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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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What happens when you Magical Hack a Quicksilver Fountain?

So Quicksilver Fountain is a pretty unique card that an ability to override land types with flood counters. However, I was wondering about how it interacts with Magical Hack. Say that I choose Swamp ...
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When does Sarkhan's Unsealing check power?

Suppose I have Sarkhan's Unsealing out, and exactly 7 cards in hand (including Tishana), and I cast Tishana, Voice of Thunder. Which mode of Unsealing will trigger? My reasoning is that when you ...
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How do Solemnity and Delaying Shield interact?

Delaying Shield turns damage into counters. Solemnity prevents it from gaining counters. What happens when you take damage? You don't take damage. Counters would be added to Delaying Shield, but ...
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What happens when a creature gains the Riot keyword ability twice?

This new keyword ability from the Gruul guild in Ravnica Allegiance is bugging me. If I play a creature with Riot, like Rampaging Rendhorn, and I have Rhythm of the Wild in play, it has two instances ...
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How would Solemnity and Dark Depths interact?

If I have Solemnity on the battlefield and someone plays Dark Depths, what happens? Dark Depths says that it enters with the ice counters, but could they even be placed on it in the first place?
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How does Phasing work with aura enchantments?

If I have a creature enchanted with Vanishing and any other enchantment, what happens if I activate Vanishing's activated ability? I assume it works like: The enchanted creature does not count as ...
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Can I activate Dawn of Hope's ability twice while only paying its mana cost once?

So, let's say that I have a Dawn of Hope out. I have 2 Healer's Hawks that attack on the same turn. I pay 2 mana to draw a card for the lifelink from the 1st healer's hawk. Do I need to spend ...
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Is Festering March cast repeatedly via the suspend ability?

The card text of Festering March is as follows: Creatures your opponents control get -1/-1 until end of turn. Exile Festering March with three time counters on it. It appears that you can cast ...
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Does Humility stop all creatures from being able to morph?

This question is related to this one. Does Humility stop all face-down creatures from being able to morph?
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Rules of MTG Dive Down and spells priority

I'm playing MTGArena and I have one issue with the Dive Down spell. I have a Guttersnipe on battlefield, then my opponent cast Lightning Strike on it. I cast Dive down on Guttersnipe. And then my ...
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Whelming wave vs cold water snapper [duplicate]

If I control a cold water snapper and then cast whelming wave would it also affect the snapper even though it has hexproof
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Can I cast spells right before the end of my opponent's second main phase?

It is a known strategy in MTG to wait until the last moment to use some instants, and it's common to see the following: My opponent: "Ok, I'm done, your turn." Me: "Wait. On your end step, I cast X." ...
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How many times can I activate this Lotleth Troll and Basking Rootwalla combo?

If I have a Lotleth Troll and a Basking Rootwalla in my hand and I cast Lotleth Troll. How many times can you activate its ability? I'm just making a deck to troll my friends.
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Can I see the card I draw before deciding to activate Dawn of Hope a second time?

I have one Dawn of Hope and two Soul Warden on the field. Another creature enters the battlefield, triggering both Soul Wardens' effects. Since each Soul Warden causes a separate life-gaining event, I ...
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How does Homeward Path work with cards that enchant to steal?

How does the card Homeward Path work with cards like In Bolas's Clutches? Homeward Path would imply that you still get it back, but those types of effects continue as long as the creature is ...
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Removing persist from a creature — will it still trigger?

Suppose there is a creature with persist on the battlefield, for example Safehold Elite. The creature loses persist somehow, for example because a player casts Turn to Frog on it. The creature then ...
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Destroying opponent's creatures with hexproof [duplicate]

If my opponent has an abundance of other creatures including Archetype of Endurance out, can I play cards like Wakening Sun's Avatar, Cosmotronic Wave, or the new Rakdos, the Showstopper to get ...
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What happens when two Ochran Assassins are attacking?

What happens if I attack with 2 Ochran Assassins? Which Ochran Assassin must be blocked? Also, can my opponent cast spells (respond) after the Ochran Assassins have assigned damage?
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Can a player tap lands for mana, in response to Elder Deep-Fiend tapping those lands at the beginning of the turn?

I have Elder Deep-Fiend, a creature which has flash and allows me to sacrifice another creature towards the cost of its mana. When the creature is played, it allows me to tap 4 target permanents. I ...
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Stealing a Soul Seizer

I was in control of a Soul Seizer that I cast. An Act of Treason, which states "gain control of target creature until end of turn", was used to take my Soul Seizer from me. My opponent then attacked ...
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Why people have to play every card and do the longest combo before closing? [closed]

So usually when I get to low HP and have no cards to fight, I pass the turn so that the opponent can finish me off. But 99% of the times they have to play every card they can and just waste time with ...
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Do instant and sorcery cards reach the graveyard before their effects go on the stack? [duplicate]

For example, will a Lightning Strike kill a Haunt of Hightower that just came out?
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Goblin Razerunners counter and end step

I have a couple of questions on Goblin Razerunners's counter and end step abilities: If I pay the mana cost ({1}{R}) and then sacrifice a land, which are all needed to put a +1/+1 counter on Goblin ...
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Does Blood Sun keep me from turning my Zoetic Cavern face up?

Does Zoetic Cavern lose its morph ability when face-down keeping it from being able to turn face-up when there is a Blood Sun in play?
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What happens if you manifest a Zoetic Cavern?

