Category Archives: Activated Abilities

Prerelease Primer Week – Outlast with the Abzan Clan

Thanks for enduring the wait until Wednesday to learn more about the Abzan- boy would they be proud of you! The Abzan clan on Tarkir revere the endurance of the dragons, and their symbol is a pair of crossed dragon … Continue reading

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Goblin Kaboomist: When To Flip Coins

Goblin Kaboomist is a goofy little rare from M15, and one that’s raised quite a few questions so far! Well, more accurately, it seems to have raised one question, multiple times! Kaboomist creates a Land Mine token during the beginning … Continue reading

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How Chain Veil Really Works

The Chain Veil got a lot of speculative discussion after it was spoiled, before the release notes were available. We explain the now-official answer about how it works! Continue reading

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Inferno Fist in Combat: Choices, Choices

Among the new cards we’ve gotten questions about from M15 is a neat little aura called . As with other Auras, it’ll enchant something (in this case, a creature!) and do something neat. What Fist does, specifically, is boost your … Continue reading

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Gargoyle Sentinel can dodge Clear a Path.

Clear a Path needs the target to have defender both when you cast it and when it would resolve. Gargoyle Sentinel can make sure the latter part isn’t true in order to survive! Continue reading

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Hydra Broodmaster and You

is quite a cool card. It has quite an interesting ability. For the low cost of XXG it can become monstrous. The real kicker is the second part of its monstrous ability. When Hydra Broodmaster becomes monstrous, it looks to … Continue reading

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Springleaf Drum and summoning sickness.

“Summoning Sickness” only stops creatures from attacking or being tapped to activate their own abilities that include the Tap or Untap symbol. Being “sick” doesn’t prevent tapping a creature to pay the cost of another ability. Continue reading

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What happens if Phenax stops being a creature after you activate it.

Phenax’s ability only cares about toughness when the ability resolves. If Phenax doesn’t have any at that time, there will be no milling! Continue reading

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Quicken doesn’t change when you can activate Whip of Erebos.

“Any time you could cast a sorcery” has a bit more rules meaning than the printed text. We explain what it really means and why it’s worded this way! Continue reading

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Cube week! You can counter Take Possession with Phyrexian Tower.

Phyrexian Tower is one of the few useful responses to a split second card like Take Possession to stop it from resolving. Continue reading

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