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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What are my cards good for once they have rotated out of Standard?

So I'm a little upset, but I am realizing this is just part of MtG. I spent some time last year putting together some nice decks and stocking up on quite a bit of the M13 cards. And then work / life ...
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Which cards are “bombs” in draft? [on hold]

I use the BREAD strategy for drafting, but am unsure what exactly makes a "Bomb". For example, in a Kahns of Tarkir draft I'm normally quite happy to pick a Mystic of the Hidden Way as a first pick, ...
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Why am I unable to draw cards in Magic 2014?

I play Magic 2014 - Duels of the Planeswalkers (DotP) on Steam. I understand all of the basics except for one thing! In a recent battle, my turn started and I did not draw a card. The game went ...
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How can I keep Magic foils flat?

Anyone who's collected Magic for a while knows the unfortunate tendency for foils — especially older foils and the heavier promotional foils — to curl up towards the foil side (presumably ...
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Why would you want to play with a deck bigger than 60 cards in MTG?

In Magic the Gathering, the decks are required to be no less than 60 cards, but can be larger. Since you can only have 4 of each card (except for basic lands), it seems you would want the limit size ...
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Izzet vs. Golgari or Jace vs. Vraska? [on hold]

My friend and I are fairly new at Magic the Gathering, and I'm wondering which duel deck would be best for us to get. I prefer blue and black, so both of these duel deck packages seemed appealing. Any ...
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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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Does a sacrificed creature count as a creature that died?

If a creature is sacrificed, does it count as dying? For example, when something is sacrificed via lets say Devouring Swarm, would it trigger Diregraf Captains effect?
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How do I handle casting a spell with a cost of X when the casting cost is reduced?

If I play a sorcery spell with {X} in the CMC and have a card that reduces the casting cost by 2 colourless. Does {X} start at -2? For example: Arcane Melee in play, if I play Prosperity for just 1 ...
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Is there a card that protects me from a (self-)milling death?

Is there a card with the ability: You do not lose the game being for unable to draw a card? I've found one so far; Mine, Mine, Mine! but it applies to all players. A little back story; I have ...
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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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Can older cards that refer to a player/opponent ever be used on planeswalkers?

Many older cards refer to players or opponents, e.g. "deal 3 damage to target player". Can any of these be used on planeswalkers, beyond the fact that you can simply attack them with creatures? For ...
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Why is Homelands considered among the worst Magic expansions?

In various forums and articles, it is frequently mentioned that Homelands is one of the worst, if not the worst, Magic the Gathering expansions. Even on the main Wizards website, you will occasionally ...
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Can a card effect make a creature block one that it otherwise could not?

Nature Shields Its Own is an Archenemy scheme that creates a blocking creature (green plant) any time the Archenemy is attacked and the attack is not blocked. We ran into a few issues last night ...
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What does X mean in a spell's cost?

What does the X in a spell's cost do? For example, Strength of the Tajuru has X in its cost. What do I need to do in order to cast that spell, and what happens with the X when it resolves? Note: If ...
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Does marking a card affect its legality?

I have a deck I am working on that I cannot find all the cards for yet. For use in casual play I have put in proxies that are land cards with the name of the card written on them. If I end up playing ...
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If a creature loses flying after blockers are declared, is the block still legal?

My opponent declared attack with a flying creature, after that I declared a blocker with my own flying creature. He then cast Turn to Frog, targeting my blocker. My creature was a 6/6 flying, my ...
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How many players can the core set support? [on hold]

I'm trying to introduce MTG to my friends. How many players can the core set support? What about the core set + fat pack?
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Snakeform and buff ineractions

This came up in a game. I controlled Prossh who has an ability that gives him +1/+0 whenever I sacrifice a creature. After I sacrified 6 creatures to Prossh's ability (+6/+0), my opponent cast ...
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tap and sacrificing an already tapped land to get it's ability

I was looking at Evolving Wilds the other day, and I wondered: Could I put down Evolving Wilds as a land, use it for 1 colorless mana by tapping it, and then sacrifice it to search my library for a ...
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How does multikicker work?

I don't understand Strength of the Tajuru. What does multikicker mean, and how would I use it in a game?
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Can my commander ever not be my commander?

Once and for all: Is there anything that can possibly be done to my commander that would cause it to cease being my commander? All of these questions ask the same thing, but aren't general enough ...
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If a commander becomes a colorless forest, is it still a commander? [duplicate]

In Magic the Gathering, I cast Song of the Dryads on an opponent's commander. It is now a colorless forest land. My opponent has an Angelic Field Marshal on the field which gains power if you control ...
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Is drawing multiple cards an atomic action?

Is drawing multiple cards an atomic action, or do effects triggered by drawing a card trigger for each card drawn instead? Consider Spiteful Visions, which reads: Whenever a player draws a card, ...
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Source for upcoming rule changes

What is the primary source for upcoming rule changes? Who breaks the official news? I know that these changes are made publicly available before they actually take effect. For example, I found out ...
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Can regenerate save a creature from -X/-X effects?

My opponent has a Rakshasa Deathdealer. What happens when I cast a Bile Blight on that creature? Does regenerate let the creature survive or will the -3/-3 until end of turn from Bile Blight simply ...
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Are (un)tapped permanents still legal targets for “(un)tap target permanent” effects?

