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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Where/how does the Magic: the Gathering Quick Start Guide booklet actually get distributed in the physical world?

Magic: the Gathering has a basic rules PDF, aka the Quick Start Guide, that was instrumental in my understanding the basics of the game (like the stack and spellcasting). The M15 version is available ...
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Can uncounterable spells still be countered somehow?

I cast Fling, sacrificing my only creature to kill my opponent. My opponent responds with Last Word, which will win the game the other way. Last Word says it "can't be countered by spells or ...
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How does Donate work?

Donate is a pretty useful yet useless card. I have two questions about it. Donate "Target player gains control of target permanent you control." Does this mean the "target permanent you ...
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MTG Emrakul like cards [closed]

What are good cards like Emrakul, the Aeons Torn that are good for a green-black deck that revolves around Deathrender?
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Is there a card that turns +X/+X into X +1/+1 counters?

I'm building an Exalted deck, and I've been looking for a card that would completely break the mechanic and make my creatures nearly unstoppable. So far I've had no luck, but here's where I'm hoping ...
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Do I “control” creatures in my graveyard? [duplicate]

Cloudshift has Exile target creature you control, then return that card to the battlefield under your control. Are creatures already in my graveyard still under my control? Can I return one of ...
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What are some card in MTG that can change a creature's color?

I was creating a deck on deck builder and I wanted to make a Corrosive Mentor combination in which I can change a powerful creature's color to black so that it can have the wither effect. Anyone know ...
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What is the card type Phenomenon and Ongoing?

Gatherer has the Card Type "Phenomenon" and "Ongoing". Does anyone knows what those two refer to?
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Is there a Magic intro deck that focuses on lifestealing?

I just started playing Magic using the Android app, and I really like it. Now I would like to start playing Magic with real cards as well. In the Android app I chose the deck that focuses on stealing ...
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Does a bestow creature falling off trigger Impact Tremors? [duplicate]

If I cast a Reckless Imp for its Dash cost and Bestow a Nyxborn Rollicker on it, will the Rollicker still become a creature and trigger Impact Tremors upon the Imp returning to my hand?
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What does the comma mean in a card effect's cost?

Some cards, such as Lurking Informant, have a comma seperating 2 costs for an ability. What does that mean? Do I pay one of the costs or both to use the effect?
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Can I steal an opponent's aura by changing the target while it is on the stack?

My opponent casts Eldrazi Conscription on a creature they control. Before Eldrazi Conscription resolves, can I redirect it onto my creature using Shunt, for example?
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Overseer of the Damned board wipe [duplicate]

What happens with Overseer of the Damned in the case of a board wipe? I know that all the creatures die at the same time, so do I still get zombies or is that ability mulled by the fact that Overseer ...
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Can a countered spell be targeted?

Let's assume that Alice and Bob are playing. Alice casts Serra Avatar. Bob casts an Essence Backlash targeting the Avatar. Alice, realizing that that would kill her, casts an Autumn's Veil. Bob casts ...
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How do “side effects” interact with a card that grants hexproof?

I was looking at the card Leyline of Sanctity and noticed that it gives its controller hexproof. I understand that this means that I can't use any spells or abilities that target the player, but what ...
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What happens if I kill a creature enchanted with Murder Investigation by casting Flowstone Slide

Murder Investigation reads: When enchanted creature dies, put X 1/1 white Soldier creature tokens onto the battlefield, where X is its power. Flowstone Slide reads: All creatures get +X/-X ...
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Whose graveyard is “a graveyard”?

Shadowfeed card has following text: Exile target card from a graveyard. You gain 3 life. Does it mean my graveyard, or any graveyard, including my opponents'?
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Can opponents keep Jeskai Infiltrator under their control past the end of their turn if it was manifested?

So recently, when I was vsing a friend, they used Act of Treason on my Jeskai Infiltrator, then attacked me. I took the damage without blocking, then Jeskai and the top card of their library was ...
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Mutavault and effects [duplicate]

when I have "Mentor of the Meek" and the "Mutavault"-land on the battlefield, and when I make Mutavault into a 2/2 creature, can I draw a card when I pay the mana cost for a creature entering the ...
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Can I pay two different costs with the same payment?

Say I have a Zombie token, Viscera Seer, and Altar of Dementia on the battlefield. Can I sacrifice the Zombie token to activate both the Altar's and Seer's abilities? Similarly, if I have one card in ...
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Can Bloodrush satisfy a forced discard? [duplicate]

If my opponent makes me discard a card and I choose a creature card with the Bloodrush ability, can I pay the cost during the forced discard in order to activate the ability?
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Consequences of killing a blocking creature

I've not been playing for years, so I'm a bit rusty. A creature attacks, it is blocked, and the blocked creature gets shocked. What happens now? As far as I know, the attacking creature is now ...
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Does “Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth” work on lands in libraries?

Legendary Land Each land is a Swamp in addition to its other land types. Does Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth work on lands in libraries? I.e., does it allow me to fetch any land using a ...
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Can Ward Slivers protection be responded to?

So I was playing against someone sniping my creatures. I cast Ward Sliver and name protection from a colour. They said that because Ward Sliver says "as it comes into play" the effect is an ETB ...
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Am I required to shuffle my opponent's deck?

During pregame, Anthony shuffles his own deck and then presents it to his opponent, Nathan. Is Nathan obligated to shuffle Anthony's deck? Is cutting the deck acceptable? Is doing nothing acceptable? ...
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Can white tokens be used to pay for white mana in a convoke cost?

