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  • posted a message on Timestream Navigator and Ajani, Valiant Protector (Loop)
    Once demonstrated, can you shortcut the same portions of the loop for each required iteration? That is, announce you will perform the loop say 10 times, shuffle + draw 10 times (discarding as needed), and get to the end state with the required unpredictable steps included but without repeatedly performing the predictable steps of activating the creature, activating ajani, casting the creature, each time.

    Posted in: Magic Rulings
  • posted a message on Yavimaya Elder and Carrion Feeder combo?
    Compare to Mortician Beetle.

    Here the sacrifice is not a cost. The Beetle's triggered ability looks for the event of sacrificing a creature and adds a counter to itself.
    Posted in: Magic Rulings
  • posted a message on Ishkanah questions
    Yes to both.

    1. Your opponent has two openings to activate ooze and take away delirium.
    First is after Ishkanah is cast, while it is still a spell on the stack. When the spider resolves the trigger condition will not be true and there will be no trigger to create spiders.
    Second is after Ishkanah enters play and triggers, but before the trigger resolves. Delirium must be true both for the trigger to go off and also when the trigger resolves.

    2. Ishkanah and the 3 spiders created by the trigger are each a creature and they each will trigger Path to Discovery.
    Posted in: Magic Rulings
  • posted a message on Krark-Clan Ironworks Multiple activations
    So when Myr Retreaver is sacrificed it is(?) possible to use Ironworks to then also sack Trawler before the triggers from sacking Retrever are placed on the stack? Then all triggers go on the stack at once with both creatures in graveyard available as targets?

    And this is possible because it's manna ability, where as Viscera Seer would not allow this?
    Posted in: Magic Rulings
  • posted a message on Quick question about copy spells
    It's not clear if you are getting it.

    Cast howl.
    _top of stack_
    Howl
    _bottom of stack_

    Holding priority cast Twincast targeting howl
    _top of stack_
    Twincast
    Howl
    _bottom of stack_

    Let Twincast resolve. Only makes 1 copy of howl because no copies of howl have resolved.
    _top of stack_
    HowlCopy1
    Howl
    _bottom of stack_

    Let HowlCopy1 resolve. HowlCopy1 effect active.
    _top of stack_
    Howl
    _bottom of stack_

    Cast Reverb targeting Howl, triggering HowlCopy1.
    _top of stack_
    HowlCopy1 Trigger copying Reverb
    Reverb targeting Howl
    Howl
    _bottom of stack_

    So when the HowlCopy1 trigger resolves you get a reverb copy(or 2 with raid) that can also target Howl. Let the Reverbs resolve and you will have 3(or 4) Howl effects total, with the original Howl still on the stack.

    The key thing is that first copy spell that targets howl will not have a howl effect.
    Posted in: Magic Rulings
  • posted a message on Selvala and triggers
    Yes. You can activate Selvala's manna ability and/or the sabertooth's return ability any time you have priority before or between the triggered abilities resolving.
    Posted in: Magic Rulings
  • posted a message on Upkeep rules
    No. When you put the two upkeep triggers on the stack, the one that targets needs to have it's target chosen at that time. This is before the other trigger puts counters on everything.
    Posted in: Magic Rulings
  • posted a message on Beacon of tomorrows (shuffle from exile)
    Unless they way you cast the spell specifies that you do something else with the spell it behaves normally.
    Take the rule for Flashback, for example:

    702.33a Flashback appears on some instants and sorceries. It represents two static abilities: one that functions while the card is in a player’s graveyard and another that functions while the card is on the stack. “Flashback [cost]” means “You may cast this card from your graveyard by paying [cost] rather than paying its mana cost” and “If the flashback cost was paid, exile this card instead of putting it anywhere else any time it would leave the stack.” Casting a spell using its flashback ability follows the rules for paying alternative costs in rules 601.2b and 601.2f–h.

    So if you use Snapcaster Mage to give Beacon flashback and cast it from your graveyard it would not shuffle in.
    Narset's ability has no such instruction. It will shuffle in as part of it's resolution.
    Posted in: Magic Rulings
  • posted a message on "Move to assign damage?" Vs "move to assign first strike damage?" when passing priority
    I would understand that you are passing to the next damage step. Keep in mind that if there is no first strike damage to be assigned there is no first strike damage step.

    Posted in: Magic Rulings
  • posted a message on Quick Question on Priority
    Scenario A: When player one casts a spell, their chance to cast another spell before the first spell resolves is immediately after casting the first spell, before players two or three get priority. If player one passes this priority, and the other players also pass, the spell resolves. Then the active player gets priority.

    Scenario B is wrong: 1 plays a spell. First 1 gets priority, then 2, then 3. If all pass the spell resolves.
    During practical play, player one passing the priority they get immediately after casting a spell is assumed and automatic. If they wish to use this priority to cast another spell in response to their own first spell they need to say so before hand. If they do not use this priority, and 2 and 3 also pass, 1 does not get priority again.
    Posted in: Magic Rulings
  • posted a message on Gleemax vs Gleemax
    For a silver bordered un-card you just make it up as you go along. Maybe the person who can balance their library on top of their head the longest?

    If you wanted to try to try to use rules of magic maybe treat it as a replacement effect?
    The spell or abilitiy's controller would decide which glemax to apply last and thus who would chooses targets.
    Posted in: Magic Rulings
  • posted a message on Does this do what I think it might?
    looks good.

    201.2b If an object has more than one name, it has the same name as another object if there are one or more names that both objects have in common.
    Posted in: Magic Rulings
  • posted a message on Quick query on deciding what order triggers go on stack, active player or owner of triggers?
    Note that in order for Shrieking Affliction to trigger, it's trigger condition must be true at the beginning of the upkeep. It is checked again when the trigger resolves to see if life is lost. If an opponent starts their upkeep with two cards in hand the discard from Mists trigger resolving will not cause Affliction to trigger. The beginning of upkeep has already passed.
    Posted in: Magic Rulings
  • posted a message on Soul Sculptor + Soul Warden
    Quote from Berdryn83 »

    My first rule question comes up: When the new goblin comes in, I gain 1 life due to soul warden. It triggers the enchantment to return to a creature, Do I gain a life for this change?


    No. Nothing entered. It was already there and it changed.

    Does this returned goblin have summoning sickness also?


    No. It was on the battlefield under their control at the start of the turn. This counts even thought it was not a creature at the time.

    Also, since I'm here, if soul sculptor dies while there are creatures made into enchantments with its ability, do they return to being creatures if he plays a new creature or do they stay enchantments because soul sculptor's ability is no longer in play to allow that?


    They return to being creatures. The trigger to revert them comes from the ability that made them enchantments, not from Sculptor.
    Posted in: Magic Rulings
  • posted a message on Liliana, Heretical Healer
    When Healer goes to exile to transform, it then leaves exile to comes back to the battlefield as Necromancer. When Necromancer is on the battlefield, Healer is no longer in exile.
    Posted in: Magic Rulings
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