I have an Elvish Mystic (EM) and Pharika Mender (PM) in my graveyard, and a Gray Merchant of Asphodel (GMOA)on the battlefield. At the end of my opponent's turn, I play Rescue from The Underworld (RFTU), sacrificing my GMOA as the additional cost to cast it. I choose PM as my target for RFTU.

During my upkeep, GMOA and PM enters the battlefield and their trigger are put on the stack. I place PM's trigger first, and then GMOA's trigger.

In respond to GMOA's trigger, my opponent kills GMOA, and then GMOA's trigger resolves -- which means PM's trigger resolves next.

When PM's trigger resolves, am I able to target GMOA to return it to my hand?

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    Can we use the proper abbreviation for "Gray Merchant of Asphodel", Gary? =)
    – corsiKa
    Commented May 28, 2014 at 20:42
  • Also, why wouldn't you put GMOA's trigger on first, and then PM's trigger? This way, you could bring back a Black permanent for a higher devotion count for GMOA's trigger.
    – corsiKa
    Commented May 28, 2014 at 20:44
  • Pharika's trigger returns the card to your hand, so devotion count doesn't change, as much as I'd like it to. ; )
    – Googooboyy
    Commented May 29, 2014 at 2:59

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The targets of abilities and spells are chosen as these go on the stack, so you should have had a target chosen already even before the merchant died in the first place.

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