Close the dupes as dupes
It's the same approach as always. The questions are clearly duplicates, the body text is essentially the same. The first one is a particular case of the other two, but the second (which is mine, just to be clear) and third are the same, with the exception that I include Death Saving Throws as an example besides the Nat 1s and Nat 20s. The third question clearly states "My issue is understanding the concept "Before the outcome is determined".", which is exactly what I ask about in my own.
Which one remains?
I vote for my own, even though it was asked way more recently. My reasoning is:
- The 3rd question also asks about Portent and Bardic Inspiration. Portent is not before the outcome, but before the roll, so it's a completely different question. This part of the question seems to be ignored by the answers, and I would say if it is important the question should be closed as too broad as it's two questions in one.
- More importantly, Vigil's answer to my question has more backing up from actual rulebooks (citing the fundamental rules of D&D and quoting Illusory Step, which are vaguely mentioned in Derek's answer, which is accepted in the original question).
The question itself can be improved, but I already think it states a single problem better than the original one, and I certainly think the answer is better than the answers in the original question. For both these reasons I'd say close the "original" question as a duplicate.