For my Darien King of Kjeldor deck

Asked by Zumwaltion 1 year ago

So the interaction is between Darien king of kjeldor + Aetherflux reservoir + worship (or Serra the benevolent's emblem) + an Anointer priest (or some other life gain when creature enter the battlefield) My question is if I have Darien on the board with Aetherflux reservoir, worship, and anointer priest let also say my life total is around 36. Could a zap myself with Aetherflux reservoir for 50 but only go too 1 because I have worship and Darien on the field. Then the damage would trigger Darien's ability generating 50 1/1 soldier tokens which in turn triggers the life gain from anointer priest and I gain 50 life IS THIS A POSSIBLE CARD INTERACTION?

Rhadamanthus says... #1

Use double square brackets around a card's name to create a reference link: Darien, King of Kjeldor, Aetherflux Reservoir, Worship, Anointer Priest. It's the easiest way to make sure everyone understands what's going on with your question.

There's a problem with your example: If you have less than 50 life then you won't be able to pay the cost to activate Aetherflux Reservoir's ability. You have to start from at least 51 life to do this (if you're at 50 and activate the Reservoir, you go to 0 and lose; Worship won't save you because this isn't damage).

If you do have enough life to activate the Reservoir, then yes this works. Darien's ability is based on the damage you take, even if your life total doesn't actually change by that much. Because Worship doesn't prevent any of the damage (rather it just changes the result of being dealt damage), in your example that means you take 50, go to 1 if the damage would have dropped you below 1, Darien creates 50 tokens, and Anointer Priest gives you 50 life.

March 22, 2020 12:09 p.m.

Kogarashi says... Accepted answer #2

Please use double square brackets to link cards in your question. It makes it easier for everyone to understand the question, especially with so many cards referenced. Like so:

[[Darien, King of Kjeldor]], [[Aetherflux Reservoir]], [[Worship]], [[Serra the Benevolent]], [[Anointer Priest]]
Darien, King of Kjeldor, Aetherflux Reservoir, Worship, Serra the Benevolent, Anointer Priest

You can't get the combo to start the way you want. Per the rules, you can't pay more life than you have. Since you have 36 life, you can't activate Aetherflux Reservoir's ability to damage yourself.

  • 119.4. If a cost or effect allows a player to pay an amount of life greater than 0, the player may do so only if their life total is greater than or equal to the amount of the payment. If a player pays life, the payment is subtracted from their life total; in other words, the player loses that much life. (Players can always pay 0 life.)

If you have 50 life, you could activate the ability, but state-based actions would remove you from the game for having 0 life before any of your effects could resolve.

However, if we assume you have 51 life, then the combo should work as you want it to. Aetherflux Reservoir deals damage, which implicates Worship as long as you have a creature (Darien). You would pay 50 life to activate the Reservoir's ability, leaving you at 1 life.

When the Reservoir's ability resolves, it deals damage to you that would reduce your life total to less than 1, so Worship replaces that with your life total going to 1 instead. It doesn't prevent the damage, so Darien's ability triggers.

When Darien's ability resolves, you create 50 tokens. Since they enter the battlefield, Anointer Priest triggers 50 times, and when each resolves, you gain life, bringing you back up to 51.

All this relies on your opponents not interfering. While they can't damage you to make you lose due to Worship, 1 life is still a precarious position with all those triggers that need to resolve before you're in a safe position again, and all it takes is an instant-speed spell that causes you to lose life, rather than take damage (like Geth's Verdict or Misery Charm).

March 22, 2020 12:16 p.m.

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