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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When should I add cards whose primary feature is drawing more cards to my MTG deck?

It seems like cards that are based around scrying and drawing additional cards would be a nice addition to any deck. But what decks do they really shine in and what decks can safely forgo them? It ...
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Order of events with Stitcher's Apprentice

My girlfriend has Stitcher's Apprentice, and she thinks that you can activate its ability, use the homunculus to block, and then sac the homunculus. Is this possible, or does the sacrifice have to ...
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Easy way to see changes between core sets?

Is there an easy way to see which cards were added and removed between core sets? For example, by looking up the card Giant Growth I can see that it was in both M10 and M11, but was not included in ...
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If my creature has shadow and flying, can it only be blocked by creatures with shadow AND flying?

My understanding is that creatures with shadow can only block or be blocked by creatures with shadow, and creatures with flying can only be blocked by creatures with flying. If I have a creature with ...
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Where can I find Magic: the Gathering puzzles?

The Duelist used to publish MTG puzzles by Mark Rosewater in which you were placed in the last turn of a game and had to figure out the correct play to win. I remember these puzzles being extremely ...
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Magic: The Gathering - Are there behavioral rules for sanctioned MTG games?

FNM is least stringent Rule Enforcement Level (REL) sanctioned Magic game there is. My question is that at that REL, are there any behavioral rules, and if so, what are the consequences? Example: ...
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Using Skinshifter's ability when Skinshifter Attacks

I was wondering what happens when I attack with Skinshifter. Imagine the following situation. I attack with Skinshifter and in the assign blockers phase my opponent blocks Skinshifter with Runeclaw ...
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What Is The Optimal Innistrad Sealed Deck From This Card Pool?

This weekend I participated in a very casual Innistrad Sealed Deck event with four of my friends. Opening my packs I discovered the following pool: White Selfless Cathar Avacynian Priest Elder ...
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Do Ensnaring Bridge and Tortoise Formation work together?

I would like to use Tortoise Formation to temporarily disable the effect of Ensnaring Bridge. My question therefore is: does that combo allow my creatures to attack, even if there are no cards in my ...
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Would multiple Trepanation Blades Stack?

I have a couple of Trepanation Blades, and I was wondering if the effect would stack if I have multiple equipped to one creature.
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What happens if a player exiles Wurmcoil Engine when it dies with Mimic Vat?

My guess is that the player who controlled Wurmcoil Engine doesn't get the tokens because Mimic Vat's exile resolves first and the creature doesn't land in the graveyard. Am I correct?
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How does Inquisitor's Flail interact with Trample?

Lets say I am attacking with a Runeclaw Bear with an Inquisitor's Flail equipped. My opponent uses a Runeclaw Bear of his own to block. I then use Kessig Wolf Run to give my creature +3/+0 and ...
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How can I tell the difference between early Magic: The Gathering card editions?

I have a few Magic: The Gathering cards whose editions I'm having trouble identifying. They are obviously from either Alpha or Beta, since they have black borders and the same design as the Unlimited ...
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Is it impossible to pay off-color mana costs in EDH?

In Commander, there is a rule that states: During the game, if mana would be added to your mana pool that isn't a color in your commander's color identity, that much colorless mana is added to ...
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Can lands that say “Add one mana of any color to your mana pool” be used in a colorless EDH deck?

A couple of other questions have been asked regarding cards that "Add one mana of any color to your mana pool", but One is for EDH decks in general (which, in most cases, have at least one color) ...
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Can colorless mana be generated from things that say “Add one mana of any color to your mana pool”?

Can colorless mana be generated from things that say "Add one mana of any color to your mana pool"? One example card would be Coalition Relic. Reasons: For example for sunburst spells, when the ...
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Why is 20 the starting life total for Magic the Gathering? How would the game be different if this number was changed?

To my knowledge, each player starts with 20 life in nearly every MTG game ever played. But why exactly was the number 20 chosen? How would the game be different if we started with more or less life? ...
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Can I redirect a spell to another type of target in MTG?

M12 features the card Redirect, which allows you to choose new targets for a spell. Innistrad introduced the card Into the Maw of Hell, which deals 13 damage to target creature. Can I redirect the ...
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What can I do to make my opponent play faster at Regular REL?

I play low-key Magic the Gathering tournaments, like release parties and Friday Night Magic. They're good fun but I'm often stuck looking at the clock, trying to avoid a game-3 draw. I know the ...
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Is there a conventional way of searching for lands in a mono-red deck?

