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 is the proper way to split uneven draft pods?

The optimal number for a draft pod is 8 people, but it can be often hard to get a even multiple of 8. If there are an odd number of drafters how should the pods be split? Also if there is any ...
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What is the justification of the card type Tribal in Magic the Gathering? [closed]

Many players and fan designers have been forever frustrated by the fact that in MtG, "Tribal" is a card type instead of a supertype. Having been digging at this for a while, I have to a conclusion: ...
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How much damage do I take when I Trample a Stuffy Doll that has Pariah attached?

Last game I played I faced the following combo: Stuffy Doll played by an opponent, opponent chose me Pariah attached to Stuffy Doll This resulted in an invincible opponent, as long as Pariah is ...
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How are holographic trading cards printed in an industrial setting?

Are printing techniques trade secrets? I'm wondering what type of printer, foil, cardboard, etc., is required to print holographic cards of the sort you might see in Magic or Yu-Gi-Oh. I can find ...
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Can an ability track a card across multiple zones?

Here is the situation: I use Jace, Telepath Unbound's -3 ability, targeting Walk the Aeons. −3: You may cast target instant or sorcery card from your graveyard this turn. If that card would be ...
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Spells are not exiled by Jace, Telepath Unbound's second ability in MTG Duels

I used Jace, Telepath Unbound's second ability, which is casting a spell from the graveyard. It says the spell will be exiled. However, it didn't. For example, Adverse Conditions was in the graveyard ...
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Jace, Telepath Unbound and Casting a Spell from the Graveyard

I was playing MTG Duels. I had Jace, Telepath Unbound on the battlefield and activated its second ability: You may cast target instant or sorcery card from your graveyard this turn. If that ...
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If the only target of a spell is cloudshifted, is the spell countered?

If a spell or ability is cast targeting a specific creature, would casting Cloudshift on the creature counter the spell or ability?
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Magic the Gathering Protection question [duplicate]

If I were to cast Hymn to Tourach a black card that makes the opponent discard 2 cards at random, and the only 2 cards my opponent has in his hand have protection from black would they be protected? ...
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How can I efficiently build a deck from a box of random cards?

Recently I've become interested in playing Magic The Gathering. One of my friends, a long time player of the game, has offered me a large box with many random cards in it. He says I'm free to take ...
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Kill a blocker with an instant - is it still blocking?

We are in the combat phase: I declared my attackers My opponent declared his blockers, stating which attackers he was blocking I cast an instant, which automatically kills his blocker. There is ...
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Does how you discard a Madness card affect whether it resolve before its source?

Take two possible sources of discard, Sinister Concoction and Macabre Waltz. One has a discard as part of the cost, one has a discard as part of the effect. In the first case (discard as part of the ...
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How do “Maro” effects work when you cast your last card to pump them?

If a creature's power and toughness are equal to number of cards in your hand (e.g. Maro), and if I play an enchantment from my hand giving that creature +3/+3 leaving no cards in hand, will it make ...
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When does Zada, Hedron Grinder determine if a spell was cast only targeting Zada, Hedron Grinder?

In trying to figure out where my head is at to day, here's the following. Player casts Soul's Fire, such that Zada, Hedron Grinder will do damage equal to its power to Zada, Hedron Grinder. ...
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Does Zada, Hedron Grinder work with Soul's Fire and other similar instants?

Does Zada, Hedron Grinder work with Fall of the Hammer Soul's Fire or Tail Slash? Would it spread to the other creatures? Does Soul's Fire's ability to target a player change this?
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When I take a mulligan, should I shuffle my library first?

When I decide to throw away my hand and use a mulligan, should I simply draw a new hand from the library or shuffle my thrown hand into the library before redrawing? I'm mostly interested in magic-the-...
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Does Gustcloak Savior's ability leave the door open for blockers to be reassigned?

I'm using Gustcloak Savior in my token commander deck because I'm assuming after I remove my blocked creatures from combat that my opponents can't reassign their blockers. Am I incorrect? If so, it ...
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How long should a draft round last by official rules?

I'm making an app for assist player during Magic gameplay, and I'd like to add a section for drafting. But I can't find anything official, the only official source about it, is inside the ...
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In what order do creatures return from the graveyard with “March from the Tomb”? [duplicate]

In which order are cards returned from the graveyard with March from the Tomb: Return any number of target Ally creature cards with total converted mana cost 8 or less from your graveyard to the ...
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Can Astral Slide plus Viridian Shamen kill Glimmervoid living off of Blinkmoth Nexus?

I'm slightly uncertain about the finer points of the rules and how they might play out in a match-up between the 2004 world championship decks of Julien Nuijten (slide) and Aeo Paquette (affinity). ...
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How would some of the top deck archetypes handle discard decks? [duplicate]

In the past, I asked how to fight a discard deck, one that's designed to just empty your hand as fast as possible with cards like Hymn to Tourach and many others. I have also read this question on ...
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What happens to Auras and/or Counters on a creature that is targeted by a Cloudshift?

If I cast Cloudshift on a creature with counters, does it retain its counters or does it loose its counters? What about Auras? Would a creature that was Cloudshifted keep its auras?
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Would a Cloudshift targeting Zada, Hedron Grinder also target tokens?

Zada, Hedron Grinder copies instants and sorceries that target him only for all the rest of my creature that the intant or sorcery could target. If I cast Cloudshift, targeting Zada, would it create ...
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How do undying triggers resolve against exile and other players reanimating my graveyard?

So I play casually with a sacrifice and undying combo, which plays around with instant speed self sacrificing to avoid pesky control tactics. I'm wondering if it actually works how I think it does. ...
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How to deal with Enchantments outside of G/W?

