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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Can creatures with Trample only be played with other creatures with Trample?

Can creatures with Trample only be played with other creatures with Trample?
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How does stacking and resolving work exactly?

I understand that every card that is put onto the stack is resolved in the opposite order that it is put on (meaning the first card to be put onto a stack is the last one to be resolved), but here is ...
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Why is 21 damage from a commander lethal?

In commander, there is the extra rule: 903.14a A player that’s been dealt 21 or more combat damage by the same commander over the course of the game loses the game I am wondering as to the ...
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What happens when a commander is exiled?

Let's say you have a commander on the field, and an opponent uses Sisters Of Stone Death to force your commander to block the sisters and then exiles your commander? Does it remain exiled, or does it ...
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Two Player Draft Formats [on hold]

My friend and I are buying an RTR booster box mainly in hopes of getting some chase rares, but also for some fun. What are some Draft Variants for only 2 players?
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MTG: How does Devour work with abilites like Dragon Tempest

Suppose that I have Dragon Broodmother, two dragon tokens, and Dragon Tempest on the battlefield. Dragon Broodmother puts a 1/1 Dragon Token with Devour 2 on the battlefield and Dragon Tempest deals ...
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Dropping from a sanctioned event mid-draft

The tournament rules say: Players who drop during limited events own the cards that they correctly have in their possession at that time. This includes any unopened or partially drafted ...
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Are there any other spells in bant colors that will cause Enduring Scalelord to go infinite?

Are there creatures, artifacts, enchantments, etc that will make Enduring Scalelord go infinite in Bant? I'm building a Bant counters EDH deck and it'd be fun to have ES blow up in a couple of ...
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Effect of “Thran Lens” on Devotion

I want to know the effects of Thran Lens on a devotion-dependent enchantment creature, like a god or something. I read somewhere that, when a permanent becomes colorless, the Thran Lens makes the ...
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Can I tap a creature in response to it being tapped?

My buddy uses Dromoka Dunecaster to tap my Humble Defector. Can I in response activate Humble Defector's ability?
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Can I cast a spell if I might be able to pay its cost but don't know yet?

A Wizards forum thread had an interesting question that was left unanswered. If I have only two black mana available, can I cast Fatal Lore if my opponent has a Spellwild Ouphe on the battlefield? ...
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What happens if neither player decides to do anything?

My question is about Magic The Gathering. What happens if both players perpetually decide to do nothing in a turn, except draw and then discard to 7. What happens then?
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What zone is a spell or ability in when it is resolving?

When I cast a spell or activate an ability, or a triggered ability triggers, it goes on the stack, and then some time later, it resolves. Is it still on the stack while it is resolving? If not, is it ...
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Can I shortcut a loop with conditional actions?

I control Wirefly Hive, Filigree Sages, Darksteel Forge, and some means of making an arbitrarily large amount of mana. My opponent is at two million life, and there are ten minutes remaining on the ...
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List of blue counterspells that can be played for free?

I looked around on the internet for a list of blue counterspells in Magic: the Gathering that can be played for no mana. (Alternative costs or a mana cost later is fine.) Does anyone have a list or ...
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When does a sacrifice on entering the battlefield happen?

My opponent plays Vexing Devil which states: When Vexing Devil enters the battlefield, any opponent may have it deal 4 damage to him or her. If a player does, sacrifice Vexing Devil. When does ...
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Can I back out of activating an ability where my opponent chooses the target? [duplicate]

Say I have a Magus of the Arena, and my opponent and I each control other creatures. Magus of the Arena's ability is {3}, {T}: Tap target creature you control and target creature of an opponent's ...
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Do I tap a creature when it fights? Can a creature with summoning sickness fight?

If a card has text: target creature fights (another creature), do I have to tap the target creature? Can I target a creature, that has summoning sickness this way?
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Will Heroic trigger if a spell would cause the creature to lose all abilities?

So me and a buddy of mine got into a argument: he had Setessan Battle Priest out which has heroic Whenever you cast a spell that targets Setessan Battle Priest, you gain 2 life Then he played ...
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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 can I find out when a specific comprehensive rule was introduced?

