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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Can an instant spell deal damage to a creature after responding with hexproof?

For instance I want to cast Shock on Barkhide Troll during my main phase. Then my opponent can respond to it with Troll activated ability. If I understand it correctly - he had to use Troll's Active ...
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What happens when I have 10 Yaroks out?

In the middle of a game right now. I have 10 Yarok, the Desecrated out. I play Spine of Ish Sah. How many triggers?
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Can players respond before vehicles are declared as blockers?

My question concerns players receiving priority. My opponent has a Void Stalker, and attacks with a flying creature. I have a creature with protection from blue and a flying vehicle. During the ...
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Lavinia, Azorius Renegade vs Kalia of the Vast and friends

If Lavinia, Azorius Renegade is on the field, and Kaalia of the Vast attacks me, when Kalia's effect puts a creature onto the battlefield from the hand, is it countered by Lavinia's second effect? ...
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Why doesn't the enemy's afterlife resolve first?

When my Dreadhorde Butcher destroys a Tithe Taker in combat and dies as a result of the combat during my turn, doesn't Rule 405.3 say that the afterlife should resolve first, since the Dreadhorde ...
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Can you have a permanent become all permanent types at the same time?

Is there any combination of cards that could make a permanent all permanent types simultaneously? (planeswalker, land, creature, artifact, enchantment). I'm hitting a roadblock making something a ...
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Has Counterspell always been able to target any spell on the stack?

I read this question What spells can be countered? on HNQ and was quite surprised. It is a long time I played MtG, but some 10+ years ago I was a somewhat enthusiastic player in our local town, ...
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What spells can be countered?

From the Gatherer: Does this mean it can counter anything? If so, what other counter spells are there?
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Can double-faced cards still transform if they have lost all abilities?

Let's say I have a Lone Rider and I've gained enough life to trigger it. Opponent is holding a Merfolk Trickster and wants to stop Lone Rider from transforming. Can opponent use Merfolk Trickster on ...
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'Creature Types' vs 'Creature Names' in Oracle Text

For example: Hand of Emrakul references Eldrazi Spawn. Are these specifically creatures named "Eldrazi Spawn" or the combination of creature types? I would assume it is the first one, as Broodwarden ...
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Atemsis, All-Seeing and Mask of Immolation interaction

Does sacrificing Atemsis, All-Seeing equipped with Mask of Immolation trigger Atemsis' second ability, or does it not trigger because Atemsis left the battlefield already? Atemsis' second ability: ...
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Stream of Thought/Creeping Chill Interaction?

What happens stack-wise when Stream of Thought mills Creeping Chill? My understanding is that the triggered ability of Creeping Chill gets put on the stack but doesn't happen until Stream of Thought ...
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Does activating Priest of the Forgotten Gods ability trigger Korvold's last ability twice?

If I use Priest of Forgotten Gods' ability to sacrifice two creatures, does it proc Korvold, Fae-Cursed King's ability twice? My doubt stems from the fact that the sacrifice of the creatures occurs ...
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What deck size is ideal?

The person I have been playing with and I both have decks of around 130 cards. Now I know that technically you can have as many cards as you can shuffle, but is there some sort of deck size before it ...
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Looking for ideas - beating decks with lots of small creatures [closed]

This is a general question and can't be answered with a straight up yes/no or a deck name. I play 10+ different decks and I tend to find a problem.
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Can Oko's Elk ability stop nonbasics from being affected by Magus of the Moon?

I have a Magus of the Moon, opponent turns it into an Elk that loses all abilities with Oko, Thief of Crowns. Are nonbasic lands still affected by the magus?
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Can Zombify target a creature card that isn't in the graveyard?

Zombify (and many similar cards like it) says: Return target creature card from your graveyard to the battlefield. As far as I can tell from the wording, the actual targeting requirement is "...
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Can I play lands from the graveyard more than once in a turn with Crucible of Worlds?

So I have Crucible of Worlds out and I summon then sacrifice an Evolving Wilds from my graveyard. Can I then replay Evolving Wilds from my graveyard that turn or will it have counted as playing my one ...
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Effect dependencies and ability adding/removing effects

I have an abstract question about MTG comprehensive rules, regarding 613. Interaction of Continuous Effects. Suppose I have some active continuous effects A, B, C (given in timestamp order) in layer ...
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When a trigger requires you to sacrifice something, can you sacrifice said something using something else? [duplicate]

Let's say Glacial Chasm enters the battlefield under my control. The card states that when it comes into play I must sacrifice a land. Can I in response to its ETB ability sacrifice a land using say ...
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Improving my retrofitter foundry casual deck [closed]

I am playing in a casual environment where lord mode or ffa is played, 4+ players. I had the idea to build a retrofitter foundry deck, because i have the cards at home. Card selections are: legcy ...
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Does Guttersnipe's ability count as attacking?

Does Guttersnipe dealing damage to a player from an instant being played count as it attacking you and therefore triggering Revenge of Ravens?
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What happens when each player has to draw a card with no cards left in their library?

So I was wondering, if all players had no cards in their library and you cast a card like Skyscribing that makes everyone draw a card, does this make the game a draw or is there a draw order and one ...
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Do abilities still trigger if there are no legal targets?

For example, suppose I cast Wicked Wolf when my opponent has no creatures on the board. Wicked Wolf says: When Wicked Wolf enters the battlefield, it fights up to one target creature you don't ...
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Is Basalt Monolith a 1-card infinite combo with no payoff?

Can't Basalt Monolith go infinite with itself? No payoff or practical use, but it's a one card infinite?
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Can I target my own planeswalker with Angrath?

