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    posted a message on Does this type of ability imply "target"?
    This thread has outlived its usefulness, so I've locked it. Please remember that the purpose of the Rulings forum is to give straightforward answers to specific questions. A question about whether a particular card targets need not devolve into a contest over whose answer is the most complete description of the concept of targeting. Also, if you're having a problem with a particular post, please use the Report function to alert a moderator instead of engaging in name-calling.
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    posted a message on Question!
    Quote from Eiveelb

    Another question(to avoid creating many topics):


    Please make a new thread if you're asking an unrelated question. Asking all your questions in one thread becomes a confusing mess that doesn't help anybody. Thread locked.
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    posted a message on vela the night clad and board wipes ie. damnation
    Since this thread was moved from elsewhere I'll refrain from giving out spam warnings, but please note that there is way too much non-rules chatter in this thread. Thread closed.
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    posted a message on Exquisite Blood
    Generally, the Rulings forum is for answering questions about current rules. We can't help with house rules.

    Thread locked.

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    posted a message on A few quick newbie rulings
    Quote from Jolote
    The same is true for Planewalkers that transform into creatures like Gideon Jura Wink ! They're affected by summoning sickness because you cast them in your main phase and not in "the beginning of your most recent turn".


    That's true, but I don't see anybody in the thread asking about planeswalkers.

    The original question has been answered, thread locked.

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    posted a message on Heroic trigger questions
    Quote from CandleGhost
    If I were to target Anax and Cymede with Miraculous Recovery, what happens?
    A) The heroic trigger does not trigger.
    B) The heroic trigger does trigger.

    If I were to target Anax and Cymede with The Warrior hero card to give them haste, does it trigger heroic?

    (I am not familiar with heroic so I don't quiet get how it works.)


    1. No, the heroic ability doesn't function in the graveyard. It only functions on the battlefield.

    2. No, heroic only triggers when you cast a spell. It doesn't trigger when you target the creature with an ability such as the activated ability on The Warrior.
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    posted a message on Official Ruling on what an "impossible action" is?
    Quote from Sam I am
    There is not official source of robust rules for it.


    This. Further discussion doesn't belong in the Rulings forum, so I'm closing this thread.
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    posted a message on Pursuit of Knowledge and Open the Vaults
    Quote from TheEndIsNear

    Another quickie:

    Psychatog

    Can I somehow use his 2nd ability, sacrifice him, and exile him with the ability? I don't see why not, but I'm not sure when you choose which cards. Gut feeling says yes.


    Since this is entirely unrelated to the original post, this should have been a new thread.
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    posted a message on Tromokratis + Asceticism
    Quote from Zauzich
    I'd like to Piggyback a related(?) question.

    Enchanted Evening + Opalescence + Erebos, God of the Dead(with lest than 5 devotion)


    I can't figure out how that's supposed to be a related question. Next time, please make a new thread to ask an unrelated question.
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    posted a message on Two creatures fighting one creature
    This did not belong in the Rulings forum. Moved to Custom Card Creation.
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    posted a message on Culling scales
    Quote from Mystic-X
    Culling Scales

    If the nonland permanent with the lowest CMC in play has shroud, does the player controlling the scales target the permanent with the next lowest CMC or nothing at all?


    Nothing at all. There is no legal target available for the ability when it's being put on the stack, so the ability is immediately removed from the stack.
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    posted a message on Delay + Genesis Wave, Gauntlet of Might and Snow-Covered Mountains
    Great, thanks!

    Also, does Gauntlet of Might affect Snow-Covered Mountains?


    The best way to ask an entirely new and unrelated question is to make a new thread. Thread locked.
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    posted a message on Karn Liberated Ultimate
    Since this was not really a rules question to begin with, I'm moving this thread to Magic General.
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    posted a message on Standard - 53,000 +1/+1 counters on the board?
    I'm pretty sure that whatever rules question may have been asked here has been answered by now. The majority of the discussion in this thread is off topic for the Rulings forum, but since the thread was kind of derailed by the original poster already, I'll refrain from issuing any spam infractions. Thread locked.
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    posted a message on Boros Reckoner
    This thread has more than run its course. Locked.
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    posted a message on Chandra 74 inch walmart exclusive
    Moved to Magic General.
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    posted a message on Good Combos
    Moved to Magic General
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    posted a message on sphereing tokens
    Quote from Wojo
    What kind of deck are you running


    That's not a rules question. Send the original poster a PM if you must know.
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    posted a message on Volrath's Curse
    Quote from Umaro

    In addition there have been level 3 judges reply to this question:
    http://forums.mtgsalvation.com/showthread.php?t=493009

    vs the lack of judges here. (going strictly by sig only you understand no offense meant)

    Even though you mean no offense, that statement is offensive. Being a judge requires more than just rules knowledge, so there is no direct connection between a person's judge level (or lack thereof) and their ability to answer rules questions.

    Dilithium's answer is correct, for the correct reason. Thread locked.
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    posted a message on The Great Suspend
    Quote from 63Planeswalker
    If I have multiple cards suspended, and their time counters would be removed at the same upkeep (let us just say I suspended 3 Restore the Balances, because I was being an idiot), do their final time counters get removed simultaneously, or does one copy have their respective time counter removed, go onto the stack, resolve, then do the same thing two more times?


    Mostly the latter. Each card puts an instance of the "Remove a time counter from me" ability onto the stack. When the topmost ability resolves and you remove the last time counter from the corresponding card, the card puts a "cast me now" ability onto the stack, on top of the other two "remove a time counter" abilities that are still waiting. When the "cast me now" ability resolves, you cast the card (which puts it on the stack on top of the other two abilities that are still waiting). Once the spell has resolved, the game moves on to the next "remove a counter" ability, which causes you to cast the second card, and finally the game reaches the last "remove a counter" ability and you cast the third card.
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    posted a message on 0 for...0?
    Quote from 63Planeswalker
    If I exile a card like Restore the Balance via Chandra, Pyromaster's effect, can I still play it?


    Restore Balance has an unpayable empty mana cost, and Chandra's [0] ability doesn't give it an alternative cost. Since you can't pay the cost, you can't cast Restore Balance.
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    posted a message on Bestow and the 2 for 1.
    Quote from indrct
    Incidentally, I can request specific levels of certification any time I want, and you can very easily verify L2+ judges.


    Well, you can verify that a person by the name of Carsten Haese is currently a level 2 judge, but you can't prove that the person who's typing this post is that Carsten Haese, or any Carsten Haese for that matter.

    The bottom-line is that demanding answers in this forum from people with specific qualifications is rude and pointless.

    Thread locked.
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    posted a message on What text does Turn (Turn // Burn) NOT remove?
    Quote from IceTwenty

    What else does it not remove?


    There is an infinite number of things that Turn//Burn doesn't do. Listing them all is not a good use of our time. Thread locked.
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    posted a message on How would this situation resolve?
    Since the question involves non-existent cards, I've moved this thread to Custom Card Rulings.
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    posted a message on Theros Release Notes and Update Bulletin
    Theros Release Notes
    Compiled by Matt Tabak, with contributions from Laurie Cheers, Carsten Haese, Eli Shiffrin, Zoe Stephenson, and Thijs van Ommen
    Document last modified August 6, 2013

    The Release Notes include information concerning the release of a new Magic: The Gathering set, as well as a collection of clarifications and rulings involving that set’s cards. It’s intended to make playing with the new cards more fun by clearing up the common misconceptions and confusion inevitably caused by new mechanics and interactions. As future sets are released, updates to the Magic rules may cause some of this information to become outdated. If you can’t find the answer you’re looking for here, please contact us at Wizards.com/CustomerService.

    The “General Notes” section includes release information and explains the mechanics and concepts in the set.

    The “Card-Specific Notes” section contains answers to the most important, most common, and most confusing questions players might ask about cards in the set. Items in the “Card-Specific Notes” section include full card text for your reference. Not all cards in the set are listed.
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    GENERAL NOTES

    Release Information

    The Theros set contains 249 cards (101 common, 60 uncommon, 53 rare, 15 mythic rare, and 20 basic land).

    Prerelease events: September 21–22, 2013
    Launch Weekend: September 27–29, 2013
    Game Day: October 19–20, 2013

    The Theros set becomes legal for sanctioned Constructed play on its official release date: Friday, September 27, 2013. At that time, the following card sets will be permitted in the Standard format: Return to Ravnica, Gatecrash, Dragon’s Maze, Magic 2014, and Theros.

    Go to Wizards.com/MagicFormats for a complete list of formats and permitted card sets.

    Go to Wizards.com/Locator to find an event or store near you.
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    Theme: The Magic of the Gods

    All Magic sets have powerful enchantment cards, and the Theros set features many Auras and other enchantments of the kind we’re all used to playing with. But the Theros set also gives players enchantments unlike anything they’ve seen before. These new cards combine the enchantment card type with other card types to represent how the gods of Theros and their creations manifest themselves in the realm of mortals.

    A unique graphical treatment on the cards shows the starry sky of Nyx—home of Theros’s pantheon of gods—shining through the top half of the card frame. This frame element makes it easier for players to see at a glance which creatures and artifacts on the battlefield are also enchantments.

    Let’s look at three representative cards before we dive into the details in subsequent sections of this document.

    Heliod, God of the Sun
    {3}{W}
    Legendary Enchantment Creature — God
    5/6
    Indestructible
    As long as your devotion to white is less than five, Heliod isn’t a creature. (Each {W} in the mana costs of permanents you control counts toward your devotion to white.)
    Other creatures you control have vigilance.
    {2}{W}{W}: Put a 2/1 white Cleric enchantment creature token onto the battlefield.

    Heliod, God of the Sun is part of a cycle of five legendary enchantment creature cards, one in each color. See “New Term: Devotion” and “Cycle: Gods” for more information.

    Heliod’s Emissary
    {3}{W}
    Enchantment Creature — Elk
    3/3
    Bestow {6}{W} (If you cast this card for its bestow cost, it’s an Aura spell with enchant creature. It becomes a creature again if it’s not attached to a creature.)
    Whenever Heliod’s Emissary or enchanted creature attacks, tap target creature an opponent controls.
    Enchanted creature gets +3/+3.

    Heliod’s Emissary is one of the fifteen other enchantment creatures in the set. Not all of these creatures are connected to the five Gods, but all of them have the bestow ability. See “New Keyword: Bestow” for more information.

    Spear of Heliod
    {1}{W}{W}
    Legendary Enchantment Artifact
    Creatures you control get +1/+1.
    {1}{W}{W}, {T}: Destroy target creature that dealt damage to you this turn.

    Spear of Heliod is part of a cycle of five legendary enchantment artifact cards, one in each color, that have a flavorful connection to the five Gods.

    * A permanent that is both an enchantment and another permanent type can be affected by spells or abilities that affect either type. For example, a spell that says “Exile target enchantment” will exile an enchantment creature or an enchantment artifact.

    * If an enchantment creature is turned into a creature (using Opalescence, for example), its printed power and toughness will be overwritten by the power and toughness defined by the animating effect. It will retain any supertypes and subtypes it may have had unless the animating effect specifically overwrites them.
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    New Keyword: Bestow

    Bestow is a new keyword that represents the ability of some enchantment creatures, denizens of the gods’ realm of Nyx, to infuse their essences into others. Creatures with bestow can be cast either as creatures or as Auras targeting a creature.

