ago

Yes, this works. Applying Jodah, Archmage Eternal's ability while casting Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger changes Ulamog's mana cost to . There's no generic mana in that cost, so Jegantha, the Wellspring's mana ability can be used to pay it.

To be clear: a "generic mana cost" is a cost that includes a number (or X) in a gray circle: , , , etc. Mana from Jegantha's ability can't be used to pay these costs.

dragonstryke58 on Jodah, Archmage Eternal and Jegantha, …

2 days ago

As I mentioned, Jegantha, the Wellspring doesn't care about the printed mana cost of the card. It only cares about the mana cost you are actually trying to pay.

Since Jodah, Archmage Eternal gives spells you cast (including Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger) the alternate casting cost of , you can use the mana generated by Jegantha, the Wellspring to pay for that alternate casting cost as there is no generic mana cost in that alternate casting cost.

9-lives on Jodah, Archmage Eternal and Jegantha, …

2 days ago

But can I useJegantha, the Wellspring and Jodah, Archmage Eternal to cast something like Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger??? Isn't that a generic mana cost, which means that you can't?

dragonstryke58 on Jodah, Archmage Eternal and Jegantha, …

2 days ago

Yes, you can use Jegantha, the Wellspring to pay the costs for spells you cast with Jodah, Archmage Eternal on the battlefield.

Jodah, Archmage Eternal has a static ability that gives spells you cast the alternate casting cost of . The activated ability of Jegantha, the Wellspring gives you mana that can be used to pay that alternate casting cost as the alternate casting cost does not contain any generic mana costs.

Jegantha, the Wellspring's activated ability only cares what mana cost you are trying to pay and not the actual printed cost on the card. You can also use the mana generated by Jegantha, the Wellspring to pay for cards like Archelos, Lagoon Mystic, but you will have to pay the since that is a generic cost and will have left unused (that still can't be used to pay generic costs).

dragonstryke58 on Teferi's ageless insight and alhammarret's …

2 days ago

As you have surmised, they stack but don't go infinite since once a replacement effect has been applied that effect won't repeatedly affect the event/modified event.

Comprehensive Rules:

614.5. A replacement effect doesn’t invoke itself repeatedly; it gets only one opportunity to affect an event or any modified events that may replace that event.

Monomanamaniac on Teferi's ageless insight and alhammarret's …

2 days ago

So quick question, the interaction between Teferi's Ageless Insight and Alhammarret's Archive. So the way i've understood it is this: you play Brainstorm, insight sees the brainstorm and says "draw 6 instead" then the archive sees this and says "draw 12 instead" and that's that. Now I was told, I believe incorrectly, that these two cards would continue to see the new cards being drawn and would essentially draw to infinite. I've also been told that these effects don't stack, so I wanted to see if that was true. I do think they stack but I don't think they go infinite, I think at the point where the second effect replaces the draw they've both applied a replacement effect to the draw and thus won't apply further replacement effects.

9-lives on Jodah, Archmage Eternal and Jegantha, …

2 days ago

Can I use Jegantha, the Wellspring to give me rainbow mana, then use Jodah, Archmage Eternal to use on generic mana cost cards, like Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger?? Or does Jegantha, the Wellspring's statement that it can't be used on generic mana override Jodah, Archmage Eternal 's ability?

dragonstryke58 on Spy Kit and Thrumming Stone …

2 days ago

If you are wondering if you can get the benefit of Spy Kit making the equipped creature have every nonlegendary name for Thrumming Stone's effect that gives spells you control ripple, the answer is no. The answer is the same regardless if flash is involved.

In order for Spy Kit to be equipped to a creature, the creature must be on the battlefield and no longer on the stack. Ripple triggers when a spell is cast and put to the stack. At the point you could equip Spy Kit, the creature spell would have already resolved and any ripple triggers already triggered.

TheRealSpecialK on Spy Kit and Thrumming Stone …

2 days ago

Unfortunately it does not. Thrumming Stone looks at the creature as it is cast - before the creature ever had a chance to enter the battlefield.

