I have gained control of my opponent's Lazav, the Multifarious. I activate it's ability targeting the Clone in my graveyard. If the ability resolves, Lazav will die, becoming a 0/0 with no abilities, as it didn't enter, and so is unable to copy anything.

My opponent, in a desperate measure to keep Lazav on the field, casts Dominate with Lazav's ability on the stack targeting Clone. He then proceeds to cast Essence Flux on the Lazav that he now controls, flickering it.

In this scenario, does removing the source of the ability (temporarily) stop it from resolving properly, thus fizzling the ability? Or would his ability resolve, targeting Clone, as Lazav is now back on the field?

Does it work the same as flickering the target of a spell to make it fizzle if you flicker the source of an activated ability in this manner?

Additionally, would the ability fizzle because Clone is now no longer in the graveyard of Lazav's controller, or does it only check the location of the Clone relative to who controlled Lazav when the ability was activated?

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The Lazav that entered after Essence Flux is a new Lazav

Any old abilities that may be on the stack only see that the Lazav that they were supposed to change is no longer on the field.

This is similar to flickering the target of a spell or an ability to 'dodge' the ability (such as using Essence Flux to flicker a creature that is targeted by Murder) in that both interactions are governed by rule 400.7

400.7. An object that moves from one zone to another becomes a new object with no memory of, or relation to, its previous existence.

There are 9 exceptions to this rule, and none of them apply here.

If Lazav changes controllers with its ability on the stack, that ability will still resolve.

In the secondary question (assuming Lazav wasn't flickered), the ability that targets Clone in your graveyard will resolve. Although Lazav changed controllers, the ability on the stack did not change controllers. "Your" in Lazav's ability on the stack still refers to you (the player who previously had control of Lazav), and Clone is still in your graveyard, so it is still a legal target. That ability will still find Lazav, even though it changed controllers, because it didn't change zones.

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    Are you sure Lazav changing controler is enough for the ability to fizzle? The ability's controler doesn't change.
    – Autar
    Commented Nov 27, 2019 at 14:32
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    Yeah I believe the edit to this makes it incorrect...
    – GendoIkari
    Commented Nov 27, 2019 at 14:50
  • Ah, that is true. I suppose to work the way I thought, Lazav's ability would have to be phrased something like "Lazav becomes a copy of target creature card in Lazav's controller's graveyard..."
    – Aetherfox
    Commented Nov 27, 2019 at 15:10

The ability will still resolve (not fizzle), but it will have no effect when it does.

400.7. An object that moves from one zone to another becomes a new object with no memory of, or relation to, its previous existence. There are nine exceptions to this rule:

None of the exceptions apply here. When Lazav's ability resolves, it will attempt to make the Lazav who had its ability activated into a copy of Clone. But that Lazav no longer exists at all. There is now a different Lazav around, that has no connection to that other Lazav.

Simply changing controllers would not help here; the flickering is what makes Lazov a new object. Even if Lazov's controller changes, the ability on the stack is still controlled by you; which makes the Clone in your graveyard still a valid target.

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