Stack question: Taurean Mauler and timing of counters

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Title says it all: exactly when does Taurean Mauler receive its +1 counter?

For example, if an opponent Tarfires a mauler with no counters, will it then get its first counter for the Tarfire and be a 3/3 (and therefore alive)?

Thanks!
Title says it all: exactly when does Taurean Mauler receive its +1 counter?

Taurean Mauler gets its counter when its ability resolves.

To expand on that: your opponent plays tarfire targetting your mauler. As he finishes playing the spell, taurean mauler's ability goes on the stack on top of the tarfire. The mauler's ability resolves first, then tarfire resolves after.
What I thought. Thanks much!