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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If Kokusho is my command and dies, does his ability still trigger? [duplicate]

Okay, so I am intending on using Kokusho, the Evening Star as my commander. When Kokusho dies, each opponent loses 5 life. In normal combat, Kokusho fights a larger creature and dies. Does the ability ...
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Mercurial Pretender and Typhoid Rats interaction

Player A has Mercurial Pretender on the board (copied a 4/4 creature) Player B attacks with Typhoid Rats Player A blocks Typhoid Rats with Mercurial Pretender Player A then pays 4 mana to "Return ...
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Does “creature with flying” count creatures that gained flying from an enchantment?

Clip Wings says you have to sacrifice a creature with flying. Assume the opponent has a non-flying creature (Rancid Rats for example) enchanted with Gryff's Boon (creature gains flying). Will Clip ...
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Do creatures with summoning sickness count as tapped? [duplicate]

My friend played Sheer Drop (Destroy target tapped creature) and targeted a creature of mine with summoning sickness. Is a creature with summoning sickness considered tapped?
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Can you attack any creature of your opponents with flying if he can't block it

Let's say you have a flying creature and your opponent has nothing with flying or reach. Could you attack any one of his creatures you choose?
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How do pump spells interact with damage at end of turn? [duplicate]

My friends recently got into a heated argument over a rules interaction. One player had a 2/2 creature, and responded to the opponent's Lightning Bolt targeting it with a Mutagenic Growth. The player ...
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Getting started (Advanced) with Magic: The Gathering, and where to play

I am a recent college grad without many friends who play MTG, but I am interested in starting to play again. I am familiar with most of the rules, including things like turn phases and the stack. I ...
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When casting a spell, how can a mana ability be paid with another mana ability?

A situation was presented with Skyshroud Elf and Ashnod's Altar: apparently, you could generate WW or RR by: Activate the Elf's filter ability ({1}: Add {R} or {W}) Activate the Elf's filter ability ...
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How much does Vryn Wingmare increase the cost of my Bring to Light by?

Say my opponent has a Vryn Wingmare on the battlefield. When I cast Bring to Light: Do I pay 1 extra for the Bring to Light? Do I pay 1 extra for the (noncreature) spell I find? Both? If #2 ...
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Why can't I play a card for its alternative cost after searching for it with Bring to Light?

According to the card rulings on Gatherer, I can't, say, fetch Reveillark from my deck with Bring to Light, and then cast it for its Evoke cost instead (which is what I was hoping to do). While this ...
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Two Headed Giant - do I gain life when my teammate gains life?

I'm playing Two-Headed Giant. I have Ajani's Pridemate, which has "Whenever you gain life...". My teammate plays a card, that makes him gain life. As we share our life total, my life is also updated. ...
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Does Gleam of Authority care if a creature gains extra counters?

The rules text on Gleam of Authority is as follows: Enchant creature Enchanted creature gets +1/+1 for each +1/+1 counter on other creatures you control. Enchanted creature has vigilance ...
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Can you deal commander damage with any players commander? [duplicate]

If I gain control of another players commander, does it still deal commander damage or does that only work with your own commander?
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What happens when destroying something that gives flash to a spell on the stack?

Say Player 1 has something like Shimmer Myr that reads: You may cast artifact cards as though they had flash. Then when that player tries to cast an artifact as an instant, Player 2 places ...
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Anger of the Gods and totem armor

When my friend has totem armor on a creature and I use Anger of the Gods, what happens? They are both replacement effects but which is applied first?
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Does Reduce to Ashes Kill indestructible creatures?

When I first read Reduce to Ashes: Reduce to Ashes deals 5 damage to target creature. If that creature would die this turn, exile it instead. I thought "ok, a way to deal with indestructible", ...
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Deathtouch/Monstrosity Interaction

Alice has a Wildfire Cerberus and a Bow of Nylea, and Bob has a tapped 3/3 Beast token. Alice attacks with the Cerberus, and activates its Monstrosity. In response, Bob targets the Cerberus with ...
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When should I play my land for my turn?

Does it really matter when I play my land for my turn? Some people get extremely annoyed/agitated when I play a land before spells and I don't actually need the land right away for casting my spells. ...
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Scion of the Ur-Dragon and Torrent of Souls

When Scion of the Ur-Dragon enters the battlefield it attracts a lot of hate. So my plan is to reanimate it using Torrent of Souls to hit a surprise 16 damage attack using Scion's ability to copy ...
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Will Hallowed Moonlight exile creatures from Starfield of Nyx

A continuous effect that changes enchantments to creatures (Starfield of Nyx) is on the battlefield and the effect is active. During my upkeep, I target an enchantment to return. In response, my ...
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Starfield of Nyx and Eerie Interlude

Say you have 7 enchantments on the field, including two Starfield of Nyx and a creature that cares about creatures entering the battlefield (e.g.Soul Warden). You cast Eerie Interlude targeting some ...
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Can a dead player have life restored later to bring them back into the game?

Bob, Timmy, and Susie are playing a Free For All in MTG and Timmy kills Bob by putting him at 0 life. On Susie's next turn, could she play something like Alabaster Potion to make Bob's life total go ...
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Can you choose not to assign damage to a second blocker?

In a game of Magic, I attack with a 5/5, indestructible, trample. My opponent blocks with a 2/3 and a 2/2. He hopes the 2/2 will die because of an effect when that creature dies. Can I choose to ...
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Can I counter a creature with Shroud?

I was playing with a counter deck, and my opponent played Algae Gharial, which has shroud. Could I counter it?
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Reveillark death trigger [duplicate]

If I control a Reveillark and a few other creatures of power 2 or less and my opponent uses Wrath of God, can I get back creatures that are dying to the wrath or do they have to have been in the ...
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Will transforming Thing in the Ice with a token-summoning spell bounce my tokens?

