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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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In Magic, are you allowed to reveal what cards you have drafted to stop others from drafting the same colors?

For example, suppose I open a [bomb Boros mythic]. I reveal it, and say "Ok guys I'm drafting Boros" (with the implication that everyone else should avoid fighting me over those colors). Is ...
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How does Myrkul, Lord of Bones interact with Feign Death

Myrkul, Lord of Bones says: Whenever another nontoken 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 other ...
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Blocking with First Strike + Deathtouch

Rule 509.3 says: Third, for each blocking creature, the defending player announces that creature's damage assignment order, which consists of the creatures it's blocking in an order of that player'...
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When is it worth adding nonbasic land or artifacts to your deck over basic land?

I'm having trouble choosing a basic land over something like Orzhov Guildgate or Gruul Cluestone. Why and when would you want one of these in your deck and would it replace a basic land or augment the ...
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How do I tell which cards are "bombs" in draft?

I use the BREAD strategy for drafting, but am unsure what exactly makes a "Bomb". For example, in a Kahns of Tarkir draft I'm normally quite happy to pick a Mystic of the Hidden Way as a ...
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How are spells and abilities with the keyword "you" affected after they are suddenly under an opponent's control while on the stack? Who's "YOU"?

Suppose I want to dump a loss from Pact of the Titan on my opponent. So I play Pact of the Titan. I then play Sudden Substitution. I envision this will allow me to take one of my opponent's creatures, ...
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MTG: Transform cards & Reanimator effects

I'm building a Shirei, Shizo's Caretaker deck, and I want to include Ecstatic Awakener in it. Would an Awoken Demon (the other side of Ecstatic Awakener) hit the graveyard as Ecstatic Awakener, ...
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What happens to a permanent stolen with 'Invoke the Winds' after the thief leaves the game? [duplicate]

Player A steals a permanent from player B, via an effect like Invoke the Winds. Player A leaves the game. What happens to the stolen permanent? Does it leave the game as well, and goes in exile of its ...
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What is the most complete collection of CR versions?

To my knowledge, this is the most complete collection of versions of the Comprehensive Rules, including a diff between successive updates. However, it has been discontinued after the Ixalan update. Is ...
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Clergy of the Holy Nimbus VS Weakness

In the old days of Magic the Gathering, if Clergy of the Holy Nimbus was reduced to non-positive toughness by an effect such as Weakness, it would continuously Regenerate while the rest of the game ...
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Snakeform and buff ineractions

This came up in a game. I controlled Prossh who has an ability that gives him +1/+0 whenever I sacrifice a creature. After I sacrified 6 creatures to Prossh's ability (+6/+0), my opponent cast ...
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Source for upcoming rule changes

What is the primary source for upcoming rule changes? Who breaks the official news? I know that these changes are made publicly available before they actually take effect. For example, I found out ...
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Is an Enchantment Creature also an Enchanted Creature?

Is an Enchantment Creature also an Enchanted Creature? For example, Spiteful Returned states Whenever Spiteful Returned or enchanted creature attacks, defending player loses 2 life. If I have ...
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Kaya The Inexorable with Luxior, Giada's gift

Kaya the Inexorable has the following loyalty ability: +1: Put a ghostform counter on up to one target nontoken creature. It gains "When this creature dies or is put into exile, return it to its ...
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What happens if I turn an animated Thespian's Stage into another land during combat?

I have Thespian's Stage in play copying Raging Ravine. I animate Thespian's Stage, give it vigilance in some way, and attack. My opponent flashes in Ambush Viper and blocks. I decide I don't want ...
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Myrkul + Palisade Giant how does it work?

I was going through my cards as I worked on a Myrkul, Lord of Bones commander deck and saw my Palisade Giant. Does the giant's effect: All damage that would be dealt to you and other permanents you ...
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How are M:TG cards printed in regards to the rarity of each card?

I've seen pictures of the source sheets. They pack many different cards per plate, not one card repeated a hundread times in the same plate. Suppose that a set contains 300 cards and there are 3 ...
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How does Sundial of the Infinite help you avoid losing turns to Eater of Days?

This article on Wizards of the Coast website claims that Eater of Days "lose your next two turns" can be avoided by use of Sundial of the Infinite. I can't figure that out. There are no ...
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Does immediately ending the turn cause mana burn?

When cards such as Time Stop or Sundial of the Infinite that immediately end the turn are cast, are players subject to mana burn for excess mana in their mana pools?
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Does the attack or defender decide the order of damage assignment to blockers?

I read from the comprehensive rules guide that there is a damage assignment order, but I've always played the game as if there was a blocking order. Here is the relevant text: 509.2. Second, for ...
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Predator's Rapport and counters [duplicate]

Suppose Predator's Rapport's target has counters (for example, a few +1/+1 counters). Do the counters count when calculating the gained life? I thought power and toughness do not change after adding ...
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How does manifesting work?

If I play Soul Summons, and manifest a card from the top of my library, 1) Do I get to see the front of the card? 2) Does my opponent get to see the front of the card? 3) If I am not allowed to see ...
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Could I use Illusion of Choice to force a opponent to pay tribute?

Could I use Illusion of Choice to force an opponent to pay tribute? Does tribute count as voting? Like first casting Illusion of Choice and then a creature with tribute forcing an opponent to pick the ...
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Which keywords (besides 'mill') have been named after Magic cards?

Core Set 2021 introduced the keyword 'mill': Mill N cards (Put the top N cards from the library into your/their graveyard.) which was named after the card Millstone with the ability {2}: Take the ...
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Ways to handicap in Magic the Gathering?