Angrath, Minotaur Pirate's oracle text for its +2 ability is different from its card text to differentiate 'opponent' versus 'opponent or planeswalker an opponent controls'. Can Angrath target a ...
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Does Oko, Thief of Crowns come in a planeswalker deck, or only as an individual card?

I can't find anything about this on Google, Bing or Stack Exchange. Does Oko, Thief of Crowns come with a planeswalker deck, or separately? By separately, I mean in booster packs and stuff like that.
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How does Octopus Umbra interact with effects that change the base power and toughness of, and counters on, a creature?

Context My friend plays a Commander deck, lead by Tuvasa the Sunlit: Tuvasa the Sunlit gets +1/+1 for each enchantment you control. She's in play and has +2/+2 — not counters — from the two ...
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Wurmcoil Engine vs. Oko, Thief of Crowns

A Wurmcoil Engine becomes a 3/3 Elk creature due to Oko, Thief of Crowns’ second ability. Wurmcoil Engine is then sent to its owners graveyard. Does Wurmcoil Engine’s death ability trigger?
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What happens when Merfolk Trickster's ability targets Tempest Djinn

Is the text on Tempest Djinn: "Tempest Djinn gets +1/+0 for each basic Island you control." considered an "ability"? Does that mean if Merfolk Trickster's triggered ability targets Tempest Djinn it ...
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What happens if an attacking creature is blocked by a creature with equal power and toughness?

What happens if you block an attacking creature with a creature that has equal power and toughness as the attacking creature? Do they both die or bounce off each other?
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Effects depending on an impossible effect?

Sometimes, when a spell or ability resolves, part of what it does is impossible to do. In these cases, the following rule applies: 609.3. If an effect attempts to do something impossible, it does ...
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What is the most life you can have at the end of your first turn with only three cards?

You start this game with 3 cards of your choice in hand. Your opponent starts with 0 cards in their hand. Both libraries do not contain any other useful cards. What is the highest life total you ...
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How can I improve my Chandra, Acolyte of Flame plus Cavalcade of Calamity deck?

Currently I have a mono-red deck built around the synergy of Chandra, Acolyte of Flame and Cavalcade of Calamity. I'd like to improve the deck but I don't have the deck building chops. Most of the ...
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Yarok and Animate Dead

I've seen multiple viewpoints on Animate Dead while Yarok, the Desecrated is out, and just want to get a final answer. Does it Animate 2 creatures and then immediately die, thus activating any etb ...
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Magic the gathering question [duplicate]

Sarkhan the masterless +1 ability. It becomes a 4/4 dragon with flying. Can it attack that turn? Does it depend if the planeswalker was on the field already or just played?
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Is there a good place to find information about strategies, tricks and caveats for specific cards?

Sometimes, I'm surprised when I see that a certain card is considered good. I don't get it! For example, when I first saw Skullclamp, I just saw a card that increased power by one at the cost of ...
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Golos activated ability and adventure cards

If Golos, Tireless Pilgrim's activated ability were to hit a adventure card are you able to cast the adventure side of the creature or only the creature for free? Rules on Golos say you may not use ...
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Etrata, the Silencer and token creatures

My opponent attacks me with Etrata, the Silencer. I have only token creatures in my battlefield. Does one of the tokens go into exile? Does my opponent have to shuffle Etrata into his library again?
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Is Leyline of Combustion triggered by attacks?

If my opponent attacks me, does that trigger Leyline of Combustion to do damage to them? I'm new and need help with this rule. Thanks
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MTG playing Kykar, Wind's Fury [duplicate]

I cast an enchantment, which triggers Kykar, my opponent responds by destroying Kykar. Does Kykar still produce the token?
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Extreme price on a MTG card [closed]

I was at a store and I saw this I was looking around the price and in tcgplayer says its 16 cents. How can it be 1k that card?
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Countering an uncounterable spell, triggers, and state-based actions

So I just played a game in Arena where my opponent was at 4 life, I had 1 card left in my deck (after drawing my card for the turn), and they had two copies of Drowned Secrets on the battlefield. I ...
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Interaction between Torment of Hailfire and Persist

If I choose a creature with persist for one repetition of Torment of Hailfire, will it return to play before the next repetition to choose it again?
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Volrath's Shapeshifter, Static Buffs, and Combat damage

Inspired by this question. I have an Elvish Archdruid, a Volrath's Shapeshifter, and a Llanowar Elves on the battlefield. I attack with Elvish Archdruid and Llanowar Elves. My opponent blocks in ...
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If you have multiple planeswalkers, how many of their loyalty abilities can you use in a single turn?

Let’s say I played Ajani, Caller of the Pride and then played Ajani, Wise Counselor. Would I be able to use Caller of the Pride's -8 ability to give me, say, 20 creatures and then use Wise Counselor'...
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Buffs During Combat

If an opponent plays a card like Elvish Archdruid that gives other elf creatures they controls +1/+1 and they declare the Elvish Archdruid and another Elf creature as attackers, when I go to block ...
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What's the lifetime of Wicked Wolf's +1/+1 counters?

Do Wicked Wolf's +1/+1 counters stay after the turn is over? It says: Sacrifice a food: Put a +1/+1 counter on Wicked Wolf. It gains indestructible until end of turn. Tap it. I was reading the ...
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Does a creature have its abilities while being on the stack?

I have a question. When creature is on the stack, does it have its abilities? For example Syr Eleonora, the Discerning, has an ability that says that spells which target her cost 2 more mana. But when ...
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Matsu-Tribe Decoy vs. Trap Runner

If I activate Matsu-Tribe Decoy's ability targeting opponent's Trap Runner, can he activate Trap Runner's ability, blocking my creature, and making Trap Runner an illegal target for Matsu-Tribe Decoy'...