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    Default Question about Priority

    I've seen Seba say that priority is complex so simple question here.

    Player A is defender

    Player B is attacker

    Player B Untaps Upkeeps and Draws card

    Player B uses Blightning for X damage

    Does Player A now have Priority and if so what can be used?

    I believe you do have priority because you could counter or play a card to negate the damage. But what other cards could be played can I play a spell like Blightning as well? or am I restricted to only certain types of spells?

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    Default Re: Question about Priority

    ok here goes :P

    lets go though your example:

    in the untap step no player recives priority. why ? beacause the rules say so ^^

    the active player B (the one whos turn it is) get priority (the chance to do something) for the first time in his upkeep after all mandatory things have been dealt with. if a card for instance would say pay 1 at the beginning of your upkkep or sacrifice player B would first have to deal with that. once all mandatory actions have been dealt with player B get priority.

    now he want to play blightning but can not because he is in his upkeep and blightning is a sorcery. so he passes priority.

    when he does that player A recives priority and could for instance play an instance. player A chooses not to and also passes.

    at that point there is nothing on the stack. when the stack is empty and all players pass priority the phase or step of the turn changes.

    so when player A chooses to pass the draw imidialy starts.

    we are now in the draw step.

    all mandatory actions will be dealt with first. this includes the active player drawing a card from the top of his library. once all of that has been dealt with the active player recives priority again. works same as above, both pass and we move into the first or pre-combat mainphase.

    now any abilitys that trigger at the begining of the main phase trigger. in the example there are non so we ignore them for the time being.

    now the active player get priority. he now chooses to play blightning. blightning is put on the stack the sorcey card becomes a sorcey spell and the physical card itself it put into the graveyard.

    so far so good but what happens now ?

    player B did not pass so he still has priority. since there is a spell on the stack he can only play instance or cards that can be played at the time you could play an instant. he can also use activated ability.

    blightning is still on the stack not doing anything at the moment but player A can not do anything befor player B passes. he could choose to play terminate targeting a creature of player A then he could choose to play a lightning bolt targeting player A etc. non of these take effect yet the are all only on the stack. at some point player B passes.

    now player A gains priority. he could now play a counter spell etc. if player B had player blightning, terminate, lightningbolt one after another player A now gets to pick wich to counter. that should make it clear why people usualy only play one spell at a time to denie the opponent to pick the best.

    lets say player B only played blightning and then passed. player A played counterspell targeting blightning and then passed. since player A took an action (play the counter spell) after player B had passed this is not both players have passe after on another. it was play - pass - play - pass. so player B gets priority again. let say he passes. now its play - pass - play - pass - pass.

    if the stack was empty we would now move to the combat phase. it is not so the consecutive passing results in the top spell on the stack being resolved. in this case this is the counterspell. when it resolves it removes the blightning from the stack. if a spell liek a creature would be countered it would now be put into its owners graveyard.

    with only blightning and counterspell on the stack, it would now be empty and the active player would recive priority.

    what if player B played blightning and lightning bolt befor he passed and player A played the counter targeting blightning ?

    we will start looking at the scenario when the counterspell resolves. everything is as befor the blightning is countered. no only the lightning bolt is on the stack. will it resolve now ? no. after each resolution the active player gains priority. once he passes player A gains priority just like above. this happen after the resolution of every effect on the stack.

    in most cases this is deal with in a reduced manner. sometimes players ask things like resolve all spells now ? what that means is we both pass after each resolution and move on to the next.

    it is however not unimportant. here is a quick example. player B has played 9 spells this turn. player A has a Children of Korlis in play. player B now plays Tendrils of Agony.

    ther will be 10 x tendrils on the stack. after 9 have resolved player A will have lost 18 live. he can now sacrifice the children to gain 18 life befor the last tendrils resolves. thus he only looses 2 life. quite a diffrence to loosing 20 ^^.

    ok i think this is enough fopr now. yes there is more :P there is handeling static effects, triggers and when they go on the stack etc. but thats a bit too much for now. try digesting this first

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    Default Re: Question about Priority

    Thanks for explaining that helped alot to understand it at a basic level

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    im sorry to tell you but if your understanding priority you are starting to move out of the basic level ^^

    i know people who have been playing magic for 10+ and never bothered to get the hang of priority

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    Default Re: Question about Priority

    Yeah at this point you'er definately getting into advanced magic.

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    Default Re: Question about Priority

    Sad thing is I've only played a handfull of games and wanted decided to read up on the rules. And ask about the things I have encountered, most of my questions at this point have came from buying U/G Intro Deck and W Intro Deck and playing with my 9 year old daughter (she kicks my butt with white deck lofl). But even two player who know nothing can find the situations even with these Intro decks.

    I like to understand a game well so I know what is going on and when I can use things to my advantage.

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    Default Re: Question about Priority

    that is definatly something that will help you become better fast. once you have grasped all the rules what remains is creativity and inovation. if you can bring that too than your well on your way to become a player who will answer not ask in no time ^^

 

 

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