Are creature abilities spell?

5 posts / 0 new
Last post
Vitu-Ghazi Guildmage Like on this card, are those spells. If so does that mean they can be countered. Also their is a card that allows you to pick a new target. If that was used when say trying to populate would it do anything?
Vitu-Ghazi Guildmage Like on this card, are those spells. If so does that mean they can be countered. Also their is a card that allows you to pick a new target. If that was used when say trying to populate would it do anything?



Those aren't spells, they are activated abilities.  They can be countered by things that specifically counter activated abilities, but not things that target spells.

Populate doesn't target.
Never. Abilities aren't spells, and spells aren't abilities. A spell is a card (or a copy thereof) placed on the stack, usually from your hand as part of casting it.
Redirect allows you to pick new targets for a spell.  There must be others too if you search gatherer.

Populate does not target, so you can't change what your opponent wants to copy with a populate ability.

Cheers
He also doesn't have to tell you, which token he wants to copy until the spell/ability actually resolves, and you can't respond anymore at that time. It also means, that a new token can be created in response to a spell/ability, that lets him populate, and then choose to populate that token.

I started up my next community draft in the limited forums. This time around the format is Zendikar/Worldwake/Rise of the Eldrazi. So if you like to draft, come by and share your thoughts.

CD2: General

 

My community draft experiment with DTK/DTK/FRF is concluded now. If you want to, you can check it out and maybe build some decks from the pools. I've already build my own take on that.

http://community.wizards.com/forum/limited-sealed-and-draft/threads/4206961

 

Once again aced the Rules Advisor test (Feb 2015). (I still make mistakes now and then, but who doesn't.)

 

"Simple questions" usually need rather complex answers, while complex questions often come down to no more than a simple "yes" or "no".

 

Sign In to post comments