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There is no between turns; the end of one turn transitions immediately to the beginning of the next. The last time you can definitely activate abilities and play instants is during your opponent's End Step, which is after their second main phase. The end step is is followed by the cleanup step (the last step of the turn), when players usually do not gain ...


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Yes, it's of course against the rules: 705.3. A coin used in a flip must be a two-sided object with easily distinguished sides and equal likelihood that either side lands face up. If the coin that’s being flipped doesn’t have an obvious “heads” or “tails,” designate one side to be “heads,” and the other side to be “tails.” Other methods of randomization ...


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All cards are limited to 4 per deck except Basic lands, and cards that say they bypass this limit (currently Relentless Rats and Shadowborn Apostle). In the case of Basic lands, this means that the type line, which is the text between the image and the text box, has to start with the word "Basic". The rule that covers this is 100.2a. This limitation does not ...


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Normally lands are colorless (there is currently only one exception). Nissa does not assign a color to the lands she turns into elementals, so they would remain colorless. Also worth noting, there are no tokens created. I am not exactly sure what you mean by this. What happens when you use Nissa's ability is that a land becomes a 4/4 Elemental creature, ...


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It will destroy your creatures as well. Just read the card literally. There's nothing there to imply that your creatures would be excluded. As for players' hands, the word "creature" by default means "a creature card or token on the battlefield." You cannot have a "creature" in your hand, you can only have a "creature card" in your hand. Finally, note that ...


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Yes, Marchesa's ability will save herself if she dies with a +1/+1 counter, along with other creatures who died at the same time as her that had a +1/+1 counter. You are correct that rule 603.6d is the reason for this. Basically, 603.6d says the in normal circumstances, whenever something changes, all objects that now exist are checked to see if any of them ...


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Your opponent gets to put their silver on the stack first. However, you can then add your incinerate to the stack, targetting their Root Silver. Incinerate New Sliver You can then pass so the Incinerate resolves, destroying the Root Sliver. Stack is now: New Sliver Then you cast your counterspell so the stack is Counterspell New Sliver Your ...


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Your opponent could have declared that token as an attacker, then sacrificed it before actual combat damage happened. It would have counted as attacking — at least until it was sacrificed — but it wouldn't have actually done any combat damage to its blocker. The combat phase works like this: Beginning of Combat Step Nothing has ...


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Conspiracy cards (cards with the Conspiracy type) are colorless. They are not permanents, they cannot be played in decks, they only exist in the command zone*, and they never interact with cards, abilities, or effects that care about color. Rule 105.2 says An object is the color or colors of the mana symbols in its mana cost, regardless of the color of ...


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Very. For Spear of Heliod, you have a static ability with a continuous effect that grants +1/+1. For Undying, you have a triggered ability with a one-shot effect that grants a counter that grants +1/+1. Notice the difference between what grants the +1/+1. It's the effect granting the +1/+1 in one case, and it's the counter in the other case. This matters ...


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They cannot cast the ciphered spell because they've already cast a spell. Rule 101.2 says When a rule or effect allows or directs something to happen, and another effect states that it can't happen, the "can't" effect takes precedence. The cipher ability allows the player to cast a spell, and Eidolon of Rhetoric says that they can't cast any spells ...


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Yes, cards have a rarity indicator (at least in recent years). Each Magic card has an icon below and to the right of the picture called the expansion symbol, which indicates the expansion set that the card is from. The icon's color indicates the rarity of the card, with the following key: Black: Common Silver: Uncommon Gold: Rare Red: Mythic Rare To get ...


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No. The Heroic ability only works if the creature you target is a permanent on the battlefield. Most abilities only work from the battlefield. From rule 112.6: 112.6. Abilities of an instant or sorcery spell usually function only while that object is on the stack. Abilities of all other objects usually function only while that object is on the ...


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No. The new Stoneforge Mystic will not "enter the battlefield", because it is already on the battlefield. In order for "enters the battlefield" triggers to trigger, the object must change zones from some other zone to the battlefield.


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No. Shapesharer does not enter the battlefield when its ability resolves: it was already in play. Stoneforge Mystic's ability only triggers when it enters the battlefield. Of course, you could use the Shapesharer-Mystic's activated ability after resolving the copy effect. Note that if you used a different copy card such as Clone, you would get the Mystic's ...


