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 must one communicate denial of a shortcut?

Anthony begins his turn by drawing a card. He then immediately turns his creatures sideways and declares "I attack with Runeclaw Bear and Alpine Grizzly." Anthony's opponent, Nathan, has 6 life. ...
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Does preventing damage also prevent poison?

These two cards were played against my poison deck. His reckoning is that I cannot put -1/-1 counters on the creature as it prevents all combat damage and infect uses damage. He also says that as ...
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Can I sacrifice an enchantment when it is going to be destroyed?

My opponent had an Elvish Lyrist and activated its sacrifice to destroy my Seal of Fire. I sacrificed Seal of Fire after that. Would my Seal still do its 2 points of damage?
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Is it possible to build a wide variety of decks at low cost? If so, how?

I was pretty reluctant to get into magic because I knew that: Our game-centric family would want to build a wide variety of decks We are not interested in spending hundreds of dollars on a single ...
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Not enough cards for both players when casting Wheel of Fortune

What happens if both players have only 3 cards in their library and I cast Wheel of Fortune (Each player discards his/her hand and draws seven cards) ? Is it any different if one player has 1 card ...
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Why would I want to use the activated ability of “Scalding Tarn”?

I think I'm missing something here. I thought that land cards that have two colors at the bottom mean that they can be used as land for either of the colors. Take for example Scalding Tarn: It ...
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Can creatures with Undying or Persist escape from Grave Betrayal?

Can creatures with Undying or Persist escape from Grave Betrayal? 702.78a Persist is a triggered ability. "Persist" means "When this permanent is put into a graveyard from the battlefield, if it ...
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Ordeal of Heliod and changing creature control

Here is the situation that came up: Player 1 controls a creature enchanted with Ordeal of Heliod and two +1/+1 counters. On Player 2's turn, they cast Portent of Betrayal to take control of the ...
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Does Seeds of Strength trigger Heroic three times?

Seeds of Strength has the following text: Target creature gets +1/+1 until end of turn. Target creature gets +1/+1 until end of turn. Target creature gets +1/+1 until end of turn. Sage ...
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Does Thrumming Stone ripple after ripple

The card Thrumming Stone says: Spells you cast have ripple 4. (Whenever you cast a spell, you may reveal the top four cards of your library. You may cast any revealed cards with the same name as ...
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Do “enters the battlefield” abilities trigger when a creature is copied with Phyrexian Metamorph?

The card Phyrexian Metamorph says: You may have Phyrexian Metamorph enter the battlefield as a copy of any artifact or creature on the battlefield, except it's an artifact in addition to its other ...
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If multiple players must make a choice, in what order are the choices made?

For example, if Merciless Executioner enters the battlefield, and both players have multiple creatures, which player chooses a creature to sacrifice first? Obviously the latter will have an advantage. ...
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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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Can a card effect make a creature block one that it otherwise could not?

Nature Shields Its Own is an Archenemy scheme that creates a blocking creature (green plant) any time the Archenemy is attacked and the attack is not blocked. We ran into a few issues last night ...
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Putting cards into your hand while the top of library is revealed

Anthony has Courser of Kruphix on the field. He begins resolving Dig Through Time. While Dig Through Time is resolving, must the top card be kept separate from the other six? I'm thinking that ...
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Do I need to reveal a face-down card if it is put on top of my library?

If I have a face-down card (such as a morph or manifested card), and an effect puts it on top of my library, do I need to reveal the card (as I would if it was destroyed or exiled)? Example: I ...
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What happens if I play Cloudshift during combat?

Would playing cards like Cloudshift end my combat phase? And if not could I attack then Cloudshift then attack again with the same card that was Cloudshifted? Also would cards like Amulet of Vigor ...
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Will infinite loops still force a draw if I have a way to end them?

The comprehensive rules of MTG state: 104.4b If a game that’s not using the limited range of influence option (including a two-player game) somehow enters a “loop” of mandatory actions, repeating ...
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How should the “and/or” text of a card be interpreted?

How should the "and/or" text of a card be interpreted? For example on a card like Pinnacle of Rage the text reads: Pinnacle of Rage deals 3 damage to each of two target creatures and/or players. ...
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When can you keep priority?

In Magic the gathering you have the concept of priority. This gives every players a chance to respond to every one's spells. But I knew you could keep priority between spells. Playing a spell and ...
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Dictate of Erebos and Undercity Informer stack question

Situation: My opponent has Dictate of Erebos out ("Whenever a creature you control dies, each opponent sacrifices a creature."). He then attacks me with one of his creatures; I defend, killing his ...
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How does Armed // Dangerous interact with trample?

I have a Ghor-Clan Rampager on the battlefield and I fuse Armed/Dangerous on it. It is going to be a 5/5 with trample and double strike, and all of my opponents creatures are going to be forced to ...
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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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How does a Loyal Cathar react to Undying Evil?

Loyal Cathar states: When Loyal Cathar dies, return it to the battlefield transformed under your control at the beginning of the next end step. Undying Evil states: Target creature gains ...
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Is Sanguine Bond + Exquisite Blood a potential game ender?

If both Sanguine Bond and Exquisite Blood are in play and target player loses any life, is the game over?
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Why so many people use “house rules” in EDH/Commander?

