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 Can I use …...

#1

That works. The summoning sickness rule specifically stops a creature from attacking or using one of its own abilities with either the or symbol in the cost. Opposition gets around this because what you're doing is activating Opposition's ability, not a ability of the creature itself. You're even allowed to tap a "summoning sick" Opposition to activate itself, because the ability doesn't actually have the symbol in the cost.

September 7, 2021 5:21 p.m.

Alternatively, if you have another effect that benefits from Walking Ballista repeatedly dying and/or entering the battlefield (e.g. Blood Artist) you can remove the +1/+1 counter to target itself for 1 damage, similar to the last steps of the Triskelion combo.

And to be clear on the Triskelion combo: With Mikaeus' bonus, Triskelion is a 2/2 when it has no counters on it. In each iteration you need to have Triskelion deal itself 2 damage in order to die again.

September 7, 2021 1:31 p.m.

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Response counts in the Rules Q&A area are off by one. Unanswered questions with no responses show "-1", questions with one response show "0", etc.

September 2, 2021 3:54 p.m.

Yes that's how it will work. The number of cards drawn by each player is based on the total paid by everyone, not how much they paid individually. It's essentially a Prosperity that anyone can get in on to make the effect more powerful.

September 2, 2021 3:51 p.m.

Wyrbak: Answers to this 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 this topic can move out of the list of unanswered questions. In the future you can take care of this yourself using the "Mark as Answer" button on the response that you feel best answers your question.

September 2, 2021 10:23 a.m.

You can use double-square brackets around a card's name to create a reference link. It's the best way to help make sure everyone understands what's going on in your question: The Prismatic Bridge, Heliod, God of the Sun (as an example)

Yes, that works. If a card has multiple types, then effects that interact with any of those types will interact with that card. Also, the ability that can make the God not a creature only works while it's on the battlefield. It's always considered a creature card when not on the battlefield.

September 2, 2021 10:13 a.m.

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Balduvian Warlord's ability is a callback to False Orders, the only other effect I can think of.

September 1, 2021 9:15 a.m.

DemMeowsephs: Since it's clear you got a satisfactory answer and there don't seem to be any follow-ups or corrections to be made, I marked it 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 "Mark as Answer" button on the response that you feel best answers your question.

August 31, 2021 9:38 a.m.

@Monomanamaniac: An answer to your question has been up for a while. Since there don't seem to be any corrections or follow-ups to be made, I marked one 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 "Mark as Answer" button on the response that you feel best answers your question.

August 29, 2021 4:40 p.m.

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