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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If two things say “You may pay (cost)” and I pay that cost once, do both things happen?

If I own two Flameshadow Conjurings and play a Spawn Of Thraxes, both Flameshadow Conjurings would go on the stack. Once I choose to pay 1 red mana, do I get two copies or one? Since the rules text ...
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Can I disable Sliver Overlord's abilities with Pithing Needle?

I was looking through different cards to try and find something to counteract my dad's Sliver Overlord aside from directly killing or exiling it, and when I initially saw Pithing Needle I got really ...
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Do Bolas's Citadel and Experimental Frenzy take reduced mana cost into account?

I am wondering how reduction in converted mana cost affects Bolas's Citadel or Experimental Frenzy, which have the following abilities: Bolas's Citadel: You may look at the top card of your ...
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Immortal Coil & State Based Actions

I don't think I understand State Based Actions (SBA) and how they work with Immortal Coil. I understand that at ANY time I have Immortal Coil on the battlefield with no graveyard, I lose. I ...
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Can I respond to a draw from Gitaxan probe?

If I resolve a Gitaxian Probe, can I crack a Lion Eye Diamond before I draw?
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When you “sacrifice 3 creatures” as a cost, are they sacrificed one at a time?

If you want to activate the activated ability of Teysa, Orzhov Scion, does "sacrifice 3 creatures" count as 1 cost, or 3 separate costs? And, does it matter which it is at all? 601.2g says The player ...
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Can you use an ability as you put the card on the stack?

If I play Elixir Of Immortality for example, or any card with an ability, when it goes on the stack, can I activate its abilities before my opponent can respond? And if so, if he counters the card ...
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Buffs During Combat

If an opponent plays a card like Elvish Archdruid that gives other elf creatures they controls +1/+1 and they declare the Elvish Archdruid and another Elf creature as attackers, when I go to block ...
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Is Leyline of Combustion triggered by attacks?

If my opponent attacks me, does that trigger Leyline of Combustion to do damage to them? I'm new and need help with this rule. Thanks
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If Soulflayer is returned to play from your graveyard, does it retain abilities it was granted?

The abilities for Soulflayer are... Delve (Each card you exile from your graveyard while casting this spell pays for 1.) If a creature card with flying was exiled with Soulflayer's delve ...
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Sacrificing as part of a command, to fulfill other costs? [duplicate]

It is covered well in other questions that sacrificing one creature cannot fulfill the requirements for two abilities that are both activated abilities (have 'Sacrifice a creature: do something', like ...
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Does Heroic trigger on a static effect? [duplicate]

War-wing Siren has the Heroic ability: Whenever you cast a spell that targets War-Wing Siren, put a +1/+1 counter on War-Wing Siren. Captain Of the Watch states: "Other Soldier creatures you ...
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Can activated abilities be used multiple times on a single target?

If I have one creature card in my graveyard and my opponent gains control of my turn using Cruel Entertainment, could my opponent activate my Phyrexian Reclamation multiple times by targeting the same ...
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Warkite Marauder and the timing for its effect

Whenever Warkite Marauder attacks, target creature defending player controls loses all abilities and becomes a 0/1 creature until end of turn. What is the timing for this ability? Is it during assign ...
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Playing a creature with devotion

Short question about devotion. If my devotion to red is less than five, and I play Purphoros, Bronze-Blooded, does it enter the battlefield as a creature and stops being it immediately or enters the ...
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Where can I find raw data for DCI sanctioned Constructed tournaments?

It is often easier to answer questions about Magic experimentally instead of mathematically. Anyone can see the final standing of a deck in a tournament and find out who piloted it. Here is an example....
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Magic The Gathering: Where To Begin

I've played TCGs before, most notably Yu-Gi-Oh and Hearthstone (aka Magic Lite), and now I'm looking to get into MTG with a few friends that already started. In the past I've always preferred ...
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Can I use pump spells with Fighting?

In a "fight," can "pump" spells be used? As an example, I have my 2/2 fight my opponent's 4/4, then I add a +3/3 pump to my 2/2. Would his 4/4 die to my now 5/5?
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Can a creature with deathtouch be killed by a creature that it is killing?

If I attack with a Gifted Aetherborn (2/3 deathtouch and lifelink) and my opponent blocks with a creature that's a 3/3 (no abilities), does my Gifted Aetherborn die? Without deathtouch it would, but ...
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Can I Sacrifice a blocker and still prevent damage from getting though to me? [duplicate]

Can you block an attacking creature with a creature with a sacrifice ability in order to prevent the attacking creature from getting through to do damage?
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When Turn to Frog changes a creature's base power/toughness to 1/1 do any affects that change creature's power and toughness still apply?

