Can i kill ojutai before he deals combat damage?

Asked by mmmdonuts 6 years ago

Suppose a Dragonlord Ojutai has been declared an attacker targeting me, and I have a removal spell in hand. I do not block, and ojutai is then tapped. Can I kill him before he deals combat damage?

Denial048 says... #1

Ojutai taps as part of declaring attacks, so you can actually kill him before even entering the declare blockers phase.

April 25, 2015 12:20 a.m.

sonnet666 says... Accepted answer #2

Breakdown of combat:

  • Beginning of combat step:
    • "Beginning of combat" triggered abilities trigger.
    • Players can cast spells and activate abilities.
  • Declare attackers step
    • Active player declares what creatures are attacking and what they're attacking (player or planeswalker).
    • If no creatures are attacking skip to the end of combat step.
    • Creatures the are declared as attackers become tapped.
    • Players can cast spells and activate abilities.
  • Declare blockers step
    • Defending player declares what creatures are blocking and what they're blocking (if any).
    • Damage order is assigned.
    • Players can cast spells and activate abilities.
  • First strike combat damage step.
    • First-strike and Double-strike creatures assign and then deal their combat damage simultaneously.
    • If there are no First or Double-strike creatures skip this step
    • Players can cast spells and activate abilities.
  • Combat damage step
    • Doublestrike and regular creatures assign and then deal their combat damage simultaneously.
    • Players can cast spells and activate abilities.
  • End of combat step
    • "End of combat" triggered abilities trigger.
    • Players can cast spells and activate abilities.

State-based actions are checked and any relevant triggered abilities are put on the stack before each instance of "Players can cast spells and activate abilities."

Dragonlord Ojutai becomes tapped when he's declared as an attacked, and no longer has hexproof when you get priority during the declare attackers step.

April 25, 2015 1:40 a.m.

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