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Can my 3/3 shadow creature block 3/3 normal creature?
Can my 3/3 shadow creature block 3/3 normal creature?



no

702.26b A creature with shadow can’t be blocked by creatures without shadow, and a creature
without shadow can’t be blocked by creatures with shadow. 

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Can my 3/3 shadow creature block 3/3 normal creature?



no

702.26b A creature with shadow can’t be blocked by creatures without shadow, and a creature
without shadow can’t be blocked by creatures with shadow. 


WOW is that rule ever worded in a needlessly roundabout way. There's no reason it couldn't just say "A creature with shadow can't block or be blocked by creatures without shadow" and make it both shorter and less confusing.
Jeff Heikkinen DCI Rules Advisor since Dec 25, 2011
Can my 3/3 shadow creature block 3/3 normal creature?



no

702.26b A creature with shadow can’t be blocked by creatures without shadow, and a creature
without shadow can’t be blocked by creatures with shadow. 


WOW is that rule ever worded in a needlessly roundabout way. There's no reason it couldn't just say "A creature with shadow can't block or be blocked by creatures without shadow" and make it both shorter and less confusing.


I guess it's wordier to make it clear (sic) that shadow modifies the rules for blocking it AND it blocking.

I agree with you though. Except if I'm missing something...

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Perhaps to mimic Flying's wording:

702.9b A creature with flying can’t be blocked except by creatures with flying and/or reach. A creature with flying can block a creature with or without flying.

Or perhaps to make it very very clear because, as we've seen lately, there are those who will twist the meaning of the simplest sentences...  

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