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Apr
9
comment Hammer of Purphoros doesn't let me destroy my opponent's lands; why is that exactly?
I think it's meaningless to debate whether there is or should be an explicit justification in the rules that "target" cannot occur in a cost, because the rules are not meant to govern what can be printed on cards. The rules are to determine how cards are played.
Mar
13
comment In MTG, what happens when a player loses in multiplayer?
@murgatroid99 True... the consequences are the same, but I'll fix it.
Mar
8
comment If a creature with an effect is destroyed by blocking do other attacking creatures lose the effect?
That's correct (though it's rule 510.2, you have a typo in your link text). In fact the combat damage is dealt first, and then only later, immediately prior to the action described in rule 510.3, do creatures actually die if they've received lethal damage. (see rules 116.5 and 704.3)
Feb
7
comment How do two Doubling Seasons affect each other?
Very nice now :-)
Feb
6
comment How do two Doubling Seasons affect each other?
My point was that effects don't resolve, e.g. they don't go on the stack. I'd use "happens" or "takes effect" or "finishes" or something of that nature.
Feb
6
comment How do two Doubling Seasons affect each other?
A slight nitpick, but I wouldn't use the word "resolve" in this context because it could cause confusion with spells and abilities resolving.
Jan
8
comment How does Double Strike work with Trample?
That's not what this question is about, though. It's an unrelated misconception that user6555 has.
Jan
7
comment How does Double Strike work with Trample?
Regardless of what the existing answer to the other question says, I think someone who reads and understands an adequate answer to that question would then be able to figure out this one, so I do think it's a duplicate.
Nov
2
comment Does Leyline of Singularity works on tokens?
@GendoIkari Most of the comprehensive rules don't change that often, so most of what you find on MTGSalvation should be accurate, but you never know where something might have changed. It's probably better to refer to the actual CR from Wizards' site. There's also this, which is kept up to date, but is technically still not canonical.
Oct
22
comment Casting instant spells/using abilities on opponent's turn
@Indigenuity Ah, well, I don't know how DotP works, but what you're describing can't happen in actual Magic.
Oct
14
comment Casting instant spells/using abilities on opponent's turn
@Indigenuity Actually in Magic software (as in paper Magic), you can only cast spells or activate abilities during your opponent's main phase after that player has had an opportunity to do so first. Sometimes it might not be clear that the player whose turn it is gets the first shot at playing things, but it is the case.
Oct
14
comment Does untapping an attacker stop its attack
That's true, untapping (or tapping) a creature after it has been declared as an attacker can never stop it from attacking. (Same goes for blocking.) But there are some cards that will say things like "Untap target attacking creature and remove it from combat," which does stop the creature from attacking.
Oct
11
comment Does Master of the Wild Hunt deal damage multiple times?
@ikegami I was simply pointing out that combat is another case where multiple sources deal damage at the same time.
Oct
9
comment Does Master of the Wild Hunt deal damage multiple times?
Yep, and similarly, when creatures in combat deal damage, they all do so at the same time (unless first strike or double strike are involved). So all combat damage in this case counts as one instance of dealing damage, even if it is coming from multiple sources.
Sep
28
comment How to resolve illegal targeting that was allowed?
To be clear, it's the ability of Chained to the Rocks that targeted your dragon, not the enchantment itself - right?
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).
Jun
8
comment Can Hydras be regenerated?
"Gains persist/undying until end of turn" kind of does it, I suppose.
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.
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.