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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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Question about Instants and Tactical Advantage

I'm new to Magic the Gathering. I have a question about Instants and Tactical Advantage: Target blocking or blocked creature you control gets +2/+2 until end of turn. Am I allowed to use 2 Tactical ...
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What are the names for Magic's different colour combinations?

For example, Esper refers to decks made up of White, Blue and Black cards. What are the names of the other colour combinations? In particular, how do we refer to a Red-White-Black deck?
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Where to find MTG statistics: Starting player winrate, average turns, polarity?

A question about MTG statistics: There are several MTG statistics websites (e.g. AetherHub, MTGArenaPro), which do a great job to provide specific statistics about how good individual cards and decks ...
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Why does Blood Moon remove abilities?

According to the rulings on Gatherer, Blood Moon removes all abilities from nonbasic lands: a Forsaken Sanctuary will enter untapped, and will not tap for white or black. My question, though, is—why? ...
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Is it possible to generate mana at instant speed when tapped out

Supposing my opponent is tapped out, has no floating mana, and has nothing on the battlefield capable of directly generating mana at instant speed (No Moxen or Loti, for example), or of untapping ...
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Magic: The Gathering - Why is it possible to activate some cards abilities from graveyard and some others not?

There are some cards, that have activated abilities, that a player can activate when the card is in the graveyard. For example, the ability of Stitchwing Skaab to return it from the graveyard to the ...
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How can I translate a Magic card printed in a language that I don't know?

I bought a bulk pack of magic cards today and one of them was in a foreign language. I don’t know which language it is. Google translate is not recognizing it, even when I take a picture of it. How ...
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How do I identify non-English Magic cards? [duplicate]

In my collection is a Magic card printed in a language other than English. How can I determine which card this is?
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Can I lose more life than I have?

In a multiplayer game, I'm playing Exquisite Blood and resolve the second ability of Aetherflux Reservoir, dealing 50 damage to an opponent who's life total was only 10. I was able to pay the 50 life -...
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A question about flickering a stolen creature

Some cards like Mistmeadow Witch and Ghostly Flicker specify under whose control the flickered creature will return. What happens when it isn't specified whose control the creature will return under? ...
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How does Liliana's Standard Bearer work if Kaervek the Spiteful is on the battlefield?

Let's say one creature has died this turn. I have Kaervek, the Spiteful on the battlefield, and then I flash in Liliana's Standard Bearer. This card has an enters-the-battlefield trigger which ...
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Can Ass Whuppin' be used to target a permanent in your own game?

Ass Whuppin' is a silver-bordered card from the set Unhinged whose card text reads "Destroy target silver-bordered permanent in any game you can see from your seat." Technically, if me ...
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Blightsteel colossus, Helm of Obedience and Rest in Peace, can my opponent force the game to a draw?

I have a Rest in Peace and Helm of Obedience on the battlefield. I activate the Helm for 1 mana, and my opponent starts milling her entire deck. Assume the only relevant card in her deck is a ...
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How can I improve my deck building skills?

I've been playing M:tG for nearly a decade now. I understand the rules very well, I've participated in a few draft tournaments, and I've built a few decks that I'm very proud of. Nonetheless, I seem ...
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Does Mutate count as an alternative cost?

I have Jodah, Archmage Eternal on the battlefield: You may pay {W}{U}{B}{R}{G} rather than pay the mana cost for spells that you cast. I want to Mutate Nethroi, Apex of Death onto, let's say, a ...
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Is there a way to Bring to Life my Lucky Clover and still cast Animating Faerie?

Say I have Lucky Clover on the battlefield, which I want to Bring to Life (this is the adventure side of Animating Faerie). So I cast Bring to Life. Lucky Clover triggers, and there's a 2nd Bring to ...
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Do I have to pay commander tax when casting my commander using Geode Golem's ability?

