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As of the Magic 2015 redesign, rare and mythic rare cards will have a spot at the bottom of the card frame containing a small holofoil stamp. This has two effects: It makes it harder to produce counterfeit versions, so it's a sign of authenticity. It makes the card seem more special. Look, shiny!


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The land is a rare for a couple reasons: It is a land that can provide two colors and it has the chance to enter untapped. Entering untapped is important for maintaining tempo. It is a dual land*, in the classic sense of having two basic land types(Island Swamp). Lands with two basic types are very important, especially when fetch lands are currently in ...


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You can exile your opponents' Plains before Ulamog resolves, but you can't stop your opponent from getting mana from them. Assuming no one has anything else to do besides the things you mentioned, it'd go like this: You cast Ulamog. Ulamog's "when you cast..." ability triggers, and you target your opponents' two Plains. Your opponent taps both Plains for ...


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What is legal? Cards go on the stack when you cast them. They remain there until they resolve or are otherwise removed from the stack. According the the Tournament Rules, the current zone of any object is free information. The stack is a zone. Therefore, the presence of an object on the stack is free information. It does not matter where the card ...


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Yes you can pay for Kicker when you can a spell off of the Scepter. The Scepter gives your spell an Alternative Cost, and Kicker is an Additional Cost. These work together to make the full cost of the spell. So you pay {2} to activate the Scepter and then when you cast the Chant you can pay an additional {W} if you want to kick it. 117.9. Some spells ...


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No, because the rules specifically say that you attack the other player in a two-player game, or opponents in a multiplayer game. There are no cards which change this. Here are the full relevant rules: 506.2. During the combat phase, the active player is the attacking player; creatures that player controls may attack. During the combat phase of a ...


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Spells and abilities check for legality of their target(s) twice; once when you put them on the stack, and again when they resolve. If a target becomes illegal between the first and second check, that part of the spell or resolution does nothing to that target when it resolves. Resolving Spells and Abilities 608.2b If the spell or ability ...


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There are two cases of "Enter the Battlefield" abilities. If the ability is on the creature entering the battlefield, such as Abbot of Keral Keep, Turn to Frog isn't an answer. You can't target the creature until it has entered the battlefield. Once it has entered the battlefield, the Ability has already been triggered and is being added to the stack. ...


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The effect that checks whether the Surge cost was paid resolves when the spell resolves. This is because abilities of Instants and Sorceries are by default "spell abilities", and resolve when the spell resolves. Rule 112.3a says Spell abilities are abilities that are followed as instructions while an instant or sorcery spell is resolving. Any text on an ...


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There are 2 aspects to this question: Why is it necessary at all to include extra actions, why not just transform Jace? Answer: If Jace was simply transformed from creature to planeswalker, he would not get his 5 loyalty counters and would go to the graveyard as a state-based action. A planeswalker only gets the initial loyalty counters when the ...


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No. City of Brass adds one mana of any color, and colorless is not a color. 105.4. If a player is asked to choose a color, he or she must choose one of the five colors. “Multicolored” is not a color. Neither is “colorless.” In the past, if you attempted to add mana to your pool that did not share a color with your commander's color identity, that mana ...


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No, unless the player has a "Cannot lose" effect in play, like Platinum Angel. When a player goes to 0 life, before priority is regained (and the player able to activate Soul Conduit), state-based actions are checked and the player loses the game. Even if the ability were on the stack, it doesn't resolve before state-based actions, again. (e.g. 1 life, ...


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You get a copy for every previous spell, not just the ones you cast. The Storm rules (that you linked to) define Storm in rule 702.39a: Storm is a triggered ability that functions on the stack. “Storm” means “When you cast this spell, put a copy of it onto the stack for each other spell that was cast before it this turn. If the spell has any targets, you ...


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The references section of the Card Frame article on the MTGSalvation Wiki refers to a large number of articles published by Wizards about card frame changes. The ones about the Eighth Edition change that you're asking about are: Card Frame Redesign FAQ, by the magicthegathering.com staff. Frames of Reference, by Mark Rosewater A Scary Card Frame Story, by ...


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When it enters a new zone, it resets back to its default characteristics. Namely as a creature card. So, you can then recast it as Jace, Vryn's Prodigy. This is based on two rulings on Gatherer: While a double-faced card isn’t on the battlefield, consider only the characteristics of its front face. A double-faced card enters the battlefield with ...


