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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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What exactly is affected by the new rule 614.16?

In the Ixalan Comprehensive Rules Update Bulletin, one of the sections says that rule 614.16 is changing, with this explanation: This new rule hops in and bumps the existing 614.16 down. The new ...
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Why was Kird Ape banned in very first Extended ban list?

I'm curious as to what sort of reasoning went behind Kird Ape being too strong for Extended play? Granted this was many years ago but I was surprised to see that it was banned in a format that allowed ...
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Can you cast a creature with Bestow while you control a Steel Golem?

You control a Steel Golem, which says "you can't cast creature spells". Can you pay the Bestow cost on, say, a Hopeful Eidolon, and cast it as an aura enchanting the Steel Golem? My reading of the ...
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Software to search for MTG decks based on a list of cards

I haven't played MTG for a while, but I still own about 500 cards. Some of them were from pre-built decks, but now the cards are all randomized. I have the full inventory (quantity and name) on a ...
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Does Epic Experiment let me pull creatures out of the graveyard that were exiled during its casting?

My brother showed me Epic Experiment today. Now he says you can use it to put creatures in the graveyard and then fish them out with the free spells you get, because the free spells get put on the ...
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Prateor's Grasp - Can Opponent Determine Taken Card Before Shuffle

I had a ruling on this by a L2 Judge at a TCG event in San Diego 2 weeks ago. I believe his ruling was wrong. I played Praetor's Grasp Mana Cost: 1BB Types: Sorcery Card Text: Search target ...
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How does having multiple permanents with the same name affect those permanents' abilities?

Many abilities in MTG use a permanent's name in the ability. Does this mean that if I have 2 copies of that permanent, the ability will affect both permanents? Activated ability example: Vector Asp - ...
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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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Where can I find a chart or diagram explaining Magic's turn structure?

I'm looking for a turn structure diagram for Magic the Gathering to use for teaching new players. There is a lot of information to keep track of in the turn: there is everything from the fact that ...
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MTG: Fiend Binder and wider implications of Rule 508.1d

I am trying to figure out rule 508.1d - I initially got down this path whilst trying to figure out Fiend Binder's requirements. Fiend Binder's text says: Whenever Fiend Binder attacks, tap target ...
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How does Magic handle “Type – Subtype” lines that don’t fit on the card when translated?

This question links to a Russian version of Peel from Reality which has “Мгновенное заклинание” as its type line—literally, “Instant spell” rather than just “Instant” (I assume there is some Russian ...
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What if Magic gives the second player a Lotus Petal, similar to what Hearthstone does?

In Magic, the player who goes first doesn't get to draw a card on the first turn, i.e. the player who goes second plays each turn with an extra card. This typically isn't enough compensation since the ...
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Is Basalt Monolith a 1-card infinite combo with no payoff?

Can't Basalt Monolith go infinite with itself? No payoff or practical use, but it's a one card infinite?
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What do shiny ovals mean on Magic the Gathering cards?

I have just bought a set of Oath of the Gatewatch cards, and a few of them have a small shiny oval on the bottom center, like Corrupted Crossroads. What does this mean?
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Are there any non-green, non-artifact mana ramp cards?

I have looked and can't seem to find any. I have seen many green cards and some artifacts that do this, but nothing in Red, Blue, Black or White. Are there any? Note: By "Mana Ramp" I mean a card ...
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How does Infect interact with Lifelink?

When a creature with Infect and Lifelink puts poison counters on a player, does the controlling player gain life? Do all abilities that trigger on combat damage still occur? A link to an official ...
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Can one draw their commander to the command zone, and would that be a draw?

Let us assume my commander somehow makes it to the top of my library (for example by the effect of Nephalia Academy) and when forced to draw it I instead want to put it in the command zone (for any ...
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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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How can I play around graveyard hate?

Graveyard-based strategies are common in casual and tournament MTG. The graveyard offers players easy ways to cheat on costs (e.g. Reanimator), grind out incremental advantage (e.g., Sun Titan decks, ...
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Marauding Raptor and Polyraptor - what happens when a loop has no exit?

Marauding Raptor has: Whenever another creature enters the battlefield under your control, Marauding Raptor deals 2 damage to it. If a Dinosaur is dealt damage this way, Marauding Raptor gets +2/+...
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Can you have a permanent become all permanent types at the same time?

Is there any combination of cards that could make a permanent all permanent types simultaneously? (planeswalker, land, creature, artifact, enchantment). I'm hitting a roadblock making something a ...
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Does the elephant get bigger when I bring in the ballista?

Fairgrounds Trumpeter: At the beginning of each end step, if a +1/+1 counter was placed on a permanent under your control this turn, put a +1/+1 counter on Fairgrounds Trumpeter. Walking Ballista: ...
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Volrath's Shapeshifter, Static Buffs, and Combat damage

Inspired by this question. I have an Elvish Archdruid, a Volrath's Shapeshifter, and a Llanowar Elves on the battlefield. I attack with Elvish Archdruid and Llanowar Elves. My opponent blocks in ...
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Does changing control of an object update that object's timestamp?

This is a follow-up question to does gaining control of an aura gaining control of a permanent give me the permanent? Player A has a creature. Player B casts Control Magic on it. B controls the ...
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Can you activate an activated ability more than once per turn?

I am using the card Blood Bairn, which has the following activated ability: Sacrifice another creature: Blood Bairn gets +2/+2 until end of turn. I use my Blood Bairn in conjunction with Festering ...
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Weird m “placeholder” card

A while ago a friend of mine pulled an interesting card in a pack of Urza's Legacy. The back was normal, but the front was solid black with a white M on it. I can't find the card right now, but I made ...
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Why does Wizards of the Coast print terrible MTG cards?

