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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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Is there a good place to find information about strategies, tricks and caveats for specific cards?

Sometimes, I'm surprised when I see that a certain card is considered good. I don't get it! For example, when I first saw Skullclamp, I just saw a card that increased power by one at the cost of ...
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Yarok and Animate Dead

I've seen multiple viewpoints on Animate Dead while Yarok, the Desecrated is out, and just want to get a final answer. Does it Animate 2 creatures and then immediately die, thus activating any etb ...
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Etrata, the Silencer and token creatures

My opponent attacks me with Etrata, the Silencer. I have only token creatures in my battlefield. Does one of the tokens go into exile? Does my opponent have to shuffle Etrata into his library again?
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Magic the gathering question [duplicate]

Sarkhan the masterless +1 ability. It becomes a 4/4 dragon with flying. Can it attack that turn? Does it depend if the planeswalker was on the field already or just played?
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Is Leyline of Combustion triggered by attacks?

If my opponent attacks me, does that trigger Leyline of Combustion to do damage to them? I'm new and need help with this rule. Thanks
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Golos activated ability and adventure cards

If Golos, Tireless Pilgrim's activated ability were to hit a adventure card are you able to cast the adventure side of the creature or only the creature for free? Rules on Golos say you may not use ...
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MTG playing Kykar, Wind's Fury [duplicate]

I cast an enchantment, which triggers Kykar, my opponent responds by destroying Kykar. Does Kykar still produce the token?
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Extreme price on a MTG card [on hold]

I was at a store and I saw this I was looking around the price and in tcgplayer says its 16 cents. How can it be 1k that card?
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Countering an uncounterable spell, triggers, and state-based actions

So I just played a game in Arena where my opponent was at 4 life, I had 1 card left in my deck (after drawing my card for the turn), and they had two copies of Drowned Secrets on the battlefield. I ...
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How many of a legendary card should I be including in my deck?

So, I am making a Magic: The Gathering cat deck for my younger sister, and I am running in to a wall with trying to narrow my 63 card deck into a 60 card deck. My biggest problem is that I have 6 ...
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Interaction between Torment of Hailfire and Persist

If I choose a creature with persist for one repetition of Torment of Hailfire, will it return to play before the next repetition to choose it again?
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Volrath's Shapeshifter, Static Buffs, and Combat damage

Inspired by this question. I have an Elvish Archdruid, a Volrath's Shapeshifter, and a Llanowar Elves on the battlefield. I attack with Elvish Archdruid and Llanowar Elves. My opponent blocks in ...
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If you have multiple planeswalkers, how many of their loyalty abilities can you use in a single turn?

Let’s say I played Ajani, Caller of the Pride and then played Ajani, Wise Counselor. Would I be able to use Caller of the Pride's -8 ability to give me, say, 20 creatures and then use Wise Counselor'...
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Buffs During Combat

If an opponent plays a card like Elvish Archdruid that gives other elf creatures they controls +1/+1 and they declare the Elvish Archdruid and another Elf creature as attackers, when I go to block ...
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Does Persist, Modular, and Hardened Scales give me an infinite loop?

First off, let me preface with that I do know that +1 and -1 counters cancel out. Now, the cards for this play are: 1 : Arcbound Worker(or any modular 1 critter) 1+: Hardened Scales 1 : ...
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What's the lifetime of Wicked Wolf's +1/+1 counters?

Do Wicked Wolf's +1/+1 counters stay after the turn is over? It says: Sacrifice a food: Put a +1/+1 counter on Wicked Wolf. It gains indestructible until end of turn. Tap it. I was reading the ...
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Can non-rule-specified items be used to mark information that is shared but closed?

There are several questions on BCG Stack Exchange that ask about information which was previously common but "vanishes", even though it can be deduced from other common information. For example, ...
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Can poison counters be removed?

Is there some way to remove or counteract poison counters? Specifically, once you've already accumulated them, not when you are dealt them. For example, say I already have 9 poison counters. Is there ...
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In Magic: The Gathering, can I include a card in my deck that I can't play based on my land setup?

I have a plan to build a deck that can get Progenitus on to the battlefield on turn 3 (it's an ongoing joke between my friends and I on who could get Progenitus out quickest with the cards we ...
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Does a creature have its abilities while being on the stack?

I have a question. When creature is on the stack, does it have its abilities? For example Syr Eleonora, the Discerning, has an ability that says that spells which target her cost 2 more mana. But when ...
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Hideaway - do I get to put cards put on the bottom of my library in any order?

With Spinerock Knoll, when it enters, hideaway activates, however, it doesn't specify whether I put the cards on the bottom of my library in any order, or in a random order. Which one is it? This is ...
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Matsu-Tribe Decoy vs. Trap Runner

If I activate Matsu-Tribe Decoy's ability targeting opponent's Trap Runner, can he activate Trap Runner's ability, blocking my creature, and making Trap Runner an illegal target for Matsu-Tribe Decoy'...
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What requires MTG players to remind their opponents of “may” parts of effects?

Section 3.7 of the IPG defines Tournament Error — Communication Policy Violation as follows: A player violates the Communication policies detailed in section 4 of the Magic Tournament Rules and the ...
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Sedris and Nicol Bolas, the Ravager

If I unearth Nicol Bolas, the Ravager thanks to Sedris, the Traitor King, then use Nicol Bolas's activated ability to exile it, does it return to the battlefield transformed? Unearth seems to replace ...
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Does a Wolf enters the battlefield and fight target creature with or without buff?

I have a Wolf on the battlefield which gives other Wolfes +1/+1 . And I cast a Wicked Wolf. Does it enter and fight target creature already with this buff or without it? And do I get a priority after ...
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Titania's Song and Mycosynth Lattice

How do Titania's Song and Mycosynth Lattice interact? What happens if Song enters the battlefield first, Lattice enters first, or they enter at the same time? Is there any circumstances under ...
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Are the names of guilds in Ravnica protected intellectual property?