If I manifest Zoetic Cavern can I use it's morph cost as usual, the reason why I ask is because manifest says you can turn it face-up only if it is a creature card, which it is not, so I was wondering ...
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Blocking One Attacker with Multiple Creatures

In what situation would I want to have multiple creatures block one attacker? If one creature can absorb all of the damage, why subject more creatures to the excess damage? Other than trample, is ...
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Copying Etrata, the Silencer, but not its name

If I copy Etrata, the Silencer, but not its name as in the case of Lazav, the Multifarious; will its copied abilities work since Etrata's ability states "When Etrata deals damage" and Lazav doesn't ...
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Card advantage: scry v. surveil

I've heard it said that Scry 1 is equivalent to 0.5-0.75 of a drawn card; is there a similar number of card draw that Surveil 1 represents? Edit: this link has a reddit discussion that attempts to ...
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Does Phoebe, Head of S.N.E.A.K.'s ability used by a copy make the copy retain the rules text beyond end of turn?

We're playing an Unstable draft. A player cranks a Duplication Device, targeting one of his tokens and copying a Phoebe, Head of S.N.E.A.K. Once the ability resolves, he activates the token's ability ...
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MTG: Indestructible creature with both damage and -1/-1 counters [duplicate]

If let's say a 3/3 indestructible creature takes 2 combat damage and then 2nd main gets a -1/-1, does the creature die? Am assuming no since its still technically a 2/2 indestructible with 2 damage ...
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Declare Dominance

I am new to playing Magic, and I'm trying to teach my 9 year old daughter and father what I know (which needs lots of clarifying). I've read several of the the questions posted on this forum and have ...
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Activate Aura of Dominion's ability on a creature Island

My Island becomes a creature which then I enchant with Aura of Dominion: Can I pay the ability's cost of the Aura of Dominion with only the creature Island, because of some mana ability speed rules ...
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What exactly is “each combat”?

The text for Juggernaut reads, in part: Juggernaut attacks each combat if able. I'm not sure what this means. The word "combat" isn't defined as a countable noun in the Comprehensive Rules. It ...
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Are multiple Cloak of Confusions redundant?

If I put two Cloak of Confusion on a creature card and it is not blocked, can I have my opponent discard two cards at random?
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Legality in Standard of Standard-legal cards from previous printings [duplicate]

Say I have a copy of Llanowar Elves from the 2017 Core Set. Can I put it in a current Standard deck, or do I need to have a version from currently Standard-legal set?
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Can I search for Etched Champion with Enlightened Tutor?

Can a creature in my library with protection from all colors, like Etched Champion be the target of my search spell Enlightened Tutor?
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What's the definition of a quality?

While reading through the comprehensive rules in mtg, I came across this: 112.12. ... if an effect states a quality of [an] object (“[creature] can’t be blocked,” for example), it’s neither ...
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Aura Mutation vs. indestructible enchantments [duplicate]

If the target is indestructible, does Aura Mutation still resolve and give you the tokens, or is an indestructible enchantment an illegal target?
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Would March of the Machines make artifacts trigger creature enter the battlefield effects? [duplicate]

I am wondering if I had a March of the Machines in play and played a Boros Signet, would it trigger a 'creature enters the battlefield' effect?
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What happens if I target Zada, Hedron Grinder with a spell and then donate it to an opponent?

What happens when I target Zada, Hedron Grinder (say with a Traitor's Roar or Threaten, but not both), then before the ability resolves (creating the copies), donate (using say Bazaar Trader) to ...
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Does First Strike apply when two creatures Fight each other? [duplicate]

Does First Strike apply when two creatures fight, i.e when they have been targets of the Fight ability?
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How does doubling of life work when you are at negative life?

If I'm at -3 life and not dead from let's say a Platinum Angel. If I play a Beacon of Immortality, do I go to 6 life? Is it as simple as the primary school maths indicates or is there some other ...
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Does Herald of Secret Streams work with +1/+0 or +0/+1 counters?

I have Herald of Secret Streams, with his ability Creatures you control with +1/+1 counters on them can't be blocked. Say I were to put +1/+0 or +0/+1 on a creature, would Herald's ability still ...
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Psychic Battle and Rayne, Academy Chancellor

Will changing targets with Psychic Battle cause Rayne, Academy Chancellor to trigger? What about Dismiss into Dream? If an opponent casts a spell targeting you, and you win the "clash", can you ...
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Black card ability - all players exile a creature - does it work on the one with protection from black [duplicate]

Let's assume I have black card with "player must exile a creature" and one of mine opponents have only one creature on the battlefield, but it has "protection from black". Does mine card affect his?
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Can a single card use Dredge multiple times?

My Stinkweed Imp was in the graveyard, and I used Dredge to return it to my hand, and replayed it. Later in the game, the imp died a second time. Can I use Dredge on it a second time, or is Dredge a ...
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Icy Manipulator vs Jayemdae Tome?

I was watching this video of some old school magic: https://youtu.be/cEUBkHc36hE?t=911 During player A's untap phase, Player B used an Icy Manipulator to tap Player A's Jayemdae Tome. I don't ...
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The effect of wither

If Olivia Voldaren is enchanted with Fists of the Demigod and you activate the ability to deal damage to a target creature, does this damage come in the form of -1/-1 counters? If it does, and the ...
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How can I modify Green Tron to better combat Aggro Spirits?

I realise this post might be broad, but I’m struggling to find cards to beat an Aggro spirit deck. I’m playing green tron and my opponent has a spirit deck which with the flyers is taking me down too ...
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Tapping a creature with summoning sickness in an equivalent play situation

This is a follow-up question to How do I handle a gameplay error when I have an equivalent play available in a tournament?. The answer to that question indicates that even though the play is ...