The value of x

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If my freind has long-forgotten gohei in play and he then plays swallowing plague on one of my flyers, can he pay two black plus three for a total of 4 damage?

The arguement being he declares x as 4 and gets it for 1 colorless less due to the gohei.


Also, if I have something in play that says equip for one colorless less and the equip cost is 1, does it equip for 0?  
If my freind has long-forgotten gohei in play and he then plays swallowing plague on one of my flyers, can he pay two black plus three for a total of 4 damage?

The arguement being he declares x as 4 and gets it for 1 colorless less due to the gohei.


That's correct.  First, you choose what X is, then you determine the total cost.  With X=4, the cost is normally , but with the Gohel, you reduce the cost by 1, so it is


Also, if I have something in play that says equip for one colorless less and the equip cost is 1, does it equip for 0?  


Yes, unless the ability says otherwise, such as Power artifact

 
thx for the answer.