St Ives, Sydney
Le Bossu wrote:
This would return the Wolf Rider to the Staging area but the card says "after combat return to the top of the deck" so while you can defend I think he would end up back on top of the deck after passing through the staging area.
I think I agree. The shadow effect carries through the entire combat phase by necessity ... and then it resolves. There's no requisite that Wolf Rider still be engaged for the effect to resolve. The card in the staging area is still in play, so the effect hasn't been de-activated by being sent out of play. I think it still holds, and therefore is placed back on the top of the encounter deck at the end of the combat phase, ready to Surge you next round.