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Apr
4
comment Does sacrificing a permanent cancel its effects, or do they still resolve?
Neither of those examples are targeted abilities, so IIRC the ability wouldn't get countered, it would just fail to return the creature.
Apr
4
awarded  magic-the-gathering
Apr
3
answered Can a creature be tapped to prevent its activated ability?
Mar
30
awarded  Quorum
Mar
10
comment How to search opponents library when playing remote via webcam?
FWIW, I've recently heard a fair number of people say they prefer Cockatrice over MWS and some other clients.
Mar
4
comment Can the “Sacrifice (this card):” activated ability be placed back on the stack?
To put Alex's comment another way, the card goes to the graveyard at the same time as the ability is first placed on the stack. There is no opportunity for you or your opponent to do anything between the ability being placed on the stack and the moving of the Seal to the graveyard. The casting of Naturalize happens well after both of those actions.
Feb
23
comment What happens when an undying creature takes damage from a creature with deathtouch?
Just thought I'd point out that the caveat in your last paragraph is relevant for the few cards which actually say "When [this creature] deals damage to another creature, destroy that creature." In those cases the triggered ability would lose track of the creature with undying.
Feb
22
answered Does sacrificing a permanent cancel its effects, or do they still resolve?
Feb
19
comment Can Mirrorworks' ability be activated multiple times for the same artifact?
Mirrorworks' ability can never be activated, because it is triggered. This is mentioned in the answers but I think it's worth emphasizing.
Feb
19
comment Can Mirrorworks' ability be activated multiple times for the same artifact?
603.2c is the closest I can think of that you're going to get to that... I see that user1873 has already done the legwork to show it ;-)
Feb
14
comment What happens if Genesis Wave puts Fists of Ironwood onto a battlefield with no creatures?
(cont.) I can't think of anything offhand that would cause an Aura to enter the battlefield attached to a permanent without it becoming attached to that permanent, though. I guess you would need to have a card that puts a creature on the battlefield with an Aura enchanting it. The card would need to contain wording that specifically mentions both the creature (or other permanent) and the Aura to make that happen.
Feb
14
comment What happens if Genesis Wave puts Fists of Ironwood onto a battlefield with no creatures?
@thesunneversets: Phasing doesn't actually cause a permanent to enter or leave the battlefield, even though it is treated as not being on the battlefield while it's phased out (rule 702.24d). Further evidence that that is one seriously messed up ability ;-) There are cards that specifically allow for putting an Aura on the battlefield attached to a permanent, like Sovereigns of Lost Alara. (cont.)
Feb
13
comment What happens if Genesis Wave puts Fists of Ironwood onto a battlefield with no creatures?
I found a reference on the Wizards forums so I edited it in, and took the opportunity to clarify the rest of the answer.
Feb
13
revised What happens if Genesis Wave puts Fists of Ironwood onto a battlefield with no creatures?
edit with a link from WCF (and rewrite for clarity)
Feb
13
answered What happens if Genesis Wave puts Fists of Ironwood onto a battlefield with no creatures?
Feb
10
comment Is the target for an ability part of the cost?
Aura spells have targets just like instants and sorceries (may) have targets. Once the Aura spell resolves, then it creates an Aura permanent, which does not have a target but instead is "attached" to the thing it enchants.
Feb
3
comment What's the current state of Magic: The Gathering online play?
It's my understanding that only the very best pro players (like, top ~20 in the world) have good enough win percentages that they can sustain their MTGO activities solely through winnings and selling drafted cards. For the vast majority of us, it requires some input of money to keep going, although the better a player you are, the less your average cost is.
Jan
28
answered Why do cards have different rarity levels in Magic: The Gathering?
Jan
19
comment How should I determine how many lands of each different color to put in my deck?
It's not exactly simple, but this is about as close to a magic formula (pun intended) as I've ever seen: channelfireball.com/articles/… (and for Modern: channelfireball.com/articles/…).
Jan
13
comment How to decide if I should use a counterspell in MTG?
+1, but even True Conviction can be a dud if your opponent has no creatures. I think it's worth emphasizing that you can't say "always counter [card]" or "never counter [card];" you always have to consider the game state.