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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Does an activated ability resolve if the card with the ability is returned to its owner's hand?

Player A taps a Goblin Fireslinger targeting Player B; its deals 1 damage to target player ability goes onto the stack. Player B gets priority and responds with Snap, targeting the Goblin ...
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What is a good strategy for using the Doomsday card?

Doomsday - The card text reads as follows: Pay half your life, rounded up: Put your graveyard on top of your library, then remove all but five cards of your library from the game. Put the rest on ...
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If a permanent transforms into a creature, has it entered the battlefield?

I was playing a game last night with a guy who was playing a new Simic Gatecrash deck, and he claimed that if he made a land into a creature, it counted as entering the battlefield, thus triggering ...
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How does Infect interact with Lifelink?

When a creature with Infect and Lifelink puts poison counters on a player, does the controlling player gain life? Do all abilities that trigger on combat damage still occur? A link to an official ...
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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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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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How many lands should I have in my sealed or draft decks?

A standard draft deck has 40 cards in it; a 4-booster sealed deck has 30 cards. How many lands should I put in each of these formats? And why do I need this ratio? The conventional wisdom that I ...
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How much land do I need for a Commander deck?

A Commander deck consists of 99 unique cards and 1 legendary creature. I'm still very unfamilier with this format. How would you go about figuring out the number of lands to put into your commander ...
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Why does the efficiency of creatures in MTG favor low and high cost creatures, leaving those in the middle much weaker?

Here's a stereotypical description of creatures of a certain mana cost where each creature's primary utility is in its power/toughness level and not in its effect. The mana cost is the number furthest ...
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How many creatures should be in a draft deck?

How many creatures should the average, typical draft deck contain? Obviously this depends on a multitude of factors, including the kinds of creatures in your deck, the kinds of non-creatures you have ...
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What happens when the {X} in Mind Grind *is* zero?

Normally, when you cast a spell without paying its mana cost, the {X} in its mana cost is 0. Mind Grind, however, has an additional restriction: X can't be 0. Clearly you can't choose for {X} ...
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How do I find out a fair price for my Magic the Gathering cards?

Back in the day, I would check Scrye magazine to figure out how much my Magic cards should sell for, but they folded two years ago. Where's a good place to price my collection these days?
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Do Pack Rat copies give devotion?

If I make a copy of Pack Rat using its ability, does that copy retain the mana cost, and thus increase my devotion to black by one? ie. I have nothing on the battlefield but one Pack Rat and some ...
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Infinite loop where where both players choose to continue the loop

Yesterday, I was playing a casual game and I had a Stasis, Kismet, and Chronatog, causing my opponent to have to keep drawing, while I kept skipping my turn, with the intent of decking him. My ...
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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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What should I know before my first MTG draft?

As a birthday present, I'm taking my cousin to a MTG draft at a local game store this weekend. I haven't really played Magic since Tempest block, but I've been keeping up with rule changes and so ...
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If I cast Flicker on an unearthed creature, does it remain exiled?

The rules for the Unearth ability are as follows: 702.82a Unearth is an activated ability that functions while the card with unearth is in a graveyard. Unearth [cost] means [Cost]: Return this ...
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How does the double strike mechanic interact with other mechanics like lifelink or trample?

I understand that the double strike mechanic allows a creature to attack in both a first strike combat damage step and a normal combat damage step. It's clear that when a creature with no other ...
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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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What chance do I have of my foil being a rare or mythic?

If I open a pack, and it contains a foil, this foil could be any card in the set, from basic lands to the most expensive mythic rare. My question is, does each individual foil card have the same ...
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What is the fastest MTG Mill deck that can be made?

I have been working on putting together a Mill deck and it occurred to me that there are likely much faster Milling decks out there. So, what is the fastest Milling win condition that can be achieved? ...
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Does Wrath of God really destroy creatures with shroud?

I heard - (from an official MtG judge) - that Wrath of God ("Destroy all creatures") destroys creatures with the Shroud ability, because it doesn't target a single creature, it targets all creatures. ...
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Must a player disclose what deck they are using before play?

Our family is just learning this game. We were wondering if each player typically announces which deck they are using beforehand. If yes, in how much detail? I could not find anything in the rules ...
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Why do mana abilities not go on the stack?

Why this special treatment for mana-abilities? What are the design implications if they didn't go on the stack?
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Would Pillar of Flames get rid of a Blightsteel Colossus?

Blightsteel Colossus is indestructible. The rules for indestructable says: 700.4. If a permanent is indestructible, rules and effects can’t destroy it. (See rule 701.6, “Destroy.”) Such permanents ...
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If I lose control of an equipped creature, does the equipment stay attached to it?