    Nimbus Naiad
    {2}{U}
    Enchantment Creature — Nymph
    2/2
    Bestow {4}{U} (If you cast this card for its bestow cost, it’s an Aura spell with enchant creature. It becomes a creature again if it’s not attached to a creature.)
    Flying
    Enchanted creature gets +2/+2 and has flying.

    The official rules for bestow are as follows:

    702.102. Bestow

    702.102a Bestow represents two static abilities, one that functions while the card with bestow is on the stack and another that functions both while it’s on stack and while it’s on the battlefield. “Bestow [cost]” means “You may cast this card by paying [cost] rather than its mana cost.” and “If you chose to pay this spell’s bestow cost, it becomes an Aura enchantment and gains enchant creature. These effects last until one of two things happens: this spell has an illegal target as it resolves and or the permanent this spell becomes, becomes unattached.” Paying a card’s bestow cost follows the rules for paying alternative costs in rules 601.2b and 601.2e–g.

    702.102b If a spell’s controller chooses to pay its bestow cost, that player chooses a legal target for that Aura spell as defined by its enchant creature ability and rule 601.2c. See also rule 303.4.

    702.102c A spell’s controller can’t choose to pay its bestow cost unless that player can choose a legal target for that spell after it becomes an Aura spell.

    702.102d As an Aura spell with bestow begins resolving, if its target is illegal, the effect making it an Aura spell ends. It continues resolving as a creature spell and will be put onto the battlefield under the control of the spell’s controller. This is an exception to rule 608.3a.

    * You don’t choose whether the spell is going to be an Aura spell or not until the spell is already on the stack. Abilities that affect when you can cast a spell, such as flash, will apply to the creature card in whatever zone you’re casting it from. For example, an effect that said you can cast creature spells as though they have flash will allow you to cast a creature card with bestow as an Aura spell anytime you could cast an instant.

    * On the stack, a spell with bestow is either a creature spell or an Aura spell. It’s never both.

    * Unlike other Aura spells, an Aura spell with bestow isn’t countered if its target is illegal as it begins to resolve. Rather, the effect making it an Aura spell ends, it loses enchant creature, it returns to being an enchantment creature spell, and it resolves and enters the battlefield as an enchantment creature.

    * Unlike other Auras, an Aura with bestow isn’t put into its owner’s graveyard if it becomes unattached. Rather, the effect making it an Aura ends, it loses enchant creature, and it remains on the battlefield as an enchantment creature. It can attack (and its {T} abilities can be activated, if it has any) on the turn it becomes unattached if it’s been under your control continuously, even as an Aura, since your most recent turn began.

    * If a permanent with bestow enters the battlefield by any method other than being cast, it will be an enchantment creature. You can’t choose to pay the bestow cost and have it become an Aura.

    * Auras attached to a creature don’t become tapped when the creature becomes tapped. Except in some rare cases, an Aura with bestow remains untapped when it becomes unattached and becomes a creature.

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    New Ability Word: Heroic

    On the epic world of Theros, exceptional acts of heroism are sometimes required to survive. Heroic is an ability word that appears in italics at the beginning of abilities that trigger whenever you cast a spell that targets the creature with the heroic ability. (An ability word has no rules meaning.)

    Setessan Battle Priest
    {1}{W}
    Creature — Human Cleric
    1/3
    Heroic — Whenever you cast a spell that targets Setessan Battle Priest, you gain 2 life.

    * Heroic abilities will resolve before the spell that caused them to trigger.

    * Heroic abilities will trigger only once per spell, even if that spell targets the creature with the heroic ability multiple times.

    * Heroic abilities won’t trigger when a copy of a spell is created on the stack or when a spell’s targets are changed to include a creature with a heroic ability.
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    New Keyword Action: Monstrosity

    Monsters of myth prowl the landscape of Theros, striking fear into the stoutest of hearts. Monstrosity is a new keyword action that puts +1/+1 counters on a creature and may cause other abilities to trigger for further bonuses.

    Keepsake Gorgon
    {3}{B}{B}
    Creature — Gorgon
    2/5
    Deathtouch
    {5}{B}{B}: Monstrosity 1. (If this creature isn’t monstrous, put a +1/+1 counter on it and it becomes monstrous.)
    When Keepsake Gorgon becomes monstrous, destroy target non-Gorgon creature an opponent controls.

    The official rules for monstrosity are as follows:

    701.28. Monstrosity

    701.28a “Monstrosity N” means “If this permanent isn’t monstrous, put N +1/+1 counters on it and it becomes monstrous.” Monstrous is a condition of that permanent that can be referred to by other abilities.

    701.28b If a permanent’s ability instructs a player to “monstrosity X,” other abilities of that permanent may also refer to X. The value of X in those abilities is equal to the value of X as that permanent became monstrous.

    * Once a creature becomes monstrous, it can’t become monstrous again. If the creature is already monstrous when the monstrosity ability resolves, nothing happens.

    * Monstrous isn’t an ability that a creature has. It’s just something true about that creature. If the creature stops being a creature or loses its abilities, it will continue to be monstrous.

    * An ability that triggers when a creature becomes monstrous won’t trigger if that creature isn’t on the battlefield when its monstrosity ability resolves.
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    New Term: Devotion

    The pantheon of gods rewards the allegiance of mortals with magnificent wonders. Devotion is a new rules term that counts colored mana symbols to determine the magnitude of effects.

    Nylea’s Disciple
    {2}{G}{G}
    Creature — Centaur Archer
    3/3
    When Nylea’s Disciple enters the battlefield, you gain life equal to your devotion to green. (Each {G} in the mana costs of permanents you control counts toward your devotion to green.)

    The official rule for devotion is as follows:

    700.5. A player’s devotion to [color] is equal to the number of mana symbols of that color among the mana costs of permanents that player controls.

    * Numeric mana symbols ({0}, {1}, and so on) in mana costs of permanents you control don’t count toward your devotion to any color.

    * Mana symbols in the text boxes of permanents you control don’t count toward your devotion to any color.

    * Hybrid mana symbols, monocolored hybrid mana symbols, and Phyrexian mana symbols do count toward your devotion to their color(s).

    * If an activated ability or triggered ability has an effect that depends on your devotion to a color, you count the number of mana symbols of that color among the mana costs of permanents you control as the ability resolves. The permanent with that ability will be counted if it’s still on the battlefield at that time.
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    Returning Keyword Action: Scry

    Scry is a returning keyword action that lets you get a glimpse of your future and possibly change it. It most recently appeared in the Magic 2011 core set.

    Spark Jolt
    {R}
    Instant
    Spark Jolt deals 1 damage to target creature or player. Scry 1. (Look at the top card of your library. You may put that card on the bottom of your library.)

    The official rules for scry are as follows:

    701.18. Scry

    701.18a To “scry N” means to look at the top N cards of your library, put any number of them on the bottom of your library in any order, and put the rest on top of your library in any order.

    * When you scry, you may put all the cards you look at back on top of your library, you may put all of those cards on the bottom of your library, or you may put some of those cards on top and the rest of them on the bottom.

    * You choose how to order those cards no matter where you put them.

    * You perform the actions stated on a card in sequence. For some spells and abilities, that means you’ll scry last. For others, that means you’ll scry and then perform other actions.

    * Scry appears on some spells and abilities with one or more targets. If all of the spell or ability’s targets are illegal when it tries to resolve, it will be countered and none of its effects will happen. You won’t scry.
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    Cycle: Gods

    The gods of Theros are ethereal beings who live among the stars. If mortals’ belief in them is strong enough, they can manifest themselves and wage war beside them.

    Nylea, God of the Hunt
    {3}{G}
    Legendary Enchantment Creature — God
    6/6
    Indestructible
    As long as your devotion to green is less than five, Nylea isn’t a creature. (Each {G} in the mana costs of permanents you control counts toward your devotion to green.)
    Other creatures you control have trample.
    {3}{G}: Target creature gets +2/+2 until end of turn.

    * The type-changing ability that can make the God not be a creature functions only on the battlefield. It’s always a creature card in other zones, regardless of your devotion to its color.

    * If a God enters the battlefield, your devotion to its color (including the mana symbols in the mana cost of the God itself) will determine if a creature entered the battlefield or not, for abilities that trigger whenever a creature enters the battlefield.

    * If a God stops being a creature, it loses the type creature and all creature subtypes. It continues to be a legendary enchantment.

    * The abilities of Gods function as long as they’re on the battlefield, regardless of whether they’re creatures.

    * If a God is attacking or blocking and it stops being a creature, it will be removed from combat.

    * If a God is dealt damage, then stops being a creature, then becomes a creature again later in the same turn, the damage will still be marked on it. This is also true for any effects that were affecting the God when it was originally a creature. (Note that in most cases, the damage marked on the God won’t matter because it has indestructible.)
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    Cycle: Ordeals of the Gods

    The Theros set includes an Aura of each color that represents a challenge from one of the gods.

    Ordeal of Erebos
    {1}{B}
    Enchantment — Aura
    Enchant creature
    Whenever enchanted creature attacks, put a +1/+1 counter on it. Then if it has three or more +1/+1 counters on it, sacrifice Ordeal of Erebos.
    When you sacrifice Ordeal of Erebos, target player discards two cards.

    * The +1/+1 counter is put on the creature before blockers are declared and before combat damage is dealt.

    * The check of whether the enchanted creature has three or more +1/+1 counters on it happens as part of the resolution of the attack triggered ability. If the third +1/+1 counter is put on the enchanted creature any other way, you won’t sacrifice the Ordeal until the next time the creature attacks.

    * If you sacrifice the Ordeal in some other way, its last ability will trigger.
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    Cycle: Auras with Enters-the-Battlefield Abilities

    Scourgemark
    {1}{B}
    Enchantment — Aura
    Enchant creature
    When Scourgemark enters the battlefield, draw a card.
    Enchanted creature gets +1/+0.

    * Five Auras in the Theros set include the ability “When [this Aura] enters the battlefield, draw a card.” If the target of one of these Aura spells is illegal when it tries to resolve, it will be countered. The Aura won’t enter the battlefield and you won’t draw a card.
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    Rule Change: The “Planeswalker Uniqueness Rule” and the “Legend Rule”

    Two rule changes introduced with the Magic 2014 core set impact how cards in the Theros set function.

    Under the previous rules, if there were two or more legendary permanents with the same name on the battlefield or two or more planeswalkers that share a subtype (such as “Jace”) on the battlefield, they would all be put into their owners’ graveyards as a state-based action. These rules have changed. The new rules are as follows:

    704.5j If a player controls two or more planeswalkers that share a planeswalker type, that player chooses one of them, and the rest are put into their owners’ graveyards. This is called the “planeswalker uniqueness rule.”

    704.5k If a player controls two or more legendary permanents with the same name, that player chooses one of them, and the rest are put into their owners’ graveyards. This is called the “legend rule.”
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    CARD-SPECIFIC NOTES

    Abhorrent Overlord
    {5}{B}{B}
    Creature — Demon
    6/6
    Flying
    When Abhorrent Overlord enters the battlefield, put a number of 1/1 black Harpy creature tokens with flying onto the battlefield equal to your devotion to black. (Each {B} in the mana costs of permanents you control counts toward your devotion to black.)
    At the beginning of your upkeep, sacrifice a creature.

