Fairly new mtg player, lifetime dragon fan looking to build some nifty combos.

Dragon Broodmother has text that reads:

At the beginning of each upkeep, create a 1/1 red and green Dragon creature token with flying and devour 2.

If I have enchanted her (or another creature I control for that matter) with Elemental Mastery, which has:

Enchanted creature has "Tap: Create X 1/1 red Elemental creature tokens with haste, where X is this creature's power. Exile them at the beginning of the next end step."

Can I activate the tap to make elementals in such a way that they exist on the battlefield prior to the upkeep generated dragon token so that it can devour them and become bigger immediately?

I tried reading some similar questions but I'm afraid the whole stack business is still a little murky to me.


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When dealing with keyword abilities, it's best to start by looking up their exact definition.

702.81a Devour is a static ability. “Devour N” means “As this object enters the battlefield, you may sacrifice any number of creatures. This permanent enters the battlefield with N +1/+1 counters on it for each creature sacrificed this way.”

Dragon Broodmother's ability is a triggered ability, which means you'll get priority before it resolves.

The choice of creatures to sacrifice is made on resolution, so they don't need to exist when the ability is added to the stack.

So, you can activate the ability granted by Elemental Mastery in response to Dragon Broodmother's ability being added to the stack (i.e. after it's been added to the stack, but before it resolves). Having been placed on the stack last, the ability granted by Elemental Mastery will resolve first.

  • Not only does this work you get a rather big 9/9 dragon token each turn.
    – Neil Meyer
    Commented May 19, 2018 at 8:58
  • That was my hope. ;) Now I just need a way to untap her at the end of each turn since the Dragon token spawns on EVERY upkeep. Not just mine. And if she were untapped I could get a 9/9 dragon every turn. (although that'd probably make her a big ole target, but it'd be cool nevertheless)
    Commented May 19, 2018 at 15:15
  • @DMDANIEL If you're willing to add blue, there's Aphetto Alchemist or Aura of Dominion Staying red/green, there's Awakening or Cacophodon (have to figure out how get it to take damage, though). Commented May 19, 2018 at 17:21
  • There's also the Assault Suit / Captivating Crew combo, which would give you an even larger token. If you want a list of non-blue, non-black,non-white with "untap" on them, there's one here: gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Search/… Commented May 19, 2018 at 17:28
  • @acccumulation it's a five color dragon commander deck I'm building. So everything is fair game!
    Commented May 19, 2018 at 21:42

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