Since I'm an Eternal player (Legacy and sometimes Modern) that has played just few times EDH/Commander I found difficult to understand why often players use a more strict banned list in their matches; ...
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What, generally, happens to card prices when a new set is released?

Journey to Nyx is about to come out an I noticed many of the websites have already priced the cards. I'm wondering if anyone has any advise on when the optimal time to pick up new cards is? I realize ...
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MTG Gatecrash Simic Strategies for a Prerelease event

I am going to be playing this weekend at the prerelease of Gatecrash, with the chosen guild of Simic. Now the core strategy of Simic is to grow relentlessly, using the Evolve mechanic (whenever a ...
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Terminus as an instant?

If my opponent has Sensei's Divining Top in play on my turn, can he activate it in response to my attack phase in order to play Terminus for its miracle cost?
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If an opponent unsummons my Goblin, does it spoil my Goblin Grenade? [duplicate]

If I'm launching a Goblin Grenade (that requires the sacrifice a Goblin) and my opponent uses an Unsummon on the Goblin (or similar effects like the ability of a Time Elemental) does this effectively ...
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Can you dredge twice for one card draw?

Say I have two Life from the Loams in my graveyard. Can I dredge twice — once for each of the Life from the Loams — when drawing my first card on my turn? I assume the answer is no, but I figured I'd ...
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Can I activate a bloodrush ability at instant speed?

Can I use a card with bloodrush in response to something? For example: If an evil opponent wants to kill my attacking Skarrg Guildmage with an Izzet Charm can I discard Scorchwalker and use it's ...
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If creatures targeted by Living Inferno's ability all die, what happens?

If I were to target a ton of creatures with Living Inferno's ability and then all those creatures were to die (or be sacrificed, per Dismiss Into Dream) in response to Living Inferno's ability going ...
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Why is Morph not considered an ability?

Reading FAQs concerning Muraganda Petroglyphs and morph cards, a face down morph creature will get the +2/+2 bonus from Muraganda Petroglyphs. What I don't understand is why. Since the face down ...
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Snakeform and buff ineractions

This came up in a game. I controlled Prossh who has an ability that gives him +1/+0 whenever I sacrifice a creature. After I sacrified 6 creatures to Prossh's ability (+6/+0), my opponent cast ...
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Do cards that say “creatures you control” trigger Heroic?

If I have a creature or multiple creatures that have a heroic ability and I activate a sorcery or instant that has an effect to "creatures you control" will this trigger the heroic ability?
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Does “other” refer to that particular instance or all cards of the same name?

For example Chief of the Edge has the ability: Other Warrior creatures you control get +1/+0. So I understand that it would definitely affect Avalanche Tusker. But if I play another Chief of the ...
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Is there an easy way I can tell if a MTG card is “rare” just by looking at it?

I don't always have an internet connection to research the rarity of a MTG card. Is there an obvious indication of rarity on MTG cards themselves (other than foil)? Some sort of insignia? Or a class ...
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Prophet of Kruphix: Can I flash Bestow?

If I have Prophet of Kruphix out (which gives all my creatures flash), can I use the bestow ability of my enchantment creatures during my opponents turn? For example, can I bestow Thassa's Emissary on ...
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Does Illusory Gains make someone else's Commander my own forever?

If I play my Illusory Gains on my opponent's commander, does their commander become mine indefinitely? I have not played this card and I am unsure as to how playing it on a commander works.
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Dealing Damage to Creature soulbonded to Deadeye Navigator

A scenario played out last night that at the time I felt was correct, but the more I think about it, the more I feel uncomfortable about it. I had on the field: Goblin Bombardment Furnace of Rath ...
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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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Hideaway Lands and Additional Costs

If I were to use say Spinerock Knoll's or Mosswort Bridge's Hideaway ability to cast Tooth and Nail, am I able to then pay the entwine cost to have both effects? Im not sure whether the card being ...
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What counts as a counter?

Does Chief of the Edge's ability count as a +1/+0 counter? I want want to use it for other cards such as Ainok Bond-Kin's ability ("each creature you control with a +1/+1 counter gets first strike"). ...
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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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Are cards that are both Land and Creature affected by summoning sickness? [duplicate]

Are cards that are both Land and Creature affected by summoning sickness with regard to: Possibility to attack Activating special abilities with the TAP symbol?
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Wording on Volrath's Shapeshifter

I was surprised to see that the wording on Volrath Shapeshifter is not just old card text, but the actual oracle wording. I am curious, why does it not simply copy the the other creature, and have ...
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Can you sacrifice a creature that's in the middle of an attack?

Earlier tonight, I was playing magic. My opponent had a card out that allowed him to place a 2/2 goblin token on the board for every creature that made an attack. He also had one out that allowed him ...
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Can two Skinshifters affect each other?

If I have two Skinshifters in play, can I use the ability of one to affect the other? For instance, if one of my Skinshifters has Ice Cage on it, can I use the other Skinshifter's ability to morph ...
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What color are Nissa, Worldwaker's lands?

Nissa, Worldwaker turns lands into 4/4 Elemental creatures. My question is... what color are these tokens? Are they green, the color that the land in question produces, or are they colorless since ...