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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What happens to a spell if an oppenent runs out of mana while casting it?

My friend and I were playing Magic the Gathering when he tried to summon Ghor Clan Rampager. He used all his mana to cast him, but in response I played Twiddle and tapped one of his lands. What would ...
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Does Master of the Wild Hunt deal damage multiple times?

The text on the Master of the Wild Hunt card: At the beginning of your upkeep, put a 2/2 green Wolf creature token onto the battlefield. Tap: Tap all untapped Wolf creatures you control. Each ...
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Can Bloodrush be countered with an instant that destroys attacking creature?

The Setup: It is my opponent's turn. He has an Elvish Mystic on the field (1/1). He declares his Elvish Mystic as an attacker, then activates his Ghor-Clan Rampager's Bloodrush ability from his hand, ...
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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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Sliver abilites and when they affect the Slivers

Let's say I have two Muscle Slivers, so they're both 3/3 creatures. Now if they attack at the same time, and I kill one Muscle Sliver, would the remaining Muscle Sliver continue to stay at 3/3 for the ...
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What are the results of combining Minion Reflector, Doubling Season, and Kalonian Hydra?

Minion Reflector and Doubling Season are out, and then you play Kalonian Hydra. What happens when the token hydra(s) with haste attack? How many counters do the Hydras wind up with? If you would be ...
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If I cast a spell that gives haste to all my creatures until end of turn, then cast a creature, will it gain haste?

For example, I play Goblin Lackey, then I use Burst of Speed and it gains haste. I attack with it and my opponent doesn't block. I put a Siege-Gang Commander due to Goblin Lackey's effect. Does the ...
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What are my cards good for once they have rotated out of Standard?

So I'm a little upset, but I am realizing this is just part of MtG. I spent some time last year putting together some nice decks and stocking up on quite a bit of the M13 cards. And then work / life ...
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Do I have to sacrifice non-token dragons to Day of the Dragons?

The Card Day of the Dragons says the following: When Day of the Dragons leaves the battlefield, sacrifice all Dragons you control. Then return the exiled cards to the battlefield under your ...
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Bestow and Intimidate - what color do I need?

What color do I need to block a bestowed creature which got intimidate? Example: I cast a black bestow aura which grants intimidate on a blue creature. Do I need a blue creature to block it?
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How to resolve illegal targeting that was allowed?

I was recently playing Theros, and the set being new, was not familiar with the cards I was playing. Here is the situation that arose: I had a Stormbreath Dragon out beating face, when my opponent ...
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Why do some cards which counter abilities say they can't counter mana abilities?

Some cards, like Voidslime, counter abilities - but they say they can't counter mana abilities. Why is that?
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Why do mana abilities not go on the stack?

Why this special treatment for mana-abilities? What are the design implications if they didn't go on the stack?
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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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Nivmagus Elemental interactions with nivix cyclops, guttersnipe, and young pyromancer

if I exile a spell with Nivmagus Elemental, will the spell still cause the abilities of Nivix Cyclops, Guttersnipe and Young Pyromancer to trigger?
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Does new target need to be chosen after the original has become invalid?

Hypothetical situation: Player A has one creature and player B has also one creature. Now the player A casts a black spell to destroy the creature and targeting player's B creature. If creature B ...
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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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Archetypes in powered mtg-cube

What archetypes are most common/popular to include in powered cubes (preferably size 540)?
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Where can I get my mtg-cube critiqued?

I have reached a point in my cube building process where the decisions about what cards to include are getting tough. It's no longer as simple as "Card A is better than card B. Include card A.". Now I ...
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Can I tap land for mana AFTER opponent tapped those lands if it's in the same stack?

The other player plays a spell which makes me tap 3 lands. I want to play another instant on top of his instant using the 3 mana from the lands that will be tapped. Can I? To simplify: me: I have ...
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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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Coaching in Team Sealed events

I'll be doing my first Team Sealed event soon. I watched a video covering Grand Prix Providence and recall seeing one player sitting, playing his deck, while his two teammates coached heavily ("Don't ...
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Phytohydra vs Trample

My friend and I were playing an epic game a few days ago (in the end, he smacked me for 117 damage, only 16 of it was trample, but I only had my Phytohydra out). I'm kind of the rules guy in my ...
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Can Trait Doctoring be used to change words like “nonblack”?

Trait Doctoring reads: Change the text of target permanent by replacing all instances of one color word with another or one basic land type with another until end of turn. Doom Blade, for ...
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MTG: Rise of the Dark Realms - what are some strategies to beat this card?

How can this card be beaten/avoided? Is it possible to deflect this card so that you end up consuming it?
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MTG: Mutavault - how does it work?

How does this card work? How do you effectively play this card? What happens when it gets killed as a creature? What makes this card so expensive? ...
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How does Valakut work?

