What are the limitations of using a permanent's ability to "play a card"? If I have a Mosswort Bridge that has hidden a Platinum Angel , can I use the ability on my opponent's turn? (Given that I have 10+ power on the board). Could I use the ability to play Platinum Angel in repsonse to losing from some cause? (Poison, damage, etc.)
You can use activated abilities anytime you could cast an instant unless the ability specifies otherwise.
When a one-shot spell or ability tells you to "play/cast a card" it lets you ignore all timing restrictions. In fact, most of these abilities let you cast a spell while an ability is in the middle of resolving, which is something that's normally impossible.
Comtinuous effects that let you play/cast a card (like Praetor's Grasp or Spelljack ) don't do this.
spells or abilities that allow you to cast a spell (without specifying a duration) allow you to cast that spell as that spell or ability is resolving
activated ability on Djinn of Wishes
Brilliant Ultimatum spell
triggered ability on Wild Evocation
yes, you could activate Bridge any time that you have priority to cast Angel while the Bridge ability is resolving
other abilities or spells that specify a duration do not let you cast that spell as it is resolving rather they create an effect that gives you an additional location to cast it from, but it still has to follow normal timing rules for casting
trigger on Intet, the Dreamer
static ability on Magus of the Future
Praetor's Grasp spell
Note that you can't respond to loosing the game. Platinum Angel needs to be in play before the thing that would cause you to loose happens.
Okay. I understand the lack of timing restriction, but could I use the Mosswort Bridge ability to cast the Platinum Angel in response to an opponent casting a spell that would cause me to lose? If I was at 3 life and an opponent cast a Lightning Bolt , could I cast the Platinum Angel in response to the Bolt resolving?
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