Malignus

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does Malignus enter the battlefield with p/t equal to half opponent's life, or is it calculated after it hits the field? Basically trying to Flayer of the Hatebound and reanimate Malignus for a bunch of damage.

EDH decks I play:

 

Prossh: http://community.wizards.com/forum/commander-edh/threads/4101381

 

Derevi: http://community.wizards.com/forum/commander-edh/threads/4115936

 

Kaalia (the beats)

 

Zur (disgusting combo)

 

Damia (Bug Elf deck)

 

Numot (Stax)

 

Griselbrand (French)

 

Ghave (Uber combo)

 

Muzzio (Oops, Blightsteel)

It enters the battlefield with P/T equal to however much the ability says it should be, so if it's coming in from the graveyard with a Flayer on the battlefield, it'll hit for that much.

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It doesn't just enter the battlefield with that power and toughness, it has that power and toughness everywhere: library, hand, graveyard, battlefield, and exile.

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To back up Wahooney's answer, Malignus has a characteristic-defining ability.  Here's an excerpt from the Comprehensive Rules about what that means:

604.3. Some static abilities are characteristic-defining abilities. A characteristic-defining ability
conveys information about an object’s characteristics that would normally be found elsewhere on
that object (such as in its mana cost, type line, or power/toughness box). Characteristic-defining
abilities function in all zones. They also function outside the game.



 This means that Malignus's power and toughness are always equal to half the highest life total among your opponents, rounded up, no matter which zone it's in.

Edit - Beaten to both of my comments by 5 seconds.  That has to be some kind of record!  :/
Sorry the post was in the wrong place. Thanks for the answers!

EDH decks I play:

 

Prossh: http://community.wizards.com/forum/commander-edh/threads/4101381

 

Derevi: http://community.wizards.com/forum/commander-edh/threads/4115936

 

Kaalia (the beats)

 

Zur (disgusting combo)

 

Damia (Bug Elf deck)

 

Numot (Stax)

 

Griselbrand (French)

 

Ghave (Uber combo)

 

Muzzio (Oops, Blightsteel)

does Malignus enter the battlefield with p/t equal to half opponent's life, or is it calculated after it hits the field? Basically trying to Flayer of the Hatebound and reanimate Malignus for a bunch of damage.



If it was calculated after, it would be 0/0 and die as a state based effect.
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does Malignus enter the battlefield with p/t equal to half opponent's life, or is it calculated after it hits the field? Basically trying to Flayer of the Hatebound and reanimate Malignus for a bunch of damage.

Be aware that the second time you hit them with Flayer, Malignus' P/T has already been lowered, since your opponent's life was reduced the first time around. (unless you're playing multiplayer...)

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You want to Fling Malignus in response to the trigger from Flayer of the Hatebound.
Just checking:

Lets say Malignus comes in as 10/10 and the Flayer ability goes on the stack.
In response Malignus gets hit with a doom blade; The flayer abilty still does 10 damage.


Lets say Malignus comes in as 10/10 and the Flayer ability goes on the stack.
In response Malignus gets hit with a grasp of darkness; The flayer abilty will do 6 damage.

Correct?
Just checking:

Lets say Malignus comes in as 10/10 and the Flayer ability goes on the stack.
In response Malignus gets hit with a doom blade; The flayer abilty still does 10 damage.


Lets say Malignus comes in as 10/10 and the Flayer ability goes on the stack.
In response Malignus gets hit with a grasp of darkness; The flayer abilty will do 6 damage.

Correct?



Correct on both cases. Except the ability itself doesn't deal damage, the ability makes Malignus deal the damage (even if Malignus is not on the battlefield anymore).

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