So normally in tournaments you're restricted to a max of four identical cards per deck but can you, with wishes, get, into your hand, a fifth Force of Will, or a second Yawgmoth's Will or something?

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    if you have 4 wishes and 3 of the card in your mainboard and 1 in your sideboard, it's as though you had seven Jan 6, 2014 at 21:33

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In tournaments "outside the game" as stated on the wishes only consists of your sideboard. The maximum of 4 of one card rule extends to your sideboard. So your deck + sideboard can only have 4 of one card, so NO you can't have a 5th card this way in tournaments.

  • The errata said that wishes pull from your sideboard but I didn't know the maximum of four of one card rule extended to it. Thanks!
    – neubert
    Jan 6, 2014 at 8:03
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    @neubert, There's no such errata. There is such a rule, though. Certain cards refer to “a (card or cards) you own from outside the game.” In tournament play, a card “you own from outside the game" is a card in that player’s sideboard --Tournament Rules
    – ikegami
    Jan 6, 2014 at 14:40
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    And the deck construction rules of every official offline formats allowing a sideboard includes the following: With the exception of basic land cards, a player’s combined deck and sideboard may not contain more than four of any individual card, counted by its English card title equivalent.
    – ikegami
    Jan 6, 2014 at 14:43
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    @GendoIkari Yes you can. The 4 card rule applies only to the construction of your deck. If somehow during gameplay you get a fifth card there is no rule preventing that.
    – Ivo
    Jan 6, 2014 at 15:32
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    @neubert, Those rulings aren't always correct or up to date. My reference, the actual rules, is much stronger.
    – ikegami
    Jan 6, 2014 at 15:51

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