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Dec 15, 2017The duration of the change-of-control effect created by the ability of Mirage Mirror is "for as long as you control this object" i.e. the Mirage Mirror. Mirage Mirror's shifting appearance does not alter this condition.Posted in: Magic Rulings
Dec 15, 2017The activated abilities of Inkmoth Nexus and Arcbound Ravager have the same timing permissions as the general case: You may activate Inkmoth Nexus' second ability any time you could cast an instant. You may activate Arcbound Ravager's first ability any time you could cast an instant.Posted in: Magic Rulings
Inkmoth Nexus becomes an artifact creature, which is a legal target for the death-trigger of Modular.
The only limiter based on the situation you described is that you can't use Arcbound Ravager's ability if it already died in combat.
Dec 13, 2017You have that backwards. "[effect] unless [player] [does Q]" means "[player] may [do Q]. If not, [effect]". The choice is to let the Dwarf deal damage.Posted in: Magic Rulings
However, these are abilities with a target, so if that target is illegal, because it doesn't exist, then they are countered instead of resolving.
Dec 10, 2017And since he can't respond to Rubinia, Puppet Strings, or his own Greaves' activation with another equip, you can accomplish your deed's many steps before the Greaves become attached. Equip has only the permission to activate when you could cast a sorcery.Posted in: Magic Rulings
Dec 10, 2017Posted in: Magic Rulings
Is that a question?
Dec 9, 2017Horseshoe_Hermit posted a message on Can't choose an action that's illegal or impossibleCool. So when divining what course of events the player has open to him or her, the instruction "may do A and B..." is allowed only if A and B are possible, and "may do A, (then) B, then C" is allowed if and only if A is possible. Of course, if B and C are impossible but A is not, then those won't happen, but it will count as the branch taken.Posted in: Magic Rulings
Dec 7, 2017Posted in: Magic RulingsQuote from Lithl »Sentences on a spell are essentially consecutive instructions. When Spell Shrivel resolves, it does the following in order:
- Counters the targeted spell unless its controller pays 4.
- If that spell is countered this way (ie: the spell's controller did not pay 4), exile it instead of putting it into its owner's graveyard (the normal result of countering a spell).
The first sentence can't be understood until the second one modifies it. This is a self-replacement effect, and a paradigmatic example of how sentences are not merely sequential instructions.
Dec 4, 2017Horseshoe_Hermit posted a message on Baron Von Count and Planeswalkers. Can somebody explain anatomy of Planeswalkers?The loyalty abilities of planeswalkers are considered to be costs which have certain symbols in them, denoted textually as "[+N]" or "[-N]" or "". These symbols comprise numbers, the same way that the mana symbols and do. Those symbols are seen on cards as a number inside a fat arrow, or box in the case of .Posted in: Magic Rulings
All of this is inside the text box.
Dec 2, 2017All cards are considered to have the text of their English version in the Gatherer reference. Time Vault's text isPosted in: Magic Rulings
Time Vault enters the battlefield tapped.
Time Vault doesn't untap during your untap step.
If you would begin your turn while Time Vault is tapped, you may skip that turn instead. If you do, untap Time Vault.
: Take an extra turn after this one.
Voltaic Key can untap Time Vault and you never have to skip a turn.
Gatherer also clarifies that Time Vault was reprinted in Vintage Masters.
Nov 30, 2017Alice cannot choose to sacrifice a creature, or any permanent, because of an opponent's spell. Alice might discard a card, but if she does not, then she loses 3 life.Posted in: Magic Rulings
Refer to the ruling on Preserver's Gatherer page.
Nov 29, 2017Arcane AdaptationPosted in: Magic Rulings
If you mean this card, then yes, its ability accumulates. The effect is to add a subtype. Using two with different choices, you might add two subtypes.
As a static ability, the effect is something that is "simply true". It applies at all times to whatever it is meant to apply to, for precisely as long as the Arcane Adaptation is on the battlefield and has the ability. If one Adaptation is exiled, its ability immediately stops applying and its effect is no more.
Nov 29, 2017702.15e If multiple sources with lifelink deal damage at the same time, they cause separate life gain events (see rule 118.9).Posted in: Magic Rulings
Example: A player controls Ajani’s Pridemate, which reads “Whenever you gain life, you may put a +1/+1 counter on Ajani’s Pridemate,” and two creatures with lifelink. The creatures with lifelink deal combat damage simultaneously. Ajani’s Pridemate’s ability triggers twice.
118.9. Some triggered abilities are written, “Whenever [a player] gains life, . . . .” Such abilities are treated as though they are written, “Whenever a source causes [a player] to gain life, . . . .” If a player gains 0 life, no life gain event has occurred, and these abilities won’t trigger.
Archangel of Thune triggers twice. The event occurred twice, although your life total only changed once.
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