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When you want to cast a spell with X anywhere in the card's text (usually the casting cost), you have to announce which value X is going to have (Comp Rule 601.2b). Then you calculate the actual mana cost that you have to pay, at which time you consider cards like Arcane Melee (601.2e). Arcane Melee only reduces colorless mana costs, and any value below zero ...


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Planeswalkers are not players (or opponents), and they're never treated as players (or opponents). Don't think of them as players, and you'll be a lot less likely to get confused. There are two rules that make them seem a little similar to players: You can choose to attack your opponent and/or planeswalkers they control. If a source you control would deal ...


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Yes, the creatures will still be blocked by tokens. See the ruling on Nature Shields its Own: The Plant token blocks the attacking creature even if the block couldn't legally be declared (for example, if the attacking creature has flying). This is because things like flying and protection only affect the declare blockers step. The prevent a creature ...


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X is always zero in this case according to this rule. 107.3b If a player is casting a spell that has an {X} in its mana cost, the value of X isn’t defined by the text of that spell, and an effect lets that player cast that spell while paying neither its mana cost nor an alternative cost that includes X, then the only legal choice for X is 0.


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Declaring a creature as a blocker is different from an attacker being blocked. Declaring a blocker requires meeting requirements and restrictions for blocking (such as only blocking flying creatures with a flying or reach creature). Being blocked means that you deal damage to the blocking creature(s) instead of the defending player (or with trample, deal ...


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Travis Woo has an interesting article, "90 Card Living End", that has a good explanation of yet another reason to have more than 60 cards: his deck is based on a combo that relies on the card Living End being in his library. Actually drawing Living End is a problem for the deck, so he plays more cards because he doesn't want to draw the most important card. ...


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Heroic only triggers when "you" (the controller of the creature with heroic) cast a spell. So no, your opponent's Battlewise Hoplite will not trigger if you cast Crippling Blight on it. Aura spells do always target when cast, so it will trigger heroic if you cast an aura spell and target a creature that you control with heroic. 303.4a An Aura spell ...


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First off, what is a bomb? According to a Limited Information article it is ... a powerful, game-ending, stabilizing card. though the author does admit that other people might have slightly different definitions. The MTG Salvation Wiki describes a bomb as ...a card, generally used in conjunction with Limited play, that always makes a large card impact on a ...


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A Planeswalker is never a player. Spells that target a player can't target a planeswalker. However, noncombat damage can be redirected to a planeswalker (damage only, not lifeloss), but it doesn't affect the player anymore when you do that. So cards like Hypnotic Specter won't cause the opponent to discard a card if damage is redirected, since the damage ...


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Even ignoring all the aforementioned reasons in the others answers, I would simplify saying that it's just not fun to play with. I tried playing with my friend using only Homelands set cards and it was horrible. You couldn't do any interesting combination, no strategy. You feel powerless, impotent. A lot of people (kids at the time) bought large ...



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