So me and a buddy of mine got into a argument: he had Setessan Battle Priest out which has heroic

Whenever you cast a spell that targets Setessan Battle Priest, you gain 2 life

Then he played Turn to Frog, which takes all abilities away and makes it a 1/1 Blue Frog until end of turn. He said he gained two life because Heroic triggers from the spell. I said that it took away the ability so it doesn't activate. Who was right?

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    At the bottom of the page you linked for Setessan Battle Priest, it states "Heroic abilities will resolve before the spell that caused them to trigger." May 18, 2015 at 14:32

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Yes, Heroic does trigger in that situation, and he does gain the 2 life. This is because Heroic triggers when you cast the spell, before it resolves and has any effects. Basically, it plays out like this:

  1. Your opponent casts Turn to Frog targeting his Setessan Battle Priest. The Priest's Heroic ability triggers. Now there are two objects on the stack: the Heroic ability is on top of the Turn to Frog spell.
  2. The Heroic ability resolves, and your opponent gains 2 life.
  3. Turn to Frog resolves and the Priest loses all of its abilities.

The rulings on Setessan Battle Priest's Gatherer page also mention this:

Heroic abilities will resolve before the spell that caused them to trigger.

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