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 does Will of the Council do with 2 Players?

Will of the Council -- Starting with you, each player votes for X. The X with the most votes does YZ. What happens when you have only two players, therefore making it in some cases impossible for ...
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how does Argothian Enchantress interact with Sasaya, Orochi Ascendant?

If Sasaya, Orochi Ascendant successfully transforms would Argothian Enchantress's ability kick into effect during that transformation?
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questions about shapesharer

Shapesharer is a creature (shapeshifter) with changeling (this card is every creature type at all times) that, for 2U, states "Target Shapeshifter becomes a copy of target creature until your next ...
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Does proliferate give my creatures +1/+1 counters?

So I'm using proliferate cards in my white/green deck. If I use the ability proliferate on, let's say, Pollenbright Druid, does it allow me to give a +1/+1 to my druid?
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Magic the gathering number of cards in a hand

In the quick reference paper they say: Shuffle your deck, then draw a hand of seven cards. The player who takes the first turn won’t draw a card that turn. That means, both players will draw 7 ...
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Pump spell sequence in MTG

If I attack with my Voltaic Brawler (3/2), then cast Built to Smash (+3/+3), Uncaged Fury (+1/+1 with double strike) and another Built to Smash (+3/+3) in that order, do I hit for 17 or 20? Thanks in ...
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How should Bone Splinters and Mirrorwing Dragon work?

When playing Magic Duels, my opponent had a Mirrorwing Dragon as his only creature and I cast a Bone Splinters on it, sacrificing one of my three creatures. The following occurred: 1) The game ...
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Can a Suppression Bonds cancel out another Suppression Bonds?

Can you use a Suppression Bonds on a Suppression Bonds to use a creature that was Suppression Bonded and cancel it out?
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Can my deck have fewer cards after sideboard? [duplicate]

Traditionally, you're supposed to have 60 cards in your main deck, and 15 cards in your sideboard. But let's say that I had 64 cards in my main deck and 15 cards in my sideboard. For game 2 & 3, ...
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How does Sheltered Aerie work?

I have Sheltered Aerie enchantment aura on one land. Does the mana that get added while it's tapped stay after your end phase? Does the mana keep adding up?
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Aura Trample removed by High Priest of Penance

I've been searching high and low for this: say a High Priest of Penance (with an indestructible aura) blocks a creature with Rancor, i.e. trample. Can I stop the trample effect by destroying either ...
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How much mana can I tap per turn?

So I am fairly new to Magic and I have read the entire rulebook multiple times and it never gave a clear answer," how many mana can I tap per turn", because to would just feel weird to be tapping all ...
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Is an Enchantment Creature also an Enchanted Creature?

Is an Enchantment Creature also an Enchanted Creature? For example, Spiteful Returned states Whenever Spiteful Returned or enchanted creature attacks, defending player loses 2 life. If I have ...
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Predator's Rapport and counters [duplicate]

Suppose Predator's Rapport's target has counters (for example, a few +1/+1 counters). Do the counters count when calculating the gained life? I thought power and toughness do not change after adding ...
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What is the difference between countering spells and exiling spells?

If a given spell, or a given effect, is able to exile other spells - not simply countering them - is it able to exile even uncounterable spells? It is useful to give a couple of examples. If the ...
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Does Karmic Justice Trigger if a Planeswalker dies from combat damage?

If a creature deals enough damage to my planeswalker and destroys it does Karmic Justice trigger if I have it on the field?
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If I cast Reality Ripple with Eon Hub out, is the target Permanently phased out?

Reality Ripple reads, "Target artifact, creature, or land phases out. (While it's phased out, it's treated as though it doesn't exist. It phases in before its controller untaps during their next untap ...
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Multiplayer with Phyrexian Swarmlord

Phyrexian Swarmlord's last ability is that you create infect tokens based on the number of poison counters on your opponents. Let's say I'm playing a 1v1v1 and I have him on the battlefield with ...
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Can I activate Dawn of Hope's ability twice while only paying its mana cost once?

So, let's say that I have a Dawn of Hope out. I have 2 Healer's Hawks that attack on the same turn. I pay 2 mana to draw a card for the lifelink from the 1st healer's hawk. Do I need to spend ...
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Etali and returning casted cards questions

With our EDH group we can't completely figure out what happens in the following cases: After attacking with Etali, Primal Storm and casting some of the exiled cards, some of them for example ...
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Sacrificing Spine of Ish Sah?

