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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When should I play my land for my turn?

Does it really matter when I play my land for my turn? Some people get extremely annoyed/agitated when I play a land before spells and I don't actually need the land right away for casting my spells. ...
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Does how you discard a Madness card affect whether it resolve before its source?

Take two possible sources of discard, Sinister Concoction and Macabre Waltz. One has a discard as part of the cost, one has a discard as part of the effect. In the first case (discard as part of the ...
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Scion of the Ur-Dragon and Torrent of Souls

When Scion of the Ur-Dragon enters the battlefield it attracts a lot of hate. So my plan is to reanimate it using Torrent of Souls to hit a surprise 16 damage attack using Scion's ability to copy ...
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Will Hallowed Moonlight exile creatures from Starfield of Nyx

A continuous effect that changes enchantments to creatures (Starfield of Nyx) is on the battlefield and the effect is active. During my upkeep, I target an enchantment to return. In response, my ...
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Starfield of Nyx and Eerie Interlude

Say you have 7 enchantments on the field, including two Starfield of Nyx and a creature that cares about creatures entering the battlefield (e.g.Soul Warden). You cast Eerie Interlude targeting some ...
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Playing Cards from Unhinged and Unglued

Should players play cards from the Un-Sets as they stand, or should errata be applied to remain consistent with rules and Oracle updates? In the case that the general question is too broad, ...
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Can a dead player have life restored later to bring them back into the game?

Bob, Timmy, and Susie are playing a Free For All in MTG and Timmy kills Bob by putting him at 0 life. On Susie's next turn, could she play something like Alabaster Potion to make Bob's life total go ...
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What happens to enchantments that are attached to creatures when the creatures are returned to your hand?

What happens to enchantments that are attached to creatures when the creatures are returned to your hand?
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Can you choose not to assign damage to a second blocker?

In a game of Magic, I attack with a 5/5, indestructible, trample. My opponent blocks with a 2/3 and a 2/2. He hopes the 2/2 will die because of an effect when that creature dies. Can I choose to ...
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Can I counter a creature with Shroud?

I was playing with a counter deck, and my opponent played Algae Gharial, which has shroud. Could I counter it?
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Who takes extra turns first when I copy someone else's “take an extra turn” card?

What happens when a player copies an opponent's Time Stretch? Does the copyer take two extra turns then the owner? Does the owner even take two extra turns? What about Part the Waterveil? These spells ...
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Which US states have the highest Magic: the Gathering participation?

How can I determine which US states have the highest Magic: the Gathering participation? To make the question less subjective, we'll define participation as any of the following: Number of Friday ...
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Will transforming Thing in the Ice with a token-summoning spell bounce my tokens?

Thing in the Ice: Thing in the Ice enters the battlefield with four ice counters on it. Whenever you cast an instant or sorcery spell, remove an ice counter from Thing in the Ice. Then if it ...
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Reveillark death trigger [duplicate]

If I control a Reveillark and a few other creatures of power 2 or less and my opponent uses Wrath of God, can I get back creatures that are dying to the wrath or do they have to have been in the ...
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Why is Noble Hierarch so expensive?

Noble Hierarch costs {G}, is a 0/1 Human Druid with exalted, and taps for {G}, {W}, or {U}. Birds of Paradise costs {G}, is a 0/1 Bird with flying, and taps for one of any color. Noble Hierarch is ...
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MTG creatures with flash [duplicate]

If I cast a creature with flash on my opponents turn, will I be able to attack with it on my turn or will it still have summoning sickness?
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Does triggered ability trigger on each card for one event? [duplicate]

Herald of Anafenza has Outlast ability and also Whenever you activate Herald of Anafenza's outlast ability... If I have two Heralds on the battlefield, and activate Outlast on one of them, does ...
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What is the use of Swift Silence?

So I have a red blue Guttersnipe deck that I personally love to use, but my friend and I keep running into this situation. In my hand for the purpose of explaining this say I have all Lightning Bolts ...
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Discard Question [duplicate]

If I cast a spell with an addictional cost of "discard a card", can that discarded card be used to transform a double-sided card that has "discard a card to transform"?
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Can you re-equip equipment to the same creature?

Murderer's Axe has an equip cost: discard a card, and since madness runs off discarding, this can be rather useful. Can an equipment card be re-equipped to the same creature that already has it ...
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Karlov of the Ghost Council and Extort

Will Karlov of the Ghost Council gain its counters if I use extort right after playing it? E.g.: I play him, then I use extort because I played him, will it gain its counters?
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How many creatures should be in a draft deck?

How many creatures should the average, typical draft deck contain? Obviously this depends on a multitude of factors, including the kinds of creatures in your deck, the kinds of non-creatures you have ...
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What happens when a non-token creature loses all abilities, is exiled, then returns?

So I was playing with some friends and we ran into a problem. My opponent had a creature with both hexproof and indestructible. I drew and played Polymorphist's Jest. I then attacked with my ...
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Does “cards with the same name can't be played” affect tokens?

So a friend of mine has a card with the ability "Name a card. Cards that share a name with that card cannot be played." My question is does this work on tokens? I play a zombie token deck mainly, ...
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Angel's Grace and Phyrexian Unlife

I am at -10 life from Ad Nauseam but I don't lose due to Phyrexian Unlife. If my opponent attacks me with all their creatures (for infect-> poison counters) and I use Angel's Grace what happens to my ...
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Can a Counterspell basically counter more than one spell? [duplicate]

I'm on my main phase. I cast a 2/2 creature, and want to enchant it in the same phase. I cast the creature - no counterspell. I then want to cast a +3/+3 Aura enchantment on that creature, and ...
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What's the odds of Selvala's parley granting 2 or more mana?

