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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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How does Frenetic Sliver interact with the Unearth from Dregscape Sliver?

If I Unearth a sliver with Dregscape Sliver's ability and then use Frenetic Sliver's ability, what happens when I win my coinflip? Does the sliver come back at the end of turn?
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Karn, the Great Creator - Does “from outside the game” have to be Standard if we're playing casual? [duplicate]

So my sons and I are having a debate about Karn, the Great Creator's ability to use a "card from outside the game" and its format. The way I interpret the text is that in a casual, non-tournament game,...
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Teferi's Time Twist and Gideon's Sacrifice

I recently had a match with a friend. This was the situation: On my board, I had a 4/4 Zombie token produced with Amass and a Vampire Opportunist. My opponent had Neheb, Dreadhorde Champion on the ...
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Does 'counter a spell' mean 'put a creature into its owner's graveyard'? [duplicate]

For example, when I use the card Double Negative, I counter two spells. Does it mean I can put two of my opponents spells (which may be enchantments or creatures) into its owner's graveyard? I am new ...
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Are there any good white and/or blue token generators? [on hold]

I’m looking for something that’ll summon 1 or more tokens per turn so I can use Soul Warden and Ajani's Pridemate at full power. Can be in modern, legacy, or standard but I prefer modern. Thank ...
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What are the mechanical differences between Adapt and Monstrosity?

If we compare Incubation Druid with Ill-Tempered Cyclops, we see respectively: Adapt 3. (If this creature has no +1/+1 counters on it, put three +1/+1 counters on it.) Monstrosity 3. (If this ...
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What is the difference between state-based effects and effects on the stack?

Being new to MTG, I've learned that abilities from spells go to the stack and resolve in reversed order of their placement on the stack. But I haven't heard of the term state-based effects until ...
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Infect vs first strike [duplicate]

Let's say a creature with infect attacks and the opponent blocks with a creature that has first strike. How does the combat resolve? Does the blocking creature with first strike still get the -1/-1 ...
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What happens when one target of Paradoxical Outcome becomes illegal?

What happens when one target of Paradoxical Outcome becomes leaves the battlefield while Paradoxical Outcome is on the stack? Does it fizzle? The rules text of Paradoxical Outcome: Return any ...
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Can Dive Down protect a creature against Pacifism?

If my opponent casts Pacifism on my creature and in response I cast Dive Down, what happens?
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What does BREAD stand for while drafting? [duplicate]

I was just reading What are good strategies for booster drafts?, but as a new player I'm not familiar with a lot of jargon. The accepted answer mentions that BREAD is important when drafting: "...
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What exactly “triggers an additional time” in the interaction between Afterlife and Teysa Karlov?

I'm pretty new to MTG and just have built my first commander deck around Teysa Karlov. One of her passive abilities is: If a creature dying causes a triggered ability of a permanent you control to ...
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What is the interaction between Muraganda Petroglyphs and Humility?

Are all my creatures 3/3 with both Humility and Muraganda Petroglyphs in play?
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How does Ixalan's Binding work against God Eternals?

Ixalan's Binding has this text: When Ixalan's Binding enters the battlefield, exile target nonland permanent an opponent controls until Ixalan's Binding leaves the battlefield. Your ...
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Will Roalesk, Apex Hybrid, trigger Sharktocrab twice?

Sharktocrab reads Whenever one or more +1/+1 counters are put on Sharktocrab, tap target creature an opponent controls. That creature doesn't untap during its controller's next untap step. If I ...
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Trostani Discordant vs. In Bolas's Clutches

Say I control a Trostani Discordant. My opponent casts In Bolas's Clutches on Trostani. At the end of opponent's turn, Trostani triggers and "each player gains control of all creatures they own". ...
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Gorgon Recluse and Cunning Evasion [duplicate]

If Gorgon Recluse is blocked and returned to my hand via Cunning Evasion, does it still destroy the blocking creature at end of combat?
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Radiate and shelter

Suppose an opponent casts Shelter targeting one of their creatures and I Radiate it. What happens? Does it fizzle because my copies can't target their creatures? Do I get copies for my own creatures?
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Is it a bad idea to to run 24 tap and shock lands in standard

I am trying to figure out a good 3 color mana base in a standard constructed deck. It seems like there is a pretty straight forward answer if your wallet agrees. 4 shock lands of each of 3 colors=12 ...
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When would it be advantageous not apply Training Ground's cost reduction?

