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You are correct, these cards are not in booster packs. For the past few years, Wizards has put out 30 card sample decks to introduce new players into the game. This year they decided to put into these packs a number of reprinted cards not actually present in M15: see here for decklists. Like the article mentions, the Deck Builder's Toolkit for M15 also has ...


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Once the second Pledge enters the battlefield, the first one again starts granting protection from white to the Gnomes, which causes the second aura to fall off. This happens as a state-based action just after the second Pledge resolves.


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Well, it should have. In the ruling for Experiment One it clearly stats: If a creature enters the battlefield with +1/+1 counters on it, consider those counters when determining if evolve will trigger. For example, a 1/1 creature that enters the battlefield with two +1/+1 counters on it will cause the evolve ability of a 2/2 creature to trigger. You ...


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You untap your artifacts during player two's untap step, player three's untap step, and player four's untap step. This isn't anything that's in the comprehensive rules or anything, it's just the meaning of the words on the card. "Each other player" could be explained as "each player who is not you" or to be really clear "every single player who is not you". ...


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First of all, if you are able to type in the name, just search for the name using magiccards.info. It accepts non-English names (in part and in whole). Typing the name without accents works. If you can scan or photograph the card, another easy way of identifying the card is to submit it to Google Image Search (click the camera). This will find pages about ...


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Ashcloud Phoenix's ability does not trigger, and it stays in the graveyard. Rule 603.6d says Normally, objects that exist immediately after an event are checked to see if the event matched any trigger conditions. Continuous effects that exist at that time are used to determine what the trigger conditions are and what the objects involved in the event ...


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The face down morph cards don't have an ability whose effect turns the card face-up. Instead, the rules allow you to turn them face-up. 702.36d If you have priority, you may turn a face-down permanent you control face up. This is a special action; it doesn’t use the stack (see rule 115). To do this, show all players what the permanent’s morph cost would ...


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First, if Boonweaver Giant's triggered ability is on the stack, then Boonweaver himself is not on the stack. He has already entered the battlefield. Second, Spectra Ward should never have been placed on the stack. Boonweaver Giant's triggered ability is what actually gets placed on the stack. Your opponent doesn't have to make a decision until it resolves. ...


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This ability is a static ability. The important rules from that page say 604.1. Static abilities do something all the time rather than being activated or triggered. They are written as statements, and they're simply true. 604.2. Static abilities create continuous effects, some of which are prevention effects or replacement effects. These effects are ...


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Bribery and Collusion do not really factor into this. If there is no agreement (or offer) to exchange something of value for a particular match result, there is no bribery. "Collusion" is not inherently illegal in the absence of bribery (No rule says I can't concede to my friends because they're my friends.) You are running afoul of 'Unsporting Conduct - ...


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From that same page (emphasis mine): Creatures turned face down by Ixidron are 2/2 creatures with no text, no name, no subtypes, no expansion symbol, and no mana cost. "Creature type" is a shorthand for a creature-specific subtype (205.3m in the Comprehensive Rules). Face-down creatures have no creature type, so Coat of Arms does not affect them.


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601.5. A player can’t begin to cast a spell that’s prohibited from being cast. So you are exactly right


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"Other creatures you control" means "Creatures you control which are not this object." Chief of the Edge further restricts things by only affecting Warriors. If the ability did not affect creatures with the same name, it would read something like "Creatures you control not named "Chief of the Edge"..."


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The controller takes 10 damage. A creature's toughness does not limit the damage it can take. Toughness just indicates how much damage is enough to destroy it.


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No. Myr Servitor's ability has an intervening "if" clause ("if Myr Servitor is on the battlefield"), and whether this clause is true is checked both when the ability triggers and when it tries to resolve. By the time it tries to resolve, the Myr Servitor won't be on the battlefield, and so the ability won't do anything. 603.4. A triggered ability may ...


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Let's walk through this. Our starting state is: Gnome is enchanted by Colorless Pledge. The following events occur: You cast a second Pledge, targeting Gnome Pledge resolves and attaches to Gnome The state of the board is now: Gnome is enchanted by Colorless Pledge and White Pledge. Gnome has Protection from White (except Colorless Pledge) and ...


