Category Archives: Combat Phase

Comeuppance + Comeuppance = a drawn game.

Comeuppance can do cool and weird things in combat (and two players with Comeuppance can result in a draw!). Learn about it here!

Deflecting Palm and lethal damage from combat

Deflecting Palm can pretty easily cause a game to become a draw by preventing and dealing some part of combat damage from multiple attacking creatures.

Wall of Essence and Multiple Attackers

Today’s Rules Tip begins with a scenario: You’re at 5 life. Your opponent is attacking you with an Indulgent Tormentor and a Sliver Hivelord. You have a lone Wall of Essence on your side ready to die for your protection. …

Shield of the Avatar and Multiple Blockers

Wrapping up this week’s tips, we have a fun equipment for creature-heavy decks: Shield of the Avatar. This little toy helps keep your best guy alive by putting a damage-prevention effect around that creature. How much does it prevent? Well, …

Inferno Fist in Combat: Choices, Choices

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

Preeminent Captain Won’t Trigger Military Intelligence

As is usual with the summer Core Set, we’ve gotten back some good old friends from days past. One of those old friends is Preeminent Captain, a very fun creature that was originally printed with all his Kithkin buddies in …
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What “attacks if able” really means.

"Attacks if able" is pretty straightforward, until you add other restrictions or requirements! See inside for some more detail.

Brimaz vs. Silent Arbiter.

Against Silent Arbiter, Brimaz can attack by himself, but you still end up with 2 attacking creatures.
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Brimaz blocking with other creatures & the damage assignment order.

When Brimaz blocks, he adds a creature into the damage assignment order, and it's the attacking player who chooses where it will be in that order.

Brimaz blocking flyers.

Brimaz, King of Oreskos can be quite a confusing card. Things become very strange when he takes to the skies. When Brimaz has flying somehow (perhaps he’s wearing Fleetfeather Sandals) and blocks a flyer, his ability does in fact trigger …