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In MTG, was there ever a five-color deck that worked well?

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 ...
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How to build a budget-friendly manabase for a 5-color deck?

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....
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Why are MUD decks called MUD?

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 ...
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MTG Cards that interact with each other by name

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 ...
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How do I identify the role of a singleton in a well-tuned deck?

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 ...
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Can you play older versions of cards in standard?

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 ...
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Modern affinity deck without Mox Opal

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 ...
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Could I use old lands for a standard MTG deck?

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 ...
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How can I protect my tron deck against Crumble To Dust

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 ...
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In MTG, was there ever a five-color deck that worked well?

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"...
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Is there an AI that can build decks?

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 ...
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Can I produce off-color mana and activate off-color abilities outside my commander's identity?

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 ...
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Is there a "good" ratio of card types to have in an MTG deck?

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 ...
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Master of Cruelties Spiteful Returned Combo

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 ...
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Why are MUD decks called MUD?

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 ...
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How can I efficiently build a deck from a box of random cards?

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 ...
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Is there a "good" ratio of card types to have in an MTG deck?

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 ...
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MTG Conspiracy cards allowed in modern

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 ...
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How can I efficiently build a deck from a box of random cards?

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 ...
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What is a good Pokemon deck ratio?

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 ...
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Are there any other spells in bant colors that will cause Enduring Scalelord to go infinite?

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 ...
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Creatures with "Whenever you cast a colorless spell, untap ~"

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 ~" ...
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How can I protect my tron deck against Crumble To Dust

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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Can I deal extra damage if I copy Booby Trap's ability with Strionic Resonator?

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 ...
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Is there an AI that can build decks?

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 ...
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What is a good Pokemon deck ratio?

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 ...
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Alesha, Who Smiles at Death, and cards with a * as their power

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. ...
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How can I efficiently build a deck from a box of random cards?

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 ...
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Brigette Supporter: Does Pokemon GX considered EX?

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-...
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How to build a budget-friendly manabase for a 5-color deck?

Command Tower is a must-include. Besides that, there are pretty much five types of multi-colored lands. Lands that start untapped and have no/minimal drawback (paying 2 life is considered minimal). ...
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