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Djinn of Infinite Deceits interacting with other control-changing effects

I have two closely-related questions regarding Djinn of Infinite Deceits. I think I understand how both of these cases work, but my rules-fu is rusty and I'd love the opinion of the experts here. ...
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Double Hardened Scales

I'm having issues understanding how a possible turn would go which I'll try to explain best I can. Say I currently had two Battlewise Hoplite's currently on the board. One of them currently has ...
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Does an equipped creature become an artifact creature?

Does a creature become an artifact creature when an artifact is equipped onto it or just a creature with an artifact on it?
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Can creatures with summoning sickness be tapped for convoke? [duplicate]

Can creatures or creature tokens be tapped for mana the turn they entered the battlefield when casting a spell with convoke or do they need haste? For example, can I cast Raise the Alarm for 2 ...
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Counter a Counter. What happens?

My friend and I were playing MTG and I cast Archetype of Imagination, except he countered it. Then I countered his counter, so does my creature stay on the battlefield or go to my graveyard?
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Copying and stealing an EDH Commander?

Suppose my opponent is tapped out while playing Sliver Overlord as his commander, which has the ability: {3}: Gain control of target Sliver. (This effect lasts indefinitely.) On my turn, I play ...
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Can instants be played in the middle of instants [duplicate]

If a instant says "draw 2 cards then discard 2 cards" can you draw 2 then play play instants before you discard 2. I don't think you can I just want to make sure.
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Is “Fighting” considered “attacking”?

When it comes to creatures under the influence of "Target creature you control fights target creature you don't control", are they, or the initiating creature, considered "attacking"? In my specific ...
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When something is put into play, who controls it and why?

It seems to me that the underlying assumption with Hive Stirrings is that the Sliver tokens come into play under your control. However, I am building a random standard Polymorph deck (random standard ...
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Behavior of Linked Abilities if their Source Object Changes Zones

I have Karn Liberated with 20 loyalty counters. I have exiled an Emrakul, the Aeons Torn with Karn. I activate Karn's -14 ability: −14: Restart the game, leaving in exile all non-Aura permanent ...
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Can I cast an instant in the middle of an ability resolving?

Suppose my opponent has Nahiri, the Lithomancer and an equipment card on the battlefield, then uses Nahiri's +2 ability to create a 1/1 soldier and attach the equip to it. +2: Put a 1/1 white Kor ...
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Exchanging control of creatures that have since left the battlefield

If my opponent casts Switcheroo targeting my 3/3 and his 1/1 and I immediately cast Shock to kill his 1/1 will he still gain control of my 3/3?
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Who draws a card if my opponent has stolen control of Pelakka Wurm when it dies?

If an opponent casts Act of Treason to gain control of Pelakka Wurm then sacrifices it who will draw the card?
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Protection, damage and Leyline of Punishment

I was wondering about the following scenario: I have a Leyline of Punishment on board. My opponent has Auriok Champion I cast Anger of the gods. Will the damage from the Anger of the Gods still come ...
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Can Enchantment Creature play its enchanted ability?

When I play Nylea's Emissary and decide to not pay its Bestow cost, does that mean that it is a 6/6 Enchantment Creature with Trample? Does the enchanted creature spell only work if I pay the Bestow ...
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Casting Autumn Veil in response to opponent targeting my creature

I have a creature in play. My opponent casts Dismember (A black spell), targeting it. In response I play Autumn's Veil, will the effect counters my opponent's spell?
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If Nighthowler is attached as an Enchantment to a Creature, what different things can it do?

Do you add the Power and Toughness of Nighthowler to the Creature's Power and Toughness? If the Creature is tapped, while the Nighthowler is attached to it, can the Nighthowler both attack or block ...
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What happens in this infinite damage/infect loop?

So I have an Exquisite Blood and a Sanguine Bond in play under my control, then I attack my opponent directly for 1 damage, but the opponent has a Phyrexian Unlife and a Melira, Sylvok Outcast in ...
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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 a tapped creature attack or block?

If I tap a creature to use its activated ability before combat, can I use the same creature to block or attack on the same turn? My guess: you cannot block and/or attack with a tapped creature on the ...
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When a spell targeting a creature with heroic gets countered, does heroic still trigger?

Tethmos High Priest has the heroic ability: Whenever you cast a spell that targets Tethmos, return target creature card with converted mana cost 2 or less from graveyard to battlefield. Suppose ...
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Does “an attacking creature” count as “a creature that attacked”?

Say I have Hypersonic Dragon in play and go to combat phase. Dring the declare attackers step I tap and declare Hypersonic Dragon as attacking. After I have declared Hypersonic Dragon as attacking I ...
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Does Ajani's Chosen allow adding creatures from Enchantments played before this card?

I believe that Ajani's Chosen cannot use it's ability from Enchantments played before this card, but since I was asked about this and I'm not 100% sure myself either, I thought of making sure about ...
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Can you use Haunted Plate Mail as a Spirit ONLY when it hangs around all alone on the battlefield?

The card Haunted Plate Mail tells "Activate this ability only if you control no creatures." I want to make sure I understood it right: Only if you control no Creatures on the Battlefield?
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In what kind of deck is Aether Vial good?

