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Can creatures with Undying or Persist escape from Grave Betrayal?

Can creatures with Undying or Persist escape from Grave Betrayal? 702.77a Persist is a triggered ability. "Persist" means "When this permanent is put into a graveyard from the battlefield, if it ...
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When a land is granted a basic land type, what effects does that have?

For example: I imagine this card is useful specifically because it denies the opponent the appropriate color of mana, if they are not already playing a blue deck. If I make a Swamp into an Island, ...
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How can I tell which sets are currently legal in various formats?

I haven't played Magic: the Gathering since the days of Onslaught and Mirrodin, and I would like to try to catch back up. Since all my cards are quite dated now, I may be more interested in formats ...
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Will a Havengul Vampire get its +1/+1 counter for killing a creature and prevent it from dying?

Suppose my opponent has a Havengul Vampire, and I have a Young Wolf which has a +1/+1 counter on it so it is 2/2. What happens if they deal damage to each other, for example during combat? Will the ...
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Why creature enchantments aren't playable?

I've read an article recently about the M 2013 core set and it states that: Well, everyone knows creature enchantments aren’t playable... Why exactly creature enchantments aren't playable? I'm ...
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Does a Angel of Glory's Rise and a Fiend Hunter combo work like I think it does?

The scene I envision is that I have a graveyard full of humans, one of which is a Fiend Hunter. I play Angel of Glory's Rise and put all my humans from my graveyard and onto the battlefield, and when ...
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Where do Auras go when a card is put on top of its owner's library?

Say a player casts a card that returns a permanent to the top of owner's library, for example Banishment Decree, and the targeted creature card he chooses has two Auras enchanting it. Where do the ...
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What are those magic symbols?

Having found a nice vector graphics for magic symbols, I wonder what the symbols on the second-to-last row are. I recognize tap, untap, infinite and half, and the last one as the earlier white, but ...
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Stinkweed Imp + Rancor and a flying 3/3 blocker

Does Stinkweed Imp with Rancor get the extra trample damage if a 3/3 flyer blocks? Is Stinkweed's text is the same as an actual deathtouch?
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How has the rise of limited formats affected MTG set design?

One of the great thing about playing limited is that you have to work with what you've got, no matter how bad it is. This means that even some of the worst cards will occasionally see limited play ...
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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 do you handle fast players in a casual setting that skip priority?

This really isn't a problem in a tournament setting, because players are expected to know the rules, and will usually ask their opponent if they wish to take any actions before allowing a spell to ...
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Is it possible to counter cards that boost a creatures power during the combat phase?

For example, if someone attacks with a 3/3 creature, and you have a 5/5 creature that will ultimately block and destroy his creature. If they boosts their creature with a +3/+3 spell, can you counter ...
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Do Regenerate and/or Totem Armor counteract the Legend rule?

Can a regeneration shield or a totem armor aura protect a Legendary creature from getting killed by a clone of itself?
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Question about MTG card Flamebreak

I was using Flamebreak during the MTG pc game, and I had a 5/4 without flying. I used it, and the 5/4 died! Why? It says it only deals 3 dmg to non-flying creatures.
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Magic the gathering box

I am trying to do a calculation for modern masters that is coming out next year and to complete it I need to know, How many commons, uncommons, rares and mythics are in a regular set of mtg(Scars of ...
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How many of the same artifact can be on the battlefield at once?

How many of the same artifact can be on the battlefield at once? For example, could I play more than one Dragon's Claw or Angel's Feather?
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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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How do Captivating Vampire and Deadeye Navigator abilities interact?

In a recent casual game, an opponent controlled a Captivating Vampire and had enough untapped Vampire creatures in play to use its ability. I had a Deadeye Navigator on the battlefield, and on my ...
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How many missed triggers are necessary before you begin to have Game Losses and/or DQs?

While reviewing the latest changes to the Magic Infraction Procedure Guide, I notice that a missed trigger is considered a Warning, but that, Judges should not intervene in a missed trigger ...
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Are copied spells cast from the graveyard?

If you copy Increasing Confusion or any other "cast from the graveyard" spell with Increasing Vengeance, does the copy act like it was cast from the graveyard? Or, since the copy technically was not ...
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Does Steel Hellkite destroy cards in my opponent's library and hand?

The rules for Steel Hellkite say any nonland permanent with converted mana cost X gets destroyed if I deal combat damage this turn. The second ruling states "It doesn't matter who controlled ...
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Can you use a planeswalker ability even if the planeswaker doesn't have enough loyalty?

For example Tamiyo, the Moon Sage. Can I use the -8 ability even though she only has 4 loyalty? I understand it would kill her. Or would I have to get 8 loyalty first with the +1 ability?
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If a weak creature with death touch attacks a tougher creature, does my own creature die as well?

If a weak creature with death touch attacks a tougher creature, does my own creature die as well? If I have a 2/2 with death touch that attacks a 4/4, the 4/4 will die but what will happen to my 2/2? ...
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Does Doubling Season affect planeswalkers?

According to 306.5b, A planeswalker is treated as if its text box included, "This permanent enters the battlefield with a number of loyalty counters on it equal to its printed loyalty number." ...
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Magic the gathering question about exiling a flashback card [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Does Cremate counter flashback, scavange, and their ilk? If my opponent uses Think Twice for the flash back cost, and I in response use Cremate to exile it, does the ...
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Does Mogg Sentry gain +2/+2 for each spell?

