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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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Are copied Flashback cards cast from the graveyard? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Are copied spells cast from the graveyard? If a card like Increasing Devotion is copied and its Flashback cost has been paid, does the copy count as being cast from a ...
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Are gates too slow for constructed play?

Gates are of a cycle of dual lands coming out in Return to Ravnica. There's a gate for each guild (WU, BG, UR, BR, GW), but they always enter the battlefield tapped. These are in stark contrast to the ...
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How do Heartless Hidetsugu and Gisela interact?

Let's say that I have Gisela, Blade of Goldnight in play and my opponent controls Heartless Hidetsugu. We both have 20 life. When Heartless Hidetsugu is tapped, each player takes 10 damage, which is ...
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When to choose what colors I will play and vary my picks accordingly?

In the first round of a draft, I usually just pick the best card from every pack. After that I look at what I've picked, try to pick good on-color card in the second pack, and pick whatever my deck ...
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Archetypes in triple Avacyn Restored draft

What good archetypes have you found in triple Avacyn Restored draft? I'm looking for strategies, color combinations and core cards for each deck type. Maybe you found something that was surprisingly ...
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How is legality of blockers determined?

Lure says: All creatures able to block enchanted creature do so. I know that players cannot be forced to pay extra costs (via War Cadence for example) in order to make a creature a legal blocker, ...
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Am I forced to choose targets for "may" abilities?

Lets say my opponent is attacking with Necropede and Phantasmal Dragon. There are no other creatures on the battlefield. I cast Doom Blade on the Necropede. Is my opponent forced to choose a target ...
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Why doesn't Undying trigger if a creature with +1/+1 counters dies from -1/-1 counters?

From the Dark Ascension FAQ: If a creature with undying that has a +1/+1 counter on it receives enough -1/-1 counters to cause it to be destroyed by lethal damage or put into its owner's graveyard ...
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Does Infect count as damage?

I have a card named Dissipation Field that reads, "Whenever a permanent deals damage to you, return it to its owner's hand." If my opponent attacks me with a creature with infect (i.e. ...
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Is there an unofficial term for an artifact that produces mana?

Some terms have an unofficial but widely known meaning in Magic jargon. For example, a "cantrip" is a spell that lets you draw a card, and a "bear" is a vanilla 2/2 (with "vanilla" having its own ...
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Undying vs first strike

What happens when an undying creature dies being dealt damage by a creature with first strike in a combat? For example: If Nearheath Stalker blocks an Abattoir Ghoul and dies will he deal combat ...
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What happens to an Inkmoth Nexus that has had Tezzeret, Agent of Bolas' -1 ability used on it?

From my initial expectations I'd expect otherwise, but I was recently told at a tournament that an activated Inkmoth Nexus that had been the target of Tezzeret, Agent of Bolas' -1 ability ("Target ...
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Why creature enchantments aren't playable?

I've read an article recently about the M 2013 core set and it states that: Well, everyone knows creature enchantments aren’t playable... Why exactly creature enchantments aren't playable? I'm ...
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Does a Angel of Glory's Rise and a Fiend Hunter combo work like I think it does?

The scene I envision is that I have a graveyard full of humans, one of which is a Fiend Hunter. I play Angel of Glory's Rise and put all my humans from my graveyard and onto the battlefield, and when ...
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What cards or types of cards are substantially more/less useful in Two-Headed-Giant than in 'normal' Magic?

I'm just getting into Two-Headed-Giant games, and have noticed that some cards become far more powerful while others become much less powerful. For instance, landwalk cards become better because your ...
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Where do Auras go when a card is put on top of its owner's library?

Say a player casts a card that returns a permanent to the top of owner's library, for example Banishment Decree, and the targeted creature card he chooses has two Auras enchanting it. Where do the ...
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Does a creature returned by the Undying effect have summoning sickness? [duplicate]

As far as I understand the undying ability, a creature returned to the battlefield by its undying effect with a +1/+1 counter on it is considered a new object. Due to this it cannot attack if it ...
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Does deathtouch kill Phantom creatures?

Does a Phantom creature, one with the ability "If damage would be dealt to Phantom {Creature}, prevent that damage. Remove a +1/+1 counter from Phantom {Creature}.", that has taken damage from a ...
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How has the rise of limited formats affected MTG set design?

One of the great thing about playing limited is that you have to work with what you've got, no matter how bad it is. This means that even some of the worst cards will occasionally see limited play ...
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If I search for a Miracle and put it in my hand, can I cast it for its Miracle cost?

Lets say I use Mystical Teachings to grab Thunderous Wrath out of my library during my upkeep and put it in my hand. Can I then cast Thunderous Wrath for its Miracle cost?
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How can I improve a Zombie deck to work faster?

I created a deck with the new expansion (Dark Ascension) using the cards I got from a couple of boosters last week. My initial deck form is [Zombies Nightmare] (created by me) but I feel like it ...
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In multiplayer, what happens if a player you're attacking dies before combat damage is dealt?

I can't work this one out. For example: I declare a creature attacking one of my opponents (who's on 5 life). Before he/she declares blockers another player casts Beacon of Destruction (or similar), ...
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Mistakes a beginner should avoid in Magic the Gathering with more than 2 players

I have been playing Magic the Gathering for several years now and I have a solid understanding of basic strategy and deck building. Until now I have only played against a single opponent. Magic the ...
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Mana fixing in a Cube

I am building a cube and was wondering how much mana fixing is necessary to build a fun cube? Is it necessary to have all the fetch lands and revised duals or shock lands to make sure that the ...
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Do copied spells use the original's casting location?

Let's say I flashback an Increasing Vengeance in order to copy a Shock twice. Then, I cast Reverberate from my hand targeting the Increasing Vengeance which in turn will also copy the Shock. Will ...
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When should you side lands in and out?

