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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.
Mar
9
comment Can I save my spark trooper with a delayed flicker?
Actually, if you blink the Spark Trooper with Mistmeadow Witch in response to its trigger, it would return the Trooper to the battlefield at the beginning of your opponent's end step, which means it wouldn't be sacrificed again until the end step of your next turn. But you're right about Voidwalk of course.
Mar
8
comment Looking for the “magic'al” formula
Yep, all about playtesting. It may be worth noting that Wizards designs cards years in advance so they have ample time to test their balance.
Mar
6
comment Do cards that say “Each player…” still affect players with Shroud?
or "when the enchantments are being cast" or something. In any case I think it would be a useful clarification.
Feb
13
reviewed Approve suggested edit on fluxx tag wiki excerpt
Feb
6
comment At what point does a spell 'target' its target?
As the answers say, not only can you wait, but you must wait until targets are chosen (and later) before you choose to counter it. In other words, even if you wanted to counter the spell before its targets were chosen, you cannot do so. The announcement of intent to play the spell, placing on the stack, choosing of modes and targets, and payment of costs are all part of a single sequence that cannot be interrupted.
Feb
3
revised Illusionist's bracers and werewolf rulings
fix misspelled card name
Jan
13
comment Can I respond to Cloudshift bringing something back into play?
Note that DoJ is a sorcery, so you can't ordinarily cast it in response to anything.
Jan
4
answered Can instants be played after I decide not to block?
Dec
25
comment Do face-down creatures with death trigger activate normally?
Ixidron doesn't give anything a "When this dies ..." ability...
Dec
13
comment Can I use Naturalize to “counter” an activated ability?
There are no triggers involved in this scenario.
Nov
25
revised Does a Angel of Glory's Rise and a Fiend Hunter combo work like I think it does?
added 4 characters in body
Nov
25
comment Does a Angel of Glory's Rise and a Fiend Hunter combo work like I think it does?
Oh right, I forgot that the ability was targeted. I'll edit.
Nov
25
answered Does a Angel of Glory's Rise and a Fiend Hunter combo work like I think it does?
Nov
11
comment How has the rise of limited formats affected MTG set design?
IIRC Mirage block was the first to be designed with limited formats in mind, and that was released in 1997, so it's going to take someone with a good memory to describe in any detail how limited affected the design. (Or good Google-fu, I guess - I'm sure there are some discussions about it on the web)
Oct
15
revised When is a creature's toughness calculated
added 88 characters in body
Oct
15
comment When is a creature's toughness calculated
ah, looks like I forgot to finish writing before I submitted :-P
Oct
15
answered When is a creature's toughness calculated