I think this post has had a triggered effect on some people.
You could look at the three steps as:
- Am I triggered?
- Are my conditions satisfied?
I think it’s fair to say, with the current card pool, that steps 2 and 3 will occur
atomically (Edit: this is not correct; see below posts); it is, for all intents and purposes, a single action that cannot be interrupted between 2 and 3 (anyone can feel free to correct that if they feel I’m wrong). But you always need to check the conditions before firing the ability (hopefully that’s trivially obvious). Since steps 2+3 are atomic, it shouldn’t matter if you separate them into 2 and 3 or 2+3, so are we really arguing about much here?