Pojo's Magic The Gathering
Judge Bill's Corner
Title: More Storm
Q: If I were to play Hindering Touch as a reaction to
anything my opponent plays, will the copies I created
from that card's storm ability, affect the amount of
copies I can create from playing Brain Freeze after
everything has resolved?
A: No. Copies of a spell that are put on the stack by
the storm ability aren't played, so they don't count
toward future storm spells.
Q: for instance:
Player 1 plays a Wrath of God.
Player 2 plays Hindering Touch aiming the copy at the
Wrath of God as well.
Player 1 can't pay the extra mana for Hindering Touch,
so Wrath is countered.
Player 2 plays Brain Freeze.
Will the copy made from Hindering Touch's storm ability
affect Brain Freeze's storm ability?
A: No. Brain Freeze's storm ability will create two
copies of Brain Freeze - one for the Wrath, and one for
the Hindering Touch that was played. So assuming all
copies of Brain Freeze are aimed at your opponent, he
will have to mill 9 cards.
Q: If a player has the card Goblin Charbelcher in play,
does he announce the target creature or player before or
after he reveals cards to determine the amount of
A: Targets are ALWAYS announced at the time you play a
spell or ability. This is before the cards are revealed,
which happens when the ability resolves.
Q: If I attack with a Stalking Stones and my opponent
uses Astral Slide to remove it from the game, does it
come back at the end of turn?
A: Yes. The card only has to be a creature when it
leaves play. It does not have to be a creature card. At
the end of the turn, that card, whatever it is, will be
Q: If it does, is it still animated?
A: No. It comes back into play in its base form (like it
had just been played, but it hasn't just been played, of
course). The base form for Stalking Stones is
Q: I play a Flame Burst. In my graveyard are two other
Flame Burst and two Pardic Firecats. This means that the
damage Flame Burst will deal is 6. My opponent responds
to me playing Flame Burst by using Thran Foundry and
shuffles my graveyard back into my library. Does Flame
Burst still do 6 or 2?
A: It does 2. The only time the number of Flame Bursts
in the graveyard is checked is when Flame Burst
resolves. At that time, there are no Flame Bursts in the
graveyard, so Flame Burst only deals 2 damage.
Q: My opponent plays a Jinxed Idol, and sacrifices it to
give me control of Jinxed Idol. At the end of the turn,
I sacrifice a creature in order to give back the Jinxed
Idol. My opponent claims that I cannot use the ability,
as the card states, "...your opponent gains control of
this card permanently" (or along the lines of). I do not
agree with my opponent, as I control the permanent and
can use its effect. Is my opponent correct, or am I?
A: First, let me give you the Oracle text of Jinxed
At the beginning of your upkeep, Jinxed Idol deals 2
damage to you.
Sacrifice a creature: Target opponent gains control of
Jinxed Idol. (This effect doesn't end at end of turn.)
There is no limitation on playing the ability. So as
long as you have Jinxed Idol, you can sacrifice a
creature to give it to your opponent.
Q: I have a Chance Encounter out, as well as a Planar
Chaos. My opponent plays a spell, and loses the flip,
countering the spell he just played. Does Chance
Encounter receive a Luck Counter on it, or not?
A: It does. An opponent losing a flip counts as you
winning that flip.
Q: If a creature attacks, tapping it after it is
declared an attacker will do nothing - it will still be
A: Correct. This is a part of the Corollary to Mantra 8,
Q: Is provoke an ability?
Q: Are lands permanents?
A: When they are in play, yes.
Q: With Sun Droplet, can I remove all counters during
the upkeep or just one at a time?
A: Sun Droplet
Whenever you're dealt damage, put that many charge
counters on Sun Droplet.
At the beginning of each player's upkeep, you may remove
a charge counter from Sun Droplet. If you do, you gain 1
"...you may remove A charge counter." A means one. So
you can only remove one counter each upkeep.
Q: Does Planar Void's effect stop Energy Field from
A: No. The card has to go into the graveyard for Planar
Void to remove it from the game. Planar Void's remove
from game ability is a normal triggered ability that
triggers on a card going into the graveyard. So you will
lose the Energy Field.
Whenever a card is put into a graveyard, remove that
card from the game.
Q: What does the number beside the mana symbols mean?
I'm assuming the number like 2 on Override's upper right
hand corner? That number is the amount of colorless
(any) mana you have to pay in addition to the colored
mana to play the spell.
C: I was reading a question from your 11/17/03 Q&A
article when I stumbled upon this question:
>>>Q: In response to an opponent morphing a Frontline
Strategist after blockers are declared in the attack
phase, can I use Imagecrafter's ability to turn my
creature into a soldier to make the damage go through?
To my knowledge, you cannot respond to a morph, as
morphing "just happens." Or am I mistaken?
A: You are correct that morphing "just happens." The
wording that Ryan used was imprecise, and I failed to
correct it. What he wants to do still applies, though
... after his opponent has flipped Frontline Strategist,
but before damage is dealt, turn the creature into a
Soldier so it deals its damage.
See you Tuesday.
DCI Level 2 Judge