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Official Rulings by high-level tournament judges explicitly say that you can take those shortcuts: A player with the ability to scry 1 ‘infinitely’ may shortcut this action by examining the library without reordering it and cutting it to a specific location. A player with the ability to scry 2 or more infinitely may shortcut this action by rearranging ...


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You can play a land for the turn during either main phase, before or after casting spells. There's no hard and fast rule about what time is best to play your land. If someone told you there was, they probably don't have a thorough understanding of the game. But if someone told you that in a specific situation you should've played differently, they might've ...


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A player at 0 life loses the game permanently. Everything they own (including e.g. permanents that are under someone else's control) vanishes from the game; neither the player nor their stuff is a legal target anymore. From the Comprehensive Rules: 104.3b If a player’s life total is 0 or less, he or she loses the game the next time a player would ...


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As noted by Hackworth, Player B is correct under the current rules. One possible source of confusion in the situation is that it used to work the way Player A thinks. You could "put damage on the stack" then play abilities in the combat damage step in response, before the damage resolved. This was removed with the 2010 major rules update (the one that ...


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You'll wind up with your Awoken Horror plus two zombies. Awoken Horror will not bounce your zombies, because the whole transformation/bouncing process will happen while Gisa's Bidding is still on the stack. Here's the process, assuming players do nothing but keep passing priority after you cast Gisa's Bidding: You cast Gisa's Bidding. It goes on the ...


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It is because Bring to Light and Evoke are both alternate costs, and you can only choose one alternate cost when casting a spell. Since Bring to Light is what is giving you permission to cast the Revilark in the first place you have to use its alternative cost, you can't Evoke it (by paying mana) off of Bring to Light. Compare this to Omniscience which also ...


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You can always assign more than lethal damage to a creature. In your example, you can assign five damage to the 2/3 and not touch the 2/2. 510.1c A blocked creature assigns combat damage to the creatures it’s blocking. If it isn’t currently blocking any creatures (if, for example, they were destroyed or removed from combat), it assigns no combat damage. ...


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Assuming that the enchantment is not printed as a creature, Hallowed Moonlight will not exile it. The Ask a Magic Judge tumblr already has a post covering this exact situation. To explain the reasoning, it says (emphasis added) When we determine whether or not to apply a certain replacement effect, like Hallowed Moonlight’s, to an object that would ...


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Neglected Heirloom transforms once, into Ashmouth Blade, and stays that way. (Until something exceptional happens, like another effect or removal, like you said.) The transformation rule on the Neglected Heirloom front face doesn't matter once it's transformed. The currently face-up side is all that matters, which is Ashmouth Blade. It doesn't have an ...


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Yes, Shroud on a card only works if the card is on the battlefield. In order to not be able to counter it the spell would have to have "~ cannot be countered [by spells or abilities]". 702.18a Shroud is a static ability. “Shroud” means “This permanent or player can’t be the target of spells or abilities.” 110.1. A permanent is a card or token on the ...


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You can do this. The fundamental thing that allows you to do this is that one of the last steps of casting a spell or activating an ability is 601.2g: If the total cost includes a mana payment, the player then has a chance to activate mana abilities (see rule 605, “Mana Abilities”). Mana abilities must be activated before costs are paid. This rule ...


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No, because you don't attack creatures in Magic; you attack players (or planeswalkers), and then the player being attacked can choose to block (or not block) your attacking creatures with their creatures if able. If your opponent has nothing with flying or reach, they will be unable to block an attacking flyer, and so your flyer will deal damage directly to ...


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Player B is right. In each combat damage step (First strike/double strike, then other creatures), all creatures deal their combat damage at the same time, and you don't get the chance to cast spells or activate abilities: 510.2. Second, all combat damage that’s been assigned is dealt simultaneously. This turn-based action doesn’t use the stack. No ...


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I disagree with the ruling made by the floor judge. I also disagree with upgrading the penalty to a warning. Ruling First, let's get some terminology down: You are the controller of the trigger. I interpret "action" to mean "game action". For example: Resting your hands on your lands is not a game action. Untapping your lands is a game action. Silence ...


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As one might guess it seems the states with the largest number of Magic players are also the ones with the largest populations. I am assuming that the number of players in a state is directly correlated with the number of judges in that state. To get the number of judges in each state I used the WotC Judge Center tools to find all of the Level 1+ judges in ...


