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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What does it take to play a Battle of Wits deck successfully at a tournament?

Magic tournament rules specify that players must be able to randomize their decks in an appropriate amount of time (three minutes for pre-game procedures). As Matt Sperling points out, this may be ...
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Goldnight Redeemer and Angel's Tomb

I was playing a casual game with a friend the other day testing out a new angels deck I built and came accross this situation.... I had an Angel's Tomb, which has this artifact may become a 3/3 ...
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How does Mitotic Slime work with Devour?

Say that I have a Mitotic Slime in play and then play Thromok the Insatiable. When I sacrifice the Slime due to Thromok's Devour ability, I get two 2/2 Slime tokens. Am I able to sacrifice those Slime ...
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Does Wizards of the Coast still package World Championship Decks?

The most recent decks that I can find are from 2005. Are the top 4 championship decks from each year still being packaged for retail? If so, where's a good place to buy them?
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Can an opponent make me discard a Miracle card before I cast it, after it is revealed?

For example, if my hand is empty and I draw and reveal Temporal Mastery, can an opponent cast Funeral Charm and make me discard it before I have a chance to cast it for its Miracle Cost?
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How can I play around targeted discard?

Many decks in competitive Magic have access to targeted discard spells, like Duress and Thoughtseize. Against counterspells, you can rely on a variety of tricks like baiting counters, ...
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Which effects affect both opponents and which only one in Two Headed Giant?

Say, for Cruel Edict I have to choose which one of my opponent's heads sacrifices a creature. But I think that Sudden Disappearance makes all of their permanents go away, not just one person's. Can ...
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Do weak decks win a disproportionate amount of multiplayer FFA games?

Some people ignore weak decks in a multiplayer FFA setting. They believe that because a deck's card quality is poor that leaving that player basically unmolested, and not expending resources to remove ...
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Can I Wish for a card outside my Commander's colors?

I have been told that Wishes work differently in Commander than in normal casual Free-For-All (FFA) mtg. Do the comprehensive rules cover how wishes work in Commander? Do the rules for wishes differ ...
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What brand of card sleeves are most reliable for Magic the Gathering?

I use Dragon Shield, KMC and Ultra-Pro. The reviews and forums don't seem to have a consensus on the question, "Which brand is the best?" But have there been any quality control tests that show ...
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Prateor's Grasp - Can Opponent Determine Taken Card Before Shuffle

I had a ruling on this by a L2 Judge at a TCG event in San Diego 2 weeks ago. I believe his ruling was wrong. I played Praetor's Grasp Mana Cost: 1BB Types: Sorcery Card Text: Search target ...
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What does protection mean? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What does protection from [quality] do? I was playing a match with a friend where I had Elite Inquisitor on the field against his 3 zombies. Is he able to declare his ...
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Becoming better at sideboarding

One of the keys to tournament performance in Magic is proper sideboarding. This seems to be a point of failure with many Magic players that want to move up from casual play and compete in tournaments ...
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Gaining and losing life at the same time

I have a question about a specific scenario involving life loss and gain. Say I have 3 life left, the creature Soulcage Fiend on the battlefield, and also the enchantment Exquisite Blood on the ...
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What effect does Attack Left vs Attack Right have on MtG multiplayer strategy?

Kelly Digges played both, but didn't make any comment on how/if it affected gameplay in any meaningful way. He also doesn't list any difference in his What's in a name Multiplayer Variants article. I ...
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How does this interaction between Black Sun's Zenith and Geralf's Messenger resolve?

My opponent has a Geralf's Messenger in play with a single +1/+1 counter on it. He also has a Diregraf Captain in play. Due to the combined effects, the Messenger is a 5/4. When I cast a Black ...
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Killing with Divine Deflection

I am at 2 life, and my opponent is at 3 life. It is my opponent's turn. He attacks me with a Kindercatch. After blockers are declared (none) but before the combat damage step, I cast Divine ...
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Phage the Untouchable as a Commander?

I was looking through the Black Legends with thoughts of building a mono-black EDH deck, when I came across Phage the Untouchable. Am I right in assuming that if she is cast from the command zone, you ...
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Does casting a card and paying for it work like this?

Let's say that I have two cards in my hand, Lion's Eye Diamond and Shock. According to the rules, the steps to casting a spell are as follows: Announcing the spell (put the spell on the stack) ...
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Resetting Soulbound

Say I have a creature with the Soulbound ability, Stonewright, which is currently bound to my Llanowar Elves. If I play a Birds of Paradise, can I switch my Stonewright to be bound to the Birds ...
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Trample + Deathtouch

If I attack with a Primeval Titan (6/6 Trample) that has Necrobite (Deathtouch), what happens if my opponent blocks with another Primeval Titan?
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Can I activate Nim Deathmantle's creature saving ability more than once in a turn?

My opponent attacks with two 4/4 creatures. I block each of them with one 2/2 creature, but have Nim Deathmantle on the field, currently not equipped to anything. When my two 2/2 creatures are put ...
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Can I block with my Llanowar elves and then tap it for mana immediately afterward?

My opponent attacks with a 3/3. I block with my 1/1 Llanowar Elves, and have all of my land tapped from my last turn. Can I now tap my Llanowar Elves after it has been declared as a blocker to play ...
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Land ratio vs mana curve

When choosing cards for a deck, one of the most important things to consider is the number of land you put in. The biggest issue is mana curve, of course. What shortcuts are best for determining the ...
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How do Layers work?

