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 is the one-turn win combination, using Zada, Hedron Grinder, that requires the least number of cards and external effects, in Modern?

Having only been playing for a bit over a year I am not very knowledgeable on cards outside of standard. I recently got smashed at FNM by a Zada deck which prompted me to look into this for modern (...
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Painter's Servant vs Emrakul

What happens in the following situation? My opponents got the Painter's Servant and Grindstone lock going on but I have a Emrakul, the Aeons Torn in my deck that keeps me shuffling my graveyard ...
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If I kill an opponent's Guile while I control a Planar Void will they get to shuffle it back into their library?

This came up in a commander game last week. Cards Read: Guile: When Guile is put into a graveyard from anywhere, shuffle it into its owner's library. Planar Void: Enchantment - Whenever ...
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Do death triggers still happen if I am at 0 or less life after combat damage?

Here's the situation: I'm the defending player and being attacked for lethal damage. I block with all my creatures but still would take enough damage to bring me to 0. Among my blocking creatures ...
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Protection and damage prevention spells [duplicate]

Scenario-> I have pro-red creature like Burrenton forge-tender. I cast Divine Deflection for 2, targeting the forgetender and my opponent. I then cast Pyroclasm Does the 2 damage to the forgetender ...
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Token creator gets countered?

When a creature that produces tokens is countered, does it still produce tokens? I.e. if Wurmcoil Engine is countered before it hits the battlefield, does it still produce tokens when it goes into ...
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Is the Commander strictly fixed during deck construction?

I expect that the answer to the question in the title is "yes", but I'm not sure where the official rules for Commander deck construction are. Is a chosen Commander a property of the deck, or is it ...
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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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Do outpost siege abilities stack?

Say I ran four Outpost Sieges had two of them on the field, would the effects stack? Moreover would the effect stack if I chose Khans/ Dragons twice? Basically if I had two Outpost Sieges would it ...
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How do you stop this combination?

Consider the following combination of cards in the Standard Format of Magic the Gathering, encompassing Khans of Tarkir, Fate Reforged, Dragons of Tarkir, Magic Origins, Battle for Zendikar, and Oath ...
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Returning from exile at end step [duplicate]

I've been playing magic on and off for a long time. The most recent time, however I've been taking a closer look at rules and action orders. The main thing that I've been doing now is cloudshifting ...
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How can I save myself from Arcbond?

I run a white and red burn deck with an Arcbond and want to be able to save myself from taking damage but still have it deal the damage to everyone else. Are there any white or red cards that could ...
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Ways to handicap in Magic the Gathering?

I play Magic the Gathering with my kids a bit. But, the games are often very one sided (in my favor) as they haven't mastered all the rules, and intricacies of game play. For most board games, I can ...
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Is it possible to move auras with the equip ability?

Let's say my field is: a bear creature an elf creature an aura (for completeness sake: it gives flying to the enchanted creature) Mycosynth Lattice Bludgeon Brawl The aura is enchanting the bear. ...
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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 14*...
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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 it's still legal to play it in official 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?