When I declare multiple attackers, do they deal damage at the same time, or do they attack sequentially?

For an example, I attack with Aethergeode Miner and Ninth Bridge Patrol. If they attack simultaneously, I've got a 3/1 and a 1/1. If they attack sequentially, I could use the Miner first, flicker it, and then I'd have a 3/1 and a 2/2, since the Patrol gains +1/+1 for each creature that flickers.

Do attacking creatures work simultaneously?

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From the Comprehensive Rules:

510.1. First, the active player announces how each attacking creature assigns its combat damage, then the defending player announces how each blocking creature assigns its combat damage.

510.2. Second, all combat damage that’s been assigned is dealt simultaneously.

Note that it is possible to get the sequential effect you want if you have a way of giving your Miner the ability First Strike (or Double Strike). All creatures with First Strike deal damage first, and then there is time to flicker your Miner before other creatures deal damage.

  • I'm not sure if it's worth talking about first strike / double strike here, or if it would just complicate things.
    – GendoIkari
    Commented Apr 29, 2017 at 3:01
  • Okay. So if I read that right, the Patrol won't deal 2 damage that turn, but would the next time? Commented Apr 29, 2017 at 11:16
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    Are you flickering Miner after combat? If so then yes. Commented Apr 29, 2017 at 14:40
  • Yeah, I'd be flickering the miner after combat. Commented May 1, 2017 at 14:01
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    @GendoIkari It is probably worth mentioning as what the OP wants to do is technically possible if he can give the Miner first/double strike. Could lead to a better understanding of the game.
    – Malco
    Commented May 5, 2017 at 14:46

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