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Magic: The Gathering is a collectible card game for 2 or more players, set in a variety of fantastical realms. Players take on the role of a powerful wizard and duel in a battle of wits, using cards that represent resources such as creatures, objects, spells and enchantments.

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How does casting a spell while casting a spell affect priority?

So, in this question, a process for casting a spell while you're in the middle of casting another spell is described, and the consensus in the answers is that it works, and allows you to cast a second ...
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What happens when more than one creature dies causing a trigger

Overseer of the Damned is a creature with the ability "Whenever a nontoken creature an opponent controls dies, put a 2/2 black Zombie creature token onto the battlefield tapped" Now, lets ...
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Responding to "Repeat this process"

I am looking into building a Grist, the Hunger Tide deck, and had a question about the "Repeat this process" ruling. If I had a creature like Viscera Seer out, could I activate Grist's +1, ...
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“Repeat this process” infinite loop rulings

I am theory crafting a deck for the new legendary planeswalkers/commander Grist, the Hunger Tide and I was wondering how his first ability works in an infinite loop. The scenario occurs when I force ...
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What is the power of Bell Borca on opponent's turns?

Bell Borca, Spectral Sergeant enters the battlefield as a 0/5, and gets power when something gets exiled. Does the power hold till the next of the controller's upkeep, or does it get reset to a 0/5 ...
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Why do some cards say "choose target"?

In Magic, most cards that interact with a specific card will target it. For example, Giant Growth (emphasis is mine): Target creature gets +3/+3 until end of turn. There are lots of rules around ...
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What happens when both players control a Liesa, Forgotten Archangel?

Liesa, Forgotten Archangel has a couple of abilities that respond to creatures dying: Whenever another nontoken creature you control dies, return that card to its owner's hand at the beginning of the ...
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Is an artifact paid ability considered a spell?

I happen to be one lucky man who managed to get Erebos, God of the Dead, Demon's Horn, and Staff of the Death Magus. All three were in play, but Erebus was not a creature yet as I didn't have ...
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How can I protect my tron deck against Crumble To Dust

So I made a really cool Mono-Black Eldrazi Tron deck. The only decks it has lost to are Bogles and an Izzet Control that was running a few copies of Crumble to Dust. The only thing I can come up with ...
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Terminus as an instant?

If my opponent has Sensei's Divining Top in play on my turn, can he activate it in response to my attack phase in order to play Terminus for its miracle cost?
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Can you cast a creature with Bestow while you control a Steel Golem?

You control a Steel Golem, which says "you can't cast creature spells". Can you pay the Bestow cost on, say, a Hopeful Eidolon, and cast it as an aura enchanting the Steel Golem? My reading ...
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Order of multiple triggered abilities [duplicate]

What happens if two of my creatures, have triggered abilities, which trigger on attack, in what order it resolves? For example I have on board Prognostic Sphinx and Narset, Enlightened Master, and ...
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"Blocked or was Blocked By"

Time to Reflect says: Exile target creature that blocked or was blocked by a Zombie this turn. It's completely and utterly clear what the intention of this card is. That you can exile a target if ...
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Are there cards which work differently on Ink-Treader Nephilim depending on who controls it?

Are there any cards I could play on Ink-Treader Nephilim that would act differently based on who had control of the creature, for that matter, are there any cards in the game that do this at all?
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Redirecting damage to my own planeswalker

Here's the situation. My opponent is at three life, has three creatures and a Nahiri, the Harbinger with three loyalty. I cast Rakdos Charm, choosing the "Each creature deals 1 damage to its ...
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"Reflections of Littjara" and "Glasspool Mimic" interaction

I'm currently building a new Dimir Rogue Deck and I'm unsure about a certain interaction between Reflections of Littjara and Glasspool Mimic. Let's say I have the former in place and called "...
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What's the difference between "target creature" and "target creature you control"?

Ok I'm confused. I have a Built to Last card, it says "Target creature gets +2/+2 until end of turn. If it's and artifact creature it gains indestructible until end of turn." My opponents tell me ...
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Does humility stop my Dryad Arbor from being able to tap for mana?

Does Humility remove the mana ability of land creatures such as Dryad Arbor?
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Which MTG booster packs have the highest rate of return on investment?

Most players will tell you that buying booster packs for values is a loosing investment, and for the most part this is true because the average expected value of cards in a set is lower than the ...
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How does Codie, Vociferous Codex work with effects that force you to cast a permanent spell?

Codie, Vociferous Codex states: You can’t cast permanent spells. Sol Talisman is a permanent with suspend. Suspend states: When the last (time counter) is removed, cast (this spell) without paying ...
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Can you cast a spell while casting a spell?

Suppose I start casting a simple spell, such as Sol Ring. I follow the steps in rule 601, up to 601.2g, which is where I get a chance to activate mana abilities. I tap Selvala, Explorer Returned, ...
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How to protect a card from RL damage (scratches, bends, cracks) and still play them?

I playing MTG for 17 years now. At first, I tried to protect my cards with simple thin sleeves and create/modify my deck without even considering the RL price of my cards. Now I play EDH mostly. I ...
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Can you cast Dispossess on an opponent's land (e.g., Mountain) if that opponent controls Mycosynth Lattice?

If an opponent has a Mycosynth Lattice in play and is playing Izzet (for example), would you be able to cast Dispossess and choose 'Mountain' if the opponent has at least one in play (This mountain ...
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What happens when a commander is exiled?

Let's say you have a commander on the field, and an opponent uses Sisters Of Stone Death to force your commander to block the sisters and then exiles your commander? Does it remain exiled, or does it ...
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Could I use old lands for a standard MTG deck? [duplicate]

Could I use land cards from let’s say 8th edition in my standard format deck? Or do I have to use newer cards?
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Can you play older versions of cards in standard?

