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Commander (aka Elder Dragon Highlander or EDH) is a Magic:The Gathering variant which emphasises social interactions, interesting games, and creative deck building. Its primary characteristic is that decks are centered about a Legendary Creature as the Commander. Please also tag these questions with [magic-the-gathering].

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How does Myrkul, Lord of Bones interact with Feign Death

Myrkul, Lord of Bones says: Whenever another nontoken creature you control dies, you may exile it. If you do, create a token that's a copy of that card, except it's an enchantment and loses all other ...
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MTG: Transform cards & Reanimator effects

I'm building a Shirei, Shizo's Caretaker deck, and I want to include Ecstatic Awakener in it. Would an Awoken Demon (the other side of Ecstatic Awakener) hit the graveyard as Ecstatic Awakener, ...
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Myrkul + Palisade Giant how does it work?

I was going through my cards as I worked on a Myrkul, Lord of Bones commander deck and saw my Palisade Giant. Does the giant's effect: All damage that would be dealt to you and other permanents you ...
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Alaundo the Seer removing multiple last time counters at the same time

Suppose that I have 2 or more spells in exile with exactly 1 time counter on each of them. I activate Alaundo the Seer's ability to "remove a time counter from each other card you own in exile&...
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What blue and/or black options exist for moving +1/+1 counters?

I am making a Szadek, Lord of Secrets deck, and I am looking for cards that can move +1/+1 (or similar) counters from one of my creatures to him. For instance, if I have a bunch of +1/+1 counters on ...
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If a commander is phased out, do I still controll it?

If a commander is phased out, do I still control it? For instance, do I get the extra part of Jeska's will, if my commander is in oubliette?
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When exactly do I get to return my Commander to the Command Zone after it goes to the Graveyard?

If my Commander on the field dies, and I send it to the Graveyard, its death becomes a state-based action. My question is, since a Commander has the chance to be returned to the Command Zone from the ...
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Can a commander sent to the graveyard be brought back by a sorcery or instant card or ability without costing mana? [closed]

Can a commander sent to the graveyard be brought back by a sorcery or instant card or ability without costing mana? I know I can put it in the command-zone. But does that mean I can get it back out of ...
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What do we do when we accidentally block an "unblockable" creature?

While playing a game of Commander, I attacked with Ainok Bond-Kin and activated the ability of Rogue's Passage {4}, {T}: Target creature can't be blocked this turn targeting Ainok before the ...
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How do cost reducers affect costs that include XX?

How does Mass Manipulation work with Hinata, Dawn-Crowned? How does the mana reducing ability interact with the XXUUUU mana cost?
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Does Kira negate exploit?

I am making a Kira, Great Glass-Spinner EDH deck and had a quick question. If I run a creature with an exploit ability (for example: Profaner of the Dead) where I have to sacrifice a creature to pull ...
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Ardenn, Intrepid Archaeologist with reconfigure

I was curious what would happen if I tried to attach an equipped with reconfigure (like The Reality Chip) to a creature using the trigger from Ardenn, Intrepid Archaeologist. Would it attach since it ...
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Terror of the peaks with double myriad triggers in EDH

I'm currently brewing an EDH Wulfgar of Icewind Dale Deck. I want to include both Terror of the Peaks and Blade of Selves. Now let's assume the following board state: I have my Wulfgar of Icewind Dale ...
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Does Karn Liberated's Ultimate allow you to change your Commander

After reading the answers to this question, a thought popped into my mind: if Karn Liberated's ultimate restarts the game, and declaring one of the Legendary Creatures in your deck as a Commander is a ...
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How to protect a card from RL damage (scratches, bends, cracks) and still play them?

I playing MTG for 17 years now. At first, I tried to protect my cards with simple thin sleeves and create/modify my deck without even considering the RL price of my cards. Now I play EDH mostly. I ...
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Can I produce off-color mana and activate off-color abilities outside my commander's identity?

Can a commander deck use abilities of creatures or spells, and generate mana that are not part of the commander's color identity? For example, if my commander has only black in its color identity, can ...
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Weird Lich and Laboratory Maniac situation, who wins?

