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Is there a way to beat Standstill?

If your opponent has a standstill on an otherwise empty board, is there a way to remove it without your opponent drawing cards? krosan grip doesn't work because split-second doesn't apply to ...
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How can I destroy Possibility Storm?

If an opponent plays Possibility Storm , what would be the best way to destroy it? If I played a card which allowed me to destroy target enchantment, would this destroy Possibility Storm before my ...
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When would I use Leyline Phantom?

I'm a relatively new MtG player, and among my first batch of cards was Leyline Phantom: At first I wondered what I'd do with a card that might return to my hand regularly. Is it a relatively cheap ...
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Do i have to have a spell target to tap a wizard creature with Patron Wizard?

Patron Wizard says I have to tap an untapped wizard. That is before the ":", which means that is the cost. However, does there have to be a spell to target to use this ability, or can I just tap an ...
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What happens when a miracle trigger is copied?

One of the newly spoiled cards in Magic 2014, Strionic Resonator, Allows you to copy a triggered ability you control. This allows you to copy any of a number of things that previously would happen ...
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Life Link on an opponents creature by enchantment

With cards like spirit link does the controller of the spirit link gain the life or does the controller of the creature that is dealing the damage gain the life? The card is worded so that it says ...
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What does Counterbalance counter, when revealing a split card?

Split cards have 2 Converted Mana Costs everywhere except the stack. I saw a similar question relating to Dark Confidant explaining that you lose life for each converted mana cost, however the way it ...
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Does Goblin Electromancer reduce both sides of a fused split card?

Does Goblin Electromancer reduce the cost of a fuse spell on both sides of the card? Would Turn // Burn be {1}{U}{R} to cast both sides?
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How do Isochron Scepter and the Fuse mechanic interact?

The split cards in the expansion set Dragon's Maze contain a new mechanic "Fuse". This mechanic allows you to cast both sides of the spell, a new option for cards of this type. Isochron Scepter ...
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Can regeneration save my creatures from Turn // Burn?

I have a creature with regeneration. My opponent responds to me activating regeneration with the Turn side of Turn // Burn. Can I then activate regeneration again to make it a 0/1 weird with ...
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Does transforming keyrunes count towards Evolve?

Suppose I animate my Simic Keyrune into a 2/3 artifact creature. Will it evolve my 1/1 Fathom Mage?
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Can non basic lands be tapped for colorless mana?

For example, Evolving Wilds has a mana fixing ability, but it doesn't say you can tap it for mana. Other non-basic lands have a mana ability listed on the card. Should I assume that Evolving Winds ...
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Can an indestructible creature die by a combination of damage and -X/-X effects?

Say I have a 5/5 indestructible creature. An opponent plays a 3 damage spell on this creature. After that spell resolves, the opponent then plays a spell which gives the creature -2/-2 until end of ...
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What's actually good against Jund?

"Jund" is the red-black-green shard from Shards of Alara. More importantly, however, it's a term for a midrange archetype in those colors, using a mixture of quick disruption, multi-faceted removal, ...
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Do I still get to draw cards if I can't sacrifice Soul Ransom when its ability resolves?

Soul Ransom has an interesting ability: Discard two cards: Soul Ransom's controller sacrifices it, then draws two cards. Only any opponent may activate this ability. I'm aware that the normal ...
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Illusionist's bracers and werewolf rulings

Lets assume that I equip an Illusionist's Bracers on Mayor Of Avabruck. When he flips on the trigger of not casting a spell, can he technically flip twice, meaning that he would turn into a werewolf ...
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What happens when the {X} in Mind Grind *is* zero?

Normally, when you cast a spell without paying its mana cost, the {X} in its mana cost is 0. Mind Grind, however, has an additional restriction: X can't be 0. Clearly you can't choose for {X} ...
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Can extort be triggered for countered spells?

Extort (Whenever you cast a spell, you may pay b/w. If you do, each opponent loses 1 life and you gain that much life.) Questions: If my opponent has a creature with extort out, then casts a ...
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What happens when a Jace, the Mind Sculptor is played in an unspecific format? [closed]

If I'm playing casual without a specific format but I'm still trying the rules, what happens when a Jace, the Mind Sculptor is played? It is banned from Modern but not from Legacy.
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Cards for Reanimator in Cube

What cards should a good cube supporting reanimator decks contain? Which ones are crucial and what's extra. I figure there are at least 3 types of cards: Reanimation E.g. Animate dead, Necromancy. ...
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Will a Havengul Vampire get its +1/+1 counter for killing a creature and prevent it from dying?

Suppose my opponent has a Havengul Vampire, and I have a Young Wolf which has a +1/+1 counter on it so it is 2/2. What happens if they deal damage to each other, for example during combat? Will the ...
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When a land is granted a basic land type, what effects does that have?

For example, Quicksilver Fountain says At the beginning of each player's upkeep, that player puts a flood counter on target non-Island land he or she controls of his or her choice. That land is an ...
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Can creatures with Undying or Persist escape from Grave Betrayal?

Can creatures with Undying or Persist escape from Grave Betrayal? 702.78a Persist is a triggered ability. "Persist" means "When this permanent is put into a graveyard from the battlefield, if it ...
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Does Doubling Season affect planeswalkers?

According to 306.5b, A planeswalker is treated as if its text box included, "This permanent enters the battlefield with a number of loyalty counters on it equal to its printed loyalty number." ...
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Unleash Unleashed

Looking at preview cards for Return for Ravnica a question about Unleash popped into my mind: "It can't block as long as it has a +1/+1 counter on it." Simple question really: if you cast Rakdos ...
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What would happen if I used regeneration on a creature that was the target of Annihilating Fire?

