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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How does Shadowborn Demon work?

A question about the rules on Shadowborn Demon: When Shadowborn Demon enters the battlefield, destroy target non-Demon creature. At the beginning of your upkeep, if there are fewer than six ...
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How does Fuse work?

If you have a card like Profit and Loss you get the Fuse special rule I'm a little unclear how it works? Do you have to cast both sides in the same turn? If you don't can you cast one of the ...
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What is the original purpose of Bazaar of Baghdad?

I have a lot of interest in Bazaar of Baghdad {T}: Draw two cards, then discard three cards. I know how powerful this card is in a Dredge deck in Vintage and thus why it's banned in Legacy, but ...
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What happens if Perplexing Chimera is used on a Storm spell?

Perplexing Chimera is a newly spoiled card with the rules text: "Whenever an opponent casts a spell, you may exchange control of Perplexing Chimera and that spell. If you do, you may choose new ...
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What happens if each player has a copy of the same Archetype?

Archetype of Endurance (from Born of the Gods) is a card that says Creatures you control have hexproof Creatures your opponents control lose hexproof and can't have or gain hexproof. If ...
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What happened with Chronicles?

I often read on the internet people referring to Chronicles expansion as a disaster, the worst mistake ever made by Wizards, the biggest drop value in Magic's history.. but nobody explains what ...
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Cloning a card with Tribute

Forthcoming Nessian Demolok has the following abilities. Tribute 3 (As this creature enters the battlefield, an opponent of your choice may place three +1/+1 counters on it.) When Nessian ...
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What tap effect has precedence?

Suppose I control Wellwisher: {T}: You gain 1 life for each Elf on the battlefield. And my friend controls Ballynock Trapper: {T}: Tap target creature. Whenever you cast a white spell, ...
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Creatures with Tribute and targeting

Nessian Demolok, one of the latest creatures revealed in the Born of the Gods spoilers, reads: Tribute 3 (As this creature enters the battlefield, an opponent of your choice may place three +1/+1 ...
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Do type-changing static abilities allow triggering?

If I have March of the Machines and Soul Warden on the battlefield, what happens when I cast a non-creature artifact like Azorius Signet? When exactly does the card type change?
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Is a Boros Guildgate considered a mountain?

I ask this question because I don't know if we can enchant a guilgate, like a boros guildgate as example, with Chained to the Rocks.
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questions about shapesharer

Shapesharer is a creature (shapeshifter) with changeling (this card is every creature type at all times) that, for 2U, states "Target Shapeshifter becomes a copy of target creature until your next ...
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What happens to other Auras on a Creature enchanted with bestowing, when the Creature dies?

Case in point: Ill-Tempered Cyclops has the Auras of (bestowed) Thassa's Emissary and Aqueous Form. Then the Cyclops changes zone (returned to library, hand, gets exiled or moved to graveyard by ...
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How do Chromatic Sphere, Archmage Ascension, and Panglacial Wurm interact?

If I have an Archmage Ascension in play with six quest counters and a Panglacial Wurm in my library, and I activate Chromatic Sphere's ability as part of the process of playing another spell, as in ...
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Tapping opponents creatures

If your opponent uses the ability where you can't untap until next turn can he use another card like that and have it stack for multiple turns?
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When I gain control of a creature, do I also gain control of any auras or equipment attached to it?

What would happen if I Portent of Betrayal'd a creature that had been enchanted by a bestow creature and cast a spell to give it protection from the enchantment's color on it to remove the bestowed ...
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shapesharer and verdant force

Say I have a Shapesharer copy an opponents Verdant Force. The Verdant Force puts a 1/1 green Saproling creature token onto the battlefield at the beginning of each upkeep. The Shapesharer becomes a ...
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Can a non-instant or sorcery ever have flashback?

Normally the Flashback ability only exists on instants and sorceries. But with all the various strange combinations and rules quirks that exist in MTG, I was wondering if there's anything that can ...
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Can an untapped creature “become untapped?”

If an untapped creature is targeted with an "untap target creature" spell or ability, will it be considered becoming untapped?
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Do permanents controlled by a player with hexproof also have hexproof?

If I have a Witchbane Orb, then I (the player) have hexproof. Are permanents I control also hexproof? Or am I only hexproof from abilities that target me specifically? Can a card like Wrath of God ...
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do basic lands count against sideboard total?

http://www.starcitygames.com/magic/legacy/21524_The_Long_And_Winding_Road_Legacy_Elves.html All the spells in that deck are green as are all the creatures. And yet the deck has two fetch lands - ...
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When is a Spell considered to be “Cast”?

Is a spell "Cast" when it is first declared and put on the stack? Or when it resolves? I used to think it was when it resolves. But I think I am wrong. For example, if my opponent puts a creature ...
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Can you chose fewer targets than a spell permits?

Say I have a spell like Victimize that says, among other things "choose two target creature cards in your graveyard"... what if I only have one creature card in my graveyard? Can I still cast the ...
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Hibernation Sliver and sacrifices

Hibernation Sliver states all slivers have "Pay 2 life: Return this permanent to its owner's hand". So what if you have a sliver like Necrotic Sliver that gives all slivers "3, Sacrifice this ...
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Does Homing Sliver give other Slivers slivercycling even before it's been cast?

Homing Sliver gives each sliver card in each player's hand slivercycling 3. My question is... does it do that even if Homing Sliver hasn't been cast? Or do slivers in peoples hands only gain that ...
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Does a Life Gain deck have any hope against a Stigma Lasher?

