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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How high should the “starting life total” amount has to be, depending on the game formats?

The Happily Ever After card, after a first part of text that is perfectly clear, says: At the beginning of your upkeep,if there are five colors among pemanents you control,there are six or more ...
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Clarifications about Kunoros, Hound of Athreos

Why are the following two instructions indicated on the card Kunoros, Hound of Athreos at the same time? 1) Creature cards in graveyards can't enter the battlefield;    2) Players can't cast spells ...
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Kaya's ghostform and hanged executioner

So on MTG Arena today, I enchanted my Hanged Executioner with Kaya's Ghostform. Hanged Executioner reads in part: "{3}{W}, Exile Hanged Executioner: Exile target creature." I activated this ...
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Feather and spells turning permanents in to Creatures

If I have Feather, the Redeemed and I cast an Instant or Sorcery that turns a target permanent into a creature (Say Siege of Towers for example) Will that trigger Feather's ability to return that to ...
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Are “Gods” indestructible even when they are not yet creatures?

As long as the card Nylea, Keen-Eyed - (or the parallel red card, or Purphoros, Bronze-Blooded, or Athreos, Shroud-Veiled, or other specular cards, often with the subtype "God") - is not yet a ...
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How does Golos, Tireless Pilgrim interact with double-faced cards?

From the Ixalan set, we received double faced cards with lands on the back. I believe they count as all types on both sides while not on the field. Therefore: When Golos, Tireless Pilgrim activates ...
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Do Marchesa the Black Rose and Nightmare Shepherd work together?

I heard recently about Nightmare Shepherd and thought it might work great in my Marchesa, the Black Rose deck. If I have a creature with a +1/+1 counter on it and the creature dies, both triggers ...
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How do Sphinx of Foresight and a discard effect on the first turn interact?

My question revolves around Sphinx of Foresight and any discard effect targeting the Sphinx on Turn 1. I'll take Thoughtseize as an example. Sphinx of Foresight has the following effect: You may ...
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I have three specific doubts [closed]

I have little time playing Magic, but there are some things that I could not find an answer: Playing with a friend, he used a card called Lich's Mirror, when I beat him, he used it and left it in ...
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Is there a way to make Splice effects cheaper?

Is there a way to make the Splice costs cheaper? For example, if I am splicing Splicer's Skill onto a spell, is there a way I can reduce the cost that I must pay?
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Can I reorder the abilities of Hydra's Growth and Simic Ascendancy?

Suppose I control Simic Ascendancy and Hydra's Growth. Each of these has an ability that triggers at the beginning of my upkeep. Since I'm the controller of both of these abilities, can I choose ...
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How does a Channel ability work with my commander?

How does Channel (the Kamigawa mechanic, not the card) work when your commander has such an ability, such as Arashi, the Sky Asunder? Can I use it from the command zone? Do I pay the tax when I use ...
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In what situation is Last Word really relevant?

Last Word reads This spell can’t be countered. Counter target spell. But if I were to be using another counterspell in any situation, couldn't I just choose to target the original spell again?...
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Does trample ability have any effect during a fight between two creatures out of combat? [duplicate]

Does trample ability have any effect during a fight between two creatures out of combat? I'll explain better. When any card or effect allows two creatures to fight each other - for example, when a ...
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Why can a manifested creature be turned face up if it loses all it's abilities but a morphed card can't? [duplicate]

This question is dedicated to a better understanding of a card: Wildcall. The Gather entry has the following ruling. "Unlike a face-down creature that was cast using the morph ability, a ...
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Can I use creature tokens to win with Mortal Combat?

I have 20 1/1 Saproling tokens in play and Mortal Combat triggers at the beginning of my upkeep. Can I play Echoing Ruin to win the game? I.e., will the Saproling tokens exist in my graveyard until ...
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Playing Magic The Gathering online [closed]

I'm interested in trying MTG, but I would like to try the game first before I commit to buying decks and whatnot. Is there any way to play Magic The Gathering online? Is there an Android/iOS app, ...
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What are “other” ways you can prevent your opponent from winning in magic the gathering, given the “right” decks?

In a game, if you can prevent your opponent from winning, there are only two possible outcomes: 1) You will win or 2) Your opponent can also force a draw. This question outlined how you can prevent ...
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Death triggers and the stack

Now upon exiling a creature with a coin counter from Athreos, Shroud-Veiled with Flicker of Fate, does the triggered ability of Athreos, Shroud-Veiled take over and and stop the rest of the Flicker of ...
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How did Andrea Mengucci receive a game loss for incorrectly registering his card on arena?

I just received a Game Loss because I registered a wrong card from my Draft. It kinda stings because I acknowledged it in the checking process after decklists were handed. But as the Latin says: ‘Dura ...
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Possible to use mana ability in response?

Mana abilities don't go onto the stack and are resolved immediately. If my opponent tried to play Shock (deal 2 damage) to Maraleaf Pixie, would I be able to use its mana ability in response? (Tap: ...
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Can I look up the text of my foreign cards on my phone in MTG tournaments? [duplicate]

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 ...
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How does Dredge work with drawing more than one card?

How does dredge work with drawing multiple cards at once? For example, let's say I cast Windfall and discard three cards, a Golgari Grave-Troll, and a Stinkweed Imp. With the at least five cards I am ...
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What happens to my cards exiled by an opponent's Oblivion Ring when they lose the game? [duplicate]

My opponent in a multiplayer game had exiled 2 cards I controlled during a recent game with an Oblivion Ring like ability. On my next turn I hit him for lethal. What happens when he loses the game? ...
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Does showing my opponent I have an effective win condition qualify as improperly determining a winner?

