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.

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
1
vote
2answers
8k views

Is a 'Can't be countered' ability the same as 'protection From' or 'Can't be targeted?'

Abrupt Decay, Loxodon Smiter and other Return to Ravnica cards have an ability that reads '{card name} can't be counterd by spells or abilites'. Does this mean it is not a legal target for a counter ...
3
votes
2answers
346 views

Render Silent and Abrupt Decay

If I cast render silent targeting abrupt decay, will my opponent still be unable to cast spells for the rest of the turn?
6
votes
1answer
3k views

What happens if you activate a loyalty ability from a creature instead of a planeswalker?

An answer on another question tells of a way to give loyalty abilities to creatures: Basically you start by playing the Mycosynth Lattice which turns all your permanents into artifacts, this ...
4
votes
2answers
1k views

How does Switcheroo affect equipment and Unsummon?

So I had a Creature equipped with Bladed Bracers and my opponent pulled out Switcheroo against my equipped creature. My Questions are: 1. Does he also get the Bladed Bracers with my creature since ...
5
votes
1answer
5k views

Can you counter a Loyalty Ability?

I am confused by this rule: 606.1. Some activated abilities are loyalty abilities, which are subject to special rules. Now that seems to imply that a Loyalty ability is an activated ability which ...
1
vote
1answer
330 views

What happens if a transform trigger is copied?

Similarly to my previous question, what happens when a miracle trigger is copied?, Strionic Resonator, a new card printed in Magic 2014 could also be used to copy a transform trigger such as on ...
1
vote
2answers
3k views

Does "each creature" include all creatures on the battlefield?

I'm referring to Pyroclasm. I want to make sure it deals damage to all creatures on the battlefield.
2
votes
2answers
391 views

Do other creatures have to survive to deal damage back to Alpha Brawl's target?

When Alpha Brawl is played, after the target creature deals damage to the opponents creatures, do only the ones that survive do damage back?
7
votes
1answer
275 views

Is there a naming convention for the various standard-formats as they existed throughout history?

It's very typical to say "current standard". Right now that means Innistrad (with Dark Ascension, Avacyn Restored, and M13) and Return to Ravnica (with Gatecrash, Dragon's Maze, and soon to come M14). ...
4
votes
2answers
1k views

What happens if I tap Aetherling to attack and in my 2nd main phase I exile it?

I'm talking about this card: In my interpretation if I exile it after I tapped it to attack I instantly get it back untapped before the opponent's turn starts. Am I right?
8
votes
2answers
8k views

Interactions of multiple Parallel Lives

If I have two Parallel Lives, and I have a Doomed Traveler that just died, how many Spirit tokens would I put into play?
9
votes
3answers
2k views

Should we take good cards out for better cards while sideboarding (magic 2014 rules update)?

It has been announced, among other changes, that you are allowed to increase the number of cards in your deck beyond 60 while side boarding. Meaning you can bring 5 cards in and not have to take 5 ...
5
votes
2answers
612 views

Does an ability that increase the number of creatures affect the instant or sorcery that triggers it?

(For example) Talrand, Sky Summoner has the ability: Whenever you cast an instant or sorcery spell, put a 2/2 blue Drake creature token with flying onto the battlefield. If I have cast an instant ...
4
votes
1answer
3k views

Sacrificing to regenerate from Supreme Verdict

I have Varolz, the Scar-Striped out along with a few minor creatures. My opponent on his turn casts Supreme Verdict. Before the Verdict resolves can I use Varolz's regenerate ability by sacrificing ...
2
votes
1answer
835 views

How to play a planeswalker such as Sorin, Lord of Innistrad?

When playing Sorin, Lord of Innistrad, I know I add 1 loyalty counter at my upkeep. However if I have 6 loyalty my questions are: Can I play the -2 ability twice or only once per upkeep? My other ...
1
vote
3answers
802 views

How to play Ring of Valkas?

My understanding is that artifacts and equipment are permanents. When playing the Ring of Valkas, it states that at the beginning of every upkeep you can add a +1/+1 counter to equipped creature. My ...
6
votes
5answers
9k views

MTG Gatecrash Simic Strategies for a Prerelease event

I am going to be playing this weekend at the prerelease of Gatecrash, with the chosen guild of Simic. Now the core strategy of Simic is to grow relentlessly, using the Evolve mechanic (whenever a ...
7
votes
2answers
1k views

Is the bloodrush ability affected by cards that reduce casting cost?

