Questions tagged [mtg-stack]

For questions about Magic: the Gathering specific to the Stack, a system for managing the order events resolve in. Please also tag [magic-the-gathering].

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How can we interrupt the Witherbloom Apprentice and Chain of Smog combo? (STX spoilers)

A friend of mine was discussing the Witherbloom Apprentice and Chain of Smog combo (pictured below). I was wondering if it would be easy to interrupt the combo easily, since Chain of Smog is a sorcery....
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How does Psychic Surgery work with Scheming Symmetry?

If I have the card Psychic Surgery out and I cast Scheming Symmetry, when exactly do I get to exile? Does the Psychic Surgery trigger resolve before or after the card tutored with Scheming Symmetry (...
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Can Ghired, Conclave Exile and Helm of the Host go infinite?

So in a Commander match a buddy threw down Helm of the Host and Ghired, Conclave Exile. He attached the equipment to his Commander and swung out. Given the cards' rules texts, what goes onto/off of ...
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Instants in response to your own abilities

If an ability I control is on top of the stack, can I cast an instant before it resolves? For example, I have Sarkhan the Masterless and a dragon on the board. An opponent attacks, triggering 1 damage ...
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MTG Is the commander-ness of a card always known to all players?

Haven't been able to find any definitive information about this. 903.3. Each deck has a legendary creature card designated as its commander. This designation is not a characteristic of the object ...
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Can Jinxed Idol be activated many times in a turn?

Irecently played a game with my group and I used Jinxed Idol at the beginning of my end step so I sacrificed a small 1/1 token to pass to 1 of my 3 opponents (next in turn after me) but then a game of ...
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Responding to a Triggered Ability, multiple times

My opponent is at 3 life and has a Dread on board. I have a Fungal Plots, and a Slimefoot, the Stowaway, a 1/1 green Saproling token, and 8 mana open. I attack with my token, and he blocks. My token ...
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What happens when you cast a spell with multiple copies of Krark, the thumbless

Using the partner commanders Krark, the Thumbless and Sakashima of a Thousand Faces. Krark has the ability: Whenever you cast an instant or sorcery spell, flip a coin. If you lose the flip, return ...
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Inspiring unicorn vs shock

I’m fairly new to Magic and still learning but got the basics. My problem is as follows. My friend person A : white deck (basic starter) Me person B : red deck (basic starter) Scenario Person A ...
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Why don't I get an chance to respond to the Extinction Event choice?

Extinction Event reads Choose odd or even. Exile each creature with converted mana cost of the chosen value. Why can't I respond to my opponent's choice of odd/even, for example by activating my ...
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MTG reactive play denied in MTG Arena

I played MTG Arena today and I attacked with Zulaport Duelist on which my opponent reacted with Stomp adventure of Bonecrusher Giant and instead of letting me change my Duelist for Zareth it simply ...
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MTG Returning lands at upkeep

I have a card that says: "At the beginning of your upkeep, sacrifice this card unless you return a land you control to its owner's hand." If I have two of these on the battlefield, do I ...
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Moss-Pit Skeleton and Skyclave Shadowcat - sacrificing as cost of a triggered ability and triggering another ability when the first one resolves

Suppose Alice has Moss-Pit Skeleton and Skyclave Shadowcat in game and Bob has a Kazandu Stomper (or some other strong creature, it does not matter). It is Bob's turn and he attacks with his Kazandu ...
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MTG Commander Clarification on Triggered Abilities

I’m playing a 4 person game, and I’m in position #1. I cast: “Jolrael, Mwonvuli Recluse” with the activated ability that states: “whenever you draw your second card each turn, create a 2/2 green ...
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Can I sequence Twilight Drover triggers to get around an overloaded Cyclonic Rift?

If I have Twilight Drover and a bunch of tokens, along with infinite/sufficient mana, can I work around Cyclonic Rift? The overloaded Cyclonic Rift resolves. I stack the leaves the battlefield ...
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Does a creature block when it is declared as a blocker or when damage is dealt?

