Counter Target Creature Spell

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Hello all,

I have a question about Countering a target creature spell.


How does counterspell work?

 Player A plays Crazed Goblin, then plays Goblin King, then plays embermage Goblin
Can Player B  then play Counterspell, and choose which of the 3 he would want to counter?


Or does Player A play Crazed Goblin, and Player B has to deside if he wants to counter it..if not then Player A plays Goblin King, and Player B has to deside if he wants to counter it...and so on and so forth.


We are at odds as to the order it is supposed to work. thank you for any help and insight you might be able to offer.
Hello all,

I have a question about Countering a target creature spell.


How does counterspell work?

 Player A plays Crazed Goblin, then plays Goblin King, then plays embermage Goblin
Can Player B  then play Counterspell, and choose which of the 3 he would want to counter?


Or does Player A play Crazed Goblin, and Player B has to deside if he wants to counter it..if not then Player A plays Goblin King, and Player B has to deside if he wants to counter it...and so on and so forth.


We are at odds as to the order it is supposed to work. thank you for any help and insight you might be able to offer.




The second way is correct.  Under normal circumstances, you can't have more than 1 creature on the stack at the same time. 

thank you very much for the fast reply
if the creatures have Flash you could cast them like in the first scenario, but there are good reasons not to do so.
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A creature is only a spell while it is on the stack, waiting to resolve. Once it resolves it is a creature permanent, and no longer a legal target for a counterspell.

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note: the technical play is the second one

however, a player may announce a shortcut "cast X, cast Y, cast Z"

in which case you can interrupt his shortcut at any point and say "counter X" or whichever spell you want to counter at which point your opponent is free to change the remaining portion of the actions in his shortcut  

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As people have said, it's the second approach.

Speaking from experience:
Using the shortcut "cast X, cast Y, cast Z" when someone is playing with counterspells has sometimes caused (hostile) arguments within our playgroup because the person using the counterspell now knows all three spells that will be cast and can simply make the optimal choice of which spell to counter.  As such, we pause for a couple seconds between casts to ensure that all players have enough time to react with counters or any other relevant instants.

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