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Nop, it's the same. Keep in mind, Atinlay Igpay is a card from the unhinged set. Meaning you can't normally play it except for casual play (and then usually you have to agree on it specifically). The card is actually called Latin Pig in Pig-latin rules: Juvenile "code" language created by the rearrangement of sounds in a word such that the first ...


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Depending on how far you want to go to tune your deck for this specific scenario you have a few options. If dealing with this combo is more important then staying mono-green looking at a black splash will open up a lot of the cards ideal for this match up. General advice, Exile and negative toughness effects will still remove indestructible creatures, and ...


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No, you cannot prevent your opponent from tapping their Plains for mana. Specifically, the play you describe plays out in the following sequence of events: You cast Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger. It goes on the stack. The spell's triggered ability triggers, and goes on the stack on top of Ulamog. Now you have a chance to respond. From your description, you ...


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Here's one possibility for what you're looking for: a search for all of the cards that TCGPlayer.com sells (directly or as a middleman) for at least $200. At this time, it lists 64 cards in that range.


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Your stack after step 4 is (top to bottom): Shapesharer's activated ability Quicksilver Elemental's activated ability Shapesharer's ability resolves first. Quicksilver becomes a copy of Creature 4. Per rule 706.3, Quicksilver's abilities become those of Creature 4. This also means that Quicksilver loses its original ability. 706.3. The copy’s ...


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As far as I can tell, there is no specific rule in the tournament rules that requires a player to call a judge when a rule is broken. All it says is that a player is responsible for Calling attention to any rules or policy infraction they notice in their matches. In fact, the infraction procedure guide says If a minor violation is quickly handled ...


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Rule 108.1 states: 108.1. Use the Oracle™ card reference when determining a card’s wording. A card’s Oracle text can be found using the Gatherer card database at Gatherer.Wizards.com This means that the text on Gatherer is correct regardless of what is printed on the card. This is because older cards have been changed, usually to maintain their ...


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Tap Grindclock Tap both Palladium to float 4x colorless Spend colorless to activate Galvanizer and untap Palladiums Tap both Palladium to untap Grindclock (clock of omens) Tap Grindclock Spend colorless to activate Galvanizer and untap Palladiums and Galvanizer Tap both Palladium to float 4x colorless Spend colorless to activate Galvanizer and untap ...


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Responding to the activation of Golden Urn's ability with another destroy effect will not work, since you cannot respond to the cost being paid (which is sacrificing the Urn in this case). Other answers explained it better, I just wanted to offer another solution: Krosan Grip. Due to Split Second, your opponent will not have a chance to activate the Golden ...


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It is important to study effectively for the L1 exam. Remember that the L1 exam is just the first step into the judge program and isn't intended to be too gruelling. The IPG isn't part of the L1 test at all. The L1 test only uses the JAR (Judging at Regualar REL) for it's questions where the players have done something wrong. When studying the IPG focus on ...


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It would probably be many cards from the very beginning of MTG. It was a special time in MTG. R&D was virtually non existent and there is a lot of cards that would never again see the light of day because of there ridiculous over powered nature. There is also the issue of the reserved list that ensures many of these cards scarcity. If Star City Games ...


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No, it generally doesn't work like that. If your opponent has priority (i.e. the right to cast spells, activate abilities, and take special actions), and all other required conditions are also met, he can start casting his enchantment. In that case, you can still respond with Aura of Silence, but it will not have any effect on that particular enchantment. ...


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You won't ever become a creature's owner in a game if you already weren't. 108.3. The owner of a card in the game is the player who started the game with it in his or her deck. If a card is brought into the game from outside the game rather than starting in a player’s deck, its owner is the player who brought it into the game. If a card starts the game ...


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You reveal the card to all players. 701.13. Reveal 701.13a To reveal a card, show that card to all players for a brief time. If an effect causes a card to be revealed, it remains revealed for as long as necessary to complete the parts of the effect that card is relevant to. If the cost to cast a spell or activate an ability includes revealing a ...


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Rule 903.3 says Each deck has a legendary creature card designated as its commander. This designation is not a characteristic of the object represented by the card; rather, it is an attribute of the card itself. The card retains this designation even when it changes zones. Only the cards that start the game as commanders count as commanders and can ...



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