Some Magic writers advise players to side out a land when on the draw in Limited, in order to improve the probability of drawing a strong starting hand. Is it reasonable to do the same (side out a ...
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Can Morbid be triggered after the Morbid creature is cast?

I have a Deranged Outcast and no other creatures in play, and I have an Ulvenwald Bear in hand. I would like to: Cast the Bear and put the Morbid trigger on the stack Have the Deranged Outcast ...
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Do weak decks win a disproportionate amount of multiplayer FFA games?

Some people ignore weak decks in a multiplayer FFA setting. They believe that because a deck's card quality is poor that leaving that player basically unmolested, and not expending resources to remove ...
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Stinkweed Imp + Rancor and a flying 3/3 blocker

Does Stinkweed Imp with Rancor get the extra trample damage if a 3/3 flyer blocks? Is Stinkweed's text is the same as an actual deathtouch?
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If I attack with 2 creatures that both have "All creatures able to block this creature do so", how are blockers determined?

Say I have 2 creatures enchanted with Lure or 2 Taunting Elves attacking: Does my opponent get to choose which of their creatures blocks each one or do I? What if one of those attacking creatures also ...
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Is it possible to counter cards that boost a creatures power during the combat phase?

For example, if someone attacks with a 3/3 creature, and you have a 5/5 creature that will ultimately block and destroy his creature. If they boosts their creature with a +3/+3 spell, can you counter ...
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How much damage do my other Goblins deal if my Goblin Chieftain dies during the first strike step?

I was playing against my son tonight and an issue came up that we disagreed on. We looked in the rules, but that just made things murkier for us. I attacked with Goblin Chieftain (2/2), Goblin ...
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What happens if a blocking creature with flying loses flying?

Lets say that both my opponent and I both have a 1/1 white flying spirit. Now lets say I declare my spirit as an attacker, and my opponent declares their spirit as a blocker. After they declare ...
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Worldfire order of events

Say I have a Keldon Marauders on the battlefield. The card reads: When Keldon Marauders enters the battlefield or leaves the battlefield, it deals 1 damage to target player. I then cast Worldfire. ...
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Increasing Vengeance and new targets

Increasing Vengeance states "Copy target instant or sorcery spell you control. If Increasing Vengeance was cast from a graveyard, copy that spell twice instead. You may choose new targets for the ...
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Can I counter a land-creature?

Say my opponent plays Dryad Arbor. Can I counter it with a Cancel from my hand? I know that lands can't be countered because they don't go on the stack, but what about land-creatures?
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How do Captivating Vampire and Deadeye Navigator abilities interact?

In a recent casual game, an opponent controlled a Captivating Vampire and had enough untapped Vampire creatures in play to use its ability. I had a Deadeye Navigator on the battlefield, and on my ...
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How many missed triggers are necessary before you begin to have Game Losses and/or DQs?

While reviewing the latest changes to the Magic Infraction Procedure Guide, I notice that a missed trigger is considered a Warning, but that, Judges should not intervene in a missed trigger situation ...
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When can an 'untap' ability not untap?

Let say I play Leaden Fists on Leech Bonder, can I pay my 1 blue mana and untap, or does Leaden Fist overide this?
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Can you claim a Double Sacrifice Bonus? [duplicate]

Two very closely related questions: If a card has two different "Sacrifice this creature for X" abilities on it, does sacrificing it give both benefits? Likewise, if a card requires a creature to be ...
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Can you sacrifice a tapped creature?

If a creature has both a sacrifice and tap ability can you tap it for the tap benefit and then sacrifice it for the sacrifice ability? (Example: Gemhide Sliver taps for mana, Basal Sliver gives mana ...
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Crimson Hellkite vs Telekinetic Sliver + Darkheart Sliver

If player A taps his Telekinetic Sliver to tap an opponent's Crimson Hellkite, the opponent can pay 2 red mana (he can pay X, but lets say he pays two) and tap the Crimson Hellkite to put the effect "...
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How does a Loyal Cathar react to Undying Evil?

Loyal Cathar states: When Loyal Cathar dies, return it to the battlefield transformed under your control at the beginning of the next end step. Undying Evil states: Target creature gains ...
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Does Steel Hellkite destroy cards in my opponent's library and hand?

The rules for Steel Hellkite say any nonland permanent with converted mana cost X gets destroyed if I deal combat damage this turn. The second ruling states "It doesn't matter who controlled ...
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Can a creature with protection from all colors be targetted with a damage spell when it is still on the stack?

A friend of mine casts a card that has protection from all colors. I know that I can counter it, but can I simply kill it by dealing damage to it while it is on the stack?
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How does Hypnotic Specter work in Two-Headed Giant?

If I attack with Hypnotic Specter and the defending team does not declare a blocker, should I "target" who is going to discard a card randomly? Or do they decide?
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If a weak creature with death touch attacks a tougher creature, does my own creature die as well?

If a weak creature with death touch attacks a tougher creature, does my own creature die as well? If I have a 2/2 with death touch that attacks a 4/4, the 4/4 will die but what will happen to my 2/2?
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MtG: making makeshift cards for home play

A friend and I got into Magic and get together to play a few games once a week. Each of us has ~110 cards, the bulk of them being a Magic 2012 intro pack, the rest boosters. We thought we'd mix ...
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How does metalcraft work in Two-Headed-Giant?

I'm playing Two-Headed-Giant and have a creature with metalcraft. I control 1 artifact and my teammate controls 2. Does my creature's metalcraft ability 'trigger'? I know metalcraft says "if you ...
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Ponder: to shuffle or not to shuffle

You know the situation. You need something specific: a land, say, or a removal spell, so you play Ponder. You find the thing you're looking for. Hooray! Unfortunately, the other two cards that Ponder ...