Lord Galactus wrote:
Yes - the damage barrier always triggers, even if the target died! In effect its simultaneous with the attack. For game purposes we had to choose one of the events to happen first. It was a tough call, but for a number of reasons, including making DB's a little less powerful, we decided to let the damage barriers' attack occur in Step 6.
However, the counterstrike does not occur if the target is destroyed. The counterattack is not simultaneous, it truly is happening after the first attack, and therefore cannot occur if the target is destroyed.
Now wait until we get you confused with our First Strike trait! We had the Elf High Guard creature pulled from this first release but he'll be coming soon. He always gets to strike first, even with his counterstrike! :-)
Aha. I had been looking for an official response on this. Just got the game, and I was surprised this wasn't made clear in the rules. Seems the rule book still needs clarifying!