Liability

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Me and a friend have a bit of a dispute over Liability. One of us thinks that it is only affected when a perm hits the graveyard, and the other when any spells (perms, instants, sorceries, whatever) hits the graveyard. Who is correct?
the card says when a permanent hits the grave, spells as in instants and sorcereies are not permanents.
And the oracle text says this:
Whenever a nontoken permanent is put into a player's graveyard from play, that player loses 1 life.

The written text says "from play," and instants and sorceries don't come into play, so he can't use that excuse.

He is wrong with BOTH wordings.
Always use the cards oracle text, which reads:

Whenever a nontoken permanent is put into a player's graveyard from play, that player loses 1 life.
Me and a friend have a bit of a dispute over Liability. One of us thinks that it is only affected when a perm hits the graveyard, and the other when any spells (perms, instants, sorceries, whatever) hits the graveyard. Who is correct?

From the gatherer (click the link you provided) -
Whenever a nontoken permanent is put into a player's graveyard from play, that player loses 1 life.

The player who thinks only permanents trigger Liability is correct.
Even if the Oracle wording didn't say "permanent", the card as printed still specifies from play. That means what it says, not something else. If a spell is countered or an instant resolves or whatever, it does not go to the graveyard from play, it goes to your graveyard from the stack. Liability does not trigger from that. For the same reason, it doesn't trigger when a card is milled, discarded or Pulled from Eternity either.

The difference between the wordings is purely cosmetic; they just prefer "nontoken permanent" over "card in play" and similar wordings that used to be common.
Jeff Heikkinen DCI Rules Advisor since Dec 25, 2011
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