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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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Can running 4 copies of a Magic card with different art have an advantage/disadvantage over cards with identical art?

Can having marks or different art on the front of cards make any difference to gameplay? (I'm not looking for Un-set abilities like Art Rampage or cards like "Drawn Together".)
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Running a MTG draft without actually having to buy new boosters for each player every single time?

MTG drafting sounds like a really awesome way to play the game. I'd love to try it with some of my friends, but having to spent >5$ for each player every single time you want to play seems ...
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Cheapest unstoppable, mandatory infinite loops in Magic the Gathering

Like expanded on in the Cheapest mandatory loop answers, there exist game states induced by combos where card effects trigger off each other indefinitely without any further action required by the ...
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Must the infinite loop rule be triggered on a Grindstone and 4 Progenitus

Suppose that my deck contains a Grindstone and 4 copies of Progenitus, and that every other card in my deck shares a color. I use Grindstone's ability, targeting myself. Because every card in my deck ...
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Haste creature under The Akroan War chapter 2 ability

My opponent plays The Akroan War, then on his next turn the chapter 2 ability triggers. If I play a creature with haste, does the effect created by the chapter 2 ability apply to that creature? i.e. ...
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Cheapest mandatory loop in Magic the Gathering

What is the cheapest combination of cards (in terms of total mana value of cards used for the combo), that, when played, result in an infinite loop with only mandatory actions - resulting in a draw?
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Perplexing Chimera leaves battlefield

How works Perplexing Chimera when its ability is on the stack but, before it's resolved, Chimera leaves battlefield? For example. Perplexing Chimera is already in control of my opponent. Then I cast ...
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Can I tap a permanent for mana multiple times with multiple copies of an untap spell on the stack?

Let's say I have Thousand-Year Storm with a few triggers (or some other copy ability), then I cast Dramatic Reversal (or similar) can I tap my mana rocks between each resolve of Dramatic Reversal? Say ...
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How to own the most cards possible?

What's the most cards I can own at once in a game, presumably with the cooperation of all players? I think it's something like Graveyard Busybody with an Abyssal Persecutor, so the opponent(s) can ...
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Multiple End step events

Let’s say I have Promise of Tomorrow and a couple creatures exiled with it. I cast Eerie Interlude during my main phase and exile all my creatures. Now, what I want to know is if Promise of Tomorrow’s ...
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Is there any way to turn a token into a nontoken?

Is there anything in Magic that can turn a token permanent into a nontoken permanent?
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Magic: The Gathering - Akawalli and Menace

Akawalli, the Seething Tower has Descend 8 - As long as there are eight or more permanent cards in your graveyard, Akawalli gets an additional +2/+2 and can't be blocked by more than one creature. ...
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Can a triggered ability of a permanent with shroud be targeted? [duplicate]

suppose Karlach, Fury of Avernus (with Lightning Greaves), triggers: untap all attacking creatures. They gain first strike until end of turn. After this phase, there is an additional combat phase in ...
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How to Tell Apart Transforming from Modal Double Faced Cards

Transforming and modal double faced cards function quite differently; only the front side of TDCFs can be played, and MDCFs can't transform. Usually it's pretty obvious whether a DFC is transforming ...
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What playtest or silver-bordered cards were eventually tweaked and printed in black border?

The playtest card Boneyard Aberration is being printed digitally in Jumpstart Horizons. It's a digital-only black bordered equivalent to the playtest card Bone Rattler with some minor rebalancing. ...
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Myrkul, Lord of Bones and Kaya the Inexorable - legendary rule across card types

So with Myrkul, Lord of Bones, I can exile my non-token creatures when they die, creating token enchantments that are a copy of them with no other card types. Kaya the Inexorable's <-7> ability ...
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Myrkul, Lord of Bones interaction with exile

Myrkul, Lord of Bones says "whenever another non-token creature you control dies, you may exile it. If you do, create a token that's a copy of that card, except it's an enchantment and loses all ...
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How does "must be blocked if able" work with banding?

I control Maarika, Brutal Gladiator, Holga, Relentless Rager (both of which have the text "must be blocked if able"), and Adventurers' Guildhouse. Then, in my declare attackers step, I ...
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Has there ever been a Kicker mechanic for activated abilities?

I am looking to write a homebrew creature that, for a steep price, gives indestructible until End of Turn to itself, then destroys all creatures, but also destroys all enchantments (at the same time ...
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Removing Copied Mutate Targets

When using mutate, I'm aware that removing a Mutate Target results in the Mutate-Spell to enter as a creature. I've reviewed what happens when you use Cloning Effects. However I'm still a little hazy ...
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Which card has the highest number of mana symbols in its mana cost?

Color doesn't matter. No Un-Sets. In case of a tie, one card tied for highest number suffices. I need such a card as a test case for a computer program involving MtG cards.
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How often does the standard set change?

I started playing Magic (or started again rather) just after the Theros set had come out. The standard format was defined to include the Return to Ravnica block and the entire Theros block of which ...
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Does the game check how many creatures you have before a boardwide effect changes those creatures toughness? (MTG)

Say I have Kaervek, the Spiteful and Endrek Sahr, Master Breeder on the battlefield and I cast Sibsig Muckdraggers, creating 9 1/1 thrulls that immediately die to Kaervek's effect. Would the game ...
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What are budget options for decks competitive in local standard tournaments? [closed]

With Wizards of the Coast pushing the format again, building budget-friendly decks to compete in the local scene becomes relevant. How can one approach the construction of budget decks for competitive ...
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What's the smallest starting library you can have in commander?

My understanding is, your commander deck is 100 cards. And you take commander/companions etc. out of your deck before you start and put them in the command zone. The smallest library I can come up ...
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Do Errant and Giada and Rattlechains allow me to cast Spirits without flying or flash from my library?

