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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Dropping from a sanctioned event mid-draft

The tournament rules say: Players who drop during limited events own the cards that they correctly have in their possession at that time. This includes any unopened or partially drafted ...
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Effect of “Thran Lens” on Devotion

I want to know the effects of Thran Lens on a devotion-dependent enchantment creature, like a god or something. I read somewhere that, when a permanent becomes colorless, the Thran Lens makes the ...
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What happens if neither player decides to do anything?

My question is about Magic The Gathering. What happens if both players perpetually decide to do nothing in a turn, except draw and then discard to 7. What happens then?
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What zone is a spell or ability in when it is resolving?

When I cast a spell or activate an ability, or a triggered ability triggers, it goes on the stack, and then some time later, it resolves. Is it still on the stack while it is resolving? If not, is it ...
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Can I shortcut a loop with conditional actions?

I control Wirefly Hive, Filigree Sages, Darksteel Forge, and some means of making an arbitrarily large amount of mana. My opponent is at two million life, and there are ten minutes remaining on the ...
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Are there any other spells in bant colors that will cause Enduring Scalelord to go infinite?

Are there creatures, artifacts, enchantments, etc that will make Enduring Scalelord go infinite in Bant? I'm building a Bant counters EDH deck and it'd be fun to have ES blow up in a couple of ...
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Can I tap a creature in response to it being tapped?

My buddy uses Dromoka Dunecaster to tap my Humble Defector. Can I in response activate Humble Defector's ability?
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List of blue counterspells that can be played for free?

I looked around on the internet for a list of blue counterspells in Magic: the Gathering that can be played for no mana. (Alternative costs or a mana cost later is fine.) Does anyone have a list or ...
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Can I cast a spell if I might be able to pay its cost but don't know yet?

A Wizards forum thread had an interesting question that was left unanswered. If I have only two black mana available, can I cast Fatal Lore if my opponent has a Spellwild Ouphe on the battlefield? ...
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Can I back out of activating an ability where my opponent chooses the target? [duplicate]

Say I have a Magus of the Arena, and my opponent and I each control other creatures. Magus of the Arena's ability is {3}, {T}: Tap target creature you control and target creature of an opponent's ...
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Do I tap a creature when it fights? Can a creature with summoning sickness fight?

If a card has text: target creature fights (another creature), do I have to tap the target creature? Can I target a creature, that has summoning sickness this way?
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When does a sacrifice on entering the battlefield happen?

My opponent plays Vexing Devil which states: When Vexing Devil enters the battlefield, any opponent may have it deal 4 damage to him or her. If a player does, sacrifice Vexing Devil. When does ...
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Will Heroic trigger if a spell would cause the creature to lose all abilities?

So me and a buddy of mine got into a argument: he had Setessan Battle Priest out which has heroic Whenever you cast a spell that targets Setessan Battle Priest, you gain 2 life Then he played ...
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Can my opponent force me to play out a demonstrated loop?

We are at a Competitive REL tournament. With ten minutes left on the clock in game three, my opponent is at 5000 life. I control two Elite Arcanists. Each of them have Time Stop exiled. I also control ...
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can you activate abilities during a resolving stack?

So for example: I have Krenko, Mob Boss with Thornbite Staff equipped. He is targeted with Doom Blade. In response I tap Krenko to make 1 Goblin token. I also have Goblin Bombardment to sacrifice the ...
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Can I Redirect a Retract to affect my opponent?

Can I Redirect my own Retract to my opponent with a redirect? I'm just wanting to know before I try it and look dumb. I know you have to have a valid target for a Redirect but Retract targets me, a ...
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Scion of the Ur-Dragon and Grave Pact

When I use Scion of the Ur-Dragon's ability and put a dragon card from my library into the grave yard, does that trigger Grave Pact?
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What happens if you are unable to draw because your library is empty?

In Magic the Gathering, what happens to a player if they get their draw phase, but are unable to draw a card because their library is empty?
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Will spells that exile enchantments also exile enchantment artifacts?

Does a spell which says "exile target enchantment" such as Erase work on enchantment artifacts? I can not seem to find an answer for this, can you help?
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Can I turn a manifested God face up?

Say I have an empty battlefield and use Cloudform to manifest the top card of my library. The manifested card is Heliod, God of the Sun. Can I turn this card face up for the mana cost if I do not have ...
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Why does rule 608.2b counter Last Word, when Last Word can't be countered? [duplicate]

After reading Can uncounterable spells still be countered somehow?, I am confused by a conflict between two of Magic's rules. At risk of being labelled a duplicate, I want to cover this edge case in ...
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The Comeuppance of Commeuppance

So this came up in a game of Commander the other day. Player A has Purphoros, God of the Forge in play without the 5 red devotion to make him a creature. They then cast Tempt with Vengeance, spending ...
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Where/how does the Magic: the Gathering Quick Start Guide booklet actually get distributed in the physical world?

Magic: the Gathering has a basic rules PDF, aka the Quick Start Guide, that was instrumental in my understanding the basics of the game (like the stack and spellcasting). The M15 version is available ...
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Can uncounterable spells still be countered somehow?

I cast Fling, sacrificing my only creature to kill my opponent. My opponent responds with Last Word, which will win the game the other way. Last Word says it "can't be countered by spells or ...
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How does Donate work?