I wrote this answer, and I feel like it would benefit (slightly - it's not exactly a crucial part of the answer) from knowing when rule 706.4 was introduced. I feel that if I can find out when a rule ...
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Can my opponent force me to play out a demonstrated loop?

We are at a Competitive REL tournament. With ten minutes left on the clock in game three, my opponent is at 5000 life. I control two Elite Arcanists. Each of them have Time Stop exiled. I also control ...
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Can I turn a manifested God face up?

Say I have an empty battlefield and use Cloudform to manifest the top card of my library. The manifested card is Heliod, God of the Sun. Can I turn this card face up for the mana cost if I do not have ...
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can you activate abilities during a resolving stack?

So for example: I have Krenko, Mob Boss with Thornbite Staff equipped. He is targeted with Doom Blade. In response I tap Krenko to make 1 Goblin token. I also have Goblin Bombardment to sacrifice the ...
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Can I Redirect a Retract to affect my opponent?

Can I Redirect my own Retract to my opponent with a redirect? I'm just wanting to know before I try it and look dumb. I know you have to have a valid target for a Redirect but Retract targets me, a ...
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What happens if you are unable to draw because your library is empty?

In Magic the Gathering, what happens to a player if they get their draw phase, but are unable to draw a card because their library is empty?
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Scion of the Ur-Dragon and Grave Pact

When I use Scion of the Ur-Dragon's ability and put a dragon card from my library into the grave yard, does that trigger Grave Pact?
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Card Organization: Multi-Color Cards

As my collection has started growing (new to MtG) I'm now needing to organize. I've done quite a bit of blog reading on the different methods and strategies but one thing I can't quite seem to ...
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Will spells that exile enchantments also exile enchantment artifacts?

Does a spell which says "exile target enchantment" such as Erase work on enchantment artifacts? I can not seem to find an answer for this, can you help?
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Why does rule 608.2b counter Last Word, when Last Word can't be countered? [duplicate]

After reading Can uncounterable spells still be countered somehow?, I am confused by a conflict between two of Magic's rules. At risk of being labelled a duplicate, I want to cover this edge case in ...
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What are effective strategies for playing control against aggro-control?

In Magic, there's a style of deck known as "aggro-control", which plays a mixture of cheap threats and disruption (especially counterspells). Against a pure control deck, aggro-control seeks to set up ...
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The Comeuppance of Commeuppance

So this came up in a game of Commander the other day. Player A has Purphoros, God of the Forge in play without the 5 red devotion to make him a creature. They then cast Tempt with Vengeance, spending ...
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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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What should be used to represent creature tokens when the printed token card isn't available?

Many spells or abilities cause one or more creatures to join the battlefield (i.e. 1/1 white Soldier creature tokens, 3/3 green Beast creature tokens, etc.). These token cards are not included with ...
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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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What cards can be used to cheat Eldrazi creatures onto the table?

I'm constructing an Eldrazi based deck and I'm thinking about possible ways of getting one onto the table. What I already considered: Summoning Trap Polymorph Do you know any other cards like ...
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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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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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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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Does Courser of the Kruphix's ability play multiple land cards?

Courser of Kruphix says: Play with the top card of your library revealed. You may play the top card of your library if it's a land card. Whenever a land enters the battlefield under your ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Where can I practice MTG draft online and actually play against my opponents for free?

I've been having fun practicing drafts on draft simulators like this one, but sometimes I'd like to actually be able to play with the deck I built. Since all of the other players on these simulators ...
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What exactly was so broken about Urza's Block?

I've often heard it said that the Urza Block (Urza's Saga, Urza's Journey, Urza's Destiny) was the most powerful, broken block in Magic history, with decks able to win on turn 1 or 2. I also saw it ...
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Can Welding Jar target itself?

We had this issue come up in a game last night, and we weren't sure how to handle it. Player A had Welding Jar and another artifact in play. Player B cast Naturalize targeting the Welding Jar. In ...
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When does Heroic trigger?

Suppose Player 1 controls a Favored Hoplite and casts Ordeal of Heliod targeting it. In response, player 2 casts Magma Jet on the Favored Hoplite. Does the Heroic trigger from Ordeal of Heliod happen ...