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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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Countering a "When Cast" Ability

If an opponent casts a spell that has an "when cast" ability, e.g. the cascade from Bloodbraid Elf, can I counter that ability - I think it'd be a "triggered" ability - using a ...
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Can I use in my deck a card that has an ability whose cost is a mana color out of my commander identity? [duplicate]

My friends and I are wondering about this same rule and we didn't manage to find any official resource that specifically answers this question. To give you an example, I'd like to know whether I could ...
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Can you change a target of a spell to an illegal target with misdirection?

Can you change a target of a spell to an illegal target with misdirection? One ruling for Misdirection says that This does not check if the current target is legal. It just checks if the spell has a ...
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Does "Seize the Spotlight" target? [duplicate]

Seize the Spotlight from the new Streets of Capenna EDH deck lets my opponents choose fame or fortune when cast. For each opponent who chose fortune I draw a card and create a treasure token. For each ...
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Gala Greeters and Replacement Effect

Let's say I have both Gala Greeters and Jinnie Fay, Jetmir's Second on the battlefield. A creature comes into play that triggers Gala Greeters's Alliance ability, which should create a tapped ...
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Adventure spells and Codie

I'm playing a Codie, Vociferous Codex deck and was wondering if Adventure spells synergizes with codie. Question: Does casting the adventure half of the spells count as casting a permanent spell? Or ...
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Imposter Mech copying Devotion God

What happens when an Imposter Mech, which entered the battlefield as a copy of a Theros God (e.g. Nylea, Keen-Eyed), is crewed? Will it be a creature, or does the phrase on the god which checks for ...
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In Mtg, can I play spells exiled with Evelyn, the Covetous if she is not on the battlefield?

If I exile cards with a collection counter on using Evelyn, the Covetous's ability, can I still play those cards if Evelyn is not on the battlefield? The wording on cards such as Gonti, Lord of Luxury ...
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What's this foil dot near the foil stamp of a Magic card?

I saw this photo of a Magic card with a shiny orb next to the oval one in the center. What's that mean?
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When exactly do I get to return my Commander to the Command Zone after it goes to the Graveyard?

If my Commander on the field dies, and I send it to the Graveyard, its death becomes a state-based action. My question is, since a Commander has the chance to be returned to the Command Zone from the ...
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How does the Pioneer Lotus Field deck win with Approach?

I bought the Lotus Field Pioneer precon. It’s billed as being able to win in a single big turn, and the apparent way to do this is Granted, Omniscience, a second Granted, Approach of the Second Sun, ...
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Can I activate a creature's ability before that creature triggers and enter the battlefield effects (ETBs)?

The two cards I am concerned with: Flayer of the Hatebound: Undying (When this creature dies, if it had no +1/+1 counters on it, return it to the battlefield under its owner's control with a +1/+1 ...
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Can I use Sigil of Sleep to return a creature to opponent’s hand if I’ve just taken lethal damage?

If I enchant an opponent’s creature with Sigil of Sleep, and my opponent deals me lethal combat damage with the enchanted creature, can I still return a creature to his hand, or does Sigil leave the ...
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Simulacrum and trample

If I cast Simulacrum to retroactively apply damage done to me to a creature I control, but the attacking creatures have trample, does the excess damage get applied to me a second time?
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Import cards without knowing set in mtggoldfish

I want to use the "my price" feature in mtggoldfish, so I need to import my collection. I have my collection in a spreadsheed, but I don't have the set names for each card, and for the ...
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Paying for activated abilities of newly spoiled card Halo Fountain

Halo Fountain is a newly spoiled card for New Capenna: Now say you turn Halo Fountain into a creature (there's a variety of methods to do this, say Karn, Silver Golem for example). Say you wanted to ...
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What cards can retrieve arbitrary cards from exile?

I know of only three: Pull From Eternity Riftsweeper Karn, the Great Creator Are there any more? (By "arbitrary" I mean the card retrieved need not be related to the card doing the ...
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How does Death's Shadow interact with Trample?

