Magic: The Gathering is a collectible card game for 2 or more players, set in a variety of fantastical realms. The cards represent the player's resources and available spells and their interactions lead to an often high paced battle of wits.

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It That Betrays in a multiplayer game

How does It That Betrays' triggered ability work in a multiplayer game, if two of us controls a It That Betrays, and a third player sacrifices a card?
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Can I Stifle Heritage Druid's ability?

Heritage Druid lets you tap three elves you control to add GGG to your mana pool. Stifle counters activated or triggered abilities. My question is... if I use Heritage Druid to tap three elves and ...
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How do continuous effects interact with the stack, your hand, and other zones?

For example, Chief of the Foundry has an ability that says: Other artifact creatures you control get +1/+1. If I were to cast a 1/1 Artifact Creature it would enter the battlefield as a 2/2 due ...
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Blinking face down Auras and Non-Permanents

When I exile a manifested permanent like an enchantment or creature with something like Roon of the Hidden Realm, it comes back face up (from what I understand). What happens if I exile and return an ...
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Can I steal a creature then block my own attack with it?

My opponent casts a creature. During my turn, I attack and cast Temporary Insanity on the creature and want to force it to block my attacker. My opponent claims that since I control the creature and ...
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Missed triggers in two-headed giant

My partner and I recently played in a Two-Headed Giant Sealed. As is the case with most multiplayer tournaments, the event was run at Regular REL. My partner has an upkeep trigger (Thopter Spy ...
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Can you kill a Blessed Spirits with a Fiery Impulse in response to an enchantment being cast?

Here's the situation: my opponent has a Blessed Spirits in play, and he he casts a Grasp of the Hieromancer targeting it. I respond by casting Fiery Impulse, targeting the same card. Is the Blessed ...
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Would Restore the Peace affect a hexproof creature?

Would restore the peace affect creatures with hexproof? I have Archetype of Endurance (all creatures you control have hexproof, your opponent cannot have hexproof). I attack and then my opponent ...
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Are power and toughness “used up”?

Let's say I get two creatures to fight. One is a 4/4 the other is a 1/1. The 4/4 destroys the 1/1, but does the 4/4 become effectively a 3/3, so that later in the combat step it will only be able to ...
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Can I sacrifice the same creature twice with Blood Host?

So for example I am using Blood Host and I sacrifice Reassembling Skeleton, then revive him using his ability. The description says "Sacrifice another creature" to activate the ability. Because I have ...
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How can you distinguish a “Standard” Card fro a “Modern” Card? [duplicate]

I recently played in a Standard draft at Friday night magic and I was informed that there are certain specific sets of cards that can be used in Standard. I am aware that Modern includes all standard ...
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Spells placing effects on heroic

I know this may really sound dumb for asking, but.. Say you have a card like Dragonrage and it applies onto say Favored Hoplite. I know the Dragonrage's affect will trigger Heroic, but the "R: This ...
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How much damage does Acolyte of the Inferno's ability deal?

Acolyte of the Inferno has this ability: Whenever Acolyte of the Inferno becomes blocked by a creature, it deals 2 damage to that creature. Does that mean it deals 2+current power to blocking ...
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Is an ability that can only be activated once per turn still considred activated if it gets countered?

Stifle counters activated abilities. Quirion Ranger has an activated ability that can only be activated once each turn. Does the ability count as being activated for the turn if it was stifled?
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Blocker with First Strike and Blocker with Double Strike

I'm playing Magic Duels: Origins and I blocked a 2/2 with a 1/1 double strike and a 1/1 first strike. My interpretation is that that equals 2 damage during the first strike phase and 1 damage during ...
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When will MTG start losing its popularity? [closed]

Since I was very young, back to the first editions, I saw Magic the Gathering becoming more and more popular. Needless to say, those who have kept some of the early staples in perfect condition can ...
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What is “summoning sickness” and how does it affect my creatures?

Note: this is intended to be a canonical question about summoning sickness. "Summoning sickness", broadly, is the rule that stops you from attacking or paying {T} costs with a creature that you just ...
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If someone blocks an infect creature, do the -1/-1 counters stay on the creature?

The Infect ability is worded as follows: Infect (This creature deals damage to creatures in the form of -1/-1 counters and to players in the form of poison counters.) I'm just wondering if these ...
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Do creatures put on the battlefield via a sorcery have summoning sickness? [duplicate]

I have a card named Doubling Chant, the effect of this card is "For each creature you control, Search your library for a creature with the same name and put it onto the battlefield. Then Shuffle your ...
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multiple lines in spell abilities - why new paragraph sometimes

I have a question regarding the structure of rules text in regards to abilities and effects. Incinerate reads: Incinerate deals 3 damage to target creature or player. A creature dealt damage this ...
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Double Strike with Lifelink that destroys its blocker in the first strike phase [duplicate]

Say I have a 5/5 creature with double strike and lifelink. I attack with the 5/5 and my opponent blocks with a 1/1. The creature is killed by the damage in the first strike phase and I gain 5 life. Do ...
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Starting out in MTG, but core sets are being phased out, so what to do? [on hold]

I've played MTG casually a couple times, built some starter decks, but gave all my cards away in a purge a couple years ago. I want to get back into Magic, but after reading about all of the upcoming ...
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Why do double-faced planeswalkers from Origins get exiled before being transformed?

In Magic the Gathering Origins set, there is a cycle of 5 creatures, each that are double-sided and have a planeswalker on the back side. Previously when double-sided cards were used, the cards had a ...
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When is my last opportunity to turn a manifested Kytheon face up and still cause his trigger?