Valakut, the Molten Pinnacle has an ability that says: Whenever a Mountain enters the battlefield under your control, if you control at least five other Mountains, you may have Valakut, the Molten ...
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Countering the enchanting of a creature

I'm on my main phase. I cast a 1/1 creature, and want to enchant it in the same phase. My opponent has an enchantment with the ability to pay one mana to give 1 damage to creature or player. I cast ...
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Wake the Reflections and Young Pyromancer

I think i got this right, but I'd like to make a sanity check. If you cast Wake the Reflections with Young Pyromancer in play, the pyromancer's trigger will resolve first, so that you will get a ...
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Can I “hide” a Vesuvan Shapeshifter?

Suppose I control a Vesuvan Shapeshifter and a face-down morph creature, and I then choose to turn the Vesuvan Shapeshifter face-down. My opponent definitely should still be able to tell which of the ...
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Are permanent +1/+1 counters considered enchantments?

If a creature has one or more permanent +1/+1 counters are those counters considered "enchantments"?
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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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Properly choosing a random discard

Sometimes an effect causes you to discard a card at random. In casual games, it's usually acceptable to have the player hold their hand out (or face down) and the other player picks a card. However, ...
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Cheating with foils and card orientation

Foils are slightly thicker than regular cards, more stiff, and are usually a bit curved. Even with sleeves it's possible to tell if a face down card is foil by looking at it or feeling/bending it a ...
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Do tokens ever go to the graveyard and can they be sacrificed or exiled?

If I had a card that said something like, "Enchanted creature gets +1/+1 for every creature in your graveyard". Would that also apply to tokens which died in previous turns? Also if I play a card ...
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What should I know before my first MTG draft?

As a birthday present, I'm taking my cousin to a MTG draft at a local game store this weekend. I haven't really played Magic since Tempest block, but I've been keeping up with rule changes and so ...
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Does Thassa, God of the Sea's “devotion to blue” clause count when it's not in play?

The first Theros god card was unofficially spoiled today. Although it may change, it currently reads: Thassa, God of the Sea {2U} Legendary Enchantment Creature - God Indestructible ...
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Diplomatic Immunity, card's self abilities and equipments

I have card Diplomatic Immunity (from Mercadian Masques) It says that both the enchantment itself and the creature enchanted can't be target of spells or abilities (called shroud now, it seems). ...
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Crystalline Sliver and targets

Text on card says: Slivers cannot be the target of spells or abilities. Does it mean that other slivers cannot affect each other, while Crystalline Sliver is in play. For example, Fury Sliver ...
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Can I cast Bloodrush from my hand?

Bloodrush is confusing my friends and I. Suppose I have a Ghor-Clan Rampager in my hand: Can I cast Bloodrush from my hand (discarding Ghor-Clan Rampager straight from there), without first having ...
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How does Piracy work?

I just stumbled across a card I've never seen, Piracy. UU, Sorcery Until end of turn, you may tap lands you don't control for mana. Spend this mana only to cast spells. This would have been ...
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Does Goblin Test Pilot hit a Planeswalker?

To my understanding, after it hits the player, the person in control of the Goblin gets to decide whether it hits the player or planeswalker, but I could be way off. How would it work?
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Voracious Wurm and Trostani, Selesnya's Voice: Which trigger happens first?

Here's the situation: Trostani, Selesnya's Voice is in play (Whenever another creature enters the battlefield under your control, you gain life equal to that creature's toughness). Then, Voracious ...
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What is the term for a stalemate or locked board in Magic?

I listen to the Limited Resources Podcast quite a bit, and I always hear this word used that sounds like "Parody". In context: My opponent and I were at "parody"; neither of us could do anything. ...
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Cumulative Upkeep on the Stack

If I have Glacial Chasm, Power Conduit, and Coretapper out, during my upkeep can I wait for the cumulative upkeep on Glacial Chasm to go on the stack, activate Power Conduit to remove the age counter ...
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Does “+X +X until end of turn.” effects remain on creatures in the graveyard and/or exiled until end of turn?

If I use Culling the Weak to sacrifice 4 creatures for 16 black mana, then use 15 of that mana on Whispering Shade to make it stronger, can I then sacrifice them to get 5 mana for Living Death to ...
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Cloudshifting an existing Fiend hunter

The trick that involves Cloudshifting or Unsummoning (or any similar effect) a card with the Oblivion Ring effect (most commonly in current standard is Fiend Hunter) to permanently exile a creature is ...
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When does Thorncaster Sliver's ability resolve? [duplicate]

When you attack with Thorncaster Sliver and the ability triggers, does it do the damage from the attack first or the ability first?
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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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Can a Dimir Keyrune receive a Cipher, and does the encoded spell stay?

Here's the scenario (I hope I get this right by the rules): last turn, I summoned my Dimir Keyrune onto the battlefield. This turn, if I transform it into that "2/2 blue and black Horror artifact ...