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Yes. Emphatically yes. Some notable examples include: "The Deck" by Brian Weissman – a classic five-color control deck focused on reactive play and denial with only Serra Angel and Braingeyser as finishers; arguably the prototype for all control decks, and the strongest Magic deck of its day. Jakub Slemr's 5-Color Black Weenie deck — a black-based ...


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Here are the lands that will work in a 5 colour deck, I ordered them in roughly the order I think they are helpful speed wise to an EDH deck and will include the lands you already run for completeness. Prices rounded to the nearest quarter and are from TCGPlayer based on the results returned by Scryfall. (For sake of site rules, I have no affiliation with ...


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Generally, quite a few older deck names aren't really meaningful — they're a weird in-joke or just a random word someone pulled out of nowhere — and that tradition has been carried forward to the modern day in Legacy/Vintage as well. This is how you get the likes of Fruity Pebbles, Cephalid Breakfast, Team America (which is BUG, not red-white-...


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Creating a search query that returns all cards that reference other cards, without having false positives or false negatives is difficult, but I will show the kinds of things to search for to find some of them. All of these queries are using MagicCards.info o:named This is the most basic one, it searches for all cards with "named" in their card ...


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I'm not familiar with this deck in particular, but it looks like this is a good example of a miser's copy (a singleton, usually with the connotation that it has a unique effect within your deck but you have no way to tutor for it). Some things to note about that card: It is really good in some situations It is really bad in others In the situations where it ...


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Yes. The only thing that matters for determining card legality is the name of the card. As far as the Oracle is concerned, 2 different printings of shock are the exact same card for all game and tournament rule purposes. From the tournament rules: 3.3. Authorized Cards Players may use any Authorized Game Cards from Magic: The Gathering expansions, core sets,...


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Start by accepting that your deck won't be as straight-up competitive as it could be with Mox Opal — it's a staple, and cutting staples, especially for budget reasons, inevitably involves giving away some percentage points here or there. Maybe you can gain some improvements in unusual matchups, though. #What does Mox Opal do for you? Consider what Affinity ...


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As long as a card is legal in a format, you may use any printing of that card in that format, regardless of how old it is. Since basic lands are printed all the time and are legal in all formats, any basic land can be used in any format. The one caveat is that if your lands are noticeably older and more worn than your other cards, they could count as "...


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You could go with regular black hand disruption like Thoughtseize or Duress then maybe have some Surgical Extraction to clean them up after that. For Bogles, making the player sacrifice a creature would be good. Cruel Edict or Devour Flesh or Geth's Verdict are some low-mana options. You could go for a bomb with Liliana of the Veil What's good about the ...


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5c Humans is currently one of the defining decks in Modern. It relies on Ancient Ziggurat, Unclaimed Territory and Cavern of Souls to generate its mana, failing which it still has Aether Vial to "cast" the creatures. Here's a list from the just-concluded Pro Tour. This same manabase will also work for other tribal decks, most notably Slivers (example). ...


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Don Goodman-Wilson made a program to build decks given a pool of cards. (I guess you could make the pool 60 copies of each card legal for the format). From his post on Hackernoon: So I started building just such a tool. Read along to find out how it works, how you can start using it, and better yet, how you can help make it awesome. In this article, I want ...


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Mostly no, you cannot have cards with a different color identity from your commander in your deck, including your lands. There are however ways to cast off color spells and have off color mana. Color vs Color Identity First there's a difference between a card's color and its color identity. The color identity of a card is set by four things: The colors in ...


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Deck construction varies greatly from format to format, and even counting in formats that are more commonly played competitively with constructed decks (Modern, Standard, maybe Legacy) or limited formats (Sealed, Draft), you will find a great difference in deck lists. Limited formats Limited formats have the unique feature that you have to work with which ...


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This would not work how you want it to. Because of the timing for the different triggers in this scenario. There are 5 parts of the combat phase: Beginning of Combat Declare Attackers Declare Blockers Combat Damage End of Combat The trigger from Spiteful Returned triggers is "Whenever Spiteful Returned or enchanted creature attacks", this means that it ...


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This quote is from an article written by one of the creators of the deck: Now Mud didn't really have a name at that time; it was simply called "our Artifact deck" or "the Artifact deck" or it was just referred to as Mono-brown control. It wasn't until December-January when we first started making up names so it actually about five months after we ...