I have 3 creatures that have attacked, one of which is a manifested Kytheon, Hero of Akros. Assuming he will survive combat, when is my last opportunity to "un-manifest" him from a 2/2 and still ...
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When should a judge intervene in a match?

I started judging at Regular last week, and one thing that made me uncomfortable was watching players break rules. Sometimes the opponent would look at me like, "Are you really going to let this ...
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Can I double Furnace Scamp's triggered ability damage with a 3-counter Quest for Pure Flame?

Assuming I have a Quest for Pure Flame with 3 quest counters on them and my Furnace Scamp deals combat damage to an opponent, can I then sacrifice my Quest in time to double the Scamp's triggered ...
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Gustcloak's ability vs. creatures with Vigilance

Gustcloak Savior has Whenever a creature you control becomes blocked, you may untap that creature and remove it from combat. What about creatures with Vigilance? Attacking does not cause them ...
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What are permanents?

What are the specific types of permanents in the game? Are lands included in permanents?
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How do poison counters work and how would a player get them?

How do poison counters work? What are the scenarios a player would receive a poison counter?
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How can creatures with indestructible end up in the graveyard?

How does a creature with indestructible end up in the graveyard? I have been trying to figure this out for a little while.
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Do blocking creatures heal back to full between phases?

I am new to MTG and this has been bothering me. Say I use any spell on my 1st main phase to deal 1 damage to my opponenent's 2/5 creature. If I attack him during the combat phase of the same turn ...
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“If a creature would enter the battlefield and it wasn't cast…”

Can someone explain precisely what this means (i.e. all the technical details)? I'm referring to cards like Containment Priest and Hallowed Moonlight. I don't understand this mechanic at all.
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Two Headed Giant Sealed Events Card Trading

Origins is being released soon, and I plan on going to the THG prerelease for the first time. Me and my partner have been running pull simulations to see what deck strats come up often. We are ...
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What happens when I gain control of a creature that's a different color from my deck?

If I take control of a black creature using a white deck, how do I pay the mana cost to attack if I don't have swamps in my deck? Please help, I'm new to the game.
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Do you have to choose a target for a spell, or can you just cast it with no target and let it fizzle?

Let's say I have Lightning Bolt and my one opponent as Leyline of Sanctity and no creatures in play. I might still want to cast Lightning Bolt to delve it later or to buff up my Tarmogoyf or whatever. ...
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Spells with multiple free abilities

I am very new to the game, and I have a basic question about the mechanics. Some spells have multiple abilities; for instance, the creature Azorius Guildmage has two abilities, and it is my ...
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Does Double Strike mean you count as Attacking twice?

Does Narset, Enlightened Master's ability trigger twice if she has double strike, since she has an ability that says "When (she) attacks"?
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Do you always need to keep track of what cards have been drawn in a turn?

Do you always need to keep track of what cards have been drawn in a turn? The reason I ask is because of Sylvan Library. While it's on the battlefield it's pretty obvious that you have to do it ...
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Does a permanent that was a creature until end of turn remain tapped after it stops being one?

If a non-creature permanent turns into a creature until end of turn and attacks, does it remain tapped after it stops being one? For example, if I activate Sarkhan, the Dragonspeaker's first ability, ...
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Order of triggered abilties

I control an Illusory Gains. My opponent casts Torch Slinger. Does my opponent get to do his kicker and damage my creature, or do I gain control of the card prior to the kicker ability and I do the ...
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How does Sheltered Aerie work?

I have Sheltered Aerie enchantment aura on one land. Does the mana that get added while it's tapped stay after your end phase? Does the mana keep adding up?
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Changing control of an attacking or blocking creature mid-combat

I've happened upon a new scenario I didn't realise was possible: I attack or block with Jackal Pup, and after blockers are declared, I use Zedruu the Greatheated or Bazaar Trader to give the Jackal ...
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What happens to an unattached Aura?

I haven't played magic in forever and I need some clarification on a rule. Let's say I cast Arrest on a creature my opponent controls. Then on his turn he returns the creature to his hand. Now I'm ...
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In what order does Scale Blessing place counters?

I have two creatures in the field: 2/2 creature 2/2 creature with 2 +1/+1 counters on it, I then play Scale Blessing. Does it work on the creature that has more than one +1/+1 counters on it? With ...
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How do Mana Flare and Mana Reflection interact?

I've been thinking about integrating Mana Flare and Mana Reflection into a deck. As far as I can tell, by reading the Layer's rules (rule 613). They resolve in timestamp order. That is, if Mana ...
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Toughness and the Stack

If a creature's toughness were to reach 0 before the stack is finished resolving, does it die, or does the stack finish. For example, if a Llanowar Elf had Gigantic growth cast on it and the growth ...
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MTG Sliver Commander: Can I declare Brood Slivers tokens as attackers?

So in my sliver deck I am running Brood Sliver and Heart Sliver. Let's say their both on the field and a sliver deals damage to a player, could I declare the tokens made as attackers or is it too ...
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Can abilities with no “tap/untap” cost be activated while a creature has summoning sickness? [duplicate]

From the MTG rules: 302.6. A creature's activated ability with the tap symbol or the untap symbol in its activation cost can't be activated unless the creature has been under its controller's ...
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What state and trigger events apply when you “put creatures onto the battlefield?”

For instance, the -8 ability for Liliana Vess says, Put all creature cards from all graveyards onto the battlefield under your control. This sounds distinct from casting/summoning, and there's ...
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Should a judge assume that any triggers not mentioned have been missed when providing a ruling?

Alice and Nathan are playing a friendly game of magic in a tournament run at Competitive REL. They run into a situation that they don't quite understand, and so they call for a judge. Jason arrives, ...