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Judge Bill's Magic The Gathering Rulings
Title: Negative Half
Q: I have out a Troll Ascetic, Blessing of the Leeches enchanting it, and a Lich's Tomb. I am at -6 life (Due to Lich's Tomb's effect). If my opponent plays Heartless Hidetsugu and taps it for its effect, what does my new life total become? Do I go to -12 or -3, since mathematically, half of -6 is -3?
A: No. Your life will still be -6.
104.2. If a creature’s power or toughness, a mana cost, a player’s life total, or an amount of damage would be less than 0, it’s treated as 0 for all purposes except changing that total.
Q: What does Kentaro, the Smiling Cat's ability do?
A: Kentaro, the Smiling
Let me give an example here. Say you have Kentaro out, and you want to play Samurai of the Pale Curtain, which has a mana cost of WW. Instead of paying WW for Samurai of the Pale Curtain, you can pay 2 colorless mana.
Q: A general Shoal question. Shoals basically say that: You may remove a card with converted mana cost X in your hand from the game rather than pay Shining Shoal’s mana cost.
Does this ignore the 2 (insert colored mana here) used to pay the Shoal cost?
A: Yes. When a card allows you to do something instead of paying the mana cost, it is instead of the ENTIRE mana cost.
Q: If I play Biorhythm, and my opponent has no creatures in play at the time, does he automatically die?
A: Yes, his life total would become 0, and he would die.
(The answer to that question is, during your turn, when the game comes to the declare attackers step of the combat phase.)
Q: Can the card Holy Day prevent damage from spells?
A: Is damage from a spell combat damage?
A: Checking the titles of the columns could be helpful on this one. ;)
Q: If I have 11 Goblins and a Sharpshooter, my opponent attacks with a Darksteel Colossus, can I block with the 11, then tap the sharpshooter, and cause there are going 11 goblins going to grave, can I "shoot" 1 damage per each
Q: I have 5 swamps and a 1/1 creature on the field with Midnight Covenant. Midnight Covenant tells me that I can tap a black manna and that 1/1 creature gets +1/+1. Does that mean +1/+1 for every black manna that I tap? So now instead of having a 1/1 creature I would have a 6/6 creature. Is that how it works? Or does it mean that I can tap only one swamp, and add +1/+1 only once?
A: Mantra 11 is your friend here.
Q: If a creature has protection from creatures does it have protection from artifact creatures?
A: Artifact creatures are creatures, so yes.
Q: I have a Parallax Wave or Tide in play with 2 open blue mana. If I remove all the counters on the Parallax, and when that is on the stack, Boomerang Parallax Wave/Tide back to my hand, do the creatures/land still get removed from the game without returning?
A: Those cards (along with Parallax Nexus) got immediate errata before the prerelease to cover this exact situation. Parallax Wave reads:
So if Parallax Wave isn't in play when its ability resolves, the creature won't be removed.
(Parallax Tide and Nexus have similar wording that produces a similar result.
Again, checking Gatherer for the current text of a card is useful before you send in a questions too.)
Q: I have a Rite of Passage in play and I attack with an un-flipped Bushi Tenderfoot. If my opponent blocks with a 1/1, will Bushi die or will he get the +1/+1 counter from the Rite in time to survive and then flip?
A: He will die. Rite of Passage is a triggered ability, which uses the stack. The counter won't get on in time.
Q: I have an active Initiate of Blood in play and I block a 1/2 creature. Can the initiate respond to combat damage being dealt by activating his ability and therefore deal 1 extra damage before the creature dies and flip?
A: No. By the time you get priority to play the Initiate's ability, the creature that it blocked is already in the graveyard due to lethal damage being dealt.
(And you can't play it while damage is on the stack, since the creature hasn't been dealt damage yet, and thus, is not a legal target for the Initiate's ability. So in this situation, there is no way to make the Initiate flip.)
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