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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Where do MTG spoilers come from and why are the images low quality?

I'm quite new to MTG, joining just within the Khans block. I've seen spoilers for Fate Reforged and I'm wondering: if the spoilers came from Wizards then why do the images look like they've been taken ...
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Cards granting emblems

Are there any spells (sorceries, instants) that grant emblems? The only way to get an emblem that I've seen so far is for a planeswalker's ability to grant an emblem. I wonder if there is any other ...
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Blocking with First Strike + Deathtouch

Rule 509.3 says: Third, for each blocking creature, the defending player announces that creature's damage assignment order, which consists of the creatures it's blocking in an order of that ...
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Does an attacking creature have to deal lethal damage to the blocking creatures before dealing damage to the other blocking creatures?

This rule: 510.1c A blocked creature assigns its combat damage to the creatures blocking it. If no creatures are currently blocking it (if, for example, they were destroyed or removed from combat), ...
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“Enchantment Creatures” and “Enchanted Creatures” [duplicate]

Is a enchantment creature card considered to be a creature that is enchanted? I need to know for Winds of Rath, which destroys all creatures that aren't enchanted.
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Targeting question in regards to illegal target

I'm watching this video from the Judge's Corner on YouTube: Targeting - Judge's Corner #10. One example shows these cards being played: Middle first, left second, right third. The video says that ...
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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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When I tap a creature to attack with it, does that also activate abilities that require tapping it?

When I declare my attackers, that causes the attacker to be tapped. What happens if the attacker I tap has an ability that is triggered by tapping? Would I have to tap the creature before the combat ...
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I have been out of the MTG loop for the past year and i'm wondering how I can get back in [closed]

I picked up MTG around the start or mid last year. I purchased a Rakdos intro deck, and was pleased with it. I pushed some friends into MTG as well and they as well got a deck. For Christmas last ...
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Do continuous effects stack?

Does Kragma Warcaller stack with the +2/+0. Lets say if i have a 2/3 Minotaur and I play 2 Kragma Warcallers- does that 2/3 Minotaur become a 6/3?
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When is it worth adding nonbasic land or artifacts to your deck over basic land?

I'm having trouble choosing a basic land over something like Orzhov Guildgate or Gruul Cluestone. Why and when would you want one of these in your deck and would it replace a basic land or augment the ...
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Will casting an aura on a creature with heroic trigger the heroic ability?

I'll admit we've had a lot of trouble with the Battlewise Hoplite the last few games and what affects it and what doesn't. If he has a Battlewise Hoplite in play and I play a Crippling Blight does his ...
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Chandra, Pyromaster's ability and spells with x casting cost

Chandra's ability allows you to cast spell without paying its casting cost: −7: Exile the top ten cards of your library. Choose an instant or sorcery card exiled this way and copy it three ...
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Which cards are “bombs” in draft? [closed]

I use the BREAD strategy for drafting, but am unsure what exactly makes a "Bomb". For example, in a Kahns of Tarkir draft I'm normally quite happy to pick a Mystic of the Hidden Way as a first pick, ...
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How do I handle casting a spell with a cost of X when the casting cost is reduced?

If I play a spell with {X} in the mana cost, and I have a card out that reduces the casting cost by 2 generic mana, what happens to the X? Does it start at -2? For example: I have Arcane Melee in ...
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Can a card effect make a creature block one that it otherwise could not?

Nature Shields Its Own is an Archenemy scheme that creates a blocking creature (green plant) any time the Archenemy is attacked and the attack is not blocked. We ran into a few issues last night ...
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Can older cards that refer to a player/opponent ever be used on planeswalkers?

Many older cards refer to players or opponents, e.g. "deal 3 damage to target player". Can any of these be used on planeswalkers, beyond the fact that you can simply attack them with creatures? For ...
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Why am I unable to draw cards in Magic 2014?

I play Magic 2014 - Duels of the Planeswalkers (DotP) on Steam. I understand all of the basics except for one thing! In a recent battle, my turn started and I did not draw a card. The game went ...
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Does marking a card affect its legality?

I have a deck I am working on that I cannot find all the cards for yet. For use in casual play I have put in proxies that are land cards with the name of the card written on them. If I end up playing ...
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If a creature loses flying after blockers are declared, is the block still legal?

My opponent declared attack with a flying creature, after that I declared a blocker with my own flying creature. He then cast Turn to Frog, targeting my blocker. My creature was a 6/6 flying, my ...
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Snakeform and buff ineractions

This came up in a game. I controlled Prossh who has an ability that gives him +1/+0 whenever I sacrifice a creature. After I sacrified 6 creatures to Prossh's ability (+6/+0), my opponent cast ...
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Can my commander ever not be my commander?

Once and for all: Is there anything that can possibly be done to my commander that would cause it to cease being my commander? All of these questions ask the same thing, but aren't general enough ...
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What does X mean in a spell's cost?

What does the X in a spell's cost do? For example, Strength of the Tajuru has X in its cost. What do I need to do in order to cast that spell, and what happens with the X when it resolves? Note: If ...
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If a commander becomes a colorless forest, is it still a commander? [duplicate]

In Magic the Gathering, I cast Song of the Dryads on an opponent's commander. It is now a colorless forest land. My opponent has an Angelic Field Marshal on the field which gains power if you control ...
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tap and sacrificing an already tapped land to get it's ability

I was looking at Evolving Wilds the other day, and I wondered: Could I put down Evolving Wilds as a land, use it for 1 colorless mana by tapping it, and then sacrifice it to search my library for a ...
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How does multikicker work?

