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  • posted a message on Mirage Mirror Question
    The 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
  • posted a message on Wild Pair and flip cards
    In every zone other than the battlefield, a card with a flip face has only the characteristics of its unflipped half. Jushi Apprentice is that card's name, and it has total power and toughness 3.
    Posted in: Magic Rulings
  • posted a message on Arcbound Ravager sacrifice ability
    The 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.

    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.
    Posted in: Magic Rulings
  • posted a message on Target Abilities and The Stack
    You 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.

    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.
    Posted in: Magic Rulings
  • posted a message on Lightning greaves question
    And 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. Teach
    Posted in: Magic Rulings
  • posted a message on Liliana, Heretical Healer
    Quote from M4gnusG »
    My question is on that reverted part, since Liliana, Defiant Necromancer is reverted back into Liliana, Heretical Healer but you had to exile Liliana, Heretical Healer so she can become Liliana, Defiant Necromancer .


    Is that a question?
    Posted in: Magic Rulings
  • posted a message on Can't choose an action that's illegal or impossible
    Cool. 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
  • posted a message on Spell shrivel Confusion
    Quote from Lithl »
    Sentences on a spell are essentially consecutive instructions. When Spell Shrivel resolves, it does the following in order:
    1. Counters the targeted spell unless its controller pays 4.
    2. 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.
    Posted in: Magic Rulings
  • posted a message on How can Red deal with...
    Quote from jam3sbob »
    The correct answer is Wrack with Madness

    This is the correct post
    Posted in: Magic General
  • 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 "[0]". These symbols comprise numbers, the same way that the mana symbols 1 mana and 4 mana do. Those symbols are seen on cards as a number inside a fat arrow, or box in the case of [0].

    All of this is inside the text box.
    Posted in: Magic Rulings
  • posted a message on Twincast & Reverberate infinite combo.
    What do you do after getting the Twincast copy?

    You aren't casting infinitely many spells because copying a spell doesn't cast it, it just creates one on the Stack.
    Posted in: Magic Rulings
  • posted a message on Time Vault/Voltaic Key
    All cards are considered to have the text of their English version in the Gatherer reference. Time Vault's text is

    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.
    tap symbol : 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.
    Posted in: Magic Rulings
  • posted a message on Torment of Whatever and Tajuru Preserver
    Alice 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.

    Refer to the ruling on Preserver's Gatherer page.
    Posted in: Magic Rulings
  • posted a message on Arcane Adaptation Stack?
    Arcane Adaptation

    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.
    Posted in: Magic Rulings
  • posted a message on Archangel of Thune question
    702.15e If multiple sources with lifelink deal damage at the same time, they cause separate life gain events (see rule 118.9).
    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.
    Posted in: Magic Rulings
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