@Oracle Afjak wrote:
If the question is "Can I make Vlar unequipped when combat has started", then the answer is no.
Triggered abilities like Vlar that use an "if x criteria is met" after the "When", that criteria needs to be true in order for the ability to trigger and when it resolves.
So at the beginning of combat, if he is not unequipped, you steal nothing.
If he's unequipped at the beginning of combat, but then gains a battlegear before his ability resolves, he gains nothing else.
Actual rules reason for that:
Break apart the anatomy of most triggered abilities. "When X event happens, Y effect is placed onto the Burst." Take a look at Aerodrone. Once the creature deals air damage, you ignore the "When" because that's done and over with--the effect "You may look at the top four cards of your Attack Deck and put them back on top in any order" is what's on the Burst.
Now take a look at triggered abilities that have an intervening "If" clause. "When X event happens, if Z criteria is met, Y effect is placed onto the Burst." Now look at Ikkatosh, the Aich King. "At the beginning of combat" is the "When", so we ignore that. Pay attention to the criteria plus effect--"If your engaged creature has no elemental types, it gains 20 energy." The criteria has to be true at the start for it to trigger. WHen it goes to resolve it has to be true then too, or the ability is negated.
The same is true for Vlar.