This might be close to the U/B pickles deck you were thinking of?
September 12, 2020 1:52 p.m.
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Yes. Sacrificing due to evoking is a triggered ability on goes on the stack and can be responded to.
September 24, 2020 11:10 p.m.
The status of a permanent that has mutated is "merged". The permanent is only a token if the topmost object is a token.
721.1. One keyword causes an object to merge with a permanent. See rule 702.139, “Mutate.”
721.2d If a merged permanent contains a token, the resulting permanent is a token only if the topmost component is a token.
September 24, 2020 8:36 p.m.
Side note: This is the first time I have seen the "white doesn't need fixed" argument be the majority of the responses. Maybe we have convinced people, or maybe we few are just being more vocal this evening.
September 22, 2020 11:28 p.m.
Homogenizing the colors can only be bad in my opinion. Card advantage isn't just about drawing and card advantage is not the only form of incremental advantage there is. If drawing is an integral part of your MTG experience, play a color that draws.
One land and one draw a turn is the basic design of the game. Breaking this should not be something that is expected. It is a powerful effect for sure, but this can be balanced with other powerful effects. You don't have to make every color play the same.
September 22, 2020 11:26 p.m.
September 22, 2020 5:56 a.m.
I know that "because the rules say so" isn't really a satisfactory answer but...
603.10. Normally, objects that exist immediately after an event are checked to see if the event matched any trigger conditions, and continuous effects that exist at that time are used to determine what the trigger conditions are and what the objects involved in the event look like. However, some triggered abilities are exceptions to this rule; the game “looks back in time” to determine if those abilities trigger, using the existence of those abilities and the appearance of objects immediately prior to the event. The list of exceptions is as follows:
603.10a Some zone-change triggers look back in time. These are leaves-the-battlefield abilities, abilities that trigger when a card leaves a graveyard, and abilities that trigger when an object that all players can see is put into a hand or library.
If you prefer a more nuts-and-bolts game design reason that CR603.10 exists, it is to make self LTB abilities such as on Messenger Drake work.
If you prefer a instinctive reason, triggers do not take active input from the permanent they are on. So in the instant that everything is dying the trigger goes off without Grim Haruspex having to do anything. Contrast this with activated abilities that do require an active role from the player and/or the permanent they are on.
September 21, 2020 7:51 p.m.
When you copy the Gemrazer (I assume? There is no "Gemsmasher".) the copy copies the choices made when casting it, so the fact that it was a mutate spell and the targets. The copy effect does not allow you to change targets.
Assuming everything resolves with no further interaction you will first mutate a token Gemrazer onto the Dirge Bat and you will destroy an artifact or enchantment and a creature. Then you will mutate on the normal Gemrazer and destroy two artifacts/enchantments and one creature.
You can put each morph over or under the creature it is morphing onto, so you will end up with either a Dirge Bat a token Gemrazer, or a non-token Gemrazer. Whichever the creature ends up actually being will have the abilities of the other two.
September 21, 2020 5:01 p.m.
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Deep Forest Hermit doesn't give the squirrels counters. It provides a static buff for as long as it is on the battlefield. The squirrels will lose the buff when the Hermit leaves the battlefield. Anything that interacts with counters (Doubling Season, Tayam, Luminous Enigma, The SBA that removes +1/+1 counters and -1/-1 counters if they are on the same creature, etc.) will not interact with the static buff.
September 20, 2020 7:03 p.m.
The trigger gets doubled. So your opponents will get an opportunity to pay 4 life. If they do you sacrifice Vexing Devil. Then, regardless of if anyone paid life the first time or not, your opponents will get the chance to pay 4 life. If they do you will sacrifice Vexing Devil. If Vexing Devil was already sacrificed them paying life to the second trigger obviously won't accomplish anything, but they can if they want.
September 20, 2020 6:57 p.m.
You have to have priority to take a special action.
116.1. Special actions are actions a player may take when they have priority that don’t use the stack. These are not to be confused with turn-based actions and state-based actions, which the game generates automatically.
September 20, 2020 8:23 a.m.
Hey bud, you should probably make up a decklist on the site and then link it in a deck help post on the forum instead of asking in a rules question. That way you get the people who like to help people with their deck building instead of whoever happens to see your post on the comment stream in a week old answered question unrelated to your deck.
September 19, 2020 7:16 p.m.
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Deflecting Swat only changes the targets of a spell or ability. It does not allow you to take control of that ability and it does not change any targeting requirements. The person who had the Combustible Gearhulk enter the battlefield will still control the ability and get the effect, and the target must still be an opponent of that player.
September 19, 2020 5:56 p.m.
I've never bought a planeswalker deck, but if it is like the boxes that come with duel decks or any of the other precon product I HAVE bought then get a new box. If the deck is worth double sleeving it is worth dumping that thin cardboard thing that provides zero protection. Hell, IMO if a deck is worth sleeving it is worth dumping that thing, and I never play unsleeved.
September 19, 2020 8:28 a.m.
Worldgorger Dragon+Animate Dead is a step in order to generate advantage some other way. Such as having a mana rock out and tapping it each time in response to the exile trigger to make infinite mana, or tapping Scepter of Empires for damage.
September 18, 2020 5:34 p.m.
In case it wasn't perfectly clear, you don't get to interact with the creature between when it is chosen and when it is returned because returning the creature is a cost, not an effect of the ability. Costs are paid before any other player receives priority and can not be responded to. Effects happen when the spell or ability resolves and can be responded to.
September 18, 2020 4:23 p.m.
The reason you get a deck is that there is no "the" in his name. Sek'Kuar, Deathkeeper
September 17, 2020 2:27 p.m.
Xenagos, God of Revels could operate on only commons and uncommons.
September 17, 2020 6:43 a.m.
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