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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 color 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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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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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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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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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?

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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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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Why do people play mana dorks instead of mana enchantments?

There's a lot of reasons why mana creatures are preferred over auras, some are very specific, others are more general: Search - An early game play in some decks is to Green Sun's Zenith for 0 or 1,...
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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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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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What are budget options for decks competitive in local standard tournaments?

An attempt to write a somewhat timeless answer, rather than one which just happens to give an answer for Standard as of March 2024. As much as possible, you want a mono-coloured deck. Basic lands are ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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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What is the strategy called which forces opponents to discard cards?

First, I want to note that "mill" as a deck strategy name is just named after "mill", which is the common unofficial (now official) name for the action of putting cards into the ...
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Can a deck with a mono-colored commander have cards with other colors than its commander in it?

As the rules you quoted say, the color identity of every card in a commander deck must be a subset of the color identity of the commander, where a card's color identity is the set of the colors of all ...
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How can I improve my Chandra, Acolyte of Flame plus Cavalcade of Calamity deck?

If you're playing with Cavalcade of Calamity you must go aggro - full out aggro. It's very weak if you're not being aggressive. Consider: if it's turn 6 and you're playing cards like Chandra, Awakened ...
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Do you get a counter for each Tempered Sliver on the battlefield

The sliver in case would, in fact, get 2 +1/+1 counters. This is because of rule 113.2c, which I quote, with the relevant bit emphasized: 113.2c An object may have multiple abilities. If the ...
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When a card modifies how many copies of that card a deck can have, does that affect the sideboard?

Rule 100.4 clearly distinguishes between the deck and the sideboard, by using the word "also". That is, a player must have a deck of minimum size and may choose to have a sideboard of maximum size. ...
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In MTG, was there ever a five-color deck that worked well?

There are also 5 colour decks in current standard although they aren't in the very top tier of decks, the main two are Rainbow Lich and 5C Black (with many versions of 5C Black).
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Casual playing of Magic the Gathering MTG

This may be closed as opinion-based, but there isn't a "right way" to play MTG casually or to build decks. However, I find that you are approaching it from the wrong point of view, and are ...
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