Suppose the following scenario: It's Bob's turn. He has five open lands including a Labyrinth of Skophos and a 10/10 creature. In combat phase he declares the 10/10 creature as attacker and passes ...
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Treefolk Mystic and destruction effect timing

This is a fairly basic question, but there's some underlying rule or principle I think I'm missing. What happens if Treefolk Mystic blocks an attack from a land enchanted with Living Terrain? I think ...
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servant of the scale during a board wipe

Would you be able to, as Servant of the Scale dies, pass on x amount of counters to Fertilid and then activate his ability multiple times before Fertilid is then killed by the board wipe, or would ...
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How does Wizard's Lightning stop Archfiend's Vessel?

So, I'm watching this youtuber play Magic: the Gathering Arena, and he was able to stop an Archfiend's Vessel from triggering when it is pulled from the graveyard by casting a Wizard's ...
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Can Relic of Progenitus be used to prevent a card being fetched from the graveyard?

I played a Relic of Progenitus on my first turn. My opponent (who went first) activates a fetch land, then casts Wrenn and Six. Can I force the opponent to exile a card from their graveyard in ...
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Ordeal of Nylea and the stack

I was playing MTG with my lady and came across this scenario: She had a creature with 2 +1/+1 counters, and 2 Ordeal of Nylea. She attacks with the creature, both triggers hitting the stack. I play ...
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Can I stop a Counterspell of Goblin Grenade by sacrificing a Goblin Gardener?

I want to cast Goblin Grenade, but my opponent wants to counter it. Can I prevent them doing so like this?: I play Goblin Grenade. As part of the cost, I sacrifice Goblin Gardener (whose text reads: “...
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Leonin of the Lost Pride and undying creature

How would Leonin of the Lost Pride interact with an opponents creature who has undying? The player with the undying creature sacrificed it and he also had out Dictate of Erebos, which when the undying ...
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Ordering of Triggers

If I have Terror of the Peaks on the board, play Storm Herald and target Colossification, can I order triggers so Storm Herald is enchanted with Colossification before Terror of the Peaks' ability ...
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Why don't triggered abilities immediately go on the stack?

Rule 603.2 of the Comprehensive Rules says: Whenever a game event or game state matches a triggered ability’s trigger event, that ability automatically triggers. The ability doesn’t do anything at ...
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Can you attack in stages before blockers are declared?

I have Answered Prayers, which reads: Whenever a creature enters the battlefield under your control, you gain 1 life. If Answered Prayers isn't a creature, it becomes a 3/3 angel with flying in ...
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Standstill, Phyrexian Tyranny and both players wanting to cast instants immediately after standstill is played. Who gets damage? [duplicate]

A question regarding Standstill; I have Phyrexian Tyranny on the table and we both have 2 life left. I play Standstill and immediately play an instant so that my fellow opponent would have to draw 3 ...
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How do Butcher of Malakir and Extractor Demon interact with Barter in Blood?

Suppose my opponent has a Butcher of Malakir and an Extractor Demon on the field, and they have no other creatures, and I have a Nuisance Engine and let's say, oh, eight 0/1 colorless Pest artifact ...
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Explanation of Selvala, Explorer Returned's ruling?

Selvala, Explorer Returned has the following ruling: If you activate Selvala's ability while casting a spell, and you discover you can't produce enough mana to pay that spell's costs, the ...
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Order of the stack with conspire?

The ability "Conspire" found on some instants/sorceries, reads As you cast this spell, you may tap two untapped creatures you control that share a color with it. When you do, copy it and you ...
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Kalamax and Conspire

Kalamax, the Stormsire reads Whenever you cast your first instant spell each turn, if Kalamax, the Stormsire is tapped, copy that spell. You may choose new targets for the copy. The ...
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My opponent used Huatli's ability with a creature that had died. Was that allowed?

