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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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? [closed]

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 ...