I was playing with a friend who has Mogg Sentry on the field I then play Champion of the Parish and Vexing Devil. Does Mogg Sentry become a 5/5 creature until end of turn or is it just a 3/3?
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Ponder: to shuffle or not to shuffle

You know the situation. You need something specific: a land, say, or a removal spell, so you play Ponder. You find the thing you're looking for. Hooray! Unfortunately, the other two cards that Ponder ...
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Will using Nephalia Smuggler save a creature targeted by a destruction spell?

If an opponent targets one of my creatures with a destroy spell, and in response I tap Nephalia Smuggler to exile that creature and return it to the battlefield, does the destroy spell fizzle due to ...
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What happens when a creature with Persist AND Undying dies? ('return to battlefield' issues…)

Say I have a creature with Persist and I give it Undying until end of turn. Later this turn, it is put into the graveyard, and I choose for the Persist ability to resolve before the Undying ability. ...
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When is a creature's toughness calculated

At what point is a creature's toughness calculated? If I have Korozda Guildmage where I can sacrifice a creature and put X 1/1 token creatures onto the battlefield, where X is the sacrificed ...
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When does a token have the same name as another token?

I'm playing a Selesnya tokens deck, and my opponent casts Detention Sphere, which exiles all creatures with the "same name", on one of my tokens. Does he get to exile All of my tokens? All of the ...
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Does Cremate counter Flashback, Scavenge, and their ilk?

I'm looking at the card Cremate: Cremate - {B} Instant - common RTR Exile target card from a graveyard. Draw a card. Now, can I use this to respond to a flashback or scavenge? ...
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What happens if one of a spell's targets goes away before the spell resolves?

During the prerelease my opponent casts Rites of Reaping to give his creature +3/+3 and my creature -3/-3. In response I sacrifice my creature with the Golgari Guildmage. From my understanding the ...
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Hypersonic dragon => instant scavenge?

The rule text of Hypersonic Dragon says You may cast sorcery spells as though they had flash. (You may cast them any time you could cast an instant.) Can I cast scavenge as an instant now? ...
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Is there a specified order for abilities on cards, specifically creatures?

I was reviewing the a spreadsheet I created of the RTR spoiler to prepare my strategy for this coming weekend. In doing so, I noticed that here and on previous sets if a creature has flying, it is ...
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Another aspect of regeneration in Magic the Gathering?

I read most of the articles about regeneration in MTG, but my question albeit being somewhat basic, still finds no answer. Here's the scenario: I attack with a creature that has the ability to ...
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What would happen if I used regeneration on a creature that was the target of Annihilating Fire?

For example, what would happen if a freshly cast Lotleth Troll were to be regenerated in response to Annihilating Fire? My hypothesis is that it depends on whose turn it is. The regeneration being ...
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Are gates too slow for constructed play?

Gates are of a cycle of dual lands coming out in Return to Ravnica. There's a gate for each guild (WU, BG, UR, BR, GW), but they always enter the battlefield tapped. These are in stark contrast to the ...
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Unleash Unleashed

Looking at preview cards for Return for Ravnica a question about Unleash popped into my mind: "It can't block as long as it has a +1/+1 counter on it." Simple question really: if you cast Rakdos ...
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Parallel Lives and Dance of Many

I was wondering how Dance of Many and Parallel Lives interact. Dance of Many's Oracle text says: When Dance of Many enters the battlefield, put a token that's a copy of target nontoken creature ...
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Do creatures that enter the battlefield at the same time see each other enter?

Let's say I have Goldnight Commander on the board. He is a 2/2 that says: Whenever another creature enters the battlefield under your control, creatures you control get +1/+1 until end of turn. ...
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Havengul Lich on Reassembling Skeleton - can the Lich cast itself for 1B this turn?

Havengul Lich says 1: You may cast target creature card in a graveyard this turn. When you cast that card this turn, Havengul Lich gains all activated abilities of that card until end of turn. ...
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Epic Experiment

My brother showed me Epic Experiment today. Now he says you can use it to put creatures in the graveyard and then fish them out with the free spells you get, because the free spells get put on the ...
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What are Riggers and Contraptions in MTG and how do I assmble them? (Steamflogger boss question)

I just saw this card called Steamflogger Boss today, but I've never heard of a Rigger, a Contraption, or an ability called 'assemble' in Magic. Am I missing something? Does this card refer to a very ...
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What happens when I Radiate a Time Stretch with Timesifter in play?

The question is based on the following situation: In a five person game, there has a been a Timesifter in play and the turn order has already been varied for a few turns. A player plays a Time ...
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What happens if I use Sudden Disappearance?

I just saw this card: Sudden Disappearance. Suppose I use it in my first main step. I attack while my opponent has his cards exiled. At the end step he gets them back. My question: Will those cards ...
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How to counter an aggro deck with massive +1/+1 counter packing

I recently played with a guy who had a deck full of vampires and whenever one of his vampire attacks/deals combat damage/etc that vampire or all of his vampires get +1/+1 counters. How can I ...
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What can I do with my late game mana in Commander

I'm building some EDH decks and I keep running into a problem - lots of mana, no spells to cast. Now, this is moderately acceptable, but only because my opponents are often in the same state. It ...
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Can you Clone a creature with protection or shroud?

So, Clone doesn't say the word "target" anywhere in it's text: You may have Clone enter the battlefield as a copy of any creature on the battlefield. Does this mean that it isn't targeting the ...