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The simple answer is because they didn't exist yet. The origins of the Commander (or Elder Dragon Highlander) rule set date back to 1996, as discussed in this forum post. They've been modified many times by various people since then. So the real question is, why didn't the official Commander rules get modified to include Planeswalkers when they were ...


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You appear to be talking about Duel of the Planeswalkers, a game based on M:TG where you start with a number of decks and you unlock cards to add to those as you progress in the game. There were different versions for the past few years. Each version had new decks and features. You can compare it to several sport games (NBA 2k15, WWE 2k15), they all get ...


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No. "Goblin", "Elf" and "Druid" are creature types (aka creature subtypes). Changeling grants all creature types. Crib Swap is a Shapeshifter (a creature type). Crib Swap is a Goblin (a creature type). Crib Swap is a Druid (a creature type). "Creature" is a card type, not a creature type. Changeling doesn't grant any card types. Crib Swap is a Tribal (a ...


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No, every time that a creature enters the battlefield (Whether from your hand, your graveyard, from a bounce spell like cloudshift, etc.) it is a new instance of that creature. Since you can only pay a delve cost when casting from your hand there would be no way for it to come back with the ability.


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When it is in the graveyard, Soulflayer has none of those abilities, and it will not have them if it returns to the battlefield. When it is put into the graveyard, it becomes a card with no memory of its existence on the battlefield, and when it returns to the battlefield, it is a completely new creature. Rule 400.7 says An object that moves from one ...


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Heartless Summoning has the following ability: Creature spells you cast cost 2 less to cast. Creature spell means a spell on the stack with the type Creature. However Crib Swap has types Tribal and Instant, neither of which is Creature. Thus Crib Swap is not affected by Heartless Summoning. Lets contrast this with a card that cares about sub-types ...


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The spell is not a creature spell, so it is not affected by Heartless Summoning. The Changeling ability says that the card has "all creature types", but "creature type" is just the name for the subtypes that Creature and Tribal share. So, Changeling doesn't make the card a creature, it just makes the card have all of the creature subtypes. The relevant rule ...


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You can do this calculation using the multivariate hypergeometric distribution. The setup is as follows: The deck of 60 cards consists of: 4 cards of type A, 4 cards of type B, 4 cards of type C, 4 cards of type D, and 44 cards of type E (other). Your criteria are that a hand of 7 cards contains at least 1 card of type A, at least 1 card of type B, at least ...


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To achieve what you're wanting, you'll have to do as follows: 1) Cast Gitaxian Probe 2) Before passing priority to your opponent, activate Lion's Eye Diamond 3) Once you discard your hand and get your mana, Gitaxian Probe will remain on the stack (and can resolve as normal). The important thing is to remember to immediately activate Lion's Eye as soon ...


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If you want to activate Lions Eye Diamond before drawing a card, you must do so before Gitaxian Probe resolves. You can respond to another event, like your opponent playing a spell or activating an ability. So no, there is no opportunity to respond to your spell once it has begun resolving. You will get priority after the spell resolves, and at that time ...


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Not as you have written, while Gitaxian Probe is resolving no one can do anything since no one has priority. However you could cast Gitaxian Probe, hold priority, and then activate Lion's Eye Diamond, thus you will get to draw after discarding your hand because Gitaxian Probe has not resolved yet (as you did not pass priority). This won't allow you to look ...


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Your opponent would still gain control of Humble Defector. I assume that by "after it is activated", you mean before the ability has resolved. After you activate Humble Defector's ability the second time, then there will be two instances of its ability on the stack, both targeting an opponent of yours. When the second activation resolves, you draw two ...


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Why was Lich created? I think this is the real subtext of your question: why does Lich exists? I think to understand Lich, you've got to put it in context: it's a flavor-first design from Alpha. Lich is, first and foremost, supposed to feel like lichdom in fantasy stories, particularly Dungeons & Dragons: undeath, power and immortality at a grave ...


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When you create a copy of something you copy pretty much everything about it including its name [706.2.]. And Pack Hunt only needs a creature to target, it doesn't care if the creature is a token or a real card all it care about is that it is a creature. So Pack Hunt will happily find more of whatever creature you happened to copy. If the created token ...


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Sure, here's one: http://www.mtgdeckbuilder.net/Decks/ViewDeck/54452 Lich + Death's Shadow or Magus of the Mirror or Repay in Kind


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Lich is an extreme card advantage card. If the battlefield is balanced - no advantage to either player in attacking - and your opponent is not playing direct damage, and you have any repeatable life gain at all, you will draw your whole deck in short order. It isn't a card you could drop into any Black deck; it requires you to construct a deck around it. ...