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Yes. A "creature with flying" is any creature that currently has the ability "flying" for any reason - whether its own card text, an enchantment, or even a temporary source like Aerial Maneuver which grants flying until end of turn.


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Your text is slightly off. It's actually: Whenever a land enters the battlefield under your control, you may return target nonland permanent card from your graveyard to your hand. If that land is a Plains, you may return that nonland permanent card to the battlefield instead. So, it's referring to the land that triggers landfall, not the nonland ...


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Friday Night Magic runs at Regular REL, and is covered by Judging at Regular. The Tournament Rules and Infraction Procedure Guide cover Competitive and Professional REL. This answer borrows from all three documents and covers all three RELs. Should I call a judge? Absolutely. Am I required to call a judge? No. According to the Infraction Procedure Guide, ...


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There are not any cards that are non-land and a Plains. This is because each type has their own list of subtypes that can be associated with them and Plains is a land subtype. Cards cannot have subtypes that don't match one of their types, therefore it is impossible to have a card that is a Plains but not a land. 205.3d An object can’t gain a subtype ...


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Player 2 can't really stop player 1 from casting an artifact as if it had flash, outside of destroying Shimmer Myr while player 1 is tapped out. At any given time, one player has priority. If player 2 has priority first and casts Naturalize, player 1 can respond by casting an artifact. If player 1 has priority, they can cast an artifact. Once they do so, ...


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Yes, per 510.1c, quoted below in its entirety with emphasis added. 510.1c A blocked creature assigns its combat damage to the creatures blocking it. If no creatures are currently blocking it (if, for example, they were destroyed or removed from combat), it assigns no combat damage. If exactly one creature is blocking it, it assigns all its ...


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Yes. You can assign as much damage as you want to a single blocker. The only restriction is that you cannot assign damage to a second blocker until you have assigned lethal damage to the first. 510.1. First, the active player announces how each attacking creature assigns its combat damage, then the defending player announces how each blocking creature ...


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The creature will not die or be exiled, and instead the aura with Totem Armor will be destroyed. Anger of the Gods says Anger of the Gods deals 3 damage to each creature. If a creature dealt damage this way would die this turn, exile it instead. And Totem Armor is an ability defined in rule 702.88a: Totem armor is a static ability that appears on ...


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Yes, these both happen on layer 6: ability-adding and ability-removing effects. When one effect is adding one or more abilities, and a second effect is trying to remove them, then the one that "wins" is the one generated last in timestamp order. The Borderland Minotaur won't have deathtouch in that scenario: it gains it, then loses it. Rule 613.8 actually ...


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All Aberrant Researchers trigger independently of each other. An instant or sorcery revealed by one does not flip the other. If an object (for example, a creature) refers to itself by name in its card text, it only means itself, not other permanents with the same name. 201.4. Text that refers to the object it’s on by name means just that particular ...


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Casting a spell without paying its mana cost is an alternative cost (as is Evoke), and you can only use one alternative cost. Bring to Light only allows you to cast it with that one specific alternate cost (i.e. "free"), so you can't use a different one, even if you wanted to use the Evoke cost instead of the free cost - you don't have permission to cast the ...


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No, the Pridemate's ability doesn't trigger when your teammate gains life, because while your shared life total goes up it is not you gaining life. Two-Headed Giant FAQ: How does damage, loss of life, and gaining life work with the single life total for the team? Damage, loss of life, and gaining life happens to each player individually. The result is ...


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It depends on if Vanish into Memory is cast before or after the Monstrous ability resolves. If Vanish into Memory is cast in response to the Monstrosity ability then the Beast will survive because when the ability resolves the Cerberus is no longer on the battlefield to trigger, and thus doesn't deal damage. Gatherer Ruling: An ability that triggers ...


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In all honesty, I think a lot of arguments revolving around information hiding and headgames are overblown. Being able to efficiently sequence your resources and analyze lines of play is far more important than pulling off an occasional bluff or reading tells. And fiddling with land drop sequencing is a fairly minor part of bluffing. In terms of ...


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The enchantment creatures you flickered will enter the battlefield as enchantment creatures in both cases. The static ability of Starfield of Nyx creates a continuous, type-changing effect. As such, it works as soon as the permanent it changes enters the battlefield. As long as the condition is fulfilled, enchantments including themselves enter the ...



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