I understand that there needs to be a wide variety of power levels in Magic: The Gathering. Even bad cards will see play in limited formats, some because they fill a specific niche (flying removal, ...
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Should “standard errata” be applied to silver-bordered cards?

Should players play cards from the Un-Sets as they stand, or should errata be applied to remain consistent with rules and Oracle updates? In the case that the general question is too broad, opinion-...
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What happens if a creature has no toughness defined?

Dominaria introduced Merfolk Trickster, which causes a creature to lose all abilities, without setting a power and toughness. What happens if a card such as Tarmogoyf loses all abilities? Would ...
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Are enchantments and artifacts considered spells?

In Magic: The Gathering, are enchantments and artifacts considered spells? More precisely, can I use Cancel (which says "Counter target spell.") on an enchantment or an artifact?
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What's the strategic advantage of building around alternate win conditions?

In MTG, there are several ways to win that don't involve damaging your opponent. The most prominent is milling (running an opponent out of cards to draw), but there are also special cards like Felidar ...
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Are +1/+1 counters different from +1/+1 effects?

Is a +1/+1 counter I get from, say Unleash or Undying different than +1/+1 from something like Spear of Heliod or Master of Waves?
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What happens when a creature with Persist AND Undying dies? ('return to battlefield' issues…)

Say I have a creature with Persist and I give it Undying until end of turn. Later this turn, it is put into the graveyard, and I choose for the Persist ability to resolve before the Undying ability. ...
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Is there a Magic card that rearranges the stack?

I'm thinking of a card that can do this: I have Niv-Mizzet, Parun on the battlefield. Opponent casts Aether Gust on Niv-Mizzet. Niv-Mizzet triggers. Usually the trigger would resolve before Aether ...
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Must a player disclose what deck they are using before play?

Our family is just learning this game. We were wondering if each player typically announces which deck they are using beforehand. If yes, in how much detail? I could not find anything in the rules ...
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How to build a budget-friendly manabase for a 5-color deck?

I am a commander player who operates on a very tight budget. I recently started brewing for a 5-color Jodah chaos deck, but am having trouble building an affordable manabase. I can't afford shocklands,...
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Dark Confidant and split cards

On my upkeep controlling a Dark Confidant I trigger revealing a card and losing life to it's cmc cost. What happens if I have a split card with 2 identifiable spells? Do I get to choose which one I ...
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How does your opponent verify that you're able to cast a Companion card?

Normally, in Magic the Gathering, your library is a hidden zone; neither you nor your opponent are allowed to look at the cards in it during a game of Magic: the Gathering unless an effect says that ...
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Interaction between Hexproof and “target of an opponent's choice”

There exist a small number of cards which have targets chosen by an opponent. While it is old, the most straightforward one I can find is Cuombajj Witches which has the ability: {T}: Cuombajj ...
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Looking for the “magic'al” formula

Im a big fan of the Magic the Gathering trading card game. And with all these new cards coming in, I was wondering how the cards were balanced, and manacost calculated. Im thinking there must be a ...
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Deathtouch vs an indestructible creature, which then loses indestructible

I think I know how this works, but would like to confirm. Suppose my Hill Giant is equipped with Darksteel Plate, and then is dealt damage by a Deadly Recluse. That's one point of deathtouch damage. ...
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Do you pay one or two mana to bounce a transformed Delver of Secrets with Repeal?

Do you pay one or two mana to bounce a transformed Delver of Secrets with Repeal? In total I mean, does x have to be equal to 1 or 0?
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Can I use a fetch land to shuffle my deck while the opponent has Ashiok, Dream Render in play?

Ashiok, Dream Render prevents the opponent from searching their library. This neutralizes cards like the fetch lands (like Polluted Delta). Would the land's controller still be allowed to activate it ...
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Why would Kathril, Aspect Warper's ability grant multiple hexproof counters?

Kathril, Aspect Warper has this ability: When Kathril, Aspect Warper enters the battlefield, put a flying counter on any creature you control if a creature card in your graveyard has flying. Repeat ...
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Will transforming Thing in the Ice with a token-summoning spell bounce my tokens?

Thing in the Ice: Thing in the Ice enters the battlefield with four ice counters on it. Whenever you cast an instant or sorcery spell, remove an ice counter from Thing in the Ice. Then if it ...
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Why did Wizards of the Coast change the minimum deck size for Constructed from 40 to 60 cards?

In the beginning, Magic: the Gathering decks had to have at least 40 cards. Later, the developers changed the deckbuilding rules in two ways: The minimum deck size went from 40 cards to 60 cards in ...
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Infinite loop where where both players choose to continue the loop

Yesterday, I was playing a casual game and I had a Stasis, Kismet, and Chronatog, causing my opponent to have to keep drawing, while I kept skipping my turn, with the intent of decking him. My ...
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Ugin's Conjurant vs. un-preventable damage

If I had Ugin's Conjurant with 10 +1/+1 counters on it (and no other effects modifying its toughness,) and my opponent cast a Banefire for 5 damage on it, would +1/+1 counters get removed from the ...
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How does Homeward Path work with cards that enchant to steal?

How does the card Homeward Path work with cards like In Bolas's Clutches? Homeward Path would imply that you still get it back, but those types of effects continue as long as the creature is ...
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In a multiplayer game, if a player is controlling another player's turn, may they reveal that player's hand?

With cards like Mindslaver and Emrakul, the Promised End, a player can take control of another player's turn. The controlling player can make most decisions for the controlled player, but they may not,...

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