If he KOs a master strike, does that still count when determining which ability Pagliacci triggers?
Looked it up, and it looks like the answer is yes, actually.
Example: thee master strikes have been played already and one master strike is also in the KO pile having been KOed by Happy. So four total in the KO pile. If the fifth Master Strike is drawn from the deck on a future turn, does Pagliacci trigger the ability for four master strikes or for five?
Base Set rules, p. 10] [Do the effect. Once you do, wrote:
Put the Master Strike in the KO pile.
If the principle is that cards have no memory, and these are all in the same spot after resolving Hogan's ability, then you count even KO'd Master Strikes as Master Strikes which weren't KO'd for the purposes of counting. It's much more useful against Galactus or other Masterminds whose Master Strike effects don't end up in the KO pile.