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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Discard Question [duplicate]

If I cast a spell with an addictional cost of "discard a card", can that discarded card be used to transform a double-sided card that has "discard a card to transform"?
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What is the use of Swift Silence?

So I have a red blue Guttersnipe deck that I personally love to use, but my friend and I keep running into this situation. In my hand for the purpose of explaining this say I have all Lightning Bolts ...
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Who takes extra turns first when I copy someone else's “take an extra turn” card?

What happens when a player copies an opponent's Time Stretch? Does the copyer take two extra turns then the owner? Does the owner even take two extra turns? What about Part the Waterveil? These spells ...
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Can you re-equip equipment to the same creature?

Murderer's Axe has an equip cost: discard a card, and since madness runs off discarding, this can be rather useful. Can an equipment card be re-equipped to the same creature that already has it ...
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Karlov of the Ghost Council and Extort

Will Karlov of the Ghost Council gain its counters if I use extort right after playing it? E.g.: I play him, then I use extort because I played him, will it gain its counters?
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What happens when a non-token creature loses all abilities, is exiled, then returns?

So I was playing with some friends and we ran into a problem. My opponent had a creature with both hexproof and indestructible. I drew and played Polymorphist's Jest. I then attacked with my creature,...
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Does “cards with the same name can't be played” affect tokens?

So a friend of mine has a card with the ability "Name a card. Cards that share a name with that card cannot be played." My question is does this work on tokens? I play a zombie token deck mainly, ...
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Can a Counterspell basically counter more than one spell? [duplicate]

I'm on my main phase. I cast a 2/2 creature, and want to enchant it in the same phase. I cast the creature - no counterspell. I then want to cast a +3/+3 Aura enchantment on that creature, and ...
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Where does the term “cube” come from?

In Magic, a cube is a collection of cards that is handpicked to make a good draft. A cube draft is a type of limited format that uses a cube to draft from. But what does "cube" mean? Does it refer to ...
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Do creatures from outside the game go to the graveyard?

Okay, so I was looking through some eldrazi to purchase and I came across Spawnsire of Ulamog. I want to purchase it for my deck but I want to know how it works before I buy it. My question is, ...
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What's the odds of Selvala's parley granting 2 or more mana?

I am trying to figure out what are the chance if getting 2 or more mana after parleying Selvala, Explorer Returned, assuming that using commander/EDH one third of the deck is land and that at least ...
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Do I decide {X} for cards in my library for effects and abilities asking for a particular CMC?

Suppose I have Yisan, the Wanderer Bard on the battleground with 5 verse counters. And then suppose I have something in my library with an {X} in the mana cost, like a Genesis Hydra. Do I get to ...
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Does Illusory Gains allow someone to block their own creatures? [duplicate]

Illusory Gains strikes me as a rather strange card with the potential for some rather unique interactions, one of which I'm hoping someone might be able to explain to me. Take this situation: My ...
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Necroskitter and Everlasting Torment

I am playing a game of EDH against 3 other opponents and I control an Everlasting Torment and Horde of Notions, and I have a Necroskitter in my graveyard. My opponents control a whole host of non-...
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Can anyone tell me who Mr. Suitcase is?

I acquired a collection of cards among which were some sinkholes. One in particular is signed; I understand the name in concept. From the wiki page for The Duelist: "Mr. Suitcase" being a ...
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What is the sequence of actions when my Shocker removes cards and places cards in my opponents hand? [duplicate]

I have a fun little shocker deck. From Gatherer Whenever Shocker deals damage to a player, that player discards all the cards in his or her hand, then draws that many cards. Note that the errata ...
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If a token is returned to hand, is it considered dying?

1/1 Devil token (ala Devils' Playground) on board Just the Wind cast on the 1/1 Devil Token gets removed from board ?? Devil does 1 damage to target creature or player ??
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Are 1/1 creatures sent to the graveyard from one damage before Rite of Passage's ability activates?

Rite of Passage gives creatures I control a +1/+1 counter whenever they are dealt damage. If a 1/1 creature was dealt one damage, would it be sent to the graveyard first or would the creature be ...
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Sacrificing a creature with 0 toughness

1/1 goblin, with Skullclamp attached, making its P/T 2/0 so it dies. Could it be sacrificed using Goblin Bombardment to deal 1 damage?
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How to clone a Legendary card legally?

I want to clone Geist of Saint Traft without falling prey to the legend rule and without using Mirror Gallery. Are there any cards that allow you to copy a card's text without copying its name? I was ...
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When does the “choose a color” part of a spell happen?

For example Sejiri Steppe. I always did it as follows: Opponent plays Sejiri Steppe, chooses a creature and a color, then I get to respond. But today while playing, after my opponent played Sejiri ...
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Magic The Gathering, Blinking the source of a transformation

When the action that makes a card flip back-face up goes on the stack, I use a card ability like the Eldrazi Displacer to blink Archangel Avacyn After the "blink" resolves, the card I have on the ...
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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 ...