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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Is there a standard file format for Magic the Gathering games?

I like to play games of Magic solitaire to test my decks (particularly Commander games, but the same would apply to any game). I also like to share the raw data from the game with my friends. ...
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Put twice as many tokens/counters

If I control 2 copies of Primal Vigor which reads: If one or more tokens would be put onto the battlefield, twice that many of those tokens are put onto the battlefield instead. If one or ...
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Triggered abilities: Whenever a creature deals damage

I have among others the following two permanents in play under my command: Derevi, Emyrical Tactician, which has "Whenever Derevi, Empyrical Tactician enters the battlefield or a creature you control ...
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In Magic: the Gathering, what is being gathered?

Why does Magic: The Gathering have "The Gathering" in its title? What is being "gathered"?
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Where is the Wizards of the Coast Offical Commander (General) banned list?

I just got destroyed in Commander (EDH). Worst part of it is that the deck that killed me can do it over and over. It has a guaranteed 4-5 turn win. (EVERY TIME) It felt a bit broken to me, so I ...
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When does legendary rule take place?

Say my opponent has Elesh Norn on the table and plays Phyrexian Metamorph as a copy of her. As I understand from her Gatherer-page, all my creatures will now briefly have -4/-4. So my question is ...
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Do two creatures with protection from each other cancel out each others' protection? [duplicate]

I've been playing MtG for a while and recently came across protection from everything. It occurred to me: can two creatures with protection from everything block each other? Or, can a blue creature ...
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How do people build a Magic deck once they have a general starting point? [closed]

In most games, such as chess, Monopoly, or Puerto Rico, I buy a game set with a specified board configuration, and specific cards and pieces in specific quantities (e.g.28 title deeds, 32 houses and ...
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How should I group rare Magic cards when selling them online? [closed]

[Background: this was previously part of a longer question which has been edited into multiple smaller questions. I’ve already researched selling Magic cards, including reading through How do I find ...
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Effect of Viper's Kiss on Heroic creatures

I was battling my brother recently. He had a purely green deck, and summoned Anthousa, Setessan Hero. I then used a Viper's Curse on Anthousa. Anthousa has a heroic effect that allows it to turn ...
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Does the commander count as part of your deck?

Say I have an EDH/Commander deck with Omnath, Locus of Mana as my commander. Does that count as being in my deck? Or can I have another Omnath, Locus of Mana in my deck? (If so I imagine I would ...
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When does “Targeting” happen in MTG?

Here is a hypothetical situation I am wondering about: I have in play a Omnath, Locus of Mana and 500 Green mana in my mana pool. My opponent plays a removal spell on Omnath (Path to Exile, ...
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Interactions between Brainstorm and Miracles

Suppose I'm playing UW Miracles in Legacy. During my opponent's turn, I cast Brainstorm, and the first card that I draw is Entreat the Angels. If I choose to cast the card for its miracle cost, what ...
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What card game is popular today, fun for kids, and is a worthy investment at a reasonable cost to my wallet? [closed]

So my son, who is 8 years old, is just noticing his friends getting into card games like Pokemon. I collected sports cards when I was his age and still do. I never got into the card games like ...
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Are you required to call a judge if you're not involved in the game?

If you're a spectator to a game at either competitive or professional REL and you see a gamestate error occur, should you call a judge? What happens if you don't call a judge? Is it different if you ...
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Does Progenitor Mimic create copies of itself even when it isn't a creature?

Progenitor Mimic can be cast as a copy of cards like Mutavault and Simic Keyrune whilst they're in their creature state. When it does so, it can become something other than a creature: a land, an ...
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Are there any cards that turn creatures into land?

There are dozens of cards that turn land into creatures, but are there any cards that turn creatures into land ?
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Are there more cards like Boseiju, Who Shelters All for non-mana costs? [closed]

Mana gained from Boseiju, Who Shelters All and Hall of the Bandit Lord grant an ability to various spell types if it's used to pay for them. Are there similar, ability-granting effects for non-mana ...
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Can you attack again after I decide not to block?

We are both new to MTG. He will attack me, and when I decide to take the hit and roll back my life, he then likes to attack me a second time. This doesn't feel right to me, is this allowed? Can he hit ...
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What strategies are effective against a spot destruction deck?

In Standard (Return to Ravnica, M14, and the first Theros set), a friend of mine is currently working with a tri-color RGB deck heavy on control via spot destruction: Abrupt Decay, Dreadbore, Ultimate ...
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Can I use Hibernation Sliver to return slivers from my graveyard?

I have a Hibernation Sliver in play which states that all slivers have "Pay 2 life: Return this permanent to its owner's hand." I have slivers in my graveyard. Can I pay 2 life and return a sliver ...
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Can I block with a previously bestowed creature?

When a creature enchanted with a bestow creature dies while blocking a creature, the bestow enchantment becomes a creature. Can that creature block in the same combat, even though all the blockers ...
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How does Charmed Pendant interact with Reaper King?

Charmed Pendant has the ability {T}, Put the top card of your library into your graveyard: For each colored mana symbol in that card's mana cost, add one mana of that color to your mana pool. ...
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Armored Ascension

does attaching an enchantment Aura to a colorless creature make the creature the color of the Aura? My opponent has a card with protection from all colors and I have a Brass Squire with Armored ...
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Does Solemn Offering affect auras?

Solemn Offering reads "Destroy target artifact or enchantment", but can it affect auras that are attached to something? I've been searching around but haven't been able to find out one way or the ...
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Double strike and Regeneration: Can the blocker die from combat after regeneration?