For example, what would happen if a freshly cast Lotleth Troll were to be regenerated in response to Annihilating Fire? My hypothesis is that it depends on whose turn it is. The regeneration being ...
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Does Cremate counter Flashback, Scavenge, and their ilk?

I'm looking at the card Cremate: Cremate - {B} Instant - common RTR Exile target card from a graveyard. Draw a card. Now, can I use this to respond to a flashback or scavenge? ...
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Can I play a card using flashback without it having been successfully cast first?

For instance, if I try to cast Army of the Damned and my opponent uses Cancel to stop it, can I still cast Army of the Damned from the graveyard for it's Flashback cost?
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If I lose control of an equipped creature, does the equipment stay attached to it?

If I have an equipped creature and my opponent Mind Controls it, does my equipment remain attached to it? Can I re-equip that equipment to one of my creatures on my turn? I assume since I control the ...
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Do undying creatures get counters if I sacrifice them with Plaguemaw Beast?

I'm building a deck with undying creatures. Suppose I have a card named Plaguemaw Beast, which has the ability {T}, Sacrifice a creature: Proliferate. What happens If I sacrifice a creature ...
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How does Jandor's Ring work with modern Magic rules?

A 2004 Oracle ruling for Jandor Ring, above, states: If you do not have the card still in your hand, you can't pay the cost. There is currently no way to prove that it was the card you drew except ...
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Will Elesh Norn kill creatures if I don't pay the extra cost for Flash?

Suppose I use Flash to bring Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite into play, then choose to sacrifice her rather than pay her mana cost. Will my opponent's creatures with two or less toughness die?
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How can I play around targeted discard?

Many decks in competitive Magic have access to targeted discard spells, like Duress and Thoughtseize. Against counterspells, you can rely on a variety of tricks like baiting counters, bottlenecking ...
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Can an opponent make me discard a Miracle card before I cast it, after it is revealed?

For example, if my hand is empty and I draw and reveal Temporal Mastery, can an opponent cast Funeral Charm and make me discard it before I have a chance to cast it for its Miracle Cost?
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How does Mitotic Slime work with Devour?

Say that I have a Mitotic Slime in play and then play Thromok the Insatiable. When I sacrifice the Slime due to Thromok's Devour ability, I get two 2/2 Slime tokens. Am I able to sacrifice those Slime ...
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Resetting Soulbound

Say I have a creature with the Soulbound ability, Stonewright, which is currently bound to my Llanowar Elves. If I play a Birds of Paradise, can I switch my Stonewright to be bound to the Birds ...
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How does this interaction between Black Sun's Zenith and Geralf's Messenger resolve?

My opponent has a Geralf's Messenger in play with a single +1/+1 counter on it. He also has a Diregraf Captain in play. Due to the combined effects, the Messenger is a 5/4. When I cast a Black Sun's ...
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Does 'fight' involve combat?

The text for Ulvenwald Tracker says: {1}{G}, {T} : Target creature you control fights another target creature. (Each deals damage equal to its power to the other.) Does this have anything to do with ...
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How do Layers work?

Trying to expand my knowledge of Magic, and hopefully become a better player, I've come across several references to "layers." From what I've been able to find, they are as follows: Copy Control ...
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What's the missing white card in this New Phyrexia cycle?

There's a cycle of instants and sorceries in New Phyrexia that have an effect and adds at the end a loss of life to the targeted player or the targeted permanent's controller: Vapor Snag, Geth's ...
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Why play Land Grant?

When looking through recent results of Pauper daily events in Magic Online, I noticed that some of the Infect decks are using Land Grant. For the life of me, I can't figure out what this card is ...
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What is the converted mana cost of a spell with {X} when cast with the Miracle mechanic?

Say I topdeck Entreat the Angels and cast it for its miracle cost of XWW. But my opponent wants to counter it with a CMC-based effect, such as Spellstutter Sprite or Spell Burst. 202.3. The ...
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How to describe the strengths and weaknesses of white to a new mtg player?

When I'm teaching Magic: The Gathering to a new player, one of the things I usually give them early on is a run down of each of the different colors and its pros and cons. I usually try to come up ...
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If my creature with deathtouch and 0 power blocks one of my opponent's creatures, does my opponent's creature die?

Deathtouch means that "any creature dealt damage by another creature with deathtouch is destroyed", but what if that creature with deathtouch is 0/1? I suppose a better title would be 'does a creature ...
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How does the Miracle mechanic interact with Flashback?

The new Miracle mechanic causes a replacement effect for the casting cost of the card, which must be revealed and played immediately. How does this interact with flashback? If a player plays a card ...
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Are cards that interact with sacrificing rare, and why?

For independent reasons, I was looking recently for cards that interact with Sacrificing. At the time (owing mostly to my lack of knowledge in MtG templating), I found none. Looking at the Avacyn ...
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Is Loyal Cathar's ability a “delayed triggered ability”?

Loyal Cathar - When Loyal Cathar dies, return it to the battlefield transformed under your control at the beginning of the next end step. Question reposted from user Zacula: I believe that ...
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Copying Soul Seizer

In a recent sealed queue I entered, my opponent had a Soul Seizer on the board, and a Cackling Counterpart in his hand. Soul Seizer has the following ability: When Soul Seizer deals combat damage ...
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Can Angel's Grace set your life total to 1 when you have Negative Life?

An opponent plays a storm combo, ending in Tendrils of Agony. In response I play Angel's Grace. After the storm of Tendrils finishes resolving, I am at -10 life, but I have not lost the game because ...
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Does the flanking provided by Slivers stack?

If I was to play 2 Sidewinder Slivers would the 'All Slivers have flanking' ability stack causing creatures blocking my Slivers to get -2/-2 until the end of the turn or would it gain flanking twice ...