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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Vigilance and a tap ability

I'm attacking with a creature that has vigilance. After I declare him attacking, may I activate his ability before blockers are declared? His ability is pay 1 white and tap to tap Target creature. My ...
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Auras & Humble or Kasmina's transmutation [duplicate]

Let's say there's a 2/2 Bear on the battlefield. I'm thinking of the results of cards like Humble (Until end of turn, target creature loses all abilities and has base power and toughness 0/1.) or ...
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Emissary of Grudges vs. Annihilator

If I have Emissary of Grudges on the battlefield and my secretly chosen player controls a creature with Annihilator which attacks me, can I activate Emissary of Grudges and choose a new target for ...
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When is Garbage time and when to scoop to it?

This is a dual question but the answer from the first part directly leads into the second. Watching Magic the gathering streamers I've heard the term "Garbage Time" used occasionally. It typically ...
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Can creatures with Defender be unmorphed while attacking?

I have a face down Monastery Flock card on the battlefield. I begin my attack phase, and declare the face down Monastery Flock as an attacker. The defending player blocks with Llanowar Elves, then ...
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Order of enter the battlefield effects in multiplayer (Warp World)

In a four player EDH game, Player 1 casts Warp World. Each player begins by shuffling their permanents into their library. Player 2 has a Banisher Priest on the battlefield, which currently has a ...
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Casting Emry, Lurker of the Loch with Gilded Goose & food tokens

Emry, Lurker of the Loch costs 1 generic mana less for each artifact I control. Gilded Goose can turn my food tokens into mana. Let's say I have Goose, food token, and a land in play. Emry is ...
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Expansion // Explosion and Alms Collector

If I have an Alms Collector and my opponent casts Explosion where X is 4 targeting himself and my Alms Collector, should Alms Collector still replace the draw 4 effect? I assume because Alms ...
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Ixalan's Binding and Ashiok, Nightmare Muse

I cast Ixalan's Binding, and its etb targets and exiles my opponent's Rampaging Baloths. Later in the game I use the -7 on Ashiok, Nightmare Muse, choosing to cast my opponent's exiled Rampaging ...
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Responding to a dynamic value trigger which could change the same value

If I attack with a Thundering Djinn, and in response to its trigger with something that would draw me additional cards (let’s say +2 cards and have only drawn your Draw step prior.). Will the damage ...
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Medomai's Prophecy Repeated

I have a few related questions about Medomai's Prophecy, which has the relevant Chapter abilities: II - Choose a card name. III - When you cast a spell with the chosen name for the first time ...
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Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx vs Contamination

In my current meta one of the players likes to play Contamination. If I have a Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx in play, and my opponent has a Contamination, would it be possible to produce non-black mana with ...
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Killing opponent's Arclight Phoenixes with Massacre Girl, with Cauldron Familiar in graveyard

My board: 5 lands, Cauldron Familiar in graveyard, food token Opponent's board: 1 untapped red mana, 2 Arclight Phoenix, Shock in hand I want to play Massacre Girl and sweep up opponent's board. ...
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Does a saga's ability resolve in time to save the saga?

Suppose I have a Time of Ice and Opalescence on the battlefield. My Time of Ice (which is a creature) is at two lore counters and won't untap during my next turn because of my opponent's sleep. Does ...
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Who draws a card from Curious Obsession?

If I have enchanted an opponent's creature with Curious Obsession, which player draws the card after damage is dealt?
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Is it possible, controlling Vesuvan Doppelganger, to have two legends with the same name in play at the same time?

According to the well-known rule, Legendary Creatures - or simply Legends - can appear on the battlefield, but if a Legend with the same name as the one a player would like to summon is not already in ...
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What is the most mana that can be produced by tapping a single permanent in future standard?

After Theros: Beyond Death is added to standard, what will be the most mana a permanent can be tapped to produce? Rules: Current standard sets and Theros: Beyond Death are legal No infinite combos ...
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Starfield Field of Nyx and Mirror March

If you cast a Mirror March and have five enchantments on the battlefield, including a Starfield of Nyx and another Mirror March, does the preexisting Mirror March copy the Mirror March that you just ...
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Inalla, Archmage Ritualist and Sage of Fables interaction?

I'm curious, when you cast Sage of Fables and copy it with Inalla do both the original and the copy come in with +1/+1 counters? or does just the copy? Reading this question about Inalla and Disciple ...
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Is there a Magic the Gathering card that resembles The Hanged Man Tarot card?

I have been looking for any card which has artwork resembling an entity dangling upside down but with no luck. Potential ideas could be something to do with the Rakdos circus, an over-confident ...
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Does Cycling a card to trigger an ability allow you to target a creature protected by the color of the card you're cycling?

If I'm going to use the Cycle ability of a card of a certain color, and that activated ability is connected with a triggered ability that needs to choose a target for its correct resolution, it is ...
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Return a creature with an adventure to hand, can i cast the instant/sorcery again?

Will returning Brazen Borrower from the battlefield to my hand using the -3 ability of Teferi, Time Raveler enable me to cast Petty Theft again? The rulings say nothing against it but I have the ...
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What effects can modify mana abilities and be affected by Mana Relfection and Nyxbloom Ancient?

Considering the following: Mana abilities come in two forms, Activated and Triggered Nyxbloom Ancient/Mana Reflection only works with Activated abilities of a permanent being tapped Triggered ...
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When can opponents react to the lifegain from the mana ability of Pristine Talisman?

I have a Pristine Talisman on the board, alongside a Well of Lost Dreams. I activate the Talisman to add 1 mana and gain 1 life. Gatherer says 01.06.2011 Pristine Talisman has a mana ability. ...
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Casting instants between first strike/normal strike combat phases [duplicate]

Let's say I have a 1/1 with first strike that's attacking and blocked by a vanilla 4/4. It deals first strike damage, but that's not enough to kill the defending creature. Right now, the attacking ...
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How much mana does tapping a Forest make, with Nikya of the Old Ways & Nyxbloom Ancient?

