To me, this is a new rule, taken from the ruling by Caleb.
I’ve thought on it and analyzed it.
I’ll try to clarify it from the lengthy explanation given:
"Immediate effects are effects that are fully resolved as soon as they are triggered, whereas lasting effects affect the game state for a specified amount of time. Because they always say something like "until the end of the phase" or "until the end of the round" lasting effects are easy to identify."
(1.15) The word “then”
If a card effect uses the word “then,” then the preceding
effect must resolve successfully for the subsequent
dependent effect to resolve.
So in it’s core it says this:
-Immediate effect: if it FAILS you DON’T resolve the “THEN” part.
-Lasting effect: ALWAYS resolve the “THEN” part.
It’s not that hard after thinking on it a bit, and I’ll try to follow this new ruling.
Though now the “IF ABLE” text came up.
The way I see it, “IF ABLE” means it is has to be done WHEN YOU CAN.
If not, you should still RESOLVE the “THEN” part as “IF ABLE” means it’s conditional.
This is how I read it though….
Edited by Noccus, 19 February 2014 - 01:54 AM.