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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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Instant and sorcery lifelink multiplied by targets or just casting?

If I give an instant or sorcery lifelink, like in the case of Firesong and Sunspeaker, and it hits multiple creatures, in the instance of Fiery Cannonade, would that be a lifelink value of 2, or 2 ...
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In Multiplayer, if I attack all other players for lethal, who loses first?

Is it simultaneous, like 1st me > several tied 2nd places? Or is there a sequence to it. I know 802.6. Combat damage is assigned in APNAP order. Other than that, the combat damage step proceeds just ...
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Appetite for the Unnatural and Clone Legion vs. hexproof creatures [duplicate]

Clone Legion For each creature target player controls, create a token that's a copy of that creature. Appetite for the Unnatural Destroy target artifact or enchantment. You gain 2 life. Will ...
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Omnispell Adept and Entrancing Melody

I want to use Omnispell Adept's ability 2U, Tap: You may cast an instant or sorcery card from your hand without paying its mana cost. to cast Entrancing Melody. Its effect reads Gain control ...
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Will “enter the battlefield” triggers happen if I gain control of an opponent's creature?

If I gain control of my opponent's creature (a Ravenous Chupacabra, for instance), does that creature's "enter the battlefield" trigger happen again?
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Clarification of rulings on Carrionette

It is my understanding that the individual card rulings on Gatherer are essentially clarifying comments. i.e. they are "just" an application of the comprehensive rules to that specific card. With ...
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A complicated interaction with Sakashima's Student

I want to be able to do the following chain of events, but am not sure if it's possible. Please help! Setup. At start of turn I have Etrata, The Silencer on the battlefield with Grappling Hook ...
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Does Sultai Ascendancy interact with cards that care about surveil?

Does Sultai Ascendancy interact with cards that care about surveil? Like Dimir Spybug for instance.
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Soul Sculptor and creatures with cast triggers

Suppose Soul Sculptor has turned a Ramos, Dragon Engine into an enchantment, and the Ramos player casts a (colored) creature spell. Will they get the +1/+1 counters for it? More generally, if Soul ...
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Can “board wipes” kill creatures with protection? [duplicate]

Can Crux of Fate kill a creature with protection from black? My friend says it can't because protection gives it complete defense from black.
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Order of triggered abilities - will the abilities on the stack resolve after the player who owns the ability loses?

Let's say in a three-player game, Alice and Bob are playing Poison-Tip Archer. It's a 2/3 creature with: Whenever another creature dies, each opponent loses 1 life. Carol has 10 1/1 Saproling ...
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Can I put Lich's Mirror into play with The Ur-Dragon's ability to save me after drawing out with the same ability?

Let's say I have The Ur-Dragon and a ton of dragons on the field. I attack with enough dragons to draw my remaining library (as per The Ur-Dragon's ability "Whenever one or more dragons you control ...
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Does the legend rule affect 2 creatures with the same general name? [duplicate]

Suppose I have Squee, Goblin Nabob on the battlefield. Does the legend rule apply if I then play Squee, The Immortal?
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Alternatives to Mulligans in Magic: The Gathering

!edited: Added non-opinion-based question I am currently looking into ways of doing Mulligans in another way, or replace Mulligans altogether, for casual play around the kitchen table. I don't like ...
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Underrealm Lich and Divination

Underrealm Lich's static ability reads: If you would draw a card, instead look at the top three cards of your library, then put one into your hand and the rest into your graveyard. Divination ...
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Increasing Savagery: can you change the target?

In MTG can Increasing Savagery flashback to a different target if the original target is removed from the battlefield?
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Can Bruna, Light of Alabaster take my opponent's auras?

Bruna, Light of Alabaster says: Whenever Bruna, Light of Alabaster attacks or blocks, you may attach to it any number of Auras on the battlefield and you may put onto the battlefield attached to it ...
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Multiple Lathliss, Dragon Queen - multiple Dragon tokens?

If I have 2 of the same creature in play and I activate the ability by playing another card, does it trigger twice since I have 2 of them or does it only activate once? Example: I have 2 Lathliss, ...
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What Are Guilds of Ravnica Guild Kits?

What is a Guilds of Ravnica guild kit? Are they legal to use? What's special about them over other preconstructed product?
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How do dash costs work with commander tax? [duplicate]

If I have the card Zurgo Bellstriker as my commander, and I cast it for its Dash cost, do I have to add commander tax to it? Or does the Dash cost override it? My gut tells me I would still have to ...
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If I really need a card on my start hand, how many mulligans make sense? [duplicate]

There is a funny modern deck where you play Treasure Hunt, but you really need to have it on the starting hand. How many mulligans should I take, if my deck contains 60 cards and contains 4 copies of ...
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What happens when a reanimated creature returns from exile?

Let's say I bring a creature (the canonical Runeclaw bear) into play from an opponent's graveyard using one of the "enchant creature in a graveyard" cards (Necromancy, or Animate Dead, or Dance of the ...
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Do Commanders' abilities work from the command zone? [duplicate]

I have a milling deck that uses Phenax, God of Deception. One of his abilities is: Creatures you control have "{T}: Target player puts the top X cards of their library into their graveyard, where X ...
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When there are multiple “enters the battlefield” effects but “lasts until end of turn” is said once, do they all last until end of turn?

For example, Cavalry Drillmaster has two enters the battlefield effects separated with an and: When Cavalry Drillmaster enters the battlefield, target creature gets +2/+0 and gains first strike ...
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Do I draw a card in this situation with Oblivion Ring in MTG?