Trying to expand my knowledge of Magic, and hopefully become a better player, I've come across several references to "layers." From what I've been able to find, they are as follows: Copy Control ...
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What happens when you play Cloudshift on Borderland Ranger?

I believe that when I play Cloudshift which reads: Exile target creature you control, then return that card to the battlefield under your control. On Borderland Ranger which reads: When Borderland ...
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How does Infinite Reflection work with Commander and commander damage?

Does a Commander which has been turned into a copy of another card still do commander damage (i.e. will 21 damage dealt to a single player from the copy lose the game for that player)? Alternately, ...
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Red and/or white cards that can handle indestructible creatures

I am creating a Red-White commander deck using Gisela as my commander. I noticed that my deck is incredibly weak against a deck with any sort of indestructible creature. I know of the board sweeper ...
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Commander damage from Mimic Vat token?

I've exiled my commander using Mimic Vat. Do the tokens it creates from it deal commander damage?
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Does it really matter if dice are randomized?

I was playing MTG with some friends the other day, when a guy walks up and challenges me to a game. He insisted that he would not roll my spin-down die to determine who goes first. When I pointed out ...
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Does 'fight' involve combat?

The text for Ulvenwald Tracker says: {1}{G}, {T} : Target creature you control fights another target creature. (Each deals damage equal to its power to the other.) Does this have anything to do with ...
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Does Sheltering Word remove an existing enchantment?

If a creature has an enchantment, like Defang, and I cast Sheltering Word on that creature, would the other enchantment be removed? Or does it need to be cast in response to the enchantment being ...
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Archetypes in triple Avacyn Restored draft

What good archetypes have you found in triple Avacyn Restored draft? I'm looking for strategies, color combinations and core cards for each deck type. Maybe you found something that was surprisingly ...
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Alpha, Beta, and Arabian Nights in Tournaments?

With the exception of basic lands, are all Alpha, Beta, and Arabian Nights cards banned in sanctioned tournaments? Does that also include Deserts?
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Who gets to use a reanimated Gamekeeper's ability?

I was playing a clunky Gamekeeper build of mine against a Legacy Reanimator deck when the following situation occurred: I had a Leyline of the Void in play (don't know if it's relevant). I had a ...
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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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How do Phenomenon cards work in the Eternities Map variant?

In the Eternities Map variant of Planechase, players lay out Plane cards in a grid and get to choose a direction when they planeswalk: Players see not only the current plane, but also adjacent ...
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How can I play around graveyard hate?

Graveyard-based strategies are common in casual and tournament MTG. The graveyard offers players easy ways to cheat on costs (e.g. Reanimator), grind out incremental advantage (e.g. Sun Titan decks, ...
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Goldnight Commander and Thatcher Revolt

I'm not 100% sure what happens, if I have a Goldnight Commander on the battlefield and play a Thatcher Revolt. Do all three 1/1 red human tokens enter the battlefield at once, giving each of them ...
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When should you side lands in and out?

Some Magic writers advise players to side out a land when on the draw in Limited, in order to improve the probability of drawing a strong starting hand. Is it reasonable to do the same (side out a ...
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Can I counter a land-creature?

Say my opponent plays Dryad Arbor. Can I counter it with a Cancel from my hand? I know that lands can't be countered because they don't go on the stack, but what about land-creatures?
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Increasing Vengeance and new targets

Increasing Vengeance states "Copy target instant or sorcery spell you control. If Increasing Vengeance was cast from a graveyard, copy that spell twice instead. You may choose new targets for the ...
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Multiple cards in play with “At the beginning of your upkeep…”

I had several humans on the battlefield. On turn three, I played Triumph of Ferocity. On turn four, I played Descendants' Path. On turn five, during my upkeep, this question came up. At this ...
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How to describe the strengths and weaknesses of white to a new mtg player?

When I'm teaching Magic: The Gathering to a new player, one of the things I usually give them early on is a run down of each of the different colors and its pros and cons. I usually try to come up ...
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What happens if a blocking creature with flying loses flying?

Lets say that both my opponent and I both have a 1/1 white flying spirit. Now lets say I declare my spirit as an attacker, and my opponent declares their spirit as a blocker. After they declare ...
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How much damage do my other Goblins deal if my Goblin Chieftain dies during the first strike step?

I was playing against my son tonight and an issue came up that we disagreed on. We looked in the rules, but that just made things murkier for us. I attacked with Goblin Chieftain (2/2), Goblin ...
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What is the converted mana cost of a spell with {X} when cast with the Miracle mechanic?

Say I topdeck Entreat the Angels and cast it for its miracle cost of XWW. But my opponent wants to counter it with a CMC-based effect, such as Spellstutter Sprite or Spell Burst. 202.3. The ...
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Where can I find a database with a list of all magic cards?

I am going to write a program to manage my library of Magic cards and I am looking for a database file or list of all of the cards that have been released. I know that the Gathering site is useful, ...
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If I attack with 2 creatures that both have “All creatures able to block this creature do so”, how are blockers determined?

Say I have 2 creatures enchanted with Lure or 2 Taunting Elves attacking: Does my opponent get to choose which of their creatures blocks each one or do I? What if one of those attacking creatures also ...
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How does trample interact with damage prevention effects and indestructible blockers?

Say I have a 4/4 creature with trample. I attack, and my opponent blocks with a... 0/1 creature that is indestructible: Does my 4/4 trampler's extra 3 damage carry over even though the blocking ...