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No, you will not have to sacrifice it. See: 114.9a Just because an object or player is being affected by a spell or ability doesn't make that object or player a target of that spell or ability. Unless that object or player is identified by the word "target" in the text of that spell or ability, or the rule for that keyword ability, it's not a target.


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It's colorless. 202.2. An object is the color or colors of the mana symbols in its mana cost, regardless of the color of its frame. 202.2b Objects with no colored mana symbols in their mana costs are colorless. 202.2e An object may have a color indicator printed to the left of the type line. That object is each color denoted by that color ...


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When cards refer to "forests," they are always referring to the land cards and not to the mana they produce; when referring to mana, they specifically say "mana" or use the appropriate mana symbol (including X where necessary to be abstract). That means that in both cases, it is referring to the principle you are thinking about in your first statement. For ...


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There's no such thing as "Forest mana". Forest has only 2 meanings in MTG, it is a basic land type, and it is the name of a card. A card with the land type "Forest" (such as the Forest card), can be tapped for 1 green mana. Both "Forests in play" and "Forests you control" refer to cards (or tokens) with the type "Forest" that are on the battlefield. The ...


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Species Gorger's triggered ability does not target. Abilities that target use the word "target". As such, it does not interact with Plaxcaster Frogling's activated ability or any other shroud effects. In addition, because the triggered ability does not target, you make the choice of which creature to return while the ability is resolving (which means the ...


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Neither of these scenarios happen. What does happen is called out in a ruling on Athreos: 4/26/2014: Athreos’s last ability will trigger if a token creature you own dies. The target opponent has the option to pay 3 life, although the token can’t return to your hand. The ability triggers as normal, since a creature died, even if it's a token. Your ...


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Nothing happens. He is instructed to discard a card. 701.7a To discard a card, move it from its owner’s hand to that player’s graveyard. It's impossible for him to discard a card, so he does as much as possible. 609.3. If an effect attempts to do something impossible, it does only as much as possible. It does not affect him.


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TL;DR No, your opponent does not have an opportunity to react to you paying the cost to activate the boar's ability, and the creature you blocked remains blocked. It does not quite work the way you think. To use the Boar's ability you had to pay its cost. Its cost was to sacrifice it. So the boar is gone before any other spell put on the stack would ...


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No, they will not. You only get to copy what is actually printed on the card; not any information that has changed the properties of that object. See this ruling on Clone: Clone copies exactly what was printed on the original creature and nothing more (unless that creature is copying something else or is a token; see below). It doesn't copy whether that ...


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You can't use Strionic Resonator when you tap a land for mana. Mana abilities do not use the stack. According to rule 605.1, a mana ability is an activated ability that creates mana, or a triggered ability that triggers off of mana creation and makes more mana itself (such as with Overgrowth or the last ability on Gauntlet of Power). Since Vorinclex's ...


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Yes. Nylea is always a Creature card (among other things) in your library. It doesn't matter that Nylea isn't just a Creature. Ruling: The type-changing ability that can make the God not be a creature functions only on the battlefield. It's always a creature card in other zones, regardless of your devotion to its color. If the ability was a ...


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Aegis of the Gods will have no effect. You still won't be able to gain life, for the exact reason you suspect. From the definition of Hexproof: 702.11c "Hexproof" on a player means "You can't be the target of spells or abilities your opponents control." Since Erebos' ability doesn't say 'target' anywhere, it doesn't target you, and Hexproof has no ...


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That is completely correct. Indestructible and regeneration prevent/replace destruction but not sacrifices. Sigarda prevents sacrifices but not destruction.


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I contacted Wizard's MtG APAC Support last night. The response confirmed what we suspect: only one life gain occurs, but they didn't know any specific ruling about this either. I think Ikegami's answer very soundly conveys the rules basis for it working this way, though. For posterity, and for some level of official confirmation, here's the response from ...


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How is this life gained: all at once or "one bit" at a time? Count the verbs. There is only one instruction to gain life, so all the life is gained simultaneously. 608.2e Some spells and abilities have multiple steps or actions, denoted by separate sentences or clauses, that involve multiple players. In these cases, the choices for the first action ...



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