Can white tokens be used to pay for white mana in a convoke cost? I know that tokens with summoning sickness can tap for convoke, but I was wondering if these tokens are considered "white". For ...
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Will I die if I lose enough life to kill me from an effect that also heals me?

What happens if I dip below 1 life from an effect that will also heal me after the damage is dealt? For example: If I bolt myself while I'm at 3 or less with a Soulfire Grand Master on the board? ...
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When does Skullcage have its effect activated?

I am new to Magic, so forgive me if this is common knowledge. Does the opponent's draw step happen before or after the Skullcage condition is checked?
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Am I allowed to shuffle my hand when ever I want?

A friend just told me I'm not allowed to, when he played a spell that lets him instantly chose a blind card from my hand to graveyard it. As I played with my decks first card open, I knew which he ...
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How does one defeat an enemy's True-Name Nemesis?

In Magic the Gathering, there is a card called True-Name Nemesis. This card, when entering the battlefield, allows the caster to select an opponent. Once selected, True-Name Nemesis gets protection ...
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In MTG when can I tap land [duplicate]

If I tap a land, end my turn, and then play an instant allowing me to untap it again, can I tap that land for more mana, and when does that mana get used up. Basically, if I tap mana on my opponents ...
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Can a player redirect his attack if the defending player concedes?

The situation: Player A has 1 life and several lifelink creatures adding up to 100 power. He swings at player B who has no defenders, planning to gain 100 life. Player B concedes. Without a valid ...
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Is there an equivalent of gatherer for Duels of the Planeswalkers?

Gatherer is a fantastic resource for finding cards in paper magic, but does not seem to me to contain any way of getting only Duels of the Planeswalkers cards. Neither the Expansion, Format or Block ...
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Double Gleam of Authority interaction [duplicate]

If 2 copies of Gleam of Authority are on the board would that mean that +1/+1 counters would bounce back and fourth to infinity?
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What all does Blood Moon affect?

1: If Blood Moon is on the battlefield, will Back to Basics, Burning Earth, etc. have any effect? 2: What about Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth? 3: Will a nonbasic with Wild Growth get an extra green mana? ...
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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 preventing damage prevent things like land destruction?

For example, if a player plays Personal Sanctuary then plays Armageddon does the damage prevention mean they don't lose lands?
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What does 'play' mean in the context of Courser of Kruphix?

Definition of 'play' in mtg for spells indicates it is synonym of cast. On the other hand on Courser of Kruphix it seems to be constant ability. What does 'play' mean in Magic?
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Can I respond to Elesh Norn's ability?

I have yet another timing question: Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite enters the battlefield under my opponent's control. I have Teysa, Orzhov Scion on the field with three other white 1/1 creatures. ...
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Do effects that reduce a spell's casting cost also reduce its converted mana cost?

If I have Grand Arbiter Augustin IV in play, can Zur the Enchanter's triggered ability pull a card like Æther Storm from my library, which would originally have a converted cost of 4, but which ...
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Does damage dealt by Searing Blood's delayed trigger cause Satyr Firedancer to trigger? [duplicate]

I found this unofficial ruling on Searing Blood, but it doesn't make sense to me. To sum up the question and the answer (in case of link rot): Q: Does the damage dealt by Searing Blood's delayed ...
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If an effect would prevent a spell from doing damage, does it continue to prevent that damage after the spell changes zones?

Anthony casts Searing Blood, targeting Nathan's Elvish Mystic. Nathan casts and resolves Dromoka's Command, choosing to 1) prevent all damage that would be dealt by Searing Blood this turn and 2) put ...
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If I have an Equipment equipped to something and it's enchanted by Ensoul Artifact, how is that handled?

Imagine I have an Equipment attached to something, e.g. a Chariot of Victory on a Runeclaw Bear. I then enchant that equipment with Ensoul Artifact. Would the Equipment card still grant its effects ...
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MTG: What set is Seelenruhe (Tranquility in German) from?

I recently picked Magic: The Gathering back up after a 15 year lapse. Currently making my way through what seems like a thousand cards from my childhood and entering them into a card database at ...
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Where can I find raw data for DCI sanctioned Constructed tournaments?

It is often easier to answer questions about Magic experimentally instead of mathematically. Anyone can see the final standing of a deck in a tournament and find out who piloted it. Here is an ...
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Do enchantments played by my opponent on creatures I control count towards my devotion?

If my opponent enchants my Spellheart Chimera with Encrust, will Encrust be counted towards my devotion or his? This is for devotion towards my god, Keranos, God of Storms.
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If I copy a mythic rare, will both survive?

I control Keranos, God of Storms. I play Fated Infatuation, which reads: Put a token onto the battlefield that's a copy of target creature you control. Can I copy Keranos as it is a mythic rare ...
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If I try to kill a face down creature, can my opponent save it by flipping it?

I played a Lightning Bolt during my turn (3 damage to target creature or player) to kill a face down creature. Then, my opponent said he was going to morph the creature which was a 0/5 defender with ...
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When testing a deck, what % of rejected hands is acceptable?

Good deck construction minimizes luck. I am about to enter my first tournament (Pauper). In addition to testing my deck against other decks in actual games, I simulate initial hands and first few ...
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Are the two steps of Ponder an atomic action? [duplicate]

There are a number of cards that have two different actions. Ponder is one of them. I assume these separate actions are in sequence, and cannot be responded to by placing items on the stack in ...