asked 2013-02-23 12:24:49 -0600M41Ncu7
Can a detained creature be soulbonded? This is what happened, [[[soulsworn spirit]]] entered the battlefield and detained my opponent's [[[sentinel spider]]] then I passed turn. My opponent then summoned a [[[nightshade peddler]]], and wanted to soulbond him to the sentinel spider (which was currently still detained). Can he do this?
answered 2013-02-23 12:45:53 -0600awall
The reminder text for Detain reads:
Until your next turn, that creature can't attack or block and its activated abilities can't be activated.
When your opponent tries to soulbond the peddler and the spider, ask the following questions:
Since he isn't trying to do any of the things that Detain prevents him from doing, he can feel free to bond those creatures.
(To give a bit more detail on point #3 above: Detain only stops players from activating activated abilities of the detained creature. First of all, the soulbond ability is an ability of Nightshade Peddler, not of Sentinel Spider. Secondly, Soulbond isn't an activated ability; it's a triggered ability. You can tell because activated abilities are written, "(Cost): (Effect)" whereas triggered abilities are written, "When (condition), (Effect)," or "At (some specific time), (Effect)." If you're unsure whether something is an activated ability, look for the colon; if it has a colon in it, it's activated. Otherwise, it's not.)
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