If I have an equipped creature and my opponent Mind Controls it, does my equipment remain attached to it? Can I re-equip that equipment to one of my creatures on my turn? I assume since I control the ...
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Does a card that affects 'each' creature affect creatures that enter the battlefield after it resolves?

My opponent casts Predatory Rampage, which resolves, then he attacks with his creatures. In my hand, I have a creature card with Flash. If I summon this creature before the declare blockers step, ...
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Pros and Cons of running a deck with no 1-mana spells?

Sometimes I've noticed myself building decks that have no spells that cost 0 or 1 mana, and instead have extra spells that cost 2 mana to make sure I don't get crushed in the early game. 1-drops only ...
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What cards can be used to cheat Eldrazi creatures onto the table?

I'm constructing an Eldrazi based deck and I'm thinking about possible ways of getting one onto the table. What I already considered: Summoning Trap Polymorph Do you know any other cards like ...
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Does a creature that has both double strike and first strike deal damage three times or only twice?

In the new Dark Ascension expansion, the card Markov Blademaster has double strike. Stormkirk Captain gives all other Vampires first strike and +1/+1. This means that the Blademaster has double and ...
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Can Trait Doctoring be used to change words like “nonblack”?

Trait Doctoring reads: Change the text of target permanent by replacing all instances of one color word with another or one basic land type with another until end of turn. Doom Blade, for ...
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Can I use a card with “Add one mana of any color to your mana pool” in any Elder Dragon Highlander (EDH) deck?

I recently tried Elder Dragon Highlander/Commander, and found it to be a ton of fun. I've started customizing one of the pre-cons I got, but I'm a little confused by some of the deck-building ...
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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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When is Darksteel Juggernaut's power and toughness determined? Can they change?

The relevant part of the rules text states: Darksteel Juggernaut's power and toughness are each equal to the number of artifacts you control. When is Darksteel Juggernaut's power and toughness ...
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What is a quick way to test or simulate card strategies for deck building games?

Dominion is the specific example I would like to play with but this certainly applies to any game that involves decks of cards being shuffled and drawn. I often see references to various simulations ...
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Ensnaring Bridge and Cranial Plating

Let's say that I have an Ensnaring Bridge in play, and no cards in my hand. My opponent has a 0/2 Ornithopter in play, and also a Cranial Plating (and some other artifacts to pump it up). Can he ...
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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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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 is the correct creature type for Lesser and Greater Werewolf?

I noticed that the text of the Lesser/Greater Werewolf card reads Lycanthrope but the oracle text at Gatherer reads the type as Werewolf. I think that the Gather errata (oracle) should be the ...
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Finding places to play Magic the Gathering games

A friend of mine recently got MTG for the XBox and is talking us into getting real cards. I'm all up for starting but I dread the idea of playing the same two people over and over with no change ...
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How does Perplexing Chimera work with multiple triggers on the stack?

Perplexing Chimera is a new card in Born of the Gods. It reads as follows Enchantment Creature - Chimera Whenever an opponent casts a spell, you may exchange control of Perplexing Chimera and ...
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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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Can a Dimir Keyrune receive a Cipher, and does the encoded spell stay?

Here's the scenario (I hope I get this right by the rules): last turn, I summoned my Dimir Keyrune onto the battlefield. This turn, if I transform it into that "2/2 blue and black Horror artifact ...
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Mimic Vat and Misthollow Griffin

Given that Misthollow Griffin can be cast from exile, if you somehow use Mimic Vat to imprint the Misthollow Griffin and then cast Misthollow Griffin and remove it from exile, can you still make ...
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In MTG, what happens when Sakashima the Imposter copies Halcyon Glaze?

If I cast Sakashima the Imposter, copying Halcyon Glaze, what happens? My guess is that Sakashima becomes a 4/4 Enchantment Creature - Illusion until the end of the turn (that's the current state of ...
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Has the significance of the term 'cast' changed?

Spellshock currently has the following wording in the Gatherer: Whenever a player casts a spell, Spellshock deals 2 damage to that player. However, the original wording shown in the card image ...
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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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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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What is the most effective creature that can be resurrected from the graveyard in MTG?

I am currently designing a legacy deck around the new graveyard focused cards from Innistrad. My goal is to get cards in my own graveyard quickly and utilize those as best as I can. Innistrad offers a ...
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Are enchantments and artifacts considered spells?

In Magic: The Gathering, are enchantments and artifacts considered spells? More precisely, can I use Cancel (which says "Counter target spell.") on an enchantment or an artifact?