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Sep
3
comment What happens if I use Sudden Disappearance?
And in particular, only abilities that actually use the tap symbol in their cost.
Aug
25
awarded  Civic Duty
Jul
27
comment Why do cards have different rarity levels in Magic: The Gathering?
I wouldn't say "often." There are a few mistakes, but the majority of expensive cards are just normal cards that are in high demand.
Jul
16
comment Can Dismember kill my Gloryscale Viashino after I cast Armadillo Cloak?
@Nick The triggered ability is not linked in any way to the spell. So if Armadillo Cloak is countered, that doesn't automatically have any effect on the triggered ability.
Jul
15
comment How does Infect resolve in M:TG?
One thing for future readers to note: infect isn't a spell or ability, so it doesn't actually resolve.
Jul
14
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Can Dismember kill my Gloryscale Viashino after I cast Armadillo Cloak?
Jul
14
answered Can Dismember kill my Gloryscale Viashino after I cast Armadillo Cloak?
Jul
5
awarded  Yearling
Jun
28
comment Which effects affect both opponents and which only one in Two Headed Giant?
+1 for correct usage of both "effect" and "affect" :-P
Jun
26
revised Prateor's Grasp - Can Opponent Determine Taken Card Before Shuffle
improve formatting of card text
Jun
19
comment Gaining and losing life at the same time
It's worth noting that in this scenario you don't gain and lose life at the same time. First you lose the life, then only later, you gain the life (if you haven't already lost).
Jun
13
answered Trample + Deathtouch
Jun
13
comment Land ratio vs mana curve
Limited decks have a lower overall quality of spells, and the power cards in the deck tend to be more expensive: 4-6 mana instead of 2 or 3. So it's more important to hit the first 4-5 land drops consistently than it is in a low-curve constructed deck. Plus, if you miss land drops early, it's easy to fall behind in board position, and the kinds of cards that let you recover from those situations are in very short supply in Limited. Better to avoid getting behind at all, and drawing enough land is a key component of doing so.
May
12
comment What order do triggered abilities happen in if multiple things trigger at the same time?
In a casual game, it's usually not going to be a big deal, of course, but do keep in mind that technically "reveal the top card" is not at all the same thing as "draw." There are cards that care about the difference.
May
11
comment How much damage do my other Goblins deal if my Goblin Chieftain dies during the first strike step?
IIRC the +1/+1 itself is an effect. As ghoppe said, the Goblin Chieftain has an ability; in this particular case it's a static ability, because it is something that applies continuously as long as the Chieftain is in play. One effect of that ability is that all other Goblins you control get +1/+1. And another effect is that they all have haste.
May
8
comment How does trample interact with damage prevention effects and indestructible blockers?
@user1873 Yes it does in the normal situation where you assign the maximum possible amount of damage to the player. The fact that the OP proposed this scenario indicates that that is what was intended. In any case, you have to make an explicit damage assignment, it's not like assigning all the damage to the creature is a default, so saying "no it doesn't" is misleading. "No it doesn't have to" would be more accurate.
May
7
answered How does trample interact with damage prevention effects and indestructible blockers?
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?