Pain Reaction

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Pain Reaction • Dis • Action • Uncommon • Play: Deal 2Enhance damage.png to an enemy creature. If this damage destroys that creature, deal 2Enhance damage.png to each of that creature’s neighbors after it leaves play. • Artist: David Auden Nash • Card Number: AoA (078), MM (026)

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AoA 078
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FFG Rulings

  • Pain Reaction is an exception to the rule that all damage from an ability is dealt simultaneously, because it explicitly establishes that the damage is dealt after the destroyed creature leaves play. This damage is dealt to whatever creatures were the neighbors of the destroyed creature immediately before it left play.

    Source: Rulebook
If I play Pain Reaction (AoA 078) on an opponent's creature to destroy it, when is the damage dealt to its neighbors? If the creature has already left play, how do I know what its neighbors are?
Pain Reaction is an exception to the rule that all damage from an ability is dealt simultaneously, because it explicitly establishes that the damage is dealt after the destroyed creature leaves play. This damage is dealt to whatever creatures were the neighbors of the destroyed creature immediately before it left play.

Source: Rulebook
  • In both cases, you simply look at what the creature's neighbors were at the moment that it left play.

Some effects, like Pain Reaction and Smite, might affect a creature's neighbor after that creature has left play. What do you do in that case?
In both cases, you simply look at what the creature's neighbors were at the moment that it left play.