    * Use your devotion to black as the first triggered ability resolves to determine how many Harpy tokens to put onto the battlefield. If Abhorrent Overlord is still on the battlefield at that time, its mana cost will count toward your devotion to black.

    * If Abhorrent Overlord is the only creature you control when its second triggered ability resolves, you must sacrifice it.
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    Agent of Horizons
    {2}{G}
    Creature — Human Rogue
    3/2
    {2}{U}: Agent of Horizons can’t be blocked this turn.

    * Activating the ability of Agent of Horizons after it’s been blocked won’t change or undo the block.
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    Akroan Hoplite
    {R}{W}
    Creature — Human Soldier
    1/2
    Whenever Akroan Hoplite attacks, it gets +X/+0 until end of turn, where X is the number of attacking creatures you control.

    * Count the number of attacking creatures you control when the ability resolves to determine the value of X.

    * Once the ability resolves, the bonus won’t change even if the number of attacking creatures you control does.
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    Akroan Horse
    {4}
    Artifact Creature — Horse
    0/4
    Defender
    When Akroan Horse enters the battlefield, an opponent gains control of it.
    At the beginning of your upkeep, each opponent puts a 1/1 white Soldier creature token onto the battlefield.

    * Akroan Horse’s enters-the-battlefield ability doesn’t target any opponent. In a multiplayer game, you choose the opponent as the ability resolves.

    * In the last ability, “each opponent” refers to opponents of Akroan Horse’s controller. In most situations in two-player games, your opponent will control Akroan Horse and you’ll put Soldier tokens onto the battlefield.
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    Anax and Cymede
    {1}{R}{W}
    Legendary Creature — Human Soldier
    3/2
    First strike, vigilance
    Heroic — Whenever you cast a spell that targets Anax and Cymede, creatures you control get +1/+1 and gain trample until end of turn.

    * Only creatures you control when the heroic ability resolves will get the bonuses. Creatures that come under your control later in the turn will not.
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    Anger of the Gods
    {1}{R}{R}
    Sorcery
    Anger of the Gods deals 3 damage to each creature. If a creature dealt damage this way would die this turn, exile it instead.

    * Creatures don’t necessarily have to be dealt lethal damage by Anger of the Gods to be exiled. After being dealt damage, if they would die for any reason that turn, they’ll be exiled instead.
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    Anthousa, Setessan Hero
    {3}{G}{G}
    Legendary Creature — Human Warrior
    4/5
    Heroic — Whenever you cast a spell that targets Anthousa, Setessan Hero, up to three target lands you control each become 2/2 Warrior creatures until end of turn. They’re still lands.

    * If a land that hasn’t been under your control continuously since your last turn began becomes a creature, it can’t attack and its activated abilities that include {T} can’t be activated. Notably, it can’t be tapped for mana that turn.
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    Arena Athlete
    {1}{R}
    Creature — Human
    2/1
    Heroic — Whenever you cast a spell that targets Arena Athlete, target creature an opponent controls can’t block this turn.

    * The heroic ability won’t cause a creature that’s already blocking to stop blocking or be removed from combat.
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    Artisan of Forms
    {1}{U}
    Creature — Human Wizard
    1/1
    Heroic — Whenever you cast a spell that targets Artisan of Forms, you may have Artisan of Forms become a copy of target creature and gain this ability.

    * You choose the target for the triggered ability when the ability is put onto the stack. You choose whether or not Artisan of Forms becomes a copy of that creature when the ability resolves.

    * Artisan of Forms copies the printed values of the creature plus any copy effects that have been applied to it. It won’t copy any other effects that have changed that creature’s power, toughness, color, and so on. Artisan of Forms won’t copy any counters on the creature, but Artisan of Forms will retain any counters it already had on it.

    * If Artisan of Forms becomes a copy of a token creature, it copies the original characteristics of that token as defined by the effect that put it onto the battlefield. It won’t become a token creature.

    * The copy effect lasts indefinitely. Often, it will last until it is overwritten by another copy effect (if it copies another creature on a future turn, perhaps).

    * If the creature is an illegal target when the ability tries to resolve, the ability will be countered. Artisan of Forms won’t become a copy of that creature. It remains whatever it was a copy of.

    * When Artisan of Forms becomes a copy of a creature, it’s neither entering nor leaving the battlefield. Any enters-the-battlefield or leaves-the-battlefield abilities won’t trigger.

    * If another creature becomes a copy of Artisan of Forms, it will become a copy of whatever Artisan of Forms is currently copying (if anything), plus it will have the triggered ability.
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    Artisan’s Sorrow
    {3}{G}
    Instant
    Destroy target artifact or enchantment. Scry 2. (Look at the top two cards of your library, then put any number of them on the bottom of your library and the rest on top in any order.)

    * The artifact or enchantment won’t be on the battlefield when you scry, unless it regenerated or had indestructible.
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    Ashiok, Nightmare Weaver
    {1}{U}{B}
    Planeswalker — Ashiok
    3
    +2: Exile the top three cards of target opponent’s library.
    -X: Put a creature card with converted mana cost X exiled with Ashiok, Nightmare Weaver onto the battlefield under your control. That creature is a Nightmare in addition to its other types.
    -10: Exile all cards from all opponents’ hands and graveyards.

    * Ashiok’s second ability refers to any creature card exiled because of Ashiok’s first or third ability.

    * Ashiok’s second ability doesn’t target any creature card. You choose which creature card to return when that ability resolves, but you must choose one with converted mana cost equal to the value you chose for X when activating the ability.

    * If Ashiok leaves the battlefield, and later another Ashiok enters the battlefield, it is a new object (even if the two were represented by the same card). Creature cards exiled by the original Ashiok can’t be put onto the battlefield by the second ability of the new Ashiok.

    * If you put a creature card with bestow onto the battlefield, it will be a creature on the battlefield, not an Aura.

    * If you put a creature card with {X} in its mana cost onto the battlefield, the value of that X is 0.
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    Bident of Thassa
    {2}{U}{U}
    Legendary Enchantment Artifact
    Whenever a creature you control deals combat damage to a player, you may draw a card.
    {1}{U}, {T}: Creatures your opponents control attack this turn if able.

    * The controller of each attacking creature still chooses which player or planeswalker that creature attacks.

    * If, during a player’s declare attackers step, a creature is tapped, is affected by a spell or ability that says it can’t attack, or hasn’t been under that player’s control continuously since the turn began (and doesn’t have haste), then it doesn’t attack. If there’s a cost associated with having a creature attack, the player isn’t forced to pay that cost, so it doesn’t have to attack in that case either.
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    Boon of Erebos
    {B}
    Instant
    Target creature gets +2/+0 until end of turn. Regenerate it. You lose 2 life.

    * The loss of life is part of the spell’s effect. It’s not an additional cost. If Boon of Erebos is countered, you won’t lose life.
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    Boulderfall
    {6}{R}{R}
    Instant
    Boulderfall deals 5 damage divided as you choose among any number of target creatures and/or players.

    * The number of targets chosen for Boulderfall must be at least one and at most five. You divide the damage as you cast the spell, not as it resolves. Each target must be assigned at least 1 damage.

    * If some but not all of Boulderfall’s targets become illegal, you can’t change the division of damage. Damage that would have been dealt to illegal targets simply isn’t dealt.

    * You can’t deal damage to both a player and a planeswalker that player controls using Boulderfall. You also can’t deal damage to more than one planeswalker controlled by the same player. If you choose to redirect the damage being dealt to a player to a planeswalker, you must redirect all the damage to a single planeswalker.

    * If an effect creates a copy of Boulderfall, the division of damage and number of targets can’t be changed. The effect that creates the copy may allow you to change targets, however.
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    Bow of Nylea
    {1}{G}{G}
    Legendary Enchantment Artifact
    Attacking creatures you control have deathtouch.
    {1}{G}, {T}: Choose one — Put a +1/+1 counter on target creature; or Bow of Nylea deals 2 damage to target creature with flying; or you gain 3 life; or put up to four target cards from your graveyard on the bottom of your library in any order.

    * You choose which mode you’re using as you activate the ability.
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    Cavalry Pegasus
    {1}{W}
    Creature — Pegasus
    1/1
    Flying
    Whenever Cavalry Pegasus attacks, each attacking Human gains flying until end of turn.

    * Once the triggered ability resolves, the attacking Humans will continue to have flying even if Cavalry Pegasus leaves the battlefield.

    * The attacking Humans gain flying before blockers are declared.
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    Chained to the Rocks
    {W}
    Enchantment — Aura
    Enchant Mountain you control
    When Chained to the Rocks enters the battlefield, exile target creature an opponent controls until Chained to the Rocks leaves the battlefield. (That creature returns under its owner’s control.)

    * If the land Chained to the Rocks is enchanting stops being a Mountain or another player gains control of it, Chained to the Rocks will be put into its owner’s graveyard when state-based actions are performed.

    * Chained to the Rocks’s ability causes a zone change with a duration, a style of ability introduced in Magic 2014 that’s somewhat reminiscent of older cards like Oblivion Ring. However, unlike Oblivion Ring, cards like Chained to the Rocks have a single ability that creates two one-shot effects: one that exiles the creature when the ability resolves, and another that returns the exiled card to the battlefield immediately after Chained to the Rocks leaves the battlefield.

    * If Chained to the Rocks leaves the battlefield before its triggered ability resolves, the target creature won’t be exiled.

    * Auras attached to the exiled creature will be put into their owners’ graveyards (unless they have bestow). Equipment attached to the exiled creature will become unattached and remain on the battlefield. Any counters on the exiled creature will cease to exist.

    * If a creature token is exiled, it ceases to exist. It won’t be returned to the battlefield.

    * The exiled card returns to the battlefield immediately after Chained to the Rocks leaves the battlefield. Nothing happens between the two events, including state-based actions.

    * In a multiplayer game, if Chained to the Rocks’s owner leaves the game, the exiled card will return to the battlefield. Because the one-shot effect that returns the card isn’t an ability that goes on the stack, it won’t cease to exist along with the leaving player’s spells and abilities on the stack.
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    Chronicler of Heroes
    {1}{G}{W}
    Creature — Centaur Wizard
    3/3
    When Chronicler of Heroes enters the battlefield, draw a card if you control a creature with a +1/+1 counter on it.

    * Whether you control a creature with a +1/+1 counter on it is checked only when the ability resolves. Notably, if Chronicler of Heroes entering the battlefield causes an evolve ability to trigger, you can have the evolve ability resolve first and then draw a card.
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    Coastline Chimera
    {3}{U}
    Creature — Chimera
    1/5
    Flying
    {1}{W}: Coastline Chimera can block an additional creature this turn.

    * Coastline Chimera’s activated ability is cumulative. Activating it a second time will allow it to block three creatures, and so on.
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    Colossus of Akros
    {8}
    Artifact Creature — Golem
    10/10
    Defender, indestructible
    {10}: Monstrosity 10. (If this creature isn’t monstrous, put ten +1/+1 counters on it and it becomes monstrous.)
    As long as Colossus of Akros is monstrous, it has trample and can attack as though it didn’t have defender.

