Rules Question:

  1. Player A attack with 1/2 creature

  2. Player B block with Walking Ballista with 1 +1/+1 counter
    And now can player B use Walking Ballista activation ability, after combat damage but before it go to graveyard, to kill 1/2 creature?


1 Answer 1


No, you cannot. Going to the graveyard (due to damage) is a State-Based action that happens before either player gets priority. Without priority, you can't activate Ballista's ability.

704.3. Whenever a player would get priority (see rule 116, “Timing and Priority”), the game checks for any of the listed conditions for state-based actions, then performs all applicable state-based actions simultaneously as a single event. If any state-based actions are performed as a result of a check, the check is repeated; otherwise all triggered abilities that are waiting to be put on the stack are put on the stack, then the check is repeated. Once no more state-based actions have been performed as the result of a check and no triggered abilities are waiting to be put on the stack, the appropriate player gets priority.


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