Spine of Ish Sah's rulings appear to say it can't be sacrificed: Spine of Ish Sah’s last ability doesn’t allow you to sacrifice it. You must find another way to get Spine of Ish Sah into the ...
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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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Cards that restrict untapping of creatures

I have been looking for two cards that I played with the other day and I cannot find. They are both artifacts. Creatures with power 4 or more don't untap. Creatures with power 2 or more don't untap. ...
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Victimize with Noxious Ghoul and opponent's Murder

I play Victimize targeting some creature I have. Victimize resolves and returns Noxious Ghoul and some other creature with an ETB triggered ability to the battlefield at the same time. Both my ...
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Do +1/+1 counters go away with -1/-1 counters? [duplicate]

with one of the main mechanics of Amonkhet being -1/-1 counters, i am worried about how that will affect my +1/+1 counter deck, specifically Gleam of Authority. if a +1/+1 counter cancels out a -1/-1 ...
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Does Prowler's helm effect makes an unblockable creature blockable by walls? [closed]

Full question in title. Do equipment effects always override creature effects even tho the creature effects are superior?
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Fiend Binder's triggered ability

I have a question about Fiend Binder's triggered ability regarding the stack. I just want to make sure I'm understanding it correctly. It states: Whenever Fiend Binder attacks, tap target creature ...
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Mining the Howling Mine

Howling Mine At the beginning of each player's draw step, if Howling Mine is untapped, that player draws an additional card. First, there is no bent arrow tap symbol, so how would it tap to begin ...
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Does Immerwolf's bonus stay after it leaves the battlefield? [duplicate]

A little while ago I was playing two of my friends. One of my friends was playing a wolf/werewolf deck with Immerwolf and a few other creatures out on the battlefield. I was playing an enchantment ...
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What happens to Auras and/or Counters on a creature that is targeted by a Cloudshift?

If I cast Cloudshift on a creature with counters, does it retain its counters or does it loose its counters? What about Auras? Would a creature that was Cloudshifted keep its auras?
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How to grant haste en masse in a mono-green Commander deck?

In my Elf Commander Deck (edited version of the Guided by Nature 2014 Commander Deck), I have Nissa Revane and as I was looking through the MTG tag of BCGSE I saw this question asking about if elves ...
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How much damage does Acolyte of the Inferno's ability deal?

Acolyte of the Inferno has this ability: Whenever Acolyte of the Inferno becomes blocked by a creature, it deals 2 damage to that creature. Does that mean it deals 2+current power to blocking ...
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How does Donate work?

Donate is a pretty useful yet useless card. I have two questions about it. Target player gains control of target permanent you control. Does this mean the "target permanent you want your opponent ...
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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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Can I use a nonbasic land that taps and gives me either a red or white mana if I only have red mana in my deck?

Can I use a nonbasic land that taps and gives me either a red or white mana if I only have red mana in my deck?
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Why didn't whomever created EDH allow Planeswalkers to be Commanders?

I know only legendary creatures can be commanders unless stated otherwise (for example Daretti, Scrap Savant). Have the creators of EDH ever explained why Planeswalkers cannot be commanders by ...
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Will returning a creature trigger Prowess?

Pre-amble So I am currently building a Blue & White Prowess + Heroic deck in Standard. The idea that I can boost my heroic creatures with instants and auras and reap the benefit across all my ...
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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 Skullcrack's damage be prevented?

Rule 608.2c. starts with "The controller of the spell or ability follows its instructions in the order written.", and Skullcrack's effects read Players can't gain life this turn. Damage can't be ...
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Can I tap Sliver Hive to pay for Hive Stirrings?

I am playing a game and have no white mana to play Hive Stirrings, but I do have a Sliver Hive under my control. Am I able to tap the Sliver Hive to play Hive Stirrings (assume I have enough mana to ...
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Chained to the Rocks and shocklands

Chained to the Rocks says: Enchant Mountain you control. When Chained to the Rocks enters the battlefield, exile target creature an opponent controls until Chained to the Rocks leaves the ...
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Why is Wizards breaking the color pie (at least in Legacy)? [closed]

Mark Rosewater, Magic head designer and weekly column writer, in many different occasions wrote about R&D will of creating the fewest number of cards that break the color pie. While I think this ...
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How does Blistering Dieflyn work?

Blistering Dieflyn gains +1/+0 when you use a swamp or mountain. If you tap multiple mountains or swamps, can it be for example 5/1? Can you use multiple lands on it?
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Effect of Viper's Kiss on Heroic creatures

I was battling my brother recently. He had a purely green deck, and summoned Anthousa, Setessan Hero. I then used a Viper's Curse on Anthousa. Anthousa has a heroic effect that allows it to turn ...
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Does transforming keyrunes count towards Evolve?

Suppose I animate my Simic Keyrune into a 2/3 artifact creature. Will it evolve my 1/1 Fathom Mage?
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Relative amounts of luck in MTG limited formats?

While I haven't played very much, I've noticed there seems to be slightly more luck in sealed than in draft. In draft, skill can prevail by recognizing bombs/archetypes, observing what colors are ...
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Leyline of Combustion w/ two Pandemonium triggers

If player A controls two (2) Pandemonium and player B controls Leyline of Combustion, how would this resolve. Player A has a creature enter the battlefield and has it deal damage to player B twice ...
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Activating Golos during another player’s turn

Golos, Tireless Pilgrim's ability can be activated during another players turn, but does doing so allow you to still play the cards if it is not your turn? The ability text says you may play those ...
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Multiple copies of planeswalkers

I thought planeswalkers are legendary permanents and thus subject to the legend rule. While playing on Arena my opponent played three copies of Gideon Blackblade from their hand. Does this card become ...
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Hardened Scales + Champion of Lambholt + Token Generator

Champion of Lambholt: Gets a +1/+1 counter whenever a creature enters the battlefield. Hardened Scales: Whenever 1 or more counters are put on a creature, put one more of those counters on that ...

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