If my opponent has one Timberwatch Elf tapped, and I use Yamabushi Flame on it, can my opponent respond with a Wirewood Lodge and then use Timberwatch Elf to protect it?

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Yes. Wirewood Lodge's ability will go on the stack. Once it resolves, Timberwatch Elf will be untapped and the active player will get priority. Yamabushi's Flame won't resolve until all players pass priority, so your opponent has a chance to activate Timberwatch Elf's ability targeting itself.

Of course, there will need to be at least one other elf in play in order for the ability to actually save it from the 3 damage Yamabushi's Flame will deal.


Yes. The full sequence of events goes:

  1. You cast Yamabushi's Flame
  2. Your opponent activates Wirewood Lodge
  3. Your opponent taps Timberwatch Elf targeting itself
  4. Timberwatch Elf gets pumped
  5. Yamabushi's Flame deals 3 damage to Timberwatch Elf

Now, between literally every step there is an implicit "both players pass priority"; you can both still respond at every juncture. So, for instance, if you want to respond to his Wirewood Lodge activation with another burn spell, you could do so and probably kill it (causing all the other steps to be countered for illegal targets)

  • Wouldn't, between numbers 2 and 3, the opponent not pass priority and activate all his abilities in a row? I might be confused on priority though, since I am not well versed in it. Mar 9, 2014 at 16:51
  • @MiloGertjejansen Villain has to pass priority to let the Wirewood Lodge effect resolve. Nonmana abilities of lands still use the stack and you still have to let your opponent respond to them. If the Timberwatch Elf were untapped, villain could activate both in a row without passing, but in this case it's tapped so villain needs the lodge to resolve before using its tap ability. Mar 9, 2014 at 17:06
  • Ah, but of course. Didn't even think of that. Thanks for the clarification! Mar 9, 2014 at 17:25

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