We love Bray Wyatt but how bad is naming a finisher "Sister Abigail"?
I dig Sister Abigail. I think it plays well into the character. The delayed hold, the look into the camera, the kiss… it all works for me.
Playing against the Hydra deck, are the Heads colorless?
Use of the serial comma is correct, necessary and proper.
Can you redirect a rakdos return to its owner even tho the card sais target opponent?
No. You are not your own opponent.
Re: Maze of Ith. Do you mean that you wouldn't do a card like it today meaning a land like it or a spell effect like it?
Definitely not a land like it. The basic effect is fine, although complicated.
If my Phyrexian Ingester enters the battlefield and I copy its 'Enters the battlefield' ability (e.g. with Strionic Resonator), does it get +X/+Y from both exiled creatures or just one?
I’m going to change the name of this blog to “Have You Checked Gatherer?”
Bottom two rulings are on point.
A friend and I were having a discussion over Tolaria's second ability and what it can target. He thinks it can target any creature, but I'm fairly certain that it can only target creatures with banding/bands with others. Which one of us is correct?
You both are wrong for having rules discussions about Tolaria. It can target any creature, though.
what do you think of Maze of Ith?
It’s a classic card, but really annoying. It doesn’t look anything like a card we’d make today.
If I control a Mesmeric Orb and a Undiscovered Paradise that was tapped for mana with its printed mana ability. Will it trigger the Mesmeric Orb trigger when I return it to my hand in the Untap Step?
Sure, why not.
What is your proudest achievement as rules manager?
Haven’t killed anyone yet.
"You lost me at the comma." — Did I ever have you to begin with?
Not really. :)
If (re)printed today, would Dead Ringers be allowed to have a less convoluted wording? Perhaps something like, "Destroy two target nonblack creatures if they share exactly the same color or colors. They can't be regenerated."
Maybe. It’s a fun moment in templating history though.
Why didn't Vorel just say to double all counters on the target permanent? It took me multiple read-throughs to realize that it wasn't just proliferate all types of counters, instead of one type of counter, and still takes me a moment to realize it, every time I see the card.
Just saying “double” is ambiguous if a permanent has more than one type of counter on it.
What about urza lands? Or lair lands? Has dryad arbor shunned you from land *sub*types? I suppose you made gates, but perhaps that's the last one we'll see. :/
The future is difficult to predict. Well, for some of us.
Maro has a shortlist of things he'd like to do when the opportunity arises. Do you similarly have a tall list of improvements to the rules you'd like to make eventually?
It ain’t that tall.