I have done gatherer searches for "destroy" and "exile" target enchantment with White and Green excluded. Are there any options, save counterspells, for dealing with them?
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Clarification of creature's subtype for card effects

The wife and I are new players to this particular card game, though not card games in general. We have only dueled twice with MtG so far. We had something come up we were curious about. She used the ...
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Why does Diregraf Colossus see itself in the graveyard?

The release notes for Diregraf Colossus says: If Diregraf Colossus enters the battlefield from your graveyard, its first ability will count itself among the Zombie cards in your graveyard. ...
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Can Eldrazi Processor effects “counter” madness?

In a couple of weeks cards with the madness mechanic, Eldrazi Processors, and Eldrazi Displacer are going to be in standard together. The text for Madness reads as follows: “If a player would ...
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Does Brain in a Jar let you cast a Sorcery at Instant speed?

This question is about the wording on a new card Brain in a Jar: {1}, {T}: Put a charge counter on Brain in a Jar, then you may cast an instant or sorcery card with converted mana cost equal to ...
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New Transform Rules and Archangel Avacyn

Archangel Avacyn says (in addition to other abilities): "When a non-Angel creature you control dies, transform Archangel Avacyn at the beginning of the next upkeep". Since the triggered ability isn't ...
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What happens if I cast disenchant in response to the triggered ability of animate dead?

My opponent has Griselbrand in his graveyard and casts Animate Dead. It resolves, causing the triggered ability to go on the stack which would bring Griselbrand back to play. In response, I ...
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Double faced cards multiple transform triggers

Wizards recently changed the ruling for double faced cards: if a DFC has an activated or triggered ability that transforms it, that permanent transforms only if it hasn't since that ability was ...
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Does a Sorcery with Support trigger Zada, Hedron Grinder's ability?

If a sorcery (like Press into Service for example) has the support ability, would casting it and supporting only Zada, Hedron Grinder activate his ability? Is the "targets only Zada" requirement met ...
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How is Ondu Cleric's Rally ability resolved when more than one ally enters the battlefield at once? [duplicate]

If I start with an Ondu Cleric on the battlefield and cast Allied Reinforcements, how much health would I gain? I know it is somewhere between 4 and 6. Posible options in my mind: a. The tokens enter ...
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What are the applications of brand?

Brand is a red spell with which you "Gain control of all permanents you own". What does this actually do? Wouldn't you already have control over your permanents? When would this card be useful? Does ...
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How does casting a Storm spell on Zada, Hedron Grinder work?

Related Question: How does each copy of a spell cast to Zada, Hedron Grinder count towards Storm abilities? If I cast a storm spell that targets only Zada, Hedron Grinder (like Astral Steel) then I ...
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How does each copy of a spell cast to Zada, Hedron Grinder count towards Storm abilities?

Zada, Hedron Grinder allows you to copy spells for all your other creatures, as long as it only targets him. Thus, you will be casting a potentially large number of spells. Does every copy of the ...
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How are creature token cards used? [closed]

Me and my mom had a small conflict over this. Can you summon token creatures if you have the token, without a card effect that says to use it? I don't think so, but I don't know how to verify this.
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How do I beat U/R control with Affinity?

I play affinity and seriously struggle with control players and can't seem to find a way to win. Blue Moon has become popular recently, and while Blood Moon does not cripple my deck the constant ...
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When can I discard?

I'm curious I started magic with my mother yesterday and she doesn't like house rules only official rules. Can I discard a card from my hand and draw a card from my library?
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In what order do separate players' triggered abilities go on the stack? [duplicate]

If something causes a trigger that would deal 2 damage to a 1/1 creature, and that same thing causes a trigger that gives that creature +3/+3, what is the outcome if the effects are controlled by ...
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Do auras that are not cast target? [duplicate]

Say I use Brago, King Eternal to bounce an aura, when it returns, can I put it on a creature with shroud?
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What kind of mechanics can make MTG fun for my opponents?

I'm looking for a way to build an EDH deck that makes sure my opponents have fun while playing against me. In other words I'm less concerned with winning than with doing fun/creative/interesting ...
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How can I find the price of non-english cards?

I have several German cards, from Unlimited - Fourth. How can I tell the price of German (ex. Hypnotic Specter)? TCGplayer's website doesn't appear to have much data for foreign language cards.
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What does “play this ability only if you could play a sorcery” mean?

This is a stretch and in no way am I trying to dull the game. However, I recently ran across this potential issue. Many cards have an ability that may read, '...Play this ability only any time you ...
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Can the ability, return target permeant to hand, be activated on the creature that uses the ability?

Using a specific example, Ancestral Statue. I have played many different card games and they all have different rules regarding this ability. If I had no other permanents would Ancestral Statue ...
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How can I protect my tron deck against Crumble To Dust

So I made a really cool Mono-Black Eldrazi Tron deck. The only decks it has lost to are Bogles and an Izzet Control that was running a few copies of Crumble to Dust. The only thing I can come up with ...
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M:tG infinite loops: which actions are optional vs. mandatory? Is there inaction?

I'm confused about how to interpret the rules regarding infinity. In particular, the rules speak of mandatory actions, from which I infer that there are also non-mandatory actions. How do I tell which ...
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Does any cards care about the color of mana spent on other spells/abilities?

There are plenty of cards, such as cards with Sunburst and Converge and most of these cards, which care about the colors of mana spent on themselves. Additionally, Nix cares about whether or not any ...
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Is the cast keyword triggered from the graveyard?

If Conduit of Ruin or any other card states that when it is cast, does this mean that it can trigger when it returns from the battlefield? Such as Conduit of ruin is in the graveyard, I return it to ...