Inspired by Does Death's Shadow grow when blocking a creature while the player is taking damage? Let's say I control a Phyrexian Dreadnought - a 12/12 Trampler. My opponent is on 12 life and has a ...
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Does Death's Shadow grow when blocking a creature while the player is taking damage?

The game situation: I'm at 12 life, meaning that Death's Shadow is currently a 1/1. I'm being attacked by two 2/2 Goblin Guides; I block one of them with the Death's Shadow, leaving the other ...
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When something loses all abilities, does that include intrinsic mana abilities from basic land types? [duplicate]

What happens if I have an Ashaya, Soul of the Wild and a Grizzly Bears enchanted with Mystic Subdual? As I understand it, first Ashaya adds the Forest land type in layer 4, so the Bears will ...
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Cloning a permanent, that is not a creature by itself

Lets say, I have a noncreature artifact (Manalith for example) and something, which temporarily turns it into creature, like Karn, the Great Creator's +1 ability. So I have a 3/3 Manalith and I cast ...
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Does Death Tyrant still create its zombie token if it dies in combat?

Death Tyrant card has the following ability: Negative Energy Cone — Whenever an attacking creature you control or a blocking creature an opponent controls dies, create a 2/2 black Zombie creature ...
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Does Ranar the Ever-Watchful's ability stack with Day of the Dragons?

Ranar the Ever-Watchful has the ability Whenever one or more cards are put into exile from your hand or a spell or ability you control exiles one or more permanents from the battlefield, create a 1/1 ...
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Can a commander sent to the graveyard be brought back by a sorcery or instant card or ability without costing mana? [closed]

Can a commander sent to the graveyard be brought back by a sorcery or instant card or ability without costing mana? I know I can put it in the command-zone. But does that mean I can get it back out of ...
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Young Pyromancer stacking with Village Rites

So i am not too sure how to word this during a paper match. Let's say I have Young Pyromancer already on the battlefield and I cast Village Rites. Would Young Pyromancer's ability go on top of the ...
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Does the Heliod / Walking Ballista combo work with a 1/1 Ballista?

I'm playing the Heliod, Sun-Crowned & Walking Ballista combo where Heliod is able to give +1/+1 to Walking Ballista when I gain life: Whenever you gain life, put a +1/+1 counter on target ...
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Ideal mana ratio [duplicate]

I'm rebuilding my mono red damage deck for speed. Average mana cost is just under 1.85. I am functional at 2 and peak is 3. How much mana should I carry?
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Does Winds of Abandon, overloaded, cause the player to search their library multiple times or just once?

If I cast Winds of Abandon for its overload cost which says, Exile each creature you don't control. For each creature exiled this way, its controller searches his or her library for a basic land card....
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Does Imoti, Celebrant of Bountry give creatures with cascade and additional cascade trigger?

If I have Imoti, Celebrant of Bounty on the battlefield which has the static ability Spells you cast with mana value 6 or greater have cascade. and I cast Maelstrom Wanderer which has cost {5}{G}{U}{...
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What do we do when we accidentally block an "unblockable" creature?

While playing a game of Commander, I attacked with Ainok Bond-Kin and activated the ability of Rogue's Passage {4}, {T}: Target creature can't be blocked this turn targeting Ainok before the ...
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Where can I find a printable checklist for cards and books for Magic's recent sets?

I want a complete printable checklist for Magic the Gathering sets. I want checklists for the Kamigawa, Amonket, game night, Ixalan complete sets. That is all the cards in these series so I can mark ...
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Interaction between Esix, Fractal Bloom and Forbidden Orchard

Could I stop another player from ever creating more than one token for Esix, Fractal Bloom to affect on their turn by giving them the spirit in their upkeep from Forbidden Orchard or does it not count ...
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What cards work with Esix, Fractal Bloom?

There are a few different forms of templating that cards that generate multiple tokens use and I'm not sure how each works with Esix, Fractal Bloom. Generate n tokens. Examples: Saproling Migration, ...
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How long does Gnarled Sage's +0/+2 stick around for?

