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 Commandeer on a …...

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You take the extra turn.

The key thing to know is that the text of a spell or ability is always talking to its controller. If you take control of Temporal Mastery while it's on the stack, it's talking to you now. That's what the ruling you found for Commandeer is saying, but it's not specifically necessary for the word "you" to appear in the text in order for the ruling to apply.

May 25, 2022 5:16 p.m.

Last_Laugh: Answers to your question have been up for a while. Since there don't seem to be any further follow-up questions 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. If you still have a follow-up question, feel free to reply here with it.

May 25, 2022 noon

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likasumbody 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.

May 25, 2022 11:18 a.m.

Yes, but with Vizier of Tumbling Sands you still need to be mindful of the targeting requirements of the ability. The copy of the ability is considered to have the same source as the original, so a copy of a Vizier's ability can't target that same Vizier. You would need to have 2 Viziers going so they can target each other with the copies.

May 25, 2022 11:17 a.m.

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le-stan: Answers to your question have been up for a while. Since there don't seem to be any more follow-ups or corrections to be made, I marked one of the correct responses 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.

May 24, 2022 10:24 a.m.

You can use double square brackets around a card's name to create a reference link: Kardur, Doomscourge. It's the best way to make sure everyone understands what's going on in the question.

Yes, with the way the ability is written, players get "prioritized" for attacks. If the creatures are able to attack, they have to attack. Then, if they're able to attack a player other than Kardur's controller, they have to attack one of those players. But if they aren't able to attack any of those players, then they have to attack either Kardur's controller or a planeswalker.

May 24, 2022 10:20 a.m.

Yes, that's how it works. Each spell/ability on the stack resolves one at a time, and everyone gets a chance to make a response after one of them finishes resolving and before the next one starts to resolve. The interaction between Basalt Monolith and Rings of Brighthearth is a popular infinite mana combo in EDH/Commander.

May 24, 2022 10:11 a.m.

Quickspell: Since it's clear you got a satisfactory answer to your question 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.

I see other recent questions from you have a marked answer, so it looks like this one just got skipped over accidentally. No big deal.

May 23, 2022 1:53 p.m.

Your opponent loses and you don't take any damage.

A player losing for trying to draw from an empty library since the last time state-based actions (SBAs) were checked is itself one of the SBAs that are checked and executed right before each time a player would receive priority. This means your opponent leaves the game right before the trigger from The Royal Scions' last ability is put onto the stack. Since that trigger would be controlled by someone who has left the game, it isn't put onto the stack.

May 23, 2022 1:49 p.m.

Note that Curse of Clinging Webs doesn't care about whether it was actually able to exile the creature (there's no "if you do", like on Hofri Ghostforge), so the opponent always gets the Spider.

May 17, 2022 4:31 p.m.

There's a problem with this example. Mindswipe can't be cast if there isn't another spell on the stack for it to target. When the last hone counter is removed from the exiled card, you have to choose whether to cast the spell right then or not at all. You don't get a choice to wait to cast it later. It's extremely difficult to construct a situation where the last hone counter comes off while there's somehow another spell on the stack (I feel like it's impossible, but I'm not 100% certain given some of the odd cards out there). For an example where we don't have this issue like Blaze, yes, it works as Guerric describes above.

May 17, 2022 4:27 p.m.

To be more clear: Empty/non-existent mana costs can't be paid, but Dream Halls's ability circumvents the mana cost on the spell entirely. This is a similar principle to how the Suspend ability on cards like Profane Tutor etc. is able to work in the first place.

May 17, 2022 2:36 p.m.

ZaberFangAT: 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 you feel best answers your question.

May 17, 2022 2:26 p.m.

ZaberFangAT: 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 you feel best answers your question.

May 17, 2022 2:26 p.m.

robertsson_olof: Since it's clear you got a satisfactory answer to your question and there don't seem to be any further 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 you feel best answers your question.

May 17, 2022 2:23 p.m.

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wolfboy: 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 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 you feel best answers your question.

May 17, 2022 2:13 p.m.

unholyXI: 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 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 you feel best answers your question.

I try to avoid choosing my own responses when I do this, but in this case it was the most complete option.

May 17, 2022 2:12 p.m.

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