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.

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I don't know if this was also part of your question: Though Concerted Effort looks like it might have an "intervening 'if' clause" that will check whether creatures have any of the abilities before it starts to trigger, it doesn't. An intervening "if" condition is always written as “When/Whenever/At [trigger event], if [condition], [effect].” Concerted Effort 's ability isn't formatted in that specific way.

April 9, 2021 9:14 a.m.

Yes that works.

Both of those are triggered abilities (they begin with one of the words "when", "whenever", or "at"). If multiple triggered abilities controlled by the same player are trying to go onto the stack at the same time, that player decides what order to put them onto the stack.

April 9, 2021 9:08 a.m.

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Only if the attacking player decides to assign all the combat damage to it.

The rules for assigning trample damage don't take into account anything that would increase or decrease the damage when it's actually dealt. The attacking player can assign 3 damage to Guard Gomazoa and the rest of the trample damage to the defending player.

April 8, 2021 11:34 a.m.

Mcat1999: Since it's clear you got a satisfactory answer to your question and there are no corrections or follow-ups to be made, I marked one of the responses as the "Accepted answer" so this topic can move out of the list of unanswered questions.

It looks like this thread got moved to Rules Q&A after you got your answer, so it's understandable how marking the answer got missed.

April 5, 2021 10:50 a.m.

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ArrestedSnow: Answers to your question have 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 answered your question.

April 5, 2021 9:58 a.m.

The_Potato_Judge: 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 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 answered your question.

April 5, 2021 9:57 a.m.

That legality note is misleading. Planar cards are only used in the "Planechase" casual variant and aren't used for any constructed format.

See here for additional details: https://mtg.fandom.com/wiki/Planechase_(format)

April 5, 2021 9:23 a.m. Edited.

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Yes, this does what you want it to do.

Reckless Rage will deal 4 damage to the first target and 2 damage to Boros Reckoner simultaneously. If you gave Reckless Rage lifelink (for example, with Firesong and Sunspeaker ) then you'll gain a total of 6 life. Boros Reckoner 's ability will trigger and it will deal 2 damage to any target of your choice.

Note that the damage dealt to Boros Reckoner isn't redirected to a different target. The Reckoner still takes the damage.

April 2, 2021 1:38 p.m.

Jetblackrogue: Since it's clear you got a satisfactory answer to your question and there are no corrections or follow-ups to be made, I marked one of the responses 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 "Mark as Answer" button on the response that you feel best answered your question.

April 1, 2021 10:46 a.m.

Yes. Creatures that enter the battlefield with counters have those counters from the moment they enter. There's no period of time (not even a very short one) when they're on the battlefield but haven't yet started getting the bonus from the counters. Elemental Bond will trigger in your examples as long as the value of X is high enough.

March 31, 2021 2 p.m.

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AndrewX96: 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 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.

March 30, 2021 3:35 p.m.

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DarkMagician: The key thing to know is that a triggered ability always starts with one of the words "when", "whenever", or "at". Both of the abilities on Mirrored Depths are triggered abilities.

March 30, 2021 9:20 a.m.

The "Rules Q&A" area is meant to be for questions about game rules, tournament rules, and card interactions. This thread has been moved to the "TappedOut" section of the discussion forums, which is for discussion about the website itself. You can also put questions like this in the "Official missing/incorrect card/token thread" in that same subforum.

March 29, 2021 12:02 p.m. Edited.

MrGeor: 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 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.

March 26, 2021 6 p.m.

It returns to the battlefield with a -1/-1 counter.

Persist is a type of "leaves the battlefield" triggered ability. LTB triggers use information from the last moment an object was on the battlefield to determine if and how they trigger. At the last moment Gruul Keyrune was on the battlefield in your example, it was a creature with no -1/-1 counters on it, so persist triggers. The detailed rules for persist don't include a check on whether the creature that died is an actual creature card, so it can bring back a non-creature permanent card from the graveyard. There aren't any rules restricting +/- counters from being put onto non-creatures, so the -1/-1 counter gets placed as the Keyrune enters the battlefield (and will affect the P/T if you turn it into a creature again later).

March 26, 2021 5:58 p.m.

Unfortunately no, that won't work. Armored Skyhunter will only see the front face of Halvar, God of Battle  Flip in your example.

Modal double-faced cards only have the characteristics of the back face when they're being cast/played that way and when they're on the battlefield after being cast/played that way. In every other situation, the game only considers the characteristics of the front face.

March 24, 2021 10:46 a.m.

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Yes, that's right. If the spell/ability just says "target creature" and doesn't specify "target tapped creature" then it can target an untapped creature.

March 24, 2021 8:26 a.m.

Even if you do hold priority after Pact of Negation 's trigger goes onto the stack (which you'd need to be specific about before somehow knowing your opponent is going to Mana Short you), you'll still lose in this situation.

The is paid as the delayed trigger from Pact is resolving. You have to pass priority to your opponent at some point before the trigger can start to resolve, and your opponent can respond by Shorting you. Any mana you've put into your pool before this point (and any mana you put into your pool in response to the Short) will be gone by the time you need to pay for the Pact. Your only options will be to get the mana from non-land sources, since all your lands are now tapped.

March 22, 2021 4:15 p.m.

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