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  • posted a message on Card interaction with Lazav, the multifarious + Spark Double + Kroxa, Titan of Death's Hunger
    Card Tags are mandatory for Rules questions:

    [c]Kroxa, Titan of Death's Hunger[/c] = Kroxa, Titan of Death's Hunger
    Spark Double
    Lazav, the Multifarious

    One thing worth pointing out is that if you copy Lazav *while* it is Kroxa, Spark Double enters as Kroxa. You already seem to know this part, but that means you just had a Kroxa enter that wasn't Escaped so you need to sacrifice it. If you copy Lazav before Lazav turns into Kroxa, you can activate both to be a Kroxa after they are on the field though then you hit the Legendary rule since the activated ability makes it Legendary again. I don't see this being a good way to get 3 Kroxa's on the board.
    Posted in: Magic Rulings
  • posted a message on Shadrix Silverquill and the opponent has hexproof
    Quote from peteroupc »
    Assuming you control Shadrix Silverquill:

    Shadrix Silverquill's ability will still trigger. As you put the ability on the stack, you decide whether to choose two modes for that ability. If you decide to choose two modes, you can target the same player for both modes.
    No, you definitely cannot do this.
    Quote from genini2 »
    The ability does nothing because you cannot choose legal targets.
    This is the right answer. The ability goes onto the stack and modes are chosen. As part of that, it is determined whether the targets of those modes would be legal. So, say you choose Mode 1 and 2. Mode 2 targeting yourself and Mode 1 targeting the opponent. The target of the first mode is illegal so it can't be chosen. But the ability requires that two modes be chosen. Since you can only choose one mode, you can't do what the trigger allows so you must decline the option entirely.
    Posted in: Magic Rulings
  • posted a message on Rules Question about Infinite Izzet Combo
    Please use card tags and this should be in the Rulings Forum. This Forum is for things about the Commander Rules specifically and this interaction works the same in every format.

    Card tags are: [c]Mana geyser[/c] = Mana geyser

    You can't cast both sides of Expansion/Explosion. It does not have Fuse so you just choose which side to cast. If you cast the Expansion side targeting Insidious Will, you get another Insidious Will. The only things you can target (that will still let the copy resolve) are the existing Insidious Will and the Mana Geyser. You can't target the Expansion and have it resolve since it is already resolving and will leave the stack before the new Will can resolve.

    Since there seem to be some important issues with the premise, I am not sure it is worth going over the rest of the situation.
    Posted in: Commander Rules Discussion Forum
  • posted a message on Clarification on Fading
    It might help to keep in mind that if it did work the way you thought, the "return those cards" ability would never do anything. You could remove all 5 counters, targeting the same thing if you wanted, and then it would have no counters so it would leave. Leaving would then cause it to return everything it exiled which would be nothing yet. And then everything is exiled permanently.

    So, yeah there might be a slight disconnect based on the name of the mechanic, but it would prevent this card from working they way it is supposed to work.

    Also, Vanishing works the way you think this does: as soon as the last counter is removed, the thing goes away.
    Posted in: Magic Rulings
  • posted a message on Clarification on Fading
    Here is the full rules entry for Fading:

    702.31a. Fading is a keyword that represents two abilities. "Fading N" means "This permanent enters the battlefield with N fade counters on it" and "At the beginning of your upkeep, remove a fade counter from this permanent. If you can't, sacrifice the permanent."

    So, yes, it can stick around with no counters on it. At least, until your next upkeep.
    Posted in: Magic Rulings
  • posted a message on Paying for spells with K'rrik
    No, that is not possible. This is because you can't cast other spells in the middle of casting a spell so there is no opportunity to cast Culling the Weak in the middle of trying to cast Citadel. They might be thinking of using an ability with K'rrik and sacrificing K'rrik as part of it (say, using Phyrexian Tower after using K'rrik to pay for part of it). This also doesn't work since K'rrik doesn't apply until you start paying the costs but mana abilities, like Tower, need to be activated prior to that.

    Also, I don't know what you think is exploitable about LED but it isn't. You can't use the mana from LED to cast a spell from your hand due to the "only any time you could cast an Instant" wording on the card which is there to expressly prevent that type of thing and, basically, turns that into this same situation you are asking about regarding K'rrik.
    Posted in: Magic Rulings
  • posted a message on Shroud vs Hexproof
    Shroud means no one (including yourself) can target it; Hexproof just means your opponents can't target it. You still can.

