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Can I win in 1v1 if I stole someone else's platinum angel, would lose without it, then defeat them?

You'll win the game. Once your opponent leaves, and you're the last person standing, you win immediately. From the rules on Ending the Game: 104.1. A game ends immediately when a player wins, when ...
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What happens to spells on the stack when a player leaves the game?

No, the turn continues as normal, without that player. 800.4i If a player leaves the game during their turn, that turn continues to its completion without an active player. If the active player ...
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In a multiplayer game, if a player is controlling another player's turn, may they reveal that player's hand?

The controlling player cannot reveal the controlled player's hand. Rule 718.5b says The controller of another player can’t make choices or decisions for that player that aren’t called for by the ...
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Maximum number of parties in MTG

There isn't a card nor an entry in the rules that mention multiples parties, therefore the number of parties you can form is irrelevant. Also, rule 700.8a state s The calculation of the number of ...
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Does "cards with the same name can't be played" affect tokens?

Can I "play" a token? No. You can still produce zombie tokens even if you are not allowed to play Zombie. "Play" has a very specific meaning in Magic: 701.11b To play a card means ...
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What does it mean to "control target player"?

If you control another player, you essentially are that player for purposes of gameplay. You make all gameplay decisions for that player and can see all in-game cards that the controlled player could ...
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Which commanders benefit from being in the Command Zone other than Oloro?

15 possible commanders interact with the command zone in an unusual way. 8 commanders have abilities that function in the command zone. All of them were created for the preconstructed commander decks ...
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Lethal damage while controlling Sower of Discord?

You win. Sower of Discord's third ability is a triggered ability, so the life loss taken by you would happen "long after" the game has already ended. State-based actions are what causes a ...
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Does Curse of Opulence give its controller tokens when someone else attacks?

You are correct, players A and C each create a Gold token. The ability "Whenever enchanted player is attacked, create a colorless artifact token named Gold" applies to the player that controls Curse ...
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Can Strionic Resonator re-direct Ulamog, The Ceaseless Hunger's exile ability?

You cannot choose any other player than the defending player. Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger says: Whenever Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger attacks, defending player exiles the top twenty cards of their ...
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Maximum number of parties in MTG

One per player. The text of rule 700.8 makes this clear (emphasis mine): 700.8. Some cards refer to the number of creatures in a player’s party. A player’s party consists of up to one creature that ...
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In multiplayer, in which order are replacement effects from different players applied?

The order in which replacement effects are applied to an event is chosen by the player or controller affected. In this case, the event in question is your creature dying, so you choose which ...
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How does Ashiok, Dream Render interact with the Vigor/Hostility and Profane Memento cards?

Vigor and Hostility will be exiled and not shuffled back. The controller of Profane Memento will gain life. The part about players not being able to take actions during the resolution of Ashiok's ...
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Two Headed Giant - do I gain life when my teammate gains life?

No, the Pridemate's ability doesn't trigger when your teammate gains life, because while your shared life total goes up it is not you gaining life. Two-Headed Giant FAQ: How does damage, loss of ...
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Do on-death triggered abilities of creatures happen in multiplayer when a creature's owner loses at the same time?

A good resource in this situation is http://chat.magicjudges.org/mtgrules/ - their answer follows: Both them losing and Wurmcoil dying happens as part of the same "set" of State Based Actions. ...
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Can you attack/deal damage an ally?

It sounds as if you were playing something similar to the Star format (though it sounds like you didn't use the color restrictions). The comprehensive rules don't have anything about it, so we have to ...
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What happens to excess combat damage?

The excess damage is dealt to the blocker. Yes, it's possible to assign more damage to a creature than is necessary to kill it. This matters, for example, for Lifelink. A creature without trample ...
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Copying Etrata, the Silencer, but not its name

Its copied abilities would definitely work, even though Lazav is still named Lazav. See rule 201.4: 201.4. Text that refers to the object it’s on by name means just that particular object and not any ...
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How to calculate the power level of a Commander deck?

Power level is very subjective, and its main purpose is to communicate gameplay expectations. I personally think that trying to create a very refined algorithm for grading power levels misses the ...
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Terror of the peaks with double myriad triggers in EDH

Your order of events is effectively correct. If two or more permanents enter the battlefield at the same time, they "see" each other entering the battlefield and therefore can activate ETB ...
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What happens to spells with persistent effects when the caster of the spell leaves a multiplayer game?

The creatures stay with their new controllers after player A leaves the game. Modify Memory's effect is specifically a continuous effect created by the resolution of a spell. That is not any of the ...
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What does it mean to "control target player"?

If you look at the link of Sorin Markov and scroll down, you'll find a list of rulings that answer this question quite thoroughly. For more details, see the link. In summary: 10/1/2009. While ...
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Multiplayer with Phyrexian Swarmlord

You will not get to count the counters from the player who has lost. When a player loses the game in multiplayer, that player leaves the game, which means they are not in any way a part of the game. ...
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How to calculate the power level of a Commander deck?

As far as I have ever seen, there's no official Power Level. There are, however, a number of factors that influence win rates. Keep in mind none of these are absolute, they are just guidelines, and ...
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Can Strionic Resonator re-direct Ulamog, The Ceaseless Hunger's exile ability?

You can't redirect the ability with Strionic Resonator. The ability on Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger does not specify the keyword "target" and you do not choose a target. You can copy the ability but ...
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How does Emissary of Grudges work exactly?

Can I use Emissary of Grudges's ability as an instant? Yes, otherwise it wouldn't make sense. A spell or ability is something on the stack. can I "cancel" Clone's ability, and use it myself on ...
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If my opponent takes control of my creature, then it's exiled and later returns, is it still theirs?

The creature will return to play under its owner's control. The comprehensive rules have the following to say on the matter: 610.1. A one-shot effect does something just once and doesn’t have a ...
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What happens to Poison Counters after the Player that gave them leaves the game?

They remain on the player who has them. Counters are not owned by the player that created them, they just are there once created and are not removed unless an effect specifically says to remove them. ...
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Do on-death triggered abilities of creatures happen in multiplayer when a creature's owner loses at the same time?

When you lose the game, you and everything you own (including permanents under other player's control and triggered abilities) leaves the game with you. That said, a Wurmcoil Engine's trigger is not ...
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Does "cards with the same name can't be played" affect tokens?

No, such a card can never directly affect tokens. Cards such as Conjurer Ban require your opponent to name a card: 201.3. If an effect instructs a player to name a card, the player must choose the ...
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