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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Said on Squall Drifter...

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It can be activated on anyone's turn. In general, activated abilities can be used at any time unless they specifically say otherwise (for example: Hell's Caretaker).

January 15, 2021 2:52 p.m.

Under the current rules (it wasn't always this way), Collision / Colossus has a converted mana cost of 4 and can't be imprinted on Isochron Scepter. See below for details.

To your question: a copy of a split card will also be split, and as you cast the copy you choose which side to case. So if you had Wax / Wane imprinted on the Scepter, you would get to choose each time. If you make a copy of the spell on the stack after it's been cast, it will only be the half that was chosen.

708.4 In every zone except the stack, the characteristics of a split card are those of its two halves combined. This is a change from previous rules.

708.4b The mana cost of a split card is the combined mana costs of its two halves. A split card’s colors and converted mana cost are determined from its combined mana cost. An effect that refers specifically to the symbols in a split card’s mana cost sees the separate symbols rather than the whole mana cost.

Example: Assault / Battery’s mana cost is . It’s a red and green card with a converted mana cost of 5. If you cast Assault, the resulting spell is a red spell with a converted mana cost of 1.

January 15, 2021 9:30 a.m.

You get 18 life. The way Perimeter Captain's ability is written, it triggers for each creature with defender that blocks. That means in your example each Captain triggers 3 times, for a total of 9 triggers.

January 14, 2021 10:14 a.m.

Yes, that works.

The important thing here is that Isochron Scepter's effect specifically has you "cast" the copy of the imprinted card. If you were to use something like the second ability on Lithoform Engine instead, which copies a spell already on the stack and doesn't "cast" the copy, this wouldn't work.

January 14, 2021 8:58 a.m.

The copy will still be a mutating creature spell and will have the same target as the original. If a spell does something special when you pay an alternative cost, copies of the spell will also take that into account. Lithoform Engine's last ability doesn't allow you to choose a different target for the copy of the permanent spell, so it has the same target as the original spell.

The copied spell will resolve first, triggering any "whenever this creature mutates..." abilities that the targeted creature already has, and then the original Gemrazer spell will resolve, triggering those abilities plus the ability given by the copy.

To the bonus question: No, this won't trigger Season of Growth. It won't trigger the first ability because there isn't a creature entering the battlefield, and it won't trigger the second ability because the copied spell wasn't "cast".

January 12, 2021 1:51 p.m.

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MindFuneral118: Answers to your question have been up for a while. Since there don't seem to be any follow-ups or corrections to be made, I marked one of them as the "Accepted answer" so that this topic can move out of the list of unanswered questions. In the future, you can take care of this yourself using the green "Mark as Answer" button on the response that you feel best answered your question.

January 11, 2021 10:03 a.m.

Yes, you can put the card on top of your library if you want to. Library of Leng's ability applies to any effect that would cause you to discard a card, including ones you control.

Note that it doesn't apply to costs that involve discarding a card. For example, if you cast Waste Away, you won't be able to put the card you discarded for the additional cost on top of your library.

January 8, 2021 12:48 p.m. Edited.

No, you can't shuffle things you don't own into your library. You also can't put things you don't own into your hand or graveyard.

Here's the specific rule that covers it:

400.3 If an object would go to any library, graveyard, or hand other than its owner's, it goes to its owner's corresponding zone.

January 8, 2021 11:19 a.m.

No, the tokens created at the beginning of the additional combat phase won't have double strike.

If an effect changes the characteristics of things (here, Savage Beating gives creatures the "double strike" ability), the group of objects it affects is locked in at the time it resolves. In your example the second round of Elementals don't exist yet at the time Savage Beating resolves, so they won't be affected by it.

January 7, 2021 9:19 a.m.

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Wbg1415: Since it's clear you got a satisfactory answer to your question and there don't seem to be any follow-ups or corrections to be made, I chose one to mark as the "Accepted answer" so this topic can move out of the list of unanswered questions. In the future you can take care of this yourself using the green "Mark as Answer" button on the response that you feel best answers your question.

December 31, 2020 10:38 a.m.

Wbg1415: Answers to your question have been up for a while. Since there don't seem to be any follow-ups or corrections to be made, I chose one to mark as the "Accepted answer" so this topic can move out of the list of unanswered questions. In the future you can take care of this yourself using the green "Mark as Answer" button on the response that you feel best answers your question.

December 31, 2020 10:37 a.m.

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