Say, for example, you have a card that is still legal in standard but the version you have of it comes from a set that has since been rotated out. Can you still play the version from your older set?
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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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Sideboard for Modern U/G infect against Gideon

I'm playing Modern U/G Infect (example list). I need help dealing with Gideon of the Trials and Gideon, Ally of Zendikar. The first Gideon's emblem means I need to attack twice to win, and his +1 ...
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Can I use a card from Eighth Edition in Modern Format? [duplicate]

If I'm playing Modern Format, can I use an Eighth Edition Air Elemental?
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Why is Modern Affinity called "Affinity"?

Affinity is an ability that has been printed on a small number of cards. The only one of these that the current Modern Affinity decks seem to run is Thoughtcast and even that does not appear in all ...
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MTG Conspiracy cards allowed in modern

So I always thought that the Conspiracy set was allowed in Modern Format but I recently discovered that there are 65 cards that are not allowed. Can any give me a list or a link for a list of the ...
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In Magic: the Gathering, how often on average do the top players make day 2 of a tournament?

Definitions: Top player: the old platinum-ranked pros, or MPL members. If there isn't enough data for this small group, I'm also interested in the old gold-ranked players. Tournament: an open ...
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Is Argothian Elder a Druid?

Argothian Elder is listed on a lot of websites with the Druid creature type, but the card only lists "Elf". Is Argothian Elder a Druid too?
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What happens if the legend rule doesn't apply to only one of a pair of legendary creatures with the same name?

Brothers Yamazaki has the ability If there are exactly two permanents named Brothers Yamazaki on the battlefield, the "legend rule" doesn't apply to them. So, say I control two Brothers Yamazaki (...
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Does Karn Liberated's Ultimate allow you to change your Commander

After reading the answers to this question, a thought popped into my mind: if Karn Liberated's ultimate restarts the game, and declaring one of the Legendary Creatures in your deck as a Commander is a ...
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Firesong and sunspeaker triggers for multi color multi target spells

If I have Firesong and Sunspeaker out and cast Deafening Clarion it would have lifelink. And therefore it is also a white sorcery that caused me to gain life. The question I'm posing is does it ...
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When I play Lord of Tresserhorn, can I sacrifice Doomed Dissenter and its Zombie token? [duplicate]

Let's say I have a Doomed Dissenter on the battlefield. When Doomed Dissenter dies, create a 2/2 black Zombie creature token. Then I play Lord of Tresserhorn. When Lord of Tresserhorn enters the ...
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Mirage Phalanx and Aurelia, the Warleader

If Mirage Phalanx soulbounds with Aurelia, the Warleader can it produce infinite combats? Does the legend rule remove the old copies of Aurelia in time for the soulbonding with the new copy to happen?
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Are manaburn and damage-on-the-stack used in Pre-Modern?

There is a format called Premodern which uses sets from 4th Edition until Scourge. Modern Magic lacks such rules as mana burn and combat damage on the stack. What Magic rules flavour should I be using ...
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Why can Faceless Haven and other changelings attack if they're Walls?

Faceless Haven has "all creature types" after paying ❄️❄️❄️. So it is also a "Wall". Walls can't attack. So, why can Faceless Haven and all Shapshifters from Kaldheim attack at all?...
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Can I produce off-color mana and activate off-color abilities outside my commander's identity?

Can a commander deck use abilities of creatures or spells, and generate mana that are not part of the commander's color identity? For example, if my commander has only black in its color identity, can ...
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Colorless commander using lands that chose based upon identity?

TLDR Can I use lands that mention "color identity" with a colorless commander while still getting their bonus effects? I apologize if I have missed something that explains this situation, ...
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If I flicker a creature that was first cast from my hand, does it ETB with the cast from hand trigger?

Deathbringer Regent says When Deathbringer Regent enters the battlefield, if you cast it from your hand and there are five or more other creatures on the battlefield, destroy all other creatures. If ...
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Karn Liberated Ultimate vs Yorion

So lets say I use the +4 on Karn Liberated, exiling two cards from my opponent's hand, and my opponent also is using Yorion, Sky Nomad as their companion, with a deck size of 80. Now when I restart ...
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What is offensive about the card "Stone-Throwing Devils"?

In 2020 Magic: The Gathering banned seven cards due to racist or offensive content. But I don't understand the inclusion of the card Stone-Throwing Devils on that list. It just shows a bunch of demons ...
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Vizier of the Menagerie and cost reducing

If I have a cost reduction on generic mana, can Vizier of the Menagerie help reduce non generic mana costs? For example, I have Animar, Soul of Elements in play with 2 +1/+1 counters on it, can Vizier ...
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Can Tale's End counter Æther Vial?

Can the spell Tale's End counter Æther Vial's activation (putting a creature on the battlefield)? Tale's End's text is: Counter target activated ability, triggered ability, or legendary ...
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How to find the spellbook for a card?

To make the question specific, I'd like to find the spellbook for Cursebound Witch. My usual go to places for cards are scryfall and Gatherer. Gatherer appears to not have Arena/Alchemy cards. I'm ...
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How does Magic handle “Type – Subtype” lines that don’t fit on the card when translated?

This question links to a Russian version of Peel from Reality which has “Мгновенное заклинание” as its type line—literally, “Instant spell” rather than just “Instant” (I assume there is some Russian ...
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Becoming better at sideboarding

One of the keys to tournament performance in Magic is proper sideboarding. This seems to be a point of failure with many Magic players that want to move up from casual play and compete in tournaments ...

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