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Questions tagged [magic-the-gathering]

Magic: The Gathering is a collectible card game for 2 or more players, set in a variety of fantastical realms. The cards represent the player's resources and available spells and their interactions lead to an often high paced battle of wits.

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If I flash in Teferi, Time Raveler, can its passive ability counter a spell on the stack?

If I play Teferi, Time Raveler at instant speed, by way of, for example, Raff Capashen, Ship's Mage, will Teferi's passive ability counter a spell being played by an opponent at a time when they can ...
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How exactly does life link work on a weaker creature? [duplicate]

If a 9/9 creature with lifelink is blocked by a 1/1 creature does the controller of the lifelink creature gain 9 life or 1 life since it could've only dealt 1 damage?
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Can I choose the value for X for spells cast with Bolas's Citadel?

There is a new card called Bolas's Citadel which says: You may play the top card of your library. If you cast a spell this way, pay life equal to its converted mana cost rather than pay its ...
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Can an Instant spell be played during upkeep to interrupt a triggered ability?

BACKGROUND: I played a Saga Rite of Belzenlok. When the saga fully resolves you end up with four 0/1 Cleric creature tokens and a 6/6 black Demon creature with flying and trample. At the beginning ...
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Karn, the Great Creator - what defines a 'card from outside the game' in sealed?

In the upcoming set 'War of the Spark' there is the Planeswalker Karn, the Great Creator. His -2 ability reads as: -2: You may choose an artifact card you own from outside the game or in exile, ...
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How does Circu, Dimir Lobotomist interact with defeated players in a Free for All?

Could an opponent cast a card with the same name as a card exiled by Circu, Dimir Lobotomist after you defeat the owner of the card in a Free for All?
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Arboreal Grazer [duplicate]

hi i have a doubt with the next card thats cames on the next set: can i put a shokland into the battlefield pay the 2 lifes and get the land untaped like withc Growth Spiral? I think is like the same ...
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Would “destroying” Wurmcoil Engine prevent its tokens from being created?

I attacked with Wurmcoil Engine and my friend blocked with Stinkweed Imp which has the ability "Whenever Stinkweed Imp deals combat damage to a creature, destroy that creature." My friend argues that ...
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Does Sylvok Lifestaff work with Bronze Bombshell?

Suppose I use Endless Whispers to gift a Bronze Bombshell to my opponent. Do I have enough time to equip a Sylvok Lifestaff that I already have on the field to the Bronze Bombshell before the ...
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Enrage and damage calculation mid phase [duplicate]

I attack with Bellowing Aegisaur and other creatures and they choose to block all of my creatures. Would I, as the attacker, get to assign combat damage, and can choose Bellowing Aegisaur's attack ...
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Whose shadow is in the background of Mox Amber?

The Dominaria printing of Mox Amber has a person's shadow on the right side of the art. It looks like the person has either a helmet or horns. They are the wrong shape for Nicol Bolas. Is this the ...
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RAW v. RAI concerning enumerated card names [duplicate]

Let’s say I have 2 Elvish Visionaries on the battlefield. I resolve a third EV with the other two alive. The two other EVs have the card text, “When Elvish Visionary ETB, draw a card”. Will the third ...
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Is there a card that has opponents discard cards whenever they lose life?

I was wondering whether I could create an infinite loop using Fell Specter and a card with an ability similar to or exactly like this one: Whenever an opponent loses life, that player discards a ...
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what does “you control enchanted creature” mean

I'm confused. Corrupted Conscience has an ability where it says you control enchanted creature. Does that mean you can put it on an opponent's creature and use that creature to attack the other player?...
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Could a creature enter the battlefield as a copy of creature that can't enter the battlefield? [closed]

Could a creature enter the battlefield as a copy of creature that can't enter the battlefield?
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Who controls negative creature enchantments?

