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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Does a +1/+1 counter remove a -1/-1 counter?

My opponent controls a Kulrath Knight. I control a 4/4 creature (with a -1/-1 counter on it, due to an earlier cast Black Sun's Zenith). If I use an ability to put a +1/+1 counter on my 4/4 ...
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Are expansion sets in magic designed for use with specific deck archetypes?

I'm new to Magic so apologies in advance if this is an obvious question: Are expansion sets designed to accommodate any/all deck archetypes? For example, my current play style gravitates towards red ...
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When do transformed creatures go back to their original forms?

It's not clear to me from reading Double-Faced Card Rules: do transformed creatures revert back to their original type automatically? And if so, when? End of your turn or beginning of your next turn?
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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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Do gods keep their +1/+1 counters if they stop being creatures? [duplicate]

Do counters added to a god with Gleam of Battle disappear when the god stops being a creature? Scenario: Purphoros, God of the Forge is a creature (due to devotion reaching the required amount) and ...
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Celestial Flare Question declaring blockers

Celestial Flare is an instant that says: Target player sacrifices an attacking or blocking creature. Suppose the instant is played on on the attacking player after the defending player has ...
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Can a red spell (Sorcery, Instant, etc) affect a green creature?

I have a red/green deck. Can I use my red spells on my green creatures, and my green spells on my red creatures? I am fairly new to MtG so I am sorry if this appears as a sort of nooby question.
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How is Test of Faith resolved with multiple blockers?

As an extension of this related question, how is Test of Faith resolved in a situation where this instant is cast on one of multiple blocking creatures assigned to a single attacking creature? Let: ...
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Which is authoritative: Ban List or Gatherer?

I built me a comannder deck for Athreos, God of Passage. I did some searching for ways to get card draw (because I was running out of cards) and one of the card I looked at was Yawgmoth's Bargain. ...
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Abilities that need a name and unnamed tokens

I am fairly sure on this one, but I wanted to ask to be really sure. Say I have Secrets of Paradise and a deck with a lot of Rousing of Souls. Am I right in thinking that because the tokens made ...
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Drawing and going first

In what scenarios or formats can a player draw even when they are going first? For example: I usually play that if there are more than 2 teams (each team having 1 or more players) then the first team ...
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Can I activate the tap ability of a creature summoned last turn before I have to remove it to my hand?

We had this situation come in a game last night, and I wanted to make sure that we played it correctly and that I understood the rules. Player A had an Eiganjo Free-Riders in play. During this turn, ...
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Cards entering the battlefield simultaneously and “Enter the Battlefield” effects

I was playing modern with the owner of a shop. He played a Scapeshift which he used to bring in 7 lands: 5 basic mountains and 2 Valakut, the Molten Pinnacle cards. He then claimed that each Valakut ...
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Stifling a storm card

Can I play Stifle on the storm trigger on cards like Grapeshot to prevent any copies from being made?
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Wall of Frost vs a cyphered Hidden Strings

My mate just attacked with 2 creatures. One is unblockable and has Hidden Strings as a cypher on it. The other has been blocked by Wall of Frost, which now doesn't untap next untap step. Can hidden ...
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What happens when I redirect multiple large sources of damage through the en-Kor ability to Mogg Maniac?

The situation is this: I control a Shaman en-Kor and a Nomads en-Kor and a Mogg Maniac. During my opponent's turn, I cast Inferno, dealing 6 damage to all creatures and all players. Is it possible ...
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Can Grave Betrayal give me a Mutavault?

Would Grave Betrayal give me a Mutavault? I'm guessing no, but enough rules have changed since Onslaught that I'm not going to guess.
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How do you run a short multiplayer Conspiracy draft tournament?

There is a new set in Magic the Gathering coming out, called Conspiracy. Conspiracy is a set specifically designed for drafting, and notably, multiplayer games. My question revolves around how to ...
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Pyxis of Pandemonium and 'enters the battlefield' abilities

My question about Pyxis of Pandemonium is: When all of the cards are finally turned face up, what determines the order in which their "when X enters the battlefield..." effects resolve?
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Vastwood hydra + Cathars' Crusade + Mercy Killing

I have a question about a combat trick involving the cards mentioned in the Title. Situation is: I control a 4/4 Kalonian Hydra and a 4/4 Vastwood Hydra. I also have Cathars' Crusade on the ...
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Reverse the Sands and Sanguine Bond

If I have Sanguine Bond on the battlefield, and I play Reverse the Sands, will the redistribution of life trigger Sanguine Bond if I choose to distribute less life to my opponent than he originally ...
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What are desirable planeswalker characteristics?

Some planeswalkers, such as Jace, Architect of Thought and Domri Rade have seen a lot of tournament play, while others, such as Gideon, Champion of Justice and Vraska the Unseen are rarely used in ...
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Platinum Emperion and Tree of Redemption

If I have a Platinum Emperion on the battlefield and I tap my Tree of Redemption, will the Tree still change it's toughness to my current life total, or will the Platinum Emperion negate that effect, ...
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Why is Sword of Body and Mind regarded as the weakest of the Swords?

Sword of Body and Mind is part of a 5-card cycle: Sword of Body and Mind Sword of War and Peace Sword of Feast and Famine Sword of Fire and Ice Sword of Light and Shadow All cards in this cycle ...
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Crypt Incursion stack help

So me and my mate are just looking for clarification about Crypt Incursion. For example, I play Crypt Incursion, targeting my graveyard. In response he plays Crypt Incursion and also wants to target ...
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Does double strike work whilst blocking?

