Lets say I had activated chimeric mass and it was the only creature on the battlefield.
There is also a pestilence in play.
If the CM changes first, then the Pestilence leaves play. If Pestilence checks first, then it gets to stay.
Do I have that right?
In either case, how is it determined which EoT abilities are first on the stack?
Pestilence triggers in the "end step"
Chimeric Mass stops being a creature in the "cleanup step", which is after the end step
Chimeric Mass is a creature "until end of turn" when you use its activated ability. This means it stops being a creature during the cleanup step, which is after the end step. Pestilence 's triggered ability goes on the stack at the beginning of the end step, but only if there are no creatures on the battlefield at that precise point. So, in the scenario you presented, Pestilence will remain on the battlefield, as its triggered ability doesn't actually trigger at all.
"Until end of turn" is a duration. It ends during the cleanup step, the turn's last step. It's the same step where damage on creatures wears off and the active player discard down to the maximum hand size.
"At the beginning of the end step" (current wording for Pestilence 's "at end of turn"; check its Oracle text) is a triggered ability. It triggers when the End Step starts. The End Step is the second-to-last step of the turn.
So, first your end step starts, Pestilence's ability would trigger, but Chimeric Mass is still a creature so its "if-clause" ("if no creatures are on the battlefield") is not true, preventing the ability from triggering.
Later, in the cleanup step, Chimeric Mass stops being a creature. Pestilence stays on the battlefield, and your turn ends.
512. Ending Phase
513. End Step
Even if it were not for the EndStep/CleanUp timing, Pestilence would never even trigger, because of its intervening if clause.
Looking at them again, it seems obvious.... thanks.
Is my assumption correct that Pestilence checks at every End Step, not just mine?
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