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Aug
25
comment Do creatures who come into play tapped have summoning sickness?
@ikegami I would say all four parts of your last comment are incorrect. In any case I think if we are to continue this it would be best to transfer to a chat room (perhaps Board & Card Games Chat).
Aug
25
comment Do creatures who come into play tapped have summoning sickness?
@ikegami no, rule 302.6 says nothing about haste. Creatures with haste are able to behave in a way that directly contradicts that rule. Noncreature permanents are not. That's why haste is an exception but not being a creature isn't.
Aug
25
comment Do creatures who come into play tapped have summoning sickness?
@ikegami well, that depends on what you consider to be the rule. I'm going by 302.6 of the comprehensive rules, which only applies to creatures, and thus noncreature permanents aren't an exception, they are outside the scope of the rule.
Aug
20
comment Do creatures who come into play tapped have summoning sickness?
And it may be worth mentioning for completeness that haste is the only exception to the summoning sickness rule. For this rule it doesn't matter whether a creature is tapped or untapped, upside down, flipped, phased out, paired, etc.
Aug
5
comment Will Exquisite Blood trigger even if the life loss eliminates the player
Related: boardgames.stackexchange.com/questions/4749/… (which is kind of a more general version of this question)
Jul
8
comment What's the technical term for the period of time between when an opponent concludes their turn and mine begins?
@murgatroid99 (3 comments up) yes, I like what you did with your latest edit.
Jul
7
comment What's the technical term for the period of time between when an opponent concludes their turn and mine begins?
Personally, I'd like to see it made explicit - like, as the very first sentence, "There is no time between turns." But I don't think it's important enough to warrant writing my own answer (which would otherwise be much the same as yours).
Jun
29
comment In multiplayer, does Dictate of Erebos still take effect if the combat that kills its owner's creature defeats the owner?
Related: boardgames.stackexchange.com/questions/4749/…
Jun
12
comment Why would I want to use the activated ability of “Scalding Tarn”?
This (answer) is actually slightly wrong in its current form, for the reason @HaoYe mentioned: the land only needs to have one or more of the "basic land types," but it does not actually have to be a basic land.
Jun
10
comment Which is authoritative: Ban List or Gatherer?
I always thought it was common knowledge that Gatherer is not the authoritative reference for banned/restricted lists, but I've never actually seen an explicit statement indicating that. At least it's not in the comprehensive rules or the Magic tournament rules... beyond that, what sort of source would you consider authoritative? (see also this)
Jun
6
comment Can I activate the tap ability of a creature summoned last turn before I have to remove it to my hand?
The Free-Riders' ability doesn't target, by the way.
Jun
5
comment Wall of Frost vs a cyphered Hidden Strings
@Cruncher no, the triggered ability would go on the stack during your upkeep and untap the permanents during your upkeep. Only one thing ever happens during the untap step.
Apr
29
comment What happens when I cast a spell incorrectly?
@Cruncher do you have a citation for e.g. a judge's ruling on that? I can see how one would arrive at that conclusion from the comprehensive rules but it's not explicit, and I think it would be useful to have an explicit assertion since that clashes with the way most people play (casually at least).
Apr
20
comment How can I play against enchantments while playing an all black deck?
Well then... what do you hope to find here that you couldn't get from Gatherer?
Apr
19
comment How can I play against enchantments while playing an all black deck?
Which format? Standard? Modern? Casual where all cards ever printed are fair game? etc. Also, have you tried searching Gatherer?
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.