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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Cards for Reanimator in Cube

What cards should a good cube supporting reanimator decks contain? Which ones are crucial and what's extra. I figure there are at least 3 types of cards: Reanimation E.g. Animate dead, Necromancy. ...
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Why does Wizards of the Coast print terrible MTG cards?

I understand that there needs to be a wide variety of power levels in Magic: The Gathering. Even bad cards will see play in limited formats, some because they fill a specific niche (flying removal, ...
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Why does Mana-Burn exist in Magic: The Gathering?

My understanding of Mana-Burn is that if you have any left over mana in your mana-pool at the end of your turn, you loose that many life. But why is this rule necessary? The only time I see it come ...
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What does protection from [quality] do?

Example 1) Let's say I have some random creature with protection from white, and my opponent plays Day of Judgement, a white card with the effect "destroy all creatures." Can my creature with ...
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How do Platinum Angel and Darksteel Reactor interact?

I have a Darksteel Reactor on the battlefield, and my opponent plays Platinum Angel. How does the Reactor's effect resolve when it hits 20 counters with the PA in the battlefield? Do I win the game or ...
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Auras on creatures with protection

I have a question about a new Born of the Gods card. The card is called Silent Sentinel. It has the text that says: Whenever Silent Sentinel attacks, you may return target enchantment card ...
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How do I deal with Enchantments while playing mono-red?

I have played different mono-red decks in the past and my main problem with all of them is playing against decks with strong enchantments (e.g. Circle of Protection: Red). As soon as this enchantment ...
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Why are Shocklands better than Guildgates?

I recently read a review about Return to Ravnica and the reviewer says that, for example, Temple Garden is way better than Selesnya Guildgate. Can someone point out the reasons behind that? ...
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How do twitch effects work with the stack vs activated tap abilities?

I'm becoming more and more confused as I learn about how things have changed during a break in play I had some time ago. Seems the stack has changed now, and oft times abilities use a source's last ...
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Which damage number does lifelink use to determine the life gain?

I have recently began playing a deck that has a number of creatures with lifelink in it. I want to be certain I understand the mechanic and the following question occurred to me. Which damage total ...
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What can I do against Aetherling?

Suppose that my opponent plays an Aethering: , and I can't counter it so it arrives on the battlefield. How can I remove that card from the battlefield? I'm playing Standard Constructed.
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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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What is an efficient way to organize my magic collection?

Currently, I have a rare binder with all of my rares, and the rest of my cards are broken into several boxes by color, gold/multi color, and land. The problem with this methodology is that if I have ...
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How many Diabolic Tutors is too many?

Everyone loves the Diabolic Tutor: But how many tutors is too many? If I'm running a mono-black or black-heavy deck, is there any reason to not just put in four Tutors? What are the possible ...
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Looking for the “magic'al” formula

Im a big fan of the Magic the Gathering trading card game. And with all these new cards coming in, I was wondering how the cards were balanced, and manacost calculated. Im thinking there must be a ...
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Can Aquamoeba beat Glory Seeker with discards?

Can Aquamoeba beat Glory Seeker if the Aquamoeba owner discards one or more cards during the fight? Discard a card from your hand: switch Aquamoeba's power and toughness until end of turn. 1/3 ...
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What does “float mana” typically mean?

Normally, whenever I take an action that involves paying for an effect that is any more complicated than tapping lands, I declare that I'm floating mana. For instance: When I tap Priest of Titania ...
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Identical creatures entering the battlefield

If I have two cards called Sin Collector in hand and I play my first, Sin Collector (A). I use its triggered ability. "When Sin Collector enters the battlefield, target opponent reveals his or her ...
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Hypersonic dragon => instant scavenge?

The rule text of Hypersonic Dragon says You may cast sorcery spells as though they had flash. (You may cast them any time you could cast an instant.) Can I cast scavenge as an instant now? ...
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Can I use Elbrus as my Commander?

Elbrus, the Binding Blade, is a Legendary Artifact - Equipment that transforms into Withengar Unbound, a Black Legendary Demon. Can I use Elbrus/Withengar as a Commander, and if I can, is my deck ...
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Are cards that interact with sacrificing rare, and why?

For independent reasons, I was looking recently for cards that interact with Sacrificing. At the time (owing mostly to my lack of knowledge in MtG templating), I found none. Looking at the Avacyn ...
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In MTG what happens to equipment after playing “Temporary Insanity”

A friend of mine and I were playing the Knights vs Dragons duel deck. He had a Kinsbaile Cavalier upon which he equipped the Loxodon Warhammer. On my next turn, I proceeded to play Temporary ...
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Communication - Saying “Draw”

My opponent was in his second main phase, sitting silently for about a minute. He finally gestured towards me and said, "Draw." I drew. My opponent then shouted, "Judge!" and told the judge that I ...
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MTG—Multiple Card Stack Confusion

A friend and I recently ran into a scenario and we're not sure how it would play out. My friend plays Shade's Form on one of his creatures. (B: This creature gets +1/+1 until end of turn." When ...
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Where do Auras go when a card is put on top of its owner's library?

Say a player casts a card that returns a permanent to the top of owner's library, for example Banishment Decree, and the targeted creature card he chooses has two Auras enchanting it. Where do the ...
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Havengul Lich on Reassembling Skeleton - can the Lich cast itself for 1B this turn?

