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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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First of all, as the other answers have indicated, Scalding Tarn does not produce any mana, it just lets you search for another land that can. The colors on this card have absolutely nothing to do with its ability. The blue and red are just there as a visual reminder that the ability lets you search for an Island or a Mountain. The card could be orange, or ...


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121.3. If a permanent has both a +1/+1 counter and a -1/-1 counter on it, N +1/+1 and N -1/-1 counters are removed from it as a state-based action, where N is the smaller of the number of +1/+1 and -1/-1 counters on it. See rule 704. Both counters will be removed as a state-based action (N=1). Your creature will be able to block and attack.


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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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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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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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Your friend is correct. By CR 119.6, and/or 302.7, Radiant has six damage marked on it for the rest of the turn. The damage doesn't come out of the toughness, buffed or otherwise. What happens in order is: His spell does 6 damage to your creatures State-based actions are checked. Your other seven creatures now have 6 damage, and are destroyed for having ...


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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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Core sets do contain new cards, but at a lower ratio than typical expansions. This article indicates that about half (112/249) the cards in Magic 2014 were new, while the rest were reprints. I would guess that the ratio will be about the same for Magic 2015. By comparison, in Theros, out of 249 cards, there were 12 reprints, and 5 functional reprints ...


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I thought that land cards that have two colors at the bottom mean that they can be used as land for either of the colors. No, the color shown on a card means nothing. It's just a visual reminder of some color(s) the card is associated with in some way. The only lands that can tap for mana without it being written on them are those which have one or ...


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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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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. 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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Here's the text of the relevant rule: 704.5r If a permanent has both a +1/+1 counter and a -1/-1 counter on it, N +1/+1 and N -1/-1 counters are removed from it, where N is the smaller of the number of +1/+1 and -1/-1 counters on it. It's supposed to be pretty clear: if your creature has one +1/+1 counter and one -1/-1 counter on it, you remove one ...


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In your case, you do have priority and you can cast the instant in question. However, an instant that says "When you take [some amount of] damage, [do something]" won't really do much because the damage has already been done, so to speak. However, if you had responded to the lightning bolt with your instant, then it would have worked as intended. You ask ...


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Yes, you can. If a spell targets a creature, unless it says otherwise, it can target any creature of any colour. The spell's own colour is simply a non-issue. Consider that if you did have to cast red spells on red creatures, or black spells on black creatures, Doom Blade would be completely useless, being a black spell which says: Destroy target ...


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They absolutely stay. According to the comprehensive rules, emphasis mine: 205.1a Some effects set an object's card type. In such cases, the new card type(s) replaces any existing card types. Counters, effects, and damage marked on the object remain with it, even if they are meaningless to the new card type.


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Double-faced cards only transform when they (or another effect like Moonmist) explicitly say they transform. For example, Ulvenwald Mystics says on its front side: At the beginning of each upkeep, if no spells were cast last turn, transform Ulvenwald Mystics. and the back side (Ulvenwalkd Primordials) says: {G}: Regenerate Ulvenwald Primordials. ...


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No, your opponent's creatures will not enter tapped. The ability "Creatures your opponents control enter the battlefield tapped" creates a replacement effect on creatures entering the battlefield. Rule 614.4 says Replacement effects must exist before the appropriate event occurs -- they can't "go back in time" and change something that's already ...


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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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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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Counters are not removed from a permanent even when they stop being relevant to it. Take the example of Raging Ravine : it says 2RG: Until end of turn, Raging Ravine becomes a 3/3 red and green Elemental creature with "Whenever this creature attacks, put a +1/+1 counter on it." It's still a land. On gatherer we can see the ruling : Any +1/+1 ...


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Actually, in this scenario, if Yixlid Jailer was already on the field when Snapcaster Mage's "enter the battlefield" ability resolves, the card does have flashback until end of turn. This is mainly because, generally, when continuous effects that modify the same kind of thing (type, color, abilities, etc.), they are applied in timestamp order. Yixlid Jailer ...


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Your initial thought is correct. It will get copied, become a 0/0 creature, and die (unless you have a way to save it through a static effect, like Anthem or Caged Sun). Relevant rules: 706.2. When copying an object, the copy acquires the copiable values of the original object's characteristics ... The "copiable values" are the values derived from the ...


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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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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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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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