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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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Goryo’s Vengeance and Ephemerate exile ruling

If I return a creature from my graveyard to the battlefield with Goryo's Vengeance, then resolve Ephemerate targeting that creature before the end step exile trigger of Goryo’s Vengeance, will the ...
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XMage alternative to draft Magic the Gathering online?

I'm getting back into Magic the Gathering at the start of Innistrad Midnight Hunt. I used to use XMage for drafts online, but while the program looks alive and well, it doesn't seem like there are any ...
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Drafting Double-Faced Cards and Basic Lands

I’ve just played my very first draft at my LGS and was surprised about the following two “rules”: We got to announce our double-faced cards right after opening each of the boosters. As far as I ...
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Was it possible to target spells placed at the bottom of a just-cast fast effects chain?

[ This is a follow-up from this question about how various effects interacted in the earliest releases of Magic: the Gathering ] In an Alpha & Beta Series Magic Game something like this happens: ...
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Why is the ruling on Torbran the way it is?

Someone today asked me about an interaction between Torbran, Thane of Red Fell and the newly previewed card Fiery Emancipation. I checked rule 616 and which states the "affected object's ...
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What specifically makes Alms Collector apply before other replacement effects?

The card Alms Collector has this ruling: Alms Collector’s replacement effect applies to an instruction to draw more than one card before any replacement effects apply to individual cards drawn. For ...
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Enduring Angel - when does the "you lose the game" part apply?

Why does the Enduring Angel from Innistrad: Midnight Hunt has the following text: Then if Enduring Angel didn't transform this way, you lose the game When does it apply?
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Are there any artifacts that tap for white, blue or black mana?

I'm looking for artifacts similar to the crystals from the Ikoria set (e.g. Indatha Crystal) or the banners (e.g. Abzan Banner), but instead that produce white, blue or black mana. I'm not opposed to ...
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Off-turn Basri Ket and Blocking

This is a question my friend posed to me the other day, that I'm stumped by. Let's say it's the opponent's turn and I have: The emblem from Teferi, Temporal Archmage: "You may activate loyalty ...
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Remove counters from creature after an effect like fling

Let's say I have a 3/3 creature with two +1/+1 counters in it making it a 5/5. I then use an ability or spell like Fling that sacrifices a creature to deal damage equal to the sacrificed creatures ...
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How to clone a Legendary permanent?

I want to clone Geist of Saint Traft without falling prey to the legend rule and without using Mirror Gallery. Are there any cards that allow you to copy a card's text without copying its name? I was ...
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Do permanents phase out with Spectral Adversary even if it leaves the battlefield?

I cast Spectral Adversary: When Spectral Adversary enters the battlefield, you may pay {1}{U} any number of times. When you pay this cost one or more times, put that many +1/+1 counters on Spectral ...
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What does the Kaldheim Commander expansion symbol represent?

What does the Kaldheim Commander expansion symbol represent? https://mtg.fandom.com/wiki/Kaldheim/Commander_decks https://scryfall.com/sets/khc
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Is the Arena default deck "Line of Fire" bad or is it just me?

I'm new to Magic. One of the default decks you can unlock when you start playing Arena is called "Line of Fire". It consists of: 1 Kroxa, Titan of Death's Hunger 1 Liliana's ...
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Magic The Gathering - Damnable Pact timing with Psychosis Crawler - what triggers when?

In a 4 player commander game, everyone has 7 life except for Player A who has 9 life. They have a Psychosis Crawler on the battlefield. Player B casts Damnable Pact on player A, where X is 9. Player ...
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How can we interrupt the Witherbloom Apprentice and Chain of Smog combo?

A friend of mine was discussing the Witherbloom Apprentice and Chain of Smog combo (pictured below). I was wondering if it would be easy to interrupt the combo easily, since Chain of Smog is a sorcery....
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How to deal with Legendary tokens?

Can you have more than one "Legendary Token"? I don't think so, but I have a creature named Tolsimir Wolfblood that allow me to tap it to create a 2/2 Legendary Wolf token named Voja. If you can't ...
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Can I target a hexproof opponent in order to trigger prowess?

Let's say an opponent has hexproof due to Leyline of Sanctity. Can I still cast a spell like Thoughtseize against them, just to let it fizzle and trigger prowess?
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Which commanders benefit from being in the Command Zone other than Oloro?

Oloro, Ageless Ascetic, gains its controller 2 life every turn it's in the command zone. Are there ANY other possible commanders that have abilities or benefits of being in the command zone or is he ...
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What happens if I mutate on top of a creature that I control until the end of a turn?

This constellation actually happened when I (PLAYER A) drafted Ikoria on MTG:Arena yesterday, but I was unsure whether it would work in my favor. And therefore I didn't try. PLAYER B has a Cavern ...
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Casting creatures as spells - searching for the rules

I need to find the ruling where it says, when I want to put a creature from my hand onto the battlefield, that I have to cast it and that it's a spell on the stack. 302.1. A player who has priority ...
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Inspiring unicorn vs shock

I’m fairly new to Magic and still learning but got the basics. My problem is as follows. My friend person A : white deck (basic starter) Me person B : red deck (basic starter) Scenario Person A ...
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Arena, Triumphant surge without legal target

Just playing Arena using the Workshop:Heroes of Theros - Devotion deck. I tried to cast Triumphant Surge when there was only my Transcendent Envoy on the battlefield. The Triumphant Surge just hung ...
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How do the replacement effects from Xorn and Academy Manufactor interact?

