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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Skalle_the_Reckless: 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. Please remember to take care of this yourself in the future.

August 12, 2020 11:04 p.m.

Shalom: 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 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.

August 12, 2020 11:02 p.m.

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It depends on exactly how the ability is written. Since Infiltration Lens says "becomes blocked by a creature", yes, it will trigger twice if the equipped creature gets blocked by 2 creatures. If we're talking about something that just says "becomes blocked" like Alley Grifters then no, that would only trigger once regardless of how many creatures blocked it.

If an effect from a spell or ability blocks something without using any creatures (Dazzling Beauty, Trap Runner, etc.) then "becomes blocked by a creature" abilities won't trigger but "becomes blocked" abilities will trigger.

August 11, 2020 1:18 p.m.

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August 10, 2020 3:03 p.m.

Yes. Siege Rhino returns to your control during the very last step of your opponent's turn. That means you control it when your turn begins and you untap everything. Mesmeric Orb will trigger.

August 10, 2020 2 a.m.

You can't cast a Sorcery during combat (at least not without help) but you can cast one during your post-combat main phase.

August 7, 2020 5:22 p.m.

Kalamax, the Stormsire triggers when you cast your first Instant. If you cast a Sorcery first and target that with Twincast, Kalamax will trigger for the Twincast.

August 7, 2020 1:49 p.m.

No, you don't have to pay an Echo cost for Conspicuous Snoop. Echo is a triggered ability, not an activated ability, so Conspicuous Snoop won't gain it.

Activated abilities are always written as "Cost : Effect" and triggered abilities are always written to start with one of the words "when", "whenever", or "at". Anything else is some kind of static ability. Mogg War Marshal doesn't have any activated abilities that Conspicuous Snoop can gain.

August 6, 2020 11:39 a.m.

Chomp16: 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. Please remember to take care of this yourself in the future.

August 6, 2020 8:55 a.m.

Redriver18: 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 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 by using the green "Mark as Answer" button on the response that best answered your question.

August 6, 2020 8:49 a.m.

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NerkyPipples: Yes, that works. What you're doing is making the target of the spell go away before the spell can start resolving. If all of a spell's targets are missing or illegal when it's time for it to start resolving, the spell will just be put into the graveyard without resolving. None of its effects will happen.

If you have a question, it's much more effective to post a new topic rather than respond to an old one. With the way this area of the website works, the only people who will be aware of a response to an old topic are whoever posted in that old topic. Since it looks like the person who asked the original question in this thread hasn't had any more activity on the site since then, that means I'm probably the only person here who knew that you responded with another question.

August 5, 2020 10:52 p.m.

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You can use double square brackets around a card's name to create a pop-up link. It's the easiest way to make sure everyone understands what's going on in your question: Animate Dead, Blasting Station

This combo doesn't just work with anything. It needs help from another effect, usually from the specific creature you're returning to the battlefield with Animate Dead. Here's an example with Leonin Relic-Warder:

  1. Leonin Relic-Warder is in the graveyard and Blasting Station is on the battlefield
  2. You play Animate Dead targeting Leonin Relic-Warder
  3. Warder enters the battlefield and triggers both its own ability and Blasting Station. Let the Station's trigger resolve first and target Animate Dead with the Warder's ability
  4. Animate Dead leaves the battlefield. In response Animate Dead's trigger that would cause you to sacrifice the Warder, sacrifice the Warder to Blasting Station instead
  5. When the Warder leaves the battlefield, Animate Dead returns to the battlefield. As it enters the battlefield, choose Leonin Relic Warder again
  6. Go back to step 3 and keep the loop going until you win
August 4, 2020 9:22 a.m.

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mmkstarr: 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. Please remember to take care of this yourself in the future.

If you do have more follow-up questions, feel free to ask.

August 3, 2020 3:20 p.m.

KillerQueen98: An answer to your question has been up for a while. Since it's clear you're satisfied with the response and there don't seem to be any follow-ups or corrections to be made, 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.

August 3, 2020 3:17 p.m.

Elenda gets destroyed by the damage before her ability can add more power/toughness.

Destroying a creature with lethal damage marked on it is one of the game's "state based actions". When the game checks for SBAs (right before each time a player would get priority to take another action), any of them that need to be executed are done simultaneously. That means in your example Elenda and the tokens die at the same time.

August 1, 2020 11:34 a.m.

Unfortunately no, this won't work. By the time you're able to activate Eight-and-a-Half-Tails' ability, you're already past the point where Ivory Cup would trigger.

For spells, "play" and "cast" mean the same thing (you can see in the current official Oracle text on Ivory Cup's Gatherer entry that it's been updated to use the word "cast"). A spell is officially "cast" after the player has finished making all the decisions for it and paying all the costs. Players get a chance to make responses after the casting process is completed but before the spell starts resolving. In your example that means you've already finished casting the spell when you get the opportunity to use Eight-and-a-Half-Tails to turn it white. The time that Ivory Cup would have triggered is already passed.

July 31, 2020 2:26 p.m.

koolking: 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'm marking one of them 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.

July 31, 2020 12:56 p.m.

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TypicalTimmy: To be clear, Exquisite Archangel and similar effects are just replacement effects, not delayed triggers. A delayed trigger is a triggered ability that gets set up by some other resolving spell or ability using the words "when", "whenever", or "at" to wait for a certain event and trigger at some point in the future. A triggered ability that triggers "when you would lose the game" wouldn't be able to stop you from losing because the game would execute the SBA right before the trigger is actually put onto the stack.

Normally I wouldn't pick at such a small detail but the answer to this question is all about the fine details of the rules. I just wanted to be sure the point didn't get confused.

July 30, 2020 8:53 a.m.

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You leave the game pretty much immediately after going to 0 life.

Losing the game for having 0 or less life is one of the game's "state based actions". SBAs are checked and executed right before each time a player would get priority to take an action. If the damage in your example would have dropped you to 0 or less life, then there's no time for you to make a response in-between the damage being dealt and you losing the game.

In very old versions of the rules (more than 20 years ago) the game would wait until the end of a phase to check for player death from 0 or less life, but that was changed as part of the big 6th Edition rules overhaul.

July 29, 2020 4 p.m.

cwldarling: An answer to your question has been up for a while. Since there don't seem to be any follow-ups or corrections to be made, I marked it as the "Accepted answer" so that this topic can move out of the list of unanswered questions. In the future, you can use the green "Mark as Answer" button beside the response that best answered your question to take care of this yourself when you feel your question has been resolved.

July 28, 2020 3:50 p.m.

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