This question is focused on the tournament rule, IPG 4.3 Unsporting Conduct — Improperly Determining a Winner. Two players playing the Bant Nexus of Fate combo deck meet each other in a round. This ...
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What happens if opponent has infinite turns, but cannot kill me because I have infinite life?

Let's say I have the Heliod, Sun-Crowned + Spike Feeder combo in play, which allows me to gain an arbitrary amount of life at instant speed. Meanwhile, opponent has the Nexus of Fate combo running, ...
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Reordering Static Effects with Dependencies on a Changing Board State

All of the discussion about Dryad of the Ilysian Grove's Layer 4 confusion and other discussions about continuous effects got me thinking about an unintuitive situation that can result from ...
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In what order are continuous effects applied across multiple objects?

In the Magic Comprehensive Rules, rule 613.1 says The values of an object’s characteristics are determined by starting with the actual object. For a card, that means the values of the ...
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Is 27 lands good in a Commander deck? [duplicate]

My deck is a ramp deck. It has a lot of creatures under 3 Mana. It is a mono green deck with elves and hydras.
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Buffing an Unblockable? [duplicate]

I have a card that basically says any creature with power or toughness = one is Unblockable, is it possible to buff them after declaring blockers? Thanks ahead of time for the info
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Do adventure cards have summoning sickness also? [duplicate]

Do adventure cards have summoning sickness?
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When a creature is exiled with Nightmare Shepherd, does Teysa Karlov create two copies of the creature when dying?

Example I have Teysa Karlov and Nightmare Shepherd in play. They mention, respectively: If a creature dying causes a triggered ability of a permanent you control to trigger, that ability triggers ...
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* Power/Toughness and other effects

Having spent time reading the wonderful answers here on the marvels of layers, I thought I'd throw another one in the mix... I have an empty board, 7 mana, and a Daxos, Blessed by the Sun and ...
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Can a mandatory trigger be missed?

At Theros Beyond Death prerelease, I was playing with Furious Rise for the first time. It happened to me to forget about the card at the end of my turn and only remember at the beginning of the turn ...
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MTG Layer System - Does adding a basic land type to a land grant the mana ability at layer 4 or layer 6?

This question was inspired by this question involving the interaction between Dryad of the Ilysian Grove, Ichthyomorphosis, and lands. In the original question, OP asked why his lands could tap for ...
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What happens if I lose a match due to time in a single-elimination game, but I have a Platinum Angel on the battlefield?

According to the Magic: the Gathering tournament rules, when time has been called on a game during single-elimination rounds: In single-elimination rounds, matches may not end in a draw. If all ...
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Is there a maximum duration for MTG official matches?

In MTG official tournaments, is there a maximum duration for matches? Or, can each match last as long as it takes to end the game normally (and therefore there are pauses, in case of particularly long ...
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Does a non-creature God entering the battlefield trigger Pelt Collector?

Let's say I have a 1/1 Pelt Collector on the battlefield, then cast Nylea, Keen-Eyed. I don't have enough devotion to turn Nylea into a creature. Does Pelt Collector, which triggers when a creature ...
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Gleemax targeting

Does Gleemax allow you to choose an invalid target for a spell or ability? If you have it on the field and the other player plays and spell that say choose 2 creatures you control and place a +1/+1 ...
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Dryad of the Ilysian Grove and Imprisoned in the moon

Following on from this conversation, what happens if we replace Icthyomorphosis with Imprisoned in the Moon in that scenario? I think: All Lands become all basic land types Dryad of the Ilysian ...
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Gaining control of an opponent's hideaway land

Suppose my opponent plays a hideaway land (e.g. Spinerock Knoll) and then I gain control of it with Zealous Conscripts. Can I look at the card that was exiled face down with the hideaway land? What ...
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Scheming Symmetry with revealed top of deck

I have a Lantern of Insight in play, and I cast Scheming Symmetry. My question is, when the card resolves, how do players put the card on top? Is it simultaneous, or APNAP? If APNAP, my fear is that ...
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Can I return Verdant Eidolon with the spell I casted with?

Can I return Verdant Eidolon to my hand with the muticolored spell I cast with mana from its ability? Is it in the graveyard as soon as I sacrifice it? For example: if I sacrifice Verdant Eidolon to ...
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“At the beginning of the end step” meaning and comparison to “your end step” and “each end step”

So, the difference between "At the beginning of your end step" and "At the beginning of each end step" is pretty obvious, but what is the meaning of "At the beginning of the end step" and how does it ...
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Why aren't “abilities” of Dryad of the Ilysian Grove considered abilities?

I got my Dryad of the Ilysian Grove turned into a fish on an Arena draft. It's supposed to "lose all abilities", but I could see that the Dryad was still allowing me to get mana from any color. Isn't ...
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Casting creatures as spells - searching for the rules

I need to find the ruling where it says, when I want to put a creature from my hand onto the battlefield, that I have to cast it and that it's a spell on the stack. 302.1. A player who has priority ...
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Proliferate and Bloom Hulk

I'm new to proliferate and my friend was playing a proliferate deck. He had a creature with 3 +1/+1s on it and he played a Bloom Hulk. He said that his creature gained 3 +1/+1s because of proliferate ...
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Responding to planeswalker with doubling season in play

If I had Doubling Season in play, then I cast any planeswalker, would my opponent be able to destroy it with Hero's Downfall or exile it with Anguished Unmaking before I am able to activate any of ...
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Aethersnatch vs Walking Ballista

What happens when player A casts Walking Ballista (costing xx) for 170 colorless mana(meaning 85 for each x). Then player B casts Aethersnatch to gain control of target spell? Does it resolve under ...
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Can I use a flicker effect to stop an opponents blocker from blocking

Pretty much what the title says. Supposing I have the ability to flicker an opposing blocker, can I force damage past it? To give a concrete example: Suppose my opponent has: 1 untapped vanilla ...

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