In a Commander game I cast Lich + Sudden Substitution and swapped Lich for one of my opponents' creatures, giving him 0 life. My opponent plays Laboratory Maniac and proceeds to make us both draw our ...
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Ancient Greenwarden and Simic Growth Chamber

If I have Ancient Greenwarden on the field and I play Simic Growth Chamber, since Greenwarden's third ability isn't a may it means that Chambers ETB goes on the stack twice. My question is if I can ...
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Can you shoot Terror of the Peaks when it enters with a bunch of dragons, to avoid the damage?

On a recent edh game a player was returning all the dragons from his graveyard to play. One of those dragons was Terror of the Peaks, so other dragons would trigger him. All of them enter at the same ...
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Are there any artifacts that tap for white, blue or black mana?

I'm looking for artifacts similar to the crystals from the Ikoria set (e.g. Indatha Crystal) or the banners (e.g. Abzan Banner), but instead that produce white, blue or black mana. I'm not opposed to ...
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Does this Teshar combo (listed #1 on EDHREC) really work?

In the EDHREC page for Teshar, Ancestor's Apostle, there is a list of combos recommended for him as a commander. The top combo shown features these four cards: Blasting Station Myr Retriever ...
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Question about Untapping Creatures with Abilities

I’m pretty new to magic and whenever I think I know what’s going on I usually don’t. Here is the situation thanks in advance! Assuming a card like Jokulmorder comes into play and has the text: “comes ...
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Can Tawnos, Urza's Apprentice be used to name two cards for Phyrexian Revoker? Or for Stuffy Doll?

I have Tawnos, Urza's Apprentice as my commander for a deck I'm building. And looking over Phyrexian Revoker I wondered if I could copy its ability and name a second card as it comes down to lock ...
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Does it make sense to include cards from Commander decks to your main deck when playing "kitchen table magic"? [closed]

Well I don't know if cards in commander decks could be found in standard decks/sets or not but if not then there are cards in the commander decks that great to include them in your main deck that ...
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How do I address the power creep in my pod when I can't afford to keep up? (MTG)

About a year ago, a friend introduced me to MTG Arena. I played very often over the course of the pandemic and as a result have gotten pretty into Magic. My friend has been playing for three or four ...
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“Repeat this process” infinite loop rulings

I am theory crafting a deck for the new legendary planeswalkers/commander Grist, the Hunger Tide and I was wondering how his first ability works in an infinite loop. The scenario occurs when I force ...
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Does Silence stop working in the Cleanup step, allowing more spells to cast in the same turn when discard triggers effects?

In a recent CEDH game of Playing With Power MTG, one player played Silence during the turn of a The Gitrog Monster player. The Gitrog player then uses the Dredgmooor combo in his endstep and ...
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Jeskai cards that will let me draw off of either scrying or spell cast or creature entering the battlefield?

I have just finished a rough deck using Gnostro, Voice of the Crags as the commander. The deck works by using Emissary's Ploy (choosing 1) to cast the deck's creatures(most of which are 1-drops) ...
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Using Commander Abilities from the Command Zone

So I have Horde of Notions and I am wondering if I can use it's mana cost ability from the commander zone. The ability which by paying one of each color, I can bring a Elemental from the graveyard to ...
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Can Ghired, Conclave Exile and Helm of the Host go infinite?

So in a Commander match a buddy threw down Helm of the Host and Ghired, Conclave Exile. He attached the equipment to his Commander and swung out. Given the cards' rules texts, what goes onto/off of ...
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Can I activate Multani, Yavimaya's Avatar on the battlefield?

Multani, Yavimaya's Avatar's activated ability doesn't require having to declare any targets, and it only cost {1}{G} and returning two lands to hand. The ability doesn't say Multani has to be in ...
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Can you stop all attacks with Pramikon and Helm of the host?

