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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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Bloodlord of Vaasgoth plus Warstorm Surge, then casting a vampire creature spell

I run vampire tribal and have a stack related question. I have a Bloodlord of Vaasgoth and Warstorm Surge in play, my main phase I cast a Vampire Nighthawk from my hand, here is my issue, how does the ...
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How to build a budget-friendly manabase for a 5-color deck?

I am a commander player who operates on a very tight budget. I recently started brewing for a 5-color Jodah chaos deck, but am having trouble building an affordable manabase. I can't afford shocklands,...
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What does Counterbalance counter, when revealing a split card?

Split cards have 2 Converted Mana Costs everywhere except the stack. I saw a similar question relating to Dark Confidant explaining that you lose life for each converted mana cost, however the way it ...
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When is a creature a Target? [duplicate]

For a Fleecemane Lion when you pay and place a +1/+1 on it making it monstrous. Is the counter targeting Fleecemane Lion. If someone casts an effect or activates an ability to change the target does ...
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Sundial of the Infinite and end of turn effects

If I use Sarkhan, the Dragonspeaker first ability, and before the end of my turn use Sundial of the Infinite. Does he stay a 4/4 indestructible dragon until my next turn? And if yes does that mean he ...
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What happens when I reanimate a creature with protection from black with Animate Dead?

What happens when I reanimate a creature with Animate Dead which has protection from black? Will the creature keep being in play without the enchantment or die? Or can the creature be a legal target ...
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Can I make a planeswalker harder to attack by making it a creature with flying?

So a weird combo popped into my head. If I use Memnarch to turn Nicol Bolas, the Arisen into an artifact, then use March of the Machines to turn him into Artifact Creature Planeswalker and tap Dragon ...
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Void Winnower against Sunforger

Does the use of Sunforger's unattach ability negate the ability of Void Winnower and let me use spells with an even converted mana cost?
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Examples of Magic Cards that use rule 115.2c

What are some examples of cards in Magic the Gather that use the rule 115.2c? 115.2c Some effects allow a player to take an action at a later time, usually to end a continuous effect or to stop a ...
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If face down permanents have no abilities, why are they affected by “loses all abilities”?

The Khans of Tarkir Release Notes say: If a face-down creature loses its abilities, it can’t be turned face up [...] This implies that Morph is an ability. However, the community here seems fairly ...
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How to build / ideas for a multiplayer lifegain control deck?

I'm more of the dueler type, but sometimes I play multiplayer with my friends. At this point my decks are just not viable. I want to build a multiplayer deck for this purpose. When I check online ...
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Removing a Commander permanently

So I was thinking of ways to get rid of Commanders other than destroying and exiling them. I found that some cards just plain out remove creatures and other permanents from game entirely. I was ...
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R&D's Secret Lair + Ashnod's Coupon

Ashnod's Coupon has the ability: {T}, Sacrifice Ashnod’s Coupon: Target player gets you target drink. Errata: You pay any costs for the drink. Meanwhile, R&D's Secret Lair says: ...
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When does Myr Superion check the source?

Myr Superion is a 2 mana 5/6 that comes with the following casting restriction: Spend only mana produced by creatures to cast Myr Superion. Under most circumstances this wouldn't be ambiguous, but ...
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Can I ask for Wastes like basic lands in Limited?

My question is about limited tournaments like draft or sealed. Can I ask for Wastes for my decks like basic lands?
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Perplexing Chimera and control changing enchantments

Perplexing Chimera can steal spells but gives control of itself to that player. But if I enchanted with an enchantment that says "You control enchanted creature" (such as Hypnotic Siren) would that ...
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Should “standard errata” be applied to silver-bordered cards?

Should players play cards from the Un-Sets as they stand, or should errata be applied to remain consistent with rules and Oracle updates? In the case that the general question is too broad, opinion-...
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How does Phasing work with Phyrexian Unlife?

I have the card Phyrexian Unlife on the battlefield, and I have less than 0 life. If I cast Teferi's Protection, what happens? Do I lose the game because Phyrexian Unlife is phased out? Or does it ...
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Is exchanging life the same as losing life?

So say I'm playing a Rakdos, Lord of Riots deck and I tap Tree of Perdition exchanging a life total of 40 from one of my opponents with Tree of Perdition's toughness of 13. Do the opponents count as ...
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Is there a limit to the number of special lands I can put in my deck, like the Temples?

I'm constructing a Deck and I want to make all the mana Temple Cards. More Specifically I want them to be Temple of Silence, Temple of Plenty, and Temple of Malady. Are these mana cards limited to ...
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Can Cancel counter a creature on the battlefield?

Say, I have Cancel, which is an Instant, on my hand. It can counter any spells. The opponent has had a creature, for example Ajani's Pridemate, on the battlefield for several turns attacking and ...
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Does this combo for my Rakdos EDH deck work?

I have Rakdos, Lord of Riots, Razaketh, the Foulblooded and Kozilek, Butcher of Truth in play. I have done at least 10 damage so Kozilek would be free to cast. Can I sacrifice Kozilek to Razaketh, and ...
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Why/how was Ajani's Pridemate ability made mandatory?

I just viewed this question where Ajani's Pridemate was mentioned. I noticed a small but significant difference; on all printings, including the recent Core 2019 set, its card text says ...
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Do cards that say “all creatures” affect creatures with hexproof? [duplicate]

When a creature or player has hexproof and a player casts a card such as Cleansing Nova: Choose one — Destroy all creatures. Destroy all artifacts and enchantments. Do creatures with ...
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MTG Arena - casting during opponent's upkeep

In MTG Arena, I keep trying to set a stop after my turn so that I can cast during my opponent's upkeep, but it always appears to skip right into their main phase. It's been a while since I played ...
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Ogre Enforcer and Pyrohemia

How do the cards Ogre Enforcer and Pyrohemia interact if you activate Pyrohemia four times in one turn? My understanding is that the damage from multiple activations is considered to be a single ...
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Can I use two different cards with the same name in Commander?

