Abeyance question, harrow dualland question, and 1 about divert

Beyond Dominia: The Rules Mill: Abeyance question, harrow dualland question, and 1 about divert

By DenverCarver on Sunday, November 25, 2001 - 11:52 pm:

I was playing in a tourney the other day, (they don't have a judge) and a few problems came up...

1. If I cast abeyance on my opponents upkeep, will it stop them from tapping their mana during their main phase!? thus stopping them from doing anyhing but an instant in response> that is how it used to work right?

2. Can I cast harrow or use land tax to search for a sahvanna or a plateau or a scrubland...????

3. Can I cast divert targeting a mystic snakes countering my spell?

Thanks for your help

By Rakso, Patriarch & Rules Ayatollah (Rakso) on Monday, November 26, 2001 - 12:23 am:

1. No, because you can't stop mana that way.

2. No, because those aren't basic lands although they count as certain basic land types.

3. No, because Mystic Snake doesn't have a target. It comes into play and creates an effect that targets a spell.

By Tristal on Monday, November 26, 2001 - 12:42 am:

1) It used to work that way, before errata.

2) See above

3) No, because Mystic Snake's CIP Ability is just that - an ABILITY. Divert calls for spells.

By Gzeiger (Gzeiger) on Monday, November 26, 2001 - 03:06 am:

Abeyance never worked that way. The card says "non-mana activated abilities."

By Serra (Serra) on Monday, November 26, 2001 - 04:21 am:

correct Gzeiger...it wasn't errata...it was a clarification (and rewording of the text) because people were bending the rules and using it that way, which was incorrect

By Tristal on Monday, November 26, 2001 - 10:25 am:

Gzeiger, the original card says "Abilities with an activation cost." People took that too far and argued that tapping a land had a cost of "Tap:", so for a very short while, it was almost a cantrip Time Walk. It no longer works that way due to errata.

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