Let's assume the following situation: On the battlefield on my side lying these permanents: Open the Graves, Thallid Soothsayer and another non-token creature. My opponent is attacking me with two creatures.

Am I supposed to do this: With my non-token creature I block one of the creatures of my opponent. Then I sacrifice my creature with Thallid Soothsayer so I get a token Zombie creature. Can I now block the other creature of the opponent with the token Zombie creature?

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Unfortunately that plan does not work. The "Declare Blockers" step only happens once during combat, and all your blockers must be declared at the same time at the beginning of that step. So if you declare one blocker and then move on to the part of the step where you can activate the sacrifice ability, it is too late to go back and declare another blocker afterward.


You can't activate Thallid Soothsayer's ability until you gain priority. Looking at the Declare Blockers step here, the first mention of priority is "509.4. Fourth, the active player gets priority. (See rule 117, “Timing and Priority.”)" This occurs after blockers have been declared, and well after "509.1h An attacking creature with one or more creatures declared as blockers for it becomes a blocked creature; one with no creatures declared as blockers for it becomes an unblocked creature." So by the time you get to 509.4, 5091h has already occurred, and the other attacker is unblocked.

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