I don't see a TM symbol anywhere and some searches of the interwebs reveals nothing but laughing cats... I'm not wanting to infringe, just not step on toes. (Very big, powerful toes)
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Does Adarkar Valkyrie's ability target cards in graveyard?

Adarkar Valkyrie's third ability targets a creature and creates a delayed triggered ability that returns that creature to the battlefield when it dies this turn. It clearly targets the creature on the ...
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Interaction with Grismold and Adarkar Valkyrie

Setup Player A controls Adarkar Valkyrie, Grismold, the Dreadsower and a bunch of creature tokens. Player B casts Akroma's Vengeance. Question If Player A responds with Adarkar Valkyrie's tap ...
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Can I use Oko's ability targetting a creature with protection from green?

I'm going to play a deck with a Oko, Thief of Crowns. And my question is: can I use his abilities targeting a creature with protection from green? I know that normally I couldn't do that, because I ...
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Why do double-faced planeswalkers from Origins get exiled before being transformed?

In Magic the Gathering Origins set, there is a cycle of 5 creatures, each that are double-sided and have a planeswalker on the back side. Previously when double-sided cards were used, the cards had a ...
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How to find Enchantments or Artifacts that have multiple effects?

I've tried the Gatherer and Advanced Google Search and cannot find a good way to find cards of the type I'm hoping to find. I'm looking for enchantments or artifacts that have multiple effects ...
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Oko, Thief of Crown's +1 vs. Deputy of Detention

Let's say my opponent plays Deputy of Detention and exiles my creature. I play Oko, Thief of Crowns and +1 on Deputy. Do I get my original creature back? If the answer is "no", do I get my original ...
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Attacking with Dimir Spybug and Nightveil Sprite

Dimir Spybug gets a +1/+1 counter every time I surveil. Nightveil Sprite lets me surveil 1 when it attacks. If I swing with both, when do I surveil and when does Dimir Spybug get pumped, during or ...
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When casting a spell, how can a mana ability be paid with another mana ability?

A situation was presented with Skyshroud Elf and Ashnod's Altar: apparently, you could generate WW or RR by: Activate the Elf's filter ability ({1}: Add {R} or {W}) Activate the Elf's filter ability ...
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How does Golos work with cards that increase mana costs? [duplicate]

Let's say I activate Golos, Tireless Pilgrim's ability while there is a Sphere of Resistance out. Do I have to pay 1 mana for each of the cards that are spells that I play from Golos?
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Can Chandra, Acolyte of Flame cast Heartfire without the additional cost?

I was under the impression that if you used Chandra, Acolyte of Flame's -2, targeting Heartfire, you would still have to sacrifice a creature, but someone told me that was not true. What is the ruling ...
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MTG Sacrificing creatures [duplicate]

If I have Viscera Seer, Carrion Feeder and Spore Frog down and I decide to sac Spore Frog do I get the +1/+1 counters on Carrion Feeder and the scry 1 with Seer. Additionally if I have Jarad, Golgari ...
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Thorncaster Sliver and Venom Sliver vs. Priority or Lack Thereof

I have been gone from MtG for some time now and recently played a couple games with some of my old friends. Midgame the same thing happened that always happens when I play with that group. A fight. ...
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Do players have to get priority the same number of times? [duplicate]

I have a question regarding priority. Do players have to get it the same numbers of time during a step? I mean, for example, it's my turn, after declaring blockers, I get priority and decide to cast a ...
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Priority round during steps [duplicate]

I have a question regarding priority. It's my turn, attackers are declared. I get priority, and decide to cast an instant. My opponent passes. Do I get priority again or after stack resolves? Or ...
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Question about Oko's ability [duplicate]

I have a question. 1. I use Oko's, Thief of Crowns second ability. It says "Target creature loses all abilities and becomes a 3/3 Ełk creature".I know that this creature loses all activated, static ...
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Are Magic: The Gathering booster packs “color random”?

Are Magic: The Gathering booster packs "color random"? I've tried Googling it, but nothing tells me anything specific. Can you get booster packs by color, or are they filled with random colors?
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Armory Automaton and Dowsing Dagger/Sword of the Animist

What happens if I cast Armory Automaton and equip to it Dowsing Dagger and/or Sword of the Animist that an opponent controls? When Armory Automaton attacks while equipped with Sword of the Animist, ...
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What happens to the target of Oko, Thief of Crowns' second ability when it is put in the graveyard?

An artifact or creature becomes a 3/3 green Elk creature due to Oko, Thief of Crowns' second ability. What happens to that artifact or creature when it is put into the graveyard? Does it remain a 3/3 ...
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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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Does a multicolored green/blue spell count for abilities triggering on casting a blue spell?

I have a short question that relates to some effects that tell about spells' colours. When I have for instance, Gadwick, The Wizened who has a triggered ability thas says "Whenever you cast a blue ...
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Untapping a creature enchanted with Charmed Sleep

I have a question that relates to untapping a creature enchanted by Charmed Sleep. It says "Enchanted creature doesn't untap during its controller's untap step". That's clear. But when someone has an ...
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Can you take an Immortal Phoenix out of the game?

I am a fairly new player and the person I have been playing with has a card called Immortal Phoenix and I was wondering if cards that say "destroy" wouldn't activate the Phoenix's resurrection feature....
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Can anyone provide a citation for the existence of pre-alpha MTG rules about an initiative stat in combat?

I remember years ago hearing about a rule/mechanic that existed in early prototypes of Magic the Gathering, before the Alpha set was released. Basically all creatures had 3 combat stats: power, ...