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 happens if a target becomes ineligible after a card has been cast? [duplicate]

Let's say I cast Strangling Soot on Llanowar Elves. Before this resolves, my opponent casts Giant Growth on the Llanowar Elves. Giant Growth resolves, making the Llanowar Elves a 4/4. When the ...
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Siren of the Fanged Coast vs. Devotion

Two of my friends and I were playing MTG and someone (we'll call her player 1) had played Siren of the Fanged Coast (SFC) and she was going to use its 'control creature' ability against one of player ...
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How do Gatherer Rulings interact with existing rules?

Many cards on gatherer have some amount of Gatherer Rulings (for example, Wild Evocation has quite a few). Are these rulings just a shorthand and reminders of the relevant bits of the rules (i.e. if ...
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Will my Pelakka Wurm still deal trample damage vs Deathtouch? [duplicate]

I was playing my son using a green deck. I played a Pelakka Wurm which has trample. He played an Eldrazi with deathtouch. He is a firm believer as soon as the attackers and blockers are announced, ...
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What cards transfer mana from colorless to any color? [duplicate]

So all I need to know is if there are any known MTG cards that say "pay one colorless mana: produce one mana of any color."
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Can I cast other spells before a miracle?

I'm playing a red storm deck and I topdeck a Reforge the Soul. I only have 2 lands in play but have several rituals (Pyretic Ritual, etc.) in my hand that I might want to cast to increase my storm ...
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Thorncaster Sliver and Venom Sliver vs. Priority or Lack Thereof

I have been gone from MtG for some time now and recently played a couple games with some of my old friends. Midgame the same thing happened that always happens when I play with that group. A fight. ...
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Creatures with “Whenever you cast a colorless spell, untap ~”

Are there any other creatures that have an ability that's the same as Nettle Drone's second ability, "Whenever you cast a colorless spell, untap [card name]"? I'm not sure how exactly to search for ...
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What is the penalty for lying about a face-down card?

Let's say someone deliberately casts a sorcery card as a face-down morph creature hoping to win the game with it (not knowing that at some point in time it will always be revealed). What is the ...
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If a player goes to “combat”, and then activates an ability, what is the game state?

My question is not a duplicate of When should I activate Man Lands and Keyrunes in order to attack with them?, although anyone answering this question would need to understand at least that much in ...
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Can I sacrifice a creature before the creature spell resolves?

Here is the scenario: I cast a Goblin Piledriver. In response, my opponent casts the Instant Murderous Cut to destroy it. In response to that, I cast the Instant Collateral Damage intending to ...
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Why was Kird Ape banned in very first Extended ban list?

I'm curious as to what sort of reasoning went behind Kird Ape being too strong for Extended play? Granted this was many years ago but I was surprised to see that it was banned in a format that allowed ...
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When do you check if you lose

If someone casts Prosperity with X being 100 and one player has 50 cards and the other has 60, does the one with 50 cards lose first since he runs out first or do you wait until the spell resolves and ...
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Can I interact with a creature exiled with Eldrazi Displacer?

So I've been playing an Abzan displacer deck for some time now and the following interaction only just occurred to me: I have an Eldrazi Displacer and a Wasteland Strangler in play and my opponant ...
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Can I defeat an opponent with their own commander?

I know that if I gain control of my opponent's commander, it won't lose the status of commander. How is the commander damage calculated in this case? Can I do the 21 commander damage with the stolen ...
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When a card says “you may choose new targets for the copy”, do you have to choose new targets?

For example, can you use Pyromancer's Goggles' ability to use a spell twice on a single target creature or player? Like, can my opponent cast Chandra's Fury on me twice for 8 damage?
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Alchemists Vial rules

Can you use Alchemist's vial's ability as an instant, if you are able to pay the cost? For example, can it be used to prevent my creature from attacking, once i have declared it.
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Why do cards from Alpha have to be in opaque sleeves?

In this answer the tournament rules are quoted: 3.3 Authorized Cards [...] Players may use cards from the Alpha printing only if the deck is in opaque sleeves. Why is this? As far as I ...
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Can I counter a spell that can't be countered?

Specifically, can I counter Dragonlord Dromoka with Voidmage Apprentice's triggered ability?
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Do abilities like “becomes the target of a spell or ability, sacrifice it” happen even if the spell is countered?

Do I need to sacrifice a creature with the ability "becomes the target of a spell or ability, sacrifice it" (e.g., Frost Walker or Illusionary Servant) if the spell or ability has been countered?
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How does 'The Stack' work? [duplicate]

If I cast Tormented Thoughts on my 3/1 creature and to counter my opponent uses Disperse to return it to my hand, is my Tormented Thoughts wasted?
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Buying 36 booster packs for a magic the gathering set

On amazon, there are plenty of listings for 36 booster packs that are part of the same set. Given that there is one land card in each booster, and each pack comes with 15 cards, you would receive ...
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Can I draw something on my card and play tournaments with it?

