Q:is there a difference damage and life loss wordings?
Yes. It’s like how all squares are rectangles (quadrilateral with four parallel sides), but not all rectangles are square (quadrilateral with four symmetric, parallel sides, with vertices of 90 degrees).
Damage is the loss of life, but not all loss of life is damage. Loss of life can be life paid for an effect (such as Arid Mesa’s effect), straight up loss of life (Sign in Blood), damage from a spell, and damage from a creature as well.
An example would be Luminarch Ascension’s effect. It checks if you lost life at any time during your opponents’ end step for any reason (the italic text is also there to remind you that damage is also the loss of life). Even if you gained more life in a turn than you lost, you still lost life at some point so Luminarch won’t get a counter.
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- thesundry said: Not all damage is loss of life any more! Infect damage causes poison counters instead!
- treago said: additionally for cards that care about redirecting damage, say divine deflection. Divine deflection can make lightning bolt do terrible things, but it does nothing to bump in the night.
- chaospudding said: Also note that cards that with cards that just set your life total to a number, if your life was higher than that, then that’s also loss of life for the purposes of card effects.
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