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When casting a spell that lets you distribute X +1/+1 counters among creatures you control, how do you submit less than X creatures?

I cast Stolen Goodies, the adventure half of Picnic Ruiner: Distribute three +1/+1 counters among any number of target creatures you control. I controlled three creatures, but I only wanted to add ...
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If a Ring-bearer loses all abilities, does that include The Ring's abilities?

While playing Arena, I enchanted my opponent's Slimefoot, Thallid Transparent, which was their Ring-bearer, with Witness Protection. I expected that Witness Protection's ability removal would remove ...
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What cards can stop planeswalkers from doing anything when they enter the battlefield?

I've built a deck that's working well against most things, except planeswalkers - I cannot counter them, discard them, or attack them off the board, so they always resolve and bury me in advantage. ...
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Are there examples where Arena has implemented the rules incorrectly?

I've seen numerous off hand comments claiming that Arena doesn't implement the rules of Magic the Gathering correctly. (Here's a single example on a comment to my answer: Does a phased-out Ring-...
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Can a creature that "loses indestructible until end of turn" gain indestructible later that turn?

I attacked with a 4/4 creature. The opponent blocked with a 1/1. Before combat damage was assigned, they cast Smite the Deathless on my 4/4, dealing it 3 damage, and causing it to lose indestructible ...
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How do battles function if they are turned into a creature?

There are a number of ways to turn battles into creatures, for instance the classic Liquimetal Coating and Karn, the Great Creator's +1 ability. Now, your battle is a creature, based on my reading of ...
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Jhoira, Ageless Innovator and Prototype Artifacts

So I read about her and I read about prototype artifacts and new rulings about them. Yet not sure if this will work You have Jhoira, Ageless Innovator on the battlefield, say with 4 counters on her. ...
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Why don't I get the choice of order of abilities of some permanents to maximise +1/+1 counters?

This is regarding playing MTG:A, with the option "Auto Order Triggered Abilities" turned off. I have a green deck that utilises counters and multipliers. Three of the cards in question are: ...
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Is it good etiquette to gg the opponent when they gg you, even if you haven't won yet?

Say you have some strong board position and are clearly winning, but you have not won yet. Opponent ggs you (i.e. uses the in-game 'good game' command). Should you gg back? For context: you are ...
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How to find the spellbook for a card?

To make the question specific, I'd like to find the spellbook for Cursebound Witch. My usual go to places for cards are scryfall and Gatherer. Gatherer appears to not have Arena/Alchemy cards. I'm ...
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What are all the Magic the Gathering Arena expansion set abbreviations?

I'm sorry if this isn't the correct exchange for this question, but I couldn't find anything I thought would work better. In the Magic the Gathering Arena computer game's search function you are able ...
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What is the fastest way to get infinite mana in Historic?

I'm looking for the combo using the fewest cards from the start of the game that allows you to generate unlimited mana using Historic-legal cards. It doesn't have to be viable or practical, but I have ...
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Is there data available on the relative strengths of the World Championship decks?

For the World Championships this year, WotC allowed Arena players to play the decks in Best of 1 against other arena players. Has untapped.gg or any similar "play monitoring" tool put ...
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XMage alternative to draft Magic the Gathering online?

I'm getting back into Magic the Gathering at the start of Innistrad Midnight Hunt. I used to use XMage for drafts online, but while the program looks alive and well, it doesn't seem like there are any ...
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How to determine the card pool used by Pool of Vigorous Growth?

Short Version: Is there a list of all creatures in Arena? Long Version: If you go to scryfall, and look at all the 9 mana value creatures available in historic you get a list of 5 cards (as of 2021-09-...
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Tiger-Tribe Hunter and temporary power/toughness changes

I played AFR draft on MTG Arena last night and encountered something that doesn't make sense to me. My opponent had a Zombie Ogre with a +1/+1 counter and a Death-Priest of Myrkul in play. I had a ...
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Why doesn't my attack go through even after I remove the blocker?

