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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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?
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Regal force and cyclonic rift

Say I have 2 green creatures out and I cast Regal Force. My opponent responds by overloading Cyclonic Rift. Do I draw 3, 1, or 0 cards, and does Regal Force get bounced?
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Sacrifice Question [duplicate]

I have two creatures and barrage of expendables on the battlefield. My opponent casts a spell with the effect: "Each opponent sacrifices a creature" Can I choose to sacrifice creature 1, then before ...
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Are two Indestructible creatures safe from each other, or do they somehow cancel each other out and destroy each other?

My friend attacked with Colossus of Akros (Monstrous 20/20 indestructible) and I blocked with my Xenagos, God of Revels (6/5 indestructible). I believe that our creatures are safe since indestructible ...
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Sacrificing an attacking creature that should die

In a recent game, my opponent declared his attacker with a (5/5) creature and I declared my blocker with a (2/3). I then played an Instant to make my (2/3) into a (5/3). Then my opponent used an ...
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How exactly does “fight” work?

Of all keywords, fight is the most confusing to me. Whan creature X fights creature Y, do you only count plain power/toughness? How do you count enchantments, counters, static abilities of other ...
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Where does the phrase “MTG is not a game about reflexes” come from?

I recently got talking to a long term payer who when I asked him why he got into MTG told me that he was heavy into the FPS shooters of the 90's but as a teenager developed a tremor in his hands that ...
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When can protection from creatures be played

The other day I was in a situation where my opponent had 3 creatures on the board (4/4, 3/3, 1/1) and I had one creature on the board (6/6). My opponent attacked with all three creatures and I chose ...
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Progentius vs Cowardice

So my friend thinks that Cowardice will get rid of Progenitus but since a spell can't target Progenitus it can't target it. Now he also said I can target it but it fizzles but he would be doing an ...
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Life gain against fatal spell damage

I was recently in the following situation. I had an untapped sunscorch regent and 5 life. It was my opponents turn and he cast Beacon of destruction. Would I have died or would I have 1 life ...
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Does guiltfeeder still cause loss of life if it's killed by an instant after attacking?

If an opponent attacks me with Guiltfeeder, and I destroy it with an Instant after it has been declared an Attacker, what happens? Fear Whenever Guiltfeeder attacks and isn't blocked, ...
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In magic the gathering can I tap a creature at the attacking/blocking phase?

I was looking at this link and was kind of confused. In Magic, when can I tap my opponent's creatures to prevent them from attacking? So if a instant says tap target creature and they attack I ...
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Efficient Elemental Manland Creation

I know cards like Nissa, Worldwaker will get a whole bunch of new lands and make them into Elementals, but are there any way to make all the lands you currently have on the battlefield into ...
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Do I lose control of a creature if the aura which granted me control of it is destroyed?

I gain control over a creature with e.g. Hypnotic Siren. Do I lose control over that creature if the enchantment is destroyed?
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Protection from color vs hexproof

If I have a prevent all damage from a green source and I am attacked with a creature who is black green and the opponent has paid for its hexproof ability, will I still be protected?
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Proposal of New Card in MTG

Where - if anywhere - can I go to put forward a proposal of a new card in magic the gathering? I figured that the cards must go through a process before being released I was wondering if I could get ...
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Can Supply-Line Cranes supply themselves?

When Supply-Line Cranes enter the battlefield, put a +1/+1 counter on target creature. Can the cranes target themselves?
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Does “Sacrifice a creature” trigger “sacrifice this creature” [duplicate]

When choosing a creature to sacrifice (originated from a "sacrifice a creature" instruction), if the creature that is being sacrificed has "sacrifice this creature (for whatever result)", does it ...
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Ordering triggers

Hey I have yet another question from my esper rally deck. My opponent is at 3 life. I have no more cards in my library and no creatures in play. My graveyard has Nantuko Husk, Zulaport Cutthroat, 2 ...
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Does Misthollow Griffin's from-exile ability work if it's exiled face down?

Player A exiles their Misthollow Griffin face down with their Bane Alley Broker. Can player A cast that Misthollow Griffin from exile? If no, then: There are only 2 players, and player B ...