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Sep
7
comment Can I “hide” a Vesuvan Shapeshifter?
@Jefromi that would be another reason to mark the face-down permanents with dice or counters or something, because any time your opponent starts asking which one is which you can just respond with "#3". It's your opponent's obligation to remember that permanent #3 is the Shapeshifter, if that is revealed.
Aug
6
comment In plain English, how does casting spells and using creature abilities work with the stack and priority?
@Rawrgramming it means that when you cast a spell, you are the first one allowed to respond to it (although it is rare that you would want to do so).
Jul
5
awarded  Yearling
Jun
26
awarded  Nice Answer
Jun
8
comment Can Hydras be regenerated?
"Gains persist/undying until end of turn" kind of does it, I suppose.
Jun
8
reviewed Reject suggested edit on Is Go played for money?
Jun
5
comment Do creatures with summoning sickness deal damage while blocking?
Bonus to the bonus points: the key is whether the ability's cost includes the tap symbol, not whether the ability is on the creature itself. You can tap a creature to activate its own ability if the ability doesn't have the tap symbol in its cost. Example: Heritage Druid can be tapped to activate its own ability the turn it comes into play.
Jun
5
reviewed Reject suggested edit on Can I use a card with “Add one mana of any color to your mana pool” in any Elder Dragon Highlander (EDH) deck?
Jun
5
answered How to play Ring of Valkas?
Jun
5
answered Can you stop casting a spell?
May
11
comment Glaring Spotlight anti-hexproof work on enchantments
Well, Glaring Spotlight refers to hexproof specifically. If a creature would be untargetable for some other reason (e.g. it has shroud), that other reason would continue to apply and would not be affected by Glaring Spotlight.
Apr
22
revised Can I have multiple copies of a creature with Cipher?
specify combat damage in another place
Apr
17
comment Does the first spell from Possibility Storm go on the stack before being exiled?
Wait, in scenario 1 of the second part of the post, wouldn't Possibility Storm's ability resolve before replicate, since it went on the stack last? And in scenario 2, did you mean to say "he casts Gigadrowse on your turn"?
Apr
5
comment Would Pillar of Flames get rid of a Blightsteel Colossus?
Tragic Slip doesn't put any counters on the creature it targets. And even if you did use a Tragic Slip with morbid on a Blightsteel Colossus, you'd still have the issue WLPhoenix brought up, that there are two competing replacement effects, so the Colossus' controller would get to choose whether it gets exiled or shuffled into its owner's library.
Apr
5
answered Can I sacrifice a permanent to pay an ability cost while the permanent's spell is still on the stack?
Apr
5
comment Can I sacrifice a permanent to pay an ability cost while the permanent's spell is still on the stack?
@Michael Pretty much everything has changed since 5th edition. The 6th edition rules update almost reinvented the game. (Not really, but it was a very drastic change.) See e.g. this. Although the answer to this particular question would be the same under 5th edition rules.
Apr
5
awarded  Enlightened
Apr
5
awarded  Nice Answer
Mar
12
comment Are counters (noun) physical things?
Yeah, those would be Angel tokens. (Of course the part on the back doesn't matter)
Mar
12
comment Are counters (noun) physical things?
Incidentally, Beckon Apparition isn't actually an example of what you're asking about because it creates a token, not a counter. A token represents a permanent of its own, whereas counters have to be placed on a permanent. You can use the same physical objects to represent counters and tokens, but there are also actual token cards you can get that come out of booster packs.