Pojo's Magic The Gathering
Judge Bill's Corner
Null Artifact Lands
Q: How does Null Rod interact with artifact lands? I
know the ruling on Abeyance states that the activated
abilities of lands are not affected by it, so I was
wondering if the same would apply for Null Rod in
relation to artifact lands.
A: As currently written, Null Rod does prevent mana
abilities from being played. The latest ruling on
Crystalkeep is from the Sixth Edition rules, so it is
after the changeover. It also takes into consideration
cards like Mind Stone, so until such time as the wording
is changed, Null Rod will stop you from playing the
artifact lands' mana abilities.
Note the different wording of Abeyance.
Players can't play artifacts' activated abilities.
Until end of turn, target player can't play instants,
sorceries, or nonmana activated abilities.
Draw a card.
Q: If I enchant Wellwisher with Psionic Gift, can the
tapping of Wellwisher do both gain 1 life for each elf
in play and deal 1 damage to target creature or player?
A: NO. to play both the Wellwishers own ability and the
ability given it by Psionic Gift, you need to be able to
pay both costs SEPARATELY. Since both costs include
tapping the Wellwisher, you will only be able to pay the
costs of one ability.
Q: My opponent had 1 life with a Worship and Goblin
Raider out and I attacked with a Riptide Entrancer.
Would the Entrancer's ability resolve? If so, would he
die because he doesnít have a creature anymore?
A: The ability to steal the creature will resolve just
fine, as Worship is not damage prevention - the damage
still gets dealt. However, Riptide's ability is a
triggered ability. That means the damage has to be dealt
before the ability can go on the stack. So at the time
your opponent is dealt damage, he has a creature. So his
life total will be 1.
Q: If I change any artifact land into a basic land type
will that land still counts as artifact?
A: Yes. The change only changes the land type, not any
types or supertypes.
(I had to change your question slightly, as there are no
cards that turn lands into basic lands, but there are
cards that give lands a basic land type.)
Q: I encountered that problem while playing my zombies
with affinity and there were lots of problems with
counting artifacts in play - I changed my opponent's
lands into swamps with Zombie Trailblazer to weaken
A: This would not work - the lands would still be
Q: I control an Elf and a Wirewood Symbiote and they're
both untapped, can I return the Elf to my hand via the
Symbiote's ability even if I don't have any creatures to
A: Yes. You donít have to untap a tapped creature - you
can untap an untapped creature just fine with the
See you Tuesday.
DCI Level 2 Judge