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Is it better to start with M13 and splash in RtR and GTC when building a deck?

I've been doing some reading on deck building and I'm getting the feeling that using the RtR and GC expansions are better mixed in with a solid M13 deck. However, I can't really confirm this ...
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Merciless Eviction, how far does all go?

Got Merciless Eviction from a booster, and it states that you can choose one and then exile all artifacts, creatures, enchantments or planeswalkers. Does this mean that all instances in graveyards and ...
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How big is a Consuming Aberration after it is stolen with Act of Treason?

Suppose I take a Consuming Aberration with an Act of Treason. Consuming Aberration says: Consuming Aberration's power and toughness are each equal to the number of cards in your opponents' graveyards. ...
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Do my creatures get a boon from previously played spells?

Suppose I am playing modern BW tokens and have a Hero of Bladehold on the field. I cast Zealous Persecution in my main phase. Do the tokens created my my Hero also get the +1/+1 bonus from the ...
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Why should I buy Booster Packs over Battle Packs?

While grabbing some booster packs today I saw a Booster Battle Pack. Looked them up online to see what they were and grabbed one. Doing the math, I determined the following: Booster Pack - $0.26 / ...
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After using Act of Treason and Cloudshift, does a creature re-enter the battlefield under my control?

If player A has a creature, and then on player B's turn, he/she uses Act of Treason on it, and then Cloudshift, does that card, once it has been cloudshift-ed, return to the battlefield under the ...
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Why does Wizards of the Coast print terrible MTG cards?

I understand that there needs to be a wide variety of power levels in Magic: The Gathering. Even bad cards will see play in limited formats, some because they fill a specific niche (flying removal, ...
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Card Organization: Multi-Color Cards

As my collection has started growing (new to MtG) I'm now needing to organize. I've done quite a bit of blog reading on the different methods and strategies but one thing I can't quite seem to ...
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Are counters (noun) physical things?

Card example: Beckon Apparition (Gatecrash) There are a lot of cards that use counter as a noun. I did some Googling but I'm just not clear on what I need to use for counters. Are they physical ...
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Can I target an indestructible creature with a 'destroy target creature' spell?

Of course the spell won't resolve, but is the indestructible creature a legal target for a spell with the effect "destroy target creature"? For example, can I target Gideon, Champion of Justice, ...
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Can I save my spark trooper with a delayed flicker?

What exactly defines the beginning and end of a specific step? Because I'm wondering if my logic seems solid enough. I'm thinking of trying to avoid the sac requirement on my Spark Trooper by using ...
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Can an indestructible creature die by a combination of damage and -X/-X effects?

Say I have a 5/5 indestructible creature. An opponent plays a 3 damage spell on this creature. After that spell resolves, the opponent then plays a spell which gives the creature -2/-2 until end of ...
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Can non basic lands be tapped for colorless mana?

For example, Evolving Wilds has a mana fixing ability, but it doesn't say you can tap it for mana. Other non-basic lands have a mana ability listed on the card. Should I assume that Evolving Winds ...
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Does gaining +x/+x trigger “when counters are added” abilities?

If I had a Fathom Mage and played Giant Growth onto it would the "gain +3/+3" activate the ability to draw a card when a counter is added, or are stat improvements and counters completely separate?
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Looking for the “magic'al” formula

Im a big fan of the Magic the Gathering trading card game. And with all these new cards coming in, I was wondering how the cards were balanced, and manacost calculated. Im thinking there must be a ...
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what is a storage counter on a land card and how do you use it?

I have a card called Calciform Pools. It uses something called a storage counter. What is it and how do you use it? Card Text: Tap: Add {1} to your mana pool. {1}, Tap: Put a storage counter ...
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Do cards that say “Each player…” still affect players with Shroud?

I have a True Believer out which gives me shroud. My opponent has an enchantment that says that each player must sacrifice whenever he sacrifices a card. Does the enchantment target me, thus allowing ...
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I Don't Understand Scab-Clan Charger's Ability

I have this card and I don't understand the following: Discard Scab-Clan Charger: Target attacking creature gets +2/+4 until end of turn Alright, so the discard makes sense. What is "Target ...
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If a +1/+1 counter is removed after a creature takes damage, does it die?

I have two creatures out. Creature One gives Creature Two +1/+1. Creature One is a 2/2 and Creature Two is a 4/4 after adding the +1/+1 from Creature Two. My opponent casts a spell doing 3 damage ...
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If I am going to start playing Magic The Gathering, what set should I start with?

I know how this site works so I'm going to try my hardest to ask questions that have answers and aren't too open to interpretation. I'm considering getting (back) into Magic. My son is 12 now and he ...
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Do I still get to draw cards if I can't sacrifice Soul Ransom when its ability resolves?

Soul Ransom has an interesting ability: Discard two cards: Soul Ransom's controller sacrifices it, then draws two cards. Only any opponent may activate this ability. I'm aware that the normal ...
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Where can I get my Magic the Gathering play critiqued?

I started playing Magic again last year right after the release of Dark Ascension after a long hiatus. I decided to get more serious in trying to win, but I've hit a roadblock in my play. I go x-1 in ...
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Do Gather The Townsfolk's (or cards like it) tokens go on the stack separately?

A friend of mine was playing a deck that uses Cathars' Crusade and Gather the Townsfolk (and cards like it) to pump his creatures. Another guy was watching and said that all the tokens went on the ...
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How much money would I have to spend to play in tournaments?

