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During a recent game when an opponent was attacked he designated a blocker then right after used an ability that sacrifices a creature to add a +1/+1 counter to another sacrificing the blocking creature before the damage phase started.  When questioned about it he claimed that the block still counted still stopped that attack and also counted as a sacrifice for the +1/+1 counter.  Is this correct
It is. Once a creature has been blocked, it remains blocked until the end of combat. If no creature are blocking a blocked creature, it deals no combat damage unless it has trample or similar.
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During a recent game when an opponent was attacked he designated a blocker then right after used an ability that sacrifices a creature to add a +1/+1 counter to another sacrificing the blocking creature before the damage phase started.  When questioned about it he claimed that the block still counted still stopped that attack and also counted as a sacrifice for the +1/+1 counter.  Is this correct


Yes, this is correct. The attacking creature was blocked, so it will stay blocked for the rest of the combat, even if the blocker is gone. It will not deal damage to the player (unless the creature has trample).

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thank you.  During play we let it stand but i wanted to make sure