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 do you reveal the top card of your library with Courser of Kruphix and scry lands?

I have Courser of Kruphix in play, and a scry land (say Temple of Plenty) on top of my library revealed. If I then play the land off my library using the Courser's ability, which of the following ...
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How often does the standard set change?

I started playing Magic (or started again rather) just after the Theros set had come out. The standard format was defined to include the Return to Ravnica block and the entire Theros block of which ...
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how does Argothian Enchantress interact with Sasaya, Orochi Ascendant?

If Sasaya, Orochi Ascendant successfully transforms would Argothian Enchantress's ability kick into effect during that transformation?
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Can Sasaya, Orochi Ascendant be fetched by an Enlightened Tutor?

Can I use an Enlightened Tutor to fetch Sasaya, Orochi Ascendant? Enlightened Tutor searches for enchantments and artifacts. If Sasaya is only an Enchantment after she's flipped, does that count?
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Do spells targeting Daring Thief follow it after control is exchanged?

Suppose I have Daring Thief out. My opponent attempts to kill it via Doom Blade or another kill spell. In response I untap Daring Thief with Thassa's Ire, and attempt to gain control of, say, my ...
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Will a copy of a flashed-back Increasing Vengeance still make two copies?

Increasing Vengeance says Copy target instant or sorcery spell you control. If Increasing Vengeance was cast from a graveyard, copy that spell twice instead. You may choose new targets for the ...
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MTG Increasing Vengence and swerve infinite combo?

Okay, so say you play an instant or sorcery spell and then play Increasing Vengeance targeting it could you then play Swerve changing the target of Increasing Vengeance from the random instant or ...
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What, generally, happens to card prices when a new set is released?

Journey to Nyx is about to come out an I noticed many of the websites have already priced the cards. I'm wondering if anyone has any advise on when the optimal time to pick up new cards is? I realize ...
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Does “When enter on the battlefield” trigger heroic?

When a Satyr Grovedancer enters on the battlefield and I choose a creature with heroic to recieve the a +1/+1 counter, does it trigger the heroic? I don't think so because the heroic says explicitly ...
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Who is “You” when the creature controller is not the owner?

Assume I have both a Firedrinker Satyr and a Daring Thief out in play. My Daring Thief untaps and I swap ownership of the Firedrinker with another creature of theirs. If I then proceed to Lightning ...
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Is Bioshift affected by Doubling Season?

I just want to know if Bioshift is affected by Doubling Season. The text states that Bioshift moves counters from a target to another, but is that the same as "putting them on" a target?
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Could an actual mono black storm (Tendril of agony) deck be viable for Legacy?

From experienced deckbuilders, how would you approach building a budget-friendly Tendrils of Agony deck? I'm thinking of basically only swamps for the manabase, but the rest (hand disruption, tutors, ...
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Athreos, God of Passage and Undying

I am curious about how this scenario will play out: I have both Athreos, God of Passage and Geralf's Messenger in play and Geralf's Messenger dies (with no +1/+1 counters on it) . My guess is that ...
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How does Perplexing Chimera work with Strionic Resonator?

I have a Perplexing Chimera and a Strionic Resonator on the battlefield. My opponent casts Shock. I choose to use my Strionic Resonator's activated ability to copy my Perplexing Chimera's triggered ...
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Can I use strive to target the same object more than once?

I have a question about the new mechanic Strive from Journey into Nyx. Could I use the pay the strive cost to target the same object more than once with the spell, or can I only target any particular ...
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Does something which affects “defending player” target that player?

If I have shroud or hexproof, because I control Ivory Mask or Witchbane Orb, am I immune to something which affects "defending player," such as a creature with Annihilator, or will I still have to ...
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Gods dieing and the legends rule

So this came up in a game I was playing today. I had an Athreos, God of Passage with enough devotion that it was a creature, and I cast another (it makes sense, I swear). I chose to sacrifice the ...
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Can I control a planeswalker with Confiscate?

Can I control a planeswalker with Confiscate? Is a planeswalker a permanent that can be the target of Confiscate?
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What happens if a creature has no toughness defined?

I'm not sure that this is possible with current cards, but what happens if a card such as Tarmogoyf loses all abilities? A quick Gatherer search wasn't able to find any card that would make creatures ...
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Gods have summon sickness?

Let's say I have a god in the battlefield for more than one turn. And this turn I summon a creature that "completes" my devotion to the god. Can the god attack this turn? or it is affected by the ...
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How does the Tribute mechanic work?

Full disclosure, I am relatively new to the game and haven't experienced all the mechanics yet. There are a couple premade decks in the Born of the Gods set that use Tribute. We're a little hazy on ...
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What's the best way to determine which cards will be banned or not reprinted?

I enjoy playing Standard and would like to compete on a more competitive level but I am apprehensive of paying, as an extreme example, $25/card for 4 Mutavaults or Sphinx's Revelations, only to have ...
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Reduce toughness and cast dmg spell - cause of death?

Let's say on the board is a creature with toughness 6. I reduce the toughness of this creature by 3 until end of turn. After this spell resolves, I cast a burn spell which does 3 dmg to that creature. ...
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Tap/Untap Land and Casting Spells

This is along a similar vain to Casting a Spell Incorrectly but only in that it created a further question. At what point is it possible to decide that you don't want to cast a spell? It's a very ...
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Survival of the Fittest activations and priority

Can someone please explain the ability of Survival of the Fittest and the stack? Let say I have Survival of the Fittest out, and I have 1 creature in my hand, and I have priority. Assuming I have ...
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Will I lose the game if I dip below 0hp whilst there's a spell that'll heal me on the stack?