I am trying to figure out what are the chance if getting 2 or more mana after parleying Selvala, Explorer Returned, assuming that using commander/EDH one third of the deck is land and that at least ...
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Where does the term “cube” come from?

In Magic, a cube is a collection of cards that is handpicked to make a good draft. A cube draft is a type of limited format that uses a cube to draft from. But what does "cube" mean? Does it refer to ...
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Do creatures from outside the game go to the graveyard?

Okay, so I was looking through some eldrazi to purchase and I came across Spawnsire of Ulamog. I want to purchase it for my deck but I want to know how it works before I buy it. My question is, ...
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Do I decide {X} for cards in my library for effects and abilities asking for a particular CMC?

Suppose I have Yisan, the Wanderer Bard on the battleground with 5 verse counters. And then suppose I have something in my library with an {X} in the mana cost, like a Genesis Hydra. Do I get to ...
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Necroskitter and Everlasting Torment

I am playing a game of EDH against 3 other opponents and I control an Everlasting Torment and Horde of Notions, and I have a Necroskitter in my graveyard. My opponents control a whole host of ...
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Can anyone tell me who Mr. Suitcase is?

I acquired a collection of cards among which were some sinkholes. One in particular is signed; I understand the name in concept. From the wiki page for The Duelist: "Mr. Suitcase" being a ...
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Does Illusory Gains allow someone to block their own creatures? [duplicate]

Illusory Gains strikes me as a rather strange card with the potential for some rather unique interactions, one of which I'm hoping someone might be able to explain to me. Take this situation: My ...
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If a token is returned to hand, is it considered dying?

1/1 Devil token (ala Devils' Playground) on board Just the Wind cast on the 1/1 Devil Token gets removed from board ?? Devil does 1 damage to target creature or player ??
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What is the sequence of actions when my Shocker removes cards and places cards in my opponents hand? [duplicate]

I have a fun little shocker deck. From Gatherer Whenever Shocker deals damage to a player, that player discards all the cards in his or her hand, then draws that many cards. Note that the errata ...
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How to clone a Legendary card legally?

I want to clone Geist of Saint Traft without falling prey to the legend rule and without using Mirror Gallery. Are there any cards that allow you to copy a card's text without copying its name? I was ...
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Can an ability track a card across multiple zones?

Here is the situation: I use Jace, Telepath Unbound's -3 ability, targeting Walk the Aeons. −3: You may cast target instant or sorcery card from your graveyard this turn. If that card would be ...
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What happens when you remove a token creature from the game, and then return it under it's owner's control?

Player A plays Roar of the Wurm Player B plays Astral Slide Player B recycles a card and returns the Wurm token What happens then?
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Sacrificing a creature with 0 toughness

1/1 goblin, with Skullclamp attached, making its P/T 2/0 so it dies. Could it be sacrificed using Goblin Bombardment to deal 1 damage?
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Is this combo legal? [duplicate]

Is it legal for Myr tokens that are created by Myr Turbine to be tapped by Clock of Omens to then untap Myr Turbine again to multiply your Myrs? For example: you have three Myrs and Myr Turbine is ...
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Are 1/1 creatures sent to the graveyard from one damage before Rite of Passage's ability activates?

Rite of Passage gives creatures I control a +1/+1 counter whenever they are dealt damage. If a 1/1 creature was dealt one damage, would it be sent to the graveyard first or would the creature be ...
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Gods dying and the legends rule

So this came up in a game I was playing today. I had an Athreos, God of Passage with enough devotion that it was a creature, and I cast another (it makes sense, I swear). I chose to sacrifice the ...
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When does the “choose a color” part of a spell happen?

For example Sejiri Steppe. I always did it as follows: Opponent plays Sejiri Steppe, chooses a creature and a color, then I get to respond. But today while playing, after my opponent played Sejiri ...
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Is it possible to copy a land with Mimic Vat that is turned into creature by an enchantment?

I am considering creating a deck which utilizes a strange combo if it can be done. It uses Mimic Vat in combination with Awaken the Ancient. I want to make it so that when my land, which is a 7/7 ...
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What is the proper way to split uneven draft pods?

The optimal number for a draft pod is 8 people, but it can be often hard to get a even multiple of 8. If there are an odd number of drafters how should the pods be split? Also if there is any ...
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Does a creature with Lifelink provide lifegain equal to its power, or the defender's toughness?

I have recently began playing a deck that has a number of creatures with lifelink in it. I want to be certain I understand the mechanic and the following question occurred to me. Which damage total ...
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How are holographic trading cards printed in an industrial setting?

Are printing techniques trade secrets? I'm wondering what type of printer, foil, cardboard, etc., is required to print holographic cards of the sort you might see in Magic or Yu-Gi-Oh. I can find ...
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Magic The Gathering, Blinking the source of a transformation

When the action that makes a card flip back-face up goes on the stack, I use a card ability like the Eldrazi Displacer to blink Archangel Avacyn After the "blink" resolves, the card I have on the ...
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How much damage do I take when I Trample a Stuffy Doll that has Pariah attached?

Last game I played I faced the following combo: Stuffy Doll played by an opponent, opponent chose me Pariah attached to Stuffy Doll This resulted in an invincible opponent, as long as Pariah is ...
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What is the justification of the card type Tribal in Magic the Gathering? [closed]

Many players and fan designers have been forever frustrated by the fact that in MtG, "Tribal" is a card type instead of a supertype. Having been digging at this for a while, I have to a conclusion: ...