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. Players take on the role of a powerful wizard and duel in a battle of wits, using cards that represent resources such as creatures, objects, spells and enchantments.

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How to remove Broken Fall Enchantment from play

I was playing Commander with a couple of buddies the other day. One of them had a 10/10 creature and Broken Fall enchantment in play to regenerate said creature. One of the other players cast a ...
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Does Mutate count as an alternative cost?

I have Jodah, Archmage Eternal on the battlefield: You may pay {W}{U}{B}{R}{G} rather than pay the mana cost for spells that you cast. I want to Mutate Nethroi, Apex of Death onto, let's say, a ...
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Ikora mutate game objects

If I mutate and place the mutate creature on top of a card that was tracking state will this be a new game object and forget whatever state it was tracking. For example, if I mutate and place the ...
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Where to find MTG statistics: Starting player winrate, average turns, polarity?

A question about MTG statistics: There are several MTG statistics websites (e.g. AetherHub, MTGArenaPro), which do a great job to provide specific statistics about how good individual cards and decks ...
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Mutate and Commander status

So, the new mutate abilty reads : As a mutating creature spell resolves, instead of entering the battlefield, it merges with its target into one creature. Its controller chooses to put the ...
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Status of non-top mutated creature cards

Ikoria's new Mutate ability allows two or more creature cards to be fused into a single creature, with the creature on top gaining the abilities of the creature cards below it. From a rules ...
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Rayami Mutated has a different name

How do abilities that refer to their cards' names work when the name is changed, or the ability is "stolen" by a card with a different name? Rayami, First of the Fallen has two abilities: If a ...
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Cloning Mutated Creatures

Mutate is a new mechanic in Ikoria. A lot has been said about how it works, but cloning is something I can't find mentioned on the net. Not sure if the comp rules have been updated yet, but my ...
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How do Companion cards work in Commander? (Ikoria spoilers)

Today the Ikoria previews revealed a new mechanic: companion. From Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths Mechanics, you can choose up to one companion card in your sideboard (or in your collection outside the ...
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Does Commander Tax reset?

Example: I cast my commander from my command zone, paying no tax. Commander dies Goes to command zone Summon from command zone, paying tax (2) I bounce my Commander to my hand, play him from hand He ...
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Does Spark Double on Muldrotha allow for additional plays from the graveyard?

Muldrotha, the Gravetide is on the battlefield: During each of your turns, you may play up to one permanent card of each permanent type from your graveyard. I play Spark Double: You may have ...
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MTG Mirage Mirror copying Medomai the Ageless

Hey guys just a quick question. Last night I played an EDH game and I have a Medomai the Ageless onto the battlefield. It's my opponent's turn and he uses Mirage Mirror to copy Medomai. He used ...
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Does Curator's Ward trigger when a creature it enchants and Curator's Ward get removed at (seemingly) the same time?

Let's say you've got Curator's Ward enchanting a historic creature you control, and you target that creature with Portal of Sanctuary. Does the creature and Curator's Ward get returned at the same ...
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Does Giant Killer get destroyed with Warstorm Surge? or is it able to destroy my creature with it's instant ability?

My friend has Giant Killer out on his battlefield. I have Warstorm Surge and I bring out Gisela, Blade of Goldnight. Does Giant Killer get destroyed first as a creature before my friend can cast it's ...
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Could I still play cards from the activated ability of Golos while the Epic effect is active?

Spells cast with the keyword Epic, like Eternal Dominion prevent the player from casting other spells for the rest of the game. However, Golos, Tireless Pilgrim says: Exile the top three cards of ...
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MTG: creature and enchantment triggered to opposite effects

The situation is my Mortus Strider has been enchanted with Unholy Indenture. The creature has when it dies, return it to his owner’s hand The enchantment says When enchanted creature dies, ...
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Does tapping a creature for convoke activate its ability with a tap cost as well? [duplicate]

For example if I'm casting another creature with convoke and I want to tap a Lanowar Elves or a Law Rune Enforcer to help pay for it, would the abilities on these cards activate when I tap them as ...
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Which of Magic's 1v1 tournament constructed formats is most popular?