Take the following situation I'm at 2 life, I cast Sphinx's Revelation for 2 life gain on the stack. My opponent casts something like Warleader's Helix which deals 4 damage to me I then cast another ...
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Can I destroy a Planeswalker before its abilities are used? [duplicate]

If my opponent casts say an Elspeth, can I then Hero's Downfall that Planeswalker before any abilities are used? I think my question boils down to: are planeswalker abilities sorcery or instant ...
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What happens when I cast a spell incorrectly?

If I cast a spell which then turns out to be un-playable, what happens to my spell? E.G.: Casting a spell on something that has Hexproof and can't be targeted in the first place. Do I simply place my ...
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How many is “A bunch”?

If someone has assembled the Deceiver Exarch/Splinter Twin combo, and they say "make a bunch of dudes and kill you", without telling me the number, what happens? The problem with asking him is that ...
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In Commander, does color identity prevent me from taking control of a different colored permanent?

In trying out EDH for the first time last night we ran into a confusing issue. I was using Olivia Voldaren as my commander. One opponent activated Ajani Goldmane's 6 point ability to summon a white ...
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Can you play older versions of cards in standard?

Say, for example, you have a card that is still legal in standard but the version you have of it comes from a set that has since been rotated out. Can you still play the version from your older set?
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MOTO Acronym for MTG Online

Some people refer to Magic: The Gathering Online as "MOTO" or "MODO". None of them can tell me what it stands for, so at first, I thought they just got the acronym wrong. It turns out to be pretty ...
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Perplexing Chimera + Hypnotic Siren. Do I control all of my opponent's spells?

Say I have a Perplexing Chimera. Text: Whenever an opponent casts a spell, you may exchange control of Perplexing Chimera and that spell. If you do, you may choose new targets for the spell. Then I ...
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When can you keep priority?

In Magic the gathering you have the concept of priority. This gives every players a chance to respond to every one's spells. But I knew you could keep priority between spells. Playing a spell and ...
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Can you cast creatures exiled by Ashiok/Nightveil Specter with bestow?

Say you exile a creature such as Eidolon of Countless Battles with a Nightveil Specter or Ashiok, Nightmare Weaver. Can you cast it with bestow as an enchantment aura or can you only cast it as a ...
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When can lands be tapped?

I'm completely new to Magic the Gathering. I've read the basic rulebook pretty thoroughly and have a pretty good grasp of the basic rules, but it's unclear to me as to when you can tap lands to ...
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How can I play against enchantments while playing an all black deck?

I just need to know any and all black Magic cards that destroy enchantments. I already searched Gatherer and didn't find anything. It's casual play with family, so any card is fair game.
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Can I use old sets of magic cards in an EDH deck

I have all sorts of old magic cards, for example m12, X ,vintage, m13, I'm just curious if I can add any of these cards to my Commander deck that I have now ,or would it be illegal??
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Is there any interaction between hypothetical continuous effects?

Consider a battlefield where I control a Deadfall, a Sunweb, and a Muraganda Petroglyphs. Importantly, Sunweb says Sunweb can't block creatures with power 2 or less. Deadfall says Creatures ...
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What happens to my Athreos triggers when my opponent has an Aegis of the Gods?

This is an important interaction between two Journey into Nyx cards. Really it's a question about how "unless" interacts with targeting. Say I have an Athreos, God of Passage (spoiler link) in play: ...
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Resolution of two buffs that affect attacking creatures

I have a creature, Wild Beastmaster, that increases all other creatures I control whenever it attacks (I assume that means the attack triggers this). However, since a card like Trumpet Blast only ...
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Modern affinity deck without Mox Opal

I am making a modern affinity deck with all the usual cards, Arcbound Ravager, Etched Champion, Inkmoth Nexus and the like. The problem is I can't afford the Mox Opals - they're over £200 for the ...
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Paying a Cost and Communicating

I have four Burning-Tree Emissary and one Firefist Striker on the field. My opponent is in his Precombat Main Phase. We are under Competitive Rules Enforcement Level (REL). The following actions occur ...
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How does Lava Burst work with hexproof/shroud?

How does Lava Burst work with hexproof/shroud ability? Lava Burst text says: If Lava Burst would deal damage to a creature, that damage can't be prevented or dealt instead to another creature or ...
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Communication - Saying “Draw”

My opponent was in his second main phase, sitting silently for about a minute. He finally gestured towards me and said, "Draw." I drew. My opponent then shouted, "Judge!" and told the judge that I ...
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Artisan of Forms and Gift of Immortality

Artisan of Forms says: Heroic — Whenever you cast a spell that targets Artisan of Forms, you may have Artisan of Forms become a copy of target creature and gain this ability. Say I play a Gift ...
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Hammer of Purphoros doesn't let me destroy my opponent's lands; why is that exactly?

The text on Hammer of Purphoros reads: Sacrifice a land: Put a 3/3 colorless Golem enchantment artifact creature token onto the battlefield. I know that this doesn't allow me to destroy my ...
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What are the limitations on using a Planeswalker's loyalty abilities?

I assume I can only use a loyalty ability once per turn, is that right? Otherwise it'd seem to me that Planeswalkers would be hideously broken. And I assume that if you used the +1 ability that the 0 ...
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How long does a creature returned by the Whip of Erebos remain on the battlefield?

Whip of Erebos says Return target creature card from your graveyard to the battlefield. It gains haste. Exile it at the beginning of the next end step. If it would leave the battlefield, exile it ...
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Gild and the Gold tokens it creates

Gild says "Exile target creature. Put a colorless artifact token named Gold onto the battlefield. It has "Sacrifice this artifact: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool."". I assume that that ...