If a player casts e.g. Waterknot on enemy creature, who is the controller of the Waterknot? And in case the enchantment on enemy creature has activated abilities, who can activate them? The ...
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Controller change mechanics

How do abilities work when card controller changes? Playing MTGA I saw these: Taking control of Rekindling Phoenix and having it die creates the egg for the new controller, which makes sense to me. ...
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If I gain control of my opponent's Hostage Taker, can I cast card it exiled?

Hostage Taker says: When Hostage Taker enters the battlefield, exile another target creature or artifact until Hostage Taker leaves the battlefield. You may cast that card for as long as it remains ...
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Oath of Teferi targeting Oath of Teferi?

So I know that ETB happens before the legendary rule kicks in, and you have to choose a target for sacrifice before ETB. So if I play a new Oath of Teferi, I first choose to sacrifice the old Oath of ...
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On-attack triggers and removal for attacking or tapped creatures

My opponent controls creatures with on-attack triggers (e.g. Ulamog, the Infinity Gyre with its Annihilator trigger or Edgar Markov with its buff trigger). I have in my hand instant-speed removal ...
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If my opponent casts Ultimate Price on my Phantasmal Bear, can I save it by casting Snap or Curfew?

I attack with Phantasmal Bear. My opponent responds by casting Ultimate Price and targets my bear. Can I save my creature by casting Snap or Curfew? If I had a regular creature, I know that Curfew ...
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Card Tragic Slip [duplicate]

does the -1/-1 placed on a creature trigger the effect on 'Hapatra, Vizier of Poisons'. The section of the card which states 'When you put one or more -1/-1 counterson a creature'.
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Vorinclex, does my opponents land untap if they were tapped before i summoned him?

If I summon Vorinclex, Voice of Hunger and my opponent already had lands tapped before hand, do they untap on his turn or do they stay tapped?
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Does Chimeric Mass stay a creature in the grave for the rest of the turn it dies?

I control a Chimeric Mass with no charge counters on it. If I were to turn it into a creature and it dies, would it stay a creature in the graveyard until end of turn, or would it turn back into an ...
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If I can cast sorceries at instant speed, can I use sorcery-speed activated abilities at instant speed?

So Teferi, Time Raveler is down, and I have +1'ed him. I may now "cast sorcery spells as though they had flash". My Adorned Pouncer is in the graveyard, and can be Eternalized "only as a sorcery". ...
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With regards to an effect that triggers when a creature attacks, how does it entering the battlefield tapped and attacking apply?

Lets say I have Kaalia of the Vast on the battlefield. I attack with her, and cheat out Aurelia, the Warleader or Tyrant's Familiar. Would I get their "on attack" trigger? Or are they skipped.
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Magic: The Gathering [duplicate]

Can you tap a land, then next turn untap and use a counter to keep track of mana you have as its spent, and repeat the process to gain more mana every turn, or is one tapped mana one tapped mana and ...
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Would Bonds of Mortality overrule a creature equipped with Darksteel Plate?

If my opponent has a creature equipped with Darksteel Plate, and I play a Bonds of Mortality enchantment. If I activate the enchantment, does it overrule the Darksteel Plate? Or does this only effect ...
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Unbreakable Formation vs. Cry of the Carnarium

My opponent played Cry of the Carnarium in MTG Arena. I immediately played Unbreakable Formation after. The intended result was for my creatures to not die or get exiled, but they did. Shouldn't ...
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Is it possible to wait for some cards to leave the stack to use them for delve?

Imagine the situation: I am at 2 life; I have five Forests untapped in the battlefield; I have 4 Giant Growth and 1 Become Immense in my hand; I have a Brainstorm in my graveyard; I have a 1/1 ...
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Planeswalker Ability and Death Timing

A planeswalker with 7 loyalty counters has: a –7 loyalty ability that creates a 5/5 dinosaur token a passive ability that makes all summoned dinosaurs enter the battlefield with a +1/+1 counter. ...
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Can I equip Skullclamp on a creature I am sacrificing?

