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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What happens to loyalty counters on a double faced Planeswalker?

When a double faced planeswalker, like Garruk Relentless transforms into Garruk, the Veil Cursed there is no new loyalty symbol at the bottom of the card. Does his current loyalty carry over or is ...
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Removing enchantments from hexproof creatures

I have some hexproof creatures in my deck and several enchantments. What I wish to know that if I put an enchantment like "Trollhide" on my hexproof creature like "Sacred Wolf" can an opponent remove ...
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Magic: The Gathering - Does Rot Wolf's ability work even if he dies?

Scenario 1: My Rot Wolf (2/2 with Infect) is attacking. My opponent assigns his Defiant Elf (1/1 with Trample) to block. He then plays Giant Growth on his 1/1 to become a 4/4 until end of turn. ...
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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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What cards have good potential for a combo with Mayor of Avabruck // Howlpack Alpha?

In the Innistrad set, at least 1 of the double faced cards is a werewolf with the ability to upgrade other werewolves and wolves in play. What other wolves have good potential to combine with the ...
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Does preventing damage also prevent poison?

These two cards were played against my poison deck. His reckoning is that I cannot put -1/-1 counters on the creature as it prevents all combat damage and infect uses damage. He also says that ...
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In MTG, can I use Stave Off to save my creature from Oblivion Ring?

I was asked this question by a player at an M12 draft over the weekend, and I would like to get the question & answer up on the internet for all: Can I use Stave Off to save my creature from ...
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Bludgeon Brawl & Puresteel Paladin

Okay, I've got a MtG question of my own :D I have Puresteel Paladin and Bludgeon Brawl in play. I play an Ichor Wellspring. How many cards do I draw, one or two? [Puresteel Paladin: Whenever an ...
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Can Circle of Protection:White prevent the damage from Leeches (Circle of Protection / Leeches Combo)?

Can the damage caused by removing poison counters using Leeches be avoided using a Circle of Protection:White? If it can be avoided, would the damage be considered "once" and cost , or would it be ...
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Can Clockspinning from Time Spiral be used to remove infect or poison counters?

I believe the answer is that Leeches is the only appropriate card for removing poison counters from players, based on this question, but I'll ask anyway since I have observed this card posted ...
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How does Infect resolve in M:TG?

I'm making a poison deck and want to check the Infect rules. If a 2/2 creature with Infect is blocked by a vanilla 3/3 creature, what happens? I know the 3/3 gets two -1/-1 counters instead of ...
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What's a cantrip?

In discussions of Magic cards, I've heard a card called a cantrip on several occasions, but I haven't been able to find a definition of what that term means for MtG. Is a cantrip a particular card, a ...
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In MTG, is there a collective name for cards that cost 1 mana and grant 3 of something?

I'm aware of the boons, which are a cycle of instants that cost 1 coloured mana and grant 3 of something: cards, mana, damage, +1/+1, or healing. However, it seems that there are a number of other ...
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In MTG, what happens when a player loses in multiplayer?

In Magic: The Gathering, the rules for a player losing in a multiplayer game are quite complex, so I'd like to try to understand them by example. I would be happy to ask each of these situations as a ...
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When a general goes to the graveyard in EDH, does his casting counter reset in the command zone?

11) While a Commander is in the command zone, it may be cast. As an additional cost to cast a Commander from the command zone, its owner must pay {2} for each time it was previously cast from the ...
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Does “Going Infinite” necessarily end the game?

I've seen a variety of combinations that will allow a player to "go infinite"* in life, power, toughness or simply create an endless loop**. In the case of the endless loop, I understand why it ...
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Is Maze of Ith actually a common card?

Is the card Maze of Ith from "The Dark" series in fact a C1 common card as this checklist states? I'm posing this question in this manner to avoid phrasing it "why the heck is it a $20 card if it's ...
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Can I activate an ability on a card in my graveyard that returns its to my hand?

Say I have Cage of Hands, Shackles or another card in my graveyard that has an activated ability that returns the card to its owner hand, but doesn't explicitly mention that it can be played from the ...
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Can the Mirror-Mad Phantasm rescue itself?

Mirror-Mad Phantasm in the upcoming Innistrad set looks like the following: If I use the Phantasm in combat against a creature that does at least 1 damage, is it possible to activate its ability ...
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Does “Mountainwalk” imply “Snow-Covered Mountainwalk”?

If I am playing a deck with Snow-Covered Mountains, does a creature with Mountainwalk become unblockable or do they require Snow-Covered Mountainwalk (where "mountain" is interchangeable with plains, ...
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Magic: The Gathering - Can Charge Counters be put on cards that don't “use” counters themselves?

Some cards allow you to add counters, or move counters, to other cards. Would you be allowed to do this onto a card that doesn't actually use any counters at all? For example: Would Coretapper be ...
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Why does Mana-Burn exist in Magic: The Gathering?

My understanding of Mana-Burn is that if you have any left over mana in your mana-pool at the end of your turn, you loose that many life. But why is this rule necessary? The only time I see it come ...
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Can Aquamoeba beat Glory Seeker with discards?

Can Aquamoeba beat Glory Seeker if the Aquamoeba owner discards one or more cards during the fight? Discard a card from your hand: switch Aquamoeba's power and toughness until end of turn. 1/3 ...
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How do I manage double-faced cards in Innistrad (MTG) tournament play?

