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The default decks are all bad. Just look at the cards it runs - it has underpowered spells like Infuriate, underpowered creatures like Slaughter-Priest of Mogis, and doesn't max out on the actual power cards like Kroxa. Of course, the point of the default decks is to give new players a taste of Magic's gameplay. From that point of view, the fact that good ...


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The triggered ability actually triggered before Flynn died, not after. This happened because Fynn doesn't die immediately; it only dies when state-based actions are checked. Simultaneously, Fynn was dealt damage and your opponent was dealt damage by a creature with deathtouch. This event caused Fynn to trigger; as Fynn was still on the battlefield and was an ...


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I am fairly consistent in Diamond on Best of One Ladder for constructed. I started Arena about a year ago. The Black/Red sacrifice deck I was given was a bit different what you have, but I found it the hardest of the free decks to play. I personally find knowing when to sacrifice for benefit extremely difficult to get right. Bottom line, yes it is a hard ...


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There are a few ways that could be written which would change where it applies. It could have been written, in order from most narrow to widest: Whenever you cast a spell, Spellshock deals 2 damage to you. This applies to you, and only you. There aren't many cards that work this way anymore, downsides to cards have gotten more rare over time, currently the ...


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A few cards do allow creatures to be tapped for 2 mana, each with its own restrictions: Grand Architect has the ability "Tap an untapped blue creature you control: Add {C}{C}. Spend this mana only to cast artifact spells or activate abilities of artifacts." Joraga Treespeaker has the ability "Elves you control have '{T}: Add {G}{G}.'" ...


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Yes, everyone suffers the damage as it specifies all players as a target. However there are other cards that would protect you from that damage such as Circle of Protection: Red or other cards like that


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No, if you reanimate a double-faced card (modal or transforming), or otherwise do something that isn't casting it, you can generally only operate on the front face. The most important rule here is 711.4a: While a double-faced card is outside the game or in a zone other than the battlefield or stack, it has only the characteristics of its front face. If you ...


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Yes, Ranar's ability will trigger if he is exiled. Ranar's ability can trigger when objects leave the battlefield, so it is a "leaves-the-battlefield" ability, which are defined in rule 603.6c: Leaves-the-battlefield abilities trigger when a permanent moves from the battlefield to another zone, or when a phased-in permanent leaves the game because ...


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You could combine Kinnan, Bonder Prodigy with standard mana-dorks, or turn all your creatures into mana-dorks using Song of Freyalise. Mana Reflection works with creatures, too.


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Murgatroid99 gave excellent answers for what you specifically asked for. However, another route is to increase the mana generated by the mana source. Say for example, your creature is equipped with Paradise Mantle (there are lots of ways for creatures to generate mana. That's just one.) Then Nyxbloom Ancient will cause it to generate 3X mana. Leyline ...


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There have only been a few "good" default decks, and even those were pretty easy to improve. Of the current decks To Adventure was the best in my opinion, and I did play a modified version of it for a while. Starry eyed isn't bad either, and Knights needed some modification before it was any good. Before that Jungle Secrets and Eternal Thirst were ...


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