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No, the Winged Sliver does not have flying but grants itself that ability along with all other sliver creatures. The first ruling on the Soulflayer page says that it does not happen. Creature cards that have abilities that grant the listed keyword abilities to themselves won’t count. For example, exiling a Battle Brawler (a creature with “As long as you ...


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Gods are enchantments until the devotion is met.


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I am guessing that your friend's misconception is that the enchantment somehow "merges" with the mountain, since they now mentally identify it as a 7/7 creature, but this is an error. There is a card affected and a card doing the effect, and they are always separate in this case. The loss of the enchantment stops the mountain from being a 7/7, but that was ...


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An effect does what it instructs you to do unless there's a rule that has you do something, and there isn't one here. If you destroy an enchantment, the enchantment is destroyed and your mountain is no longer a creature. Nothing states that the mountain would be destroyed as well.


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Activated abilities always follow the general pattern "cost: effect". The only way to get the effect is to pay all the costs, and you only get the effect from the one card that activated the ability. Paying the costs for one creature's ability does not affect any other activated abilities of the same or other creatures. From the Comprehensive Rules: ...


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MUD Decks are typically decks that attempt to slow gameplay down drastically. You tend to see cards such as Tanglewire (Tapping permanents), Thorn of Amethyst (All non-creature spells cost 1 more to cast), and even Chalice of the Void on Zero or One (This prevents the powerful Moxen and Black Lotus cards in Vintage, Stops a lot of burn plays like Vexing ...


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Your combo will not work for two reasons. Cloudstone Curio never triggers. Cloudstone Curio triggers when a nonartifact permanent enters the battlefield. Pierce Strider is an artifact, and so it will not cause Cloudstone Curio to trigger. You must choose another permanent. Cloudstone Curio says you may return another permanent. "Another" in this case ...


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There are 2 reasons it doesn't work. One, even though it is a creatures, it is also an artifact, so it fails the nonartifact clause. Second, Curio also says "another permanent", meaning you can't bounce the permanent that just entered the battlefield.


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I've always known MUD to mean Mono Uncolored Deck


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Generally, quite a few older deck names aren't really meaningful — they're a weird in-joke or just a random word someone pulled out of nowhere — and that tradition has been carried forward to the modern day in Legacy/Vintage as well. This is how you get the likes of Fruity Pebbles, Cephalid Breakfast, Team America (which is BUG, not ...


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Whenever one or more creature cards are put into your graveyard from your library simultaneously, Sidsi's second ability will trigger once, and thus produce one token. 603.2c An ability triggers only once each time its trigger event occurs. [...] An instruction to move multiple cards moves the cards simultaneously. Any instruction, including ...


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"Whenever one or more creature cards (...)" only triggers once when multiple cards are moved into the graveyard at the same time, like when you delve or when Sidisi enters the battlefield. If it was meant to trigger for each individual card, it would say: "Whenever a creature card (...)". See one of Sidisi, Brood Tyrant's rulings: 9/20/2014: Any ...


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It will trigger once. 601.2c The player announces his or her choice of an appropriate player, object, or zone for each target the spell requires. A spell may require some targets only if an alternative or additional cost (such as a buyback or kicker cost), or a particular mode, was chosen for it; otherwise, the spell is cast as though it did not require ...


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Only once. The actual trigger condition is "whenever you cast a spell...". And there was only 1 instance of "cast a spell" happening. IF the ability said "whenever a spell targets Sage of Hours..." then it would happen 3 times. See the Gatherer ruling on Sage of Hours: Heroic abilities will trigger only once per spell, even if that spell targets the ...


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The ultimate troll card beckons you - Puca's Mischief


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As a rule of thumb - always assume controller unless the card says otherwise


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During the declare attacker step you chose with creatures attack. Then after you chose all creatures who attack this turn, you put Anafenza's trigger on the stack. While putting the ability on the stack, you have to chose a legal target, which is another tapped creature. This can be a creature tapped prior to attacking or a creature that you just declared ...


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Yes, you can put the +1/+1 counter on any creature that is tapped, including a creature that tapped to attack. The situation plays out like this: You declare which of your creatures are attacking, including Anafenza and another creatures. You tap those creatures. Anafenza's triggered ability goes on the stack, and you choose the target. At this point, you ...


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All instances of the word "you" on an ability refer the controller of the source of that ability. 109.5. The words “you” and “your” on an object refer to the object’s controller, its would-be controller (if a player is attempting to play, cast, or activate it), or its owner (if it has no controller). For a static ability, this is the current controller ...