Gnarled Sage gets +0/+2 when you've drawn 2 or more cards this turn. It doesn't say “until end of turn” though, so will the +0/+2 stay or not after the end of the turn?
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What counts as "sacrifice" in Magic: the Gathering?

Do sacrifices still take effect if the cause of death is from something else like from opponent's creatures/spells, or can only I trigger it?
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How does Esix, Fractal Bloom interact with Day of the Dragons

Say I have Esix, 10 1/1 humans, and Mulldrifter on the battlefield. I cast Day of the Dragons. Do I get to replace the creation of 12 5/5 dragon tokens with 12 Mulldrifters and draw 24? My thinking is ...
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What happens if multiple players win the game simultaneously from Laboratory Maniac?

My opponent and I both control a Laboratory Maniac and have no cards in our library. I control an Alms Collector. An effect causes my opponent to draw two cards. Alms Collector changes that to each of ...
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MTG stolen Rousing Refrain, who controls the suspend?

Someone had an effect that exiled my top card face down and later let them cast it. The card they stole was Rousing Refrain. When they cast it and the card exiles itself with time counters on it, who ...
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If I copy a creature with enters the battlefield ability with sakashima the impostor, does the ability trigger? [duplicate]

If I copy a creature with enters the battlefield ability with sakashima the impostor, does the ability trigger? For example, do I gain control of a permanent, if I copy Agent of Treachery. Sakashima ...
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Are there any cards legal in Kamigawa Standard that would allow me to copy a legendary creature and keep the copy?

As the title says. I am playing in Standard format and am wanting to have two copies of a legendary creature on the battlefield at once. Is there any card that would legally allow me to do that? I'm ...
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Is "*/*" considered a "+X/+X" counter or as the "base power" of a creature spell?

I have a card (namely Molimo, Maro-Sorcerer) which has "*/*", where "*" is equivalent to some condition. My opponent has a spell (namely Vorinclex, Monstrous Raider) with If an ...
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Can a Phantasmal Image copy a legendary creature?

The text of Phantasmal Image says: You may have this creature enter the battlefield as a copy of any creature on the battlefield, except it's an illusion in addition to its other types. Is it ...
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Can a creature with Defender ninjutsu?

If I have Satoru Umezawa on the table, can I ninjutsu in a Colossus of Akros? Assuming that I do have an unblocked attacker.
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Can I attach equipment to equipment that's a creature?

If I turn Ninja's Kunai into a creature, can I then equip it with another Ninja's Kunai? And would it allow me to sacrifice the creature,for the ability, 1, tap, Sacrifice Ninja's Kunai: Ninja's ...
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Can Daxos of Meletis use Ancestral Vision?

Daxos of Meletis attacked and got through, exiling my Ancestral Vision. Can the player with Daxos use the Ancestral Vision? From reading through the Gatherer rulings, it seems like even though Daxos ...
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Can I cheat by Mind Controling Humble Defector? [duplicate]

If I play Humble Defector, and then put Mind Control on it, can I keep using the Defector without losing control of it? I found a thread on reddit about this. The accepted answer there says you would ...
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Does Glorious Anthem increase damage from Pandemonium?

If I control Glorious Anthem and Pandemonium, and then I play Suntail Hawk, how much damage do I get to deal with Pandemonium?
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Is a copy of a vehicle that enters tapped and attacking a vehicle?

Thousand-Faced Shadow reads When Thousand-Faced Shadow enters the battlefield from your hand, if it’s attacking, create a token that’s a copy of another target attacking creature. The token enters ...
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How do cost reducers affect costs that include XX?

How does Mass Manipulation work with Hinata, Dawn-Crowned? How does the mana reducing ability interact with the XXUUUU mana cost?
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Daemogoth Titan as only creature

Quick question about Daemogoth Titan rulings. The text say: Whenever Daemogoth Titan attacks or blocks, sacrifice a creature. Does this mean "whenever it attacks or blocks successfully" or ...
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