Dealing Damage to Planeswalkers

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I'm fairly certain how this works, but wanted to be certain.

The choice of redirecting damage from a player to a planeswalker they control happens on resolution, correct?  So, if I cast Lightning Bolt, targeting my opponent, I don't need to announce that I intend to direct it to his planeswalker until it's too late for him to counter the spell.

Does it work this way, or will my opponent still have an opportunity to counter the spell, once I announce that I'm going to redirect the damage to his planeswalker?
You are correct. The redirection happens on resolution.

You may announce your intention to redirect damage or not as you cast the spell, but if your opponent responds, you are not bound by that announced intention. If your opponent does not respond, you may not then change your mind. But generally, unless you're trying to run some kind of bluff, it's best to wait to see if your opponent responds before making any such declaration.
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I'm fairly certain how this works, but wanted to be certain.

The choice of redirecting damage from a player to a planeswalker they control happens on resolution, correct?  So, if I cast Lightning Bolt, targeting my opponent, I don't need to announce that I intend to direct it to his planeswalker until it's too late for him to counter the spell.

Does it work this way, or will my opponent still have an opportunity to counter the spell, once I announce that I'm going to redirect the damage to his planeswalker?



You can't redirect the damage until there is damage to redirect, so yes, you would have to wait til resolution to redirect the damage.

Edit: You do NOT need to announce intent when you cast the spell. You must declare a target for the spell, and pay the costs to put it on the stack. Since the player is the target regardless of your intent to redirect, you need only reveal that the targeted player is indeed the target. 

 

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So what you guys saying is:

You can cast Bolt and declare opponet as target, it resolves and you can change your target?
So what you guys saying is:

You can cast Bolt and declare opponet as target, it resolves and you can change your target?


Lightning bolt's target remains unchanged. You just redirect the damage.
So what you guys saying is:

You can cast Bolt and declare opponet as target, it resolves and you can change your target?



You don't change the target.  You redirect the damage to the Planeswalker.
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So what you guys saying is:

You can cast Bolt and declare opponet as target, it resolves and you can change your target?


You cannot change the target, but as the bolt is resolving, you have the option of redirecting damage to a planeswalker that opponent controls.

Note that, because you're only redirecting damage, and not changing targets, a spell like Blightning will still make the player discard two cards, while you have the option of dealing the damage to the planeswalker. If it actually changed the target, the discarding part wouldn't happen, because planeswalkers can't discard anything (since they don't have a hand). 
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Ooh, I didn't know you can do that with planeswalkers.
Ooh, I didn't know you can do that with planeswalkers.


Then you need to read the Planeswalker rules:

wizards.com/Magic/TCG/Article.aspx?x=mag...

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Not bad. But what happens flavor wise when one kamahl kills the other one?
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That makes no sense to me. If they spelled the ability out on the card in full then it would not be allowed in a mono-black Commander deck, but because they used a keyword to save space it is allowed? ~ Tim
Yup, just like you can have Birds of paradise in a mono green deck but not Noble Hierarch. YAY COLOR IDENTITY
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