I have Nikya of the Old Ways out on the battlefield: Whenever you tap a land for mana, add one mana of any type that land produced. I play Nyxbloom Ancient: If you tap a permanent for mana, it ...
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A specific case of First Strike/Normal Strike Combat Phase, with spells cast in between [duplicate]

Taking up a theme already discussed with the question - "Q: Is it still possible to assign combat damage, and return the creature back to its owner's hand?" - which has already had its negative answer,...
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Do you have to pay the commander tax if you have an Omniscience in play?

If you have an Omniscience in play, will you still have to pay the commander tax or do you get to play your commander completely for free? Or is it the case that Omniscience will only ever make my ...
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How does Haktos the Unscarred's protection ability work if no number was chosen?

Haktos the Unscarred has an unusual pair of abilties: As Haktos enters the battlefield, choose 2, 3, or 4 at random. Haktos has protection from each converted mana cost other than the chosen ...
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What happens to other land types (e.g. Legendary/Artifact) when some effects change the basic land types?

Taking up a topic already addressed, for example, with the question: What happens when two global enchantments affect the same type of permanent (e.g.lands), with this question I would like to add a ...
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Tiana, Ship's Caretaker and Kaya's Ghostform

Tiana, Ship's Caretaker is a somewhat unique effect that lets all auras and equipment that go to your graveyard return to your hand. Kaya's Ghostform will bring a creature or planeswalker ...
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Are there any ways to lose in a “You can't lose the game” game?

Would cards like Lich's Mastery, and Door to Nothingness effect each other at all? Or Platinum Angel for that matter?
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Is it not popular to play with old standard decks?

It seems not common to play a format where you would be allowed to play with any deck that was once legal at the end of a Standard rotation. I think I would enjoy it because that format has a lower ...
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MTG. Untapping a tapped creature that just got put on the battlefield [duplicate]

I used a card that said "For every instant and sorcery card in your graveyard, put a tapped 2/2 zombie token on the battlefield." After this, I had a card that said "Untap all non-land permanents you ...
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How does Thought Sponge interact with Yarok, the Desecrated?

Situation I have Yarok, the Desecrated on the battlefield: If a permanent entering the battlefield causes a triggered ability of a permanent you control to trigger, that ability triggers an ...
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Death Wind and Irradiate are able to send indestructible creatures to the Graveyard?

Cards like Death Wind or Irradiate are able to destroy a creature, also preventing any creature's regeneration ability. But, obviously, both of them are not able to send to the graveyard a creature ...
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What happens when a card has two different parts to execute? (just a two cards example) [duplicate]

I have a creature in play, and the opponent in his turn casts Certain Death on it. In response, I cast Waterwhirl targetting the same creature,to return that creature to my hand. This last spell ...
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Why is Monstrosity not a keyword ability?

As pointed out recently in a comment on another question, Monstrosity is actually a keyword action, not a keyword ability. This seems strange, especially as it is the only keyword action that is not a ...
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Can Rayami, First of the Fallen's ability give it Annihilator or Monstrosity?

If a creature with Annihilator or Monstrosity dies, could Rayami, First of the Fallen obtain those abilities?
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Multiple copies of planeswalkers

I thought planeswalkers are legendary permanents and thus subject to the legend rule. While playing on Arena my opponent played three copies of Gideon Blackblade from their hand. Does this card become ...
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Is it still possible to assign combat damage, and return the creature back to its owner's hand?

Since, in 2010, there have been changes in the rules, I would like to ask if what I'm reporting here – although fairly trivial – is still a possible action. If, during a combat phase, Savannah Lions ...
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Damage assignment with multiple attackers and blockers

I'm returning to Magic and I have a scenario that I can't seem to settle. In the case where I have two 4/4 creatures which I use to attack an opponent who then decides to defend with two 1/2 creatures,...
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Can you counterspell everything? (aside from lands)

Artifacts, instants, sorcery, planeswalker, creature, and enchantment spells can all be stopped by counterspells right? So if I play Veil of Summer, and someone hits me with Didn't Say Please, ...
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How can I spend the mana from Lion's Eye Diamond?

With this question, I would like to shed some light on the Lion's Eye Diamond card, and some of its possible uses. It is an incredible card, which in some ways is similar to the Black Lotus, but ...
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What is the 'duration' of Charmed Sleep?

I have a question that relates to untapping a creature enchanted by Charmed Sleep. It says "Enchanted creature doesn't untap during its controller's untap step". Does this apply to the following ...
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What is the difference between countering spells and exiling spells?

If a given spell, or a given effect, is able to exile other spells - not simply countering them - is it able to exile even uncounterable spells? It is useful to give a couple of examples. If the ...
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What happens when target of an activated ability becomes illegal (in this particular situation)?

I have a Hunting Kavu, and the opponent attacks with a Craw Wurm. I decide to use the Kavu's activated ability, in order to exile both creatures. But, in response to this, the opponent casts a Jump on ...
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What happens when I copy a card with awaken?

If I copy Part the Waterveil for which I pay 6UUU with Mirrorpool, do I get to turn one or two lands into creatures?
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Does Karmic Justice Trigger if a Planeswalker dies from combat damage?

If a creature deals enough damage to my planeswalker and destroys it does Karmic Justice trigger if I have it on the field?
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Will Sigarda, Host of Herons and Armor of Thorns cause infinite cleanup steps?

If my opponent has a Sigarda, Host of Herons in play, and I play Armor of Thorns as though it had flash and then Donate it to my opponent, will the game lock up at end of turn due to an infinite loop ...