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Does Zada, Hedron Grinder work with Soul's Fire and other similar instants?

Does Zada, Hedron Grinder work with Fall of the Hammer Soul's Fire or Tail Slash? Would it spread to the other creatures? Does Soul's Fire's ability to target a player change this?
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When I take a mulligan, should I shuffle my library first?

When I decide to throw away my hand and use a mulligan, should I simply draw a new hand from the library or shuffle my thrown hand into the library before redrawing? I'm mostly interested in ...
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Does Gustcloak Savior's ability leave the door open for blockers to be reassigned?

I'm using Gustcloak Savior in my token commander deck because I'm assuming after I remove my blocked creatures from combat that my opponents can't reassign their blockers. Am I incorrect? If so, it ...
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How long should a draft round last by official rules?

I'm making an app for assist player during Magic gameplay, and I'd like to add a section for drafting. But I can't find anything official, the only official source about it, is inside the ...
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In what order do creatures return from the graveyard with “March from the Tomb”? [duplicate]

In which order are cards returned from the graveyard with March from the Tomb: Return any number of target Ally creature cards with total converted mana cost 8 or less from your graveyard to the ...
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Can Astral Slide plus Viridian Shamen kill Glimmervoid living off of Blinkmoth Nexus?

I'm slightly uncertain about the finer points of the rules and how they might play out in a match-up between the 2004 world championship decks of Julien Nuijten (slide) and Aeo Paquette (affinity). ...
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How would some of the top deck archetypes handle discard decks? [duplicate]

In the past, I asked how to fight a discard deck, one that's designed to just empty your hand as fast as possible with cards like Hymn to Tourach and many others. I have also read this question on ...
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What happens to Auras and/or Counters on a creature that is targeted by a Cloudshift?

If I cast Cloudshift on a creature with counters, does it retain its counters or does it loose its counters? What about Auras? Would a creature that was Cloudshifted keep its auras?
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Would a Cloudshift targeting Zada, Hedron Grinder also target tokens?

Zada, Hedron Grinder copies instants and sorceries that target him only for all the rest of my creature that the intant or sorcery could target. If I cast Cloudshift, targeting Zada, would it create ...
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How do undying triggers resolve against exile and other players reanimating my graveyard?

So I play casually with a sacrifice and undying combo, which plays around with instant speed self sacrificing to avoid pesky control tactics. I'm wondering if it actually works how I think it does. ...
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How to deal with Enchantments outside of G/W?

I have done gatherer searches for "destroy" and "exile" target enchantment with White and Green excluded. Are there any options, save counterspells, for dealing with them?
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Clarification of creature's subtype for card effects

The wife and I are new players to this particular card game, though not card games in general. We have only dueled twice with MtG so far. We had something come up we were curious about. She used the ...
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Why does Diregraf Colossus see itself in the graveyard?

The release notes for Diregraf Colossus says: If Diregraf Colossus enters the battlefield from your graveyard, its first ability will count itself among the Zombie cards in your graveyard. ...
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Can Eldrazi Processor effects “counter” madness?

In a couple of weeks cards with the madness mechanic, Eldrazi Processors, and Eldrazi Displacer are going to be in standard together. The text for Madness reads as follows: “If a player would ...
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Does Brain in a Jar let you cast a Sorcery at Instant speed?

This question is about the wording on a new card Brain in a Jar: {1}, {T}: Put a charge counter on Brain in a Jar, then you may cast an instant or sorcery card with converted mana cost equal to ...
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New Transform Rules and Archangel Avacyn

Archangel Avacyn says (in addition to other abilities): "When a non-Angel creature you control dies, transform Archangel Avacyn at the beginning of the next upkeep". Since the triggered ability isn't ...
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What happens if I cast disenchant in response to the triggered ability of animate dead?

My opponent has Griselbrand in his graveyard and casts Animate Dead. It resolves, causing the triggered ability to go on the stack which would bring Griselbrand back to play. In response, I ...
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Double faced cards multiple transform triggers

Wizards recently changed the ruling for double faced cards: if a DFC has an activated or triggered ability that transforms it, that permanent transforms only if it hasn't since that ability was ...
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Does a Sorcery with Support trigger Zada, Hedron Grinder's ability?

If a sorcery (like Press into Service for example) has the support ability, would casting it and supporting only Zada, Hedron Grinder activate his ability? Is the "targets only Zada" requirement met ...
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How is Ondu Cleric's Rally ability resolved when more than one ally enters the battlefield at once? [duplicate]

If I start with an Ondu Cleric on the battlefield and cast Allied Reinforcements, how much health would I gain? I know it is somewhere between 4 and 6. Posible options in my mind: a. The tokens enter ...
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What are the applications of brand?

Brand is a red spell with which you "Gain control of all permanents you own". What does this actually do? Wouldn't you already have control over your permanents? When would this card be useful? Does ...
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How does casting a Storm spell on Zada, Hedron Grinder work?

Related Question: How does each copy of a spell cast to Zada, Hedron Grinder count towards Storm abilities? If I cast a storm spell that targets only Zada, Hedron Grinder (like Astral Steel) then I ...
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How does each copy of a spell cast to Zada, Hedron Grinder count towards Storm abilities?

Zada, Hedron Grinder allows you to copy spells for all your other creatures, as long as it only targets him. Thus, you will be casting a potentially large number of spells. Does every copy of the ...
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How are creature token cards used? [closed]

Me and my mom had a small conflict over this. Can you summon token creatures if you have the token, without a card effect that says to use it? I don't think so, but I don't know how to verify this.
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How do I beat U/R control with Affinity?

