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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No, that doesn't work.

The key thing to know here (which is also what your previous question depended on) is that turning Vesuvan Shapeshifter face-up doesn't cause it to re-enter the battlefield. It's already on the battlefield, it's just changing its characteristics. Anything that would trigger "when [something] enters the battlefield" or anything that would normally be applied as something enters the battlefield (entering with +1/+1 counters, making decisions about abilities like Riot or Devour, etc.) doesn't happen.

March 28, 2020 11:53 a.m.

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Unfortunately no, that doesn't work the way you want it to.

Modular creatures (example: Arcbound Worker) get their counters as they enter the battlefield. You can do this as Vesuvan Shapeshifter is first entering the battlefield and get the counters, but when you turn it face-up from being face-down it's not re-entering the battlefield again. It will turn into a copy of the modular creature you choose but won't get more counters.

If you do put counters on Vesuvan Shapeshifter (by any method), they will stay on it for as long as it remains on the battlefield. Turning it face up or face down won't make them go away.

March 28, 2020 9:56 a.m.

Without help from any other effects or events, yes, but only if their deck has an even number of cards in it.

If the deck has an even number of cards - say 2N where N is a whole number - then Traumatize will mill N of them and Fraying Sanity will mill the other N.

However, if the deck has an odd number - 2N + 1 - then Traumatize will mill N and Fraying Sanity will mill N, leaving 1 card left over. If you can make another card go into their graveyard before or after casting Traumatize then this will work the way you want it to.

March 27, 2020 8:13 p.m.

I had a big long response typed out and then realized I didn't understand your question correctly the first time.

Yes, that works. When Body Snatcher dies in your example, both its own ability and the effect created by Saffi Eriksdotter trigger at the same time. Since you control both, you get to decide what order to put them onto the stack.

Body Snatcher won't get exiled from the battlefield when its trigger finally resolves because when it changes zones, it's considered a different object. The trigger that's looking for the Body Snatcher that's supposed to be in the graveyard won't be able to find it on the battlefield.

March 27, 2020 9:25 a.m.

Haggles: A correct answer to your question has been up for a while. I marked it as the "Accepted answer" so that this topic can move out of the list of unanswered questions. Please remember to take care of this yourself in the future.

March 26, 2020 8:50 a.m.

You still have 4 different libraries and you get to choose which one you interact with for drawing cards and other library-related effects.

Here are the relevant rules:

611.2 A continuous effect may be generated by the resolution of a spell or ability.
611.2a A continuous effect generated by the resolution of a spell or ability lasts as long as stated by the spell or ability creating it (such as "until end of turn"). If no duration is stated, it lasts until the end of the game.

In your example, the continuous effect saying you have 4 libraries and you get to choose how to interact with them is generated by the resolution of Split Screen's first triggered ability. It doesn't specify a duration or end-point, so it lasts forever.

March 26, 2020 12:09 a.m.

Looking at each ability separately:

  1. You still have four different libraries. This is an effect created as the triggered ability resolves and doesn't depend on you keeping control of Split Screen.
  2. You don't play with the top card of your libraries revealed, and the player who took control of Split Screen does. A static ability like this is only talking to whoever currently controls the card.
  3. If Split Screen leaves the battlefield while someone else controls it, that means they also control this last ability when it triggers. They won't shuffle anything together (unless they split their own screens earlier in the game) and neither will you.
March 25, 2020 8:58 a.m.

Samus_Saran: A correct answer to your question has been up for a while. I marked it as the "Accepted answer" so that this topic can move out of the list of unanswered questions. Please remember to take care of this yourself in the future.

March 25, 2020 8:50 a.m.

It isn't "targeting" the things you sacrifice, but yes, that works.

A permanent is basically any object on the battlefield. When God-Eternal Bontu enters the battlefield in your example, Animate Dead is also on the battlefield. You're allowed to sacrifice it for Bontu's triggered ability.

Note that you'll draw the cards from Bontu's ability before Animate Dead's ability forces you to sacrifice Bontu, so Bontu won't be in the library when you're drawing.

March 24, 2020 7:40 p.m.

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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.

"So its just Noobs playing this Card on this Commander or is there something I'm not seeing?"

March 21, 2020 6:59 p.m.

Harnellas: A correct answer to your question has been up for a while. I marked it as the "Accepted answer" so that this topic can move out of the list of unanswered questions. Please remember to take care of this yourself in the future.

To be totally clear, if a triggered ability (an ability that starts with "when", "whenever", or "at") asks for a mana payment as part of its effect, you always handle that payment as the ability resolves, not when it's first put onto the stack.

March 20, 2020 8:28 a.m.

To be fair, "do I understand this interaction correctly?" is a rules question.

March 19, 2020 11:03 a.m.

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Staakman: Correct answers to your question have been up for a while. I marked one of them as the "Accepted answer" so that this question can move out of the list of unanswered questions. Please remember to take care of this yourself in the future.

March 17, 2020 11:23 p.m.

chase4455: A correct answer to your question has been up for a while. I marked it as the "Accepted answer" so that this question can move out of the list of unanswered questions. Please remember to take care of this yourself in the future.

March 17, 2020 11:22 p.m.

Boomstacker will get two dice stacked on top if it. The Rulings Notes in Yet another Aether Vortex's gatherer entry specifically state that it does count as entering the battlefield.

2/29/2020 A permanent card that becomes the top card of your library enters the battlefield (unless it went from the battlefield to the top of your library), so any enters-the-battlefield abilities will trigger and "as [this creature] enters the battlefield" abilities will apply. Similarly, a permanent card that stops being the top card of your library leaves the battlefield (unless it went from the top of your library to the battlefield directly).

March 17, 2020 11:20 p.m.

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Starfox675: A correct answer to your question has been up for a while. I marked it as the "Accepted answer" so that this topic can move out of the list of unanswered questions. Please remember to take care of this yourself in the future. I usually avoid choosing my own responses when I do this, but in this case it was the only option.

March 15, 2020 10:55 p.m.

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pieroni: A correct answer to your question has been up for a while. I marked it as the "Accepted answer" so that this topic can move out of the list of unanswered questions. Please remember to take care of this yourself in the future.

March 15, 2020 10:52 p.m.

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You can use double square brackets around a card's name to create a reference link: Relentless Assault, Reverberate, Repeated Reverberation. It's the easiest way to make sure everyone understands what's going on in your question.

The extra combat phases created by the copies will mostly be wasted. Relentless Assault and most other similar spells only untap the creatures at the time the spell resolves. If you make copies of it, any creatures that attack during one of the additional combats will still be tapped when the next one starts.

You can get around this by either using creatures with vigilance or using a spell that works in a slightly different way. The two examples I found are the "Resurgence" half of Response / Resurgence, which gives your creatures vigilance as part of its effect, and World at War, which specifically untaps your attackers at the beginning of the additional combat phase.

March 14, 2020 11:23 a.m.

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Correct, you still have to pay the mana cost while using Mystic Forge. You only get to skip the mana cost if the effect specifically says you cast the spell "without paying its mana cost".

Cards that let you easily avoid paying large mana costs are purposefully few and far between, as the mana system is a core part of what makes the game work properly. Some classic examples include Sneak Attack, Through the Breach, Reanimate, Goryo's Vengeance, Show and Tell, Mind's Desire, etc. One of the "Deck Help" forums would be a better place to go to ask for card suggestions.

March 12, 2020 6:24 p.m.

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