Okay, something interesting just happened as I was showing a new player the ropes. Here's the situation:
Front line is second Berserker, first Combat Monk, last Bear-Killing Axeman (50 HP)
Casts Fire Arrow
Last Vordore in front of two Sylphs with none left in my hand
I figure I'm about to lose the match, but I could have a little fun during the action phase. My plan was to cast Tempest to knock off everyone but his Axeman and my Vordore. Since Vordore would go first, I could then kill off the Axeman, fooling my opponent into thinking he might lose, and then I'd explain how effects that hurt the entire field punish the caster first.
But the Fire Arrow threw a monkeywrench in my teaching-game plans, and not for the reason you'd expect. Since we were talking a lot during the match, my opponent accidentally targeted his Axeman with the Fire Arrow. Tempest went off, and the field was cleared totally except for my Vordore. Since it was his last copy of the Axeman that closed first, I calmly explained that this changed my undeniable loss to his. Rather than Iczer attack, I stood by and skipped my summon phase to prove my point.
But lo and behold, my sylphs left the field first, giving my opponent the victory. Huh?
This scenario probably won't happen very often, but it is interesting to try to find out what occurred. I'm not 100% certain, but maybe some other Iczer has a similar experience and can explain the phenomenon. I can only think of two possible solutions.
1) I am misremembering the match, and his Axeman did not close. The Open Skill phase considers everything to happen simultaneously, and my Tempest went off at what the game considers to be the same time, and therefore I as the caster was punished first. This doesn't quite jive since if that were the case, Cure versus Fire Arrow wouldn't always be a random toss-up as to which Grimoire occurs first.
2) The game designers consider field-affecting effects to be so powerful that they must always punish the caster first in the revival phase. Even if other effects trigger first.
If anyone has had more experience with these types of effects, speak up. I'll try to do some testing on my end, but the issue is a bit curious.