I read about the new mechanic in Innistrad, the upcoming MTG edition, called double-faced cards. These cards have two faces, and no standard Magic back. They have actual creatures on both sides. In ...
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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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What computer games based on Magic: The Gathering are there? [closed]

I've had a ton of fun playing an old version of Shandalar on my PC. The computer opponents are great and I love the card antes and everything, but there's only around 600 cards and the rules are ...
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Can I choose “Artifact Creature” as a creature type as Adaptive Automaton enters the battlefield?

I want to use the card Adaptive Automaton in my white artifacts deck. Most of the creatures in the deck are artifact creatures. Now, I am not sure if "artifact creature" is a correct creature type. ...
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Liege of the Tangle with awakening counter - how does it work?

I just got a MTG card named Liege of the Tangle: card details. I'm a little confused here. What does that "awakening counter" mean? How long will it remain? Can it be removed from the land?
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Does anybody know of a list of color-appropriate effects for new cards in Magic?

My playgroup has started to get into creating custom cards for our casual Magic: the Gathering games, but it's no fun if the cards aren't designed in a plausible way. According to Mark Rosewater's ...
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Learning to build multi-color decks in Magic

I'm a MTG noob, and currently I've only built single-color decks. However, I want to explore the art of building decks that use cards of multiple colors. What are the advantages of a multicolor ...
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In MTG, Can Rhox redirect its damage when it blocks?

My opponent blocks my creature with a Rhox, and instead of dealing damage to the attacker, would prefer to deal that damage to me. Does Rhox's ability work that way? The same ability can also be ...
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How does regeneration work in Magic the Gathering?

How does the regeneration work? I know that if my creature is destroyed then I can spend X mana then tap my creature and move it out of combat. Is it attackable in any way after that? With spells or ...
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How can I tell when to take a mulligan in Magic?

Determining when to mulligan is a very important skill in magic. But how can I hone my abilities in that skill? Obviously if I had no/all land I'd probably want to mulligan as the opportunity to ...
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How can I improve my deck building skills?

I've been playing M:tG for nearly a decade now. I understand the rules very well, I've participated in a few draft tournaments, and I've built a few decks that I'm very proud of. Nonetheless, I seem ...
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How is Test of Faith resolved?

This is the scenario: he attacks with a 4/4 and I block with a 1/1. I cast Test of Faith on my 1/1. I say his creature dies because I block 3 damage and become a 4/4 killing him but he says that ...
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Is there a simple strategy for re-learning Magic the Gathering?

I began playing MTG around Beta/Unlimited but haven't played MTG since about 4th Edition/Fallen Empires/Ice Age. I have been considering picking the game back up, and could use some suggestions on ...
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How many artifact lands can I play a turn?

I bought the 5 artifact lands from Mirrodin to add to my artifact deck; it works with the artifact theme (having all of my cards be artifacts) and goes well with my Darksteel Juggernauts. The thing ...
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Where can I find the story of Magic the Gathering?

I have been playing MTG for a few months now and was told that there is a story behind each set of cards. I have several small bits of the story that came with the decks, but I would like to read the ...
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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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What happens when I sacrifice a blocking creature?

In Magic:The Gathering it is possible to trigger abilities of creatures at the same time you can play instants? I play it that I can block with a creature and sacrifice it at the same time. The ...
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Which effect triggers first in MTG: Mage Slayer or Mystifying Maze

Yesterday I played a deck with the card Mage Slayer against a deck with Mystifying Maze. I equipped a creature with Mage Slayer and attacked. My opponent reacted by exiling the equipped creature with ...
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In MTG what happens to equipment after playing “Temporary Insanity”

A friend of mine and I were playing the Knights vs Dragons duel deck. He had a Kinsbaile Cavalier upon which he equipped the Loxodon Warhammer. On my next turn, I proceeded to play Temporary ...
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Why is Skullclamp banned?

The following card is banned in current tournament formats: Equipped creature gets +1/-1. When equipped creature is put into a graveyard, draw two cards. Cast 1, equip 1 (artifact). ...
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What are the legal tournament formats for MtG?

What are the current legal tournament formats for Magic: The Gathering? What are the differences/definitions of each format? At what point do sets rotate in/out of a format?
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Can poison counters be removed?

Is there some way to remove or counteract poison counters? Specifically, once you've already accumulated them, not when you are dealt them. For example, say I already have 9 poison counters. Is there ...
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If I Unsummon a blocking creature will my attacker damage my opponent?

Suppose Player 1 has a Dragon on the table and Unsummon in hand, while Player 2 has two Spiders on the table. Player 1 chooses to attack with the Dragon and Player 2 chooses to block with one of the ...
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Does Infect count as damage?

I have a card named Dissipation Field that reads, "Whenever a permanent deals damage to you, return it to its owner's hand." If my opponent attacks me with a creature with infect (i.e. Cystbearer) ...
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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?
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How much would it cost to get started with Magic: The Gathering?

I've heard a lot (of good things) about this game and I'm interested in exploring it; however, I'm slightly worried about the initial cash investment involved. About how much would it cost to get ...
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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 ...