Hey guys I have a question. I play commander and most of my cards are in foreign language. I use google drive to have a picture of the actual card in English. If I go to a tournament am I allowed to use my phone to check the actual meaning of my cards or no?

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    If you have trouble of remembering what your cards do, just play more games with them! After a few long play sessions you'll remember exactly what they are and what do they do. Commented Feb 14, 2020 at 12:32
  • @AulisRonkainen It takes quite a while to know all possible interactions though, which the oracle text often matters for - timing, ability type, keyword vs triggered version of the keyword (lifelink/spirit link or hexproof/troll shroud) can all be important differences that you get from the oracle text.
    – Andrew
    Commented Mar 12, 2020 at 2:19

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At Regular REL, you might get permission from the Judge, at any higher REL it is forbidden.

2.12 Electronic Devices

At Competitive and Professional Rules Enforcement Level during drafting, deck construction, and playing of matches, players may not use electronic devices capable of taking and storing notes, communicating with other people, or accessing the internet (except for taking brief personal calls with the opponent's permission).

At Regular Rules Enforcement Level, electronic devices are permitted, but players may not use them to access information that contains substantial strategic advice or information about an opponent's deck. Device use during a match other than brief personal calls must be visible to all players. Players wishing to view information privately on electronic devices during matches must request permission from a judge.

You may however, call a judge to have them provide you with the oracle text (the official version of the text in English) anytime.

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