Category Archives: Triggered Abilities

If Kothophed dies while enchanted by an opponent’s aura, it won’t trigger for the aura.

When a creature dies while it has an aura attached to it, the auras don't technically move to the graveyard with the creature. They wait until they're on the battlefield unattached to be put in the graveyard, immediately AFTER the creature dies. This is rarely relevant, but today you can learn when it matters!

You should kill Polukranos before it becomes monstrous, not in response to the trigger.

Polukranos has an activated ability that makes it monstrous, and a triggered ability that triggers when it becomes monstrous. Kill it before you get to the second part to avoid having it deal damage.

Hangarback Walker vs. Eidolon of the Great Revel and Disdainful Stroke

The X's in a spells cost are counted as having the value chosen for it while that spell is on the stack. As such, Hangarback Walker for X=1 means a CMC of 1+1=2, and it would trigger Eidolon, while X=2 means CMC 2+2=4 to evade Eidolon's trigger.
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Sentinel of the Eternal Watch is doubly good in 2HG.

Sentinel of the Eternal Watch is doubly good in 2HG because "beginning of combat on each opponent's turn" means it triggers once for each opponent, even though they share a combat phase.

Test your Prowess (now with extra evergreen!)

Here to conclude the week of our newest set is a fairly recent ability, Prowess. Just like Scry, Prowess is another freshly made “Evergreen” ability. It hasn’t taken long for this ability to go permanent, as it just debuted last …

Renown and You

Today we explain how Renown works!

Transformers! How to transform Nissa.

Hi everyone, and we’re back! Let’s get right to it and talk about our final creature/planeswalker, Nissa! Nissa, Vastwood Seer will transform into Nissa, Sage Animist, if you play a land and you control seven or more lands after that …
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Transformers! How to transform Chandra.

Hi everyone, and welcome back. Let’s dive right in today, and talk about today’s creature/planeswalker, Chandra. Chandra, Fire of Kaladesh is able to transform into Chandra, Roaring Flame if you activate Chandra’s activated ability and have dealt 3 or more …
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Transformers! How to transform Kytheon/Gideon

Welcome back. I know, it’s weird. It’s the weekend, and we’re updating! It’s not what you’re used up. But creatures transforming into planeswalkers is also weird, and we’re just so excited about these new planeswalkers that we want to talk …
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Repeal and Precursor Golem

Precursor Golem has an interesting effect- and in Magic, interesting often means confusing. With cards like Repeal floating around, players might get a little hungry thinking about bouncing their opponent’s Precursor team with a single card. Not so fast! As …