Let's say my opponent attacks me with a Marit Lage from Dark Depths. I have a Scryb Ranger in hand and they have a Doom Blade in hand.

For lack of the Doom Blade, I could chump-block with Scryb Ranger.

Does my opponent have an opportunity to kill Scryb Ranger before I can declare it as a blocker?

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Yes, the Scryb Ranger can be killed before it can block.

The key rule is:

117.3b The active player receives priority after a spell or ability (other than a mana ability) resolves.

In order to block with Scryb Ranger, you need to play it before the Declare Blockers step, and for it to survive until the declare blockers step so that you can block with it:

  1. Declare Blockers Step

509.1. First, the defending player declares blockers. This turn-based action doesn’t use the stack.

The last possible opportunity to do so is the Declare Attackers Step. If you play it then, even though your opponent has already passed during the Declare Attackers step, they get a chance to act again after Scryb Ranger resolves (thereby being on the battlefield), during which they can cast Doom Blade and kill it.

  • Minor nitpick: you need to play it during the Declare Attackers step technically, you only need to play it before the Declare Attackers step.
    – Allure
    Feb 14, 2021 at 22:50
  • @Allure Technically you only need to play it before the declare blockers step begins, either before or during the declare attackers step. The idea of playing it during the declare attackers step is to surprise your opponent and get them to commit to the attack - not something particularly useful when chump blocking an indestructible creature, granted.
    – Andrew
    Feb 15, 2021 at 0:53
  • @Andrew yeah, that's why it's a minor nitpick. In the case of Marit Lage, getting it to attack usually means the opponent is open to a potentially game-winning counterattack.
    – Allure
    Feb 15, 2021 at 1:10
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    Also oops, only just realized it but I meant "you only need to play it before the Declare Blockers step".
    – Allure
    Feb 15, 2021 at 1:48

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