During the main phase my opponent plays an enchantment on my creature. I respond with an instant to give my creature hexproof. Is my creatue enchanted or not because of my instant?

  • 702.11b “Hexproof” on a permanent means “This permanent can't be the target of spells or abilities your opponents control.” Assuming the creature gains hexproof before the opponent's enchantment resolves, it'll no longer be a legal target and the creature will not be enchanted. See this related question for more details on when the validity of a target is checked.
    – Manath
    Apr 9, 2018 at 22:30
  • One of these needs to be made into an answer instead of a comment.
    – John Doe
    Apr 9, 2018 at 23:43
  • I felt a comment was most appropriate as I didn't want to leave a formal answer for a duplicate question.
    – Manath
    Apr 10, 2018 at 15:50

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Say that we have two players, Alice and Bob. Assume that Bob has a German Foil Storm Crow out and its Alice's turn. Alice wants to cast Pacifism because god, that's a scary Storm Crow. So the enchantment goes on the stack, targeting Storm Crow. Now priority gets passed to Bob and say this German Foil Storm Crow holds sentimental value to Bob. He casts Blossoming Defens targeting the Storm Crow. Now Blossoming Defense is on the stack targeting Storm Crow. Priority gets passed back to Alice and she has no response. The Blossoming Defens resolves first, giving Storm Crow indestructible and hexproof. Now the Pacifism resolves attempting to target Storm Crow. Because of:

  1. Resolving Spells and Abilities

608.2b If the spell or ability specifies targets, it checks whether the targets are still legal. A target that’s no longer in the zone it was in when it was targeted is illegal. Other changes to the game state may cause a target to no longer be legal; for example, its characteristics may have changed or an effect may have changed the text of the spell. If the source of an ability has left the zone it was in, its last known information is used during this process. The spell or ability is countered if all its targets, for every instance of the word “target,” are now illegal. If the spell or ability is not countered, it will resolve normally. However, if any of its targets are illegal, the part of the spell or ability’s effect for which it is an illegal target can’t perform any actions on that target, make another object or player perform any actions on that target, or make that target perform any actions. If the spell or ability creates a continuous effect that affects game rules (see rule 613.10), that effect doesn’t apply to illegal targets. The effect may still determine information about illegal targets, though, and other parts of the effect for which those targets are not illegal may still affect them.

The Pacifism tries to target the Storm Crow but now that its an illegal target it just fizzles and goes to the graveyard. Bob precedes to then beat Alice's face in with a Storm Crow and win.

TL;DR the creature becomes an illegal target and the enchantment fizzles, just going to the graveyard.

  • Nit-pick: "Now priority gets passed to Bob" No, it doesn't. Alice gets priority after casting her pacificm because presumably she's the active player. She's fine with the state of the game, so she passes priority on to Bob, who uses it to cast a spell. "Priority gets passed back to Alice and she has no response." Again, you missed that Alice first passes priority to Bob, who passes, and only then does Blossoming Defense resolve.
    – Arthur
    Apr 10, 2018 at 11:34

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