I am unsure how the following situation resolves: Player A attacks Player B with a Two-Headed Cerberus with a Baleful Eidolon bestowed upon it, making it effectively a 2/3 with double strike and ...
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Doubt about Hissing Miasma

Hissing Miasma Types: Enchantment Card Text: Whenever a creature attacks you, its controller loses 1 life. My question is: does the attacker lose one life per attacking creature?
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Living Lands versus Living Terrain

If you have Living Lands on the battlefield, making all of your Forests 1/1 creatures, and you then enchant one of those Forests with Living Terrain, does the enchanted land become a 1/1, a 5/6, or a ...
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Angel's Grace and Phyrexian Unlife

I am at -10 life from Ad Nauseam but I don't lose due to Phyrexian Unlife. If my opponent attacks me with all their creatures (for infect-> poison counters) and I use Angel's Grace what happens to my ...
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What is the difference between Hexproof and a card like Canopy Cover?

Canopy Cover is an Aura enchantment that includes this effect: Enchanted creature can't be the target of spells or abilities your opponents control. This sounds the same as Hexproof's definition ...
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How does Armed // Dangerous interact with trample?

I have a Ghor-Clan Rampager on the battlefield and I fuse Armed/Dangerous on it. It is going to be a 5/5 with trample and double strike, and all of my opponents creatures are going to be forced to ...
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In what ways does a Commander in their Command zone influence the game?

Oloro, Ageless Ascetic has an ability that functions whilst in the command zone. As a newbie to the Commander format, that leaves me unclear about something: Whilst a Commander is in their Command ...
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Is Sanguine Bond + Exquisite Blood a potential game ender?

If both Sanguine Bond and Exquisite Blood are in play and target player loses any life, is the game over?
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Can I kill and revive the same creature with Betrayal of Flesh entwined?

Betrayal of Flesh reads Choose one — Destroy target creature; or return target creature card from your graveyard to the battlefield. Entwine—Sacrifice three lands. (Choose both if you pay the ...
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Can you revive the creature you sacrificed with Hell's Caretaker?

Can you revive the creature you sacrificed with Hell's Caretaker? Doing so to re-trigger "enters the battlefield" effects.
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If Gray Merchant dies and is revived by something like Undying Evil, does it repeat it's loss of life when it is revived?

If Gray Merchant dies and is revived by something like Undying Evil, does it repeat it's loss of life when it is revived? Also, if you used a card like Twilight's Call and he was revived with a bunch ...
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Can Jelava cast a creature if it has Flash?

If I cast Jeleva, Nephalia's Scourge and exile a creature with flash, could I cast that creature when she attacks and triggers her ability? Flash is defined as follows, which makes it sound ...
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Mechanic, playstyle, or even particular deck, to counter multiplayer wipe/control deck

In my playgroup, there is this guy who specialased in multiplayer matches. In fact, all of his decks are super-strong, but only in multiplayer. He has wrath effects in every single one of his decks, ...
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In two-headed giant, does Nightveil Specter exile cards from both heads?

If Nightveil Specter dealt combat damage in a two-headed giant game, do I choose which player's top card to exile or do I exile both?
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Can Breath of Life Put a Discarded Creature into Play?

Original versions of the white Sorcery Breath of Life read "Put target creature card from your graveyard into play." In later editions, they changed the text to read "Return target creature card from ...
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Flickering a Commander

What happens when a Commander is hit with an effect such as Flicker or Otherworldly Journey, and that Commander's owner chooses to send the Commander to the Command zone instead of exile? Will the ...
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Underworld Connections: Tapping the Land for mana and ability?

Let's say i enchant a land with Underworld Connections. Would i be able to tap said land for mana, and use the ability of Underworld Connections concurrently?
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Black creatures that cause loss of life when they enter the battlefield?

I'm looking for creatures that cause loss of life when they enter the battlefield, can you recommend any? So far I've found Gray Merchant of Asphodel and would love to find more like it. Thanks!
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How do Strionic Resonator and Charmbreaker Devils interact?

I'm working on a red instant and sorceries deck featuring Charmbreaker Devils. As I understand it, this ability: At the beginning of your upkeep, return an instant or sorcery card at random from ...
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When can I cast Glyph of Destruction?

Glyph of Destruction was originally worded: "Target wall you control gains +10/+0 when blocking." To me, that indicates that you could cast it any time, i.e. outside of combat. However, the Gather ...
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Tapping land for mana with free cast and X in cost

If I have Galvanoth out and the card that is revealed is Skyscribing, am I able to tap lands to pay for the X amount? Would this be any different with Jeleva, Nephalia's Scourge?
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If creatures enter the battlefield attacking, do they have to attack Gideon Jura?

If my opponent activates Gideon Jura's first ability targeting me, and I attack with a Kessig Cagebreakers, do the tokens have to attack Gideon?
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Are cards exiled with Ashiok revealed?

Ashiok, Nightmare Weaver has the following abilities: +2: Exile the top three cards of target opponent's library. -X: Put a creature card with converted mana cost X exiled with Ashiok, ...
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What happens with palace guard and other blockers?

Suppose my opponent attacks with 2 grizzly bears and I control 2 palace guard. I am on 1 life and must block both creatures to survive. I elect to block both creatures with both my palace guard. In ...
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How would first strike and deathtouch interact with multiple blockers in this scenario?

How exactly would the following work? I have a creature with first strike and deathtouch, it's enchanted to be able to block any number of creatures (Entangler). Lets say its a 2/2 and it blocks five ...