If I have Pramikon, Sky Rampart out and attach a Helm of the Host to it, would it allow a new copy to enter, allowing me to choose the opposite direction from my original Pramikon? If so would that ...
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Maximum number of parties in MTG

Apologies if this has been answered, but How many parties can you have in MTG? I’m aware that a party consists of 0-4 so cleric, rogue, wizard and warrior. But if I have a full party and say another 4 ...
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MTG Is the commander-ness of a card always known to all players?

Haven't been able to find any definitive information about this. 903.3. Each deck has a legendary creature card designated as its commander. This designation is not a characteristic of the object ...
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How does color identity work in Commander?

I recently began playing commander, and have run into a few questions, mainly about color compatibility with a commander. I think I can lump them all together into this one question: What exactly ...
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What happens to permanents modified by effects like Chance for Glory that change their card type?

For instance, Chance for Glory grants creatures indefinite indestructibility. What if said creature was a temporarily animated artifact, land, or enchantment that then loses the creature card type at ...
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Prismatic Piper card availability in Commander Draft

I've been planning to organize a Commander Legends draft with a few people at work. I've been looking into just how the drafting works with this format (it has a few oddities to account for the ...
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What happens when you cast a spell with multiple copies of Krark, the thumbless

Using the partner commanders Krark, the Thumbless and Sakashima of a Thousand Faces. Krark has the ability: Whenever you cast an instant or sorcery spell, flip a coin. If you lose the flip, return ...
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If my commander's mana cost is colorless, but it has an ability that includes another mana type, what cards can be in my deck?

Morophon, the Boundless has a mana cost is 7 colorless mana, but he has an ability that includes all mana types. If he is my commander, what cards can be in my deck?
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Can Form of the Dragon be given Infect?

I'm play primarily EDH and like to play jank ideas. One thing I've been thinking about is the card Form of the Dragon. Is it possible to give Form of the Dragon the infect mechanic?
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Do I have to pay commander tax when casting my commander using Geode Golem's ability?

Hey guys I have a question regarding Geode Golem. Its text says "Whenever Geode Golem deals combat damage to a player, you may cast your commander from the command zone without paying its mana ...
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Who gets the Commander if it dies or is exiled with a coin counter from Athreos, Shroud-Veiled?

In a game of Commander, I control Athreos, Shroud-Veiled and put a coin counter on another player's Commander. If the Commander dies or is exiled, its controller gets to choose to put it back in the ...
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Can Etrata 'hit' commanders and count them toward game loss?

Etrata, the Silencer has this ability: Whenever Etrata deals combat damage to a player, exile target creature that player controls and put a hit counter on that card. That player loses the game if ...
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Does creating colored tokens affect a card's color identity?

God-Eternal Oketra is a white creature that creates black creature tokens. Is God-Eternal Oketra's color identity [White] or [White,Black]?
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Do basic land types affect a card's color identity?

A card's color identity, as I understand it, is defined by all mana symbols in its cost and rules text. This means that the color identity of Temple of Silence is black and white, since it has "{T}: ...
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How does Song of Freyalise chapters 1-2 work?

I have a question about Song of Freyalise. Chapters I and II say: Until your next turn, creatures you control gain '{T}: Add one mana of any color.' According to the wording of this effect, my ...
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Companion commander question

Haven't seen this covered, but can you use a companion card such as Jegantha, the Wellspring as your commander instead of as a companion? The text on the card reads If this card is your chosen ...
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Mutate and replacement effects (Example, Darigaaz Reincarnated) and triggered abilities (ex: Sigil of the New Dawn)

How does mutate exactly work with any replacement effects? For example, lets say I have 2 creatures Mutated on top of Darigaaz Reincarnated, when that creature dies, A. Darigaaz returned with the ...
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Mutate and Commander status

So, the new mutate abilty reads : As a mutating creature spell resolves, instead of entering the battlefield, it merges with its target into one creature. Its controller chooses to put the ...
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How do Companion cards from Ikoria work in Commander?

Today the Ikoria previews revealed a new mechanic: companion. From Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths Mechanics, you can choose up to one companion card in your sideboard (or in your collection outside the ...
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