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