So I noticed that many cards with tap-effects ship with a clause specifying that they can only be used on untapped permanents, such as Earthcraft and Crackleburr. So here's my question: Doesn't ...
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If I copy a legendary creature, can I activate its ability before the Legend rule takes effect?

From my current understanding of the turn order, the start of a turn goes like this: Untap, Upkeep, Draw, all within the 'Beginning' of a turn (before the first Main Phase). During the Untap step, no ...
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Athreos, God of Passage, and Martyr of Sands

My opponent has Athreos, God of Passage on the field. They then play Martyr of Sands and use her ability "{1}, Reveal X white cards from your hand, Sacrifice Martyr of Sands: You gain three times X ...
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Does trample damage hurt players even if the creature dies?

I'm playing myself with two Avacyn Restored decks from a 6-booster sealed prerelease tournament, and wonder whether a 6/4 creature with trample blocked by a 4/1 creature would still allow damage ...
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Damage Cleanup and Toughness Boosting Effects [duplicate]

Suppose my opponent is playing Slivers, and has a Muscle Silver and a Metallic Sliver on the field. On my side, I have a 1/1 Goblin token. My opponent declares both Slivers as attacking, and I block ...
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Communication - Saying “Draw”

My opponent was in his second main phase, sitting silently for about a minute. He finally gestured towards me and said, "Draw." I drew. My opponent then shouted, "Judge!" and told the judge that I ...
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When you “sacrifice 3 creatures” as a cost, are they sacrificed one at a time?

If you want to activate the activated ability of Teysa, Orzhov Scion, does "sacrifice 3 creatures" count as 1 cost, or 3 separate costs? And, does it matter which it is at all? 601.2g says The player ...
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Does the 2nd ability of Teysa, Orzhov Scion trigger with mass destruction? [duplicate]

Let's say Teysa, Orzhov Scion and my ten other black creatures are wiped out with "Wrath of God". Do then 10 white 1/1 Spirits appear on the battlefield even though Teysa has just been destroyed? ...
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Does an equipped creature become an artifact creature?

Does a creature become an artifact creature when an artifact is equipped onto it or just a creature with an artifact on it?
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Is an Enchantment Creature also an Enchanted Creature?

Is an Enchantment Creature also an "Enchanted" Creature? Example I'm looking at: Spiteful Returned states that "whenever Spiteful Returned or another enchanted creature attacks, defending player ...
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Can Teysa, Orzhov Scion sacrifice itself and still use its 2nd ability?

What happens if I sacrifice Teysa, Orzhov Scion along with two other "white and black" creatures (in order to remove another creature from the game) - do I still get my 2 spirit tokens from the other ...
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Djinn of Infinite Deceits interacting with other control-changing effects

I have two closely-related questions regarding Djinn of Infinite Deceits. I think I understand how both of these cases work, but my rules-fu is rusty and I'd love the opinion of the experts here. ...
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Double Hardened Scales

I'm having issues understanding how a possible turn would go which I'll try to explain best I can. Say I currently had two Battlewise Hoplite's currently on the board. One of them currently has ...
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Behavior of Linked Abilities if their Source Object Changes Zones

I have Karn Liberated with 20 loyalty counters. I have exiled an Emrakul, the Aeons Torn with Karn. I activate Karn's -14 ability: −14: Restart the game, leaving in exile all non-Aura permanent ...
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Counter a Counter. What happens?

My friend and I were playing MTG and I cast Archetype of Imagination, except he countered it. Then I countered his counter, so does my creature stay on the battlefield or go to my graveyard?
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Can creatures with summoning sickness be tapped for convoke? [duplicate]

Can creatures or creature tokens be tapped for mana the turn they entered the battlefield when casting a spell with convoke or do they need haste? For example, can I cast Raise the Alarm for 2 ...
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Copying and stealing an EDH Commander?

Suppose my opponent is tapped out while playing Sliver Overlord as his commander, which has the ability: {3}: Gain control of target Sliver. (This effect lasts indefinitely.) On my turn, I play ...
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Can I cast an instant in the middle of an ability resolving?

Suppose my opponent has Nahiri, the Lithomancer and an equipment card on the battlefield, then uses Nahiri's +2 ability to create a 1/1 soldier and attach the equip to it. +2: Put a 1/1 white Kor ...
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Can instants be played in the middle of instants [duplicate]

If a instant says "draw 2 cards then discard 2 cards" can you draw 2 then play play instants before you discard 2. I don't think you can I just want to make sure.
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Can I cast spells in the middle of another spell resolving?

Say I had Vedalken Orrery and I used Cloudshift on something, could I respond to Cloudshift bringing the creature back into play with Day of Judgement or something similar?
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Is “Fighting” considered “attacking”?

When it comes to creatures under the influence of "Target creature you control fights target creature you don't control", are they, or the initiating creature, considered "attacking"? In my specific ...
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When something is put into play, who controls it and why?

It seems to me that the underlying assumption with Hive Stirrings is that the Sliver tokens come into play under your control. However, I am building a random standard Polymorph deck (random standard ...
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Who draws a card if my opponent has stolen control of Pelakka Wurm when it dies?

If an opponent casts Act of Treason to gain control of Pelakka Wurm then sacrifices it who will draw the card?
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Destroying a Planewalker before its ability is used

Say my opponent plays a planeswalker during their first main phase. I have a Hero's Downfall or some other effect that will kill it after it is already in play, but before they use any of its ...