KEN 4/3/2009: 'each opponent loses 1 life'? Then it's the little brother of Conflux's Infectious Horror, becomes 2HG-matters at common, and is good in CENSORED.
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Is anyone actually trying to kill it?
I wish I remember what Traveling Salesman Problem did.
targets for a spell are chosen before that spell goes on the stack
Dwarf, human, and giant.
In practice, using "X" on lavaclaw reaches doesn't actually negatively affect the interaction with ceaseless searblades, as you could still activate it however many times with X=1 each time.
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"Let's take a break for some technical rules discussion."Yes, let's. This business of changing targets is a little fiddly, and not helped by the faulty explanation here. A spell on the stack is not a legal target for itself - that is a rule all of its own, this business of "a Cancel in nature" is not needed and not correct. Also, as a previous poster has already pointed out, targets are NOT chosen before a spell goes on the stack - quite the reverse. A spell is put on the stack before absolutely everything else, except for simply announcing it. Targets, modes, determining costs, paying costs, splicing things onto it, all comes AFTER it has been put on the stack.What exactly "a Cancel in nature" has to do with anything I do not know. Were it not for the rule that explicitly states that a spell cannot legally target itself there would be no other bar to this play in the rules as far as I can tell (nor would there be a bar to a Cancel targeting itself in the first place- conceivable if say it's your only card in hand, your opponent is on 4 life and you have Manaplasm in play, or something like that).Also, it's always interesting to pick up what information we can about what the Developers have been playing in the Constructed Future Future League. Ken mentions that he has been using Ricochet Trap to counter Countersqualls. As far as I am aware, Countersquall is a card that has not really taken off in real life. I guess Control decks would rather use a Negate that they can reliably cast rather than a tougher one to cast that snags a random 2 life. Blightning was a better call, although I don't really see Ricochet Trap being used as sideboard anti-Jund tech..... Yet....
I saw someone killed at the prerelease by their own Kazuul. He had more creatures than the opponent, but he was on 2 life, and the opponent had the Vampire that makes people lose life when a creature ETBs under their control. He didn't have the mana to stop the Ogres showing up and killing him!
Edit: To whoever's overseeing the new boards: Please create functionality to do [quote=NAME] tags for quoting by name. Thanks.Also, [noparse][/noparse] tags would be appreciated.
I don't know, the boards aren't that bad now that auto-carding (which is better than before) and the like are back. Rules wise, could someone point to a source that says spells are placed on the stack before targets are chosen? I don't recall it ever happening that way, since Terror, Giant Growth, Cancel, and the like always need a target before they could actually be cast.
601.2. To cast a spell is to take it from the zone it’s in (usually the hand), put it on the stack, and pay its costs, so that it will eventually resolve and have its effect. Casting a spell follows the steps listed below, in order. If, at any point during the casting of a spell, a player is unable to comply with any of the steps listed below, the spell was cast illegally; the game returns to the moment before that spell started to be cast [...]601.2a The player announces that he or she is casting the spell. That card (or that copy of a card) moves from the zone it’s in to the stack. [...]601.2c The player announces his or her choice of an appropriate player, object, or zone for each target the spell requires. [...]
Rules wise, could someone point to a source that says spells are placed on the stack before targets are chosen? I don't recall it ever happening that way, since Terror, Giant Growth, Cancel, and the like always need a target before they could actually be cast.
For the poll about Kozilek, I answered "I'm okay with it". While I have my Timmy side, just an other fattie with frightening abilities is not something that excites me that much (his flavor is great, though). I don't fear him, as a creature that's this hard to get on the battlefield should be able to win his controller the game anyway if it's unanswered. And it's pretty easy to answer with most non-thoughness based removal.
@ stern judge: maybe he was talking about limited?
@ stern judge: maybe he was talking about limited?Couldn't have been Limited - you can't play Countersquall or Blightning in the same Limited game as Ricochet Trap - different blocks.