    * Colossus of Akros doesn’t lose defender when it’s monstrous. It’s just able to attack.
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    Curse of the Swine
    {X}{U}{U}
    Sorcery
    Exile X target creatures. For each creature exiled this way, its controller puts a 2/2 green Boar creature token onto the battlefield.

    * In a Commander game, if a commander is put into the command zone instead of being exiled by Curse of the Swine, its controller will still get a Boar token.
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    Daxos of Meletis
    {1}{W}{U}
    Legendary Creature — Human Soldier
    2/2
    Daxos of Meletis can’t be blocked by creatures with power 3 or greater.
    Whenever Daxos of Meletis deals combat damage to a player, exile the top card of that player’s library. You gain life equal to that card’s converted mana cost. Until end of turn, you may cast that card and you may spend mana as though it were mana of any color to cast it.

    * If Daxos is blocked by a creature, raising that creature’s power to 3 or greater won’t change or undo the block.

    * If the exiled card is a land card, you won’t gain any life and you won’t be able to play the land.

    * You must pay all costs to cast the exiled card. You may pay alternative or additional costs. If the card has any mandatory additional costs, you must pay those.

    * Daxos doesn’t change when you can cast the exiled card. For example, if you exile a creature card without flash, you can cast it only during your main phase when the stack is empty.
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    Deathbellow Raider
    {1}{R}
    Creature — Minotaur Berserker
    2/3
    Deathbellow Raider attacks each turn if able.
    {2}{B}: Regenerate Deathbellow Raider.

    * You still choose which player or planeswalker Deathbellow Raider attacks.

    * If, during your declare attackers step, Deathbellow Raider is tapped, is affected by a spell or ability that says it can’t attack, or hasn’t been under your control continuously since the turn began (and doesn’t have haste), then it doesn’t attack. If there’s a cost associated with having a creature attack, you’re not forced to pay that cost, so it doesn’t have to attack in that case either.
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    Destructive Revelry
    {R}{G}
    Instant
    Destroy target artifact or enchantment. Destructive Revelry deals 2 damage to that permanent’s controller.

    * You must target an artifact or enchantment to cast Destructive Revelry. If that artifact or enchantment is an illegal target when Destructive Revelry tries to resolve, it will be countered and none of its effects will happen. No damage will be dealt. However, if Destructive Revelry resolves and the artifact or enchantment isn’t destroyed (perhaps because it has indestructible), damage will be dealt.
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    Disciple of Phenax
    {2}{B}{B}
    Creature — Human Cleric
    1/3
    When Disciple of Phenax enters the battlefield, target player reveals a number of cards from his or her hand equal to your devotion to black. You choose one of them. That player discards that card. (Each {B} in the mana costs of permanents you control counts toward your devotion to black.)

    * Use your devotion to black as the triggered ability resolves to determine how many cards will be revealed. If Disciple of Phenax is still on the battlefield at that time, its mana cost will count toward your devotion to black.
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    Ember Swallower
    {2}{R}{R}
    Creature — Elemental
    4/5
    {5}{R}{R}: Monstrosity 3. (If this creature isn’t monstrous, put three +1/+1 counters on it and it becomes monstrous.)
    When Ember Swallower becomes monstrous, each player sacrifices three lands.

    * When the last ability resolves, the active player will choose three lands he or she controls, then each other player in turn order will do the same. Then all of those lands are sacrificed at the same time.
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    Firedrinker Satyr
    {R}
    Creature — Satyr Shaman
    2/1
    Whenever Firedrinker Satyr is dealt damage, it deals that much damage to you.
    {1}{R}: Firedrinker Satyr gets +1/+0 until end of turn and deals 1 damage to you.

    * Firedrinker Satyr’s first ability will trigger even if it’s dealt lethal damage. For example, if it blocks a 7/7 creature, its ability will trigger and Firedrinker Satyr will deal 7 damage to you.

    * Damage dealt by Firedrinker Satyr due to its first ability isn’t combat damage, even if combat damage caused the ability to trigger.
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    Flamespeaker Adept
    {2}{R}
    Creature — Human Shaman
    2/3
    Whenever you scry, Flamespeaker Adept gets +2/+0 and gains first strike until end of turn.

    * Flamespeaker Adept’s ability triggers once for each scry instruction, no matter how many cards you’re scrying.
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    Gift of Immortality
    {2}{W}
    Enchantment — Aura
    Enchant creature
    When enchanted creature dies, return that card to the battlefield under its owner’s control. Return Gift of Immortality to the battlefield attached to that creature at the beginning of the next end step.

    * If the creature is no longer on the battlefield at the beginning of the next end step after it’s returned to the battlefield, Gift of Immortality will remain in its owner’s graveyard.

    * If the enchanted creature is a token, neither it nor Gift of Immortality will return to the battlefield.
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    Gods Willing
    {W}
    Instant
    Target creature you control gains protection from the color of your choice until end of turn. Scry 1. (Look at the top card of your library. You may put that card on the bottom of your library.)

    * You choose the color as Gods Willing resolves. Once the color is chosen, it’s too late for players to respond.
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    Horizon Chimera
    {2}{G}{U}
    Creature — Chimera
    3/2
    Flash (You may cast this spell any time you could cast an instant.)
    Flying, trample
    Whenever you draw a card, you gain 1 life.

    * If you draw multiple cards, Horizon Chimera’s ability will trigger that many times. Each of these abilities will cause a separate life-gaining event.
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    Hunt the Hunter
    {G}
    Sorcery
    Target green creature you control gets +2/+2 until end of turn. It fights target green creature an opponent controls.

    * You must target both a green creature you control and a green creature an opponent controls to cast Hunt the Hunter.

    * If the green creature an opponent controls is an illegal target when Hunt the Hunter tries to resolve, but the green creature you control is still a legal target, the creature you control will get +2/+2, but the creatures won’t fight. Neither creature will deal or be dealt damage.
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    Karametra’s Acolyte
    {3}{G}
    Creature — Human Druid
    1/4
    {T}: Add an amount of {G} to your mana pool equal to your devotion to green. (Each {G} in the mana costs of permanents you control counts toward your devotion to green.)

    * The activated ability is a mana ability. It doesn’t use the stack and can’t be responded to.
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    Lagonna-Band Elder
    {2}{W}
    Creature — Centaur Advisor
    3/2
    When Lagonna-Band Elder enters the battlefield, if you control an enchantment, you gain 3 life.

    * If you don’t control an enchantment when Lagonna-Band Elder enters the battlefield, its ability won’t trigger. If it does trigger, but you don’t control an enchantment when the ability tries to resolve, you won’t gain life.
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    Last Breath
    {1}{W}
    Instant
    Exile target creature with power 2 or less. Its controller gains 4 life.

    * If the creature is an illegal target when Last Breath tries to resolve, it will be countered and none of its effects will happen. Its controller won’t gain 4 life.
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    Loathsome Catoblepas
    {5}{B}
    Creature — Beast
    3/3
    {2}{G}: Loathsome Catoblepas must be blocked this turn if able.
    When Loathsome Catoblepas dies, target creature an opponent controls gets -3/-3 until end of turn.

    * If Loathsome Catoblepas is attacking and its activated ability has resolved, the defending player must assign at least one blocker to it during the declare blockers step if that player controls any creatures that could block it.

    * The activated ability doesn’t target any creature or make any specific creature have to block. Activating it more than once in a turn provides no additional benefit.
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    Master of Waves
    {3}{U}
    Creature — Merfolk Wizard
    2/1
    Protection from red
    Elemental creatures you control get +1/+1.
    When Master of Waves enters the battlefield, put a number of 1/0 blue Elemental creature tokens onto the battlefield equal to your devotion to blue. (Each {U} in the mana costs of permanents you control counts toward your devotion to blue.)

    * Use your devotion to blue as the triggered ability resolves to determine how many tokens are put onto the battlefield. If Master of Waves is still on the battlefield at that time, its mana cost will count toward your devotion to blue.

    * Barring other effects, the Elemental tokens will enter the battlefield as 2/1 creatures.

    * If Master of Waves leaves the battlefield, and nothing else is raising the toughness of the Elemental tokens above 0, the Elemental tokens will die and subsequently cease to exist.
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    Medomai the Ageless
    {4}{W}{U}
    Legendary Creature — Sphinx
    4/4
    Flying
    Whenever Medomai the Ageless deals combat damage to a player, take an extra turn after this one.
    Medomai the Ageless can’t attack during extra turns.

    * An “extra turn” is any turn created by a spell or ability. Notably, it doesn’t include additional turns taken in tournaments after time expires for a round.

    * It doesn’t matter whose turn it is. In very rare cases, an opponent may be taking an extra turn and gain control of Medomai. Medomai can’t attack during that turn.
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    Meletis Charlatan
    {2}{U}
    Creature — Human Wizard
    2/3
    {2}{U}, {T}: The controller of target instant or sorcery spell copies it. That player may choose new targets for the copy.

    * Meletis Charlatan’s ability can target any instant or sorcery spell, not just one with targets and not just one that you control.

    * When the ability resolves, it creates a copy of the spell. The controller of the original spell controls the copy. That copy is created on the stack, so it’s not “cast.” Abilities that trigger when a player casts a spell won’t trigger. The copy will then resolve like a normal spell, after players get a chance to cast spells and activate abilities.

    * The copy will have the same targets as the spell it’s copying unless its controller chooses new ones. That player may change any number of the targets, including all of them or none of them. If, for one of the targets, that player can’t choose a new legal target, then it remains unchanged (even if the current target is illegal).

    * If the spell being copied is modal (that is, it says “Choose one —” or the like), the copy will have the same mode. Its controller can’t choose a different one.

    * If the spell being copied has an X whose value was determined as it was cast (like Curse of the Swine has), the copy has the same value of X.
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    Mistcutter Hydra
    {X}{G}
    Creature — Hydra
    0/0
    Mistcutter Hydra can’t be countered.
    Haste, protection from blue
    Mistcutter Hydra enters the battlefield with X +1/+1 counters on it.

    * Spells that can’t be countered can still be chosen as the target of spells or abilities that try to counter them. Although the spell won’t be countered, the spell or ability that tries to counter it will resolve, and any other effects of that spell or ability will happen.
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    Mogis’s Marauder
    {2}{B}
    Creature — Human Berserker
    2/2
    When Mogis’s Marauder enters the battlefield, up to X target creatures each gain intimidate and haste until end of turn, where X is your devotion to black. (Each {B} in the mana costs of permanents you control counts toward your devotion to black.)

    * Unlike most abilities that use devotion to determine the magnitude of an effect, Mogis’s Marauder uses devotion to determine the number of targets its ability has. Use your devotion to black as you put the ability on the stack. Mogis’s Marauder’s mana cost will always count toward your devotion to black. Once targets are chosen, it doesn’t matter if your devotion to black changes while the ability is on the stack. The number of targets is locked in.
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    Nemesis of Mortals
    {4}{G}{G}
    Creature — Snake
    5/5
    Nemesis of Mortals costs {1} less to cast for each creature card in your graveyard.
    {7}{G}{G}: Monstrosity 5. This ability costs {1} less to activate for each creature card in your graveyard. (If this creature isn’t monstrous, put five +1/+1 counters on it and it becomes monstrous.)

