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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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Is There a Technical (or Slang) Term for Triggering a Game Loss Due to Attempting to Draw from an Empty Library?

Does a game-loss triggered by meeting the conditions presented by CR 121.4 have a particular name, or rather is there a technical (or slang) word that indicates a loss via this condition?
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How would multiple mana doublers stack?

If I have zendikar resurgent, mirari's wake, and mana reflection on the field, how would they stack?
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Can I sequence Twilight Drover triggers to get around an overloaded Cyclonic Rift?

If I have Twilight Drover and a bunch of tokens, along with infinite/sufficient mana, can I work around Cyclonic Rift? The overloaded Cyclonic Rift resolves. I stack the leaves the battlefield ...
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When a card instructs an opponent to do something, how does that work in a multi-player game?

Using "Demonic Hordes" as an example, since that's the card that made me think of this: https://gatherer.wizards.com/pages/card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=1154 If I have two opponents and don'...
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Does a creature block when it is declared as a blocker or when damage is dealt?

Suppose the following scenario: It's Bob's turn. He has five open lands including a Labyrinth of Skophos and a 10/10 creature. In combat phase he declares the 10/10 creature as attacker and passes ...
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Can I cast Mizzium Mortars for its alternate cost with Fires of Invention?

Can I cast Mizzium Mortars for its alternate cost with Fires of Invention?
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Does recasting Omnath, Locus of creation, reset it's “Landfall Counter?”

I have Omnath, Locus of Creation out. I play 3 lands, triggering his landfall ability 3 times. I gain 4 life, add some mana, deal some damage. I decide I want to gain some more life, get some more ...
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Can Coastal Wizard bounce multiple other creatures?

I have been thinking about other ways to abuse the Aphetto Alchemist and Illusionist's Bracers combo. Aphetto Alchemist {1}{U} Creature — Human Wizard 1/1 {T}: Untap target artifact or creature. ...
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Does Bear Umbra trigger if it was attached with Sovereigns of Lost Alara?

Say I have Sovereigns of Lost Alara and attack just with Inkwell Leviathan. Sovereigns of Lost Alara lets me search for an aura and attach it to that creature. If I attach Bear Umbra does the creature'...
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Rule 506.4a vs 509.3a (removing attackers/blockers during combat)

I'm returning to Magic after a long hiatus, so my apologies if this question is obvious. I'm trying to understand why both of these rules exist: 506.4a: Once a creature has been declared as an ...
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Treefolk Mystic and destruction effect timing

This is a fairly basic question, but there's some underlying rule or principle I think I'm missing. What happens if Treefolk Mystic blocks an attack from a land enchanted with Living Terrain? I think ...
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Still blocked *by that creature* if removed from combat?

I've read: If a blocking creature leaves the battlefield, is the attacker still blocked, or will it damage the opponent? My question is about effects which occur when a creature "blocks or is ...
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Can my opponent tap lands for mana when I have Sen Triplets on the battlefield?

I have been wracking my brain, trying to come up with interesting ways to use Piracy. UU, Sorcery Until end of turn, you may tap lands you don't control for mana. Spend this mana only to cast spells. ...
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Does stonecoil serpent count as entering battlefield when paying X=0?

Currently building a Purphoros, God of the forge deck and I'm wondering if his ability is triggered when I pay x=0 for Stonecoil Serpent or does it go straight to the graveyard without entering the ...
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How does The Ozolith work with Modular?

The Ozolith has this ability: Whenever a creature you control leaves the battlefield, if it had counters on it, put those counters on The Ozolith. Let's say I control Arcbound Worker, which has ...
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Sequence of fast and triggered effects - Enchantment Alteration, Abduction

This is a multi-part question because I have no idea how to predict the interplay of effects of two cards: Abduction Enchantment Alteration Probably I'm missing some basic timing rules information. (...
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Kukemssa Pirates combo

I have Kukemssa Pirates and several copies of Ashnod's Transmogrant. (Plus Cloak of Mists and similar cards.) If I attack with my pirates and they aren't blocked, can I use my transmogrant before ...
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How does Ashaya, Soul of the Wild interact with Blood Moon?

