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. 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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Leyline of Combustion w/ two Pandemonium triggers

If player A controls two (2) Pandemonium and player B controls Leyline of Combustion, how would this resolve. Player A has a creature enter the battlefield and has it deal damage to player B twice ...
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Activating Golos during another player’s turn

Golos, Tireless Pilgrim's ability can be activated during another players turn, but does doing so allow you to still play the cards if it is not your turn? The ability text says you may play those ...
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What was the first Infinite Combo in Magic: The Gathering?

I started wondering when the first time an infinite combo was possible in Magic: The Gathering. I went through Alpha and, as far as I could tell, there wasn't an infinite combo available among the ...
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Are “infinite loops” legal? [duplicate]

With this question I intend to clarify whether the game situations in which "infinite loops" are created can be considered legal; and, if they are not, if there are formats in which they are legal. ...
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How does Ashiok, Dream Render interact with the Vigor/Hostility and Profane Memento cards?

I have questions regarding this ruling on Ashiok, Dream Render: If Ashiok’s last ability targets an opponent, the cards put into their graveyard will be among the cards exiled by the ability. No ...
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Is it possible to copy a Legend that is on the battlefield on your side?

Following up on this question: in the current rules a player can't control two Legends of the same name simultaneously. However, suppose I do one of the following: I summon a Clone copying another ...
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Can a player choose to not pay {0}?

I cast a spell, and then my opponent casts Thassa's Intervention targeting my spell, choosing 0 for X. Can I choose to have my spell countered? Or have I automatically paid {0}. It seems that ...
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What happens if the Heliod/Spike Feeder combo meets the Heliod/Walking Ballista combo?

Alice's board: Heliod, Sun-Crowned, Spike Feeder equipped with Swiftfoot Boots Bob's board: Heliod, Sun-Crowned, Walking Ballista, 2 mana to activate Heliod The turn prior, Alice played the infinite ...
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how is my deck deck list? [closed]

I'm building a Teysa Karlov commander deck. I have a couple of win cons in the deck like revel in riches and pitiless plunderer with Teysa Karlov makes the treasures supper fast. I also have infinite ...
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What happens when Teysa Karlov is equipped with Helm of the Host?

What happens when you equip Helm of the Host to Teysa Karlov? do the Teysas trigger each other making infinite copies of the death trigger? Because my thinking is that it says when a triggered ability ...
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Do enchantments attached to Bruna, Light of Alabaster trigger on the same attack/block instance?

Question 1: I have Bruna on the field, and I attack, triggering her effect. I attach Ordeal of Thassa using her effect. I am inclined to conclude that Ordeal's effect doesn't trigger during this ...
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Stealing Emissary of Grudges

Player A plays Emissary of Grudges and chooses Player B. Player C steals Emissary of Grudges with Mind Control. Can Player C look at the named player? Can they activate the ability and reveal the ...
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Jace's Erasure with Prosperity

If I have a Jace's Erasure (Whenever you draw a card, you may have target player mill 1) out and cast Prosperity (Each player draws X cards), since we both draw at the same time, for each card ...
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What is “Z generic mana”?

According to the MtG wiki, the symbol is a "Generic mana symbol", specifically representing Generic mana in costs that only can be paid with mana from a source that can produce two or more colors ...
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What cards were never allowed in Commander?

The Commander format has a relatively big ban-list. Which cards were banned upon Commander/EDH becoming a format? Which cards never got the chance to justify their ban on the fields of battle?
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Open the Graves and blocking segment

Let's assume the following situation: On the battlefield on my side lying these permanents: Open the Graves, Thallid Soothsayer and another non-token creature. My opponent is attacking me with two ...
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Vigilance and a tap ability

I'm attacking with a creature that has vigilance. After I declare him attacking, may I activate his ability before blockers are declared? His ability is pay 1 white and tap to tap Target creature. My ...
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Auras & Humble or Kasmina's transmutation [duplicate]

Let's say there's a 2/2 Bear on the battlefield. I'm thinking of the results of cards like Humble (Until end of turn, target creature loses all abilities and has base power and toughness 0/1.) or ...
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Emissary of Grudges vs. Annihilator

If I have Emissary of Grudges on the battlefield and my secretly chosen player controls a creature with Annihilator which attacks me, can I activate Emissary of Grudges and choose a new target for ...
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When is Garbage time and when to scoop to it?

