Once a creature has been declared as an attacking or blocking creature, spells or abilities that would have kept that creature from attacking or blocking don’t remove the creature from combat. Thats what it says and I have a doubt- If my opponent is attacking and I play an instant that deals enough damage to destroy the creature( Sandstorm ) or one that just outright destroys the target permanent,well the attacker is gone isnt it?So essentially I have used a spell to remove it from combat? I dont need to block it because it will deal no combat damage right?So the rule must refer to spells that would have specifically denied permission for an attack in the first place?
Removing an attacker/blocker from play does remove it from combat, of course.
The rule is talking about giving a creature flying after it's been blocked, or playing something like "this creature can't block" after it has blocked. Those things have no effect on the legality of the attack or block.
Edit: For some rules backup, there's this morsel from the Rules:
The one thing I have always been fuzzy and am still fuzzy deals with the following scenario.
I attack with my Goldmeadow Stalwart and my opponent declares a block with his Grizzly Bear in response to him declaring blocker I play Neck Snap . Therefore is my Goldmeadow Stalwart still prohibited from dealing damage to said opponent or did Grizzly Bear being declared a blocker already block him from doing so?
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