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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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Do face-down creatures have “the same name” as each other?

My opponent has three face-down morphs on the battlefield. I play Sever the Bloodline targeting one of them. Do we exile all three because they all have the "same name"? Or do we exile just one ...
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What happens if 7 Soldiers block a Phyrexian Obliterator?

This is a situation I am confronted with more often than I want to. My opponent attacks me with his Phyrexian Obliterator (5/5). The card says: Trample; Whenever a source deals damage to Phyrexian ...
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What happens if the target of equipping dies?

My opponent plays the living weapon Lashwrithe. Afterwards he spends 4 life to equip it to his Vault Skirge. While doing this, I kill his Vault Skirge with a Galvanic Blast. What I think will happen: ...
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Building a mana base for WGB Tokens in Standard

So Wizards heard my prayers and has given me something to make my favored W/G tokens deck even better. Unfortunately, those somethings are black: Dark Ascension isn't out yet, so we can't brew with ...
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What is a good strategy for using the Doomsday card? [closed]

Doomsday - The card text reads as follows: Pay half your life, rounded up: Put your graveyard on top of your library, then remove all but five cards of your library from the game. Put the rest on ...
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What should Mono-B put in sideboard against GW-Tokens?

My brother plays a Mono-Black standard-format deck against me often. He has some big threats in there like Phyrexian Obliterator, Sheoldred, Whispering One and Lashwrithe as well as many cards with ...
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Can an Aura which was not cast be attached to a permanent with shroud?

If an Aura is placed on the battlefield using Genesis Wave or an ability like Sun Titan's, can it enchant a creature that has shroud (or an opponent-controlled creature with hexproof)? I'm looking at ...
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How can I tell what has changed in a Comprehensive Rules update?

As an example, the Comp Rules were updated February 1, 2012. I know that a reference to "Fateful Hour" was added to 207.2c since I know to search for fateful hour, but how do I know what else changed?...
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Can I play Marrow Shards in my second main phase in MTG?

Is it possible to play Marrow Shards in the second main phase after combat is completed? Marrow Shards says: Marrow Shards deals 1 damage to each attacking creature. My opponent played this card ...
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What's the current state of Magic: The Gathering online play?

I'd like to get back into this game, but the real appeal for me is the collecting aspect, especially trading cards and not knowing what to expect from a foil pack. It seems there are a lot of ...
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How can I modify an existing deck for a wide-open environment?

Say you've got a fairly competitive Magic: the Gathering deck you really like. It's likely to be tuned to the particular environment it developed in, whether that's what's most popular among your ...
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How do I decide if I should mulligan in MTG? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I tell when to take a mulligan in Magic? Once a game has started, the first crucial decision is if you want to keep your hand or if you want to take a mulligan. This ...
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How to decide if I should use a counterspell in MTG?

I always have a hard time to decide if I should use a counter spell in a given situation and one step earlier if I should save enough mana for a counter spell this round. I am currently facing this ...
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Is Maze of Ith actually a common card?

Is the card Maze of Ith from "The Dark" series in fact a C1 common card as this checklist states? I'm posing this question in this manner to avoid phrasing it "why the heck is it a $20 card if it's ...
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Where can I find a good source for standard decks in Magic: The Gathering?

I am just getting back into Magic: The Gathering, and I see a lot of people talking about specific decks, like CawBlade. So my question is two fold, is there someplace that lists what cards make up ...
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What is a creature's power when it has some equipment equipped?

I would like to use Rite of Consumption by sacrificing a creature that is using equipment (e.g. that has a +1/+2 bonus). Is the creature's power then increased by the equipment effect, and thus ...
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How to deal with damaged cards from a MTG booster pack?

I bought a Magic the Gathering display box today with cards from the new edition Innistrad. Unfortunately one of the cards in a booster pack was damaged. It is not just a simple scratch - one corner ...
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What are the Pros and Cons of using cards from multiple different sets when drafting?

My friends and I have never drafted before and are planning to try it in the next few weeks. However, one thing we're not sure of is whether its better to mix cards from different sets or just have ...
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What are the possible archetypes in Innistrad draft?

Assuming Innistrad-Innistrad-Innistrad in a booster draft, what are the potential archetypes a player could draft? For a reference, see Alex P's answer to another quetion here
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In Magic, when Magus of the Unseen returns an untapped artifact to its original controller, is there a delay before it becomes tapped?

Suppose I have a Magus of the Unseen and some other creature or artifact, and my opponent has a Glare of Subdual and a tapped Yotian Soldier. Magus of the Unseen (1U) Creature — Human Wizard 1/...
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In Magic free-for-all multiplayer, what happens when someone dies? [duplicate]

In a free-for-all multiplayer Magic game, what happens when someone dies? Specifically: What happens to spells they've cast that are on the stack? What happens to enchantments they have cast onto ...
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Can you counter a Land in Magic the Gathering?

I have always wondered this when I played Magic the Gathering, whether or not you can use a counter spell on a land. I know a land is technically a spell, but it is a special type, hence the ...
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In Magic, when and why did the rules change to check life totals “continuously” instead of at the end of each phase?

In the old days, the rules of Magic specified that players' life totals were only checked at the end of a phase, or at the beginning or end of combat. The modern rules, however, specify that life ...
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When is “end of turn” in Magic?

I've been casually playing Magic with a friend, about twice a month, for the last 3 months, and the phrase "until end of turn" has always puzzled me, particularly on effects that give +1/+1 (for ...
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Who should I try to kill? Chandra or opponent?

