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 “return” from graveyard to Zone X require a card to have been in Zone X?

When an ability says, return X from Zone A to Zone B, can the ability only be used if X was in Zone B previously? In particular, consider the Reassembling Skeleton's ability text: 1B: Return ...
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Ways to remove creatures with Shroud

I was playing Forge last night and the computer brought out Wall of Denial. What an annoying wall! Is there any way to destroy it other than attacking with a big creature and having the wall block ...
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Can I play countered sorcery speed spells with Guile?

During an opponent's turn, I had Guile and used Rethink to counter a permanent spell (in my case, it was a Deathbringer Thoctar). Guile's second ability states "if a spell or ability you control ...
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Who gets to “search target player's graveyard, hand, and library?”

When a spell says, Search target player's graveyard, hand, and library for X, as is the case with Memoricide and Surgical Extraction, does that mean the casting player gets to look? (Thereby being ...
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Is this box an official MTG product? Who are the featured characters?

I got this box years ago from a (then) friend together with their collection of cards (many from 5th edition up to Urza's Saga). It is a flip-top box with a warrior on the top (pictured), the sides ...
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If I copy a spell, do I need to pay the costs again? Will copying a spell trigger Prowess?

If I cast Howl of the Horde and then cast a Collateral Damage, do I need to sacrifice a creature for each new copy of Collateral Damage? Does each new copy trigger Prowess?
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Do morph cards suffer summoning sickness

When you have the card face down then you morph the card to face up, does it suffer summoning sickness? My friend has lots of them in his deck and I'm not too sure and would like to know whether they ...
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Is it impossible to pay off-color mana costs in EDH?

In Commander, there is a rule that states: During the game, if mana would be added to your mana pool that isn't a color in your commander's color identity, that much colorless mana is added to ...
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How can I efficiently filter MagicCards.info searches down to cards castable with only certain mana colours?

I've been constructing a green/white commander deck, and doing a lot of searches on MagicCards.info for its cards. To cut out all the cards I can't use, I've been using the search term c!gw to get ...
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Mindslaver and Conspiracy's vote cards

I have a Mindslaver and my opponent has a Coercive Portal on the board. I use the Mindslaver's ability to take control of my opponent's next turn. Do I get to choose what his vote is for the Portal's ...
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Mtg tournament play [on hold]

Are alternate art dual lands cards from fate reforged allowed in tournament play? The art on the card is extended but applied to an original mtg land card and the wording is exact with proper borders. ...
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How does Sundial of the Infinite help you avoid losing turns to Eater of Days?

This article on Wizards of the Coast website claims that Eater of Days "lose your next two turns" can be avoided by use of Sundial of the Infinite. I can't figure that out. There are no rulings on ...
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If an object has at least 2 colors, does it also count as non[color] for every color?

Are all multi-color permanents of colors C1,C2 also non-C1 and non-C2 simultaneously? Example: Battle Frenzy: does a Red/Green creature gain +1/+1 and +1/+0 by being both green and nongreen? ...
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How can I ensure the Commander deck I'm creating is appropriate for my group's meta?

Our group's been playing Magic since mid-2013, and Commander 2013 since a while after that. A couple of us are keen on building our own commander decks now. We're aware the Commander format can easily ...
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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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Magic The Gathering can this combo be done? [duplicate]

Quick question, can I use Smallpox and choose to sacrifice Strip Mine but in response sacrifice Strip Mine to use it's effect too?
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Has Magic or any other card game become formalized by someone?

I want to know if someone has modeled the game of Magic, its rules, and all the cards that have been made thus far, by mathematics. Has anyone ever embarked on this gigantic project? And if not, has ...
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How does Starfield of Nyx interact with the Theros Gods?

Starfield of Nyx has the ability As long as you control five or more enchantments, each other non-Aura enchantment you control is a creature in addition to its other types and has base power and ...
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Anticipate in response to instant

So I was playing in a standard tournament for fun the other day, I was playing red white black mardu warriors against white blue control. I played Crackling Doom forcing him to sacrifice his only ...
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Designing a small scale TCG. What parts of MTG and similar games are generally generally not working well? [closed]

TL;DR (Don't you hate it when they put it at the bottom): Tell us the issues with current TCGs and what you'd like to see in the future. We're a couple of recently graduated college students and are ...
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wheel of sun and moon and tutors

So let's say I have Wheel of Sun and Moon in play and cast a tutor that puts the card I searched for on top of my library. Let's say, Enlightened Tutor. In what order do things happen in then? Do I ...
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Is there a card that makes an enemy play my spell?

I'm an amateur player in Magic: The Gathering (Modern format) and I was looking for a card that makes an enemy play a spell from my hand. For example if I had a "Discard your hand" card I could make ...
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Is Magic: The Gathering a consistent game?

Is Magic: The Gathering a consistent game? That is, is there any possible situation where the rules contradict on what to do next, and also, can a game hypothetically go on indefinitely?
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How can a Morph ability counter split second spells?

Voidmage Apprentice is a creature with Morph that counters target spell when it is turned face up. I've read that it can counter spells with split second. How does it do this? Is it that the ...
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Does killing a creature mana source that's being tapped for mana to pay for a spell counter that spell?

If an opponent is using an Avacyn Pilgrim (and three forests) to cast a Cudgel Troll, and I Lightning Bolt the monk, does that counter the Troll being cast? Would the same be true for a Loxodon ...
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Anger of the Gods vs Manifest creatures

Will Anger of the Gods exile a manifested creature regardless if it's an actual creature card?
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In plain English, how does casting spells and using creature abilities work with the stack and priority?

