I just read a judge’s write up that said State-based actions, like the one that destroys creatures with lethal damage marked on them, are never performed while a spell or ability is resolving.
Here is where I need some clarifications. Let me give an example I have Olivia Voldaren on the field and a huntmaster. I ping the huntmaster with Olivia’s first ability in response my opponent searing spears Olivia.
If state based lethal is not checked until the spell resolves then Olivia lives and is a 4/4 creature with 3 damage – or did she die?