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. The cards represent the player's resources and available spells and their interactions lead to an often high paced battle of wits.

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What happens when I cast a spell incorrectly?

If I cast a spell which then turns out to be un-playable, what happens to my spell? E.G.: Casting a spell on something that has Hexproof and can't be targeted in the first place. Do I simply place my ...
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How does Perplexing Chimera work with multiple triggers on the stack?

Perplexing Chimera is a new card in Born of the Gods. It reads as follows Enchantment Creature - Chimera Whenever an opponent casts a spell, you may exchange control of Perplexing Chimera and ...
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Learning to build multi-color decks in Magic

I'm a MTG noob, and currently I've only built single-color decks. However, I want to explore the art of building decks that use cards of multiple colors. What are the advantages of a multicolor deck?...
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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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Finding places to play Magic the Gathering games

A friend of mine recently got MTG for the XBox and is talking us into getting real cards. I'm all up for starting but I dread the idea of playing the same two people over and over with no change ...
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Which spells or abilities are affected by things that care about targeting?

Note: this is intended to be a canonical question about whether or not a spell or ability targets so there are multiple sub-questions. Can Hexproof or Shroud save my creature from Wrath of God? What ...
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Can my commander ever not be my commander?

Once and for all: Is there anything that can possibly be done to my commander that would cause it to cease being my commander? All of these questions ask the same thing, but aren't general enough to ...
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Does killing a face-down morph trigger the death triggers printed on the card?

Consider a card like Ashcloud Phoenix (or, for that matter, any card with a death triggers that's turned face down by an Ixidron). When Ashcloud Phoenix dies, return it to the battlefield face down....
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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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Does it really matter if dice are randomized?

I was playing MTG with some friends the other day, when a guy walks up and challenges me to a game. He insisted that he would not roll my spin-down die to determine who goes first. When I pointed out ...
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How does poison work in Commander?

In Commander / EDH players have 40 life. In normal magic 10 poison counters results in a player being eliminated. Is it still 10 poison counters in Commander / EDH? In Commander / EDH a player is ...
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Soul Sculptor and creatures with cast triggers

Suppose Soul Sculptor has turned a Ramos, Dragon Engine into an enchantment, and the Ramos player casts a (colored) creature spell. Will they get the +1/+1 counters for it? More generally, if Soul ...
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Why do cards use the “(ability) / Other creatures you control have (ability)” wording?

The card Bellowing Tanglewurm has the following two clauses... Intimidate Other green creatures you control have intimidate ...and Felhide Petrifier has these two clauses... Deathtouch ...
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How Does Chains of Mephistopheles Work?

I need to understand the rulings on this card, as it seems to form an infinite mill and draw combo all on its own! I will explain: The rule states: If a player would draw a card except the first ...
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Question about targeting a Hexproof creature

I was at an official tournament held by Star City Games. It was a draft. My opponent had a Geist of Saint Traft. Having become a little frustrated with it, I had a momentary lapse in memory and I ...
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Is it okay to have a multi-language deck?

I want to buy a few booster pack from a local shop that only gets them in French. Is it generally acceptable to show up to a tournament with cards in different languages?
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Destroying a Planewalker before its ability is used

Say my opponent plays a planeswalker during their first main phase. I have a Hero's Downfall or some other effect that will kill it after it is already in play, but before they use any of its ...
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What is an efficient way to organize my magic collection?

Currently, I have a rare binder with all of my rares, and the rest of my cards are broken into several boxes by color, gold/multi color, and land. The problem with this methodology is that if I have ...
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Interaction between Leyline of Anticipation and Teferi, Time Raveler

With the reprint of LeyLine of Anticipation in Core Set 2020, the interaction with Teferi, Time Raveler came to mind and I couldn't figure out what is right. If I have the Leyline and my opponent has ...
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Can you tap your Mox Amber for colorless mana with only a colorless legendary in play?

If I have one of the Karn planeswalkers in play as my only legendary permanent can I then tap my Mox Amber for a colourless mana?
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In Magic, is the player going first advantaged?

It seems to me that the player going first has a considerable advantage in the game. How does the game balance that out for the player going second? I'm new to the game, there might be something I'm ...
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Would Pillar of Flames get rid of a Blightsteel Colossus?

Blightsteel Colossus is indestructible. The rules for indestructable says: 700.4. If a permanent is indestructible, rules and effects can’t destroy it. (See rule 701.6, “Destroy.”) Such permanents ...
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If I lose control of an equipped creature, does the equipment stay attached to it?

If I have an equipped creature and my opponent Mind Controls it, does my equipment remain attached to it? Can I re-equip that equipment to one of my creatures on my turn? I assume since I control the ...
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Does Deflecting Palm cause Furnace of Rath to activate twice?

My opponent is at 12 life. There is a Furnace of Rath in play. He casts Lightning Bolt to my face and I play Deflecting Palm in response, aiming it back at his face. Does my opponent take 12 damage ...
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How do you handle fast players in a casual setting that skip priority?

This really isn't a problem in a tournament setting, because players are expected to know the rules, and will usually ask their opponent if they wish to take any actions before allowing a spell to ...
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Are creatures destroyed if their destruction happens at the same instant they lose “indestructible”?

Scenario: I play Timber Protector which makes all other Treefolk indestructible (I only have Treefolk in play). My opponent plays a Day of Judgment. Does this only destroy the not-...
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Pros and Cons of running a deck with no 1-mana spells?