    * Neither the cost-reducing ability of Nemesis of Mortals nor the condition of its monstrosity ability can reduce the colored mana requirement of those costs.

    * Once you declare you’re casting Nemesis of Mortals or activating its ability, it’s too late for players to try to change the number of creature cards in your graveyard to affect the cost of doing so.
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    Nighthowler
    {1}{B}{B}
    Enchantment Creature — Horror
    0/0
    Bestow {2}{B}{B} (If you cast this card for its bestow cost, it’s an Aura spell with enchant creature. It becomes a creature again if it’s not attached to a creature.)
    Nighthowler and enchanted creature each get +X/+X, where X is the number of creature cards in all graveyards.

    * Nighthowler’s last ability functions only from the battlefield. In other zones, Nighthowler is a 0/0 enchantment creature.
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    Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx
    Legendary Land
    {T}: Add {1} to your mana pool.
    {2}, {T}: Choose a color. Add to your mana pool an amount of mana of that color equal to your devotion to that color. (Your devotion to a color is the number of mana symbols of that color in the mana costs of permanents you control.)

    * The second ability is a mana ability. It doesn’t use the stack and can’t be responded to.
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    Nylea’s Presence
    {1}{G}
    Enchantment — Aura
    Enchant land
    When Nylea’s Presence enters the battlefield, draw a card.
    Enchanted land is every basic land type in addition to its other types.

    * The enchanted land will have the land types Plains, Island, Swamp, Mountain, and Forest. It will also have the mana ability of each basic land type (for example, Forests can tap to produce {G}). It still has its other subtypes and abilities.

    * Giving a land extra basic land types doesn’t change its name or whether it’s legendary or basic.
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    Peak Eruption
    {2}{R}
    Sorcery
    Destroy target Mountain. Peak Eruption deals 3 damage to that land’s controller.

    * Peak Eruption can target any land with the subtype Mountain, not just those named Mountain. It can’t target a land that doesn’t have that subtype, even if the land can tap for {R}.

    * If the target Mountain is an illegal target when Peak Eruption tries to resolve, it will be countered and none of its effects will happen. No damage will be dealt. However, if Peak Eruption resolves and the Mountain isn’t destroyed (perhaps because it has indestructible), damage will be dealt.
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    Pharika’s Cure
    {B}{B}
    Instant
    Pharika’s Cure deals 2 damage to target creature and you gain 2 life.

    * If the creature is an illegal target as Pharika’s Cure tries to resolve, it will be countered and none of its effects will happen. You won’t gain life. If, on the other hand, Pharika’s Cure does resolve but the damage is prevented, you’ll still gain life.
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    Polis Crusher
    {2}{R}{G}
    Creature — Cyclops
    4/4
    Trample, protection from enchantments
    {4}{R}{G}: Monstrosity 3. (If this creature isn’t monstrous, put three +1/+1 counters on it and it becomes monstrous.)
    Whenever Polis Crusher deals combat damage to a player, if Polis Crusher is monstrous, destroy target enchantment that player controls.

    * “Protection from enchantments” means that Polis Crusher can’t be enchanted, it can’t be targeted by Aura spells or by abilities of enchantments, all damage that would be dealt to it by enchantments is prevented, and it can’t be blocked by enchantment creatures. Notably, it doesn’t have protection from enchanted creatures (unless those creatures are also enchantments).

    * Polis Crusher must be monstrous as it deals combat damage to a player in order for its last ability to trigger. Once the ability triggers, it resolves even if Polis Crusher isn’t on the battlefield at that time.
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    Polukranos, World Eater
    {2}{G}{G}
    Legendary Creature — Hydra
    5/5
    {X}{X}{G}: Monstrosity X. (If this creature isn’t monstrous, put X +1/+1 counters on it and it becomes monstrous.)
    When Polukranos, World Eater becomes monstrous, it deals X damage divided as you choose among any number of target creatures your opponents control. Each of those creatures deals damage equal to its power to Polukranos.

    * The value of X in Polukranos’s last ability is equal to the value chosen for X when its activated ability was activated.

    * The number of targets chosen for the triggered ability must be at least one (if X wasn’t 0) and at most X. You choose the division of damage as you put the ability on the stack, not as it resolves. Each target must be assigned at least 1 damage. In multiplayer games, you may choose creatures controlled by different opponents.

    * If some, but not all, of the ability’s targets become illegal, you can’t change the division of damage. Damage that would’ve been dealt to illegal targets simply isn’t dealt.

    * As Polukranos’s triggered ability resolves, Polukranos deals damage first, then the target creatures do. Although no creature will die until after the ability finishes resolving, the order could matter if Polukranos has wither or infect.
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    Portent of Betrayal
    {3}{R}
    Sorcery
    Gain control of target creature until end of turn. Untap that creature. It gains haste until end of turn. Scry 1. (Look at the top card of your library. You may put that card on the bottom of your library.)

    * Portent of Betrayal can target any creature, even one that’s untapped or one you already control.

    * Gaining control of a creature doesn’t cause you to gain control of any Auras or Equipment attached to it, although those permanents will stay attached to the creature.
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    Prescient Chimera
    {3}{U}{U}
    Creature — Chimera
    3/4
    Flying
    Whenever you cast an instant or sorcery spell, scry 1. (Look at the top card of your library. You may put that card on the bottom of your library.)

    * The triggered ability will resolve and you’ll scry before the instant or sorcery spell resolves.
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    Prognostic Sphinx
    {3}{U}{U}
    Creature — Sphinx
    3/5
    Flying
    Discard a card: Prognostic Sphinx gains hexproof until end of turn. Tap it.
    Whenever Prognostic Sphinx attacks, scry 3. (Look at the top three cards of your library, then put any number of them on the bottom of your library and the rest on top in any order.)

    * You can activate Prognostic Sphinx’s ability even if it’s already tapped.
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    Prophet of Kruphix
    {3}{G}{U}
    Creature — Human Wizard
    2/3
    Untap all creatures and lands you control during each other player’s untap step.
    You may cast creature cards as though they had flash.

    * Creatures and lands you control untap at the same time as the active player’s permanents. You can’t choose to not untap them at that time.

    * Effects that state a creature or land you control doesn’t untap during your untap step won’t apply during another player’s untap step.

    * Controlling more than one Prophet of Kruphix doesn’t allow you to untap any creature or land more than once during a single untap step.

    * You can cast a creature card with bestow as an Aura as though it had flash.

    * The last ability applies to creature cards in any zone, provided something is allowing you to cast them. For example, if you control a Zombie, you could cast Gravecrawler (a creature with “You may cast Gravecrawler from your graveyard as long as you control a Zombie”) from your graveyard as though it had flash.
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    Pyxis of Pandemonium
    {1}
    Artifact
    {T}: Each player exiles the top card of his or her library face down.
    {7}, {T}, Sacrifice Pyxis of Pandemonium: Each player turns face up all cards he or she owns exiled with Pyxis of Pandemonium, then puts all permanent cards among them onto the battlefield.

    * Neither player can look at cards exiled with Pyxis of Pandemonium until those cards are turned face up.

    * If Pyxis of Pandemonium leaves the battlefield, and later another Pyxis of Pandemonium enters the battlefield, it is a new object (even if the two were represented the same card). Cards exiled by the original one can’t be turned face up or put onto the battlefield by the second one.
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    Rage of Purphoros
    {4}{R}
    Sorcery
    Rage of Purphoros deals 4 damage to target creature. It can’t be regenerated this turn. Scry 1. (Look at the top card of your library. You may put that card on the bottom of your library.)

    * If Rage of Purphoros resolves but the damage is redirected to a different creature or to a player, the target creature still won’t be able to regenerate that turn. This is also true if the damage is prevented.
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    Read the Bones
    {2}{B}
    Sorcery
    Scry 2, then draw two cards. You lose 2 life. (To scry 2, look at the top two cards of your library, then put any number of them on the bottom of your library and the rest on top in any order.)

    * The loss of life is part of the spell’s effect. It’s not an additional cost. If Read the Bones is countered, you won’t lose life.
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    Reaper of the Wilds
    {2}{B}{G}
    Creature — Gorgon
    4/5
    Whenever another creature dies, scry 1. (Look at the top card of your library. You may put that card on the bottom of your library.)
    {B}: Reaper of the Wilds gains deathtouch until end of turn.
    {1}{G}: Reaper of the Wilds gains hexproof until end of turn.

    * Reaper of the Wilds’s first ability triggers separately for each creature. For example, if five creatures die at the same time, you’ll scry 1 five times. You won’t scry 5.

    * If Reaper of the Wilds dies at the same time as another creature, its ability will trigger for that other creature.
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    Rescue from the Underworld
    {4}{B}
    Instant
    As an additional cost to cast Rescue from the Underworld, sacrifice a creature.
    Choose target creature card in your graveyard. Return that card and the sacrificed card to the battlefield under your control at the beginning of your next upkeep. Exile Rescue from the Underworld.

    * Once you announce you’re casting Rescue from the Underworld, no player may attempt to stop you from casting the spell by removing the creature you want to sacrifice.

    * If you sacrifice a creature token to cast Rescue from the Underworld, it won’t return to the battlefield, although the target creature card will.

    * If either the sacrificed creature or the target creature card leaves the graveyard before the delayed triggered ability resolves during your next upkeep, it won’t return.

    * However, if the sacrificed creature is put into another public zone instead of the graveyard, perhaps because it’s your commander or because of another replacement effect, it will return to the battlefield from the zone it went to.

    * Rescue from the Underworld is exiled as it resolves, not later as its delayed trigger resolves.
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    Satyr Hedonist
    {1}{G}
    Creature — Satyr
    2/1
    {R}, Sacrifice Satyr Hedonist: Add {R}{R}{R} to your mana pool.

    * Satyr Hedonist’s ability is a mana ability. It doesn’t use the stack and can’t be responded to.
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    Satyr Piper
    {2}{G}
    Creature — Satyr Rogue
    2/1
    {3}{G}: Target creature must be blocked this turn if able.

    * During the declare blockers step, the defending player must assign at least one blocker to each creature that must be blocked if that player controls any creatures that could block it.

    * If multiple attacking creatures must be blocked, the defending player must assign blockers in such a way that the greatest number of those attacking creatures are blocked.
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    Savage Surge
    {1}{G}
    Instant
    Target creature gets +2/+2 until end of turn. Untap that creature.

    * Savage Surge can target an untapped creature.
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    Sea God’s Revenge
    {5}{U}
    Sorcery
    Return up to three target creatures your opponents control to their owners’ hands. Scry 1. (Look at the top card of your library. You may put that card on the bottom of your library.)

    * You can cast Sea God’s Revenge with no targets. If you do, you’ll scry 1 when it resolves. If you choose at least one target, and all chosen targets are illegal when Sea God’s Revenge tries to resolve, it will be countered and none of its effects will happen.

