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. 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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What are the differences between combat damage, direct damage, and loss of life?

From reading the rules it would appear there are two kinds of damage and then straight loss of life: 118.3 If an effect causes a player to gain or lose life, that player's life total is adjusted ...
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Why don't triggered abilities immediately go on the stack?

Rule 603.2 of the Comprehensive Rules says: Whenever a game event or game state matches a triggered ability’s trigger event, that ability automatically triggers. The ability doesn’t do anything at ...
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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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How can I tell the difference between early Magic: The Gathering card editions?

I have a few Magic: The Gathering cards whose editions I'm having trouble identifying. They are obviously from either Alpha or Beta, since they have black borders and the same design as the Unlimited ...
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Can you attack in stages before blockers are declared?

I have Answered Prayers, which reads: Whenever a creature enters the battlefield under your control, you gain 1 life. If Answered Prayers isn't a creature, it becomes a 3/3 angel with flying in ...
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What amount of color overlap does intimidate require?

I would like to make sure I understand intimidate well. If I have a green and blue creature, I can block a green creature with intimidate, because my creature shares a colour with it, right? And ...
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doublestrike blocking with kusari-gama

I have a 4/4 creature with double strike and equipped with Kusari-Gama. I get attacked by a 5/5 and 3 2/2's. I block the 5/5 with my 4/4. Do I take damage from the 2/2's even though they die in the ...
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How do Companion cards from Ikoria work in Commander?

Today the Ikoria previews revealed a new mechanic: companion. From Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths Mechanics, you can choose up to one companion card in your sideboard (or in your collection outside the ...
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How does Song of Freyalise chapters 1-2 work?

I have a question about Song of Freyalise. Chapters I and II say: Until your next turn, creatures you control gain '{T}: Add one mana of any color.' According to the wording of this effect, my ...
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Prirority and triggered abilities

When my opponent has a creature with triggered ability "At the beggining of each end step, this creature...." and it's my turn, what happens after this ability goes on the stack? Normally, I get ...
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Companion commander question

Haven't seen this covered, but can you use a companion card such as Jegantha, the Wellspring as your commander instead of as a companion? The text on the card reads If this card is your chosen ...
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Taranika, Akroan Veteran's ability

When Taranika, Akroan Veteran's ability triggers and I untap another creature, can I declare this creature as an attacker as well? Or maybe attackers are already declared? What happens here?
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Can hexproof remove an opponent's aura already enchanting my creature?

If a creature I control is being targeted by an enchant creature my opponent controls, can I equip it with an artifact that grants hexproof to counter the existing enchant creature? Example: My ...
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Graft illegal creature

Does Graft's triggered ability use the stack? What happens to the +1/+1 counter if the creature that graft was offloading to gets removed? Does it stay on the Graft permanent? Example: Llanowar ...
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How can I play against enchantments while playing an all black deck?

I just need to know any and all black Magic cards that destroy enchantments. I already searched Gatherer and didn't find anything. It's casual play with family, so any card is fair game.
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Do multiple return to battlefield effects “stack”? [duplicate]

If a creature I control without flying has a coin counter from Athreos, Shroud-Veiled dies, and I have Luminous Broodmoth and Athreos on the field. What happens? Do I only get the original ...
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Mutate and replacement effects (Example, Darigaaz Reincarnated) and triggered abilities (ex: Sigil of the New Dawn)

How does mutate exactly work with any replacement effects? For example, lets say I have 2 creatures Mutated on top of Darigaaz Reincarnated, when that creature dies, A. Darigaaz returned with the ...
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Do I have to block a menace creature with a creature that “must block if able”?

Let's say I have two creatures, while opponent has one. Opponent plays Monstrous Step on his Menace creature, forcing one of my creatures to block, and attacks. Can I decline to block? The two ways ...
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Playing a creature with devotion

Short question about devotion. If my devotion to red is less than five, and I play Purphoros, Bronze-Blooded, does it enter the battlefield as a creature and stops being it immediately or enters the ...
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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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Adventure mechanic [closed]

I've got some questions regarding Adventure mechanic. I understand the basic rules of this mechanic, but I've got a few more detailed questions. If some effects allow you to find a sorcery or instant ...
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“You may cast” and timing rules

Some effects that say “you may cast” let you ignore timing rules. For example, Descendants' Path lets you cast creature spells during your upkeep. It doesn’t explicitly say that you can ignore timing ...
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How can I play around targeted discard?

Many decks in competitive Magic have access to targeted discard spells, like Duress and Thoughtseize. Against counterspells, you can rely on a variety of tricks like baiting counters, bottlenecking ...
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Is it valid to exploit infinite loopholes in Magic: The Gathering?

Today at work, I played my first game in almost 10 years using a deck from another player. He was playing a deck made of creatures that facilitate life points regain. At one point, using 3 different ...
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Is there a tier list of all precon Commander decks?

C19 is currently being spoiled and I am thinking about buying it. The idea is to buy a group of deck to play with friends. Here is the idea. Lets consider that we are 5 people sitting at a table. This ...
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Characteristcs on the stack

I've got a question regarding characteristics on the stack. I found the information that "each spell has all the characteristics associated with it". Does it mean that when card is on the stack as a ...
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How are you supposed to fight a discard deck?

I get this is kind of a noob question, so bear with me. My friend plays a legacy discard deck, and he'll usually dark ritual or something to make me discard 3-5 cards in the first 3 turns, and by turn ...
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Liliana, Untouched by Death and Ashes of the Fallen Interaction?