I've played a few games and an effect happens that I do not understand: I declared an attacker Opponent declares a blocker I use Unsummon or other Instant such as Murder and remove the declared ...
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Changing decks in test of leadership in Arena?

I created a throw away deck, and entered it as a test of an idea into the current "Test of Leadership" in Arena. Now, it appears I am unable to modify or otherwise alter that deck? Am I ...
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How did a player survive 24 commander damage?

I'm referring to this clip from streamer CovertGoBlue. He had pumped his commander (Illuna, Apex of Wishes mutated on top of a 2/2 Zombie token created by Field of the Dead) to 24/24 and then damaged ...
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Activating Charnel Troll's ability during upkeep

In MTG Arena, I'm having some trouble with Charnel Troll. You are supposed to be able to activate it's ability to discard a creature in response to its triggered ability that makes you exile a ...
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Is the Arena default deck "Line of Fire" bad or is it just me?

I'm new to Magic. One of the default decks you can unlock when you start playing Arena is called "Line of Fire". It consists of: 1 Kroxa, Titan of Death's Hunger 1 Liliana's ...
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MtG Arena - Dina and lifelink

On the board I had Dina, Soul Steeper and another creature with lifelink. My opponent had huge advantage on the board, but was at 1 life. He attacked with everything. I expected to lose dozens of ...
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Should trample damage get through a creature with protection from the attacker? [duplicate]

I had the below scenario happen while playing MTG Arena. I have a 1/1 soldier token. I have given it protection from Red, by sacrificing an Alseid of Life's Bounty. My opponent has a Rimrock ...
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An exiled planeswalker returned with loyalty higher than printed in Arena

In Arena, I exiled enemy's Teferi, Hero of Dominaria using Banishing Light. Some time later Banishing Light was destroyed and Teferi returned to play. It had immediately 8 loyalty. What allows this? I ...
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Isn't Wall of Runes a Rune card?

I played Runed Crown on MTG Arena, and tried to select Wall of Runes, but wasn't able. Isn't it a Rune card? So which cards are?
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MTG protection from color in multiple card multicolored scenario

I just played a game of MTG Arena where Questing Beast attacked while I declared my Linden, the Steadfast Queen as a blocker. I sacrificed my Alseid of Life's Bounty and gave Linden, the Steadfast ...
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Do Lands count as permanents? Did I find a bug in Magic Arena?

I played a match with Chromatic Orrery on the battlefield. I had no creatures, no enchantments or anything else on the field but around 10 Lands of 7 different types. 7 mixed and 2 single colors and ...
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MTG Arena: Enter battlefield ability denied by killing the creature causing it?

I played Acquisitions Expert in MTG Arena. My opponent reacted with Stomp adventure of Bonecrusher Giant and killed the Acquisitions Expert. Even though I saw my Acquisitions Expert's ability still ...
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MTG Arena: Current shuffler (and matchmaker) functionality and rules [closed]

Bit on a rant intro, not necessary to understand the question. There is a heated debate between Arena players if (not) is the card shuffler (and matchmaker) rigged. I myself experienced very strange ...
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MTG: Yorion, Sky Nomad played into Yorion, Sky Nomad

I've been playing MTG Arena and played a game where my opponent played Yorion, Sky Nomad when another copy was already in game. If I'm correct, he chose to keep the copy which was already in the play ...
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Are you required to search your deck when playing a search card?

I had a miss click while playing arena and played a search card and it automatically showed me my deck. In the paper magic could you play a search card and choose not to look at your deck if you had ...
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Is Ashaya still a land while enchanted with Kenrith's Transformation?

Ashaya, Soul of the Wild has a static ability that turns all of your creatures into Forest lands. Kenrith's Transformation turns enchanted creature into a 3/3 Elk creature with no abilities. My ...
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Why don't I get an chance to respond to the Extinction Event choice?

Extinction Event reads Choose odd or even. Exile each creature with converted mana cost of the chosen value. Why can't I respond to my opponent's choice of odd/even, for example by activating my ...
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Why didn't Crawling Barrens grow larger when mutated with my Gemrazer?

