I know that at the beginning of each step and phase the active player recieves priority, and that the active player recieves priority after a spell resolves. I want to make sure that I am right about getting priority during a turn. Please tell me if I'm right and correct my mistakes.

  1. Beginning phase:

    • Untap step: nobody can casts spells
    • Upkeep step: players get priority in order of active player, nonactive player
    • Draw step: the same as in upkeep
  2. First main phase:

    • active player has priority during the entire turn and nonactive gets it after active passes, at the end of the turn
  3. Combat phase:

    • after every step players get priority in order active player, nonactive player
  4. Second main phase:

    • the same as in first
  5. End phase

    • End step: players get priority in order active player, nonactive player
    • Cleanup step: nobody can cast spells
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    Please create a separate question for your second question; this site works off of having one question per post.
    – GendoIkari
    Oct 4, 2019 at 16:36

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You seem to have things basically correct, but some of your wording is confusing; especially as it relates to the main phase.

You say that the active player gets priority "during entire turn" and that non-active player gets it after active passes, "at the end of the turn". Priority in the main phase works exactly the same as it does in the other phases and steps... active player gets priority first, and when active player passes priority, non-active player gets priority.

You are correct about which steps don't give players priority: untap step and cleanup step are the only ones; during all other steps the active player gets priority, and then non-active player gets priority when active player passes it.

Note that in many steps; something else happens before players receive priority, such as drawing a card in the draw step; declaring attackers in the declare attackers step, etc.

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    Note that players can get priority during the cleanup step, but only if cleanup causes abilities to trigger or state based effects to occur. After that there will be another cleanup step, so you're guaranteed to have exactly one cleanup step where nobody received priority. Oct 4, 2019 at 21:36
  • @Arcanist Lupus Yeah, I think that needs to be added for clarity here. The most common way for this to happen is to have a buffed creature with -1/-1 counters (or any -X/-X continuous effect that lasts past the end of the turn) that loses the buff during cleanup. A more recent Standard example is to use the +1 from Sarkhan the Masterless, then activate a loyalty ability of one of those temporary dragons that uses up all of the loyalty counters. There are also the former "substance" cards that specifically trigger on cleanup for rules reasons such as Armor of Thorns.
    – CALEB F
    Oct 7, 2019 at 15:47

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