1empyrean on Jodah, Archmage Eternal mana usage

3 days ago

Jodah, Archmage Eternal gives you an optional alternate cost to cast your spells. Jegantha, the Wellspring is a good way to get the mana to pay this alternate cost, but definitely not the only way. Keep in mind that this alternate cost can't be used if you are trying to pay another alternate cost, such as flashback, madness, prowl, or mutate. The alternate cost can be reduced by cards like Morophon, the Boundless, but cards that reduce colored mana costs aren't common.

Bringer of the Black Dawn has the same alternate casting cost that Jodah gives all your spells, in case seeing it printed on another card helps you understand it better.

Rhadamanthus on Jodah, Archmage Eternal mana usage

3 days ago

It means that when you're casting a spell (not just limited to instants and sorceries, also including creatures, planeswalkers, enchantments, etc.), you can replace the mana cost printed in the corner with and pay that instead. For example, you could cast Darksteel Colossus for only instead of , or cast Volley of Boulders for instead of .

9-lives on Jodah, Archmage Eternal mana usage

3 days ago

What does the card Jodah, Archmage Eternal actually mean? Does it mean that I have to use all of those colors and mana cost for casting instants or sorceries, or does it mean that I can choose one color one mana cost from them and make the sorcery or instant cost that one color? For instance, would I have to use something like Jegantha, the Wellspring for casting with Jodah, Archmage Eternal??

BlackSharinganX on What happens to the mutated …

3 days ago

Thank you all for answering my doubts! Would of marked it sooner just got on today! :)

sergiodelrio on Does protection from [color] remove …

3 days ago

The equipment will fall off as a state-based action:

  • 702.16d A permanent with protection can’t be equipped by Equipment that have the stated quality or fortified by Fortifications that have the stated quality. Such Equipment or Fortifications become unattached from that permanent as a state-based action, but remain on the battlefield.

BladeSwinga on Does protection from [color] remove …

3 days ago

I recently came up with the problem; Rograkh, Son of Rohgahh has Maul of the Skyclaves equipped, and then has Sword of War and Peace attached. Since the sword gives protection from white, does that make the maul fall off in the same way an enchantment would? If so I may need to make some changes to my deck.

Neotrup on How does Scion of the …

3 days ago

Resolving Scion of the Ur-Dragon's ability will let you search your library for a Dragon permanent card, reveal it, put it on the bottom of your library, turn Scion into a copy of that card, then shuffle your library. In practice, you should be able to shortcut to revealing and shuffling, as putting it on the bottom shouldn't make a difference.

UpperDeckerTaco on How does Scion of the …

3 days ago

If I were to activate Scion to search for a dragon, to put into my graveyard, while I have Wheel of Sun and Moon out on myself, how does that interaction work? Is it a "non-bo" or a combo?

Does Scion become a copy of that creature still?

Neotrup on Is there an infinite combo …

3 days ago

This works. From the gatherer rulings for Primordial Mist:

7/13/2018 You'll still pay all costs for a spell cast this way, including additional costs. You may also pay alternative costs such as evoke costs.

Since Morph is an alternate cost, it would apply here, and still be discounted by Animar, Soul of Elements. As a note, it will be exiled face up, so your opponents will know that it's an Echo Tracer.

evilclown5609 on Decimator beetle and opponent creatures …

3 days ago

Because of the words "up to one" when it triggers on attacks you can remove the counter from your creature and choose to put a -1/-1 counter on nothing because "up to one" includes 0.

doodkyle on Is there an infinite combo …

3 days ago

If I have Animar, Soul of Elements with 3 +1/+1 counters, Primordial Mist, and a face down Echo Tracer all in play, can I use primordial mist's activated ability to exile echo tracer, play echo tracer face down, rinse and repeat 100 times to give animar +100/+100?

Neotrup on Court of X - Upkeep …

3 days ago

The courts don't use an intervening if clause, as those appear between the trigger condition and the effect. The 'if' portion of the statement is instead a self replacement effect, that is, a part of the ability that modifies it as it resolves under certain conditions. These self replacement effects check whether the condition is met on resolution, not on triggering. That is, if you're the monarch when the ability resolves, you'll get the improved effect. Note that you'll rarely gain or lose monarch between the triggering and resolution as most effects that change the monarch are ETBs of permanents without flash and the combat trigger of the Monarch itself.

venjamin on Court of X - Upkeep …

3 days ago

Oops. Forgot to do the card thing. Court of Bounty