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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The Comeuppance of Commeuppance

So this came up in a game of Commander the other day. Player A has Purphoros, God of the Forge in play without the 5 red devotion to make him a creature. They then cast Tempt with Vengeance, spending ...
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Can uncounterable spells still be countered somehow?

I cast Fling, sacrificing my only creature to kill my opponent. My opponent responds with Last Word, which will win the game the other way. Last Word says it "can't be countered by spells or ...
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What happens to enchantments that are attached to creatures when the creatures are returned to your hand?

What happens to enchantments that are attached to creatures when the creatures are returned to your hand?
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Kruphix and Omnath, what color is the mana

Both Kruphix, God of Horizons and Omnath, Locus of Mana stop unused mana from emptying from your mana pool at the end fo each step. Omnath only works for green and keeps it green, while Kruphix works ...
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Can an instant spell be used before an upkeep triggered ability resolves?

I am looking into a new card for my deck and I was curious if instants could be used before an ability triggered 'at the beginning of your upkeep' resolves. Here is the potential situation: I ...
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If a Creature-Planeswalker blocks a creature with infect, what happens?

If a planeswalker than has been turned into a creature (not a planeswalker that turns itself into a creature with "prevent all damage" like Gideon) takes Infect damage, what happens? I know that ...
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How would first strike and deathtouch interact with multiple blockers in this scenario?

How exactly would the following work? I have a creature with first strike and deathtouch, it's enchanted to be able to block any number of creatures (Entangler). Lets say its a 2/2 and it blocks five ...
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How can I keep Magic foils flat?

Anyone who's collected Magic for a while knows the unfortunate tendency for foils — especially older foils and the heavier promotional foils — to curl up towards the foil side (presumably ...
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Commander rulings on extort

If my commander is mono black and one of the creatures I have is color black and have the skill Extort which could be paid in white or black mana. Can I use this card on my commander deck?
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What happens if Ravager of the Fells can't target an opponent?

Ravager of the Fells (the flip-side of Huntmaster of the Fells) says, Whenever this creature transforms into Ravager of the Fells, it deals 2 damage to target opponent and 2 damage to up to one ...
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How many artifact lands can I play a turn?

I bought the 5 artifact lands from Mirrodin to add to my artifact deck; it works with the artifact theme (having all of my cards be artifacts) and goes well with my Darksteel Juggernauts. The thing ...
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Damage distribution with Banding and Trample

This actually pertains to a deck I played long (about 15 years) ago, but I've always wondered as to the correct ruling. The deck in question had lots of banding and trample creatures, so that in the ...
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How does Void Winnower affect face down spells and creatures?

Void Winnower says Your opponents can't cast spells with even converted mana costs. (Zero is even) Your opponents can't block with creatures with even converted mana costs. If I control a ...
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If my Consul's Lieutenant dies while its second ability is on the stack, does the ability do anything?

Consul's Lieutenant has Renown, and the ability Whenever Consul's Lieutenant attacks, if it's renowned, other attacking creatures you control get +1/+1 until end of turn. This is the scenario: ...
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How can I find out when a specific comprehensive rule was introduced?

I wrote this answer, and I feel like it would benefit (slightly - it's not exactly a crucial part of the answer) from knowing when rule 706.4 was introduced. I feel that if I can find out when a rule ...
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How does Perplexing Chimera work with Strionic Resonator?

I have a Perplexing Chimera and a Strionic Resonator on the battlefield. My opponent casts Shock. I choose to use my Strionic Resonator's activated ability to copy my Perplexing Chimera's triggered ...
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Can multiple Thorncaster Slivers grant multiple copies of the same ability?

If I have two Thorncaster Slivers, does their effect stack? That is, 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?...
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How do Heartless Hidetsugu and Gisela interact?

Let's say that I have Gisela, Blade of Goldnight in play and my opponent controls Heartless Hidetsugu. We both have 20 life. When Heartless Hidetsugu is tapped, each player takes 10 damage, which is ...
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How does Hypnotic Specter work in Two-Headed Giant?

If I attack with Hypnotic Specter and the defending team does not declare a blocker, should I "target" who is going to discard a card randomly? Or do they decide?
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Countering cards played with flashback

Can a card cast using its flashback ability be countered by a spell such as Cancel?
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If Blightsteel Colossus loses its abilities through an effect like Lignify, can it be put into my graveyard?

If I cast Lignify on my opponent's Blightsteel Colossus and then deal 5 damage to it with one of my creatures, does it go to the graveyard since it has no abilities? Or is this ability regained once ...
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Two Experiment Kraj are on the battlefield, what are their abilities?

Through the use of Sakashima the Impostor (or Mirror Gallery), there are two Experiment Kraj on the battlefield, each with a +1/+1 counter on it. How many additional copies of their activated ...
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Does Hellkite Tyrant in combination with Mycosynth Lattice steal lands?

Say you attack someone for player damage with Hellkite Tyrant whilst Mycosynth Lattice is in play (played by you if it makes a difference). Do you get control of all of your opponents lands? The ...
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Casting a spell after a spell resolves?

My question has to do with Ravenous trap. Say my opponent casts Thought Scour targeting themselves. Once the spell resolves they have two cards + thought scour itself in the graveyard this turn. I ...
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How does the wording “for each” work?

Some cards in magic has something happen for each {something}. For instance: Alive // Well makes you gain 2 life for each creature you control. Tapping Selvala adds one green mana to your mana pool, ...
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Why can't an overloaded Counterflux beat Pyromancer Ascension?

