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Why does playing Rancor on Gossamer Phantasm send Rancor to the graveyard?

When you cast a spell (in this case your enchantment, Rancor), it is put on the stack. Then, triggered abilities are checked and possibly being put on the stack. This happens here, as casting an Aura ...
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Can I choose 0 targets for Terror of the Peaks?

If they cast Teferi's Protection in response to the triggered ability, then you have already chosen the target of that ability. Teferi's Protection can make the chosen target invalid, and the result ...
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My opponent used Huatli's ability with a creature that had died. Was that allowed?

No, that won't work. If your opponent's creature has died, your opponent no longer controls it, and Huatli's ability will not see it. If your opponent wants to get the life for the creature that ...
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Is it today possible to cast spells targeting other spells placed at the bottom of the stack?

Yes. Counterspell simply says Counter target spell and 'spell' is defined in the glossary of the comprehensive rules as: A card on the stack. Also a copy (of either a card or another spell) on the ...
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Do player choices use the stack?

All choices for Noble Heritage's ability are made during its resolution, and once you started resolving it, no player can respond with new spells or abilities until everyone has made their choice and ...
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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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Why don't triggered abilities immediately go on the stack?

Magic is designed to avoid any interruptions to the resolution of a spell or ability It might seem like placing triggers on the stack is a minor thing that would not cause any problems, but some ...
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Does this Teshar combo (listed #1 on EDHREC) really work?

It does work, the steps are just a little vague in the description. So it works like this: Setup Teshar and Blasting Station are on the battlefield (tapped or untapped, doesn't matter). Myr ...
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How does Eye for an Eye work if my opponent casts a lethal Fireball on me

You will both lose, meaning the game will be a draw. Your Eye for an Eye does resolve first, yes, but it doesn’t cause any damage when it resolves. All it does is set up a replacement effect that will ...
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How can we interrupt the Witherbloom Apprentice and Chain of Smog combo?

You can interrupt this combo with any instant or ability that removes the Witherbloom Apprentice or counters the Chain of Smog. The most important thing to see here is that the copy of Chain of Smog ...
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Can you shoot Terror of the Peaks when it enters with a bunch of dragons, to avoid the damage?

but the active player chooses to have Terror of the Peaks enter first That's not possible, if an effect returns all dragons from a graveyard to the battlefield, they all enter at the same time. But ...
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Narset, Parter of Veils interaction with Aria of Flame

You have it correct, they will be allowed to draw cards. The specific order is: Opponent casts Faithless Looting... that casting process looks completely normal and doesn't interact with Narset at ...
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Do I get to order the outcome of a voting card on the stack in the way I want?

No, you cannot make this happen; this is due to the way the card is worded: Whenever Círdan the Shipwright enters the battlefield or attacks, each player secretly votes for a player, then those votes ...
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Can I tap a permanent for mana multiple times with multiple copies of an untap spell on the stack?

Yes, you can do this. Spells and abilities on the stack resolve one at at time, and each player gets a chance to take actions in between each resolution. After each copy of Dramatic Reversal resolves, ...
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"Wrath of God" -VS- "Chord of Calling" + "Selfless Spirit" sacrificed in response

You are correct, you can save your creatures with that play. The stack works according to the "last in, first out" principle. Whatever spell or ability goes on the stack becomes the top-most object ...
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MTG Returning lands at upkeep

At the beginning of your upkeep: Both instances of the card will put their own triggers onto the stack. You can choose which order the triggers go onto the stack, not that it matters very much. The ...
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Why don't I get an chance to respond to the Extinction Event choice?

You cannot react to the even/odd choice in Extinction Event because that choice is made during the spell's resolution. In general, you don't make all kinds of choices while casting a spell. As ...
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How does Psychic Surgery work with Scheming Symmetry?

The card found by Scheming Symmetry will be one of those looked at. Spells and abilities in Magic the Gathering are atomic - once they start to resolve, they need to fully resolve before anything else ...
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MTG: Interaction Narset Parter of Veils with Seizan Perverter of Truth

At the beginning if your opponent's upkeep, they will lose 2 life and draw 1 card. Then, during their draw step, they will draw 0 cards. The life loss and card draw are not dependent upon each other ...
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Is voluntarily revealing a card from your hand considered proposing?

You can reveal your hand and cards at will. It doesn't count as casting. 3.12 Hidden Information Hidden information refers to the faces of cards and other objects at which the rules of the game and ...
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Eater of Days, Hushwing Gryff, and the stack

The opponent can use either spell to target Hushwing Gryff while Eater of Days is on the stack. In this case, The spell resolves first, removing Hushwing Gryff from the battlefield. Eater of Days ...
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How does Wizard's Lightning stop Archfiend's Vessel?

Wizard's Lightning was surely used in response to Archfiend's Vessel's triggered ability, which means the spell was cast and resolved after the ability triggered, but before the triggered ...
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Can a player tap lands for mana, in response to Elder Deep-Fiend tapping those lands at the beginning of the turn?

When you cast your creature, its triggered ability goes on the stack. At this point, all players have a chance to respond to the ability, before it resolves and taps the lands. They can respond by ...
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Sinuous Striker query around pump in reaction to combat/defending

Sinuous Striker will die without dealing combat damage. Your opponent's creature will remain blocked, but will not be destroyed. The problem with this combo is that there is no way to activate ...
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Remove counters from creature after an effect like fling

No, you cannot do that. Sacrificing the creature is a cost to cast Fling. Casting a spell includes paying its costs, so once you have finished casting it, by the time you can do anything in response, ...
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Does the game check how many creatures you have before a boardwide effect changes those creatures toughness? (MTG)

How triggered abilities work First of all, what's important to handle a lot of the things in question here is how triggers and state-based actions work. A simplification of the relevant events is: if ...
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Can Eldrazi Processor effects "counter" madness?

Yes, you can remove a card discarded through Madness from exile before your opponent has a chance to cast it. As per the the relevant rule you already quoted, Madness has two parts to it. 702.34a ...
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Does a spell cast via cascade resolve before the cascade trigger finishes resolving?

Pull from Eternity will be useless. Those cards will be put into your library again immediately after you finish casting the spell, before it resolves. This means you could choose one of those exiled ...
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Bloodlord of Vaasgoth plus Warstorm Surge, then casting a vampire creature spell

This is incorrect; the damage will be dealt too late for Bloodthirst. You were right up to a point... but Warstorm Surge triggers on a creature entering the battlefield, meaning that it will not ...
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damage triggering a simultaneous modifier of damage

The Griffin Protector will not get the bonus power and toughness from its ability until after it deals its damage. All combat damage is dealt simultaneously (ignoring First Strike and Double Strike). ...
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