Flashback and Cipher

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So returning to a mythical game between Aerin and Brand.

Aerin has a copy of Hands of Binding in her graveyard. She plays Snapcaster Mage targeting the hands of binding. She then flashes back the Hands of Binding.

Will the Cipher part of Hands of Binding allow her to encode it on the Snapcaster Mage before it gets exiled by Flashback?
it can be encoded

Flashback puts the card in exile instead of putting it anywhere else, but it is already getting exiled, so Flashback does not interfere with the encoding
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That is correct.  The mage's ability gives the binding flashback.  You may then choose to play the binding.  You must pay the cost of the card when you announce that you're playing it.  As part of the cost of playing the binding, you exile it.  However, the spell itself is already on the stack.  This works the same as if you had cast binding from your hand.  You pay the cost of the spell, and exile it as you put it on the stack.

So yes, the mage's ability triggers (unless he's countered) as he enters the battlefield.  He's resolved, and on the field at this point.  Then you play binding for the flashback cost, and the mage is a legal target for the cipher (unless someone removes your mage at instant speed in responce to you announcing the binding, which would then counter the binding for lack of a legal target).  
That is correct.  The mage's ability gives the binding flashback.  You may then choose to play the binding.  You must pay the cost of the card when you announce that you're playing it.  As part of the cost of playing the binding, you exile it.  However, the spell itself is already on the stack.  This works the same as if you had cast binding from your hand.  You pay the cost of the spell, and exile it as you put it on the stack. 

I'm afraid that is not exactly how Flashback works.
The flashbacked/ciphered card gets exiled when it resolves, not when it's cast.
The tricky part is that both Flashback and Cipher are trying to exile it; it's been ruled that this is no problem: the card gets encoded. Hang on, I'm looking for that ruling...

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Here it is:
«Note that while [flashback] screws up most things that try to do things with spells, things that exile the card directly (such as Eye of the Storm and Spelljack) will work just fine. This is because flashback's own exile effect only kicks in if the card isn't going to be exiled anyway.»

community.wizards.com/go/thread/view/758...

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