The formats I'm interested in are: Vintage Legacy Modern Pioneer Standard (I'm not interested in Archenemy, Commander, 2HG, etc) Is there some way to rank these five formats in terms of popularity? ...
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What happens if someone builds a MtG Turing Machine in a tournament setting?

In this paper, the authors prove that it's possible to construct a Legacy-legal combo deck where the comboing player constructs a Turing Machine through mandatory actions, which begins to execute a ...
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Why is there no ruling to offset Mandatory Loops?

Why is there no ruling to offset Mandatory Loops? As pointed out in a recent question: Marauding Raptor and Polyraptor - what happens when a loop has no exit? Which states this ruling 721.4. If a ...
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How to value old MTG cards in foreign languages when none are for sale?

I used to play MtG when I was younger, around '95-98(?), and found an old box at my parents with a lot of cards that I'd be more than willing to part with. I know some at least are from edition IV. ...
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Marauding Raptor and Polyraptor - what happens when a loop has no exit?

Marauding Raptor has: Whenever another creature enters the battlefield under your control, Marauding Raptor deals 2 damage to it. If a Dinosaur is dealt damage this way, Marauding Raptor gets +2/+...
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MtG multiple “first time each turn” effects question

So I've been trying to word an emblem for a custom planeswalker so it gives the first card played each turn Flash, but so multiple emblems stack, giving each subsequent spell flash. I've been trying ...
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Can I freeze a tapped creature? [duplicate]

Suppose I have a Sharktocrab and my opponent has a Cavalier of Thorns in play. They attack with the Cavalier, and it becomes tapped. On my turn, I Adapt my Sharktocrab, putting a +1/+1 counter on it ...
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My opponent used Huatli's ability with a creature that had died. Was that allowed?

Recently, I played a match where a player used a card that killed off everyone’s creatures above a certain power, including one of his own. Immediately after that card, when no other card was played ...
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How does Amass interact with Essence of the Wild?

If I have an Essence of the Wild, and I play anything that will Amass, what happens? Do I make one Essence of the Wild token, or does Amass keep triggering after failing to find an army, giving me ...
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Resolving spell terminology

I've seen a lot of cards use the key phrase "When you cast a spell..." but are there any cards or abilities that rely on spells being successfully cast and Resolve? For instance the creature ability ...
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Can I use counterspells to make my Decree of Silence last longer?

Decree of Silence says: Whenever an opponent casts a spell, counter that spell and put a depletion counter on Decree of Silence. If there are three or more depletion counters on Decree of Silence, ...
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What happens when I try to exile more cards from my library than there is in my library?

If I use Golos, Tireless Pilgrim's activated ability, which starts: Exile the top three cards of your library... when my library has 2 or fewer cards, must I draw all 3 cards (and hence lose the ...
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If a creature takes non-lethal damage, turns into a non-creature, and then back into a creature, does the damage remain?

Sort of a follow-up to Can Hour of Devastation kill Heliod, Sun-Crowned? Let's say my opponent has two Benalish Marshal and Heliod, Sun-Crowned. I cast Hour of Devastation. Per murgatroid99's answer, ...
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Does the first strike damage step happen even if no first strike damage is going to be dealt?

Inspired by this question Lets suppose that I attack with multiple creatures, and one of them has first strike but not trample. That creature gets blocked, but the blocker gets bounced/killed before ...
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Is it possible for a board wipe to happen after first strike damage but before regular damage?

What happens if someone attacks with a bunch of 5/5 or smaller creatures and you block with Child of Alara and then cast Flaming Sword on one of the 5/5 making it a 6/5 first strike that would kill ...
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Are my opponents unable to cast spells for the rest of the game if I cast an Epic spell with Hive Mind on the battlefield?

I have a question about the interaction between cards with the "Epic" mechanic and Hive Mind. Since the Epic ability happens on resolution instead of casting, that means if the original spell is ...
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How does Magic handle “Type – Subtype” lines that don’t fit on the card when translated?

