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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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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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It's not necessarily the stack that you need to figure out, it's triggered abilities and abilities resolving. Here's what happens. Opponent casts Wrath. Wrath resolves, placing your creatures in the graveyard. Reveillark's ability triggers. Since it and the other creatures are already in the graveyard, they are legal targets (well, not the Reveillark ...


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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 wins goyf (i.e. Tarmogoyf) battles. Something that birds of paradise does nothing for. In the Abzan mirror for instance it is crucial in getting your goyfs over your opponents creatures. Goyfs have one toughness more than their power so they can easily have a staring contest where it makes no sense to attack into one (With your own.) The exalted trigger ...


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Two things affect the price of a card. The card utility, and the card rarity. Noble Hierarch has very few copies in circulation relative to Birds of Paradise. So that will affect the price. Additionally, Exalted is hugely important in a number of decks. Most notably infect.


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Look at how much each has been printed. Noble Hierarch was printed in Conflux and Modern Masters. Birds of Paradise was printed in Alpha/Beta/Unlimited/Revised, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, and 10th edition, Magic 2010, 2011, 2012, and Ravnica. There are just way, way more copies out there. And by the way, Exalted can be quite relevant. The most obvious example ...


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Yes you can. That card doesn't specifically mention anything about its equip ability having to be used on a different creature and not on one it's already attached to. A good rule of thumb with Magic: Unless the card specifically states something, more oft than not you do exactly what is says on the card and nothing else. So since it doesn't specifically ...


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The short answer is that Swift Silence is simply not good in this situation. First, note that Swift Silence only counters spells. Guttersnipe's ability is a triggered ability, not a spell, so it is unaffected by Swift Silence. Your optimal strategy is to simply cast one Lightning Bolt at a time, and then let both the triggered ability and the Lightning ...


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Assuming you play your Bolts right your opponent can counter at most 1 of them. This is what happens: You have priority, you cast Bolt, Guttersnipe triggers, you have priority again You pass priority, your opponent gains priority and can cast their counter if they want to, eventually they also pass priority Guttersnipes ability resolves, you gain ...


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You have the advantage, since your third point is incorrect. When the stack is empty, if both players pass priority, then the phase ends. So, what you do is let Guttersnipe and the Bolt both resolve, then cast another one when you get priority again. 500.2. A phase or step in which players receive priority ends when the stack is empty and all players ...


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The player who cast the spell that creates extra turns will take their extra turn(s), and then the player who copied the spell will take their extra turn(s). From the comprehensive rules (emphasis mine): 500.7. Some effects can give a player extra turns. They do this by adding the turns directly after the current turn. If a player gets multiple extra ...


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Yes, you can choose the currently equipped creature to target with the equip ability since it doesn't require the target to be a different creature. Note that if you have other cards that care about things becoming (un)equipped or (un)attached they will not trigger since the equipment never actually stops being equipped, and it doesn't gain a new timestamp. ...


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Since there is no restriction (other than control) based on the wording of "equip", I'd say yes. 702.6a Equip is an activated ability of Equipment cards. “Equip [cost]” means “[Cost]: Attach this permanent to target creature you control. Activate this ability only any time you could cast a sorcery.”


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No, he will not gain counters. From the comprehensive rules (emphasis mine): 702.100. Extort 702.100a Extort is a triggered ability. “Extort” means “Whenever you cast a spell, you may pay {W/B}. If you do, each opponent loses 1 life and you gain life equal to the total life lost this way.” 702.100b If a permanent has multiple instances of ...


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No, Karlov will not gain counters. Extort will resolve before Karlov. When you gain life from Extort, Karlov will not be on the battlefield yet, and his ability only works while on the battlefield. 702.100a Extort is a triggered ability. “Extort” means “Whenever you cast a spell, you may pay {W/B}. If you do, each opponent loses 1 life and you gain life ...


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I mostly agree with the accepted answer, but i think the numbers are a little off. so i will try to be concise: 15-18 creatures is average, and the best answer for draft with no other information. 14 creatures is the absolute lower limit without a good reason 11-13 is the range for decks that are built that way, ex. tempo, prowess, etc. <10 are rarer ...


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Polymorphist's Jest does not create tokens, it only changes the stats and characteristics of the creature's controlled by the targeted player. It is still the same game object as far as Magic is concerned. Under the circumstances presented in your question, your opponent's creature would be 'flickered' (magic slang for exiled and then returned to the ...


