Questions tagged [magic-the-gathering]

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 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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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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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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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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“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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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If a Devotion God had a tap ability, would it be able to tap on the turn it came in if you didn't have enough devotion?

If a Theros God that requires a certain Devotion enters the battlefield where you do not have enough devotion to fulfill the requirement to make it a creature does it still have summoning sickness for ...
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Are basic lands legal in every format by definition?

I've been told offhand that basic lands are always legal in every sanctioned format, as a special rule. This would mean that I could play a Wastes in a Standard deck, since they're basic lands. ...
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How long can the spells exiled with Lukka, Coppercoat Outcast be cast?

The question is simple when does a creature exiled by Lukka, Coppercoat Outcast's first ability lose "You may cast this card from exile as long as you control a Lukka planeswalker" ability? ...
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Can Feasting Troll King be countered when it returns to the battlefield?

If I return my Feasting Troll King from my graveyard using its activated ability: Sacrifice three Foods: Return Feasting Troll King from your graveyard to the battlefield. Activate this ability only ...
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What if somebody used counterfeit/proxy basic lands in an official MTG tournament?

It seems clear to me that if you use counterfeit nonbasic/nonland cards in an official tournament you're likely to get disqualified or even banned. But what happens if somebody would play counterfeit ...
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Can I get my Exquisite Archangel back by bouncing it in response to the lose the game trigger and still not lose?

If I cast Boomerang targeting my own Exquisite Archangel in response to the Exquisite Archangel trigger will the trigger still reset my life total or will the trigger fizzle because it can't see the ...
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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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Priority during declare blockers and attackers step [duplicate]

If I decide not to attack my opponent, do players still gain priority in declare attackers step? And the same with blockers, if there are no blockers declared for some reason, can players do anything? ...
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Can you negate an adventure spell?

Can I Negate the instant/sorcery part of an adventure spell? Say, someone casts Stomp from bonecrusher giant. Can I negate it?
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Can you have same Legendary Creature on the battlefield twice utilizing the Mutate ability?

If you have mutated on top of a legendary creature, are you then legally able to cast onto the battlefield another of the same legendary creature card?
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Can triggered effects occur even though a creature has summmoning sickness?

During my previous turn I had cast onto the battlefield Aven Wind Mage, which has the ability: Whenever you cast an instant or sorcery spell, Aven Wind Mage gets +1/+1 until end of turn. On their ...
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Bruvac: Specifying Mill

With the new card Bruvac, the Grandiloquent, and the reformatting of mill as a keyword, I have a couple questions. It specifically defines "if an opponent would mill one or more cards." Are ...
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Lochmere Serpent's ability

If I want to use Lochmere Serpent's first ability, can I tap an island for mana and sacrifice the same island? {U}, Sacrifice an Island: Lochmere Serpent can't be blocked this turn.
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Can Etrata 'hit' commanders and count them toward game loss?

Etrata, the Silencer has this ability: Whenever Etrata deals combat damage to a player, exile target creature that player controls and put a hit counter on that card. That player loses the game if ...
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What happens if a permanent is made to gain and then lose an ability, or vice versa?

Rayami, First of the Fallen is on the battlefield, and currently has hexproof due to a creature exiled by her effect. The opponent then activates Shadowspear to remove hexproof. My questions are: ...
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Ordering of Triggers

If I have Terror of the Peaks on the board, play Storm Herald and target Colossification, can I order triggers so Storm Herald is enchanted with Colossification before Terror of the Peaks' ability ...
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Does having one or two tap effects change anything for MtG dual lands?

On MtG Arena, there is a notable difference between the shocklands and the other dual lands: the shocklands have two separate tap effects for the two colours: while the other dual lands (e.g. the ...
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Casual playing of Magic the Gathering MTG [closed]

me and my GF started playing casual MTG together. I used to play so I know alot about the game and i taught her already so we know about playing. I had alot of cards from past but now we bought "...
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What is the outcome if my board state is as follows, Bludgeon Brawl, Mycosynth Lattice, and any Planeswalker?

If I control any planeswalker, Mycosynth Lattice All permanents are artifacts in addition to their other types. All cards that aren't on the battlefield, spells, and permanents are colorless. and ...
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Can I Shatter a Lotus Petal, using mana from the Lotus Petal to pay for Shatter?

I was just thinking about the differences between how Magic is played and how the rules describe its play. In particular, I see most people cast a spell this way: Tap mana, Put spell on stack, ...

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