What happens when you play Blood Moon while your opponent controls Ashaya, Soul of the Wild? What happens when you play Ashaya, Soul of the Wild and the opponent already has a Blood Moon out? How do ...
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Can you activate the abilities of a creature once its been destroyed?

My question is about Zacama, Primal Calamity or any creatures with abilities that are activated using mana. If such a creature is destroyed, can you activate its abilities as an instant after it's ...
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Under what circumstances can Carrion Grub trigger Garruk's Uprising?

Garruk's Uprising triggers whenever a creature with power >4 enters the battlefield. A ruling on the card says "If a creature is entering the battlefield under your control, consider ...
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Confused by Magic the Gathering Arena trigger damage order (Revenge of Ravens)

I was playing MTG Arena and I had a funny situation where my opponent had Revenge of Ravens (ROR). I attacked with a bunch of monsters and soon after died. Something similar happens in this video at 0:...
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servant of the scale during a board wipe

Would you be able to, as Servant of the Scale dies, pass on x amount of counters to Fertilid and then activate his ability multiple times before Fertilid is then killed by the board wipe, or would ...
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Can I target a hexproof opponent in order to trigger prowess?

Let's say an opponent has hexproof due to Leyline of Sanctity. Can I still cast a spell like Thoughtseize against them, just to let it fizzle and trigger prowess?
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How can I use Scavenging Ooze's abilities to save it from a Lightning Bolt?

I cast Scavenging Ooze with 3 open G mana and there are three creatures in the graveyard, my opponent has open R mana and I suspect they have a Lightning Bolt in hand. If I use the Scavenging Ooze's ...
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How does Wizard's Lightning stop Archfiend's Vessel?

So, I'm watching this youtuber play Magic: the Gathering Arena, and he was able to stop an Archfiend's Vessel from triggering when it is pulled from the graveyard by casting a Wizard's ...
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Can Form of the Dragon be given Infect?

I'm play primarily EDH and like to play jank ideas. One thing I've been thinking about is the card Form of the Dragon. Is it possible to give Form of the Dragon the infect mechanic?
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Can Relic of Progenitus be used to prevent a card being fetched from the graveyard?

I played a Relic of Progenitus on my first turn. My opponent (who went first) activates a fetch land, then casts Wrenn and Six. Can I force the opponent to exile a card from their graveyard in ...
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Will an 8/8 with trample die if it's blocked by 4 2/2 creatures?

When attacking with a creature that has trample, can it die if the blockers' power succeeds or equals the attacking creatures' toughness? Example: A 8/8 with trample attacks. 4 creatures, all 2/2, ...
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What is the best current Magic the Gathering AI? [closed]

I am aware of MTG AIs in the following WOTC products and fan-made projects: Forge Duels of the Planeswalkers MTG Arena (Sparky) XMage Magarena I am interested in a quantitative comparison between ...
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Can I remove the targeted creature in response to Lukka, Coppercoat Outcast's -2 ability?

If my opponent casts Lukka, Coppercoat Outcast and uses its -2 ability to target a creature to be exiled, can I destroy the creature in response to the ability to prevent them from revealing cards ...
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If an attempt to equip fails, does the equipment fall off?

Let's say I have two Grizzly Bears, one of which is equipped with Short Sword. If I attempt to equip the other Bear and opponent responds with a kill spell, does the Short Sword cease to be equipped ...
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What happens if I double Mangara's Tome ETB?

If I have Yarok, the Desecrated on the battlefield and play Mangara's Tome, what happens? Do I get one ten card pile that the tome can rummage through? Do I get two five card piles that I can pick ...
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Can I cast Tactical Advantage multiple times on the same creature?

I'm new to Magic the Gathering. I have a question about Instants and Tactical Advantage: Target blocking or blocked creature you control gets +2/+2 until end of turn. Am I allowed to use 2 Tactical ...
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Why does Blood Moon remove abilities?

