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Is it possible to get old Vanguard cards?

If you start Magic Online today, is there a way to acquire Vanguard cards that do not come with the client but have been released in the past? Can they be bought or traded?
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Can I use an altered art card in tournament? [duplicate]

I have investigated a lot but I'm still not sure if I can use an altered art card in a tournament. I know that the golden rule is: The head judge will determine if the altered card is legal or not. ...
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Lich + Laboratory maniac, replacement effects order

You have Lich and Laboratory Maniac in play, 3 cards in your deck, and you play Solemn Offering or Serene Offering on Lich (either one will heal 4 in this case). Do you win or lose?
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Jar of Eyeballs vs mass destruction

A Pernicious Deed is destroying my token army along with my counterless Jar of Eyeballs. Can I use the jar's activated ability before it goes to the graveyard?
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Efficient Elemental Manland Creation

I know cards like Nissa, Worldwaker will get a whole bunch of new lands and make them into Elementals, but are there any way to make all the lands you currently have on the battlefield into Elementals,...
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Immortal Coil & State Based Actions

I don't think I understand State Based Actions (SBA) and how they work with Immortal Coil. I understand that at ANY time I have Immortal Coil on the battlefield with no graveyard, I lose. I ...
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How serious is forgetting my life gain triggered abilities?

I recently started playing a Soul Sisters / Martyr Life deck, and sometimes have problems remembering triggered abilities every time they're triggered. Whenever another creature enters the ...
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Do continuous effects stack?

Does Kragma Warcaller stack with the +2/+0. Lets say if i have a 2/3 Minotaur and I play 2 Kragma Warcallers- does that 2/3 Minotaur become a 6/3?
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The origin of the color wheel

Is there a reason for why were the five colors of MTG ordered, clockwise, white, blue, black, red and green?
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What happens if I have two different cards that give me an extra turn after this one?

For example, I play Emrakul, the Aeons Torn. That gives me an extra turn after this one. Then I activate Ral Zarek's ultimate and only get one extra turn (one) heads. Will the Emrakul's extra turn ...
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Exalted trigger timing

My opponent is playing an exalted deck and I am playing Pyxis of Pandemonium. The exalted text reads: Whenever a creature you control attacks alone, that creature gets +1/+1 until the end of the ...
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When is the hydra considered a player with the “Face the Hydra” deck?

Face the Hydra is a special game with special rules which can be found here. I know that a spell that deals direct damage to a player cast on the hydra will deal the damage to one of its head. The ...
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What happens if a creature is returned to owner's hand after blocking or being targetted?

What will happen to a creature if it's been killed either after being targetted by spells or by blocking? example 1: Player A casts Chandra's Outrage targeting Angelic Wall; Player B uses Crystal ...
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Is there a standard file format for Magic the Gathering games?

I like to play games of Magic solitaire to test my decks (particularly Commander games, but the same would apply to any game). I also like to share the raw data from the game with my friends. ...
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How does Valakut trigger with a card like Harrow or Scapeshift putting multiple mountains into play? [duplicate]

Valakut, The Molten Pinnacle has an effect that triggers when mountains enter the battlefield. When a mountain enters the battlefield, if you control 5 or more other mountains, Valakut deals 3 ...
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Does Sheltering Word remove an existing enchantment?

If a creature has an enchantment, like Defang, and I cast Sheltering Word on that creature, would the other enchantment be removed? Or does it need to be cast in response to the enchantment being ...
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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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Does Vorinclex help its controller or its owner?

I play a Vorinclex, Voice of Hunger commander deck casually with friends. If one of my opponents plays Mind Control (or something similar) and takes control of Vorinclex, do the triggered abilities ...
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Can the Planeswalker type be removed from permanents?

I was in my local card store tonight and one of the people there mentioned some sort of combo to have multiple of the same planeswalker in play at once, involving some way to turn planeswalkers into ...
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What can I do if I still do not understand an interaction from a DCI online test?

The instruction pages for the online DCI Judges exams/practice tests (requires login) says: Before you start, it's important to note that, in order for the testing experience to remain relevant ...
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Is there a Standard card similar to Debt to the Deathless? [closed]

With M15 around the corner I need a standard card that has a similar effect as Debt to the Deathless. Does anyone know a white, black, or green standard set card that works like this?
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How can I learn about and keep track of major Magic tournaments in my local area?

I've been interested in going to a large Magic tournament for a while now, though whether I can go and how far I could travel varies week by week. I know how to look up the Grand Prix schedule and ...
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Magic the Gathering for very young kids [closed]

I have a ton of MTG cards sitting around and an urge to use them again. I also have a 4 year old son. I'm sure he won't appreciate my B/G infect deck or the rules of the game in general lol. I'm ...
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How much mana should I put in my deck? [duplicate]

How much mana should I put in a deck with Mountains and Forests? How much of each? I counted the mana in my black deck to see how much I need, but I still don't know.
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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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Is pile shuffling considered slow play?

Pile shuffling does not randomize a deck. Except during pregame, where pile shuffling allows players to count the number of cards in the deck, it might be considered a waste of time, and therefore ...
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Does killing a creature mana source that's being tapped for mana to pay for a spell counter that spell?

If an opponent is using an Avacyn Pilgrim (and three forests) to cast a Cudgel Troll, and I Lightning Bolt the monk, does that counter the Troll being cast? Would the same be true for a Loxodon ...
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Are there any nonland Plains?

There's a card called Emeria Shepherd that reads (among others, emphasis mine) Landfall - Whenever a land enters the battlefield under your control, return target nonland permanent card from your ...
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Can you attack again after I decide not to block?

We are both new to MTG. He will attack me, and when I decide to take the hit and roll back my life, he then likes to attack me a second time. This doesn't feel right to me, is this allowed? Can he hit ...
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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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Can Cancel counter a creature on the battlefield?

Say, I have Cancel, which is an Instant, on my hand. It can counter any spells. The opponent has had a creature, for example Ajani's Pridemate, on the battlefield for several turns attacking and ...
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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 I use a “Counter Target Spell” on Enchantments?

Can I use a Counter Target Spell on enchantments? Enchantments are considered spells right? Thanks.
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Why is Noble Hierarch so expensive?

Noble Hierarch costs {G}, is a 0/1 Human Druid with exalted, and taps for {G}, {W}, or {U}. Birds of Paradise costs {G}, is a 0/1 Bird with flying, and taps for one of any color. Noble Hierarch is $...
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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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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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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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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?