Havengul Lich says 1: You may cast target creature card in a graveyard this turn. When you cast that card this turn, Havengul Lich gains all activated abilities of that card until end of turn. ...
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Can a creature with protection from all colors be targetted with a damage spell when it is still on the stack?

A friend of mine casts a card that has protection from all colors. I know that I can counter it, but can I simply kill it by dealing damage to it while it is on the stack?
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Does “prevent all damage to target creature” save the other creatures in a gang block?

In The Great Designer Search 2, one of the participants designed this card: CW15 - Improvised Shield 1W Instant Prevent all damage that would be dealt to target creature this turn. ...
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Is it impossible to pay off-color mana costs in EDH?

In Commander, there is a rule that states: During the game, if mana would be added to your mana pool that isn't a color in your commander's color identity, that much colorless mana is added to ...
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Can colorless mana be generated from things that say “Add one mana of any color to your mana pool”?

Can colorless mana be generated from things that say "Add one mana of any color to your mana pool"? One example card would be Coalition Relic. Reasons: For example for sunburst spells, when the ...
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How does casting a card for its miracle cost interact with cost modifying abilities?

If I reveal and cast a miracle like Temporal Mastery, Bonfire of the Damned or Entreat the Angels, When I am choosing a value for X, must it take into account effects like Thalia, Guardian of Thraben ...
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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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Are creatures destroyed if their destruction happens at the same instant they lose “indestructible”?

Scenario: I play Timber Protector which makes all other Treefolk indestructible (I only have Treefolk in play). My opponent plays a Day of Judgment. Does this only destroy the ...
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Does Fateful Hour apply in this combat?

My opponent is at 7 life and has a Grizzly Bears (2/2) and a Gavony Ironwright (Fateful hour — As long as you have 5 or less life, other creatures you control get +1/+4.). I attack with 2 2/2s and my ...
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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 ...
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Does deathtouch kill Phantom creatures?

Does a Phantom creature, one with the ability "If damage would be dealt to Phantom {Creature}, prevent that damage. Remove a +1/+1 counter from Phantom {Creature}.", that has taken damage from a ...
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In Magic, when and why did the rules change to check life totals “continuously” instead of at the end of each phase?

In the old days, the rules of Magic specified that players' life totals were only checked at the end of a phase, or at the beginning or end of combat. The modern rules, however, specify that life ...
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How does Infect resolve in M:TG?

I'm making a poison deck and want to check the Infect rules. If a 2/2 creature with Infect is blocked by a vanilla 3/3 creature, what happens? I know the 3/3 gets two -1/-1 counters instead of ...
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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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Does Progenitor Mimic create copies of itself even when it isn't a creature?

Progenitor Mimic can be cast as a copy of cards like Mutavault and Simic Keyrune whilst they're in their creature state. When it does so, it can become something other than a creature: a land, an ...
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Why did devotion decks dominate PT Theros?

Pro Tour Theros was full of successful devotion decks, with mono-black, mono-red, Gruul, and mono-blue all represented in the top 8, and the finals being decided by a blue mirror. Conventional ...
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Types of EDH mana base

After looking at a number of EDH deck lists I have seen two distinct types of mana bases used by various decks. Some decks use a large number of basic lands, dual lands and utility lands. Other ...
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How to build a multi-colour aggro deck to be more effective against control

I'm building a vintage deck for my friend, out of our combined pool of cards, which will have 3+ colours (atm it's three). She's a Vorthos/Timmy. She often builds her own deck out of the ...
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Are counters (noun) physical things?

Card example: Beckon Apparition (Gatecrash) There are a lot of cards that use counter as a noun. I did some Googling but I'm just not clear on what I need to use for counters. Are they physical ...
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If I search for a Miracle and put it in my hand, can I cast it for its Miracle cost?

Lets say I use Mystical Teachings to grab Thunderous Wrath out of my library during my upkeep and put it in my hand. Can I then cast Thunderous Wrath for its Miracle cost?
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Can items be added to the stack after it has started resolving?

I've been working on streamlining the rules for the abandoned TvTropes TCG project, but the description of the "Stack" system confused me greatly since the stack so rarely sees actual use in Magic ...
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How does trample work against infect?

My opponent attacks me with say, a 6/6 trample generic Wyrm of some sort, and I block with a Whispering Specter, a 1/1 infect with flying. When damage is dealt the Specter will deal it in the form of ...
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Does Dormant Sliver mean Slivers can no longer attack?

Dormant Sliver {2}{G}{U} Creature -- Sliver 2/2. All Sliver creatures have defender. All Slivers have "When this permanent enters the battlefield, draw a card." It would seem if all Slivers have ...
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In MTG, Can Rhox redirect its damage when it blocks?

My opponent blocks my creature with a Rhox, and instead of dealing damage to the attacker, would prefer to deal that damage to me. Does Rhox's ability work that way? The same ability can also be ...
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Is there a term for: “Doesn't untap during next untap step”?

There are a lot of cards that have the effect Target permanent does not untap during next untap step For example:Kashi-Tribe Elite and Vorinclex, Voice of Hunger. Is there a term for this? ...