yi3o8 asked in Games & RecreationCard Games · 1 decade ago

Magic the Gathering : Regeneration?

Magic the Gathering : Regeneration

I have been playing this game for some time but I must have missed somehting about this ability. Anyone who can explain it is welcome to. So I have always played that if a creature blocks or is blocked with enough damage that it can be regenerated if it has the ability, since the ability would happen after blocking was declared but before damage was dealt. Now I'm told that this isn't the case and that I need to put the regenerate shield on it before combat. Also, since you can regenerate from destory effects, can you regenerate after a card that destroys target creature is played?

3 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
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    When damage is assigned, or when a destroy effect is played, it goes on "the stack", and each player has a chance to react to it before it resolves. At this point, you can choose to activate your regeneration ability, which then goes on the stack above the damage or destroy effect. Assuming nobody does anything more to affect the situation, your regeneration comes off the stack and happens first. Then, the damage or destroy effect happens, but the regen shield saves your creature.

    In short, you had it right, whoever you were talking to had it wrong.

  • 1 decade ago

    The regeneration ability always has a cost and an effect. For example in Troll Ascetic it says:

    1G: Regenerate Troll Ascetic

    That means that if you pay 1G you will put a 'regeneration shield' over your Troll Ascetic. Any combat damage or burn damage (such as schock, or volcanic hammer) will deplete the 'regeneration shield' instead of killing your Troll (assuming that somehow they can target the Troll). As an effect of using the 'regeneration shield', the regenerated creature becomes tapped.

    Now damage done by attacking and blocking creatures. Once you declared blockers, the next step in the combat phase is called "combat damage". Here you assign the damage from the creatures you control and your opponent does the same. Once damage is assigned, you (and your opponent) are allowed to play effects, abilities or spells, that will go on a stack. Once the stack solves and its empty, damage will be done.

    Lets say you attack with Troll ascetic and I block with a grizzly bears. You assign 3 damage to my bears, and I assign 2 damage to your Troll. Damage goes on the stack. I play giant growth on my bears. You play your regeneration ability (damage has been assigned but not yet done). Once we both pass and damage is dealt. Your Troll will be tapped, since you used its regeneration shield.

    One more thing about regeneration: you can pay the regeneration shield as many times as you want, and not necesarrilly use it. Lets say that you have magus of the vineyard and no way to spend that mana, you can use it on your Troll Ascetic's regeneration, even if it doesnt get damage at all.

    Source(s): playing MTG since 1998
  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    The previous answerer is wrong. Regeneration prevents the creature from being destroyed by both lethal damage and destroy effects. And yes your friend can use regeneration to protect olivia from spider's ability. This also applies if she is tapped except if the regeneration ability has tap in it's cost.

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