I have a "self-sacrificing" creature, such as Diligent Farmhand or Dawntreader Elk, and Skullclamp on the field. Can I pay to sacrifice the creature and then in response equip Skullclamp, Or vice ...
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Can Strionic Resonator target Ink-Treader Nephilim's ability?

What is the ruling on Strionic Resonator targeting Ink-Treader Nephilim's ability? It would copy all of the spells again, correct?
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How easy is it to start Magic from scratch?

I'm currently trying to get into a card game and am now wondering how easy it might be to get into Magic with no experience whatsoever. I heard about a Magic online game/something you can download, so ...
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Why is the card Earthcraft banned in legacy?

A similar card called Cryptolith Rite never did anything in legacy why is Earthcraft banned. Now I do understand you can tap summoning sick critters to the Earthcraft, but it can only untap basic ...
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How do multiple land creature affects work?

If I already have a card effect turning my lands into creatures, for example: Life and Limb, then I deal combat damage with Liege of the Tangle, and I make all of my lands 8/8's with its ability, ...
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What happens when multiple “when this creature dies” triggers happen at the same time?

In Magic the Gathering, If I have Gate to the Afterlife and Shadows of the Past on the battlefield and one of my creatures die which ability activates first? Would I have to scry first or would I ...
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Angel of Condemnation - Exile creature with second ability

I was looking at Angel of Condemnation's second ability and couldn't figure out what would happen if you exiled a creature an opponent controls but is owned by you? The first ability explicitly ...
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Can a creature target itself with an effect that sacrifices itself? [duplicate]

The card Vampire Hexmage lets you sacrifice it to remove all counters from target permanent. Can it target itself with this effect? I know a creature can target itself unless it says otherwise (like ...
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Can I sacrifice creatures before moving Teysa Karlov to the graveyard due to the Legend rule?

I have kind of an obscure edge case that has been bothering me, as I am not sure how the rules work. For the example board state: On the Battlefield: Teysa Karlov Vindictive Vampire Skirk ...
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Is it allowed to activate the ability of multiple planeswalkers in a single turn?

Suppose I have more than one planeswalker (different planeswalkers) in play. During my turn, am I allowed to use both of their '+' abilities? Or can I only use one planeswalker ability from one ...
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What is the difference between lands and mana?

What is the relationship between lands and mana in Magic and what do each of them do? A good answer should especially include how a new player should think about them. Note: This is an attempt to ...
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what if you an your opponent die at the same times

Suppose my opponent and I have a life total of 1. I play a blood toll harpy. And we each lose one life. What happens?
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Sideboard for Modern U/G infect against Gideon

I'm playing Modern U/G Infect (example list). I need help dealing with Gideon of the Trials and Gideon, Ally of Zendikar. The first Gideon's emblem means I need to attack twice to win, and his +1 ...
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If the only attacker is removed from combat, is a creature still counted as having attacked this turn?

I'm querying an effect which specifically removes creatures from combat altogether such as Reconnaissance or Spires of Orazca. If the only attacking creature is removed from combat by an effect like ...
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What happens if a creature's ETB would bounce Thalia, Heretic Cathar?

So during a game I had this scenario: On my battlefield I have Thalia, Heretic Cathar, whose ability says Creatures and nonbasic lands your opponent control enters the battlefield tapped. Now ...
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Cloning a face-down creature

What happens when you clone a face-down creature, for example with the cards Clone and Sagu Mauler? Does the clone become a 2/2 with no abilities?
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Do I have to take mana from my deck or hand when tapping a dual land? [duplicate]

I have a land card, for example Stone Quarry which reads "{T}: Add {R} or {W}." Do I take the mana from my library or my hand?
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Progenitor Mimic copying a creature with counters

When Progenitor Mimic creates a copy of a creature like Nimbus Swimmer, will Progenitor Mimic copy the counter that creature has on it?
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Can creatures abilities target that creature itself?

Can Spikeshot Goblin have itself as a target with its ability: "Tap: Spikeshot Goblin deals damage equal to its power to target creature or player"? Yes or No? I'm unsure as I read some things like "...