Training Grounds has an optional cost reduction ability, as indicated by the card-specific ruling: You may choose not to apply Training Ground’s cost reduction effect. You may also choose to apply ...
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Paying more mana for a Flashed creature

Flash says You may put a creature card from your hand onto the battlefield. If you do, sacrifice it unless you pay its mana cost reduced by up to 2. (emphasis mine) Does this "up to" clause mean ...
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Does setting a new type clear the rules text for non-lands?

In CR 305.7: If an effect sets a land’s subtype to one or more of the basic land types, the land no longer has its old land type. It loses all abilities generated from its rules text, its old land ...
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Ral, Storm Conduit and 2x Expansion // Explosion

Imagine I have Ral, Storm Conduit on the field. Then I cast a Shock, followed by Expansion copying the Shock. In response I cast another Expansion targeting the first Expansion. Will this create an ...
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How many times can you cast a card exiled by Release to the Wind?

Release to the Wind has the following Text. Exile target nonland permanent. For as long as that card remains exiled, its owner may cast it without paying its mana cost. Is there a limit to the ...
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What happens when the attacking player dies to damage triggers after killing the blocking creatures in the first combat step of double strike?

We were playing a commander game and the attacking player had a bunch of trample creatures, well call him Andy. The defending player, Bob, blocks with a Zulaport Cutthroat, Cruel Celebrant, Teysa ...
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Are there any Magic cards capable of generating loops alone?

My first reaction to this question was "of course not, there is no card which is able to generate such loops by itself". Such a card would be just too easy to abuse; generally speaking, one needs two ...
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Can Aminatou, the Fateshifter target herself with her -1 ability?

Can Aminatou, the Fateshifter target herself with her -1 ability? If this is the case, does it mean that she can create an infinite loop of "ETB" by herself?
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Can Ring of Ma'rûf call in cards outside of MtG?

I’m building a completely casual deck with friends, and the the restrictions on Ring of Ma'rûf aren’t entirely clear. Could I, for example, use Ring of Maruf to gradually bring in a YuGiOh ...
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Redirecting counterspells to Redirect itself

If I cast Redirect on a some kind of counter spell can I choose the Redirect as new target for the counterspell?
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Why are all changelings Shapeshifter creature type?

I noticed a few days ago that all creatures with Changeling key word have Shapeshifter as their type (e.g. https://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Search/Default.aspx?text=+%5BChangeling%5D). This seems ...
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Printable Card list for Magic the Gathering sets [duplicate]

I have been collecting cards since 1997. I have binders of sets/blocks up to the Invasion block. I used to print set cardlist and highlight the cards in that I have on the printed list for a quick ...
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When playing Edgar Markov, what is the definition of a “Vampire spell”?

I'm quite new to MtG, so this may be a noob question. I play EDH/Commander with Edgar Markov as my commander. His text reads "Eminence - Whenever you cast another Vampire spell, if Edgar Markov is in ...
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What is the correct grade of Magic cards?

I didn't find any questions regarding card grading in here, I hope it's fine anyways. I was browsing a secondary market today and noticed that Scrying Sheets underwent a price increase, probably ...
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Does Awakening of Vitu-Ghazi trigger the ability of Kiora, Behemoth Beckoner?

