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Title - Vedalken Abilities
Questions: 4
Q: I have a Vedalken Orrery in play. Can I use Proteus Staff's ability as an instant ability seeing as how I can play sorcery cards in my hand as instants?
A: No. Orrery only allows you to play (non-land) CARDS as instants. Abilities on a card do not qualify, since they are not cards.
Q: Can I use Stifle on a Polluted Delta, paying one life then using the Stifle to prevent the sac ability, so I can just bring an Island or Swamp to play?
A: No, for two different reasons:
1) When you use Stifle to counter the ability, the WHOLE ability is countered. This means you don't get to search.
2) And besides, the sacrifice of the Polluted Delta, is a cost, not an effect. By the time you have priority to play the Stifle, the Delta is long gone. If the ability is Stifled, you don't get any of the costs back. Which means the Delta is still in the graveyard and you lost 1 life.
Q: If Sensei Golden-Tail puts a second Training Counter on a creature, does that creature have Bushido 1, Bushido 1?
-R. Arnold
A: Yes. Multiple instances of Bushido are cumulative. If a creature has Bushido 1 twice, then it acts a lot (but not exactly) like if it had Bushido 2. (Bushido 1 twice would take 2 Stifles to prevent all pumping.)
Q: If I attack with a creature equipped with a Sword of Kaldra and my opponent blocks with a Fog Bank, will the Fog Bank be removed from the game?
-Roland V.
A: No. When damage is prevented, it's as if the damage was never dealt. Therefore, the Sword won't trigger.
Fog Bank
Creature ó Wall  
Defender (This creature canít attack.)
Prevent all combat damage that would be dealt to and dealt by Fog Bank. 
Sword of Kaldra
Legendary Artifact ó Equipment  
Equipped creature gets +5/+5.
Whenever equipped creature deals damage to a creature, remove that creature from the game.
Equip 4 (4: Attach to target creature you control. Equip only as a sorcery. This card comes into play unattached and stays in play if the creature leaves play.) 
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