Here's a board state I faced today in a casual Constructed game: In case it's not clear from the picture, I have 1x Mausoleum Guard, 1x Doomed Traveler, and 2x Intangible Virtue, while he has 1x ...
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Is the number of cards in my opponent's library public knowledge in Magic: The Gathering?

The number of cards in players' hands is public knowledge, as is the number of exiled cards and cards in anyone's graveyard. But is the number of cards in your library public knowledge at all times as ...
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When should I add cards whose primary feature is drawing more cards to my MTG deck?

It seems like cards that are based around scrying and drawing additional cards would be a nice addition to any deck. But what decks do they really shine in and what decks can safely forgo them? It ...
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Order of events with Stitcher's Apprentice

My girlfriend has Stitcher's Apprentice, and she thinks that you can activate its ability, use the homunculus to block, and then sac the homunculus. Is this possible, or does the sacrifice have to ...
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Easy way to see changes between core sets?

Is there an easy way to see which cards were added and removed between core sets? For example, by looking up the card Giant Growth I can see that it was in both M10 and M11, but was not included in ...
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If my creature has shadow and flying, can it only be blocked by creatures with shadow AND flying?

My understanding is that creatures with shadow can only block or be blocked by creatures with shadow, and creatures with flying can only be blocked by creatures with flying. If I have a creature with ...
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What happens if a player exiles Wurmcoil Engine when it dies with Mimic Vat?

My guess is that the player who controlled Wurmcoil Engine doesn't get the tokens because Mimic Vat's exile resolves first and the creature doesn't land in the graveyard. Am I correct?
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Magic: The Gathering - Are there behavioral rules for sanctioned MTG games?

FNM is least stringent Rule Enforcement Level (REL) sanctioned Magic game there is. My question is that at that REL, are there any behavioral rules, and if so, what are the consequences? Example: ...
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Using Skinshifter's ability when Skinshifter Attacks

I was wondering what happens when I attack with Skinshifter. Imagine the following situation. I attack with Skinshifter and in the assign blockers phase my opponent blocks Skinshifter with Runeclaw ...
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How does Inquisitor's Flail interact with Trample?

Lets say I am attacking with a Runeclaw Bear with an Inquisitor's Flail equipped. My opponent uses a Runeclaw Bear of his own to block. I then use Kessig Wolf Run to give my creature +3/+0 and ...
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How to replace Leatherback Baloth in the post-Zendikar environment in a deck of this type?

Artifacts 2x Birthing Pod Creatures 2x Thrun, the Last Troll 4x Acidic Slime 4x Cudgel Troll 3x Dungrove Elder 2x Elvish Archdruid 2x Garruk's Companion 4x Llanowar Elves 2x Primeval Titan Land ...
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When a general goes to the graveyard in EDH, does his casting counter reset in the command zone?

11) While a Commander is in the command zone, it may be cast. As an additional cost to cast a Commander from the command zone, its owner must pay {2} for each time it was previously cast from the ...
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What is the difference between “flying” and “this creature can only be blocked by creatures with flying”?

Tons of creatures have flying in Magic:The Gathering, but I noticed Treetop Rangers have this ability: Treetop Rangers can't be blocked except by creatures with flying. Obviously this means that ...
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Oblivion Ring targeting an Aura

Suppose I cast Oblivion Ring and have it target the Pacifism which is encumbering one of my creatures. What happens if the Oblivion Ring is subsequently destroyed? Pacifism re-enters play enchanting ...
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What is a quick way to test or simulate card strategies for deck building games?

Dominion is the specific example I would like to play with but this certainly applies to any game that involves decks of cards being shuffled and drawn. I often see references to various simulations ...
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In MTG, can I use Stave Off to save my creature from Oblivion Ring?

I was asked this question by a player at an M12 draft over the weekend, and I would like to get the question & answer up on the internet for all: Can I use Stave Off to save my creature from ...
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What's a cantrip?

In discussions of Magic cards, I've heard a card called a cantrip on several occasions, but I haven't been able to find a definition of what that term means for MtG. Is a cantrip a particular card, a ...
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Do Friday Night Magic games count toward your DCI rating?

I've gone to a few FNM drafts, and it's structured as three qualifying matches, followed by a single-elimination tournament for the top 8. Do all these games affect your DCI rating?
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In MTG, Can Rhox redirect its damage when it blocks?

My opponent blocks my creature with a Rhox, and instead of dealing damage to the attacker, would prefer to deal that damage to me. Does Rhox's ability work that way? The same ability can also be ...
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Magic: The Gathering - Can Charge Counters be put on cards that don't “use” counters themselves?

Some cards allow you to add counters, or move counters, to other cards. Would you be allowed to do this onto a card that doesn't actually use any counters at all? For example: Would Coretapper be ...
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What computer games based on Magic: The Gathering are there? [closed]

I've had a ton of fun playing an old version of Shandalar on my PC. The computer opponents are great and I love the card antes and everything, but there's only around 600 cards and the rules are ...
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Does anybody know of a list of color-appropriate effects for new cards in Magic?

My playgroup has started to get into creating custom cards for our casual Magic: the Gathering games, but it's no fun if the cards aren't designed in a plausible way. According to Mark Rosewater's ...
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In MTG what happens to equipment after playing “Temporary Insanity”

A friend of mine and I were playing the Knights vs Dragons duel deck. He had a Kinsbaile Cavalier upon which he equipped the Loxodon Warhammer. On my next turn, I proceeded to play Temporary ...
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Do the Elf creatures put into the battlefield by Planeswalker Nissa Revane suffer from summoning sickness? [duplicate]

The 3rd ability of Nissa Revane Planeswalker is -7: Search your library for any number of Elf creature cards and put them onto the battlefield. Then shuffle your library. So the question is do the ...

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