I have two cards with the same name but different art and the card descriptions on the bottom. The card in question is Forsaken Sanctuary. It's a white/black land and I'm not sure if I can use both of ...
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Does Fiery Cannonade affect Wayfaring Temple

Wayfaring Temple says: Wayfaring Temple’s power and toughness are each equal to the number of creatures you control. Whenever Wayfaring Temple deals combat damage to a player, populate. (...
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Hexproof in response?

If I have a card out like Animar, Soul of Elements and my opponent cast a Murder and targets Animar, would I be able to morph my Mistfire Weaver and give Animar hexproof in response so that he doesn't ...
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How does the Innistrad “no spells / two or more spells cast last turn” transform trigger work?

On some of the two sided cards the cards ability says "At the beginning of each upkeep, if no spells were cast last turn transform (card name)". Mayor of Avabruck Does "turn" refers to the ...
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Can I pay a “when this attacks, you may pay energy” cost multiple times?

So say I have an Aetherstream Leopard and I have 10 energy counters to spend, when I attack with it can I spend all 10 energy counters to give it a +20/+0? And same thing with an Aether Swooper, spend ...
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Helm of the Host on Rakdos the Showstoper

I'm wondering if you put Helm of the Host on Rakdos, the Showstopper would his coin flip trigger when the copy enters the battlefield?
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What happens when a 5/5 blocks a 6/4?

I was playing MTG with my friend. I attacked with a 6/4 and he blocked with a 5/5. He says my 6/4 should die because its toughness is less than its block even though my creatures attack (a 6) is ...
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How can we have a permanent without a controller?

The comprehensive rules use at several points the phrasing: 109.5. [...] or its owner (if it has no controller) What are the most common cases where a permanent has no controller? I thought it ...
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What cards can I cast from exile with Dream Pillager?

Dream Pillager, after damaging an opponent, allows you to exile that many cards from the top of your library and cast any until end of turn that were exiled this way. Does this mean I may cast ANY ...
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What triggers/resolves first, an effect from a creature dying or an effect from a creature going into the graveyard?

I'm trying to use Verdant Succession with only one copy of Worldspine Wurm in my deck. Worldspine Wurm automatically goes back in the library when it is put into the graveyard. Verdant Succession ...
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How to describe the strengths and weaknesses of white to a new mtg player?

When I'm teaching Magic: The Gathering to a new player, one of the things I usually give them early on is a run down of each of the different colors and its pros and cons. I usually try to come up ...
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Arixmethes and Riot

Say I have Rhythm of the Wild out and I cast Arixmethes, Slumbering Isle. How do they interact? My understanding is that riot and the slumber counters are both replacement effects and I can choose ...
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Does Hour of Reckoning destroy enchantments?

Hour of Reckoning says Destroy all nontoken creatures. Does this mean all Enchantments will be destroyed as well?
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Mirrorwing Dragon with Vigor Mortis

When I cast Vigor Mortis or a similar spell (Reanimate, Resurrection, etc.) on my Mirrorwing Dragon, does it copy the spell on other targets in my graveyard? I suppose not, since I do not control ...
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How does “casting without paying mana cost” work with additional costs?

Cards with cascade like Maelstrom Wanderer say "...You may cast it without paying it's mana cost." Does this include mana costs added from sources like Sphere of Resistance, or would it always be cast ...
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How should I determine how many lands of each different color to put in my deck?

Situation: You've built your at least 2 color deck, know exactly what number of lands you want in it, but don't know how many to put in of each basic-land type. How do pro-players figure this out? ...
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Can I use an instant speed Act of Treason effect to take a Seedborn Muse and use its ability?

Can I trigger an instant speed “Act of Treason” type effect (like with a Vedalken Orrery or Jeering Instigator, for example) to grab a Seedborn Muse before an opponent’s untap and untap all my ...
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What happens if I blink a transformed double-faced planeswalker?

If I blink Garruk, the Veil-Cursed with something like Skybind, does he come back and instantly die?
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How do cards that generate restricted mana work with Kruphix and Omnath?

Kruphix, God of Horizons makes it so mana, instead of emptying, turns colorless. On a similar note, Omnath, Locus of Mana, makes it so green mana does not empty between phases. How do these effects ...
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Ivy Lane Denizen similar effects

I feel like I have seen it before but I can't find it, I'm looking for a creature that is pretty similar to Ivy Lane Denizen but in a different color. I know about Cathars' Crusade but this is for ...
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What order do triggered abilities happen in if multiple things trigger at the same time?

I had several humans on the battlefield. On turn three, I played Triumph of Ferocity. On turn four, I played Descendants' Path. On turn five, during my upkeep, this question came up. At this ...
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What happens to spells on the stack when a player leaves the game?

Let's say, in a multiplayer late-game (3+ players) I want to cast/activate anything during another players turn. Everyone is rather low on life, and in response to my spells/abilities on the stack ...
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Use Mana twice for the same spell by untapping?

If your commander has an ability to untap card and you use it for untapping Mana, can you use it to pay for 6 Mana while there is only five in your pool.it was Estrid, the Masked untapping an ...
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Question about the MTG stack

So recently in a four way battle a weird situation came up that I would like clarification on. This was casual as it gets so I'm not concerned about the outcome; I just want to learn from the ...