Category Archives: Triggered Abilities

Casting Ajani’s Pridemate while you have Staff of the Sun Magus – No counter for you!

The Staves all trigger when a spell is cast, so that trigger must resolve before the spell that caused it to trigger can resolve. If you cast Ajani’s Pridemate, you gain the life before it actually enters, so it won’t be around to trigger on that life gain and therefore won’t gain a counter. Continue reading

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Resolute Archangel vs. Erebos

Setting your life total to a higher number counts as gaining life. So if you’re unable to gain life, there’s no way for your life total to increase. Continue reading

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Banishing Light is not Oblivion Ring: Why Your Trick Doesn’t Work Now

Those of you who remember might remember a little “trick” that could be used to permanently exile a permanent. What you had to do was remove the Ring from the battlefield with its enter the battlefield trigger on the stack. … Continue reading

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Bearer of the Heavens and Gift of Immortality

is a very strong card. He literally holds up the Heavens. When he dies, he sets up a delayed trigger that will destroy every permanent at the next end phase. Simple right? He dies, then everything dies later that turn. … 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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Warp World and Humility (Confusion level: Expert!)

Warp World is weird, and so is Humility. Put them together, and weird things happen with triggers. If you’re less confused after reading this blog entry, I’ll be impressed! Continue reading

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Bestowing Hypnotic Siren on a creature with a Constellation trigger.

The interaction of Hypnotic Siren and Constellation abilities can be perhaps a bit unintuitive. You get the trigger if you gain control of a creature with a Constellation ability by bestowing Hypnotic Siren! Here’s an explanation of why. Continue reading

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Athreos and Mutavault (or any animated non-creature).

If Mutavault is a creature when it dies, it will trigger Athreos and will be returned to your hand unless the opponent pays 3 life. Continue reading

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Athreos with Persist or Undying.

Athreos’s trigger gets a little tricky when combined with triggers that try to return the card to the battlefield! Continue reading

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How Athreos interacts with tokens and with Rest in Peace.

Athreos can’t return tokens that die, but the opponent can still choose to pay 3 life for no reason! Also, if a card doesn’t actually hit the graveyard, Athreos can’t trigger (e.g., with Rest in Peace). Continue reading

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