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No, Sarkhan's ability does not trigger enters-the-battlefield abilities because he is already on the battlefield. He changes type and gains abilities but he is still the same object. An enters-the-battlefield trigger is what is called a zone-change trigger. Rule 603.6a describes these triggers: Enters-the-battlefield abilities trigger when a permanent ...


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The lands that that deck only has one of are generally nice to have if you can get it, but not clearly better than the alternatives. The deck is entirely white, so Cavern of Souls' second ability is only useful to generate white mana, and that mana can only be used to cast creature spells of a predetermined type (probably Human, given the makeup of the ...


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What happens to a spell after it's been cast is not affected by where it was cast from. It's the usual rule about cards being by default "reset" whenever they move from a zone to another. Unless the spell itself (e.g. Pull from the Deep, White Sun's Zenith...) or another card (such as Rest in Peace) says it doesn't go to the graveyard, that is where it ...


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On the rulings for hyena umbra: If a spell or ability (such as Planar Cleansing) would destroy both an Aura with totem armor and the permanent it's enchanting at the same time, totem armor's effect will save the enchanted permanent from being destroyed. Instead, the spell or ability will destroy the Aura in two different ways at the same time, but the ...


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A ruling on the gatherer page for Gideon says Gideon, Champion of Justice's power and toughness are set to the number of loyalty counters on him when his second ability resolves. They won't change later in the turn if the number of loyalty counters on him changes. So, he is assigned a power and toughness when the ability resolves, and it doesn't ...


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Casting Hypnotic Siren on Boonweaver Giant will not give you control of Spectra Ward. However, this doesn't matter, as Spectra Ward will continue to give its bonus to Boonweaver Giant anyway, and (unlike, say, Curiosity) this bonus does not depend in any way on who controls Spectra Ward. Also, your understanding of how the stack works here is flawed. If ...


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Yes. If a card (e.g. "Island") is allowed in the current format, you may place any print of that card into your deck. You can even use a print of a card whose text has since been changed in Oracle. The text in Oracle always overrides the text on the card. The cards much match the following criteria: The card is genuine and published by Wizards of the ...


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No, you won't retain control. Your enchantment will fall off and go to your graveyard, and Marath will go to your opponent's graveyard or command zone. The primary reason is that when a creature changes zones, this rule kicks in: 400.7. An object that moves from one zone to another becomes a new object with no memory of, or relation to, its previous ...


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It depends on what format you want to play. Casual You can use whatever cards you want, as long as your friends are alright with it. This is informally known as "kitchen table magic", at least in my area. Some casual formats are are so popular that they have their own rules, such as Commander. See the link at the bottom for more information. Standard ...


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I copied the answer from here, where a similar question was answered by Daniel Kitachewsky. Daniel is a high-level Judge from France, and the goto-guy when judges don't know the answer. Planar Cleansing resolves and destroys all creatures, artifacts and enchantments. I have a Runeclaw Bears enchanted with Boar Umbra. The replacement effect of the ...


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Start simple, build their knowledge step by step and only introduce new concepts when they're comfortable with what's gone before. When I introduce a new player, I always start with the basics: MtG is a card game using a deck of shuffled cards The colours of magic and their themes (Red - destruction, blue - subversion, green - power etc) The types of ...


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This answer is based on the very weak assumption that history will repeat itself. When this answer was written, cards rotated once per year. Wizards of the Coast is moving to two rotations per year. This will drastically change the pattern described below. Innistrad was the first set of a block that rotated in October 2013. The rares and mythics that are ...


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For both Fracturing Gust and End Hostilities, only Hyena Umbra will get destroyed. Both Destroy all Enchantments. and Destroy all creatures and all permanents attached to creatures. are effectively Destroy Boon Satyr and Hyena Umbra. There's only one instruction to destroy, so everything is destroyed simultaneously. The Umbra's ...


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The Magic tournament rules have this to say (emphasis added): 3.9 Card Shuffling Decks must be randomized at the start of every game and whenever an instruction requires it. Randomization is defined as bringing the deck to a state where no player can have any information regarding the order or position of cards in any portion of the deck. Pile ...



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