    However, both affect *targeting* and the second mode of Sakashima's Will doesn't target so it wouldn't be hindered by either one.
    Posted in: Magic Rulings
  • posted a message on Soulgorger Orgg
    It refers specifically (and only) to the life lost when its trigger resolved.
    Posted in: Magic Rulings
  • posted a message on Mystical Reflection and X cost creatures
    Quote from WizardMN »

    If the chosen creature has X in its mana cost, that X is considered to be 0. The value of X in Altered Ego’s last ability will be whatever value was chosen for X while casting Altered Ego. [4/8/2016]

    What is that even saying? Ego that copies Wildwood Scourge gains the mana cost XG with X = 0 ? The object with that mana cost is on the battlefield so we sort of already knew that.

    I gotta say, it's problematic if a Stonecoil Serpent that copies a Stonecoil Serpent becomes something different from one that doesn't, in any context.
    I don't really understand your question here. Yes, an Ego that copies a Scourge will then try to enter as said Scourge. The X in the mana cost that it just got from the copy effect is 0 because nothing was paid *for that cost*. There was a value of X declared for the Ego and that is why it still gets counters from the Ego's ability. But it won't get additional counters from the Scourge's ability because the mana cost that the ability looks at sees nothing was declared for X.

    Your second statement I don't think I can even guess at. Can you clarify what you are trying to out as being problematic?
    Posted in: Magic Rulings
  • posted a message on Mystical Reflection and X cost creatures
    Based on Altered Ego I don't believe this is accurate. The X in the original "instance" does not transfer to the X of the permanent:

    If the chosen creature has X in its mana cost, that X is considered to be 0. The value of X in Altered Ego’s last ability will be whatever value was chosen for X while casting Altered Ego. [4/8/2016]

    While it is not the same situation it seems to suggest that copying something else confers a brand new instance of "X" that we care about. Ego still provides counters because of its own ability but that will not translate into anything else that has X in the mana cost that might be copied. Just because we are copying the same thing in this situation, it is a new instance and X is 0.

    As mentioned above, the "enter the battlefield as a copy" works first so the only value of X for the "enter the battlefield with" X value can only be 0.

    Or, perhaps in short: Altered Ego with X=3 copying a Serpent doesn't give 6 counters. It only gets counters because of its own copy effect. That additional action/effect is not present here.
    Posted in: Magic Rulings
  • posted a message on Twincaster Commander Duplication Question
    Rules questions belong in the Rulings Forum and card tags are mandatory. [c]Zaxara, the Exemplary[/c] = Zaxara, the Exemplary.

    Adrix and Nev, Twincasters (and please use the full card names so we don't have to go searching)

    You will get two tokens and both get the counters. See the last Ruling in Gatherer for this answer:

    If an effect, such as that of Parallel Lives, causes Zaxara’s ability to create multiple Hydra tokens, they each receive X +1/+1 counters.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on Modal double-faced cards and commander. - VALKi / TIBALT
    Yes, you can with the Golem because the Golem let's you cast it. So, you choose the side to cast. Courser, on the other hand, won't work for the reason you said: it puts it onto the battlefield and only the front face exists for things like that. In that case you can only get Valki.
    Posted in: Magic Rulings
  • posted a message on Zubera and Spirit friends interaction clarification
    1) No, he is not correct. The Legend Rule states that you put all but one "in the graveyard" so, they go to the graveyard. Tokens cease to exist if they are in any zone other than the battlefield, but in order to be in a zone other than the battlefield, they must go to that zone. So, for a short moment, they are in the graveyard and will trigger appropriately.

    2) He is right on this one though. You do not get priority before dealing with the Legend Rule so they are all (except for one) put into the graveyard as a state based action. You cannot respond to this nor can you take an action before handling it. At best, you could sac the original with the Mirror trigger on the stack and then keep one of the tokens and sac it. So, you get two lands but end up with 0 Sakuras.
    Posted in: Magic Rulings
  • posted a message on Infiltrate your opponents with Transforming Modal DFCs + Marvel Skrulls = Head Games
    The last ability on Contingency Skrull cannot trigger. Like, there is absolutely no way for that condition to ever be true since the controller of the trigger is the controller of the permanent and they can't be their own opponent. You would need to word it as something like:

    "When ~ dies, if it was sacrificed by a player other than the owner, <do something>".
    Posted in: Custom Card Creation
  • posted a message on Possible noob question - Multiple combat phases vs vigilance blocker
    Yes, since it is still on the battlefield it can still block. Do note that Vigilance is irrelevant on a blocker. Blocking already doesn't cause creatures to tap so this answer applies to all blockers, not just ones with Vigilance. If they survive the first combat, they can block in the next. Damage does accumulate and stay on creatures until the turn ends so eventually they may be dealt enough damage to die though. As will your attackers for that matter.
    Posted in: Magic Rulings
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