Thing in the Ice: Thing in the Ice enters the battlefield with four ice counters on it. Whenever you cast an instant or sorcery spell, remove an ice counter from Thing in the Ice. Then if it ...
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MTG creatures with flash [duplicate]

If I cast a creature with flash on my opponents turn, will I be able to attack with it on my turn or will it still have summoning sickness?
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Does triggered ability trigger on each card for one event? [duplicate]

Herald of Anafenza has Outlast ability and also Whenever you activate Herald of Anafenza's outlast ability... If I have two Heralds on the battlefield, and activate Outlast on one of them, does ...
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Why is Noble Hierarch so expensive?

Noble Hierarch costs {G}, is a 0/1 Human Druid with exalted, and taps for {G}, {W}, or {U}. Birds of Paradise costs {G}, is a 0/1 Bird with flying, and taps for one of any color. Noble Hierarch is $...
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Which US states have the highest Magic: the Gathering participation?

How can I determine which US states have the highest Magic: the Gathering participation? To make the question less subjective, we'll define participation as any of the following: Number of Friday ...
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Discard Question [duplicate]

If I cast a spell with an addictional cost of "discard a card", can that discarded card be used to transform a double-sided card that has "discard a card to transform"?
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What is the use of Swift Silence?

So I have a red blue Guttersnipe deck that I personally love to use, but my friend and I keep running into this situation. In my hand for the purpose of explaining this say I have all Lightning Bolts ...
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Who takes extra turns first when I copy someone else's “take an extra turn” card?

What happens when a player copies an opponent's Time Stretch? Does the copyer take two extra turns then the owner? Does the owner even take two extra turns? What about Part the Waterveil? These spells ...
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Can you re-equip equipment to the same creature?

Murderer's Axe has an equip cost: discard a card, and since madness runs off discarding, this can be rather useful. Can an equipment card be re-equipped to the same creature that already has it ...
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Karlov of the Ghost Council and Extort

Will Karlov of the Ghost Council gain its counters if I use extort right after playing it? E.g.: I play him, then I use extort because I played him, will it gain its counters?
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What happens when a non-token creature loses all abilities, is exiled, then returns?

So I was playing with some friends and we ran into a problem. My opponent had a creature with both hexproof and indestructible. I drew and played Polymorphist's Jest. I then attacked with my creature,...
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Does “cards with the same name can't be played” affect tokens?

So a friend of mine has a card with the ability "Name a card. Cards that share a name with that card cannot be played." My question is does this work on tokens? I play a zombie token deck mainly, ...
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Can a Counterspell basically counter more than one spell? [duplicate]

I'm on my main phase. I cast a 2/2 creature, and want to enchant it in the same phase. I cast the creature - no counterspell. I then want to cast a +3/+3 Aura enchantment on that creature, and ...
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Where does the term “cube” come from?

In Magic, a cube is a collection of cards that is handpicked to make a good draft. A cube draft is a type of limited format that uses a cube to draft from. But what does "cube" mean? Does it refer to ...
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Do creatures from outside the game go to the graveyard?

Okay, so I was looking through some eldrazi to purchase and I came across Spawnsire of Ulamog. I want to purchase it for my deck but I want to know how it works before I buy it. My question is, ...
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What's the odds of Selvala's parley granting 2 or more mana?

I am trying to figure out what are the chance if getting 2 or more mana after parleying Selvala, Explorer Returned, assuming that using commander/EDH one third of the deck is land and that at least ...
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Do I decide {X} for cards in my library for effects and abilities asking for a particular CMC?

Suppose I have Yisan, the Wanderer Bard on the battleground with 5 verse counters. And then suppose I have something in my library with an {X} in the mana cost, like a Genesis Hydra. Do I get to ...
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Does Illusory Gains allow someone to block their own creatures? [duplicate]

Illusory Gains strikes me as a rather strange card with the potential for some rather unique interactions, one of which I'm hoping someone might be able to explain to me. Take this situation: My ...
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Necroskitter and Everlasting Torment

I am playing a game of EDH against 3 other opponents and I control an Everlasting Torment and Horde of Notions, and I have a Necroskitter in my graveyard. My opponents control a whole host of non-...
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Can anyone tell me who Mr. Suitcase is?

I acquired a collection of cards among which were some sinkholes. One in particular is signed; I understand the name in concept. From the wiki page for The Duelist: "Mr. Suitcase" being a ...
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What is the sequence of actions when my Shocker removes cards and places cards in my opponents hand? [duplicate]

I have a fun little shocker deck. From Gatherer Whenever Shocker deals damage to a player, that player discards all the cards in his or her hand, then draws that many cards. Note that the errata ...
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If a token is returned to hand, is it considered dying?

1/1 Devil token (ala Devils' Playground) on board Just the Wind cast on the 1/1 Devil Token gets removed from board ?? Devil does 1 damage to target creature or player ??
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Are 1/1 creatures sent to the graveyard from one damage before Rite of Passage's ability activates?

Rite of Passage gives creatures I control a +1/+1 counter whenever they are dealt damage. If a 1/1 creature was dealt one damage, would it be sent to the graveyard first or would the creature be ...
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Sacrificing a creature with 0 toughness

1/1 goblin, with Skullclamp attached, making its P/T 2/0 so it dies. Could it be sacrificed using Goblin Bombardment to deal 1 damage?
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How to clone a Legendary card legally?

I want to clone Geist of Saint Traft without falling prey to the legend rule and without using Mirror Gallery. Are there any cards that allow you to copy a card's text without copying its name? I was ...