I don't understand Strength of the Tajuru. What does multikicker mean, and how would I use it in a game?
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Is drawing multiple cards an atomic action?

Is drawing multiple cards an atomic action, or do effects triggered by drawing a card trigger for each card drawn instead? Consider Spiteful Visions, which reads: Whenever a player draws a card, ...
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Source for upcoming rule changes

What is the primary source for upcoming rule changes? Who breaks the official news? I know that these changes are made publicly available before they actually take effect. For example, I found out ...
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Can regenerate save a creature from -X/-X effects?

My opponent has a Rakshasa Deathdealer. What happens when I cast a Bile Blight on that creature? Does regenerate let the creature survive or will the -3/-3 until end of turn from Bile Blight simply ...
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Are (un)tapped permanents still legal targets for “(un)tap target permanent” effects?

So I noticed that many cards with tap-effects ship with a clause specifying that they can only be used on untapped permanents, such as Earthcraft and Crackleburr. So here's my question: Doesn't ...
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Athreos, God of Passage, and Martyr of Sands

My opponent has Athreos, God of Passage on the field. They then play Martyr of Sands and use her ability "{1}, Reveal X white cards from your hand, Sacrifice Martyr of Sands: You gain three times X ...
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Damage Cleanup and Toughness Boosting Effects [duplicate]

Suppose my opponent is playing Slivers, and has a Muscle Silver and a Metallic Sliver on the field. On my side, I have a 1/1 Goblin token. My opponent declares both Slivers as attacking, and I block ...
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If I copy a legendary creature, can I activate its ability before the Legend rule takes effect?

From my current understanding of the turn order, the start of a turn goes like this: Untap, Upkeep, Draw, all within the 'Beginning' of a turn (before the first Main Phase). During the Untap step, no ...
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When you “sacrifice 3 creatures” as a cost, are they sacrificed one at a time?

If you want to activate the activated ability of Teysa, Orzhov Scion, does "sacrifice 3 creatures" count as 1 cost, or 3 separate costs? And, does it matter which it is at all? 601.2g says The player ...
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Does the 2nd ability of Teysa, Orzhov Scion trigger with mass destruction? [duplicate]

Let's say Teysa, Orzhov Scion and my ten other black creatures are wiped out with "Wrath of God". Do then 10 white 1/1 Spirits appear on the battlefield even though Teysa has just been destroyed? ...
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Is an Enchantment Creature also an Enchanted Creature?

Is an Enchantment Creature also an Enchanted Creature? For example, Spiteful Returned states Whenever Spiteful Returned or enchanted creature attacks, defending player loses 2 life. If I have ...
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Djinn of Infinite Deceits interacting with other control-changing effects

I have two closely-related questions regarding Djinn of Infinite Deceits. I think I understand how both of these cases work, but my rules-fu is rusty and I'd love the opinion of the experts here. ...
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Double Hardened Scales

I'm having issues understanding how a possible turn would go which I'll try to explain best I can. Say I currently had two Battlewise Hoplites currently on the board. One of them currently has ...
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Does an equipped creature become an artifact creature?

Does a creature become an artifact creature when an artifact is equipped onto it or just a creature with an artifact on it?
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Can creatures with summoning sickness be tapped for convoke? [duplicate]

Can creatures or creature tokens be tapped for mana the turn they entered the battlefield when casting a spell with convoke or do they need haste? For example, can I cast Raise the Alarm for 2 ...
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Counter a Counter. What happens?

My friend and I were playing MTG and I cast Archetype of Imagination, except he countered it. Then I countered his counter, so does my creature stay on the battlefield or go to my graveyard?
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Copying and stealing an EDH Commander?

Suppose my opponent is tapped out while playing Sliver Overlord as his commander, which has the ability: {3}: Gain control of target Sliver. (This effect lasts indefinitely.) On my turn, I play ...
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Is “Fighting” considered “attacking”?

When it comes to creatures under the influence of "Target creature you control fights target creature you don't control", are they, or the initiating creature, considered "attacking"? In my specific ...
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When something is put into play, who controls it and why?

It seems to me that the underlying assumption with Hive Stirrings is that the Sliver tokens come into play under your control. However, I am building a random standard Polymorph deck (random standard ...
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Behavior of Linked Abilities if their Source Object Changes Zones

I have Karn Liberated with 20 loyalty counters. I have exiled an Emrakul, the Aeons Torn with Karn. I activate Karn's -14 ability: −14: Restart the game, leaving in exile all non-Aura permanent ...
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Can I cast an instant in the middle of an ability resolving?

Suppose my opponent has Nahiri, the Lithomancer and an equipment card on the battlefield, then uses Nahiri's +2 ability to create a 1/1 soldier and attach the equip to it. +2: Put a 1/1 white Kor ...
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Exchanging control of creatures that have since left the battlefield

If my opponent casts Switcheroo targeting my 3/3 and his 1/1 and I immediately cast Shock to kill his 1/1 will he still gain control of my 3/3?
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Who draws a card if my opponent has stolen control of Pelakka Wurm when it dies?

If an opponent casts Act of Treason to gain control of Pelakka Wurm then sacrifices it who will draw the card?
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Protection, damage and Leyline of Punishment

I was wondering about the following scenario: I have a Leyline of Punishment on board. My opponent has Auriok Champion I cast Anger of the gods. Will the damage from the Anger of the Gods still come ...
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Can Enchantment Creature play its enchanted ability?

When I play Nylea's Emissary and decide to not pay its Bestow cost, does that mean that it is a 6/6 Enchantment Creature with Trample? Does the enchanted creature spell only work if I pay the Bestow ...