Does Awakening of Vitu-Ghazi Put nine +1/+1 counters on target land you control. It becomes a legendary 0/0 Elemental creature with haste named Vitu-Ghazi. It's still a land. trigger the ability ...
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How does Dreadhorde Arcanist interact with split cards?

If I have a Dreadhorde Arcanist with a +1/+1 counter and a Collision // Colossus in my graveyard, what can I do? Can I play one of the split cards, neither or both? If I play Colossus on a Dreadhorde ...
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Can attacking players use activated abilities after blockers have been declared?

Yesterday I was playing a game of Commander with a friend and we ended up in this situation. He attacks with his commander, Yasova Dragonclaw which has an equipment that doubles her power/toughness to ...
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Unpreventable damage to Gideon, the Oathsworn

Gideon, the Oathsworn has a +2 loyalty ability that reads: +2: Until end of turn, Gideon, the Oathsworn becomes a 5/5 white Soldier creature that's still a planeswalker. Prevent all damage that ...
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Do 'destroy' effects count as damage?

Does The Wanderer's static ability prevent 'destroy' or 'exile' effects from working? In a recent game, I had it out and my opponent tried to cast Doom Blade on a creature. I argued that it shouldn't ...
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How many Polyraptors?

The combination of having a Forerunner of the Empire and playing a Polyraptor is pretty well known, but I have yet to understand how many you would create. How many Raptors would a player create ...
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Kasmina's Transmutation vs. Gideon Blackblade

If I were to attach Kasmina's Transmutation to an opponent's Gideon Blackblade (using Teferi's Time Twist to have it ETB on their turn, for example), what would happen? Kasmina's ...
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Are there budget replacements for Ugin and Karn removal abilities?

I am building a mono green Tron deck with a 60$ budget and looking for cheaper alternatives to replace planeswalkers listed below: Ugin, the Spirit Dragon Karn Liberated I need a replacement for ...
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When the match time is called, does the current turn end immediately?

In the Magic Tournament Rules, the End-of-Match procedure says: If the match time limit is reached before a winner is determined, the player whose turn it is finishes their turn and five additional ...
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Why are there five extra turns in tournament Magic?

In tournament Magic, once time is called in a round, the game stops and the players have a total of 5 "extra turns". If, after those five turns, the game is still not over, the match ends in a draw. ...
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How do Nexus of Fate decks win?

How do Nexus of Fate decks like Simic Nexus win? I see plenty of them but I see absolutely no creatures or win conditions in the main board. The entire deck is based off getting lands to Nexus of Fate....
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Death Mask Duplicant Imprint of Platinum Angel

Does the imprint ability of Death-Mask Duplicant allow me to copy the ability of the Platinum Angel in the graveyard not the flying , the one where I cannot lose?
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Can I bring a visual flow chart for complex magic cards to events?

I was reading the card Chains of Mephistopheles and I found these great flow charts for how it's replacement effect works. Would I be allowed to bring a simple flow chart like that to a sanctioned ...
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God-Pharaoh's Statue and Finale Of Promise

I am bringing forward a case to the judges of Magic. Was I screwed by Magic Arena, or do I not know how to play? Opponent has a God-Pharaoh's Statue. I play a Finale of Promise with X = 2. I ...
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Footlight Fiend vs. Rising Populace Trigger order

While drafting WAR we encountered a situation we didn't know how to resolve. Imagine the following situation: The opponent attacks with Rising Populace and a 1/1 creature. I block the Rising Populace ...
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Lifelink interaction with triggered abilities on creature's death

I had this scenario with my wife and we couldn't figure out how to properly progress: 1.) Wife declares attackers (creature names are irrelevant) 2.) I declare blockers with one Vampire Nighthawk ...
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Will casting a card from the graveyard with Flashback add a quest counter on Pyromancer Ascension?

Assume the following situation: I have Pyromancer Ascension in play with, let's say 0 counters on it. Faithless Looting is in my graveyard and I cast it for its flashback costs. Will the Ascension ...