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Yes, power/toughness modifications, including counters, apply on top of the base power/toughness exactly as you described in the question. Turn to Frog originally just said "becomes a 1/1", but along with many other cards, got the "base power and toughness" wording to help clarify this. There's actually a specific order for applying those modifications as ...


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Yes, the Rite of Replication would fail if you destroy the creature it's targeting. It plays out like this: Your opponent casts Rite of Replication targeting their creature. You cast Flesh to Dust in response to Rite of Replication. Your Flesh to Dust resolves, and their creature dies. Your opponent's Rite of Replication tries to resolve, but since the ...


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There is an artifact that slowly turns all lands into Islands: Quicksilver Fountain. There are also a few auras that turn the enchanted land into an Island (or any type, including Island): Convincing Mirage, Lingering Mirage, Nylea's Presence, Phantasmal Terrain, Sea's Claim, and Spreading Seas. There is also a sorcery that turns a land into an Island, ...


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If you know which sets you have, there is an excellent tool for doing this exact thing at http://mtg.dawnglare.com/?p=viz Simply select the set(s) you own and click submit. You will get a picture of every card in those sets with the most expensive on the left & largest, with descending price towards the right. Then you can simply leave that page up and ...


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The creature with Prowess has to be on the battlefield to trigger it. Prowess is a triggered ability that only works while the card it's printed on is on the battlefield, i.e. as long as it's a permanent. Therefore, if you return Lotus-Eye Mystics with Rally the Ancestors, the Mystics will not get the Prowess trigger from that. You will, however, get the ...


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I think what's tripping you up is that there are two conditional statements involved — one is the trigger and the other is a condition that limits when the ability can work. Raid — When Mardu Hordechief enters the battlefield, if you attacked with a creature this turn, put a 1/1 white Warrior creature token onto the battlefield. The Raid ability is ...


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Yes, you can. Hero's Blade's ability triggers "Whenever a legendary creature enters the battlefield under your control," which means that the order of events goes like this: Your opponent casts Yisan Yisan finishes resolving and enters the battlefield. This causes the Hero's Blade's ability to go on the stack. At this point, Yisan is on the battlefield You ...


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You cannot bestow enchantments during your opponents turn. When you bestow an enchantment creature it is considered an aura. Prophet only allows you to cast creature spells. Card Text: Bestow 5BlueBlue (If you cast this card for its bestow cost, it's an Aura spell with enchant creature. It becomes a creature again if it's not attached to a creature.) ...


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You're asking "when does the Chief die" but honestly, you need to tell us that, as ironic as that sounds. If there is "nothing fancy" and there's just his attackers and your blockers, then all his attackers will all get the +1/+0 bonus. If you kill the Chief with First Strike damage, or if you kill him with an instant or an ability on your Declare Blockers ...


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The ability on Chief of the Edge is a static ability. It only applies while he is on the battlefield. The instant that Chief dies, the effect created by his ability ceases to exist. 112.3d [...] Static abilities create continuous effects which are active while the permanent with the ability is on the battlefield [...] If Chief of the Edge takes lethal ...


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All combat damage happens simultaneously, and creatures who have taken lethal damage will die almost immediately after damage is assigned (before the next time any player could do anything else; when state-based actions are checked). This means that the warrior creatures will still do the 1 extra damage during the combat which causes Chief of the Edge to ...


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Yes, you can. There's no limit to the number of instants you can cast, other than having the mana available to pay for them. Is there anything in particular that made you think such a limit would exist? If you haven't done so, check out the basic rule book. For your second question, yes, at the end of the "declare blockers step", in which your opponent will ...


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Yes, you must choose a valid target when activating a targeting ability. The ability says "target creature", so you must target a creature. Any creature will do[1]. Fortunately, you have plenty of valid targets (i.e. creatures), including your Goblin Sharpshooter and Goblin Chirurgeon (or even the token you are sacrificing, although that won't save it). The ...


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I think is highly unlikely that you'll get an "insider" answer here. Your main question is: "Is there any public information on how major sites price their cards?" And an straight forward answer would be: No. Wizards of the Cost does not set prices on ANY card, it all comes down to how much people pay, supply and demand. Whenever a new set releases, I'd ...


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IIRC, Luis Scott-Vargas actually talks in some of his Vintage videos about untapping Time Vault 'the hard way'; the primary reason that you might want to do it is that turns aren't necessarily equivalent. If you, for instance, play T1 Time Vault (pick your favorite way) and your opponent goes Island, Delver of Secrets, then you may just choose to charge up ...



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