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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Drawing an Extra Card During Mulligan

Errors prior to the beginning of the game have a less disruptive option—a forced mulligan—that is not available at any other point during the game. ... If more than one excess card was ...
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Layers: Lose abilities vs creatures have ability

My opponent had a Archetype of Finality and a Borderland Minotaur. I attacked with my Ancient Crab and casted Turn to Frog on her Borderland Minotaur once she blocked. Am I correct that both the ...
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Can one creature block multiple attacks?

I'm not much of a Magic player myself, although I do know a bit about the game. Recently, I got into an argument about whether one creature can block multiple creatures' attacks. It looks like rule ...
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How do Platinum Angel and Darksteel Reactor interact?

I have a Darksteel Reactor on the battlefield, and my opponent plays Platinum Angel. How does the Reactor's effect resolve when it hits 20 counters with the PA in the battlefield? Do I win the game or ...
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In MTG what happens when you have multiple Aberrant Researcher in play?

Aberrant Researcher: At the beginning of your upkeep, put the top card of your library into your graveyard. If it's an instant or sorcery card, transform Aberrant Researcher. Considering I had ...
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Can infinite scry 1 be shortcut by searching through your deck?

One of my standard decks is a 4-Color Rites deck. It has a few combos where infinite "dies" triggers are used. One of them involves having a Catacomb Sifter in play with a Brood Monitor and an ...
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Where do Delayed Triggered Abilities live?

From the rules I gather that Delayed Triggered Abilities are objects on the stack, 112.1b. An ability can be an activated or triggered ability on the stack. This kind of ability is an object. (See ...
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Can I draw something on my card and play tournaments with it?

Just out of curiosity, what can I do to the card, so it's still legal to play it in official tournaments? Can I draw something over ruling texts? Can I draw something over artwork? Can I draw ...
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Can I use an altered art card in tournament? [duplicate]

I have investigated a lot but I'm still not sure if I can use an altered art card in a tournament. I know that the golden rule is: The head judge will determine if the altered card is legal or not. ...
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What actions constitute passing priority?

I played in my first PTQ (and got top 8!) a few weeks ago and received a warning for missing a trigger. The situation was as follows: It's game 3 of the last swiss round. I pass the turn with a ...
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Combat damage assignment with multiple blockers

After reading the comprehensive rules, the answer to these questions seem clear, but I'm still having trouble reconciling them in my mind. Here on some scenarios: (1) My opponent attacks me with a ...
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Does “creature with flying” count creatures that gained flying from an enchantment?

Clip Wings says you have to sacrifice a creature with flying. Assume the opponent has a non-flying creature (Rancid Rats for example) enchanted with Gryff's Boon (creature gains flying). Will Clip ...
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Mercurial Pretender and Typhoid Rats interaction

Player A has Mercurial Pretender on the board (copied a 4/4 creature) Player B attacks with Typhoid Rats Player A blocks Typhoid Rats with Mercurial Pretender Player A then pays 4 mana to "Return ...
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If Kokusho is my command and dies, does his ability still trigger? [duplicate]

Okay, so I am intending on using Kokusho, the Evening Star as my commander. When Kokusho dies, each opponent loses 5 life. In normal combat, Kokusho fights a larger creature and dies. Does the ability ...
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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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Do creatures with summoning sickness count as tapped? [duplicate]

My friend played Sheer Drop (Destroy target tapped creature) and targeted a creature of mine with summoning sickness. Is a creature with summoning sickness considered tapped?
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Is there something like Gatherer but with inventory management?

Gatherer is great (sort of) for building decks, but I'd like the additional filter of specifying the search specifically to the cards I own. Is this a feature I'm just not seeing or is there an app ...
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What is “summoning sickness” and how does it affect my creatures?

Note: this is intended to be a canonical question about summoning sickness. "Summoning sickness", broadly, is the rule that stops you from attacking or paying {T} costs with a creature that you just ...
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Can you attack any creature of your opponents with flying if he can't block it

Let's say you have a flying creature and your opponent has nothing with flying or reach. Could you attack any one of his creatures you choose?
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How can I tell the difference between early Magic: The Gathering card editions?

I have a few Magic: The Gathering cards whose editions I'm having trouble identifying. They are obviously from either Alpha or Beta, since they have black borders and the same design as the Unlimited ...
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How do pump spells interact with damage at end of turn? [duplicate]

My friends recently got into a heated argument over a rules interaction. One player had a 2/2 creature, and responded to the opponent's Lightning Bolt targeting it with a Mutagenic Growth. The player ...
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How much does Vryn Wingmare increase the cost of my Bring to Light by?

Say my opponent has a Vryn Wingmare on the battlefield. When I cast Bring to Light: Do I pay 1 extra for the Bring to Light? Do I pay 1 extra for the (noncreature) spell I find? Both? If #2 ...
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Getting started (Advanced) with Magic: The Gathering, and where to play

I am a recent college grad without many friends who play MTG, but I am interested in starting to play again. I am familiar with most of the rules, including things like turn phases and the stack. I ...
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Why did Wizards of the Coast change the minimum deck size for Constructed from 40 to 60 cards?

In the beginning, Magic: the Gathering decks had to have at least 40 cards. Later, the developers changed the deckbuilding rules in two ways: The minimum deck size went from 40 cards to 60 cards in ...
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When casting a spell, how can a mana ability be paid with another mana ability?

A situation was presented with Skyshroud Elf and Ashnod's Altar: apparently, you could generate WW or RR by: Activate the Elf's filter ability ({1}: Add {R} or {W}) Activate the Elf's filter ability ...
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Why can't I play a card for its alternative cost after searching for it with Bring to Light?

According to the card rulings on Gatherer, I can't, say, fetch Reveillark from my deck with Bring to Light, and then cast it for its Evoke cost instead (which is what I was hoping to do). While this ...
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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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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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Two Headed Giant - do I gain life when my teammate gains life?

I'm playing Two-Headed Giant. I have Ajani's Pridemate, which has "Whenever you gain life...". My teammate plays a card, that makes him gain life. As we share our life total, my life is also updated. ...
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What happens when destroying something that gives flash to a spell on the stack?

Say Player 1 has something like Shimmer Myr that reads: You may cast artifact cards as though they had flash. Then when that player tries to cast an artifact as an instant, Player 2 places ...
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Does Reduce to Ashes Kill indestructible creatures?

When I first read Reduce to Ashes: Reduce to Ashes deals 5 damage to target creature. If that creature would die this turn, exile it instead. I thought "ok, a way to deal with indestructible", ...
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Does Gleam of Authority care if a creature gains extra counters?

The rules text on Gleam of Authority is as follows: Enchant creature Enchanted creature gets +1/+1 for each +1/+1 counter on other creatures you control. Enchanted creature has vigilance ...
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Anger of the Gods and totem armor

When my friend has totem armor on a creature and I use Anger of the Gods, what happens? They are both replacement effects but which is applied first?
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Can you deal commander damage with any players commander? [duplicate]

If I gain control of another players commander, does it still deal commander damage or does that only work with your own commander?
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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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Deathtouch/Monstrosity Interaction

Alice has a Wildfire Cerberus and a Bow of Nylea, and Bob has a tapped 3/3 Beast token. Alice attacks with the Cerberus, and activates its Monstrosity. In response, Bob targets the Cerberus with ...
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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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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?