How does Liliana, Untouched by Death's +1 ability interact with Ashes of the Fallen (naming Zombie)? This question was asked about a similar interaction between Ashes and Necromancer's Stockpile, ...
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Theft: Does a Returning Creature Keep Equipment?

If I steal a creature card from my opponent with a theft card such as Wrangle, then attach an equipment such as Dead Iron Sledge to said creature. At the end of the turn, my opponent gets his ...
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Probability of drawing duplicates of a card in magic [duplicate]

Was trying to figure this out, and realized I don't know the exact math: In the card game magic you have a deck of 60 cards. You can have 4 copies of any individual card, and you are dealt a starting ...
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How do mutate and ownership rules interact?

Assume this state: I have Anax, Hardened in the Forge, which I own, on the battlefield. I've attacked with Robber of the Rich and exiled Chittering Harvester. Chittering Harvester has the "standard" ...
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Standstill, Phyrexian Tyranny and both players wanting to cast instants immediately after standstill is played. Who gets damage? [duplicate]

A question regarding Standstill; I have Phyrexian Tyranny on the table and we both have 2 life left. I play Standstill and immediately play an instant so that my fellow opponent would have to draw 3 ...
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Do I get copy of my opponents creature with Helm of the Host?

I know I can't equip Helm of the Host to my opponents creatures. The scenario I was wondering about was, if I somehow get control of my opponents Trostani Discordant, like with The Eldest Reborn, I ...
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Interaction between Vilis, Broker of Blood and Phyrexian Delver

I resolve a Phyrexian Delver etb targeting Vilis, Broker of Blood. My question is whether the life lost as a part of the Phyrexian Delver etb will then cause Vilis's "Whenever you lose life, draw that ...
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Is there a card that turns +X/+X into X +1/+1 counters?

I'm building an Exalted deck, and I've been looking for a card that would completely break the mechanic and make my creatures nearly unstoppable. So far I've had no luck, but here's where I'm hoping ...
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Are counters (noun) physical things?

Card example: Beckon Apparition (Gatecrash) There are a lot of cards that use counter as a noun. I did some Googling but I'm just not clear on what I need to use for counters. Are they physical ...
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How do Butcher of Malakir and Extractor Demon interact with Barter in Blood?

Suppose my opponent has a Butcher of Malakir and an Extractor Demon on the field, and they have no other creatures, and I have a Nuisance Engine and let's say, oh, eight 0/1 colorless Pest artifact ...
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Precedent for creature tokens to exist in the hand without ceasing to exist?

In MTGA, I used Callous Dismissal to return, to it's owner's hand, a Gemrazer that had been mutated over a Cat token (the Cat had been generated by Cubwarden). MTGA showed the token in my opponent's ...
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Explanation of Selvala, Explorer Returned's ruling?

Selvala, Explorer Returned has the following ruling: If you activate Selvala's ability while casting a spell, and you discover you can't produce enough mana to pay that spell's costs, the ...
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Gargos, Vicious Watcher Ruling - M20

Gargos, Vicious Watcher (GVW) has the ability, "Whenever a creature you control becomes the target of a spell, Gargos, Vicious Watcher fights up to one target creature you don't control." Next, an ...
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How does your opponent verify you have not more than 4 of a particular card in your deck?

Inspired by How does your opponent verify that you're able to cast a Companion card? As of time of writing the top-voted answer basically says you don't verify that the opponent can cast a Companion ...
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How does Shield Dancer's ability work with a creature that has Trample?

I have a Shield Dancer, 1/3, whose activated ability states: The next time target attacking creature would deal combat damage to Shield Dancer this turn, that creature deals that damage to itself ...
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How does Infinite Reflection work with Commander and commander damage?

Does a Commander which has been turned into a copy of another card still do commander damage (i.e. will 21 damage dealt to a single player from the copy lose the game for that player)? Alternately, ...
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What item should I use to keep track of my creature’s Power and Toughness? [duplicate]

I’m a new player to MTG and I was wondering what item I should use to keep track of the Power and Toughness in my creatures. Like if I would enchant one of my creatures with a +1/+1 I would need to be ...
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Kess, Dissident Mage and adventure cards

I have a question about Kess, Dissident Mage and interaction with adventures cards like Brazen Borrower. Example: When I have my Brazen Borrower in Graveyard and Kess on the battlefield, can I cast ...
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Cloning Mutated Creatures

Mutate is a new mechanic in Ikoria. A lot has been said about how it works, but cloning is something I can't find mentioned on the net. Not sure if the comp rules have been updated yet, but my ...
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How does shuffling work when your library is empty?

Say there are no cards in someone's library. Can they shuffle their graveyard and hand into their library with an effect that instructs them to do so, if there is technically no library to shuffle ...
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How does your opponent verify that you're able to cast a Companion card?

Normally, in Magic the Gathering, your library is a hidden zone; neither you nor your opponent are allowed to look at the cards in it during a game of Magic: the Gathering unless an effect says that ...
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How does Companion work after sideboarding?

I've asked around among friends and also Reddit but we've not reached a consensus: How does Companion work after sideboarding? I can find the following relevant rule snippets. Your companion's ...
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When I gain control of a creature, do I also gain control of any auras or equipment attached to it?

What would happen if I Portent of Betrayal'd a creature that had been enchanted by a bestow creature and cast a spell to give it protection from the enchantment's color on it to remove the bestowed ...

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