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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 is my deck deck list? [closed]

I'm building a Teysa Karlov commander deck. I have a couple of win cons in the deck like revel in riches and pitiless plunderer with Teysa Karlov makes the treasures supper fast. I also have infinite ...
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What happens when Teysa Karlov is equipped with Helm of the Host?

What happens when you equip Helm of the Host to Teysa Karlov? do the Teysas trigger each other making infinite copies of the death trigger? Because my thinking is that it says when a triggered ability ...
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What cards were never allowed in Commander?

The Commander format has a relatively big ban-list. Which cards were banned upon Commander/EDH becoming a format? Which cards never got the chance to justify their ban on the fields of battle?
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Do you have to pay the commander tax if you have an Omniscience in play?

If you have an Omniscience in play, will you still have to pay the commander tax or do you get to play your commander completely for free? Or is it the case that Omniscience will only ever make my ...
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How does Thought Sponge interact with Yarok, the Desecrated?

Situation I have Yarok, the Desecrated on the battlefield: If a permanent entering the battlefield causes a triggered ability of a permanent you control to trigger, that ability triggers an ...
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Golos, Tireless Pilgrim and cards with cycling

If I use Golos, Tireless Pilgrim's activated ability and hit a card with cycling, can I cycle it? And if so I assume I can't do so for free?
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If Rayami, First of The Fallen is in the command zone, does his ability still activate? [duplicate]

So if Rayami, First of the Fallen is your commander and has yet to be played, does his ability still exile creatures that would normally be destroyed, or does he have to be on the battlefield for that ...
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How likely am I to have a key card in my starting hand in Brawl?

I'm playing the Brawl format (a 60-card singleton format), and I really want one specific card in my starting hand. I'm willing to take two mulligans (leaving me with a starting hand of 5 cards after ...
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Is Prismite considered colorless or all colors for the purpose of Brawl/Commander decks?

Me and the person I'm playing with were making Brawl decks. And we got into an argument about if Prismite was colorless or all colors. So which is it?
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Commander Damage Stacking & Player Control

In Commander/EDH, as far as I understand if a commander does 21 damage to an opponent they lose. I understand separate commanders must be tracked separately in multiplayer. How does this count if for ...
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How does Octopus Umbra interact with effects that change the base power and toughness of, and counters on, a creature?

Context My friend plays a Commander deck, lead by Tuvasa the Sunlit: Tuvasa the Sunlit gets +1/+1 for each enchantment you control. She's in play and has +2/+2 — not counters — from the two ...
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Sedris and Nicol Bolas, the Ravager

If I unearth Nicol Bolas, the Ravager thanks to Sedris, the Traitor King, then use Nicol Bolas's activated ability to exile it, does it return to the battlefield transformed? Unearth seems to replace ...
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MTG — Search for a sorcery — Green — EDH

I am building an EDH/Commander deck and my commander is mono green... I want a card or a combo that allows me to search my library for a sorcery card (or something similar). Do you guys know ...
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What is the statistically favorable amount of lands for Yennett? [closed]

Recently I have been brewing up Yennett, Cryptic Sovereign, as a commander deck. The deck was going well, with only 3 cards with even mana costs, and those being Lightning Greaves, for protection, ...
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When exactly does the commander tax get added?

Does commander tax increase for each time the commander has been cast, or for each time it has been removed from the battlefield? For example, if an opponent would kill my commander but I manage to ...
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How to calculate the power level of a Commander deck?

I've been playing Magic casually for almost half a year now, mostly in the multiplayer Commander format. Regularly, I hear people talk about the power levels of decks. Especially when I'm playing with ...
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Can doublestrike kill a creature with totem armor?

The Battlefield My opponent has a 3/3 creature in play, enchanted with a Mask token from Estrid, the Masked's -1, which grants the creature totem armor: If enchanted permanent would be destroyed, ...
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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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Cloning Skullbriar

Will a creature that is a copy of Skullbriar, the Walking Grave retain it's counters as it moves to another zone? For instance, if a Clone enters the battlefield as a copy of Skullbriar, later gains ...
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Multiple delayed triggers from Massacre Girl interaction

Recently on my usual EDH playgroup, we had an interaction of which we couldn't tell the outcome for sure. I had a Massacre Girl out on the battlefield, enchanted with Kaya's Ghostform. I then ...
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Does a discarded then cast card with madness count as discarded?

Play goes like this: I have Faith of the Devoted and Anje Falkenrath on the field. I discard an Anje's Ravager via Anje Falkenrath's tap ability. For this creature I pay its madness cost and ...
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Interaction between Ethereal Absolution versus Edgar Markov with Captivating Vampire

Situation An opponent has the commander Edgar Markov: Eminence — Whenever you cast another Vampire spell, if Edgar Markov is in the command zone or on the battlefield, create a 1/1 black Vampire ...
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Is it possible to pick a vehicle as your commander?

I'm making a commander deck, I've never played or deckbuilded in this game mode. I've run across the Parhelion II card and I was wondering if it could be my commander. I know it's not a creature, but ...
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Lethal damage while controlling Sower of Discord?

I recently played a game of commander with a single opponent. When I played Sower of Discord, I selected my opponent and myself. I then swung with Serra Avatar. If damage is taken and the amount is ...
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Is there a tier list of all precon Commander deck?