Hey guys I have a question regarding Geode Golem. Its text says "Whenever Geode Golem deals combat damage to a player, you may cast your commander from the command zone without paying its mana ...
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What is the most life you can have at the end of your first turn with only three cards?

You start this game with 3 cards of your choice in hand. Your opponent starts with 0 cards in their hand. Both libraries do not contain any other useful cards. What is the highest life total you ...
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Can I name cards that are not legal in the format I am playing?

When using cards like Demonic Consultation or Spoils of the Vault can I name cards that exist but are not legal in the current format I am playing? For example, could I name a uncard like Booster ...
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Ordeal of Nylea and the stack

I was playing MTG with my lady and came across this scenario: She had a creature with 2 +1/+1 counters, and 2 Ordeal of Nylea. She attacks with the creature, both triggers hitting the stack. I play ...
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Tool to search for cards with similar functionality

I'm looking for a tool/website that would aid in deck building, specifically by providing alternatives to a specific card, say Fog. It should respond with traditional data plus suggestions of similar ...
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Is there something like Gatherer but with inventory management?

Gatherer is great (sort of) for building decks, but I'd like the additional filter of specifying the search specifically to the cards I own. Is this a feature I'm just not seeing or is there an app ...
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“Enters the battlefield as a copy” and Thryx, the Sudden Storm

I control Shark Typhoon and Thryx, the Sudden Storm. I decide to cast Clever Impersonator and want it to enter the battlefield as a copy of my Shark Typhoon. I'm trying to figure out answers to ...
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Can I stop a Counterspell of Goblin Grenade by sacrificing a Goblin Gardener?

I want to cast Goblin Grenade, but my opponent wants to counter it. Can I prevent them doing so like this?: I play Goblin Grenade. As part of the cost, I sacrifice Goblin Gardener (whose text reads: “...
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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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MTG: Fiend Binder and wider implications of Rule 508.1d

I am trying to figure out rule 508.1d - I initially got down this path whilst trying to figure out Fiend Binder's requirements. Fiend Binder's text says: Whenever Fiend Binder attacks, tap target ...
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Why would Kathril, Aspect Warper's ability grant multiple hexproof counters?

Kathril, Aspect Warper has this ability: When Kathril, Aspect Warper enters the battlefield, put a flying counter on any creature you control if a creature card in your graveyard has flying. Repeat ...
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Kathril, Aspect Warper and his ability's “targets”

I have a question regarding Kathril, Aspect Warper's ability. The ability is as follows: When Kathril, Aspect Warper enters the battlefield, put a flying counter on any creature you control if a ...
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Paying madness costs with Dark Ritual

If you cast a card with Madness by discarding it in the cleanup step, are you able to pay for it's alternate casting cost with a Dark Ritual? From my basic knowledge of the game, you wouldn't be able ...
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Can attacking players use activated abilities after blockers have been declared?

Yesterday I was playing a game of Commander with a friend and we ended up in this situation. He attacks with his commander, Yasova Dragonclaw which has an equipment that doubles her power/toughness to ...
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Primary Key for Magic: The Gathering cards [closed]

If you were designing a database for Magic: The Gathering cards, what would be the most basic identifying fields for a card to get a primary key. The Gatherer site uses the multiverse id, but say you ...
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Will Irencrag Pyromancer's ability trigger when it's killed by Ob Nixilis, the Hate-Twisted?

An opponent kills my Irencrag Pyromancer with Ob Nixilis, the Hate-Twisted's minus ability ("Destroy target creature. It's controller draws 2 cards.") on their turn. Would I get a trigger on ...
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Can Runed Halo be used against the zombie tokens created by Field of the Dead?

Is it possible to protect oneselves with Runed Halo against Field of the Dead's tokens? If so, what card name has to be named?
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Does Tribal Forcemage benefit from its own morph ability?

If Tribal Forcemage is turned face up and I choose Elf or Wizard as the creature type to get the bonus given by its ability, does it get the bonus +2/+2 and trample itself?
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If someone casts an aura on my creature, do I still control the creature?