Turn to Frog changes a creature's base power and toughness to 1/1. Does that mean if target creature has a +1/+1 counter when Turn to Frog is cast, it becomes 2/2? If it has -1/-1 counter on it, would ...
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Can Bloodrush satisfy a forced discard? [duplicate]

If my opponent makes me discard a card and I choose a creature card with the Bloodrush ability, can I pay the cost during the forced discard in order to activate the ability?
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Is a tapped creature an illegal target?

I was playing the Magic 2015 game on my xbox 360 (I know it has a lot of problems but its midly entertaining, I much prefer the card game though but this brought something to my attention and made me ...
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Order of triggered abilties

I control an Illusory Gains. My opponent casts Torch Slinger. Does my opponent get to do his kicker and damage my creature, or do I gain control of the card prior to the kicker ability and I do the ...
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Can I activate an ability if that ability has no legal targets? [duplicate]

If an opponent gains control of my turn using Cruel Entertainment could they spend all my mana on Phyrexian Reclamation if I don't have any creatures in my graveyard?
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How do you play Scrapheap Scrounger's ability? [duplicate]

Scrapheap Scrounger has an ability that allows you to return it from the graveyard to the battlefield. However, it doesn't say you can play this ability while the card is in the graveyard. I am trying ...
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How does multikicker work?

I don't understand Strength of the Tajuru. What does multikicker mean, and how would I use it in a game?
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Using Multiple Gleam of Authority [duplicate]

Following up on a recent post, "I am looking for some clarification on the card Gleam of Authority. The wording on the card is Enchantment - Aura Enchant Creature Enchanted creature gets +1/+1 ...
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What does “each other player” mean on Unwinding Clock?

If I am playing a four man free for all, when do my artifacts untap using Unwinding Clock's ability? I'm having trouble understanding. The card says "each other player". If I am player one, are ...
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Can multiple spells be activated with the same mana? [duplicate]

So first off I am fairly new to MTG and I was playing with my friend today and he corrected me on my move making. The way I thought it worked is that, for example, if I have a creature that requires 1 ...
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Can Aminatou, the Fateshifter target herself with her -1 ability?

Can Aminatou, the Fateshifter target herself with her -1 ability? If this is the case, does it mean that she can create an infinite loop of "ETB" by herself?
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Appetite for the Unnatural and Clone Legion vs. hexproof creatures [duplicate]

Clone Legion For each creature target player controls, create a token that's a copy of that creature. Appetite for the Unnatural Destroy target artifact or enchantment. You gain 2 life. Will ...
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Why Deck Building Templates are the same [closed]

I have been playing MTG since the set was known as Portal. Good times and memories...but it was always casual among friends. Now...after several very long years of playing off and on through out the ...
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How would Progenitus affect the game as a commander?

I recently purchased Progenitus with the intent to use it as a commander. However, it has been long enough since I’ve played the commander format that I do not remember how commanders and their ...
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Double Gleam of Authority interaction [duplicate]

If 2 copies of Gleam of Authority are on the board would that mean that +1/+1 counters would bounce back and fourth to infinity?
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What happens when two global enchantments affect the same type of permanent (e.g.lands)

At some point in the game, a player puts Blanket of Night on the battlefield. Then,some turns later,another player puts Blood Moon into play. If a non-basic land capable of producing mana comes into ...
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Blocking with First Strike + Deathtouch

Rule 509.3 says: Third, for each blocking creature, the defending player announces that creature's damage assignment order, which consists of the creatures it's blocking in an order of that player'...
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Hexproof and reflector mage [duplicate]

My Longtusk Cub is on the battlefield. On my opponent's turn he brings in Reflector Mage, targeting my cub to return my cub to my hand. I respond with Blossoming Defense to make my cub hexproof. Does ...
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Can No Escape counter planeswalker Sarkhan?

Can No Escape counter the planeswalker Sarkhan the Masterless's ability that created a 4/4 red dragon creature?
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Do instants active before combat damage is dealt? [closed]

I activated Ætherize do I still receive the combat damage from the monsters
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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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Why does rule 608.2b counter Last Word, when Last Word can't be countered? [duplicate]

After reading Can uncounterable spells still be countered somehow?, I am confused by a conflict between two of Magic's rules. At risk of being labelled a duplicate, I want to cover this edge case in ...
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Suggestions about certain ambiguous card text (Abzan Battle Priest) [closed]

Abzan Battle Priest text says: "Every creature you control with a +1/+1 counter on it gets lifelink". It is expressively written as "a" +1/+1 counter. As some other white creature with Outcast ...

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