C19 is currently being spoiled and I am thinking about buying it. The idea is to buy a group of deck to play with friends. Here is the idea. Lets consider that we are 5 people sitting at a table. This ...
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Hapatra, Vizier of Poisons and “enters the battlefield” triggers

Hapatra, Vizier of Poisons's second ability reads: Whenever you put one or more -1/-1 counters on a creature, create a 1/1 green Snake creature token with deathtouch. Additionally, there are some ...
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How does Emissary of Grudges work exactly?

I have Emissary of Grudges in my deck and I was wondering if I use it correctly. In exemple: I play Emissary of Grudges and I secretly choose player 2. Player 2's turn. He casts Clone and targets me ...
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MTG: Ixidron vs Morph

I couldn't find the answer to this but what happens if you have a face down morph on the field and someone plays Ixidron? Does my morph creature stay face down or do they get turned up?
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What happens to excess combat damage?

If I attack a target player with a 4/4 flyer and a 2/2 flyer, and the target player uses a single 1/1 flyer to block the 4/4 flyer (and doesn't block the 2/2 flyer), do they only take 2 damage (i.e., ...
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What are similar black and/or white permanents to Divine Visitation?

For my Commander deck I'm looking for black and/or white permanents that have similar mechanics to Divine Visitation and Teysa Karlov, respectively: If one or more creature tokens would be created ...
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Can a deck with a mono-colored commander have cards with other colors than its commander in it?

The basic rules for building a Commander deck state: All cards must be in the color identity of the commander Then the rules summary continues with: COLOR IDENTITY A card's color identity ...
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Is casting a commander from the command zone considered casting a spell?

For example, say I have God-Pharao's Statue in play: Spells your opponents cast cost {2} more to cast. Would my opponents have to pay the two extra mana when playing their commander from the ...
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Do Dragon Spirits like Kokusho trigger Lathliss's ability?

I have found some really cool Dragon variations to use with Lathliss, Dragon Queen, but I'm not sure if Dragon Spirits like Kokusho, the Evening Star trigger her ability. When searching for Dragon ...
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Can you get infinite turns with this 2 card combo?

Lets say I have imprinted Medomai the Ageless on the Mimic Vat, have at least 3 mana and an opponent wide open for attacks. Do I get unlimited turns?
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What happens when I sacrifice a creature when my Teysa Karlov is on the battlefield?

Let’s say my commander Teysa Karlov is on the battlefield, ready for action. Then, I sacrifice Resolute Watchdog. What happens? Can I give one or two creatures indestructible? The relevant details ...
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Death and revival of land-creatures

I have a question regarding MTG rules and how can be applied. In this case, it's about lands that can become creatures. I was checking this one-mana EDH deck, and I saw that the Commander has this ...
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What does it mean to “control target player”?

I'm looking for a nice Sorin card, for in my commander deck. I found Sorin Markov, which states: -7: You control target player during that player's next turn. What does this mean? Do I command the ...
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What happens when the attacking player dies to damage triggers after killing the blocking creatures in the first combat step of double strike?

We were playing a commander game and the attacking player had a bunch of trample creatures, well call him Andy. The defending player, Bob, blocks with a Zulaport Cutthroat, Cruel Celebrant, Teysa ...
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Colorless commander using lands that chose based upon identity?

TLDR Can I use lands that mention "color identity" with a colorless commander while still getting their bonus effects? I apologize if I have missed something that explains this situation, but I am ...
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Can I activate Multani, Yavimaya's Avatar's ability in response to itself?

I recently played a game of EDH that I think I won, but my opponent was convinced I didn’t. He had a board state that would win if he untapped. I played a Seismic Assault. Seismic Assault has an ...
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Can commander tax be proliferated?

Can you proliferate someone's commander tax? For example, after you send your opponent's commander to his/her zone you proliferate the commander tax and make sure it cant be cast again by making it ...
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What is a good basic/non-basic lands ratio for Back to Basics in Commander?

I recently obtained a Back to Basics and I wonder what is a good ratio of Basic/non-basic lands so it doesn't hurt me more than my opponents. I suppose that near to 0 non-basics is a trivial answer ...
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Which commanders benefit from being in the Command Zone other than Oloro?

Oloro, Ageless Ascetic, gains its controller 2 life every turn it's in the command zone. Are there ANY other possible commanders that have abilities or benefits of being in the command zone or is he ...
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Can Rhys be played in a mono-green EDH deck?

I was wondering if a card with a cost that is either green or white, for example Rhys the Redeemed, could be played in a mono-green deck led by a commander such as Ezuri, Renegade Leader?
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Is it possible to have the same planeswalker from different editions in a Commander deck? [duplicate]

Is it possible to have the same card but from two different editions in Commander? For example, the planeswalker Jace Beleren.
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Void Winnower against Sunforger

Does the use of Sunforger's unattach ability negate the ability of Void Winnower and let me use spells with an even converted mana cost?
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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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Removing a Commander permanently

So I was thinking of ways to get rid of Commanders other than destroying and exiling them. I found that some cards just plain out remove creatures and other permanents from game entirely. I was ...
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Can I use two different cards with the same name in Commander?

I have two cards with the same name but different art and the card descriptions on the bottom. The card in question is Forsaken Sanctuary. It's a white/black land and I'm not sure if I can use both of ...
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Helm of the Host on Rakdos the Showstoper

I'm wondering if you put Helm of the Host on Rakdos, the Showstopper would his coin flip trigger when the copy enters the battlefield?