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My opponent blocks my creature with a Rhox, and instead of dealing damage to the attacker, would prefer to deal that damage to me. Does Rhox's ability work that way?

The same ability can also be seen on cards such as Thorn Elemental.

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Add the name of the game (an abbreviation, actually), to the heading. –  Tom Au Aug 23 '11 at 20:23
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@Tom Au - Actually, I think that's a terrible idea. We have tags precisely so you don't have to do this. –  ire_and_curses Aug 23 '11 at 21:39
    
@ire: I wouldn't call it terrible. But there appears to be a pretty even split of opinion on the related meta question, so I'll stop doing this. –  Tom Au Aug 23 '11 at 22:02
    
@Tom Au - I have just started a discussion about this on meta. Feel free to express your point of view there if you like: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/103621/… –  ire_and_curses Aug 23 '11 at 22:10
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Unfortunately the answer is "no". The text on these cards, and others like them, is

"this creature may assign its combat damage as though it weren't blocked"

It's obvious what this means when the creature is attacking - if it weren't blocked it would deal damage directly to the player.

When blocking, it's academic whether "the creature may assign its combat damage as though it weren't blocked". The only permissible place to assign a blocker's combat damage, ever, is to the creature it's blocking. As such, Rhox and Thorn Elemental's special abilities have no effect while they're on defensive duty.

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Thanks a lot, same I was thinking... –  ProblemFactory Aug 23 '11 at 19:27
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