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 haven't gotten back into playing yet but I still enjoy keeping up with Magic news and new sets.

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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They would still be affected by Titania's Song. In the system of layers that determines the characteristics of objects, type changing effects are applied in layer 4 and ability adding/removing effects are applied later in layer 6. This means the part of Titania's Song's ability that changes non-creature artifacts into creatures is always applied before the part that removes abilities (including its own).

September 23, 2022 3:47 p.m.

Side note just in case it wasn't clear: because the opponent controls the triggered ability, it will count the creature cards in their graveyard, not yours.

September 20, 2022 4:42 p.m.

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Yes, that's how it plays out. The combat phase still happens if the active player doesn't want to attack. If no attackers are declared then the game skips the declare blockers and combat damage steps and goes straight to the end of combat step before moving on to the second main phase.

September 6, 2022 5:30 p.m.

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It does most of that but not everything. You just decide which creatures attack. The attacking player is the one who gets to decide who they attack. My playgroup misplayed this for a long time before we found out how it really worked.

The Gatherer entry for Master Warcraft includes the following rulings note to clarify what happens in a 2-player game when the defending player controls one or more planeswalkers, but the concept can be extended to the example of a game where there are multiple defending players.

4/1/2008 If the defending player controls a planeswalker, the person who cast Master Warcraft first chooses the complete group of creatures that are going to attack. Then, for each of those creatures, the active player chooses who or what it's going to attack.

September 6, 2022 3:45 p.m.

There's a small extra step where it's put into exile first and then gets cast to the stack but yes, "tutors directly to the stack" is a good way to think about it.

For MDFCs, you search your library based on the characteristics of the front face only. Note that with the way Bring to Light works, the "creature, instant, or sorcery card with mana value..." requirement is only for what you search for, not what you cast. This means you're allowed to cast the back face of a MDFC if it's not a land (lands can't be "cast"), even if it has the "wrong" card type or mana value.

September 6, 2022 2:48 p.m.

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You can use double square brackets around a card's name to make a reference link. It's the best way to make sure everyone understands what's going on in the question: Whip of Erebos, Leech Gauntlet

It still gets exiled. Reconfiguring the creature into an equipment doesn't make it a new game object, it just changes its characteristics, like giving it an ability or giving it +X/+X. Because it's the same object and Whip's effect doesn't specifically say it only affects the card if it remains a creature then that means Whip's effect will still apply.

September 6, 2022 9:25 a.m.

Once Bring to Light starts resolving, the next time anyone will have priority to make a response is after Wrath of God is cast and on the stack (before it starts resolving). No one else will know what you're searching for until you've found it and put it out there.

Normally you don't have permission to cast anything during the resolution of another spell or ability, but the rulings note is trying to make it clear that Bring to Light's own effect is having you cast that spell as Bring to Light resolves. I think the note is more confusing than it was meant to be, because it sounds like it implies some things that aren't happening and don't matter.

September 6, 2022 9:17 a.m.

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For #1: If nothing else has caused the day/night distinction to be brought to the game yet then yes, it will be day if Valki becomes a copy of something with Daybound. If the distinction has been brought to the game and it's currently night then it will stay night.

For #3: Valki will just copy the front face. Daybound/Nightbound only has an effect while the object is on the battlefield. In any other zone the characteristics default to the front face.

September 5, 2022 9:26 p.m.

Here's a link to the current version of the relevant section of the Annotated Magic Tournament Rules: MTR 3.3 Authorized Cards. The regular text is the text of the actual MTR document and the boxes with italicized text are annotations from a team of judges providing commentary and clarification.

The championship cards don't meet the requirement that the unaltered card "has a standard Magic back or is a double-faced card, or is a card that is part of a meld pair."

Thread closed. If there are any follow-up questions, please post a new question topic. Old "Rules Q&A" threads are complicated to deal with sometimes because it's possible some rules may have changed since the original question was asked, which can cause conversations spread out over a long period of time to be even more confusing.

September 5, 2022 9:16 p.m.


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