A quick question regarding the Mage deck: suppose that I'm playing a deck based on Secrets. In a certain turn of the game, I have both Counterspell and Spellbender activated on my side.

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Is there a rule to determine which one is triggered at first? My though is that the first that you played is the first which is going to be revealed, but I'm not sure about that.

As a pratical example, suppose that I'm playing against a Paladin, and I predict - due to the state of the game -, that (s)he's gonna buff a minion of his/her with a Blessing of Kings (+4/+4 at a minion). Can I foretaste a 5/8 on my side? Or the blessing will "just" vanish?

Thank you.

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    Couldn't both of these be activated? That is: the 1/3 is summoned as the new target, then the spell is countered, leaving the target intact. Jul 11, 2014 at 9:25

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Actually counterspell triggers before spellbender in any case.

There is an example here on youtube.

I think it's because in the beginning you cast a spell and then you target a minion. This is not an official explanation though.


They will trigger in the order with which they were played. If you played Counterspell first, it will trigger first and counter the spell without triggering Spellbender.

If you played Spellbender first, the spell would target a new minion but then be countered by Counterspell. So you'll end up with a 1/3 minion in your Blessing of Kings case.

  • Thank you ChaseC, I didn't think about the possibility of triggering both.
    – Andrea
    Jul 12, 2014 at 12:12
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    You're welcome! To clarify, the same thing happens with Hunters sometimes. They will play Misdirection and then Freezing Trap. So Misdirection is triggered and before my minion hits a different target, Freezing Trap is triggered and my minion goes back to my hand :)
    – FoxMcCloud
    Jul 14, 2014 at 12:30

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