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Old 05-21-2022, 08:21 PM   #1
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Default Magic blocking vs missile

I have some magic spells: deflect missile, block, catch missile and return missile. If an enemy has a ranged attack targeting me, am I allowed to know if the attack roll was successful before deciding if I should use one of my blocking spells or do I cast the blocking spell as the missile attack is announced? I'm curious because if their attack would miss, I don't have to cast a blocking spell.

Same question but with the 'block' spell. Am I allowed to wait and see if my attackers attack roll fails before casting the block spell or do I have to announce my block spell before I know if their attack would succeed or fail?

Hope my questions make sense lol.

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Old 05-21-2022, 08:36 PM   #2
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I have some magic spells: deflect missile, block, catch missile and return missile. If an enemy has a ranged attack targeting me, am I allowed to know if the attack roll was successful before deciding if I should use one of my blocking spells or do I cast the blocking spell as the missile attack is announced? I'm curious because if their attack would miss, I don't have to cast a blocking spell.

Same question but with the 'block' spell. Am I allowed to wait and see if my attackers attack roll fails before casting the block spell or do I have to announce my block spell before I know if their attack would succeed or fail?

Hope my questions make sense lol.

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Blocking Spells are Active Defenses. You ae never called on to make an Active Defense until you've been successfully attacked.
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Old 05-21-2022, 10:37 PM   #3
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Blocking Spells are Active Defenses. You are never called on to make an Active Defense until you've been successfully attacked.
And active defenses are not allowed if the attacker critically succeeds on an attack roll so you cannot use a magical defense in such a case... (B556) (So it must be resolved before you can choose an active defense!)
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Old 05-21-2022, 10:52 PM   #4
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And active defenses are not allowed if the attacker critically succeeds on an attack roll so you cannot use a magical defense in such a case... (B556) (So it must be resolved before you can choose an active defense!)
That is what Luck is for...

a critical sure but 3 crit rolls in a row...not bloody likely.
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