I'm Mike, from The Mana Pool.

I first learned to play around the release of Ice Age (1995-ish) and was strongly involved with playing casually and at local events until early 2020, when I had to back off for obvious reasons. I got back into playing a little bit in 2022 with a few prereleases and casual meet-ups here and there and I still enjoy keeping up with Magic news and new sets.

As a general rule, my deckbuilding is influenced far more than it should be by what I think would be "interesting/fun/funny" instead of what's probably the better choice of cards. The friend who first taught me how to play had a very strong philosophy of "Not every card is good, but pretty much any card can be made good" and the casual groups I spent the most time playing with over the years were always keen on figuring out how to make effective game plans from odd ideas. It was all immensely fun and it's still a big influence on my approach to the game.

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.

I was a DCI-certified Rules Advisor under older versions of the Magic Judge program and I still keep up with new mechanics and rules changes. I'm the "rules guy" of my casual play group and I 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 because above all else, I want whatever question I'm responding to to be answered correctly!

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Put another way: regeneration isn't a damage prevention effect that stops damage from being dealt in the first place. Rather, it clears out damage that has already been dealt. Fungus Sliver's ability triggers when damage is dealt, and getting regenerated won't change the fact that damage was dealt to it.

June 21, 2024 8:48 a.m.

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It means the ones that exist on the stack right now. If it was meant to have a longer duration, it would be written to say something like "Until end of turn..." or "For the rest of the game..." with some other changes to give the effect proper rules templating.

June 19, 2024 10:03 a.m.

keizerbuns: An answer to your question has been up for a while. Since there don't seem to be any follow-ups or corrections that need 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 is the best answer to your question.

I try to avoid marking my own responses when I do this, but in this case it was the only option.

June 18, 2024 2:18 p.m.

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Hitscan_Dan: An answer to your question has been up for a while. Since there don't seem to be any follow-ups or corrections that need 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 is the best answer to your question.

I try to avoid marking my own responses when I do this, but in this case it was the only option.

June 18, 2024 2:18 p.m.

Yes that works. Kicker is an optional additional cost to cast the spell, so cost reduction effects and mana that can only be used to cast particular kinds of spells can be applied to Kicker costs.

June 10, 2024 11:37 a.m.

The current Oracle text of Manabond has been updated to say: "At the beginning of your end step, you may reveal your hand and put all land cards from it onto the battlefield. If you do, discard your hand."

So this means Manabond and Sire Of Insanity trigger at the same time and the answer depends on who controls them. If you control both then you get to choose what order to put them onto the stack. If your opponent controls Sire then the Manabond trigger will go on first because you're the active player, then the Sire trigger will go on top of it, meaning the Sire trigger will resolve first.

June 10, 2024 11:34 a.m.

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Yes, they can do that. After your Gandalf resolves, each player will get another chance at priority to take an action before the game will continue moving forward. The game will only advance to the next step if each player chooses to pass instead of taking another action.

June 10, 2024 11:27 a.m.

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Bravet: Since it seems like you got a satisfactory answer to your question and there don't seem to be any more follow-ups or corrections that need 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 is the most helpful answer to your question.

June 10, 2024 11:23 a.m.

It will just get 2 counters. Master Biomancer's ability is a replacement effect (uses "as/with/instead/prevent") that modifies how other creatures enter the battlefield. When you're determining how many counters Imperious Perfect should enter the battlefield with, it isn't yet on the battlefield, so Master Biomancer just has 2 power.

If Master Biomancer's ability was a triggered ability (always starts with "when/whenever/at") then this would work, because Imperious Perfect would actually be on the battlefield when you're figuring out how many counters to add, but that's not the case here.

June 6, 2024 8:49 a.m.

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Vampire-Dane will trigger again. Even though Dane is becoming a copy of Welcoming Vampire again, the new copy effect is overwriting all the "old" characteristics with a "new" set of characteristics, which means Dane has a new instance of the Vampire's triggered ability that hasn't triggered yet this turn.

June 5, 2024 8:45 a.m.

Poly_raptor: An answer to your question has been up for a while. Since there don't seem to be any follow-ups or corrections that need 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 is the most helpful answer to your question.

June 3, 2024 8:41 a.m.

Yes. If the effect just says "you may play/cast it" and nothing else then that means you have to pay for it as usual and can choose a value for X. If the effect says "you may play/cast it without paying its mana cost" then you can't pay for any part of the mana cost and any X in the mana cost defaults to zero, unless it's defined by some other part of the spell's effect (I think Spoils of War might be the only example of this in the game).

June 3, 2024 8:39 a.m.

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