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If I have two Thorncaster Slivers, do the other slivers I have get the "1 damage" ability twice?

If not, why? What rule makes it so they can't have the ability twice? If I had a different card with same ability would they get it twice? What if the different card had a slightly different wording? Or caused 2 damage instead of 1?

At what point would they start to stack( if ever)?

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Why the down vote? Kind of dumb to downvote with no comment why. –  Vaccano Aug 4 '13 at 1:46
+1 Useful question, especially given that a judge apparently told you the wrong thing. (Don't take the downvote too personally - it's helpful and polite but not required to explain. The dumb thing is downvoting without a good reason in the first place.) –  Jefromi Aug 4 '13 at 2:28

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Yes, they will have two copies of the ability:

112.2c An object may have multiple abilities. If the object is represented by a card, then aside from certain defined abilities that may be strung together on a single line (see rule 702, “Keyword Abilities”), each paragraph break in a card’s text marks a separate ability. If the object is not represented by a card, the effect that created it may have given it multiple abilities. An object may also be granted additional abilities by a spell or ability. If an object has multiple instances of the same ability, each instance functions independently. This may or may not produce more effects than a single instance; refer to the specific ability for more information.

Two copies of the triggered ability will mean two damage whenever a sliver attacks.

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Thanks. I thought they should, but the judge last night told me they do not. I will show this rule if it comes up again. –  Vaccano Aug 3 '13 at 22:44

Yes, you get two instances of the ability.

You can also reference the _Gatherer page for Thorncaster Sliver which has official rulings.

If you control multiple Thorncaster Slivers and a Sliver you control attacks, each ability will trigger separately.

If you change the creature type of a Sliver you control so it’s no longer a Sliver, it will no longer be affected by its own ability. Its ability will continue to affect other Sliver creatures you control.

Abilities that Slivers grant, as well as power/toughness boosts, are cumulative. However, for some abilities, like flying, having more than one instance of the ability doesn’t provide any additional benefit.

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