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If you're willing to spend a bit of time up front, you can probably "triage" the cards in a way that might make deck building easier. Grab a large section of cards and sort out the colors you are interested in. Sort the cards within the colors by the set symbol. The idea here is that you're more likely to get interesting synergies from cards that are from ...


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There generally is a standard ratio when it comes to the Land type, but not with other types. Most newer players will start out with a recommended 24 out of 60 cards being Lands (40%). However, this ratio is far from fixed. As you get better with deck building, you learn that different decks have different needs, and it's common for decks to have less, or ...


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Cards from Conspiracy are not legal in Modern unless they were already printed in a Modern legal set. There were 65 new cards in that set, 52 are legal in Legacy and Vintage the remaining 13 are not legal in any Constructed format. The 13 that aren't legal are the ones with the Conspiracy type. The only things that add new cards to the Modern card pool are ...


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Since you have no prior knowledge about the cards you got, and they are from practically all possible sets of Magic since its first release, your card pool will be wildly inconsistent, and synergies between cards will be incidental, if they exist at all. A veteran player can sift through such a pool relatively quickly because he or she would already be ...


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Yes. Cackling Counterpart and Battlegrowth are in Bant colors and combo with Enduring Scalelord. Can you teach me how to search for cards myself? Introducing the Gatherer's advanced search feature. We know that Enduring Scalelord goes infinite with itself. Let's try to find a clone in Bant colors. Here is what I started with: Color: Does NOT contain Black ...


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One option is to use Scryfall, which uses "~" in card text search to mean the name of the card that the text is on. So, for example, you can search o:"Whenever you cast a colorless spell, untap ~" This gives exactly one result: Nettle Drone. In addition, Scryfall has a regular expression search that supports the same meaning of "~". So if you do the ...


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Since Crumble to Dust is a sorcery, you could use the card Warping Wail to counter it. Warping Wail has some other utility and it requiring a colorless mana should be no problem for you.


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You can copy the triggered ability with Strionic Resonator, but after the copy resolves, the original won't do anything. Booby Trap's triggered ability is When the chosen player draws a card with the chosen name, sacrifice Booby Trap. If you do, Booby Trap deals 10 damage to that player. If the ability is on the stack and you copy it with Strionic ...


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First, just so you know where I’m coming from, I’m a professional programmer, and I’ve studied AI, but I don’t work with AI professionally, so there are limits to my expertise. I defer to anyone who is an expert in AI, but I think currently my expertise is most applicable to this question. That said, There is a major constraint on the way we currently build ...


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The recommendations provided in the other answers are good guidelines for casual play, these are the sorts of ratios that would be found in theme decks. It is also important to note that for competitive play, there is an emphasis on speed and reliability, therefore the ratios change quite drastically. The ratios depend on the type of deck and the pokemon ...


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the ratio purely depends on the deck you're trying to run, theme decks tend to have more Pokémon, closely followed by energy and less trainers, they also usually revolve around 2 colors (plus colorless) of Pokemon; for example the Lunala theme deck contains 24 Pokemon, 20 basic energy and 16 trainers (the colors used are psychic and fire). these types of ...


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The format you're playing is very important to answer this question. Playing Standard, for example, limits your options to the most recent few sets, while on the opposite end of the spectrum, playing Vintage or Commander opens up nearly every card ever printed. Against removal, you can go for creatures with hexproof/shroud (Thrun, the Last Troll/Scythe Tiger)...


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The Forerunners have what is called Characteristic-Defining Ability, and those function in all zones. So you can only return them with Alesha if you have less than 3 creatures on the battlefield. 208.2a The card may have a characteristic-defining ability that sets its power and/or toughness according to some stated condition. (See rule 604.3.) Such an ...


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This is going to feel a lot like going to a Pre-release blindly. Excpet that you want to end up with a 60 card deck (usually 40% lands, so 36 cards, 24 lands). Sort the cards by Color. Within each Color, Sort by mana cost Find your "Bombs" for each color, and separate them from the rest. These will be cards that win the game quickly upon being played (Think ...


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In Pokémon, new game mechanics are introduced from time to time, but this does not mean that they need to interact or be somehow backward-compatible. For most of the time, they are separate. Pokémon-GX is a different card to Pokémon-EX cards and thus you can find up to 3 Basic Pokémon including Pokémon-GX cards with Brigette.


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