Icy Manipulator versus Icy Manipulator

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I'm prefacing all my posts with the following:
I quit collecting Magic during the Stronghold expansion and justed started playing again in 2010 using my old cards, so please forgive any posts I submit that seem stupid based on current errata and whatnot. I'm learning the newer ropes here as well as brushing up on the old ones. 

My opponent and I both have an [C]Icy Manipulator[/C] in play. If my opponent, during his main phase, uses his Icy Manipulator to tap a creature of mine, could I respond by using my Icy Manipulator to tap his Icy Manipulator to keep my creature from being tapped?

I've been doing some reading so I know that interrupts are no longer in existence but I'm not 100% clear yet on resolving the stack. I'm getting there. Thanks for reading.
Tapping is the cost to activate Icy Manipulator ability. Costs are paid upfront; your opponent "using his Icy Manipulator" means he already tapped it. Tapping his already-tapped Manipulator in response won't affect the already-activated ability in any way.

That doesn't work.  Tapping an icy manipulator to activate it's ability is a cost, costs can't be responded to.  So by the time you have a chance to tap down their icy manipulator, it will already be tapped and the ability to tap one of your creatures will be on the stack waiting to resolve.

DCI Level 2 Judge

Rockford, Illinois

The best you could do is target his Manipulator with your Manipulator, before casting a creature with Haste. He can still respond by activating his own Manipulat, but this way his Manipulator will be tapped, one way or the other, before your creature enters the battlefield.

~ Tim 
I am Blue/White Reached DCI Rating 1800 on 28/10/11. :D
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190106923 wrote:
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57799958 wrote:
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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56888618 wrote:
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57799958 wrote:
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56287226 wrote:
56735468 wrote:
And no judge will ever give you a game loss for playing snow covered lands.
I now have a new goal in life. ;)
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