If I'm playing Wrecking Ogre, a spell with Bloodrush 3RR and have a Ruby Medallion out (all red spells cost 1 less to play) does this also affect the Bloodrush? In the same vein, can I use ...
13
votes
2answers
7k views

Can I pump my blocker after the attacker has chosen their order, before damage assignment?

The answer to this question about blockers and summoning sickness, reminded me of a seldom treaded area of the combat phase, which has caused confusion in a number of games. When blockers are ...
6
votes
1answer
1k views

Do I or my planeswalker need to take damage for Blood Reckoning to trigger?

If I have Blood Reckoning on the battlefield and an opponent targets me or my planeswalker with his creatures, but I block the full attack with my creatures, does this still activate? Or do I or my ...
3
votes
2answers
2k views

Can I use both abilities of Tainted Field? What's the difference?

When using Tainted Field, can I use both abilities if I have a Swamp? I was told I can only use one ability or the other but not both, but I do not understand the benefit of using one over the other. ...
5
votes
2answers
1k views

Does a player with a recurring action need to remind other players each time it would take affect?

For example, when using Sulfuric Vortex does its owner need to remind each player at the beginning of their upkeep to take the damage? Or is a case of, if its owner forgets to tell you, then you do ...
1
vote
1answer
5k views

Do creatures with Defender ability die?

If Angelic Wall (0/4) blocks a creature with a power of 5, would Angelic Wall die? My brother is playing Magic 2013 on his iPad, and basically when his creatures with Defender (the ability) blocks a ...
3
votes
1answer
2k views

Can I use Lingering Souls' flashback ability the same turn I cast it normally?

For Lingering Souls once the spell is played on my turn it is put into the graveyard. However if I have enough mana can I instantly play the flashback ability or do I need to wait until my next turn ...
4
votes
2answers
22k views

Do creatures with summoning sickness deal damage while blocking? [duplicate]

I know creatures with summoning sickness can not attack unless they have haste. My brother is using this to his defense as if you use a 3/3 creature with summoning sickness to block an attack from a 2/...
0
votes
3answers
446 views

When can you cast Flash after casting Collective Voyage?

After you've cast Collective Voyage, do you wait for everyone to pay and then respond with Flash, or do you have to respond immediately?
0
votes
1answer
494 views

What is the name the creature that is X/X where X is the number of sorcery and Instant cards in your graveyard? [closed]

I saw a creature in standard who's power and toughness are equal to the number of sorcery and instant cards in your graveyard. Does anyone know the name of this card?
6
votes
1answer
530 views

Does the game end immediately when one player reaches 0 life?

Player A is at 6life, Player B at 20 life. Player A resolves a Scapeshift and sacrifices 9 lands for 3 Valakut, the Molten Pinnacles and 6 Mountains. This will trigger 18 times 3 damage (I think). In ...
4
votes
2answers
14k views

Why should I buy Booster Packs over Battle Packs?

While grabbing some booster packs today I saw a Booster Battle Pack. Looked them up online to see what they were and grabbed one. Doing the math, I determined the following: Booster Pack - $0.26 / ...
3
votes
1answer
499 views

Wort, Boggart Auntie and Goblins with Echo

So, I've got an EDH deck featuring Wort, Boggart Auntie as my General. I really want to exploit her ability for all it's worth, so I've been looking for different goblins that have "Enters the ...
6
votes
2answers
377 views

First strike and bioshift

Player A's board consists of: 1/1 first strike with 4 +1/+1 counters 1/1 creature Player B's board consists of: 2/2 lifelink creature Player B has 5 life and has to block the creature with 4 +1/+...
6
votes
3answers
4k views

If Koth of the Hammer's plus one ability ends at end of turn, doesn't it make it useless?

How does Koth of the Hammer's plus one ability work when it ends right after you use it and the Mountain turned into a creature has summoning sickness (part of the rulings on Gatherer)?
8
votes
1answer
2k views

Dimir Doppelganger becoming Lazav, Dimir Mastermind

I have a few clarification questions regarding what happens after I use the activated ability of Dimir Doppelganger to target a Lazav, Dimir Mastermind that's sitting in a graveyard. For simplicity, I ...
2
votes
2answers
654 views

Can an opponent destroy an Iron Maiden during their upkeep to avoid taking damage from it?

I'll lay out the situation. I have an Iron Maiden in play. My opponent begins his turn with 10 cards in his hand (including a Disenchant), and 1 life. Iron Maiden's ability triggers at the ...
5
votes
2answers
536 views

If my opponent tries to resolve a triggered ability out of order, did they miss their opportunity to do so?