Recently, I played a match where a player used a card that killed off everyone’s creatures above a certain power, including one of his own. Immediately after that card, when no other card was played ...
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Feather and spells turning permanents in to Creatures

If I have Feather, the Redeemed and I cast an Instant or Sorcery that turns a target permanent into a creature (Say Siege of Towers for example) Will that trigger Feather's ability to return that to ...
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Death triggers and the stack

Now upon exiling a creature with a coin counter from Athreos, Shroud-Veiled with Flicker of Fate, does the triggered ability of Athreos, Shroud-Veiled take over and and stop the rest of the Flicker of ...
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Buffing an Unblockable? [duplicate]

I have a card that basically says any creature with power or toughness = one is Unblockable, is it possible to buff them after declaring blockers? Thanks ahead of time for the info
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Can I return Verdant Eidolon with the spell I casted with?

Can I return Verdant Eidolon to my hand with the muticolored spell I cast with mana from its ability? Is it in the graveyard as soon as I sacrifice it? For example: if I sacrifice Verdant Eidolon to ...
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damage triggering a simultaneous modifier of damage

Earl of Squirrel and Griffin Protector both deal combat damage to player. As Earl of Squirrel creates squirrels will it trigger the effect on a Griffin Protector before the Griffin deals damage to the ...
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Can we add to the stack after resolving part of it?

Been playing Arena in MTG and it seems to allow casting of spells after resolution on the stack. This does not seem to follow the rules as written. Which is right. For example three spells are on ...
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Narset, Parter of Veils interaction with Aria of Flame

If I have Narset, Parter of Veils on the battlefield on one loyalty counter and my opponent has an Aria of Flame on the battlefield, what happens if the opponent plays Faithless Looting? I know the ...
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Creature kill and resurrect effects on the stack interaction?

For example, casting Murder on a creature while Rally the Ancestors is on the stack (and would effect the creature if it was in the graveyard)? I would think so, because the creature should die and ...
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Bloodlord of Vaasgoth plus Warstorm Surge, then casting a vampire creature spell

I run vampire tribal and have a stack related question. I have a Bloodlord of Vaasgoth and Warstorm Surge in play, my main phase I cast a Vampire Nighthawk from my hand, here is my issue, how does the ...
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Eater of Days, Hushwing Gryff, and the stack

How does the stack work for this scenario? Hushwing Gryff is already in play and the player goes to cast Eater of Days so the Hushwing Gryff will cancel out the loss of two turns. In response the ...
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What happens to spells on the stack when a player leaves the game?

Let's say, in a multiplayer late-game (3+ players) I want to cast/activate anything during another players turn. Everyone is rather low on life, and in response to my spells/abilities on the stack ...
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Can a player tap lands for mana, in response to Elder Deep-Fiend tapping those lands at the beginning of the turn?

I have Elder Deep-Fiend, a creature which has flash and allows me to sacrifice another creature towards the cost of its mana. When the creature is played, it allows me to tap 4 target permanents. I ...
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Can you use an ability as you put the card on the stack?

If I play Elixir Of Immortality for example, or any card with an ability, when it goes on the stack, can I activate its abilities before my opponent can respond? And if so, if he counters the card ...
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What is the order of Waterfront Bouncer's ability + Basking Rootwalla + Intruder Alarm on the stack?

I have some confusion about the ordering of specific triggered abilities on the stack which can be summarized with this sequence: Waterfront Bouncer (no summoning sickness) and Intruder Alarm are on ...
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Stack resolution in stack

I have a deck, and it involves Murderous Redcap, Viscera Seer, and Geralf's Messenger. I was to sacrifice the Redcap and Messenger, remove a +1/+1 counter from the Messenger using Retribution of ...
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Can you respond to a mandatory action loop?

I was thinking about triggered abilities that form a mandatory loop. For example, an opponent loses a life which triggers the enchantment 'Exquisite Blood' causing you to gain a life which triggers ...
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MTG Trapjaw Tyrant vs Butcher of Malakir and tokens

I have a question about interaction between Trapjaw Tyrant's enrage ability and Butcher of Malakir's sacrifice ability. I was playing a multiplayer EDH game with friends and one of them had the ...
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Portcullis triggers

The oracle text for Portcullis is: Whenever a creature enters the battlefield, if there are two or more other creatures on the battlefield, exile that creature. Return that card to the battlefield ...