    * In multiplayer games, the three target creatures can be controlled by different opponents.
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    Sealock Monster
    {3}{U}{U}
    Creature — Octopus
    5/5
    Sealock Monster can’t attack unless defending player controls an Island.
    {5}{U}{U}: Monstrosity 3. (If this creature isn’t monstrous, put three +1/+1 counters on it and it becomes monstrous.)
    When Sealock Monster becomes monstrous, target land becomes an Island in addition to its other types.

    * The effect making the land an Island doesn’t have a duration and will last indefinitely. The land retains any land types and abilities it already had. An Island has the ability “{T}: Add {U} to your mana pool.”
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    Setessan Griffin
    {4}{W}
    Creature — Griffin
    3/2
    Flying
    {2}{G}{G}: Setessan Griffin gets +2/+2 until end of turn. Activate this ability only once each turn.

    * If Setessan Griffin’s ability is activated by one player, then another player gains control of it during the same turn, the second player can’t activate its ability that turn.
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    Shipbreaker Kraken
    {4}{U}{U}
    Creature — Kraken
    6/6
    {6}{U}{U}: Monstrosity 4. (If this creature isn’t monstrous, put four +1/+1 counters on it and it becomes monstrous.)
    When Shipbreaker Kraken becomes monstrous, tap up to four target creatures. Those creatures don’t untap during their controllers’ untap steps for as long as you control Shipbreaker Kraken.

    * If you lose control of Shipbreaker Kraken between when its last ability triggers and when that ability resolves, the target creatures will become tapped. However, they won’t be affected by the other effect and will untap as normal during their controllers’ untap steps.

    * If another player gains control of Shipbreaker Kraken, the creatures will no longer be affected by the effect preventing them from untapping, even if you later regain control of Shipbreaker Kraken.

    * If you gain control of a creature that’s being prevented from untapping, that creature won’t untap during your untap step for as long as you control Shipbreaker Kraken.

    * The ability can target a tapped creature. If a targeted creature is already tapped when it resolves, that creature just remains tapped and doesn’t untap during its controller’s untap step.
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    Shipwreck Singer
    {U}{B}
    Creature — Siren
    1/2
    Flying
    {1}{U}: Target creature an opponent controls attacks this turn if able.
    {1}{B}, {T}: Attacking creatures get -1/-1 until end of turn.

    * The controller of each attacking creature still chooses which player or planeswalker that creature attacks.

    * If, during a player’s declare attackers step, a creature is tapped, is affected by a spell or ability that says it can’t attack, or hasn’t been under that player’s control continuously since the turn began (and doesn’t have haste), then it doesn’t attack. If there’s a cost associated with having a creature attack, the player isn’t forced to pay that cost, so it doesn’t have to attack in that case either.

    * The last ability affects creatures that are already attacking when it resolves. Activating it before combat won’t affect any creatures that attack later that turn.
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    Sip of Hemlock
    {4}{B}{B}
    Sorcery
    Destroy target creature. Its controller loses 2 life.

    * If the creature is an illegal target when Sip of Hemlock tries to resolve, it will be countered and none of its effects will occur. The creature’s controller won’t lose 2 life. However, if Sip of Hemlock resolves and the creature isn’t destroyed (perhaps because it regenerated or had indestructible), the creature’s controller will still lose 2 life.
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    Soldier of the Pantheon
    {W}
    Creature — Human Soldier
    2/1
    Protection from multicolored
    Whenever an opponent casts a multicolored spell, you gain 1 life.

    * Soldier of the Pantheon can’t be enchanted or equipped by multicolored Auras and Equipment, it can’t be blocked by multicolored creatures, it can’t be targeted by multicolored spells or abilities from multicolored sources, and all damage dealt to it by multicolored sources is prevented.

    * Most hybrid spells and permanents, including the ones in the Return to Ravnica block, are
    multicolored, even if you cast them with one color of mana.
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    Spellheart Chimera
    {1}{U}{R}
    Creature — Chimera
    */3
    Flying, trample
    Spellheart Chimera’s power is equal to the number of instant and sorcery cards in your graveyard.

    * The ability that defines Spellheart Chimera’s power functions in all zones, not just the battlefield.
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    Steam Augury
    {2}{U}{R}
    Instant
    Reveal the top five cards of your library and separate them into two piles. An opponent chooses one of those piles. Put that pile into your hand and the other into your graveyard.

    * Steam Augury doesn’t target any opponent. In a multiplayer game, you choose the opponent as the spell resolves.

    * If one of the piles is empty, the opponent will choose whether to put the cards from the other pile into your hand or into your graveyard.
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    Stoneshock Giant
    {3}{R}{R}
    Creature — Giant
    5/4
    {6}{R}{R}: Monstrosity 3. (If this creature isn’t monstrous, put three +1/+1 counters on it and it becomes monstrous.)
    When Stoneshock Giant becomes monstrous, creatures without flying your opponents control can’t block this turn.

    * If blockers have already been declared when Stoneshock Giant’s last ability resolves, those blocks won’t change or become undone.

    * Your opponents can’t assign any creature without flying to block that turn, even if that creature had flying or wasn’t on the battlefield under one of your opponent’s control when Stoneshock Giant’s ability resolved.
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    Stormbreath Dragon
    {3}{R}{R}
    Creature — Dragon
    4/4
    Flying, haste, protection from white
    {5}{R}{R}: Monstrosity 3. (If this creature isn’t monstrous, put three +1/+1 counters on it and it becomes monstrous.)
    When Stormbreath Dragon becomes monstrous, it deals damage to each opponent equal to the number of cards in that player’s hand.

    * For each opponent, count the number of cards in that player’s hand when the last ability resolves to determine how much damage Stormbreath Dragon does to him or her.
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    Stymied Hopes
    {1}{U}
    Instant
    Counter target spell unless its controller pays {1}. Scry 1. (Look at the top card of your library. You may put that card on the bottom of your library.)

    * If Stymied Hopes resolves, you’ll scry whether the controller of the target spell pays {1} or not.
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    Swan Song
    {U}
    Instant
    Counter target enchantment, instant, or sorcery spell. Its controller puts a 2/2 blue Bird creature token with flying onto the battlefield.

    * Swan Song can target a spell that can’t be countered. That spell won’t be countered when Swan Song resolves, but its controller will get a Bird token.
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    Thassa, God of the Sea
    {2}{U}
    Legendary Enchantment Creature — God
    5/5
    Indestructible
    As long as your devotion to blue is less than five, Thassa isn’t a creature. (Each {U} in the mana costs of permanents you control counts toward your devotion to blue.)
    At the beginning of your upkeep, scry 1.
    {1}{U}: Target creature you control can’t be blocked this turn.

    * Activating Thassa’s last ability after the target creature has been blocked won’t change or undo the block.
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    Thassa’s Bounty
    {5}{U}
    Sorcery
    Draw three cards. Target player puts the top three cards of his or her library into his or her graveyard.

    * If the target player is an illegal target when Thassa’s Bounty tries to resolve, it will be countered and none of its effects will happen. You won’t draw three cards.

    * Follow the instructions in the order listed on the card: if you target yourself, you’ll draw three cards, then put the top three cards of your library into your graveyard
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    Thoughtseize
    {B}
    Sorcery
    Target player reveals his or her hand. You choose a nonland card from it. That player discards that card. You lose 2 life.

    * The loss of life is part of the spell’s effect. It’s not an additional cost. If Thoughtseize is countered, you won’t lose life.
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    Time to Feed
    {2}{G}
    Sorcery
    Choose target creature an opponent controls. When that creature dies this turn, you gain 3 life. Target creature you control fights that creature. (Each deals damage equal to its power to the other.)

    * Time to Feed has two targets: a creature an opponent controls and a creature you control. If only one of those creatures is a legal target when Time to Feed tries to resolve, the creatures won’t fight and neither will deal or be dealt damage. However, you’ll still gain 3 life when the creature you don’t control dies that turn, even if it was the illegal target as Time to Feed resolved.

    * If neither creature is a legal target when Time to Feed tries to resolve, the spell will be countered and none of its effects will happen.

    * If the first target creature dies that turn, you’ll gain 3 life no matter what caused the creature to die or who controls the creature at that time.
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    Triad of Fates
    {2}{W}{B}
    Legendary Creature — Human Wizard
    3/3
    {1}, {T}: Put a fate counter on another target creature.
    {W}, {T}: Exile target creature that has a fate counter on it, then return it to the battlefield under its owner’s control.
    {B}, {T}: Exile target creature that has a fate counter on it. Its controller draws two cards.

    * The creature that returns to the battlefield during the resolution of Triad of the Fate’s middle ability does so as a new object, with no memory of its previous existence. It won’t have a fate counter on it.
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    Tymaret, the Murder King
    {B}{R}
    Legendary Creature — Zombie Warrior
    2/2
    {1}{R}, Sacrifice another creature: Tymaret, the Murder King deals 2 damage to target player.
    {1}{B}, Sacrifice a creature: Return Tymaret from your graveyard to your hand.

    * Tymaret’s last ability can be activated only if Tymaret is in your graveyard. Notably, Tymaret can’t be sacrificed to return itself.
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    Underworld Cerberus
    {3}{B}{R}
    Creature — Hound
    6/6
    Underworld Cerberus can’t be blocked except by three or more creatures.
    Cards in graveyards can’t be the targets of spells or abilities.
    When Underworld Cerberus dies, exile it and each player returns all creature cards from his or her graveyard to his or her hand.

    * If you can’t exile Underworld Cerberus when its last ability resolves, perhaps because it’s been exiled by another spell or ability, each player will still return all creature cards from his or her graveyard to his or her hand.

    * If two of these die at the same time, the last ability of each will trigger. If each player controlled one, the nonactive player’s ability will resolve first. The Underworld Cerberus controlled by that player will be exiled, and all other creature cards in graveyards (including the Underworld Cerberus controlled by the active player) will be returned to their owners’ hands. Then the active player’s ability will resolve. That Underworld Cerberus won’t be exiled, but any creature cards in graveyards at that time, perhaps because they died in response to this ability, will be returned to their owners’ hands.
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    Wavecrash Triton
    {2}{U}
    Creature — Merfolk Wizard
    1/4
    Heroic — Whenever you cast a spell that targets Wavecrash Triton, tap target creature an opponent controls. That creature doesn’t untap during its controller’s next untap step.

    * Wavecrash Triton’s ability can target a creature that’s already tapped. That creature still won’t untap during its controller’s next untap step.

    * Wavecrash Triton’s ability tracks the creature, but not its controller. If the creature changes controllers before its first controller’s next untap step has come around, then it won’t untap during its new controller’s next untap step.
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    Whip of Erebos
    {2}{B}{B}
    Legendary Enchantment Artifact
    Creatures you control have lifelink.
    {2}{B}{B}, {T}: Return target creature card from your graveyard to the battlefield. It gains haste. Exile it at the beginning of the next end step. If it would leave the battlefield, exile it instead of putting it anywhere else. Activate this ability only any time you could cast a sorcery.

    * At the beginning of the next end step, the creature returned to the battlefield with Whip of Erebos is exiled. This is a delayed triggered ability. If the ability is countered, the creature will stay on the battlefield and the delayed trigger won’t trigger again. However, the replacement effect will still exile the creature when it eventually leaves the battlefield.