I'm constructing a mono-red deck and I was wondering whether there are any options for land search / ramp for this kind of deck? I don't want to combine my deck with green for land searching. I was ...
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What happens when you remove a token creature from the game, and then return it under it's owner's control?

Player A plays Roar of the Wurm Player B plays Astral Slide Player B recycles a card and returns the Wurm token What happens then?
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In MTG, do Werewolves transform due to an out of range turn? Or an out of range player's spells?

The werewolves of Innistrad (such as Reckless Waif/Merciless Predator) transform from the following abilities: [Human Side] At the beginning of each upkeep, if no spells were cast last turn, ...
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Is there a “gotcha” with Caged Sun?

I'm reading the text of Caged Sun carefully and comparing it to Gauntlet of Might/Power. Gauntlet of Might (cost 4) Red creatures get +1/+1. Whenever a Mountain is tapped for mana, its ...
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How can I mana ramp in a Commander game without helping my opponents?

I'm working on a Commander deck and I'm looking at ways to ramp my mana that won't aid my opponents. I may eventually use all the listed ramp cards, but, I'd like to keep the restriction for the ...
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What caused “Liliana of the Veil” to double its price during a single week?

When Innistrad came out in the beginning of September 2011, the most expensive card was "Liliana of the Veil", selling for a little over $25. This card kept this price for almost a month. On ...
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How many Diabolic Tutors is too many?

Everyone loves the Diabolic Tutor: But how many tutors is too many? If I'm running a mono-black or black-heavy deck, is there any reason to not just put in four Tutors? What are the possible ...
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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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Oblivion Ring targeting an Aura

Suppose I cast Oblivion Ring and have it target the Pacifism which is encumbering one of my creatures. What happens if the Oblivion Ring is subsequently destroyed? Pacifism re-enters play enchanting ...
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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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Are cards of the same “rarity level” really equally rare in MTG?

In Magic the Gathering there are 4 rarity levels: common, uncommon, rare and mythical rare. In a booster pack you usually get 10 commons, 3 uncommons and 1 rare or 1 mythical rare. In Innistrad that ...
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What is the difference between “flying” and “this creature can only be blocked by creatures with flying”?

Tons of creatures have flying in Magic:The Gathering, but I noticed Treetop Rangers have this ability: Treetop Rangers can't be blocked except by creatures with flying. Obviously this means that ...
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When should I add life gain cards to my deck in MTG?

One common mistake in MTG is to overvalue life-gain cards (at least in 2 player games) because they don't do anything to actually help you WIN the game, and only make you lose slower. This makes them ...
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What are good strategies for booster drafts?

I know that doing a booster draft can be somewhat complicated, because to really be good you need to know a lot about the set you're drafting (or be really good at evaluating cards quickly) and to pay ...
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How to deal with damaged cards from a MTG booster pack?

I bought a Magic the Gathering display box today with cards from the new edition Innistrad. Unfortunately one of the cards in a booster pack was damaged. It is not just a simple scratch - one corner ...
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Timings of Mana Costs vs Mana Payments

If I have 7 lands and a Wild Cantor (or another creature that sacrifices to produce mana, e.g. an Eldrazi Spawn token) in play, and there are no other creatures on the battlefield, can I cast ...
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What are the possible ways to test a deck?

Naturally when you make a new deck, you test it on your friends but mine have all stabilised their tournament decks now and the game ends so quickly that I don't get a feel for how my deck flows. ...
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How do I deal with Enchantments while playing mono-red?

I have played different mono-red decks in the past and my main problem with all of them is playing against decks with strong enchantments (e.g. Circle of Protection: Red). As soon as this enchantment ...
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How can a blue control deck be made more efficient?

It seems like my games last a long time and I don't do that much damage. Is that what it's supposed to feel like when using a control deck? How can I win more efficiently? Here is my deck: Lands 19x ...
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Does Day of Judgment remove hexproof / shrouded creatures? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Does Wrath of God really destroy creatures with shroud? Does this: or other similar cards remove any hexproof / shrouded creatures?
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Mistakes a beginner should avoid in Magic the Gathering with more than 2 players

I have been playing Magic the Gathering for several years now and I have a solid understanding of basic strategy and deck building. Until now I have only played against a single opponent. Magic the ...
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How to replace Leatherback Baloth in the post-Zendikar environment in a deck of this type?

Artifacts 2x Birthing Pod Creatures 2x Thrun, the Last Troll 4x Acidic Slime 4x Cudgel Troll 3x Dungrove Elder 2x Elvish Archdruid 2x Garruk's Companion 4x Llanowar Elves 2x Primeval Titan Land ...
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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 ...