Very similar to the related question: Do Errant and Giada and Rattlechains allow me to cast Spirits with flying from my library at instant speed? That question deals with Spirits with flying, while ...
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Why do people play mana dorks instead of mana enchantments?

As I write this question, Orcish Bowmasters (and to a lesser extent Wrenn and Six) is strongly suppressing mana dorks. These two cards trade extremely favorably against the likes of Birds of Paradise ...
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Do commanders "die" if they go to the command zone instead?

If my commander would die and I opt to move it to the command zone instead of the graveyard, does it cause a "when a creature dies" ability trigger? An example would be Fool's Demise. If my opponent ...
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How is Riddlemaster Sphinx's identifier greater than the number of cards in the set?

I was indexing my Magic: The Gathering inventory recently and I found a card from M19 that's identifier is 287/280. As far as I know, the second number is the amount of cards in a set, and the first ...
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Copying object and continuous type-changing effects

Have a question about how cards like Mirage Mirror interact with continuous type-changing effects like that of ex. Enraging Licid. Want to make sure I understand layers correctly. Let's say I activate ...
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What happens if you cast a modal spell but choose illegal modes?

For example, Izzet Charm is a spell with three modes, one of which is "counter target noncreature spell unless opponent pays {2}". Suppose I cast Grizzly Bears and opponent responds with ...
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How does mana cost reduction interact with colored mana in a cost?

My friends and I are relatively new to magic, and we're confused as to how mana cost reduction works — i.e. the effects which say something costs X less mana. Can mana cost reduction reduce the ...
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What happens when I cast a spell incorrectly?

If I cast a spell which then turns out to be un-playable, what happens to my spell? E.G.: Casting a spell on something that has Hexproof and can't be targeted in the first place. Do I simply place my ...
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What happens to a spell if an oppenent runs out of mana while casting it?

My friend and I were playing Magic the Gathering when he tried to summon Ghor Clan Rampager. He used all his mana to cast him, but in response I played Twiddle and tapped one of his lands. What would ...
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Choices While Resolving Missed Triggers Which Cannot Be Publicly Verified

According to the IPG, when the opponent of a player who missed a trigger chooses to put it onto the stack, "No player may make choices for the triggered ability involving objects that would not ...
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Will Righteous Cause trigger with tapped and attacking tokens [duplicate]

Will i gain life if someone is attacking and they create a tapped and attack token
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How does Persist and Finality interact with each other?

A player in my pod played Admiral Brass, Unsinkable which puts a finality counter on his pirate when they enter the battlefield from their graveyard during combat. I had a Cauldron of Souls which lets ...
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How can I find out when a specific comprehensive rule was introduced?

I wrote this answer, and I feel like it would benefit (slightly - it's not exactly a crucial part of the answer) from knowing when rule 706.4 was introduced. I feel that if I can find out when a rule ...
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Does trample damage trigger the ingest ability?

I have an Eldrazi deck that has creatures with the ingest ability: Whenever this creature deals combat damage to a player, that player exiles the top card of their library Would trample damage ...
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Paying mana cost, Targeting, Sacrifice, and Ward

My opponent has Kykar, Wind's Fury, a 1/1 Spirit Token, and 5 lands (that produce any mana.) The only creature I control is a 6/6 Trample, Ward {1}. Opponent has a Switcheroo in hand and their ...
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Can the combo of Smothering Tithe + Faerie Mastermind + Training Grounds be interrupted by removing the Faerie?

My opponent controls Smothering Tithe, Faerie Mastermind, and Training Grounds, and they are activating Faerie Mastermind's ability repeatedly to draw their whole deck I Deadly Rollick'd their Faerie ...
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Copying Éomer, Marshal of Rohan trigger on the stack

I somehow managed to trigger Éomer, Marshal of Rohan's ability and copied it 10x on the stack. Do I get 10 combat phases? Does the triggers resolve one after another or does it empty the stack ...
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What counters can be attached to a player?

Steady Progress allows you to choose any player, and put another counter on them, of a type that already is on them. I am only aware of poison counters on players. Are there others?
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Can a creature with hexproof be targeted in a graveyard?

I am constructing a commander deck with Meren of Clan Nel Toth. Can it target creature in graveyard that has hexproof or shroud to return to hand/battlefield? The specific card in my hand is one I ...
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Is it possible to pick a vehicle as your commander?

I'm making a commander deck, I've never played or deckbuilded in this game mode. I've run across the Parhelion II card and I was wondering if it could be my commander. I know it's not a creature, but ...
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What cards discount Ninjutsu?

Thinking about making a Satoru Umezawa deck, wondering what are some good discount options for ninjutsu ability. I know about Silver-Fur Master, but I was wondering if Cloud Key will work too?
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Can a planeswalker ability be activated in response to another spell or ability?

If I cast a Lightning Helix targeting my opponent's Gideon, Ally of Zendikar on his upkeep with it having 3 Loyalty, can he in response use Gideon's plus 1 ability to put it out of Lightning Helix's ...
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Why do some cards which counter abilities say they can't counter mana abilities?

Some cards, like Voidslime, counter abilities - but they say they can't counter mana abilities. Why is that?
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How are colored mana symbols ordered?

Yesterday when I organized a part of my collection I noticed something odd. I especially looked at Flying Crane Technique and Ruhan of the Fomori. Note how Flying Crane Technique's mana cost are {3}{U}...
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Sacrificing an attacking creature that should die

In a recent game, my opponent declared his attacker with a (5/5) creature and I declared my blocker with a (2/3). I then played an Instant to make my (2/3) into a (5/3). Then my opponent used an ...

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