My opponent controls a tapped Nettle Sentinel, and has cast 1 copy of Glimpse of Nature this turn. They then play an Elvish Visionary, and in response I do nothing. The stack starts to resolve and ...
4
votes
1answer
920 views

Do Untap triggers still trigger when the creature is untapped?

I control an untapped Goblin Sharpshooter, My opponent controls a 3/3 Beast Token, I Cast Lightning Bolt on the Beast, to kill it. Do I have to tap my Sharpshooter before the beast dies to get the ...
7
votes
2answers
2k views

How does casting a card for its miracle cost interact with cost modifying abilities?

If I reveal and cast a miracle like Temporal Mastery, Bonfire of the Damned or Entreat the Angels, When I am choosing a value for X, must it take into account effects like Thalia, Guardian of Thraben ...
7
votes
1answer
1k views

How do Lazav, Dimir Mastermind and Vigor work together in Magic the Gathering?

Say I have Lazav, Dimir Mastermind and Vigor on the battlefield and Vigor dies. Lazav's ability triggers and I have him become a copy of Vigor. Does he now apply Vigor's ability to himself as well, ...
17
votes
1answer
6k views

What is the Power/Toughness of a */* when it is not on the battlefield?

If a creature has a P/T of * / *, but is not the battlefield, What is it's P/T with regards to effects that care about P/T such as Wild Pair and Varolz, the Scar-Striped. If I used Varolz, the ...
1
vote
1answer
2k views

Glaring Spotlight anti-hexproof work on enchantments

Does the Glaring Spotlight's anti-hexproof work on enchantments? So if a creature is not hexproof but has an enchantment such as Alpha Authority, does it still cancel the hexproof?
6
votes
1answer
1k views

Will Counterbalance counter storm copies?

Counterbalance allows you to reveal the top card of your library whenever a spell is played, and counter it if the revealed card has the same mana cost. If an opponent has cast several spells to ramp ...
6
votes
2answers
13k views

Does Thrumming Stone ripple after ripple

The card Thrumming Stone says: Spells you cast have ripple 4. (Whenever you cast a spell, you may reveal the top four cards of your library. You may cast any revealed cards with the same name as ...
5
votes
1answer
283 views

Can I extort Launch Party with the creature I'm sacrificing?

If I control exactly 1 Basilica Screecher, and I cast Launch Party sacrificing my Basilica Screecher, can I still use Basilica Screecher to extort on Launch Party?
12
votes
2answers
19k views

How do two Notion Thieves interact with each other?

Notion Thief's text reads: If an opponent would draw a card except the first one he or she draws in each of his or her draw steps, instead that player skips that draw and you draw a card. When ...
6
votes
3answers
3k views

Can someone Bioshift counters off a creature after combat damage has been assigned?

A friend has a Primordial Hydra with 10 +1/+1 counters on it, giving it trample. I block it with a Vampire Nighthawk, causing it to die. My friend then uses Bioshift to take the counters off "in ...
3
votes
2answers
3k views

When should I activate Man Lands and Keyrunes in order to attack with them?

Some lands and artifacts have abilities which allow them to be animated, and turned into creatures until end of turn. Examples include Inkmoth Nexus, Blinkmoth Nexus, Azorious Keyrune, Treetop Village ...
1
vote
1answer
1k views

Can I have multiple copies of a creature with Cipher?

As far as I understand, Cipher works like so: when a card that contains Cipher is cast, you encode it onto a spell on the battlefield, like a creature for example. Every time that creature attacks and ...
7
votes
2answers
953 views

What happens if Ravager of the Fells can't target an opponent?

Ravager of the Fells (the flip-side of Huntmaster of the Fells) says, Whenever this creature transforms into Ravager of the Fells, it deals 2 damage to target opponent and 2 damage to up to one ...
6
votes
2answers
2k views

Does activating Sensei's Divining Top make me miss my counterbalance trigger?

I have Sensei's Divining Top and Counterbalance on the table, with plenty of mana. My opponent casts a spell (for the sake of argument, lets say they cast Naturalize). I say "In response, spin the ...
0
votes
1answer
100 views

Where can I find reviews of a set once it's established?

The only set reviews I can find are when the set first comes out. Does anybody know of a reputable site that reviews the cards after a few months when the cards are more established? I am more ...

1
84 85
86
87 88
91