Restoration Angel questions

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Hi everyone!

I had a question about how this card works in practice, as I'm just playing Duels and I'm still learning the newer mechanics as I have been out of magic for 7-8 years. I am a bit unsure how this ability would work in a few situations.

Let's say someone casts a Doom Blade on my creature. I cast Restoration Angel in response, causing my creature to go out and come back to the battlefield. Does that mean the Doom Blade loses its target? Or does the Doom Blade still kill my creature because it's essentially the same target creature?

Let's say I am declaring blockers. Can I choose to chump block a creature and have Restoration Angel save it? Does this take that creature out of combat from the blocking phase, but the creature is still considered "blocked"?

Also, if the above case is true, can I also use Restoration Angel to block after saving another blocker? Or is that not possible?

Sorry for the newbie questions.
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The game ceases to track a card as the same object if it changes zones (Exile, Hand, Battlefield, Graveyard, or Library... Or Command zone, but that one doesn't get used much). If you shift a card from one zone to another, even if it comes back to the original zone, spells that were targeting it no longer see it as the permanent they were initially targeting. (In other words, the Doom Blade in your example above would go to the graveyard without resolving, as it no longer had any legal targets.)

Yes, you can also use it to save a blocker. ANd the blocked creature would remain blocked and attempt to deal damage to a creature that was no longer there (net result: nothing). Note that this tactic does not work so hot against Trample or similar abilities.

If you use the angel to save a blocker you cannot assign the angel to block as blockers have already been assigned. You cannot cast spells or use abilities while/in the middle of declaring blockers (or attackers). Once blockers or attackers have all been declared there are very few ways to put in additional attackers/blockers, and all of those will explicitly say that they are doing so.

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Thanks for the fantastic response. I'll be sure to ask in the rules forum next time. I was not aware of that forum. I just saw the Card forum, and I had a question about a card ;)

Restoration Angel seems really awesome to me then, as you can get some crazy card advantage from it (save your creature, make his doom blade go to the graveyard, and still get a 3/4 creature with flying...).

I thought using her as a blocker wouldn't work, but I wanted to be sure. On the gatherer database, someone posted that you could actually do this, but it didn't seem to make sense. So I wanted to make sure.

I think I will pick up a playset then. Sounds like a lot of fun.

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