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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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Animated Planeswalkers

Say I have a Liliana of the Veil that is also a 3/3 creature (possibly via Enchanted Evening and Opalescence). My opponent attacks Lilly with a 4/4 lifelink, trample and I decide to block with Lilly. ...
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Multiple triggers with “Plunge into darkness” or only once? [duplicate]

I am still not sure about the following - hoping you can give me final certainty: Do cards such as "Renounce" or "Plunge into Darkness" cause Karlov of the Ghost Council to get two +1/+1 counters ...
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How does Elemental Resonance convert a Mana Cost to a Mana Source?

With the new updates to how mana is shown and displayed, someone pointed out to me that Elemental Resonance effectively converts the generic mana in its target's casting cost to colourless mana. ...
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When does an opponent make the decision to pay extra mana in response to a spell?

I have a rules question. Let's say I have 2 Judge's Familiar's in play and an opponent casts Lightning Bolt on another one of my creatures. In response, I sac one of the Judges to counter the spell. ...
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Playing lands with Ugin's ultimate

With Ugin, the Spirit Dragon's third ability, it says "Gain seven life, draw 7 cards, and place up to 7 permanents from your hand to the battlefield." Does this include land because land is a ...
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Does a -1/-1 effect from a static ability cause a creature to die before it can do anything, upon entering the battlefield?

My friend has played Engineered Plague, naming Elf. Is the Elvish Hexhunter of any use here? Imagine it has haste via Concordant Crossroads.
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What's the deal with the new Wastes land and the diamond symbol on it?

One of the cards revealed for Oath of the Gatewatch is the basic land Wastes with a new diamond symbol instead of one of the existing mana symbols. We also saw Kozilek, the Great Distortion, which has ...
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Karlov of the Ghost Council and multiple counters

when I have Karlov of the Ghost Council and Righteous Cause on the battlefield and I attack with three creatures, does Karlos get six +1/+1 counters or only two counters since the creatures attack ...
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Teysa, Orzhov Scion sacrificing one creature multiple times to exhile

I have a rules question for you all. I run Teysa, Orzhov Scion and many black/white creatures in my decks, and I'm wondering if I can sacrifice a black/white creature for her exile ability, and then ...
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Will Karlov get multiple +1/+1 counters with Soul Warden when multiple tokens are created simultaneously?

When I have Karlov of the Ghost Council and Soul Warden on the battlefield and I cast something like Lingering Souls, does Karlov get two +1/+1 counters twice since two spirits enter the battlefield ...
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Can I activate abilities in response to spells?

If my opponent plays Kill! Destroy! on my Caldera Kavu, can I activate its ability to turn it black?
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What triggers/resolves first, an effect from a creature dying or an effect from a creature going into the graveyard?

I'm trying to use Verdant Succession with only one copy of Worldspine Wurm in my deck. Need I say more? EDIT: Nevermind, lol, I'll just "say more." Worldspine Wurm automatically goes back in the ...
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Can a creature sacrifice itself?

Say I have Quagmire Druid as my only Creature. My opponent has Curse of the Bloody Tome. Can I use Quagmire Druid to destroy Curse of the Bloody Tome, sacrificing itself?
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What does “removed from the game” mean?

I've seen some cards that say "remove from the game". For example, an old version of Swords to Plowshares says "remove target creature from the game." What does that mean? Is it different from ...
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Highest possible power of a creature

What is the highest possible power of a creature, assuming a deck of 60 cards and infinite time?
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Can an opponent bolt a mana-generating creature to stop me from generating mana? [duplicate]

What happens if I tap a Llanowar Elves for its ability and the creature is destroyed in response with an Ultimate Price? And why? (a brief explanation will suffice) This may sound as a silly question ...
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Do I have to “choose” when not targetting?

This is related to this question, but without the targeting. Let's say I have Penance and Narset, Enlightened Master on the battlefield, my opponent having nothing but (colorless) lands. It's my turn, ...
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Magic the gathering cards [duplicate]

My husband has been dead for 18 years I have a full set of the cards in a plastic protected notebook advice on how or were to sale to get the full value. I'm in need of the money???
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MTG: Is there a lower-limit for life total?

If I am playing a game where I have a card in play that makes it so I don't lose from loss of life, and go to -1 life, would I need to gain 2 life in order to be safe without the anti-loss card ...
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What happens to Death Cloud when there aren't enough legal targets

Probably a really easy one but if I play Death Cloud where X=5 and my opponent only has 4 creatures does Death Cloud get countered because there aren't enough legal targets or does it just force him ...
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Do I choose my Annihilator sacrifices during resolution?

It was suggested to me recently that Annihilator sacrifices (such as Emrakul, the Aeons Torn's) are only chosen during resolution, rather than while they're going on the stack. Do I choose those ...
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Tarfire vs the tarmogoyf

Can a Tarfire kill a Tarmogoyf when both players' graveyards are empty?
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Can you sacrifice Animate Dead AND the creature it enchants?

My opponent has a creature with Animate Dead attached to it. I attacked him with Emrakul, the Aeons Torn, forcing him to sacrifice 6 permanents to Annihilator. He wanted to sacrifice both Animate Dead ...
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Will double strike still do anything if I Cloudshift my blocker?

My friend attacks with a creature with double strike (e.g. Boros Swiftblade). I block with a creature, then I Cloudshift it. Do I or my creature take any damage from the double strike?
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How are you supposed to fight a discard deck?