This question links to a Russian version of Peel from Reality which has “Мгновенное заклинание” as its type line—literally, “Instant spell” rather than just “Instant” (I assume there is some Russian ...
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How can I translate a Magic card printed in a language that I don't know?

I bought a bulk pack of magic cards today and one of them was in a foreign language. I don’t know which language it is. Google translate is not recognizing it, even when I take a picture of it. How ...
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Why does negative life and Platinum Angel not cause a draw?

I was looking at the Transcendence, Platinum Angel interaction. As it is explained in a few places online Transcendence has what is called a 'State Trigger'. It triggers whenever the condition ...
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Who picks a card name first for Null Chamber?

The card Null Chamber states As Null Chamber enters the battlefield, you and an opponent each choose a card name other than a basic land card name. Spells with the chosen names can’t be cast ...
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“Repeat this process” Rulings

How does repeat this process work? If for example I cast Hoarder's Greed and win the clashes all the time until I deck myself or am out of life. Do I have priority between the repeat this process ...
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How Does Syr Konrad Interact With Living Death?

I have two scenarios in which Syr Konrad, the Grim will be involved from two different perspectives, and I'm curious to see how Living Death will interact here. Scenario 1: Syr Konrad is in play with ...
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Avoiding Dovescape's Effect

I’ve noticed Dovescape uses the specific word “cast” to trigger its ability, and I am curious about what effects circumvent its wording. Will the following effects skirt through Dovescape? ...
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Arena, Triumphant surge without legal target

Just playing Arena using the Workshop:Heroes of Theros - Devotion deck. I tried to cast Triumphant Surge when there was only my Transcendent Envoy on the battlefield. The Triumphant Surge just hung ...
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Can Haphazard Bombardment destroy something with two aim counters?

Haphazard Bombardment says: When Haphazard Bombardment enters the battlefield, choose four nonenchantment permanents you don't control and put an aim counter on each of them. At the beginning ...
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Under what conditions can I cast Panglacial Wurm from my Library when my opponent controls an Aven Mindcensor?

My opponent controls an Aven Mindcensor. If an opponent would search a library, that player searches the top four cards of that library instead. I have a Panglacial Wurm in my deck. While you'...
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Can I kill an indestructible creature with damage and -1/-1? [duplicate]

If a indestructible creature is a 3/3 and I block that creature with a 2/2 then I give the indestructible creature a -1/-1 will the indestructible creature die?
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When will Arena's Workshop: Uncharted Paths be held?

In MTG Arena: State of the Game — February 2020, Wizards introduced a three-part workshop series: Power and Glory, Heroes of Theros, and Uncharted Paths. I see on the Arena events calendar that Power ...
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Gisela, the Broken Blade or Bruna, the Fading Light as a Commanders

Gisela, the Broken Blade is a legendary creature that melds with Bruna, the Fading Light to create Brisela, Voice of Nightmares. All three are legendary creatures and as part of the meld action are ...
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Who or what is Gaea?

What (if anything) is Gaea in the MTG universe? I can piece together that she is mainly on Dominaria. Clearly named after the real-life mythical Greek figure. But is she a powerful mage? A ...
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Sacrificing a creature you don't own but you control [duplicate]

I use a Thief of Sanity and exile a Kroxa, Titan of Death's Hunger from my opponent's deck. I cast Kroxa, but then of course would have to sacrifice it because it wasn't escaped. Would it go back ...
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Does a creature trigger its own ETB ability even if not explicitly stated?

I work heavily on custom magic cards, and in one of my groups there is some discussion around ETB effects. Take a card like Soul Warden, it explicitly says 'another creature' in its ETB. If we ...
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Rishkar's Expertise and Jace, Wielder of Mysteries

I have 30 cards in my library. I control a Toothy, Imaginary Friend with 100 +1/+1 counters on it. I cast Rishkar's Expertise (RE) to draw my entire library, and I cast Jace, Wielder of Mysteries ...

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