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No, such a card can never directly affect tokens. Cards such as Conjurer Ban require your opponent to name a card: 201.3. If an effect instructs a player to name a card, the player must choose the name of a card that exists in the Oracle card reference (see rule 108.1) and is legal in the format of the game the player is playing. (See rule 100.6.) [..] ...


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10creatures, 24 land,10 spells, 10 artifacts 6, of anything


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Can I "play" a token? No. You can still produce zombie tokens even if you are not allowed to play Zombie. "Play" has a very specific meaning in Magic: 701.11b To play a card means to play that card as a land or to cast that card as a spell, whichever is appropriate. When instructed to name a card, can I name a token instead? It depends. If a token ...


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No they cannot name 'Zombie', when instructed to name a card they must do exactly that 'Zombie' is not the name of a card, it is a creature type and the name of a token. Also even if they could name 'Zombie' (or say you had a way to create Zombie Assassin tokens) it still wouldn't matter because playing a card means casting it if it is not a land and when ...


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The name of the token is "zombie", but it isn't a card that can be named, and you can still generate zombie tokens. Some cards do care about the name of tokens (e.g. Declaration in Stone) and those cards would hit all zombie tokens you have in play. Relevant rules: 110.5 Some effects put tokens onto the battlefield. A token is a marker used to ...


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Instead of that, try running form of the Dragon instead. Because combat damage is dealt at the same time (unless a creature has first strike/double strike) you're life will just reset to five at the end of the turn. I run that combo in a lot of my white decks and it's always been extremely effective.


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This situation cannot happen as you have described it. In order to enchant a creature, the creature must already be on the battlefield. If your opponent wants to counter your creature, he must do so before it resolves. In casual games of Magic, you have to settle the confusion with your opponent and decide whether he meant to allow the creature to resolve. ...


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Mark Rosewater offered this explanation on his blog: I believe the first cube was kept in a box that was a cube. I wouldn't call that explanation definitive, but a quick Google search demonstrates that there are Magic players who would back up Rosewater's memory.


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Once a card has been brought into the game, it is treated like any card you have started the game with. The game rules make no distinction between cards from your deck and those that have been brought into the game after the game has started, they function exactly the same. Therefore, any card you bring into the game with Spawnsire will do whatever it ...


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In the situation you describe, each player reveals their card independently, and you get mana equal to the number of non-land cards revealed. This is called a Binomial Distribution, with N = 4 and P = 2/3 in your particular case. So, the probability of getting exactly k mana is (4 choose k) * (2/3) ^ k * (1/3) ^ (n - k). You are specifically looking for the ...


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There are two relevant (overlapping) rules for this situation: 107.3f If a card in any zone other than the stack has an {X} in its mana cost, the value of {X} is treated as 0, even if the value of X is defined somewhere within its text. 202.3c When calculating the converted mana cost of an object with an {X} in its mana cost, X is treated as 0 ...


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Unfortunately, there was never any one person known as Mr. Suitcase. Mr. Suitcase is old-school slang for someone with a lot of cards. More likely than not this was just some random guy who was kind of a big deal at his local shop. The basic idea is that in the early years your average player didn't have a lot of money as most players were students. So they ...


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You will get back all non-token creatures killed by having 0 (or less) toughness after the Blasphemous Act thanks to the Necroskitter (unless something else prevents them from hitting the graveyard or moves them from the graveyard before your triggers resolve). What happens is : Someone casts Blasphemous Act. In response you bring back your Necroskitter ...


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When two or more trigger happen at the same time, the player controlling those triggers put them on the stack in an order of his/her choice, beginning with the active player. So in your scenario, you can put the discard/draw trigger first and the bounce creature trigger second on the stack. This way, the bounce trigger will resolve first, so he/she will ...


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There is also Body Double that could clone your geist and have it live. To be fair it has never been illegal to clone a legendary creature. There has only for a while been all this other things that happen when you do. You mention Geist of Saint Traft, but one of the biggest reasons it an Thrun, the Last Troll where held in check in there standard days was ...


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Unfortunately, no, it doesn't die. "Dies" has a specific meaning: 700.4. The term dies means “is put into a graveyard from the battlefield.” The token does cease to exist once in the player's hand, but that's due to other rules, and that's not considered dying either: 110.5f A token that’s phased out, or that’s in a zone other than the ...


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All triggers* use the stack. While the +1/+1 counters will be triggered, before you get a chance to put the triggers on the stack State Based Effects will be checked and your 1/1 tokens will be put in the graveyard. Once that is done you'll put your triggers on the stack but they aren't going to have much effect, it's too late to save your tokens. * There ...


