Category Archives: Abilities

Frost Walker and removal – you shouldn’t bother countering it.

Frost Walker's trigger goes on the stack above the spell that targeted it, and will resolve even if the spell that triggered the ability is countered. You won't want to waste counterspells trying to save Frost Walker.
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Outpost Siege (Dragons) and Perilous Vault.

If Outpost Siege (choosing Dragons) leaves the battlefield at the same time as any of your creatures (e.g., from Perilous Vault), the game looks back to see that it should trigger, and you'll get the 1 damage per creature you were hoping for!
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An interesting situation with Kira, Mutavault, and Tec Edge.

Kira grants an ability to your creatures that triggers when the creature becomes targeted. But if Mutavault is targeted before it actually becomes a creature, it will be too late for the ability to do anything to a spell or ability already on the stack.
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Abzan Beastmaster always triggers on your upkeep.

Abzan Beastmaster's triggered ability has an "if" but it's not conditional. That means it triggers regardless, and only checks toughness as it resolves.
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Deflecting Palm against lifelink creatures

Deflecting Palm doesn't actually redirect damage, as many players commonly say it does. Since it prevents damage then deals damage of its own, lifelink won't matter for the creature whose damage was prevented.
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Flamerush Rider copying Mardu Hearpiercer

Flamerush Rider trigger when it attacks, which means any token copy of a creature with a Raid enters-the-battlefield ability will trigger accordingly when the token is created.
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Yasova Dragonclaw pays for the trigger only on resolution

Yasova Dragonclaw's ability is a little tricky. You can't make the controller pay mana for it while not giving up control of the targeted creature. If you have a response, you have to do so after a target is chosen, but before any mana is paid.
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Collateral Damage sacrificing Monastery Mentor

Collateral Damage requires the sacrifice as you pay the costs, which is before the game considers it "cast" for trigger purposes. So if you sacrifice Monastery Mentor to pay for it, it won't be around long enough to trigger from the casting, and you won't get a token.
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Ashiok et caveau du péril : encore plus de synergie pour les decks contrôles!

  Ok! Toujours plus de synergies! Les decks contrôles souffrent de nuées agressives incessantes de créatures, du coups ont tendance à jouer des “swiper” comme pivot du destin ou mettre fin aux hostilités. (Damnation, que tu nous manques…). Mais nettoyer …

Courser of Kruphix: Denying Land Drops

And now we close out the week with anti-synergy: messing with your opponent’s plays! We all know that Course of Kruphix is just a circus of value- it helps you fix your land drops if you’ve got none in hand …
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