I'm pretty much a beginner at deck building, and I'm toying around with a Modern GR Shaman tribal deck. It's too slow to be competitive, but there are a lot of options and things to try out. I find ...
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Mishra's Factory - Rarity and Peasant/Pauper Legality

So, I'm getting my feet wet with Peasant Magic, and wanted to know what exactly Mishra's Factory counts as in terms of rarity. For those who don't know, Peasant is an inofficial constructed format ...
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How do I play a card if it has two colors within the one mana symbol in its cost?

I have just bought a deck and it has cards that have two colors within one mana symbol, like . Do I have to pay both colors or can I choose between the two?
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Does priority matter in Magic?

When does priority actually matter in magic? I have been playing Magic since Time Spiral and have never once seen the rules for priority matter. I've never heard a question from a player about a ...
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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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Where can I find a chart or diagram explaining Magic's turn structure?

I'm looking for a turn structure diagram for Magic the Gathering to use for teaching new players. There is a lot of information to keep track of in the turn: there is everything from the fact that ...
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How are M:TG cards printed in regards to the rarity of each card?

I've seen pictures of the source sheets. They pack many different cards per plate, not one card repeated a hundread times in the same plate. Suppose that a set contains 300 cards and there are 3 ...
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Damage to player when activating Flying ability after 'Declare Blockers' step

If I attack with a Leaping Master and my opponent blocks it with an Alpine Grizzly and I then activate the Leaping Master's Flying ability (i.e. at the end of the 'Declare Blockers' step), the Alpine ...
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When a Creature dies, does the Enchantment Creature attached to that Creature go in the graveyard?

Or can you place that Enchantment Creature as a Creature on the battlefield after the Creature it was attached to dies?
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Couple questions related to Weight of the Underworld

I assume that you can decide to place Weight of the Underworld on either a Creature you control, or on a Creature the opponent controls. Am I assuming it right? If I cast this Enchantment on a ...
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Are there any consequences, if you cannot block Loathsome Catoblepas?

Loathsome Catoblepas doesn't tell on it's card about consequences, so I felt it's important to make sure, what happens if you cannot block this creature in any way.
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Various questions about Karametra's Favor

If you tap Karametra's Favor, does that mana gotten from this card disappear on your next turn, or does it work in the same way than a normal Basic Land card? If you attack or block with a creature, ...
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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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What happens after using Spinal Embrace on a Theros God?

Spinal Embrace: Cast Spinal Embrace only during combat. Untap target creature you don't control and gain control of it. It gains haste until end of turn. At the beginning of the next end step, ...
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How does Necromantic Selection work with Adarkar Valkyrie?

Ran into this situation, and we were not sure how to resolve it. Player A has Adarkar Valkyrie on the battlefield, and an awesome creature, say Sun Titan. Adarkar Valkyrie has this ability: Tap: ...
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For Goblin Grenade can you sacrifice a creature that attacked?

My boyfriend plays a Goblin deck that absolutely destroys. But he has a combo that he does where he will attack with all of his creatures, and then sac one off after it has dealt damage to the player, ...
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Commander status as hidden information

Inspired by Ivo Beckers' comment on the answer to Is your commander still a "commander" if it gets turned face down? If Akroma, Angel of Fury is your commander and is returned to your hand, ...
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Random targeting and protection

I have a creature with protection from green in play along with another creature. My opponent plays a green spell that targets a creature I control chosen at random and does damage to it. Does the ...
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Do I gain life if a creature I control with lifelink deals damage to another creature or player?

I control Stonehorn Chanter, which has lifelink. If Stonehorn Chanter deals damage to an opposing player, do I gain life? If Stonehorn Chanter deals damage to an opposing creature, do I gain life?
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Is your commander still a “commander” if it gets turned face down? [duplicate]

Does your commander still count as being your commander if it is turned face down? For example, I have my commander on the battlefield and my opponent plays Ixidron. Ixidron then turns my commander ...
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What is the ability Flash about?

I am having Nephalia Seakite in my deck, and it has Flash. I read from MTG Salvation that "Flash is a keyword ability which allows cards to be played at any time you could play an Instant." But I am ...
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Exiling Creatures: When is the card face up and when face down?

An opponent's Banisher Priest exiled my Goblin Shortcutter. As I was reading some rules, I came across the fact that in some situations exiled cards face upwards and sometimes downwards. What factor ...
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Conditions about returning Chandra's Phoenix in one's hand

My opponent and I encountered a problem. I had a Volcanic Geyser, which let me choose to deal damage to an opponent Creature, or the opponent Player. I also had a Chandra's Phoenix in my Graveyard, ...
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How many Enchantment cards can enchant one Creature?

I played Magic: The Gathering with couple of friends. I was asked a question when we came to a situation where we could put two Auras on one Creature. Can one enchant a create with more than one Aura? ...
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Are activated abilities only abilities with mana costs?

Example, if I had Archon of Redemption out and my opponent played Arrest on it (Arrest says that the creature's activated abilities cant be activated). When something with flying enters the ...
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What is the “Timeshifted” rarity?

I'm confused about the "Timeshifted" cards. I looked at the Wizards of the Coast rarity scale. How rare are they and are they valid in Modern? (example Undertaker)