Situation: My opponent has an Oblivion Ring exiling my Wirewood Savage. I play Beast Within targeting the Oblivion Ring. The following things will happen: The oblivion ring will be destroyed A ...
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Ochran Assassin vs simultaneous First Strike and Non-First Strike blockers

Ochran Assassin has deathtouch and the ability: "All creatures that are able to block Ochran Assassin do so". My opponent attacks with Ochran Assassin, and I am forced to block with a 3/3 creature ...
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Underrealm Lich vs. Dredge

No doubt, Underrealm Lich is cool. Still I am wondering, how it interacts with dredge, such as on Life from the Loam. As both are replacement effects, I should be able to choose which happens, ...
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Is there a functional difference between “all” and “each”?

Take the two cards Fiery Cannonade and Golden Demise. Fiery Cannonade reads: Fiery Cannonade deals 2 damage to each non-Pirate creature. Golden Demise reads (among other text): All creatures ...
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Can I peek at the cards under Bomat Courier whenever I search my library?

Say I've attacked with Bomat Courier three times, and they're the only cards I have that are exiled face down. Therefore when I search my library, I am in principle able to deduce which cards are ...
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In reference to Ashenmoor Liege [duplicate]

What abilities target Ashenmoor Liege that triggers 'Whenever Ashenmoor Liege becomes the target of a spell or ability an opponent controls, that player loses 4 life.' Would deathtouch qualify?
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Who controls Oath of Scholars' trigger?

The Oath of X cycle triggers on each player's upkeep and targets an opponent that meets certain conditions. Who controls this ability? The controller of the enchantment or the player whose turn it is? ...
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Can Sakashima change its name to Lazav?

Sakashima the Impostor has the following text (and more, but this is the relevant part): You may have Sakashima, the Impostor enter the battlefield as a copy of any creature on the battlefield, ...
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Does MTG have a card with a mana-generating ability that has a target and is thus not a mana ability?

Just out of curiosity: The rules say: 605.1a An activated ability is a mana ability if it meets all of the following criteria: it doesn’t have a target, it could add mana to a player’s mana pool ...
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Can an ability that returns a creature to hand save it from an ability that would exile it?

So I was playing a friend and he had a Lantern Spirit on the field. I used a card ability to exile it, but he said he could pay that one blue mana to put it back in his hand. I'm pretty sure that's ...
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Is it possible to download full tournament data including every card in each deck and wins losses?

Does Wizards make this information available? This would be a really cool machine learning problem to try and predict which decks do better against which decks based on their cards. For example, for ...
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Can I Ghost Quarter to fetch basic land, while tapping my Gemstone Mine for mana using its last counter?

My Gemstone Mine has 1 counter left. I tap it, remove 1 counter to produce B. Is the sacrifice effect a triggered ability -- meaning I have time to Ghost Quarter it and fetch a basic land?
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Is Tribal a permanent type (for Muldrotha)?

I am building a Commander deck with Muldrotha, the Gravetide as the Commander. During my deckbuilding, I remembered there is such a thing as a "Tribal" card type. Is Tribal one of the supported card ...
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What happens if multiple events combine into one (e.g. via damage redirection)?

This is not a very practical question, I'm just seeking a better understanding of the rules. The rules define "events" quite loosely as "anything that happens in a game" (700.1). I am wondering if it ...
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Does Underrealm Lich's replacement effect activate Gaea's Blessing's triggered effect?

While considering an off brand Golgari deck, I'm looking closely at Underrealm Lich and Gaea's Blessing. Underrealm Lich's first ability is a replacement affect that turns your draws into a very ...
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Which spells or abilities are affected by things that care about targeting?

Note: this is intended to be a canonical question about whether or not a spell or ability targets so there are multiple sub-questions. Can Hexproof or Shroud save my creature from Wrath of God? What ...
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An activated ability of a card that affects that card [duplicate]

If you have a Fleecemane Lion that is enchanted by Shielding Plax, and you pay to activate the ability Monstrosity 1, then would the creature fail to become monstorous and would not receive it's +1/+1?...
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What happens if Merfolk Trickster taps Emmara?

Emmara, Soul of the Accord Whenever Emmara, Soul of the Accord becomes tapped, create a 1/1 white Soldier creature token with lifelink. Merfolk Trickster When Merfolk Trickster enters the ...
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What if Magic gives the second player a Lotus Petal, similar to what Hearthstone does?

In Magic, the player who goes first doesn't get to draw a card on the first turn, i.e. the player who goes second plays each turn with an extra card. This typically isn't enough compensation since the ...
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Can a Palace Guard block for both a player and a planeswalker?

I attacked my friend and his planeswalker, who had a Palace Guard in play. Now can his card block for himself and his planeswalker at the same time? Or would he have to choose which one it blocked ...
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Whan Happens if I Copy Etrata, the Silencer?

What happens if I try to copy Etrata, the Silencer with Quasiduplicate (via Qicken, Leyline of Anticipation, etc.) in response to her triggered ability? Since I create a copy of a Legendary creature, ...
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Can't cast an instant after my opponent declares attackers in Arena

If I have an instant that gives a creature +1/+7 (Aegis of the Heavens) until end of turn, I should be able to cast this after my opponent declares their attackers, right? Because the game hasn't been ...
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Cast spells as if they have flash - does it affect equipping?

I was reading Equipment cards and the timing of their activated ability and wondered about the Equip keyword timing. Let's say I'm playing Vedalken Orrery (which has, You may cast spells as though ...
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Equipment cards and the timing of their activated ability

702.6a: Equip is an activated ability of Equipment cards. “Equip [cost]” means “[Cost]: Attach this permanent to target creature you control. Activate this ability only any time you could cast a ...
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Can I copy a spell that's in my graveyard?

If I cast an instant and then activate League Guildmages ability, can I use the ability again next turn if that card I cast is in the graveyard?
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Does copying a spell on the stack count as casting it?

What happens if I have Paradox Engine but I use League Guildmage's ability. Would Paradox Engine’s ability activate?