Sometimes I've noticed myself building decks that have no spells that cost 0 or 1 mana, and instead have extra spells that cost 2 mana to make sure I don't get crushed in the early game. 1-drops only ...
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What happens when I copy Precursor Golem with Rite of Replication?

I came across this issue with my friend a while ago and came up with many possible answers: How many golems will you get if you copy Precursor Golem with a kicked Rite of Replication?
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Can I Wish for a card outside my Commander's colors?

I have been told that Wishes work differently in Commander than in normal casual Free-For-All (FFA) mtg. Do the comprehensive rules cover how wishes work in Commander? Do the rules for wishes differ ...
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How do I handle casting a spell with a cost of X when the casting cost is reduced?

If I play a spell with {X} in the mana cost, and I have a card out that reduces the casting cost by 2 generic mana, what happens to the X? Does it start at -2? For example: I have Arcane Melee in ...
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Can I tap a creature with summoning sickness to pay “tap an untapped creature you control” costs? [duplicate]

I have a Chosen of Markov on the battlefield and I played a vampire earlier this turn. Can I tap both to transform Chosen of Markov even though I just played the vampire? Extra Example: I play Battle ...
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Expansion//Explosion and Siren Stormtamer

I've had this situation come up several times in Magic Arena. I cast the Explosion half of Expansion // Explosion targeting my opponent's Siren Stormtamer. Opponent sacrifices the targeted Siren ...
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Angel of Condemnation - Exile creature with second ability

I was looking at Angel of Condemnation's second ability and couldn't figure out what would happen if you exiled a creature an opponent controls but is owned by you? The first ability explicitly ...
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Is there a term for: “Doesn't untap during next untap step”?

There are a lot of cards that have the effect Target permanent does not untap during next untap step For example:Kashi-Tribe Elite and Vorinclex, Voice of Hunger. Is there a term for this? ...
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How do cards with multiple Xs in their mana cost work with cards that reduce their costs?

For example, if I have Astral Cornucopia in play along with Jhoira's Familiar, what happens? Can I cast it for X = 1 without paying any mana? I know that there is a question here regarding to X ...
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What can I do about uncounterable spells?

I cast Fling, sacrificing my only creature to kill my opponent. My opponent responds with Last Word, which will win the game the other way. Last Word says "This spell can't be countered." What else ...
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Can the card disintegrate destroy creatures with indestructible?

I was playing magic the gathering with my friend, and I was using the card Zetalpa, Primal Dawn, which has indestructible. He wanted to play the card Disintegrate on the Zetalpa to destroy it, but we ...
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Can Trait Doctoring be used to change words like “nonblack”?

Trait Doctoring reads: Change the text of target permanent by replacing all instances of one color word with another or one basic land type with another until end of turn. Doom Blade, for ...
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Do things on the stack or state-based effects resolve between first strike and normal combat damage?

I have two examples of different scenarios that are confusing to me. First, if I have a 1/1 creature with first strike and deathtouch, and my opponent blocks it with a 2/2 creature, will my creature ...
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How does Underrealm Lich interact with Sylvan Library during your draw step?

In the new Guilds of Ravnica set Underrealm Lich is a creature that changes how you draw cards. If you would draw a card, instead look at the top three cards of your library, then put one into your ...
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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 Pack Rat copies give devotion?

If I make a copy of Pack Rat using its ability, does that copy retain the mana cost, and thus increase my devotion to black by one? ie. I have nothing on the battlefield but one Pack Rat and some ...
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How long can I wait before choosing to counter a spell?

Today, I was playing a duel, and my friend played a Wall of Reverence, which he then ended up enchanting with an Ethereal Armor. Between those two actions he asked me if I would counter it, to which I ...
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Why were the rules for Proliferate changed?

With the release of War of the Spark, the rules for Proliferate changed. Previously, they allowed you to add 1 counter to the chosen permanents and players, of a type it already had. Now, it adds an ...
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Can I kill an opponent in response to lethal activated abilities, and not take the damage?

Here's the situation. Life totals: Not relevant Player 1: Activates Borborygmos Enraged (Discard a land card: Deal 3 damage to any target) enough times for lethal, aims damage at Player 2. Passes ...
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Is there a specified order for abilities on cards, specifically creatures?

I was reviewing the a spreadsheet I created of the RTR spoiler to prepare my strategy for this coming weekend. In doing so, I noticed that here and on previous sets if a creature has flying, it is ...
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Why do double-faced planeswalkers from Origins get exiled before being transformed?

In Magic the Gathering Origins set, there is a cycle of 5 creatures, each that are double-sided and have a planeswalker on the back side. Previously when double-sided cards were used, the cards had a ...
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Do I draw a card if I enchant an opponent's Eidolon of Blossoms with Hypnotic Siren?

The situation is just as stated in the title: my opponent controls Eidolon of Blossoms: Whenever Eidolon of Blossoms or another enchantment enters the battlefield under your control, draw a card. ...
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Where can I get custom Magic: the Gathering cards printed?

I have made up some custom MtG cards, and I am trying to get physical copies made (to mess with my friends, and for casual use). Does anyone know where I can get them made? Disclamer: These cards ...
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If my opponent Confiscates my permanent and I can cast my own Confiscate, should I target my permanent or their Confiscate?

There exist a number of auras that allow a player to take control of a permanent on the board. The earliest of these to my knowledge is Confiscate, but my question applies to any of these effects ...