According to the rulings on Gatherer, Blood Moon removes all abilities from nonbasic lands: a Forsaken Sanctuary will enter untapped, and will not tap for white or black. My question, though, is—why? ...
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Magic: The Gathering - Why is it possible to activate some cards abilities from graveyard and some others not?

There are some cards, that have activated abilities, that a player can activate when the card is in the graveyard. For example, the ability of Stitchwing Skaab to return it from the graveyard to the ...
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Can I lose more life than I have?

In a multiplayer game, I'm playing Exquisite Blood and resolve the second ability of Aetherflux Reservoir, dealing 50 damage to an opponent who's life total was only 10. I was able to pay the 50 life -...
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A question about flickering a stolen creature

Some cards like Mistmeadow Witch and Ghostly Flicker specify under whose control the flickered creature will return. What happens when it isn't specified whose control the creature will return under? ...
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How does Liliana's Standard Bearer work if Kaervek the Spiteful is on the battlefield?

Let's say one creature has died this turn. I have Kaervek, the Spiteful on the battlefield, and then I flash in Liliana's Standard Bearer. This card has an enters-the-battlefield trigger which ...
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Can Ass Whuppin' be used to target a permanent in your own game?

Ass Whuppin' is a silver-bordered card from the set Unhinged whose card text reads "Destroy target silver-bordered permanent in any game you can see from your seat." Technically, if me ...
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Blightsteel colossus, Helm of Obedience and Rest in Peace, can my opponent force the game to a draw?

I have a Rest in Peace and Helm of Obedience on the battlefield. I activate the Helm for 1 mana, and my opponent starts milling her entire deck. Assume the only relevant card in her deck is a ...
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Is there a way to Bring to Life my Lucky Clover and still cast Animating Faerie?

Say I have Lucky Clover on the battlefield, which I want to Bring to Life (this is the adventure side of Animating Faerie). So I cast Bring to Life. Lucky Clover triggers, and there's a 2nd Bring to ...
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Do I have to pay commander tax when casting my commander using Geode Golem's ability?

Hey guys I have a question regarding Geode Golem. Its text says "Whenever Geode Golem deals combat damage to a player, you may cast your commander from the command zone without paying its mana ...
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Ordeal of Nylea and the stack

I was playing MTG with my lady and came across this scenario: She had a creature with 2 +1/+1 counters, and 2 Ordeal of Nylea. She attacks with the creature, both triggers hitting the stack. I play ...
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Can I name cards that are not legal in the format I am playing?

When using cards like Demonic Consultation or Spoils of the Vault can I name cards that exist but are not legal in the current format I am playing? For example, could I name a uncard like Booster ...
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“Enters the battlefield as a copy” and Thryx, the Sudden Storm

I control Shark Typhoon and Thryx, the Sudden Storm. I decide to cast Clever Impersonator and want it to enter the battlefield as a copy of my Shark Typhoon. I'm trying to figure out answers to ...
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Can I stop a Counterspell of Goblin Grenade by sacrificing a Goblin Gardener?

I want to cast Goblin Grenade, but my opponent wants to counter it. Can I prevent them doing so like this?: I play Goblin Grenade. As part of the cost, I sacrifice Goblin Gardener (whose text reads: “...
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MTG: Fiend Binder and wider implications of Rule 508.1d

I am trying to figure out rule 508.1d - I initially got down this path whilst trying to figure out Fiend Binder's requirements. Fiend Binder's text says: Whenever Fiend Binder attacks, tap target ...
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Why would Kathril, Aspect Warper's ability grant multiple hexproof counters?

Kathril, Aspect Warper has this ability: When Kathril, Aspect Warper enters the battlefield, put a flying counter on any creature you control if a creature card in your graveyard has flying. Repeat ...
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Kathril, Aspect Warper and his ability's “targets”

I have a question regarding Kathril, Aspect Warper's ability. The ability is as follows: When Kathril, Aspect Warper enters the battlefield, put a flying counter on any creature you control if a ...
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Paying madness costs with Dark Ritual

If you cast a card with Madness by discarding it in the cleanup step, are you able to pay for it's alternate casting cost with a Dark Ritual? From my basic knowledge of the game, you wouldn't be able ...

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