Xorn and Academy Manufactor are both on the battlefield. I cast Thraben Inspector. How many of what tokens do I get? I see three possible options: one clue, one food, one treasure. one clue, one food,...
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What is the most ways a player can lose the game simultaneously?

Because the game "performs all applicable state-based actions simultaneously as a single event" (rule 704.3), it's easy to imagine a player losing in 4 ways at once. They have an empty ...
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Using Liege of the Tangle to awaken a manland

I have a Liege of the Tangle on the battlefield that has struck a player. I've resolved the ability and put an awakening counter on a Stirring Wildwood, a "manland," so to speak. What ...
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Assigning Double Strike Damage with "Block Additional Creature"

A bit of a semi-complicated hypothetical scenario question. Player A 3/3 creature with "Lifelink", "Double Strike", and "Can block an additional creature each combat". ...
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Rest in Peace and Ranar, the Ever Watchful interactions

Ranar the Ever-Watchful creates a 1/1 flying token whenever "a spell or ability you control exiles one or more permanents from the battlefield" and Rest in Peace says "If a card or ...
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Does Nicol Bolas, Dragon-God make me lose the game if I only control a nonlegendary planeswalker?

Suppose that my opponent activates Nicol Bolas, Dragon-God's third loyalty ability, which reads: Each opponent who doesn't control a legendary creature or planeswalker loses the game. As the ability ...
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How does trample interact with damage prevention effects and indestructible blockers?

Say I have a 4/4 creature with trample. I attack, and my opponent blocks with a... 0/1 creature that is indestructible: Does my 4/4 trampler's extra 3 damage carry over even though the blocking ...
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How do the +1/+1 tokens created when Hooded Hydra dies play during combat?

Recently played w/ a deck that contained Hooded Hydra (morphed to +5/+5). I was attacked with 3, 5/5 trampling rhino tokens. I assigned Hooded Hydra to block first, effectively killing it. Enter the ...
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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 ...
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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 spell is ...
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Checking target legality (esp for removal)

When an opponent targets a creature and I give it hexproof in response (e.g. with Dive Down) it becomes an illegal target for the spell or ability. This is because target legality for the spell is ...
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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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Why doesn't my attack go through even after I remove the blocker?

I've played a few games and an effect happens that I do not understand: I declared an attacker Opponent declares a blocker I use Unsummon or other Instant such as Murder and remove the declared ...
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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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How does Oracle en-Vec work in multiplayer games?

When playing in 2v2 or 3v3, if I activate Oracle en-Vec ability, can other opponents' creatures attack? I hope no because it says: other creatures can’t attack And it doesn't say it's only other ...
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Interaction between Athreos, God of Passage and Liesa, Forgotten Archangel [Midnight Hunt spoilers]

Athreos, God of Passage has the following text. Whenever another creature you own dies, return it to your hand unless target opponent pays 3 life. The recently spoiled Liesa, Forgotten Archangel has ...
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How to determine the card pool used by Pool of Vigorous Growth?

Short Version: Is there a list of all creatures in Arena? Long Version: If you go to scryfall, and look at all the 9 mana value creatures available in historic you get a list of 5 cards (as of 2021-09-...
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After how many iterations can I shortcut the Delina, Wild Mage / Pixie Guide combo?

I'm playing at competitive rules enforcement with Delina, Wild Mage and Pixie Guide. If I attack with Delina, Wild Mage targeting Pixie Guide with the triggered ability, I'll continue creating copies ...
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If I mutate over a creature to be sacrificed later, is it still sacrificed?

If I create a token using Purphoros's Intervention's first mode, and then I mutate a creature over it, do I still sacrifice the resulting creature at the next end step?
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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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Tiger-Tribe Hunter and temporary power/toughness changes

I played AFR draft on MTG Arena last night and encountered something that doesn't make sense to me. My opponent had a Zombie Ogre with a +1/+1 counter and a Death-Priest of Myrkul in play. I had a ...
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Does this Teshar combo (listed #1 on EDHREC) really work?

In the EDHREC page for Teshar, Ancestor's Apostle, there is a list of combos recommended for him as a commander. The top combo shown features these four cards: Blasting Station Myr Retriever ...
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Is drawing multiple cards an atomic action?

Is drawing multiple cards an atomic action, or do effects triggered by drawing a card trigger for each card drawn instead? Consider Spiteful Visions, which reads: Whenever a player draws a card, ...
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Marking white borders with black marker

Is it legal in competitive play to fill in the border of white-bordered MtG cards with black marker? Which marker would be best to use, and why?
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Why do cards have different rarity levels in Magic: The Gathering?

I've been reflecting on this concept and trying to come up with a concise answer: Why do different levels of card rarity exist in MtG? In order for this concept of different numbers of different cards ...
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What is written at the back of Half-Elf Monk Art Card (AFR)?

Regarding the card Half-Elf Monk Art Card (AFR): https://scryfall.com/card/aafr/28/half-elf-monk-half-elf-monk What is the written at its back? ?? (??), Challenge ?? Armor Class ??, Hit Points ?? ...
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Where did Interrupts in Alpha & Beta Magic Editions end?

Here is another question regarding the very early Magic times, namely Alpha & Beta Edition. The old rules for spellcasting worked with a “Batch”, described in the Fourth Edition rules booklet as: ...

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