My turn on M:tG Arena. I've got my Crawling Barrens as a 12/12 creature due to twelve 1/1 counters. Then I mutated a Gemrazer over it (aka "above"). The Crawling Barrens stayed 12/12. After ...
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MTG reactive play denied in MTG Arena

I played MTG Arena today and I attacked with Zulaport Duelist on which my opponent reacted with Stomp adventure of Bonecrusher Giant and instead of letting me change my Duelist for Zareth it simply ...
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Why does a blocking 1/1 creature with double strike kill a 3/2 creature?

I was playing MTG Arena and had a 3/2 creature get blocked by a 1/1 creature with double strike. What I thought would happen: First strike: Attacker down to 3/1 (but still alive) Normal combat: ...
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How competitive are MTG Arena qualifier events?

I finished last season ranked mythic on MTG Arena. I wasn't paying attention to the season, had no idea something was up, and was simply playing for fun (like, if I'd known what was at stake and was ...
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What happens if I tap a creature in response to Tolarian Kraken's ability?

Tolarian Kraken says: Whenever you draw a card, you may pay {1}. When you do, you may tap or untap target creature. Let's say I pay {1} and target my opponent's Merfolk Looter with this ability. ...
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If a Devotion God had a tap ability, would it be able to tap on the turn it came in if you didn't have enough devotion?

If a Theros God that requires a certain Devotion enters the battlefield where you do not have enough devotion to fulfill the requirement to make it a creature does it still have summoning sickness for ...
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Can I freeze a tapped creature? [duplicate]

Suppose I have a Sharktocrab and my opponent has a Cavalier of Thorns in play. They attack with the Cavalier, and it becomes tapped. On my turn, I Adapt my Sharktocrab, putting a +1/+1 counter on it ...
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Arena, Triumphant surge without legal target

Just playing Arena using the Workshop:Heroes of Theros - Devotion deck. I tried to cast Triumphant Surge when there was only my Transcendent Envoy on the battlefield. The Triumphant Surge just hung ...
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When will Arena's Workshop: Uncharted Paths be held?

In MTG Arena: State of the Game — February 2020, Wizards introduced a three-part workshop series: Power and Glory, Heroes of Theros, and Uncharted Paths. I see on the Arena events calendar that Power ...
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Kaya's ghostform and hanged executioner

So on MTG Arena today, I enchanted my Hanged Executioner with Kaya's Ghostform. Hanged Executioner reads in part: "{3}{W}, Exile Hanged Executioner: Exile target creature." I activated this ...
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Why does Dryad of the Ilysian Grove grant all basic land types even if it loses all abilities?

I got my Dryad of the Ilysian Grove turned into a fish (using Ichthyomorphosis) on an Arena draft. It's supposed to "lose all abilities", but I could see that the Dryad was still allowing me ...
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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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Can an instant spell deal damage to a creature after responding with hexproof?

For instance I want to cast Shock on Barkhide Troll during my main phase. Then my opponent can respond to it with Troll activated ability. If I understand it correctly - he had to use Troll's Active ...
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Atemsis, All-Seeing and Mask of Immolation interaction

Does sacrificing Atemsis, All-Seeing equipped with Mask of Immolation trigger Atemsis' second ability, or does it not trigger because Atemsis left the battlefield already? Atemsis' second ability: ...
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Countering an uncounterable spell, triggers, and state-based actions

So I just played a game in Arena where my opponent was at 4 life, I had 1 card left in my deck (after drawing my card for the turn), and they had two copies of Drowned Secrets on the battlefield. I ...
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Does equipping an equipment go on the stack?

Say we're in a game of MTG Commander/EDH. I already have Lightning Greaves on the battefield from the previous turn. I begin my main phase and I play my commander (Let's say it has no abilities or ...
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How can I reorder triggered abilities in Arena?

Suppose I have Goreclaw, Terror of Qal Sisma and Bishop of Binding in play. When my creatures attack, I want the Bishop's ability to resolve first (targetting himself), so that he's big enough to get ...
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