In posing this question, I realize that it may be out of scope for boardgames.SE; this question could be subjective and the monetary costs vary quite a bit between cheapest and most expensive decks. ...
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Can I cast Killing Glare with X=0 while no creatures with zero power are on the battlefield?

I wonder if I am able to cast Killing Glare if there are no powerless creatures on the board? For example to Extort after casting.
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Are creatures destroyed if their destruction happens at the same instant they lose “indestructible”?

Scenario: I play Timber Protector which makes all other Treefolk indestructible (I only have Treefolk in play). My opponent plays a Day of Judgment. Does this only destroy the ...
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APNAP rulings applied to world effects

Assuming you are an active player you play an Oracle of Mul Daya or Crucible of Worlds. Could you play your land before they kill Oracle of Mul Daya? Would you be able to play lands off of Crucible of ...
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What happens when you blink a cipher-ed creature?

if I have a cipher ability encoded on a creature, and I cast a Restoration Angel, thus exiling and returning the creature to play, does the creature still have the cipher ability? How about creatures ...
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How does priority work in these cases?

I understand the ruling that when a Planeswalker resolves the player controlling the walker can activate its ability without their opponent getting priority in between. Are there any other rules ...
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Is the ability cost of the commander part of the color identity?

Consider the card Rhys the Exiled. Are you allowed to play black (and green) cards in your deck with this commander? Or are you only allowed to play cards that are the same color as the commander's ...
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How long does mana from Burning-Tree Emissary stay around?

Does mana added to your pool from Burning-Tree Emissary get destroyed when the card that added it is destroyed?
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Can a sacrifice be used to pay for more than one effect? [duplicate]

Someone tried to play the following combo in a game I was in. I think it is an illegal play, so I wanted some help to clarify the rules. The cards were: 1) Launch Party - "As an additional cost to ...
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Do I own a token that I create under somebody else's control?

I was reading somewhere a few days ago that when a player creates a token using a spell like Rapid Hybridization they own the token, even though they never had control of it. I can't seem to find the ...
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What's actually good against Jund?

"Jund" is the red-black-green shard from Shards of Alara. More importantly, however, it's a term for a midrange archetype in those colors, using a mixture of quick disruption, multi-faceted ...
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Do things on the stack or state-based effects resolve between first strike and normal combat damage?

I have two examples of different scenarios that are confusing to me. First, if I have a 1/1 creature with first strike and deathtouch, and my opponent blocks it with a 2/2 creature, will my creature ...
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How can I tell if a card is likely to have “functional errata”?

Apparently there was a period in Magic's history when cards received significant "errata" between printings — not just templating updates or clarifications, but straight-up changes to what ...
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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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Multiple blockers with first strike

Scenario: Player A attacks with a 6/6 creature. Player B assigns TWO blockers to block the 6/6 creature, each is 3/3 with first strike. Which of these happens? B's first strike blockers deal their ...
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Can one creature block multiple attacks?

I'm not much of a Magic player myself, although I do know a bit about the game. Recently, I got into an argument about whether one creature can block multiple creatures' attacks. It looks like rule ...
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Is “The Aristocrats” the first WBR deck to top 8 a Pro Tour?

Tom Martell won Pro Tour Gatecrash with "The Aristocrats", a white-black-red deck that plays Cartel Aristocrat, Falkenrath Aristocrat, and Blasphemous Act. This is a historically poor color ...
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Does the wording “each land” also include Basic Lands?

I have a Bountiful Harvest. It's a Sorcery that reads "You gain l life for each land you control." Does this refer to only cards that say Land and not Basic Land, or does it count for both?
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Can I sacrifice a creature that is only temporarily under my control?

A creature is placed "under my control until the end of turn" through a sorcery spell. Do I have the option of sacrificing said creature if I cast a "sacrifice a creature" instant, or have a creature ...
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Does 'shuffle your library' mandate that the cards actually change order?

According to the comprehensive rules, the definition of shuffling is thus: 701.16a To shuffle a library or a face-down pile of cards, randomize the cards within it so that no player knows their ...
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Can I use Elbrus as my Commander?

Elbrus, the Binding Blade, is a Legendary Artifact - Equipment that transforms into Withengar Unbound, a Black Legendary Demon. Can I use Elbrus/Withengar as a Commander, and if I can, is my deck ...
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Can the Mask of Avacyn be targeted by spells after being equipped to a creature?

Can the Mask of Avacyn be targeted by spells after it's been equipped to a creature? This is an odd question, because the mask gives the equipped creature a +1/+2 and has hexproof and says it "can't ...
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What does, “It can't be regenerated” mean?

I destroyed my opponent's permanent with Putrefy, an Instant that reads: Destroy target artifact or creature. It can't be regenerated. He returned it to the top of his library with Golgari ...
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If Realmwright is removed from the battlefield, do the changed lands remain dual colored?

I just came by Realmwright and it didn't give any discussion on whether the changed lands are permanently changed or not if the creature leaves the battlefield. Does anyone have any info on this?
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How does Fist of Suns work with my Commander?

I am working on a deck that features Progenitus as my Commander and started looking at Fist of Suns. Besides just being good because of the large number of high cost spells in the deck, I was curious ...
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Why are Shocklands better than Guildgates?

I recently read a review about Return to Ravnica and the reviewer says that, for example, Temple Garden is way better than Selesnya Guildgate. Can someone point out the reasons behind that? ...
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Where can I get custom Magic: the Gathering cards printed?

I have made up some custom MtG cards, and I am trying to get physical copies made (to mess with my friends, and for casual use). Does anyone know where I can get them made? Disclamer: These cards ...