I'm a relatively new player to Magic: the Gathering. I was reading the expanded rules to try to understand exactly when it's okay to cast instants (e.g. Cancel) and use some abilities (e.g. Goblin ...
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Am I allowed to shortcut two abilities that allow me to search my deck?

If I have two abilities that allow me to search my deck for something and shuffle, may I use a shortcut to grab both to save time on shuffling? Say I have two Polluted Delta on the field, and I ...
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What's a good handicap for a less experienced player in an MTG Draft?

My drafting group has a few hardcore players like me who have been playing magic for a while. We've memorized almost all the commons and uncommons in the sets we're drafting (usually Innistrad or ...
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If I sacrifice a creature for a spell and it creates a token, can I sacrifice that token for the spell too?

I have to sacrifice multiple creatures to pay for an ability, e.g. Flashback - Sacrifice two creatures. How does the stack interaction work if I sacrifice one creature with an enters the graveyard ...
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Numbers after a draft format

Most drafts that I have seen on MTGO use a set of numbers after the format. I think it describes what matches are played after the drafting portion. For example: Modern Masters 2015 6-2-2-2[1] ...
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Can you block with a creature then return it to your hand before it takes damage? [duplicate]

Someone said they can block with a Dryad Arbor then return it to their hand with a Quirion Ranger before the Arbor takes damage. That sounds wrong to me.
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If I Unsummon a blocking creature will my attacker damage my opponent?

Suppose Player 1 has a Dragon on the table and Unsummon in hand, while Player 2 has two Spiders on the table. Player 1 chooses to attack with the Dragon and Player 2 chooses to block with one of the ...
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Where can I find a database with a list of all magic cards?

I am going to write a program to manage my library of Magic cards and I am looking for a database file or list of all of the cards that have been released. I know that the Gathering site is useful, ...
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Will Open the Vaults let me return Bestow creatures as Auras?

If I use Open the Vaults and there is a Bestow enchantment creature in my graveyard, can I bring it onto the field as an aura? Or just as a creature?
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What are planeswalkers considered? And when do they take damage? [duplicate]

So are planeswalkers considered opponents? If it says each opponent takes 1 damage do both the controlling player and the planeswalker take damage?
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Are there quadruplet cards in Magic the Gathering?

I was browsing around Gatherer the other day, and found that there are multiple examples of cards with identical wording. For instance Final Fortune, Last Chance, Warrior Oath all have identical ...
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How does Spellheart Chimera count Fuse or Split cards?

I have a Spellheart Chimera. The creature gains +1/+0 for each sorcery or instant in the owners graveyard. How does this work with such cards as Far // Away? I've seen a few opinions on this ...
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What are the characteristics of a flip card in my library?

Are the characteristics of a flip card in my library determined by both faces or just the front face? For example, can I use an Enlightened Tutor to fetch Sasaya, Orochi Ascendant? Enlightened Tutor ...
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Looking for the “magic'al” formula

Im a big fan of the Magic the Gathering trading card game. And with all these new cards coming in, I was wondering how the cards were balanced, and manacost calculated. Im thinking there must be a ...
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Can a tapped creature attack or block?

If I tap a creature to use its activated ability before combat, can I use the same creature to block or attack on the same turn? My guess: you cannot block and/or attack with a tapped creature on the ...
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Captain Sisay and flip legendarys from Kamigawa? [duplicate]

Can Captain Sisay search for a card that is only legendary when it is flipped? ex. Bushi Tenderfoot
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How should I determine whether a deck is legal in a particular format?

I have a list of cards for a deck I want to build or buy. What should I do to check whether that deck is legal in a particular format (Standard, for example)?
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Will Rings of Brighthearth + The Chain Veil let me use Chain Veil's ability more than once?

I have a question in regards of using The Chain Veil's Activated Ability: {4}, {T}: For each planeswalker you control, you may activate one of its loyalty abilities once this turn as though none ...
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Looking to see why cards are banned [closed]

I'm looking to see why certain cards are banned in certain formats. It doesn't seem to make sense. The specific cards I'm looking for are: Jace, Memory Adept (ok, sort of makes sense) Daggerdrome ...
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Multiple permanents entering the battlefield simultaneously and “Enter the Battlefield” effects [duplicate]

There are many cards that can put multiple permanents onto the battlefield simultaneously, such as Scapeshift, Living Death, or Pyxis of Pandemonium. How do these interact with the following types of ...
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Interaction with descent of the dragons and dragon tempest [duplicate]

Let's say I have 4 creatures on the battlefield, and the Dragon Tempest enchantment out as well. If I use Descent of the Dragons and replace all 4 of my creatures, how does this interact with dragon ...
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Can damage be removed from creatures after it's already been dealt?

When a creature takes damage from any source, that damage is tracked. If there is enough damage to overcome their toughness, they die. Are there ways to remove damage from creatures after they've been ...
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Poison Counters and Damage Redirection

Last week we had a bit of a situation in our commander game and we would like to clarify this for future reference. Our Situation One of the players attacked with Bruna, Light of Alabaster who ...
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How does Nature Shields Its Own work with “unblockable” and “can't be blocked”

Nature Shields Its Own is an archenemy card that allows you to place creature tokens on the battlefield blocking attacking creatures. The rulings on its Gatherer page call out flying as an ability ...