This is a dual question but the answer from the first part directly leads into the second. Watching Magic the gathering streamers I've heard the term "Garbage Time" used occasionally. It typically ...
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Can creatures with Defender be unmorphed while attacking?

I have a face down Monastery Flock card on the battlefield. I begin my attack phase, and declare the face down Monastery Flock as an attacker. The defending player blocks with Llanowar Elves, then ...
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Order of enter the battlefield effects in multiplayer (Warp World)

In a four player EDH game, Player 1 casts Warp World. Each player begins by shuffling their permanents into their library. Player 2 has a Banisher Priest on the battlefield, which currently has a ...
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Casting Emry, Lurker of the Loch with Gilded Goose & food tokens

Emry, Lurker of the Loch costs 1 generic mana less for each artifact I control. Gilded Goose can turn my food tokens into mana. Let's say I have Goose, food token, and a land in play. Emry is ...
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Expansion // Explosion and Alms Collector

If I have an Alms Collector and my opponent casts Explosion where X is 4 targeting himself and my Alms Collector, should Alms Collector still replace the draw 4 effect? I assume because Alms ...
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Ixalan's Binding and Ashiok, Nightmare Muse

I cast Ixalan's Binding, and its etb targets and exiles my opponent's Rampaging Baloths. Later in the game I use the -7 on Ashiok, Nightmare Muse, choosing to cast my opponent's exiled Rampaging ...
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Responding to a dynamic value trigger which could change the same value

If I attack with a Thundering Djinn, and in response to its trigger with something that would draw me additional cards (let’s say +2 cards and have only drawn your Draw step prior.). Will the damage ...
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Medomai's Prophecy Repeated

I have a few related questions about Medomai's Prophecy, which has the relevant Chapter abilities: II - Choose a card name. III - When you cast a spell with the chosen name for the first time ...
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Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx vs Contamination

In my current meta one of the players likes to play Contamination. If I have a Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx in play, and my opponent has a Contamination, would it be possible to produce non-black mana with ...
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Killing opponent's Arclight Phoenixes with Massacre Girl, with Cauldron Familiar in graveyard

My board: 5 lands, Cauldron Familiar in graveyard, food token Opponent's board: 1 untapped red mana, 2 Arclight Phoenix, Shock in hand I want to play Massacre Girl and sweep up opponent's board. ...
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Does a saga's ability resolve in time to save the saga?

Suppose I have a Time of Ice and Opalescence on the battlefield. My Time of Ice (which is a creature) is at two lore counters and won't untap during my next turn because of my opponent's sleep. Does ...
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Who draws a card from Curious Obsession?

If I have enchanted an opponent's creature with Curious Obsession, which player draws the card after damage is dealt?
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Is it possible, controlling Vesuvan Doppelganger, to have two legends with the same name in play at the same time?

According to the Legend rule, Legendary Creatures - or simply Legends - can be summoned only if a Legend with the same name as the one a player would like to summon is not already in play. This ...
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What is the most mana that can be produced by tapping a single permanent in future standard?

After Theros: Beyond Death is added to standard, what will be the most mana a permanent can be tapped to produce? Rules: Current standard sets and Theros: Beyond Death are legal No infinite combos ...
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Starfield Field of Nyx and Mirror March

If you cast a Mirror March and have five enchantments on the battlefield, including a Starfield of Nyx and another Mirror March, does the preexisting Mirror March copy the Mirror March that you just ...
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Inalla, Archmage Ritualist and Sage of Fables interaction?