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You opponent was correct and the creature will die. In Magic the Gathering there is virtually nothing that "triggers instantaneously". With the exception of abilities that only create mana all abilities go on the stack. There are a few special actions that a player can perform that do not use the stack as well, but these are not considered "abilities" by ...


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No, you don't have the opportunity to sacrifice that goblin. Every time someone would receive priority, just beforehand, state based actions are checked and carried out. One of these state based actions is: 704.5f If a creature has toughness 0 or less, it’s put into its owner’s graveyard. Regeneration can’t replace this event. Priority has to be ...


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Sakashima the Impostor copies a creature except its name. The rule that is responsible for preventing the existence of multiple identical legendaries is the so called "legend rule". It is a state-based action: 704.5k If a player controls two or more legendary permanents with the same name, that player chooses one of them, and the rest are put into their ...


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Your opponent chooses which color as the ability resolves. In general, if you have choices to make for a spell or ability, those are made as it resolves. The main choices you have to make when the ability first goes on the stack are modes (things that say "choose one:" or the like with a list after) and targets. Things like "a color of your choice" let you ...


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The ability reads as follows: When Sejiri Steppe enters the battlefield, target creature you control gains protection from the color of your choice until end of turn. The color is chosen when the ability resolves. At that point, there's no chance for anyone to respond. Here's what happens in more detail: The ability triggers. Its controller chooses a ...


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With lifelink, you gain life equal to the amount of damage done by the creature with lifelink. This includes combat damage, direct damage and indirect damage. Example: If a Prodigal Sorcerer has lifelink and gets tapped to do one damage to target creature, it's controller would gain one life. This only occurs with damage dealt, not loss of life. Example: ...


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If you blink Archangel Avacyn while its transform trigger is on the stack, the new Archangel object will not transform. You are correct in that the transform trigger will still resolve, even though its source object no longer exists. However, the Archangel that put the transform trigger on the stack was also the object to be flipped. When you blinked the ...


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In my LGS it's solved this way. 6 players => 1 x 6 7 players => 1 x 7 8 players => 1 x 8 9 players => 1 x 9 10 players => 1 x 10 11 players => 1 x 11 12 players => 2 x 6 13 players => 1 x 6 + 1 x 7 14 players => 1 x 6 + 1 x 8 15 players => 1 x 7 + 1 x 8 16 players => 2 x 8 17 players => 1 x 8 + 1 x 9 18 players => 3 x 6 19 players => 2 x 6 + 1 ...


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Realistically, the simplest way to resolve having X players where X is odd, would be to treat it as if you were running an X+1 man pod and then someone dropped suddenly. So you draw up the rankings with "Mr Missing" as the 8th players, and then the player that gets matched up with him gets a "bye", where you automatically win the round. Obviously, this ...


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I don't know if you'd consider these "rules issues" or not; they're certainly not as bad as an instant on the field, but the rules as currently worded don't allow for subtypes to be associated with supertypes. If you make Tribal a supertype and start messing around with an object's types,things don't work out the same way; see the following examples. Maybe ...


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You will take 8 damage from the Stuffy Doll's triggered ability. In the combat damage step, every creature deals combat damage equal to its power, no matter how much toughness the defending creatures have: 510.1a Each attacking creature and each blocking creature assigns combat damage equal to its power. [..] 510.1c A blocked creature assigns its ...


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This is going to feel a lot like going to a Pre-release blindly. Excpet that you want to end up with a 60 card deck (usually 40% lands, so 36 cards, 24 lands). Sort the cards by Color. Within each Color, Sort by mana cost Find your "Bombs" for each color, and separate them from the rest. These will be cards that win the game quickly upon being played ...


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This is only a partial answer. The core technology originated out of 3M. I'm not sure this link takes you to the "actual" technology used in the cards, but this is an application of that technology. 3M developed the first holographic driver's licenses etc.


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There was an update to Magic Duels just under a week ago. There seems to have a lot of bugs that got introduced. This may be the case but I can't access the bug list at the moment because I'm at work (Although it may be unreported, may just be a bug with just this card combination). There is no date set where a patch is to be released at the time of writing. ...


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Should it have been exiled? Yup. You cast it from your graveyard, it went on the stack, resolved then returned to your graveyard. Going to your graveyard should have been replaced with exiling the card. Why didn't it? No idea. It's probably a bug. With a game and rules as complex as Magic's, it wouldn't surprise me that something doesn't work like it ...



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