I get this is kind of a noob question, so bear with me. My friend plays a legacy discard deck, and he'll usually dark ritual or something to make me discard 3-5 cards in the first 3 turns, and by turn ...
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What can I sacrifice for Champion of Stray Souls' ability?

I have a Champion of Stray Souls. It says, in short, that I can trade any number of creatures (sacrifice) for any other creatures in my graveyard. It does not say creatures in my hand or on the ...
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Alesha, Who Smiles at Death, and cards with a * as their power

So my question is if I have Alesha, Who Smiles at Death on the battlefield can I use her ability to bring back a creature where * is the cards power, for example Kolaghan Forerunners?
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“Conduit of Ruin” and “Endless One”

If I have a Conduit of Ruin on the battlefield and say that I will be casting Endless One for 10 mana, will the cost reduction of 2 mana from the Conduit of Ruin's effect reduce the X so that the ...
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Can King Macar the Gold-Cursed be tapped without attacking?

So a buddy and I were playing a game of Magic that turned out to be a really quick game because he got King Macar, the Gold-Cursed out on the battlefield early. He was tapping it without attacking ...
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Can you cast Hangarback Walker for X=0 and have it survive with Hardened Scales?

I'm building a deck with Hangarback Walker and Hardened Scales, and I was wondering if I could cast Hangarback for X=0, and it would activate Hardened Scales. Just a thought.
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Creatures Dying At Same Time Controller Loses

Player A, B, and C are in a Multiplayer Game. It is player A's turn. Player A has: Sword of Vengeance attached to Kobolds of Kher Keep, a Mystic Crusader, and 1 life. Player B has: Memnite, a ...
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Doesn't damage occuring in the damage phase occur simultaneously?

I was playing MtG Duels and was up against an opponent who had me down to 2 life. They had a Perilous Myr so when it died would deal damage to me - sufficient to kill me. I had a Juggernaut down so ...
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How to tell rarity of old magic cards?

How do you tell the rarity level (common, uncommon, rare) of old magic cards? (Alpha, beta, unlimited, revised)
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Magic: The Gathering Sorcery vs Activated Abilities

The question I have is for a hypothetical situation where even though rules state(if I read correctly) that activated abilities are in their own unique stack to their owner. Player A plays a field ...
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Does a card moving from Exile to Exile count as being moved?

I know the Commander replacement effect allows you to move your Commander to the Command Zone if it would be exiled or put into its owner's hand, graveyard or library from anywhere. My question is ...
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Do commanders “die” if they go to the command zone instead?

If my commander would die and I opt to move it to the command zone instead of the graveyard, does it cause a "when a creature dies" ability trigger? An example would be Fool's Demise. If my opponent ...
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How does Tarmogoyf interact with changelings?

What would happen if you had a Mirror Entity (or any card with changeling) in your graveyard and a Tarmogoyf in play? Would Tarmogoyf's ability only count Mirror Entity as a shapeshifter type creature ...
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If Ink-Eyes brings a creature back and then her owner loses in a multiplayer game, does the rezzed creature go to graveyard?

So say I have a creature in my graveyard in a 3-player game, and one of my opponents uses Ink-Eyes, Servant of Oni to bring it back from the dead. That player then goes on to lose. Does my creature ...
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Are you allowed to shuffle your library at any time?

Of course, there are some spell cards that allow you to look through your deck to find some sort of card, usually sorcery cards that let you find basic lands in your library or something and then ...
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How is infect a fair mechanic? [closed]

Thee infect mechanic from Scars of Mirrodin has never seemed fair to me in any way. All of the game's win conditions have always been equally difficult to achieve: dealing 20 damage, milling an ...
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Why would anyone use Necromancer's Assistant? [closed]

The card Necromancer's Assistant is kind of useless. You sacrifice 3 random cards to play it, it can be destroyed by any card, and its power is only decent. When would you use this card?
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When multiple cards get triggered, which goes on the stack first? [duplicate]

Jhessian Thief is one of several attackers, and Black Cat is one of several blockers. Jhessian Thief is not blocked and damages the player, while Black Cat dies. I know that damage is dealt ...
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When are players obligated to tell their opponent that the storm count is wrong?

Nathan and Alice are playing a Modern tournament at Competitive REL. Alice is playing Storm, and keeping track of the storm count using a spindown. "Storm count" is shorthand for "the number of spells ...
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How to protect a tribal deck from Extinction?

I put together a Legacy Elfdrazi deck relying on Elvish Piper, Concordant Crossroads, some mana dorks and a bunch of tutoring like Green Sun's Zenith and Worldly Tutor to get Emrakul, the Aeons Torn ...
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Is a land a colourless spell?

I know lands are colourless, but is a land a colourless spell? Would it activate Molten Nursery or any other card that is activated with a colourless spell?
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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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How do Rest in Peace and Progenitus interact?

What happens to my Progenitus when it tries to die and there is a Rest in Peace in play?
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Does discarding your commander to the command zone trigger discard effects?

There is a rule in commander that lets you put your commander in the command zone instead of other zones: If a Commander would be put into a library, hand, graveyard or exile from anywhere, its ...
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Returning card to hand off Emeria Shephard from Plains trigger

If I trigger Emeria Shepherd ability of a Plains, may I choose to place the card in my hand instead of into the battlefield?