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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 do I activate Dauntless Cathar's ability?

Dauntless Cathar has the following ability: {1}{W}, Exile Dauntless Cathar from your graveyard: Put a 1/1 white Spirit creature token with flying onto the battlefield. Activate this ability only ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Does Precursor Golem let me target all golems in the graveyard?

Assuming I had Precursor Golem (and many other golems) in my graveyard, if I use Refurbish on Precursor Golem, would it return all my golems from the graveyard to the battlefield?
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How are vehicles costed, and how do I tell if the crew cost is worth it?

The Kaladesh expansion vehicle cards are artifacts that have a cost to turn them from artifacts into artifact creatures. I'm trying to understand how to factor in the crew cost with the converted ...
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In multiplayer, can a player concede abusively?

Arnold, Beth, and Chuck are playing a multiplayer game (e.g. Commander or Free-for-All). Arnold has Maralen of the Mornsong: Players can't draw cards. At the beginning of each player's draw step, ...
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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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What rules explain Xantcha's behavior when its controller leaves the game?

Xantcha, Sleeper Agent has the ability: As Xantcha, Sleeper Agent enters the battlefield, an opponent of your choice gains control of it. The release notes for Commander 2018 describe what ...
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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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What does protection from [quality] do?

Example 1) Let's say I have some random creature with protection from white, and my opponent plays Day of Judgment, a white card with the effect "Destroy all creatures." Can my creature with ...
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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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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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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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Can I have two similar legendary creatures on the field?

If I have two different Ulamogs, can they both be on the field? They both share Ulamog as part of their name, but their entire names are different. One is Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger, while the ...
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How does regeneration work in Magic the Gathering?

How does regeneration work? I know that if my creature is destroyed then I can spend X mana then tap my creature and move it out of combat. Is it attackable in any way after that? With spells or ...
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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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MTG: Is there a lower-limit for life total?

If I am playing a game where I have a card in play that makes it so I don't lose from loss of life, and go to -1 life, would I need to gain 2 life in order to be safe without the anti-loss card ...
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Inherited thousands of Magic Cards

I have inherited over 20,000 Magic cards. What is the best way to find out what they are worth for selling. Do I need to look up each card? How? Where?
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Is there a card that protects me from a (self-)milling death?

Is there a card with the ability: You do not lose the game being for unable to draw a card? I've found one so far; Mine, Mine, Mine! but it applies to all players. A little back story; I have ...
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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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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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Tool to search for cards with similar functionality

I'm looking for a tool/website that would aid in deck building, specifically by providing alternatives to a specific card, say Fog. It should respond with traditional data plus suggestions of similar ...
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How can creatures with indestructible end up in the graveyard?

How does a creature with indestructible end up in the graveyard? I have been trying to figure this out for a little while.
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How does Fist of Suns work with my Commander?

I am working on a deck that features Progenitus as my Commander and started looking at Fist of Suns. Besides just being good because of the large number of high cost spells in the deck, I was curious ...
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How can I resolve my Dragon Shield sleeves being curved?

I've always used Dragon Shield for sleeving my decks and recently I've noticed the sleeves come slightly curved in the box. This means when I sleeve my decks they sometimes slide and fall on the floor....
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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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You have to discard, but have no cards in your hand

If I play a spell that makes an opponent discard a card, but they have no cards in their hand, would they have to discard those cards from their library, or would nothing happen?
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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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In what ways does a Commander in their Command zone influence the game?

Oloro, Ageless Ascetic has an ability that functions whilst in the command zone. As a newbie to the Commander format, that leaves me unclear about something: Whilst a Commander is in their Command ...
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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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How can Glacial Chasm be useful?

Glacial Chasm reads: Cumulative upkeep—Pay 2 life. (At the beginning of your upkeep, put an age counter on this permanent, then sacrifice it unless you pay its upkeep cost for each age counter on ...
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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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Can you change the order of cards in a Graveyard?

My friend was counting the number of Creatures in his Graveyard and then randomizing the order the cards are in. Is this allowed?
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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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What are the names for Magic's different colour combinations?

For example, Esper refers to decks made up of White, Blue and Black cards. What are the names of the other colour combinations? In particular, how do we refer to a Red-White-Black deck?
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Is there a “good” ratio of card types to have in an MTG deck?

In practice do competitively viable decks have approximately similar ratios of card types? There are CCGs in which this is empirically observed, such as Pokémon (2-3 trainers: 1 Pokémon: 1 energy) and ...
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Does Illusory Gains make someone else's Commander my own forever?

If I play my Illusory Gains on my opponent's commander, does their commander become mine indefinitely? I have not played this card and I am unsure as to how playing it on a commander works.
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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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What can I do about uncounterable spells?

I cast Fling, sacrificing my only creature to kill my opponent. My opponent responds with Last Word, which will win the game the other way. Last Word says "This spell can't be countered." What else ...
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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 ...