|Michael "Jhovalking" Ahlberg is hoping for an unrestriction ;)|
Step one was not really close to the modern era. In The Duellist #1 from January 1994, they have a section where they explain rules on complex cards (the section on Illusionary Mask is hilarious btw). They have a section about Chaos Orb here:
Well, that sounds strange. I don't think taping your cards to the wall would be interpreted as good sportsmanship these days. I wonder if someone actually did this, and scotch-taped a few unsleeved moxen to a wall. A man can dream.
Step two was putting aside the printed media and try this newfangled internet thingie. At Wizard's Magic card database, The Gatherer, they have card-specific rules for all non-silverbordered cards. The rulings for Chaos Orb and Falling Star have some good info, but they still lacked some of the rulings I was looking for. For example, only Chaos Orb had the rulings "If you have sleeves on cards, they count as the cards." and "You can't interfere in any physical way with the casting of this card." I assume that these hold for the Falling Star as well. Only Falling Star had the ruling "Only cards touched when it stops moving are affected. Not ones touched while it is moving."
|How do you flip a Frisbee?|
So do we get to rearrange cards when Falling Star is on the stack, and do we get to destroy permanents that the Chaos Orb hits but bounces off? I figured there were only one person who could give me a final answer; Matt Tabak, the official Magic rules manager. I sent an email to Matt with my ponderings, and he was quick to reply and sort it out:
"Thanks for writing in. I wouldn't put too much stock in the [gatherer] rulings for either card. [...] I'd say only cards touching the flipped card when it stops moving count, and as soon as a spell or ability is announced that would put Chaos Orb onto the battlefield (including casting the spell itself), players can't move their cards around. The same is true with respect to Falling Star being cast. As a side note, I'd also rule that token copies of Chaos Orb must be regular card-sized. [...]"
Well, that was easy. Very friendly and helpful guy :) Matt didn't mention anything about Forked copies of Falling Star, but it's reasonable to assume that these should also be regular card sized. If you do manage to Fork a Falling Star against me though, I'll definitely let you use an oversized Juzam if you want to flip that.
We'll end today with a picture of Paralyze on Savannah Lions.
|Monoblack Prison vs Erhnamgeddon. Sweet matchup.|