Ivo Beckers
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In Magic, is the player going first advantaged?
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The game balances first player advantage because the start player does not draw a card at the beginning of his first turn, but the second player does draw a card during his first turn. The rule that ...

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How do Platinum Angel and Darksteel Reactor interact?
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You will not win the game. This rule is relevant here: 101.2. When a rule or effect allows or directs something to happen, and another effect states that it can't happen, the "can't" effect ...

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can wishes let you get 5x of a card?
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In tournaments "outside the game" as stated on the wishes only consists of your sideboard. The maximum of 4 of one card rule extends to your sideboard. So your deck + sideboard can only have 4 of one ...

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Tarfire vs the tarmogoyf
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No. State based actions are checked after a spell is completely resolved. By that time, Tarfire is already in the graveyard. Tarfire counts as both a Tribal and an Instant, and so Tarmagoyf is a 2/3.

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Can you chose fewer targets than a spell permits?
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No, you can't. You need to specify all targets. It would say "up to two targets" if you could target less. That is also for example the downside of the card Hex.

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Jace, Telepath Unbound and Casting a Spell from the Graveyard
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I don't know how MTG Duels exactly works but my guess is this, the card says You may cast target instant or sorcery card from your graveyard this turn Which means that you are able to target a ...

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Will Endless One still enter with X +1/+1 counters while Humility's in play?
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You are right that it doesn't affect it because of the below rule, it will get it's counters and it is indeed not a triggered ability: 614.12. Some replacement effects modify how a permanent enters ...

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Reduce toughness and cast dmg spell - cause of death?
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If you reduce a creature's toughness from 6 to 3 you just treat it as a creature of toughness 3. So dealing 3 damage to it can be regenerated. The 3 damage does not reduce the toughness to 0. It will ...

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Is it possible for a Creature permanent to become a non-Creature permanent without losing its abliities?
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I think this is the highly unusual case they talk about: Have Bludgeon Brawl, Dominating Licid (or any other Licid) and Stone Haven Outfitter on the battlefield. So far every permanent is just as they ...

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Can you cast a creature with Bestow while you control a Steel Golem?
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601.5. A player can’t begin to cast a spell that’s prohibited from being cast. So you are exactly right EDIT: not correct anymore

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Chandra, Pyromaster's ability and spells with x casting cost
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X is always zero in this case according to this rule. 107.3b If a player is casting a spell that has an {X} in its mana cost, the value of X isn’t defined by the text of that spell, and an effect ...

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How do you counter a fuse card?
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It is actual still one spell so "both spells" is not the correct term. So yes, both halves would be countered. Here the full rules of Fuse: 702.101 a Fuse is a static ability found on some split ...

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Can you force property onto players in Monopoly
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I think that when he doesn't want to make a deal you are obliged to take mortgage on your property. If every property you have has mortgage and you still haven't enough you are bankrupt. Edit: To ...

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How to build decks with cards not present in my MTG Online collection
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When viewing your collection, click the quantity button and then move the left slider to 0 to show cards you don't own. Once you see them you can just doubleclick them to add them to your deck.

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Can I transform Skinshifter twice in one turn?
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No. the last line of the ability literally states: "Active this ability only once each turn"

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Is there any strategic reason to skip a turn to untap Time Vault?
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I don't know about any competitive decks but I can imagine it being useful. Sometimes having two turns in a row is worth skipping a turn for. Imagine your opponent only has one creature available to ...

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When resolving Extract, do I need to know what card I'm looking for?
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You don't need to name a card. If you need to name a card that card would say it, like with Cranial extraction for example.

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Can I tap a creature in response to an instant?
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You can, but only if you controlled it since the beginning of your turn or if it has haste.

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Can you attack again after I decide not to block?
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No, this is not correct. You usually only have one combat phase (There are exceptions using cards that give additional combat phases.) Imagine this is not the case and you don't have any blockers. ...

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What is the most life you can have at the end of your first turn with only three cards?
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Black Lotus x2 Beacon of immortality Depends on the format how much life you gain. 20 on a default game for example or 40 in Commander for example

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Can a flashed creature block?
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It would have summoning sickness but that doesn't prevent being able to block. Summonning sickness only deals with being able to use abilities with the (un)tap symbol and declaring as attackers. So ...

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Is there a MTG card similar (either in image or name) to R2D2 for a Star Wars theme deck?
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I think Mindless Automaton looks a bit like R2D2

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Does the Tribal card type have inherent mechanical implications?
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In addition to the other answers I like to add, that the mere fact that it is a card type, and not a subtype or supertype for example, makes it count for cards like Tarmogoyf And some other neat ...

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What can I do about uncounterable spells?
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Since the Dominaria Comprehensive Rules changes it does no longer say "by spells or abilities" because rule 608.2b has been changed. To quote: 608.2b One of the Dominaria changes was saying that ...

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What kind of mechanics can make MTG fun for my opponents?
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Not sure if this is what your looking for but of course one way to make people happy is to play cards that help everybody, by letting players get mana, draw cards, or any other beneficial "each player"...

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Does any cards care about the color of mana spent on other spells/abilities?
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Probably not what you are looking for but in a way it might fit the description. If Illusionary Mask is used to cast a creature then that creature spell cares about what colors are used on the Mask's ...

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How can I save myself from Arcbond?
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Cards that I would suggest are Purity, Personal Sanctuary (when doing it on your turn) or maybe Runed Halo (naming the card you are going to cast Arcbond on)

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Why was Kird Ape banned in very first Extended ban list?
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This is just speculation and my thoughts about it but I think that at that time a 2/3 for 1 mana was really very strong. I remember myself when they printed Isamaru, Hound of Konda and everyone was ...

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Looking for a specific playmat
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Is it this one? It was found pretty fast by me just by googling "magic playmat blue". It is the art of glacial fortress so if you google that you probably find places where you can buy it.

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Can you untap an attacking creature to use its ability at the end of declare blockers?
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Yes you can. The combat phase consists of five steps: beginning of combat declare attackers declare blockers combat damage end of combat In each of these steps players get priority and can cast ...

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