Inferno Elemental | Magic: The Gathering
Formats Inferno Elemental is Legal in
Official Oracle Text for Inferno Elemental
Official Rulings for Inferno Elemental
10/1/2009 : Inferno Elemental's ability resolves during the declare blockers step, before even first strike damage is assigned. If the damage dealt to another creature this way is lethal damage, that creature will be destroyed before it can deal its combat damage.
10/1/2009 : The 3 damage that Inferno Elemental deals as a result of its ability is not combat damage. Inferno Elemental will still deal its combat damage as normal (unless all the creatures that blocked or were blocked by it have left the battlefield by the time the combat damage step begins).