Just out of curiosity, what can I do to the card, so its still legal to play it in offician tournaments? Can I draw something over ruling texts? Can I draw something over artwork? Can I draw ...
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“Can't attack you unless” in Two-Headed Giant

How do cards like Ghostly Prison and Propaganda work in 2HG? More specific, how do you apply the "Can't attack you unless X" to the game. Does it work for both players, i.e. no matter which player ...
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Attack and Tap rules [duplicate]

Most recently I've seen this on the Leaden Myr, but I've seen it on other cards as well. The text says: Tap: Add {B} to your mana pool. When a creature attacks, it taps, correct? So does that ...
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Scion of the Ur-Dragon and Leyline of the Void

Does Leyline of the Void prevent the Scion of the Ur-Dragon's transformation by exiling the dragons?
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“At the beginning of the end step” versus “Until end of turn”

If Deceiver of Form is used to copy my Biovisionary, does his "at the beginning of the end step" ability resolve before Deceiver of Form's "until end of turn" ability expires, thus making Deceiver of ...
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What happens when you put a +1/+1 counter on a planeswalker? [duplicate]

Some commander decks have Planeswalker commanders. What happens when you put a +1/+1 counter on one of them, such as with Opal Palace?
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Is there any difference between double strike and oubleday ikestray?

The card Atinlay Igpay has the ability oubleday ikestray. Is this functionally different from double strike?
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What do shiny ovals mean on Magic the Gathering cards?

I have just bought a set of Oath of the Gatewatch cards, and a few of them have a small shiny oval on the bottom center, like Corrupted Crossroads. What does this mean?
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What happens if Jace, Telepath Unbound is returned to your hand?

So if Jace, Telepath Unbound is returned to your hand, does it turn back into Jace, Vryn's Prodigy to be recast or does it in effect go to your graveyard because Jace, Telepath Unbound cant be ...
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Can tokens created by planeswalkers do commander damage

I was playing a game with someone and they said they do because planeswalkers can't attack, so the tokens created by them count as commander creatures. Is that true? I can't find any rules that talk ...
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Will Shipbreaker Kraken cause creatures to stay on the battlefield when hit by Scourge of Fleets?

If I use Shipbreaker Kraken on my opponent and tap four creatures. The next turn I use Scourge of Fleets. Do all cards go back to their hand or do the cards I picked stay on the battlefield when I ...
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Did Wizards ever write a followup for the 2003 card face redesign?

I started playing Magic: The Gathering in 1997, when the Fifth Edition had just been released. The game immediately captivated me, and I especially loved the visual design. A radical card face ...
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“Put into graveyard” versus “exile graveyard”

Does the ability "Exile all cards from target player's graveyard" counter "When ~ is put into a graveyard from anywhere, its owner shuffles his or her graveyard into his or her library"? For example: ...
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In a multiplayer game, who can see a player's revealed hand?

If a player reveals their hand in a multiplayer game, does everyone get to look at the player's hand, or only the controller of the ability that forced them to reveal?
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Are the gods of Theros considered creatures in my hand? [duplicate]

For example if I have one god of Theros in my hand like Xenagos, God of Revels Can I play it using a Quicksilver Amulet even though I dont have enough devotion?
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Can an imprinted spell be kicked when it is cast?

Can an imprinted spell be kicked when it is cast ? For example : Isochron Scepter and Orim's Chant Can I pay the kicker cost each time I activate Isochron Scepter?
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Rules regarding Willbreaker [duplicate]

When Willbreaker gains control of an opposing creature, may the controller attack with the creature immediately, so long as it is not summoning sick? Thank you
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Does Storm count opponents' spells?

The definition of storm (such as in Grapeshot) is: Storm (When you play this spell, put a copy of it onto the stack for each other spell that was played before it this turn. If the spell has any ...
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Why is Sunken Hollow a rare?

Yesterday I was opening some boosters from the new Oath of the Gatewatch expansion, and got Sunken Hollow as a rare. (Tap: Add Blue or Black to your mana pool.) Sunken Hollow enters the ...
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What is the difference between Owning and Controlling an object on the Battlefield?

I’m a little confused on what the outcome of this scenario is – any help would be appreciated. Let’s say I cast Turn Against on one my opponent’s creatures. So I would “Gain control of target ...
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Can Turn to Frog prevent 'enter the battlefield' abilities?

Can my opponent cast Turn to Frog, to prevent 'Enter the battlefield' abilities?
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Can I sacrifice the same creature twice? [duplicate]

If I Use Plaguemaw Beast's Activated ability of "{t}, sacrifice a creature: Proliferate" and then target Vampire Hexmage with the activated ability of "Sacrifice Vampire Hexmage: remove all counters ...
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Etiquette for the Stack in MTG

More often than not it doesn't matter, you cast a spell and it either lands in its designated spot on the field, or it resolves and heads into the graveyard. What I always wondered is, whenever there ...
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Issues with Infinite Mana Loop and Grindclock/ Clock of Omens Combo

I have an idea for an Instant mil combo involving the below cards: Grindclock Clock of Omens Palladium Myr x2 Myr Galvanizer x2 Darksteel Forge (just so they cant be destroyed, always helpful) I'm ...
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Tidehollow Sculler and Ruin Processor

If I play Tidehollow Sculler and remove a card from the game then I play a Ruin Processor to put that card to the graveyard, would my opponent return the card from graveyard to hand when Tidehollow ...
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Creatures with variable power and toughness

If I summon a creature like Boneyard Wurm whose power and toughness depends on the number of creatures in my graveyard, and afterwards another creature of mine dies, do the Boneyard Wurm's power and ...
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Can I use one spell multiple times

If I have a card like Lightning Strike (that costs 2 mana) and I have 6 mana, can I use the card 3 times? In an online Magic game I played, I had this specific card also. When I casted it, it asked ...
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Can my deck have fewer cards after sideboard? [duplicate]

Traditionally, you're supposed to have 60 cards in your main deck, and 15 cards in your sideboard. But let's say that I had 64 cards in my main deck and 15 cards in my sideboard. For game 2 & 3, ...