I'm attacking with a 1/1 Satyr Grovedancer. My opponent blocks with a 1/2 Two-Headed Cerberus with double strike. Does double strike still apply when the creature is blocking? I understand my Satyr ...
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Can I tap a card after I assign it to block? [duplicate]

During the combat phase, after I assign a blocker, can I then tap that blocker for its activated ability? What would happen? For example, say that a 1/1 Saproling token equipped with Healer's Headress ...
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If I respond to a permanent resolving is it in play when my spell/ability resolves?

Lets say that at my opponent's end step I cast Bile Blight on his Pack Rat that he already has 3 of total on the field, then he activates the ability of pack rat in response, can I respond to the ...
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Grave Betrayal vs. Blightsteel Colossus

My opponent has to sacrifice a creature. He sacrifices a Blightsteel Colossus. I have Grave Betrayal on the battlefield. Will my opponent get to shuffle the colossus into his deck again, or will it ...
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Pharika's Mender, Gray Merchant of Asphodel, Rescue From The Underworld

I have an Elvish Mystic (EM) and Pharika Mender (PM) in my graveyard, and a Gray Merchant of Asphodel (GMOA)on the battlefield. At the end of my opponent's turn, I play Rescue from The Underworld ...
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How does Humility affect creatures with an Echo cost?

If I cast a card with Echo and Humility is in play do I still have to pay the echo cost?
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Can I activate mana abilities even if I don't need the mana?

Rule 605.3a says: A player may activate an activated mana ability whenever he or she has priority, whenever he or she is casting a spell or activating an ability that requires a mana payment, or ...
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How does Humility affect Bestowable creatures?

Humility says each creature loses it's abilities. So how does that work with bestowable creatures? Normally, for auras, as I understand it, it depends on the timestamp that the aura vs. the humility ...
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Do I draw a card if I enchant an opponent's Eidolon of Blossoms with Hypnotic Siren?

The situation is just as stated in the title: my opponent controls Eidolon of Blossoms: Whenever Eidolon of Blossoms or another enchantment enters the battlefield under your control, draw a card. ...
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Mana Ramp for White and Blue? [closed]

What are some ramp cards for White or Blue decks (excluding High Tide in Blue)? Formats: All excluding Vintage.
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What does Will of the Council do with 2 Players?

Will of the Council -- Starting with you, each player votes for X. The X with the most votes does YZ. What happens when you have only two players, therefore making it in some cases impossible for ...
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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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Permanent +1/+1, and −1/−1 until end of turn

As I understand things, if my Korozda Gorgon gives −1/−1 counter to a creature that has a +1/+1 counter on it, as a state-based effect the −1/−1 cancels one of the +1/+1 ...
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Improve the Power of creatures in the graveyard?

So I have a deck that relies a lot on the Scavenge1 mechanic, and I was wondering if there was a good, effective way to improve the Power of creatures in the graveyard, so that I get more +1/+1 ...
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Can non-creature permanents have +1/+1 counters?

Say I have a Blinkmoth Nexus and Steel Overseer out. I tap the Steel Overseer for his ability to put +1/+1 counters while my Blinkmoth is a creature, and it gains a counter. After my Blinkmoth goes ...
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Does Athreos work on countered or discarded creatures?

So I know that if I have Athreos, God of Passage on the field and a creature spell is countered, it still counts as dying and Athreos's effect still kicks in. I was told it's because the creature ...
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Unearth and Return-to-Hand costs

I have Sedris, the Traitor King on the battlefield and a Grinning Ignus in my graveyard. I use the unearth ability Sedris grants to unearth my Grinning Ignus. Can I activate the Grinning Ignus's ...
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Would Guttersnipe plus a cyphered card result in an infinite loop of damage?

Guttersnipe says: Whenever you cast an instant or sorcery spell, Guttersnipe deals 2 damage to each opponent. Hidden Strings says: You may tap or untap target permanent, then you may tap or ...
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MTG: Can negative counters kill a creature?

I'm a MTG newbie and I have a question about some instant spells that add negative counters to a creature (for example, when this creature enters the battlefield, target creature gets -3/-3 until end ...
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Can I transform Skinshifter twice in one turn?

Let's say that you have Skinshifter in play and your opponent attacks with a 3/3 token. You choose to block with Skinshifter and in response to the block, transform him into a 4/4 rhino creature with ...
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Are “permanently” gained abilities copiable?

So I haven't been quite able to comprehend how copy effects interact with stuff not printed on the card itself. What happens when a creature that was revived with Fated Return is then copied by, say, ...
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Does Avacyn, Angel of Hope's ability continue to work even if tapped?

Avacyn, Angel of Hope has indestructible and gives the other creatures he controls indestructible as well. if it is tapped, are his other creatures still indestructible? Example, if he plays avacyn ...
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Are there 5/5 Beast Token cards?

There are at least two cards that I know of that make 5/5 Beast tokens (Spawning Ground and One Dozen Eyes). Yet I can't seem to find an actual token card that is a 5/5 Beast. Does such a card ...
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When do you reveal the top card of your library with Courser of Kruphix and scry lands?

I have Courser of Kruphix in play, and a scry land (say Temple of Plenty) on top of my library revealed. If I then play the land off my library using the Courser's ability, which of the following ...
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How often does the standard set change?

I started playing Magic (or started again rather) just after the Theros set had come out. The standard format was defined to include the Return to Ravnica block and the entire Theros block of which ...