I play Magic the Gathering with my kids a bit. But, the games are often very one sided (in my favor) as they haven't mastered all the rules, and intricacies of game play. For most board games, I can ...
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Mystery cards in Magic 2015 card list

If you look at the full card list for Magic 2015, at Gatherer or elsewhere, you'll see a bunch of cards listed with collectors number 270-284. What are these cards, and why are they listed as being ...
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Statistics on a booster pack (to make my own re-packs)

I have a lot of magic cards. For constructed play they are mostly worthless. I would like to pack these up into re-packs that are like booster packs. But I am not sure what cards go into a booster ...
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How do I know what cards or sets are legal to play with? [duplicate]

Can I mix older Magic the Gathering cards with cards from Magic 2015? If I have mainly Magic 2015 cards can I play my friends who mainly have older decks?
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Alaundo the Seer removing multiple last time counters at the same time

Suppose that I have 2 or more spells in exile with exactly 1 time counter on each of them. I activate Alaundo the Seer's ability to "remove a time counter from each other card you own in exile&...
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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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Animated Urborg and Humility

We all know that a really messed up rules situation must involve a Humility. So here we go. This site discusses the scenario when an Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth becomes animated (e.g. via Nissa, ...
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Is there an equivalent of gatherer for Duels of the Planeswalkers?

Gatherer is a fantastic resource for finding cards in paper magic, but does not seem to me to contain any way of getting only Duels of the Planeswalkers cards. Neither the Expansion, Format or Block ...
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Full written card lists for sets MTG

Is there anywhere where I can get a full card list just names for sets without all the mana costing and text or pictures. for example in the form: Card one card two card three and so forth.
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Where can I find a printable checklist for cards and books for Magic's recent sets?

I want a complete printable checklist for Magic the Gathering sets. I want checklists for the Kamigawa, Amonket, game night, Ixalan complete sets. That is all the cards in these series so I can mark ...
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Is Boseiju, who Endures' channel ability blocked by protection from green?

Card in question: Boseiju, who Endures I'd normally expect Boseiju's channel ability to be colorless because it's a land with no color identity. In the same vein, to my understanding, Forests are not ...
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What blue and/or black options exist for moving +1/+1 counters?

I am making a Szadek, Lord of Secrets deck, and I am looking for cards that can move +1/+1 (or similar) counters from one of my creatures to him. For instance, if I have a bunch of +1/+1 counters on ...
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Want to find a website listing MTG groups in Japan [closed]

I want to find a group to play MTG with in Japan near my area that speaks English rather than Japanese, but I have been unsuccessful in finding a website that lists groups other than those located in ...
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Can more lands be tapped for mana than needed?

I was playing with a friend last night, and during one of our games i miscalculated the amount of mana needed to activate various abilities on my permanents. I ended up tapping too many lands (2 too ...
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Martyrdom: how many instances of damage?

Martyrdom was errata’d, and its current oracle text seems to have significant functional differences compared to its printed text: it now redirects damage 1 by 1, instead of all at once. I have an ...
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How can I reduce the planar die "whiff factor" with house rules?

I like to play Planechase sometimes. Mostly this variant, which gives players some additional choices when planswalking. However, the most annoying part of Planechase is that the planar die has such a ...
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Can Augusta, Dean of Order's abilities be used twice if I have two in play?

Let's say I have two Augusta, Dean of Order and one Oreskos Sun Guide in play. One Augusta would allow Oreskos's Inspired ability Whenever Oreskos Sun Guide becomes untapped, you gain 2 life. to ...
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Remove bestow target, does it become a creature?

If my opponent was to cast bestow onto a creature, and i then remove the creature, does the bestow get countered and go to the graveyard, or does it become a creature?
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Intentionally Not Announcing Triggered Abilities Until Just Before They Would Be Considered Missed

In Magic the Gathering, the Infraction Procedure Guide details what it means for the announcement of a player's triggered ability to be missed, as a function of what category of effect the triggered ...
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Are there specific names for the signature images in the Ravnica guilds?

Each 2 colour combination has its own name and it's own picture used on cards that have both colours involved (generally in the background of the card text). Do the pictures themselves have a name ...
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What's the name of the type of expansion set "packs" that MTG players can buy at release events?

I've heard that MTG vendors can have release events for expansion sets. During these events, players can spend a relatively small amount (say, $20 bucks) and get a collection of cards from that set (...
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How do I calculate Mulligan probability?

I am playing a game of Commander and I have a deck of 99 cards. In this deck are 37 lands. Using a hypergeometric calculator it returned a 29.12% chance of drawing exactly 3 Lands on a 7 card draw ...
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Do MTG Core sets contain new (never before seen) cards? How does this compare with expansion sets?

(I clearly didn't format my prior question appropriately so I'll rephrase things). Do MTG Core sets contain new (never before seen) cards? Or is it just cards for the prior year's expansion set? ...
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Sacrifice Garna before ETB resolves

Garna, the Bloodflame has an ETB (enter the battlefield) effect that states that I may "return to your hand all creature cards in your graveyard that were put there from anywhere this turn". ...
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Dictate of Erebos and Undercity Informer stack question

Situation: My opponent has Dictate of Erebos out ("Whenever a creature you control dies, each opponent sacrifices a creature."). He then attacks me with one of his creatures; I defend, ...
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Why does Mana-Burn exist in Magic: The Gathering?

My understanding of Mana-Burn is that if you have any left over mana in your mana-pool at the end of your turn, you loose that many life. But why is this rule necessary? The only time I see it come ...

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