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 I use Sudden Disappearance?

I just saw this card: Sudden Disappearance. Suppose I use it in my first main step. I attack while my opponent has his cards exiled. At the end step he gets them back. My question: Will those cards ...
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Anticipate in response to instant

So I was playing in a standard tournament for fun the other day, I was playing red white black mardu warriors against white blue control. I played Crackling Doom forcing him to sacrifice his only ...
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Will this bounce work?

Here is my problem: I made a really awesome Animar EDH deck and one of my infinite combos involves Animar, Soul of elements with 4 +1/+1 counters on it. This will allow me to summon Pierce Strider for ...
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Does Doubling Cube's ability affect the mana used to activate it?

Rules Question: When Doubling Cube doubles mana, does that include the mana used to activate the ability?
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What are permanents?

What are the specific types of permanents in the game? Are lands included in permanents?
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Casting a creature and hexproofing

If I play Krenko, Mob Boss and retain priority and cast Swiftfoot Boots on Krenko Mob Boss and at the same time my opponent casts Unsummon on Krenko Mob Boss, will my creature be safe or will he be ...
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Does Athreos work on countered or discarded creatures?

So I know that if I have Athreos, God of Passage on the field and a creature spell is countered, it still counts as dying and Athreos's effect still kicks in. I was told it's because the creature ...
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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 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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If Soulflayer is returned to play from your graveyard, does it retain abilities it was granted?

The abilities for Soulflayer are... Delve (Each card you exile from your graveyard while casting this spell pays for 1.) If a creature card with flying was exiled with Soulflayer's delve ...
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Has there ever been any use for Lich?

Is there any good deck which uses Lich? Sure, there is some very corner-case where having it in the battlefield will help you, such as if you have fewer life than permanents, and you are about to ...
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How does Rageblood Shaman's ability work?

How does the static ability of e.g. Rageblood Shaman work? The wording is "Other Minotaur creatures you control get +1/+1 and have trample. " The questions I have are: a) If Rageblood Shaman is on ...
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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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Voracious Wurm and Trostani, Selesnya's Voice: Which trigger happens first?

Here's the situation: Trostani, Selesnya's Voice is in play (Whenever another creature enters the battlefield under your control, you gain life equal to that creature's toughness). Then, Voracious ...
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Is a 'Can't be countered' ability the same as 'protection From' or 'Can't be targeted?'

Abrupt Decay, Loxodon Smiter and other Return to Ravnica cards have an ability that reads '{card name} can't be counterd by spells or abilites'. Does this mean it is not a legal target for a counter ...
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Does tapping a creature force it to attack?

I was playing with my little brother, and during my turn he used Black Oak of Odunos's ability, paying the black mana and tapping Oreskos Sun Guide so that on his turn turn he could untap Oreskos and ...
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Do -1/-1 counters count as damage?

I am wondering if -1/-1 counters are considered damage? On creatures with the wither ability is says that the creature deals damage in the form of -1/-1 counters. As such I would like to know if a ...
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How do you counter a fuse card?

If your opponent plays a card with the fuse special rule and opts to play both sides you get a chance to respond. If you're holding a counterspell do you dispel one or both spells of the fuse?
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Do cards like Giant Growth create a one-shot or continuous effect?

I'm curious as to how a card like Giant Growth works. I'm not sure if the effect on it is a one shot effect, a continuous effect, or something else. If I had to guess, I think it works as follows: ...
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Does a Life Gain deck have any hope against a Stigma Lasher?

Is there anything that can be done against a Stigma Lasher if you have a life gain deck? This card seems quite broken. 2 mana for a 2/2 wither is a good card. But to have it ruin any hope of ...
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Creature Ability List

Sudden Spoiling reads Creatures target player controls become 0/2 and lose all abilities until end of turn. Can someone help me find a list of abilities that they lose?
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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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Does cloning a card include color?

If Clone (for instance) comes in as a copy of a black creature and attacks and is blocked by a creature that has protection from black, how does it resolve? What if the blocking creature has ...
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Who determines the target creature or player when a card says “deals 1 damage to target creature or player”?

Vigilante Justice says "Whenever a Human enters the battlefield under your control, Vigilante Justice deals 1 damage to target creature or player." Do I decide if the damage goes to the creature or ...
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Can I play a Sorcery or Instant without paying its mana cost, in any way?

In Magic, there are creature cards with huge mana costs (like 15 for Emrakul, the Aeons Torn), that can hardly ever be paid in a normal game of Magic. Luckily, there are many ways to "cheat" creatures ...
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Permanent +1/+1, and −1/−1 until end of turn

As I understand things, if my Korozda Gorgon gives −1/−1 counter to a creature that has a +1/+1 counter on it, as a state-based effect the −1/−1 cancels one of the +1/+1 ...
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How does Valakut work?

