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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When should you side lands in and out?

Some Magic writers advise players to side out a land when on the draw in Limited, in order to improve the probability of drawing a strong starting hand. Is it reasonable to do the same (side out a ...
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Is the number of cards in my opponent's library public knowledge in Magic: The Gathering?

The number of cards in players' hands is public knowledge, as is the number of exiled cards and cards in anyone's graveyard. But is the number of cards in your library public knowledge at all times as ...
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How Specific Does Card Naming Have to Be

My son likes to play Conundrum Sphinx because of the "mini game" its ability triggers. When naming the card on top of your library, how specific do you have to be?
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How do I identify the role of a singleton in a well-tuned deck?

In this instance, I'm looking at Matt Sperling's Pro Tour top 8 Boros Burn deck, and there's one thing I don't get--what's the single Eidolon of the Great Revel doing here? Creatures: 4 ...
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Can I change the order of cards when they change zones?

While goldfishing with my new UG self-mill standard deck, I realized that I have a particular habit that is probably not legal. When I cast Forbidden Alchemy, I have a habit of unintentionally re-...
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How to deal with damaged cards from a MTG booster pack?

I bought a Magic the Gathering display box today with cards from the new edition Innistrad. Unfortunately one of the cards in a booster pack was damaged. It is not just a simple scratch - one corner ...
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What happens if you steal an Elixir of Immortality and then use it?

In an EDH (Commander) game recently, Alice used Thada Adel, Acquisitor to steal an artifact out of Bob's deck, the Elixir of Immortality, and cast it. That artifact's ability says: {2}, {T}: You ...
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How many of the same artifact can be on the battlefield at once?

How many of the same artifact can be on the battlefield at once? For example, could I play more than one Dragon's Claw or Angel's Feather?
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Flickering a Commander

What happens when a Commander is hit with an effect such as Flicker or Otherworldly Journey, and that Commander's owner chooses to send the Commander to the Command zone instead of exile? Will the ...
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How can I play around graveyard hate?

Graveyard-based strategies are common in casual and tournament MTG. The graveyard offers players easy ways to cheat on costs (e.g. Reanimator), grind out incremental advantage (e.g. Sun Titan decks, ...
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Can damage be removed from creatures after it's already been dealt?

When a creature takes damage from any source, that damage is tracked. If there is enough damage to overcome their toughness, they die. Are there ways to remove damage from creatures after they've been ...
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“Creature does not untap” on Mutavault

I have a Mutavault on the battlefield, which has been animated so it is temporarily a 2/2 creature. My opponent has a Shipbreaker Kraken, which has the following monstrous ability: When ...
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Choosing the right Duel Deck

In our gaming circle there is one person who's unfamiliar with M:tG. Now, we had the idea of buying a duel deck to get her into it (at least so her presence is not excluding / excluded by Magic as The ...
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How can I beat green Tron with a control deck?

I've been building a Modern control deck based around the Gifts reanimator engine. The general gameplan is to slow your opponent using counters and removal until you can reanimate a big creature for ...
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In what order are replacement effects chosen with respect to damage prevention?

How are replacement effects handled in multiplayer? Here's a concrete example. Player A, B, and C are seated around the table. It is Player A's turn. Player A has a Furnace Of Rath (double all ...
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Can Meddling Mage Be Used as a Counter?

If a player activated an Æther Vial with two counters on it to drop in a Meddling Mage and named a spell already on the stack, would the named spell resolve?
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Are duel deck pairs always released with an even chance of winning?

My friends and I have acquired some of the recent duel decks over time — Heroes vs Monsters, Zendikar vs Edrazi, Elspeth vs Kiora, and Speed vs Cunning. We've tried each of them a few times, ...
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What are the possible archetypes in Innistrad draft?

Assuming Innistrad-Innistrad-Innistrad in a booster draft, what are the potential archetypes a player could draft? For a reference, see Alex P's answer to another quetion here
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What is the proper way to split uneven draft pods?

The optimal number for a draft pod is 8 people, but it can be often hard to get a even multiple of 8. If there are an odd number of drafters how should the pods be split? Also if there is any ...
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Dark Confidant and split cards

On my upkeep controlling a Dark Confidant I trigger revealing a card and losing life to it's cmc cost. What happens if I have a split card with 2 identifiable spells? Do I get to choose which one I ...
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Are tokens copying Essence of the Wild still tokens?

Some of my friends and I got into an argument about Essence of the Wild. With Essence on the battlefield, I played Fungal Sprouting and put 6 1/1 green saproling creature tokens on to battlefield. ...
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Do Friday Night Magic games count toward your DCI rating?

I've gone to a few FNM drafts, and it's structured as three qualifying matches, followed by a single-elimination tournament for the top 8. Do all these games affect your DCI rating?
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Does Courser of the Kruphix's ability play multiple land cards?

Courser of Kruphix says: Play with the top card of your library revealed. You may play the top card of your library if it's a land card. Whenever a land enters the battlefield under your ...
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How do I interrupt a loop after multiple iterations?

This is a question regarding infinite loops and shortcuts at Competitive REL. Here is a potential scenario. Both my opponent and myself are at 20 life each. I have no creatures on the battlefield....
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What's a cantrip?

In discussions of Magic cards, I've heard a card called a cantrip on several occasions, but I haven't been able to find a definition of what that term means for MtG. Is a cantrip a particular card, a ...
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Why does Cascade exile?

From a design point of view, I cannot figure out why Cascade should specifically exile the cards involved, then return them to the bottom of the deck instead of revealing them (like Spellshift or ...
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Why is 20 the starting life total for Magic the Gathering? How would the game be different if this number was changed?