In his write-up of Pro Tour BTG in Valencia, pro player Gaudenis Vidugiris described this game, the last one he played to get to the top 16 (emphasis added): Round 14 I battled against RWU Twin. ...
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Can Bloodrush be countered with an instant that destroys attacking creature?

The Setup: It is my opponent's turn. He has an Elvish Mystic on the field (1/1). He declares his Elvish Mystic as an attacker, then activates his Ghor-Clan Rampager's Bloodrush ability from his hand, ...
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Can a player respond while a spell is resolving?

I cast Wistful Thinking on my opponent, whose hand has two Mountain cards. Wistful Thinking resolves and my opponent draws a Shock and another Mountain. Can my opponent cast Shock before discarding ...
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Worldfire order of events

Say I have a Keldon Marauders on the battlefield. The card reads: When Keldon Marauders enters the battlefield or leaves the battlefield, it deals 1 damage to target player. I then cast Worldfire. ...
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Can I Birthing Pod a token to get a creature with a CMC of 1?

From my understanding, the CMC (converted mana cost) of a token is 0. When you sacrifice a creature with Birthing Pod it adds 1 to the CMC. So, if I sacrifice a token (any token) to Birthing Pod, ...
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Can Angel's Grace set your life total to 1 when you have Negative Life?

An opponent plays a storm combo, ending in Tendrils of Agony. In response I play Angel's Grace. After the storm of Tendrils finishes resolving, I am at -10 life, but I have not lost the game because ...
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Is there a simple strategy for re-learning Magic the Gathering?

I began playing MTG around Beta/Unlimited but haven't played MTG since about 4th Edition/Fallen Empires/Ice Age. I have been considering picking the game back up, and could use some suggestions on ...
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Are creature effects considered an Instant?

I played Magic a long time ago, and I remember activated abilities on creatures were considered instants. Reading through the rules today, it isn't quite clear to me. The reason I am wondering is for ...
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Can Body Double copy the back face of a card in the graveyard?

Just wondering, if the Ludevic's Test Subject is in the grave, can Body Double enter the play copying the Abomination side?
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If I exile Rout with Narset's ability, when can it be cast?

Let's say I control Narset, Enlightened Master and attack, exiling the top four cards of my library, including Rout (alt link). Rout's first ability states that I can cast it any time I could cast an ...
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Can abilities that trigger when a permanent becomes targeted trigger multiple times from the same spell?

Some abilities trigger whenever a (certain) permanent "becomes the target of a spell or ability." For example, Cephalid Illusionist says Whenever Cephalid Illusionist becomes the target of a spell ...
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Triggered abilities from multiple players. Whose resolves first?

If triggered abilities from sources controlled by multiple players all trigger at the same time, in what order do they resolve? For example, if I control Obzedat, Ghost Council and at least two other ...
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How do you run a short multiplayer Conspiracy draft tournament?

There is a new set in Magic the Gathering coming out, called Conspiracy. Conspiracy is a set specifically designed for drafting, and notably, multiplayer games. My question revolves around how to ...
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Do the Magic tournament rules allow Rock-Paper-Scissors to see who goes first?

The Magic Tournament Rules specifically state 'For the first game of a match, the winner of a random method (such as a die roll or coin toss) chooses either to play first or play second'. My method ...
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How to decide if I should use a counterspell in MTG?

I always have a hard time to decide if I should use a counter spell in a given situation and one step earlier if I should save enough mana for a counter spell this round. I am currently facing this ...
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Where can I find Magic: the Gathering puzzles?

The Duelist used to publish MTG puzzles by Mark Rosewater in which you were placed in the last turn of a game and had to figure out the correct play to win. I remember these puzzles being extremely ...
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Does “return” from graveyard to Zone X require a card to have been in Zone X?

When an ability says, return X from Zone A to Zone B, can the ability only be used if X was in Zone B previously? In particular, consider the Reassembling Skeleton's ability text: {1}{B}: Return ...
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What is the meaning of OMP, GWP, OGP?

I am using mtgarena for my tournament organization. What do OMP, GWP and OGP mean? Does anyone know what they stand for? Example: Player Points OMP GWP OGP 1 9 33.33 100 ...
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Are there vector graphics available of the mana symbols of magic?

I'm looking for vector graphics of each of the mana symbols (normal, hybrid, phyrexian, 2-or-color). Where can I find them?
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How long are magic cards actually “printed”/“In production”

Basically I'm wondering how long Magic cards are actually printed/in production. IE: Being made. I would assume it's just whatever is in the standard block? but it could go further back. Wizards has ...
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What happens if you use a Clone Effect on a Double Faced Card that's Transformed?

Say someone has Ludevic's Test Subject, which is a 0/3 Defender, and after some mechanics, transforms into a 13/13 Lizard Horror with Trample. Say this someone managed to transform said card into its ...
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Can an Adaptive Automaton trigger Champion of the Parish's ability?

If I have a Champion of the Parish in play and play an Adaptive Automaton, choosing human, does the Champion's ability activate? I believe it does since the declaration of human occurs "as the AA ...
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New Transform Rules and Archangel Avacyn

Archangel Avacyn says (in addition to other abilities): "When a non-Angel creature you control dies, transform Archangel Avacyn at the beginning of the next upkeep". Since the triggered ability isn't ...
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How to store and organize cards for Magic the Gathering?

I know there exist people who collect more than play, but I want to know how people organize cards who frequently build new decks and therefore want to be able to find cards quickly. After a few ...
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Living Lands versus Living Terrain

If you have Living Lands on the battlefield, making all of your Forests 1/1 creatures, and you then enchant one of those Forests with Living Terrain, does the enchanted land become a 1/1, a 5/6, or a ...