Is there anything that can be done against a Stigma Lasher if you have a life gain deck? This card seems quite broken. 2 mana for a 2/2 wither is a good card. But to have it ruin any hope of ...
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Are there any EDH commanders whose colour identity is not solely determined by their mana cost?

Colour identity is not only the colours in the casting cost, but any mana symbols that appear in the rules text (but not the reminder text!). Are there any legendary creatures that have a different ...
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Does Argothian Elder and Maze of Ith really produce infinite mana during the attack phase?

According to a comment in the discussion of Argothian Elder: Argothian Elder plus Maze of Ith provides infinite mana during your attack phase. How is that? In order for Argothian Elder to attack ...
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Is Mana Weaving ok if it's followed by a thorough shuffle?

My friends and I are relatively new to MtG. At some point, one of them introduced us to the idea of mana weaving, and we'd do this to declump our decks prior to a very thorough shuffling. However, at ...
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Can I use Trait Doctoring to to make a Circle of Protection monocolor or multicolor?

Can Trait Doctoring be used to change a Circle of Protection (whatever color) into protection from mono or multicolor? Trait Doctoring reads Change the text of target permanent by replacing all ...
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How can I win against Phyrexian Unlife?

I've played my friend and he used his new mono white deck. After some turns, he plays Phyrexian Unlife. This is the first time I've seen it. It says even if his life is 0 he never loses. I'm using ...
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How does Double Strike work with Trample? [duplicate]

Player A has a Wrecking Ogre (4/4 double strike) and decides to use the Bloodrush ability of Ghor-Clan Rampager, so now the Wrecking Ogre is a 7/7 with Double Strike + Trample. If Player B decides to ...
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Can I use both of Grindclock's abilities at the same time?

I'm starting on mono blue mill deck and I saw Grindclock. I'm not sure about its ability. {tap}: put a charge counter on Grindclock {tap}: target player puts the top X cards of his or her ...
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Does Memory Erosion trigger even if a spell gets countered?

Player A has the enchantment Memory Erosion on the battlefield. Player B casts Dark Banishing on Player A's creature, and Player A uses Counterspell on it, so the Dark Banishing is countered. Will ...
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When is a card returned to the owner's hand?

I'm after some explanation on the rules returning a card to the owner's hand the question was raised by Darking Merfolk Consider the scenario where I have Darting Merfolk in play My opponent ...
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How does the Hickory Woodlot card work?

I'm a little unclear on the The Magic the Gathering card Hickory Woodlot Hickory Woodlot enters the battlefield tapped with two depletion counters on it. Tap, Remove a depletion counter ...
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What happens if a creature is returned to owner's hand after blocking or being targetted?

What will happen to a creature if it's been killed either after being targetted by spells or by blocking? example 1: Player A casts Chandra's Outrage targeting Angelic Wall; Player B uses Crystal ...
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How is the current format for an MTG booster draft calculated?

I know that once all three sets in a block are out, a draft consists of one pack of each; and I know that when only the first set is out, a draft consists of three packs of that set. What's the ...
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can wishes let you get 5x of a card?

So normally in tournaments you're restricted to a max of four identical cards per deck but can you, with wishes, get, into your hand, a fifth Force of Will, or a second Yawgmoth's Will or something?
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Converted mana costs of tokens and manlands

So let's say I have a Pernicious Deed that lets you "destroy each artifact, creature, and enchantment with converted mana cost X or less". Do tokens (e.g. those produced by Sliver Queen) get ...
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Can Uncommon Magic cards be sold individually for a profit?

[Background: this was previously part of a longer question which has been edited into multiple smaller questions. I’ve already researched selling Magic cards, including reading through How do I find ...
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How does Blistering Dieflyn work?

Blistering Dieflyn gains +1/+0 when you use a swamp or mountain. If you tap multiple mountains or swamps, can it be for example 5/1? Can you use multiple lands on it?
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Is there a standard file format for Magic the Gathering games?

I like to play games of Magic solitaire to test my decks (particularly Commander games, but the same would apply to any game). I also like to share the raw data from the game with my friends. ...
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Put twice as many tokens/counters

If I control 2 copies of Primal Vigor which reads: If one or more tokens would be put onto the battlefield, twice that many of those tokens are put onto the battlefield instead. If one or ...
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Triggered abilities: Whenever a creature deals damage

I have among others the following two permanents in play under my command: Derevi, Emyrical Tactician, which has "Whenever Derevi, Empyrical Tactician enters the battlefield or a creature you control ...
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In Magic: the Gathering, what is being gathered?

Why does Magic: The Gathering have "The Gathering" in its title? What is being "gathered"?
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Where is the Wizards of the Coast Offical Commander (General) banned list?

I just got destroyed in Commander (EDH). Worst part of it is that the deck that killed me can do it over and over. It has a guaranteed 4-5 turn win. (EVERY TIME) It felt a bit broken to me, so I ...
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When does legendary rule take place?

Say my opponent has Elesh Norn on the table and plays Phyrexian Metamorph as a copy of her. As I understand from her Gatherer-page, all my creatures will now briefly have -4/-4. So my question is ...
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Do two creatures with protection from each other cancel out each others' protection? [duplicate]

I've been playing MtG for a while and recently came across protection from everything. It occurred to me: can two creatures with protection from everything block each other? Or, can a blue creature ...
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How do people build a Magic deck once they have a general starting point? [closed]

In most games, such as chess, Monopoly, or Puerto Rico, I buy a game set with a specified board configuration, and specific cards and pieces in specific quantities (e.g.28 title deeds, 32 houses and ...