    * Whip of Erebos grants haste to the creature that’s returned to the battlefield. However, neither of the “exile” abilities is granted to that creature. If that creature loses all its abilities, it will still be exiled at the beginning of the end step, and if it would leave the battlefield, it is still exiled instead.

    * If a creature returned to the battlefield with Whip of Erebos would leave the battlefield for any reason, it’s exiled instead. However, if that creature is already being exiled, then the replacement effect won’t apply. If the spell or ability that exiles it later returns it to the battlefield (as Chained to the Rocks might, for example), the creature card will return to the battlefield as a new object with no relation to its previous existence. The effects from Whip of Erebos will no longer apply to it.

    * The exiled creature is never put into the graveyard. Any abilities the creature has that trigger when it dies won’t trigger.
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    Xenagos, the Reveler
    {2}{R}{G}
    Planeswalker — Xenagos
    3
    +1: Add X mana in any combination of {R} and/or {G} to your mana pool, where X is the number of creatures you control.
    0: Put a 2/2 red and green Satyr creature token with haste onto the battlefield.
    -6: Exile the top seven cards of your library. You may put any number of creature and/or land cards from among them onto the battlefield.

    * Xenagos’s first ability isn’t a mana ability. It uses the stack and can be responded to. Count the number of creatures you control as the ability resolves to determine how much mana to add to your mana pool. You choose how much of that mana is red and how much is green at that time.

    * Creature cards with bestow put onto the battlefield with the third ability will be creatures on the battlefield, not Auras.
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    posted a message on Theros Release Notes and Update Bulletin
    The Release Notes (formerly known as FAQ) are posted below.

    Here's the link to the Update Bulletin.

    Enjoy!
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    posted a message on the "does as much as it can" ruling
    Quote from Studoku

    I know enclosing things in [ c] tags may seem complicated but I'm sure you'll eventually get the hang of it.


    While the lmgtfy link was uncalled for, so is your condescending tone here. Let's keep things civil, please.
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    posted a message on Missed Triggers At FNM
    Quote from bimmerbot

    I'll remind you that this forum isn't for arguing about rulings that another judge made. If you are unhappy with the policy, this isn't the place to discuss that. This forum is to explain what the rules and policy are, not to argue about what they should be.


    I agree. Thread locked.
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    posted a message on Planeswalker vs protection
    Quote from Ageless Titan
    The question is... If one of your creatures have protection from colored spells and a planes walker tries to target it what happens?


    Do you really mean "protection from colored spells?" Only one creature, Emrakul, the Aeons Torn, has that ability. Since a planeswalker on the battlefield is not a spell at all, Emrakul's protection doesn't do anything about it, so the planeswalker can target Emrakul with an ability that targets a creature.

    If Emrakul is not what you meant, please clarify what you meant.
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    posted a message on Pendelhaven + Skullbrair
    Quote from Steamsteam


    Skull has counters on him. Does pendel +1/+2 him still?

    Thanks in adv.


    If the counters are +/+ counters, then it is no longer a 1/1 creature, so no.

    Edit: Actually, your question is a bit ambiguous, so I'll clarify. If you already activated Pendelhaven earlier in the turn when Skullbriar was 1/1 and then put counters on Skullbriar, the bonus will continue to apply until end of turn. On the other hand, if there are counters on Skullbriar when you activate Pendelhaven, the activation is illegal because Skullbriar is not a 1/1 creature.
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    posted a message on Trying to understand interactions with Landless Dredge...
    Quote from ID15
    Well where would I go to discuss questions 1 & 2 then? The casual forum?

    The article you referenced has a discussion thread, so you could ask there. Alternatively, since the article is discussing a Legacy deck, you could ask strategy questions about the deck in the Legacy subforum.


    6.) Bridge from Below states that whenever an opponents creature goes from the battlefield to the graveyard I must then exile it, does that mean If I have multiple of them I must exile all of them even if one creature went to the graveyard?


    Yes. A creature going to your opponent's graveyard from the battlefield will trigger the "exile me" ability of all Bridges that are in your graveyard.

    Edit: Since this thread is threatening to become a compilation thread, I'm going ahead and locking it. If you have additional questions, please make separate threads for specific card interactions.
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    posted a message on Trying to understand interactions with Landless Dredge...
    Quote from ID15
    specifically the one mentioned in this article:

    http://www.mtgsalvation.com/1397-squandered-resources-lands-are-for-losers.html

    I've been playing with it a few times and I'm almost positive that there are some things I'm doing wrong. So I'm going to ask if someone could please clear some things up.

    1.) The most important thing I want to know is the benefits of Dread Returning the Balustrade Spy. I know he mills your deck instantly but doesn't that mean I only have the rest of my turn and my opponents turn to win before I lose because my library is empty? What creatures would I need to optimally use that trick/combo?

    2.) What is the optimal starting hand? I have a hard time understanding which cards are the most important to have early game, all I know is I DON'T want the Narcomoeba in my opening hand.

    3.) If I win the opportunity to go first can I choose to go second?

    4.) The wording on Nether Shadow and Ichorid kind of confuse me because one says at the beginning of my upkeep and the other says at the end of my upkeep. Does that mean if I dredge a Nether Shadow (with 3 creatures above) with my initial draw step that I can then put him onto the battlefield? I KNOW I can't with Ichorid but since the wording was different I thought the timing restrictions may also be different.

    5.) Another timing restriction question was bothering me as well. When something states to do something at my end step, does that mean after everything that is done "automatically" at my end step is finished resolving, does that mean my turn is immediately over? Or can I continue doing things in response to effects caused by things activating at the end step?

    I may have more questions but these will do for now, PLEASE help!


    1) Not a rules question.

    2) Not a rules question.

    3) Yes. You actually win the right to choose who goes first, not the right to go first.

    4) Pay no attention to the printed words on the cards. Always look up the current wording, also known as Oracle text, in Gatherer. Both Ichorid and Nether Shadow have triggers that trigger at the beginning of your upkeep. Both those triggers will happen before your draw step.

    5) The fact that you're not mentioning any card names makes this hard to answer. Again, you should look at the Oracle text to determine how the card works. In all likelihood it is an "at the beginning of the end step" trigger. If it is, you can respond to it and do things after it has resolved.
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    posted a message on Lying about archetype
    The original question has been answered, and this thread has reached the point of diminishing returns. Thread locked.
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    posted a message on Replacement effects' effect on paying costs
    In the future, please ask your questions using existing Magic cards. Thread locked.
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    posted a message on Commander question
    Quote from Toodlesnacks
    In Commander format if i steal your commander and it dies, i assume the owner would choose what zone it goes to, the graveyard or back to the command zone, but i just want to double check because i could be real annoying if the controller got to pick.


    Yes, the owner makes that choice.

    903.11. If a commander would be put into its owner's graveyard from anywhere, that player may put it into the command zone instead.

    903.12. If a commander would be put into the exile zone from anywhere, its owner may put it into the command zone instead.
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    posted a message on Was The TO wrong?
    Quote from ShadowOnTheLand
    This question is more aimed towards Level 2 or 3 Judges.


    You can't control who posts in this thread, and you can't verify whether the people who answer in this thread are actually level 2 or 3 judges, so this request is as pointless as it is rude. If you need an answer from a judge with a particular level, you'll have to ask one in person.

    Thread locked.
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    posted a message on Tooth and Nail vs Gather Specimens
    Quote from Slivortal
    if an effect requires you to reveal something from your hand (such as Wild Evocation casting a Disaster Radius), you may choose to "fail to find".


    That statement is not supported by the rules. It's important to set this straight because the "fail to find" rule (rule 701.15b to be precise) is commonly stretched to cover situations it's not meant to cover. The rule ONLY applies to effects that use the word "search", and only under certain additional conditions. It does not apply to "put" or "choose" or "reveal" or "discard" or anything else.

    The reason why you can choose not to put anything onto the battlefield with Tooth and Nail is simply because the card says "up to two", so zero is a legal choice.

    Disaster Radius with Wild Evocation is another story entirely and it only works the way you say because of the recently introduced rule 117.8c:
    117.8c If an effect instructs a player to cast a spell "if able," and that spell has a mandatory additional cost that includes actions involving cards with a stated quality in a hidden zone, the player isn't required to cast that spell, even if those cards are present in that zone.
    Before that rule was introduced, you would have been forced to reveal a creature card from your hand if you had one in your hand. This led to the awkward possibility of having to call a judge to verify that you don't have a creature card in your hand if you claimed being unable to reveal one, which is why this rule was introduced to eliminate that possibility.

    Anyway, the original question has been answered, and then some. Thread locked.
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    posted a message on Hexproof with Mass Destruction Abilities
    Quote from Orzhov Guildmage
    Alright, just a quick question about hexproof cards. On the description for hexproof it says that it cant be the target of opponents' spells or abilities. So say I control Lone Revenant and another creature and my opponent casts an overloaded Mizzium Mortars on their turn. Since it no longer "targets" Lone Revenant, will it bypass the hexproof ability?


    Yes, for exactly that reason.
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    posted a message on Strionic Resonator and Verdant Haven
    Quote from ChallengeFate
    if i pay for resonator with the mana from haven...nevermind, i dont think it works. too tired for this haha


    There is another reason why it doesn't work. Strionic Resonator can only copy a triggered ability that uses the stack. Verdant Haven's ability is a triggered mana ability, and as such it doesn't use the stack.
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    posted a message on Licids
    Quote from RabidVacin
    Let's say I declare that I am blocking my opponent's Craw Wurm with my Tempting Licid, then I activate the Licid's ability and change it into a creature enchantment. Does the Licid live?


    Yes, it'll live. It stops being a creature, so it's removed from combat and it won't deal nor receive combat damage.
    506.4. A permanent is removed from combat if it leaves the battlefield, if its controller changes, if it phases out, if an effect specifically removes it from combat, if it's a planeswalker that's being attacked and stops being a planeswalker, or if it's an attacking or blocking creature that regenerates (see rule 701.12) or stops being a creature. A creature that's removed from combat stops being an attacking, blocking, blocked, and/or unblocked creature. A planeswalker that's removed from combat stops being attacked.
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    posted a message on Circle of Protection, Lightning Bolt, and a planeswalker.
    Quote from Elric VIII
    How does the interaction between a Lightning Bolt and a Circle of Protection: Red work if a planeswalker is involved?

    It is my understanding that the spell is targeted at the player and upon resolution it is decided to be directed at the planeswalker. Is there a way for a CoP to prevent it? Please cite the rule if you can.

    Thanks.


    First off, let's use player names to make it clear who makes which decision. Player A controls the CoP and the planeswalker; player B is casting the Lightning Bolt. Your understanding is correct that player B would choose to redirect the damage on resolution of Lightning Bolt. The rule for that is this one:
    306.7. If noncombat damage would be dealt to a player by a source controlled by an opponent, that opponent may have that source deal that damage to a planeswalker the first player controls instead. This is a redirection effect (see rule 614.9) and is subject to the normal rules for ordering replacement effects (see rule 616). The opponent chooses whether to redirect the damage as the redirection effect is applied.