Some spells and abilities let you gain control of a permanent. Most of the time, this means the card will move from your opponent's side to yours. But for Auras or Equipment attached to other cards, ...
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Negative power & Chandra's Pyreling

Scenario: I control Cavalcade of Calamity, three Tin Street Dodgers and Chandra's Pyreling enchanted with So Tiny. I have two cards in my graveyard. So now, my Chandra's Pyreling is -1/3. If I get ...
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A question on Horsemanship [closed]

This question is more around the fun of playing decks casually. Horsemanship I believe is legal in Commander and Legacy. However, if you wanted to enjoy some casual games with a Portal Three Kingdom ...
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Who gets the Commander if it dies or is exiled with a coin counter from Athreos, Shroud-Veiled?

In a game of Commander, I control Athreos, Shroud-Veiled and put a coin counter on another player's Commander. If the Commander dies or is exiled, its controller gets to choose to put it back in the ...
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Can Taigam grant rebound to spells I already cast before his attack?

So, for example, if I cast Shock, and then during my combat step attack with Taigam, Ojutai Master, then after he attacks, cast another spell like Opt, would both Shock and Opt gain rebound as they ...
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Is it possible to win in MTG when you don't have enough cards in your library to complete your draw phase?

I am confused about the following MTG rule: 104.3c. If a player is required to draw more cards than are left in his or her library, he or she draws the remaining cards, and then loses the game the ...
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Are there cases where an Enchantment Aura effect remains on a creature when it is returned to owners hand?

I had Lorescale Coatl on the battlefield, which has the ability: Whenever you draw a card, put a +1/+1 counter on Lorescale Coatl. In response to this threat, my opponent used the Enchantment Aura ...
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Why is Tolarian Kraken worded this way?

Tolarian Kraken has this ability: Whenever you draw a card, you may pay {1}. When you do, you may tap or untap target creature. So if you choose to pay {1}, this causes a separate triggered ability ...
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In Magic, can an ability target a permanent that is being sacrificed as part of that ability's activation cost?

Suppose my opponent has a Darksteel Colossus in play, and I have Attrition and no creatures. During my turn I cast Act of Treason to gain control of the Colossus and attack with it. So far I haven't ...
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Sacrificing in response to a triggered ability that would place -1/-1 counters

With the new Amonkhet series, if an ETB trigger says to put -1/-1 counters on target creature you control (e.g. Baleful Ammit, Exemplar of Strength), can you in response sacrifice that creature (...
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Lifelink and multiple triggers

I control Vito, Thorn of the Dusk Rose and two 1/1 creatures with lifelink. I attack with these two creatures, my opponent doesn't block them and they deal combat damage to him. My question is if Vito'...
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Leonin of the Lost Pride and undying creature

How would Leonin of the Lost Pride interact with an opponents creature who has undying? The player with the undying creature sacrificed it and he also had out Dictate of Erebos, which when the undying ...
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What happens if I tap a creature in response to Tolarian Kraken's ability?

Tolarian Kraken says: Whenever you draw a card, you may pay {1}. When you do, you may tap or untap target creature. Let's say I pay {1} and target my opponent's Merfolk Looter with this ability. ...
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“Counter target spell unless its controller pays X” spells

If I cast for example Miscast to counter an instant my opponent controlls, and my opponent pays 3, what happens to Miscast? Is it countered? And what about priority? Do I have a chance to put next ...
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Why would I want to increase the costs of creatures that I cast?

Geist-Fueled Scarecrow has an ability that says Creature spells you cast cost 1 more to cast. I don't see the strategy in casting a 4/4 creature and then penalizing myself for the added creature ...
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How can I make Wall of Roots's toughness 0 and still sacrifice it?

In the ruling about Wall of Roots is written the following: 2017-11-17: If you must sacrifice a creature to pay a casting or activation cost that also includes mana, such as that of Bubbling Cauldron’...

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