I'm curious, when you cast Sage of Fables and copy it with Inalla do both the original and the copy come in with +1/+1 counters? or does just the copy? Reading this question about Inalla and Disciple ...
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Is there a Magic the Gathering card that resembles The Hanged Man Tarot card?

I have been looking for any card which has artwork resembling an entity dangling upside down but with no luck. Potential ideas could be something to do with the Rakdos circus, an over-confident ...
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Does Cycling a card to trigger an ability allow you to target a creature protected by the color of the card you're cycling?

If I'm going to use the Cycle ability of a card of a certain color, and that activated ability is connected with a triggered ability that needs to choose a target for its correct resolution, it is ...
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Return a creature with an adventure to hand, can i cast the instant/sorcery again?

Will returning Brazen Borrower from the battlefield to my hand using the -3 ability of Teferi, Time Raveler enable me to cast Petty Theft again? The rulings say nothing against it but I have the ...
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What effects can modify mana abilities and be affected by Mana Relfection and Nyxbloom Ancient?

Considering the following: Mana abilities come in two forms, Activated and Triggered Nyxbloom Ancient/Mana Reflection only works with Activated abilities of a permanent being tapped Triggered ...
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When can opponents react to the lifegain from the mana ability of Pristine Talisman?

I have a Pristine Talisman on the board, alongside a Well of Lost Dreams. I activate the Talisman to add 1 mana and gain 1 life. Gatherer says 01.06.2011 Pristine Talisman has a mana ability. ...
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Casting instants between first strike/normal strike combat phases [duplicate]

Let's say I have a 1/1 with first strike that's attacking and blocked by a vanilla 4/4. It deals first strike damage, but that's not enough to kill the defending creature. Right now, the attacking ...
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How much mana does tapping a Forest make, with Nikya of the Old Ways & Nyxbloom Ancient?

I have Nikya of the Old Ways out on the battlefield: Whenever you tap a land for mana, add one mana of any type that land produced. I play Nyxbloom Ancient: If you tap a permanent for mana, it ...
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A specific case of First Strike/Normal Strike Combat Phase, with spells cast in between [duplicate]

Taking up a theme already discussed with the question - "Q: Is it still possible to assign combat damage, and return the creature back to its owner's hand?" - which has already had its negative answer,...
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Do you have to pay the commander tax if you have an Omniscience in play?

If you have an Omniscience in play, will you still have to pay the commander tax or do you get to play your commander completely for free? Or is it the case that Omniscience will only ever make my ...
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How does Haktos the Unscarred's protection ability work if no number was chosen?

Haktos the Unscarred has an unusual pair of abilties: As Haktos enters the battlefield, choose 2, 3, or 4 at random. Haktos has protection from each converted mana cost other than the chosen ...
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What happens to other land types (e.g. Legendary/Artifact) when some effects change the basic land types?

Taking up a topic already addressed, for example, with the question: What happens when two global enchantments affect the same type of permanent (e.g.lands), with this question I would like to add a ...
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Tiana, Ship's Caretaker and Kaya's Ghostform

Tiana, Ship's Caretaker is a somewhat unique effect that lets all auras and equipment that go to your graveyard return to your hand. Kaya's Ghostform will bring a creature or planeswalker ...
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Are there any ways to lose in a “You can't lose the game” game?

Would cards like Lich's Mastery, and Door to Nothingness effect each other at all? Or Platinum Angel for that matter?
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Is it not popular to play with old standard decks?

It seems not common to play a format where you would be allowed to play with any deck that was once legal at the end of a Standard rotation. I think I would enjoy it because that format has a lower ...
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MTG. Untapping a tapped creature that just got put on the battlefield [duplicate]

I used a card that said "For every instant and sorcery card in your graveyard, put a tapped 2/2 zombie token on the battlefield." After this, I had a card that said "Untap all non-land permanents you ...