I play affinity and seriously struggle with control players and can't seem to find a way to win. Blue Moon has become popular recently, and while Blood Moon does not cripple my deck the constant ...
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When can I discard?

I'm curious I started magic with my mother yesterday and she doesn't like house rules only official rules. Can I discard a card from my hand and draw a card from my library?
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In what order do separate players' triggered abilities go on the stack? [duplicate]

If something causes a trigger that would deal 2 damage to a 1/1 creature, and that same thing causes a trigger that gives that creature +3/+3, what is the outcome if the effects are controlled by ...
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Do auras that are not cast target? [duplicate]

Say I use Brago, King Eternal to bounce an aura, when it returns, can I put it on a creature with shroud?
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What kind of mechanics can make MTG fun for my opponents?

I'm looking for a way to build an EDH deck that makes sure my opponents have fun while playing against me. In other words I'm less concerned with winning than with doing fun/creative/interesting ...
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How can I find the price of non-english cards?

I have several German cards, from Unlimited - Fourth. How can I tell the price of German (ex. Hypnotic Specter)? TCGplayer's website doesn't appear to have much data for foreign language cards.
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What does “play this ability only if you could play a sorcery” mean?

This is a stretch and in no way am I trying to dull the game. However, I recently ran across this potential issue. Many cards have an ability that may read, '...Play this ability only any time you ...
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Can the ability, return target permeant to hand, be activated on the creature that uses the ability?

Using a specific example, Ancestral Statue. I have played many different card games and they all have different rules regarding this ability. If I had no other permanents would Ancestral Statue ...
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How can I protect my tron deck against Crumble To Dust

So I made a really cool Mono-Black Eldrazi Tron deck. The only decks it has lost to are Bogles and an Izzet Control that was running a few copies of Crumble to Dust. The only thing I can come up with ...
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M:tG infinite loops: which actions are optional vs. mandatory? Is there inaction?

I'm confused about how to interpret the rules regarding infinity. In particular, the rules speak of mandatory actions, from which I infer that there are also non-mandatory actions. How do I tell which ...
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Does any cards care about the color of mana spent on other spells/abilities?

There are plenty of cards, such as cards with Sunburst and Converge and most of these cards, which care about the colors of mana spent on themselves. Additionally, Nix cares about whether or not any ...
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Is the cast keyword triggered from the graveyard?

If Conduit of Ruin or any other card states that when it is cast, does this mean that it can trigger when it returns from the battlefield? Such as Conduit of ruin is in the graveyard, I return it to ...
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What is the one-turn win combination, using Zada, Hedron Grinder, that requires the least number of cards and external effects, in Modern?

Having only been playing for a bit over a year I am not very knowledgeable on cards outside of standard. I recently got smashed at FNM by a Zada deck which prompted me to look into this for modern ...
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Painter's Servant vs Emrakul

What happens in the following situation? My opponents got the Painter's Servant and Grindstone lock going on but I have a Emrakul, the Aeons Torn in my deck that keeps me shuffling my graveyard ...
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If I kill an opponent's Guile while I control a Planar Void will they get to shuffle it back into their library?

This came up in a commander game last week. Cards Read: Guile: When Guile is put into a graveyard from anywhere, shuffle it into its owner's library. Planar Void: Enchantment - Whenever ...
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Do death triggers still happen if I am at 0 or less life after combat damage?

Here's the situation: I'm the defending player and being attacked for lethal damage. I block with all my creatures but still would take enough damage to bring me to 0. Among my blocking creatures ...
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Protection and damage prevention spells [duplicate]

Scenario-> I have pro-red creature like Burrenton forge-tender. I cast Divine Deflection for 2, targeting the forgetender and my opponent. I then cast Pyroclasm Does the 2 damage to the forgetender ...
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Token creator gets countered?

When a creature that produces tokens is countered, does it still produce tokens? I.e. if Wurmcoil Engine is countered before it hits the battlefield, does it still produce tokens when it goes into ...
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Is the Commander strictly fixed during deck construction?

I expect that the answer to the question in the title is "yes", but I'm not sure where the official rules for Commander deck construction are. Is a chosen Commander a property of the deck, or is it ...
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Magic the Gathering for very young kids [closed]

I have a ton of MTG cards sitting around and an urge to use them again. I also have a 4 year old son. I'm sure he won't appreciate my B/G infect deck or the rules of the game in general lol. I'm ...
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Do outpost siege abilities stack?

Say I ran four Outpost Sieges had two of them on the field, would the effects stack? Moreover would the effect stack if I chose Khans/ Dragons twice? Basically if I had two Outpost Sieges would it ...
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How do you stop this combination?

Consider the following combination of cards in the Standard Format of Magic the Gathering, encompassing Khans of Tarkir, Fate Reforged, Dragons of Tarkir, Magic Origins, Battle for Zendikar, and Oath ...
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Returning from exile at end step [duplicate]

I've been playing magic on and off for a long time. The most recent time, however I've been taking a closer look at rules and action orders. The main thing that I've been doing now is cloudshifting ...
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How can I save myself from Arcbond?

I run a white and red burn deck with an Arcbond and want to be able to save myself from taking damage but still have it deal the damage to everyone else. Are there any white or red cards that could ...
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Ways to handicap in Magic the Gathering?

I play Magic the Gathering with my kids a bit. But, the games are often very one sided (in my favor) as they haven't mastered all the rules, and intricacies of game play. For most board games, I can ...
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Is it possible to move auras with the equip ability?

Let's say my field is: a bear creature an elf creature an aura (for completeness sake: it gives flying to the enchanted creature) Mycosynth Lattice Bludgeon Brawl The aura is enchanting the bear. ...