Donate is a pretty useful yet useless card. I have two questions about it. Donate "Target player gains control of target permanent you control." Does this mean the "target permanent you ...
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MTG Emrakul like cards [closed]

What are good cards like Emrakul, the Aeons Torn that are good for a green-black deck that revolves around Deathrender?
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Is there a card that turns +X/+X into X +1/+1 counters?

I'm building an Exalted deck, and I've been looking for a card that would completely break the mechanic and make my creatures nearly unstoppable. So far I've had no luck, but here's where I'm hoping ...
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Do I “control” creatures in my graveyard? [duplicate]

Cloudshift has Exile target creature you control, then return that card to the battlefield under your control. Are creatures already in my graveyard still under my control? Can I return one of ...
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What are some card in MTG that can change a creature's color?

I was creating a deck on deck builder and I wanted to make a Corrosive Mentor combination in which I can change a powerful creature's color to black so that it can have the wither effect. Anyone know ...
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What is the card type Phenomenon and Ongoing?

Gatherer has the Card Type "Phenomenon" and "Ongoing". Does anyone knows what those two refer to?
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Is there a Magic intro deck that focuses on lifestealing?

I just started playing Magic using the Android app, and I really like it. Now I would like to start playing Magic with real cards as well. In the Android app I chose the deck that focuses on stealing ...
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Does a bestow creature falling off trigger Impact Tremors? [duplicate]

If I cast a Reckless Imp for its Dash cost and Bestow a Nyxborn Rollicker on it, will the Rollicker still become a creature and trigger Impact Tremors upon the Imp returning to my hand?
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What does the comma mean in a card effect's cost?

Some cards, such as Lurking Informant, have a comma seperating 2 costs for an ability. What does that mean? Do I pay one of the costs or both to use the effect?
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Can I steal an opponent's aura by changing the target while it is on the stack?

My opponent casts Eldrazi Conscription on a creature they control. Before Eldrazi Conscription resolves, can I redirect it onto my creature using Shunt, for example?
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Overseer of the Damned board wipe [duplicate]

What happens with Overseer of the Damned in the case of a board wipe? I know that all the creatures die at the same time, so do I still get zombies or is that ability mulled by the fact that Overseer ...
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Can a countered spell be targeted?

Let's assume that Alice and Bob are playing. Alice casts Serra Avatar. Bob casts an Essence Backlash targeting the Avatar. Alice, realizing that that would kill her, casts an Autumn's Veil. Bob casts ...
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How do “side effects” interact with a card that grants hexproof?

I was looking at the card Leyline of Sanctity and noticed that it gives its controller hexproof. I understand that this means that I can't use any spells or abilities that target the player, but what ...
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What happens if I kill a creature enchanted with Murder Investigation by casting Flowstone Slide

Murder Investigation reads: When enchanted creature dies, put X 1/1 white Soldier creature tokens onto the battlefield, where X is its power. Flowstone Slide reads: All creatures get +X/-X ...
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Whose graveyard is “a graveyard”?

Shadowfeed card has following text: Exile target card from a graveyard. You gain 3 life. Does it mean my graveyard, or any graveyard, including my opponents'?
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Can opponents keep Jeskai Infiltrator under their control past the end of their turn if it was manifested?

So recently, when I was vsing a friend, they used Act of Treason on my Jeskai Infiltrator, then attacked me. I took the damage without blocking, then Jeskai and the top card of their library was ...
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Mutavault and effects [duplicate]

when I have "Mentor of the Meek" and the "Mutavault"-land on the battlefield, and when I make Mutavault into a 2/2 creature, can I draw a card when I pay the mana cost for a creature entering the ...
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Can I pay two different costs with the same payment?

Say I have a Zombie token, Viscera Seer, and Altar of Dementia on the battlefield. Can I sacrifice the Zombie token to activate both the Altar's and Seer's abilities? Similarly, if I have one card in ...
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Can Bloodrush satisfy a forced discard? [duplicate]

If my opponent makes me discard a card and I choose a creature card with the Bloodrush ability, can I pay the cost during the forced discard in order to activate the ability?
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Consequences of killing a blocking creature

I've not been playing for years, so I'm a bit rusty. A creature attacks, it is blocked, and the blocked creature gets shocked. What happens now? As far as I know, the attacking creature is now ...
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Does “Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth” work on lands in libraries?

Legendary Land Each land is a Swamp in addition to its other land types. Does Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth work on lands in libraries? I.e., does it allow me to fetch any land using a ...
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Can Ward Slivers protection be responded to?

So I was playing against someone sniping my creatures. I cast Ward Sliver and name protection from a colour. They said that because Ward Sliver says "as it comes into play" the effect is an ETB ...
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Am I required to shuffle my opponent's deck?

During pregame, Anthony shuffles his own deck and then presents it to his opponent, Nathan. Is Nathan obligated to shuffle Anthony's deck? Is cutting the deck acceptable? Is doing nothing acceptable? ...
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Can white tokens be used to pay for white mana in a convoke cost?

Can white tokens be used to pay for white mana in a convoke cost? I know that tokens with summoning sickness can tap for convoke, but I was wondering if these tokens are considered "white". For ...
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Will I die if I lose enough life to kill me from an effect that also heals me?

What happens if I dip below 1 life from an effect that will also heal me after the damage is dealt? For example: If I bolt myself while I'm at 3 or less with a Soulfire Grand Master on the board? ...
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When does Skullcage have its effect activated?

I am new to Magic, so forgive me if this is common knowledge. Does the opponent's draw step happen before or after the Skullcage condition is checked?