Valakut, the Molten Pinnacle has an ability that says: Whenever a Mountain enters the battlefield under your control, if you control at least five other Mountains, you may have Valakut, the Molten ...
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Infractions/Player Communication - Infernal Tutor and Lion's Eye Diamond

In a Competitive REL tournament with an opponent, a player casts Lion Eye Diamond, Lion's Eye Diamond, Infernal Tutor, making a note of storm count after each spell is cast. If the active player has ...
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Is this card worded correctly and balanced?

I created this card recently and just want to make sure that it's balanced and that its ability is worded correctly/functionally: Wojek Lionheart (1)RW Creature - Human Soldier [Uncommon] ...
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Does Mogg Sentry gain +2/+2 for each spell?

I was playing with a friend who has Mogg Sentry on the field I then play Champion of the Parish and Vexing Devil. Does Mogg Sentry become a 5/5 creature until end of turn or is it just a 3/3?
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MTG Myr Welder Exile question

On the card Myr Welder it says two things. Imprint -- {T} : Exile target artifact card from a graveyard. Myr Welder has all activated abilities of all cards exiled with it. My question is ...
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Can you counter a spell with indestructible?

Can you counter an indestructible enchantment spell? For example, I cast Kruphix, God of Horizons. Can you counter the spell with a spell like Dissipate while it's on the stack?
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Must a “target creature” be on the battlefield?

If an ability says "target creature," does the creature have to be on the battlefield? I think I found a loophole that depends on the answer.
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Athreos, God of Passage and Gift of Immortality

With Gift of Immortality, if a creature is destroyed, it is returned to the battlefield and then at the next end phase Gift of Immortality is returned onto the creature. With Athreos, God of Passage, ...
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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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When can an Ætherling use its blinking ability?

If an Ætherling blocks something that could kill it, can it then use its blinking ability before it takes damage? I can't stop it with anything as it blocks and leaves with no damage. U: Exile ...
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Does Steel Hellkite destroy cards in my opponent's library and hand?

The rules for Steel Hellkite say any nonland permanent with converted mana cost X gets destroyed if I deal combat damage this turn. The second ruling states "It doesn't matter who controlled ...
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vedalken orrery, aura of silence in reponse to opponents enchantment

If I have a Vedalken Orrery in play, and my opponent attempts to cast an enchantment, can I flash in Aura of Silence in response and force them to either pay 2 more mana or have their spell fizzle?
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How do Opalescence and Humility interact?

How exactly do Opalescence and Humility interact with each other?
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Jhessian Thief and Aqueous Form

If I have a Jhessian Thief enchanted with an Aqueous Form, and it deals damage to my opponent, do I get to Scry 1 before or after I draw a card from Jhessian Thief's ability?
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When do you place the +1/+1 counter for Anafenza?

If I attack with Anafenza, the Foremost and one other creature do I get to place a +1/+1 counter on the other creature or does it have to be tapped before combat?
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Targeting question in regards to illegal target

I'm watching this video from the Judge's Corner on YouTube: Targeting - Judge's Corner #10. One example shows these cards being played: Middle first, left second, right third. The video says that ...
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When I tap a creature to attack with it, does that also activate abilities that require tapping it?

When I declare my attackers, that causes the attacker to be tapped. What happens if the attacker I tap has an ability that is triggered by tapping? Would I have to tap the creature before the combat ...
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Can you change the order of cards in a Graveyard?

My friend was counting the number of Creatures in his Graveyard and then randomizing the order the cards are in. Is this allowed?
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Can I always sacrifice a permanent whenever I want, without anything telling me to do so?

Can one sacrifice any permanent at any time for any reason, or is "permission" to sacrifice only granted by other cards?
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Crypt Incursion stack help

So me and my mate are just looking for clarification about Crypt Incursion. For example, I play Crypt Incursion, targeting my graveyard. In response he plays Crypt Incursion and also wants to target ...
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MTG: Can negative counters kill a creature?

I'm a MTG newbie and I have a question about some instant spells that add negative counters to a creature (for example, when this creature enters the battlefield, target creature gets -3/-3 until end ...
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How long before I can move on to a different phase?

I was on one health and had two creatures in play. One of those was useless due to a card my opponent played to stop it doing anything. The other had an inspired ability that might have helped me ...
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Can I cast Enchant Creature cards on Enchantment Creatures (Bestow) that are on another creature?

Say I have a Nessian Courser which is enchanted by a Nylea's Emmissary. I want to cast an Enchantment - Aura on the Nylea's Emissary, for example: Ordeal of Thassa. Perhaps for some reason, I ...
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Is it possible to copy a land with Mimic Vat that is turned into creature by an enchantment?

I am considering creating a deck which utilizes a strange combo if it can be done. It uses Mimic Vat in combination with Awaken the Ancient. I want to make it so that when my land, which is a 7/7 ...