I was playing a game earlier and my opponent had a Drana, Liberator of Malakir that was a 4/3 and wanted to use a sorcery to fight Kozilek's Channeler that was a 4/4.

We were wondering if the Channeler would die first because of First Strike? Or would it not be counted as it wasn't combat?

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First Strike does not apply because it isn't combat.

701.10d The damage dealt when a creature fights isn’t combat damage.

702.7a First strike is a static ability that modifies the rules for the combat damage step.

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    Thanks, that's what I thought but we really weren't sure Commented Oct 6, 2015 at 13:43

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