To my knowledge, each player starts with 20 life in nearly every MTG game ever played. But why exactly was the number 20 chosen? How would the game be different if we started with more or less life? ...
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Should we take good cards out for better cards while sideboarding (magic 2014 rules update)?

It has been announced, among other changes, that you are allowed to increase the number of cards in your deck beyond 60 while side boarding. Meaning you can bring 5 cards in and not have to take 5 ...
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Will I lose the game if I dip below 0hp whilst there's a spell that'll heal me on the stack?

Take the following situation I'm at 2 life, I cast Sphinx's Revelation for 2 life gain on the stack. My opponent casts something like Warleader's Helix which deals 4 damage to me I then cast another ...
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Does “cards with the same name can't be played” affect tokens?

So a friend of mine has a card with the ability "Name a card. Cards that share a name with that card cannot be played." My question is does this work on tokens? I play a zombie token deck mainly, ...
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Can a well-timed Twisted Image kill a player using Tree of Redemption?

What happens if my opponent activates Tree of Redemption and I cast Twisted Image with the life-exchange ability on the stack? Looking at the comp rules, these seem most relevant: 701.8a A spell ...
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What tap effect has precedence?

Suppose I control Wellwisher: {T}: You gain 1 life for each Elf on the battlefield. And my friend controls Ballynock Trapper: {T}: Tap target creature. Whenever you cast a white spell, ...
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Is there ANY way to activate a planeswalker ability at instant speed?

With the vast richness of magic rules on all the cards and the comp rules, is there any way at all to activate a planeswalker ability at instant speed? Typically, per the rules, you can only activate ...
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Nivmagus and cipher card rulings

Well since the new set is available I was wondering the combo between Nivmagus Elemental and cipher cards[1]. So let's assume that Nivmagus is on the field then I cast a cipher spell from my hand can ...
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Does the flanking provided by Slivers stack?

If I was to play 2 Sidewinder Slivers would the 'All Slivers have flanking' ability stack causing creatures blocking my Slivers to get -2/-2 until the end of the turn or would it gain flanking twice ...
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What cards give +1/+1 counters to all friendly creatures?

I wonder if there is any card that gives +1/+1 counters to all creature I have on the field? I have Krenko, Mob Boss, Abzan Battle Priest and Mirror Entity so it would be awesome to have +1/+1 ...
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Where can I sell my Magic: The Gathering cards?

I played for quite a few years and have a ton of cards that I want to get rid of. I have a mix of all editions before 2007. 7th, 8th, etc... So the question is where can I sell them effectively. And ...
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Can a dead player have life restored later to bring them back into the game?

Bob, Timmy, and Susie are playing a Free For All in MTG and Timmy kills Bob by putting him at 0 life. On Susie's next turn, could she play something like Alabaster Potion to make Bob's life total go ...
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Does untapping an attacker stop its attack?

If someone declares an attacker and that creature does not have vigilance, if I untap that creature, for example with Burst of Energy, does it stop the creature from attacking?
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What general strategy exists for countering a white swarm/pump deck?

A white swarm/pump deck is a deck with a lot of small, inexpensive white creatures that are subsequently improved by enchantments such as Honor of the Pure or other bonuses. The goal of this deck is ...
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Can you sacrifice a tapped creature?

If a creature has both a sacrifice and tap ability can you tap it for the tap benefit and then sacrifice it for the sacrifice ability? (Example: Gemhide Sliver taps for mana, Basal Sliver gives mana ...
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Can you cast an instant damage spell between first strike and normal damage?

We had a situation occur in a game where my opponent had a creature with first strike, and I had one that didn't. They attacked and I blocked, first strike creature did it's damage which didn't kill ...
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Is Master of Arms pointless under new blocking rules?

Master of Arms 2W, Summon Soldier 2/2, Weatherlight Uncommon First strike 1W: Tap target creature blocking Master of Arms. I used to use this in my deck as powerful creature which ...
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I am really confused on how corpseweft works?

So I'm relatively new to magic and recently went to a local draft. In one of my matches, my opponent played Corpseweft and activated its ability to exile 3 creatures from their graveyard and summoned ...
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What happens when I cast a spell incorrectly?

If I cast a spell which then turns out to be un-playable, what happens to my spell? E.G.: Casting a spell on something that has Hexproof and can't be targeted in the first place. Do I simply place my ...
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Can I Wish for a card outside my Commander's colors?

I have been told that Wishes work differently in Commander than in normal casual Free-For-All (FFA) mtg. Do the comprehensive rules cover how wishes work in Commander? Do the rules for wishes differ ...
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Perplexing Chimera + Hypnotic Siren. Do I control all of my opponent's spells?

Say I have a Perplexing Chimera. Text: Whenever an opponent casts a spell, you may exchange control of Perplexing Chimera and that spell. If you do, you may choose new targets for the spell. Then I ...
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Magic: Shuffle face down cards after opponent looked at one?

As I understand it, there is basically hidden and public information in Magic. Now let's suppose I have multiple face-down cards on the battlefield, and my opponent gets to look at one of them. Is ...
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What happens when I copy Precursor Golem with Rite of Replication?

I came across this issue with my friend a while ago and came up with many possible answers: How many golems will you get if you copy Precursor Golem with a kicked Rite of Replication?
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What happens when I Radiate a Time Stretch with Timesifter in play?

The question is based on the following situation: In a five person game, there has a been a Timesifter in play and the turn order has already been varied for a few turns. A player plays a Time ...