According to the Legend rule, Legendary Creatures - or simply Legends - can be summoned only if a Legend with the same name as the one a player would like to summon is not already in play.

This obviously means that two identical legendary creature cards cannot be simultaneously present on the battlefield; but it also means that no player can summon cards like Clone, or Copy Artifact, if their owner chooses a Legend as the artifact creature or creature to copy.

For example, if Traxos, Scourge of Kroog is in play, any player cannot cast Copy Artifact and choose to copy Traxos.
Or if it does, Copy Artifact immediately ends up in its owner's graveyard.

Assuming that what is reported is correct, the question is then the following:

  • A player has on the battlefield Vesuvan Doppelganger, who has already copied another creature in play.
  • Later in the game, the opponent summons Slimefoot, the Stowaway.
  • In the next upkeep phase, the player controlling Vesuvan Doppelganger then intends to copy it.
  • However, if the latter chose Slimefoot as the object of his next transformation, the Vesuvan Shapeshifter would be immediately taken to its owner's graveyard.

Is everything reported correct?

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    The legend rule you're referencing hasn't been in the game for something like twenty years. What rules source are you looking at? Jan 13, 2020 at 13:02
  • The rule I'm talking about was the first to come out.The rule I am talking about was clearly visible in the instruction booklet present in theLegendsBasicDecks.When the Legends came out,I played a little with that expansion,and so I used it very little.But nevertheless I believed that this basic rule had remained unchanged.Which I learn now is wrong.So,under the current rule,the opponent can play Legends equal to mine,or copy them.Instead, the player who has aLegend in play, cannot transform his Vesuvan Doppelganger with the appearance of the Legend that is in play on his side. Is it correct? Jan 13, 2020 at 16:44
  • Ok, I see. I thought you might be a newer player learning the rules from an outdated source. Sounds like you've been playing for a long time and just didn't come across some changes. Jan 13, 2020 at 17:13
  • I am an old-fashioned player. The story I am telling is that of a player from the Alpha & Beta times, who, poisoned by a sleeping potion during an old Magic match, falls asleep for twenty-five years ... and awakens with the rules of the game completely changed. And he can't stand the new rules !! So, all he does is continually ask if the given rule has changed, or if it has remained more or less the same ... making himself unbearable, and making all the new players die with laughter: but these last are also immature, fierce ... but extremely superb,too. Jan 14, 2020 at 9:41
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    Do not add more questions to your question post, especially after answers have been posted. If you have a new question, you can make a new question post with that question.
    – murgatroid99
    Jan 21, 2020 at 16:23

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Each player can have their own Slimefoot, the Stowaway. The legend rule applies only to permanents controlled by the same player; the other players' permanents are not taken into account.

704.5j 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 owners’ graveyards. This is called the “legend rule.”

Originally, the legend rule did take all players into account, so there really could be only one legendary pemanent with any given name on the battlefield, but that was changed at some point.

  • But let me say this: the past-rule was much more fascinating. The original legendary permanent - in the whole Dominaria - must be only one! Jan 13, 2020 at 11:28
  • Also, there's no rule against summoning a Legendary when you already have one. It's just that one goes away as a SBA. So, for instance, if you have a Legendary creature with damage, you can summon another copy of the creature and keep the one without damage. And if you have Rules Lawyer, you can keep both. Jan 13, 2020 at 21:22
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    @ManoFromBerlin The English word "dice" is actually a plural word. The singular form is "die": en.wiktionary.org/wiki/die#Noun_2
    – CALEB F
    Jan 14, 2020 at 15:56
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    I think this discusssion is better continued in chat, unless you have more questions about my answer specifically
    – Hackworth
    Jan 14, 2020 at 17:25
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    @ManoFromBerlin Please avoid editing old questions with follow-up questions, this is not how Stack Exchange sites work: we strongly encourage only 1 question per thread. Since my answer addresses your original question, what happens to multiple legendaries, your question is more about how copying permanents works. That is only tangentially related to legendaries and should go into its own question.
    – Hackworth
    Jan 21, 2020 at 16:06

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