The Ur-Dragon doesn't change the Dragon card's mana cost. It causes it to cost less to cast. See this thread.
Crosis' converted mana cost is 6.
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Mar 15, 2018There is a period at which the permanent has the +1/+1 and the -1/-1 counters both. However, this condition is not allowed to persist. An equal number of both counters are removed, equal to the lesser stack, as a State-Based Action, which happens after the current spell or ability finishes resolving and before waiting triggered abilities go onto the Stack.Posted in: Magic Rulings
Mar 14, 2018Baral changes what you pay. It says some spells "cost less to cast". When you cast something by an alternative cost, you're casting it.Posted in: Magic Rulings
Technically the alternative cost itself remains unchanged. The overload of Cyclonic Rift, the awaken of Part the Waterviel, etc. are attributes of those cards, and sometimes (rarely) another card might care what that attribute of a particular overload or awaken card is. Baral "changes" the final cost, referenced in the rules as "total cost".
Mar 11, 2018Bloodghast and the Flagstones enter your graveyard during the resolution of Smallpox. Smallpox is then put into your graveyard. Then the triggered ability of Flagstones is put onto the Stack.Posted in: Magic Rulings
When the Plains enters the battlefield, Bloodghast, being in your graveyard, triggers.
In this case, what matters isn't when Flagstones triggers, but when that ability resolves. If they're not mana abilities, abilities use the Stack and give the opportunity for response to all players.
Mar 8, 2018Overload uses the word 'each' instead of 'all' because only 'each' is a syntactically valid substitute for the word 'target', and even then it's only so because every card printed with overload has exactly one target.Posted in: Magic Rulings
"Deal 1 damage to all creature you don't control" is grammatically jarring in English. And "Tap up to three all lands" is just nonsense.
However, semantically, 'each' and 'all' are the same, as you pick out. They mean "to every one of them". A sentence using 'each' can make it more clear that an effect uses specific information about each thing talked about when acting upon them, that's all.
Mar 8, 2018The change to the wording of mana production both pleases and saddens me. It pleases me for being efficient, cutting out words that didn't add meaning. It saddens me because the probability of seeing Ice Cauldron errata'd to be a mana pool has now tapered off to the nanoscopically meager.Posted in: The Rumor Mill
Mar 6, 2018Posted in: Magic Rulings
Suspend defines an alternative cost and two triggered abilities. Alternative costs are always optional (CR117.9b). They are also exclusive, since they are all alternate to paying the mana cost.
If you can cast a card with suspend because of something other than suspend, then suspend does not, and cannot, have a role in the result.
This whole post is wrong.
Mar 6, 2018GriselbrandPosted in: Magic Rulings
There's some missing information from the combo description.
So the library has JUST the two Blightsteel Colossus, which are dredged two at a time as you replace each of the seven draws individually. That isn't random. You actually draw the Blightsteel Colossus, and now have a 0 card library. You can show your opponent the Colossi in your hand, so now your deck is visible (i.e., your opponent knows there are just two Blightsteel Colossus in the library... if that wasn't already clear from the dredging).
This shortcut does have "predictable results" as OP claims. These are two Blightsteel Colossus, not just two cards with similar abilities. Absolutely every time, the same thing happens. Two cards with the same English name are indistinguishable from each other. They have the text of the Oracle reference, and factors like art, watermark, and (now) expansion symbol have "no effect on gameplay". The shuffling is nominal, and physically performing it would be wasteful.
The highlighted portion of 719.2a has greater argumentative force than superstition about the order of categorically identical objects in the library.
Mar 5, 2018While an ability (such as the Torment's) or a spell is resolving, players do not activate abilities that aren't mana abilities. You need priority to do that, which no one has as spells and abilities resolve.Posted in: Magic Rulings
If a player activates Dwarven Scorcher, that is before Torment of Scarabs does anything, and then, Dwarven Scorcher can't be sacrificed, because it's dead.
Feb 28, 2018Posted in: Magic RulingsQuote from chaikov »
Either Beacon resolves, and thus goes to your lib, which contradicts the part saying instead of into your graveyard.
Or Beacon is countered by opponent, which contradicts the part saying as it resolves.
What if Beacon's target is illegal?
Feb 23, 2018As a result of being dealt damage, your opponent loses 4 life and Darien's ability triggers. Before triggered abilities are placed on the Stack, your opponent loses the game for having 0 or less life. Then you win the game because you are the only remaining player.Posted in: Magic Rulings
Feb 23, 2018The converted mana cost of teferi's protection depends on its mana cost, and teferi's protection's mana cost is always 2W. Pearl Medallion changes what you pay to cast this spell; it doesn't change the characteristic of the mana cost itself.Posted in: Magic Rulings
Feb 22, 2018If it's your turn, you get priority first after anything on the Stack resolves. So yes, you can activate Gideon before he can be the target of Abrupt Decay or you can be the target of a Lightning Bolt.Posted in: Magic Rulings
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