    Now, assuming that player A has activated the CoP's ability in response to Lightning Bolt and named Lightning Bolt as the source, there are now two replacement effects that want to change how the Lightning Bolt affects player A. Since player A is the player that would be affected, player A chooses one to apply:
    616.1. If two or more replacement and/or prevention effects are attempting to modify the way an event affects an object or player, the affected object's controller (or its owner if it has no controller) or the affected player chooses one to apply, following the steps listed below. If two or more players have to make these choices at the same time, choices are made in APNAP order (see rule 101.4).

    616.1e Once the chosen effect has been applied, this process is repeated (taking into account only replacement or prevention effects that would now be applicable) until there are no more left to apply.

    If player A chooses to apply CoP's effect first, the damage is prevented, so no damage is being dealt, so the planeswalker redirection effect is no longer applicable.
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    Marauding Maulhorn
    {2}{R}{R}
    Creature — Beast
    5/3
    Marauding Maulhorn attacks each combat if able unless you control a creature named Advocate of the Beast.

    * Marauding Maulhorn can attack if you control a creature named Advocate of the Beast. It just isn’t forced to.

    * Marauding Maulhorn checks whether you control a creature named Advocate of the Beast as attacking creatures are declared. At that time, if you don’t, Marauding Maulhorn attacks if able.

    * If, during your declare attackers step, Marauding Maulhorn is tapped, is affected by a spell or ability that says it can’t attack, or hasn’t been under your control continuously since the turn began (and doesn’t have haste), then it doesn’t attack. If there’s a cost associated with having Marauding Maulhorn attack, you aren’t forced to pay that cost, so it doesn’t have to attack in that case either.
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    Master of Diversion
    {2}{W}
    Creature — Human Scout
    2/2
    Whenever Master of Diversion attacks, tap target creature defending player controls.

    * The ability will resolve and the creature will become tapped before blocking creatures are declared.

    * In a Two-Headed Giant game, any creature controlled by a member of the defending team can be chosen as the target.

    * In other multiplayer formats, including Commander, only a creature controlled by the defending player Master of Diversion is attacking can be chosen as the target, even if your other attacking creatures are attacking different players.
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    Merfolk Spy
    {U}
    Creature — Merfolk Rogue
    1/1
    Islandwalk (This creature can’t be blocked as long as defending player controls an Island.)
    Whenever Merfolk Spy deals combat damage to a player, that player reveals a card at random from his or her hand.

    * Islandwalk cares about lands with the subtype Island, not just ones named Island.

    * The second ability triggers just once each time Merfolk Spy deals combat damage to a player, regardless of how much damage it deals.

    * After the second ability resolves, the revealed card stops being revealed in its owner’s hand.

    * The next time Merfolk Spy deals combat damage to the same player, the card that’s revealed at random may be the same card or may be a different card.
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    Mindsparker
    {1}{R}{R}
    Creature — Elemental
    3/2
    First strike (This creature deals combat damage before creatures without first strike.)
    Whenever an opponent casts a white or blue instant or sorcery spell, Mindsparker deals 2 damage to that player.

    * Mindsparker’s ability will trigger whenever an opponent casts an instant or sorcery spell that’s white, blue, or both. If the spell is both white and blue, Mindsparker’s ability will trigger only once.

    * If an opponent casts a copy of a white or blue instant or sorcery card (as opposed to putting a copy of such a spell directly on the stack), the ability will trigger.
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    Molten Birth
    {1}{R}{R}
    Sorcery
    Put two 1/1 red Elemental creature tokens onto the battlefield. Then flip a coin. If you win the flip, return Molten Birth to its owner’s hand.

    * If you win the flip, Molten Birth goes directly from the stack to its owner’s hand. It never goes to a graveyard.
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    Mutavault
    Land
    {T}: Add {1} to your mana pool.
    {1}: Mutavault becomes a 2/2 creature with all creature types until end of turn. It’s still a land.

    * If Mutavault becomes a creature but hasn’t been under its controller’s control continuously since the beginning of that player’s most recent turn, it can’t attack or be tapped to activate its first ability.

    * Examples of creature types include Sliver, Goblin, and Soldier. Creature types appear after the dash on the type line of creatures.
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    Nightmare
    {5}{B}
    Creature — Nightmare Horse
    */*
    Flying
    Nightmare’s power and toughness are each equal to the number of Swamps you control.

    * The ability that defines Nightmare’s power and toughness works everywhere, not just on the battlefield.

    * Nightmare’s ability counts all lands you control with the subtype Swamp, not just ones named Swamp.
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    Oath of the Ancient Wood
    {2}{G}
    Enchantment
    Whenever Oath of the Ancient Wood or another enchantment enters the battlefield under your control, you may put a +1/+1 counter on target creature.

    * If the enchantment that enters the battlefield is somehow also a creature, you may choose it as the target of Oath of the Ancient Wood’s ability.
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    Path of Bravery
    {2}{W}
    Enchantment
    As long as your life total is greater than or equal to your starting life total, creatures you control get +1/+1.
    Whenever one or more creatures you control attack, you gain life equal to the number of attacking creatures.

    * Your starting life total is the life total you began the game with, keeping in mind the format you’re playing and, in some rare cases, anything that affects your starting life total (for example, a vanguard with a life modifier).

    * In most games, your starting life total is 20. In a Commander game, your starting life total is 40 instead. In a Two-Headed Giant game, Path of Bravery compares your team’s life total to your team’s starting life total, which is 30.

    * Path of Bravery’s triggered ability triggers only once, after attacking creatures are declared. For example, if you attack with five creatures, you’ll gain 5 life as a single life-gain event.

    * If a creature enters the battlefield attacking after attacking creatures have been declared, the ability won’t trigger again because you didn’t declare that creature as an attacking creature. However, if it enters the battlefield before the ability resolves, it will be counted when determining how much life is gained.
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    Pay No Heed
    {W}
    Instant
    Prevent all damage a source of your choice would deal this turn.

    * Pay No Heed doesn’t target anything. You can choose a source with hexproof, for example. You choose the damage source as Pay No Heed resolves.

    * If the chosen source is a permanent spell, damage dealt later in the turn by the permanent it becomes will also be prevented.
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    Primeval Bounty
    {5}{G}
    Enchantment
    Whenever you cast a creature spell, put a 3/3 green Beast creature token onto the battlefield.
    Whenever you cast a noncreature spell, put three +1/+1 counters on target creature you control.
    Whenever a land enters the battlefield under your control, you gain 3 life.

    * The last ability triggers whenever you play a land and also whenever a land enters the battlefield under your control for some other reason, such as the ability of Into the Wilds.
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    Pyromancer’s Gauntlet
    {5}
    Artifact
    If a red instant or sorcery spell you control or a red planeswalker you control would deal damage to a permanent or player, it deals that much damage plus 2 to that permanent or player instead.

    * Pyromancer’s Gauntlet doesn’t change the source or recipient of the damage.

    * If all damage from a source is prevented (because of Pay No Heed, for example) or if a source would deal 0 damage, the effect of Pyromancer’s Gauntlet will not apply as that source is no longer dealing damage.

    * If damage is being dealt to multiple players and/or permanents at the same time, the damage being dealt to each one is increased by 2.
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    Quag Sickness
    {2}{B}
    Enchantment — Aura
    Enchant creature
    Enchanted creature gets -1/-1 for each Swamp you control.

    * Quag Sickness counts all lands you control with the subtype Swamp, not just ones named Swamp.

    * The ability counts the number of Swamps controlled by Quag Sickness’s controller, not the enchanted creature’s controller (in case they’re different players).

    * The effect isn’t fixed; it changes as the number of Swamps you control changes.
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    Quicken
    {U}
    Instant
    The next sorcery card you cast this turn can be cast as though it had flash. (It can be cast any time you could cast an instant.)
    Draw a card.

    * You don’t choose a sorcery card when Quicken resolves. Rather, it applies to the next sorcery card you cast that turn, even if you cast it at a time when you normally could cast a sorcery and even if you cast it from a zone other than your hand.

    * If you cast two Quickens in succession, they’ll both apply to the next sorcery card you cast.

    * Casting a copy of a sorcery card won’t “use up” Quicken’s effect because the copy isn’t a card.
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    Ratchet Bomb
    {2}
    Artifact
    {T}: Put a charge counter on Ratchet Bomb.
    {T}, Sacrifice Ratchet Bomb: Destroy each nonland permanent with converted mana cost equal to the number of charge counters on Ratchet Bomb.

    * The converted mana cost of a permanent is determined by the mana symbols printed in its mana cost (upper right corner). The converted mana cost is the total amount of mana in that cost, regardless of color. For example, a card with mana cost {3}{U}{U} has converted mana cost 5.

    * If the mana cost of a permanent includes {X}, X is considered to be 0.

    * If a nonland permanent has no mana symbols in its upper right corner (because it’s a token that's not copying something else, for example), its converted mana cost is 0.

    * A token that’s copying another permanent has the converted mana cost of that permanent.

    * The number of charge counters on Ratchet Bomb when it was sacrificed is used to determine which nonland permanents will be destroyed.

    * Ratchet Bomb’s second ability destroys only nonland permanents with converted mana cost exactly equal to the number of charge counters on Ratchet Bomb. It doesn’t matter who controls them.

    * Activating Ratchet Bomb’s second ability while it has no charge counters on it will destroy each nonland permanent with converted mana cost 0.
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    Rootwalla
    {2}{G}
    Creature — Lizard
    2/2
    {1}{G}: Rootwalla gets +2/+2 until end of turn. Activate this ability only once each turn.

    * If Rootwalla’s ability is activated by one player, then another player gains control of it during the same turn, the second player can’t activate its ability that turn.
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    Savage Summoning
    {G}
    Instant
    Savage Summoning can’t be countered.
    The next creature card you cast this turn can be cast as though it had flash. That spell can’t be countered. That creature enters the battlefield with an additional +1/+1 counter on it.

    * You don’t choose a creature card when Savage Summoning resolves. Rather, it applies to the next creature card you cast that turn, even if you cast it at a time when you normally could cast a creature and even if you cast it from a zone other than your hand.

    * If you cast multiple Savage Summonings in succession, they’ll apply to the next creature spell you cast. That creature will enter the battlefield with that many additional +1/+1 counters on it.

    * Spells that would counter Savage Summoning or the relevant creature spell can still be cast. They won’t counter the spell, but any additional effects they have will happen.
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    Scavenging Ooze
    {1}{G}
    Creature — Ooze
    2/2
    {G}: Exile target card from a graveyard. If it was a creature card, put a +1/+1 counter on Scavenging Ooze and you gain 1 life.

    * If the target card is an illegal target when the ability tries to resolve, it will be countered and none of its effects will happen. No counter will be put on Scavenging Ooze and you won’t gain life.
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    Scourge of Valkas
    {2}{R}{R}{R}
    Creature — Dragon
    4/4
    Flying
    Whenever Scourge of Valkas or another Dragon enters the battlefield under your control, it deals X damage to target creature or player, where X is the number of Dragons you control.
    {R}: Scourge of Valkas gets +1/+0 until end of turn.

    * The amount of damage dealt by the Dragon that entered the battlefield is based on the number of Dragons you control when the ability resolves.
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    Scroll Thief
    {2}{U}
    Creature — Merfolk Rogue
    1/3
    Whenever Scroll Thief deals combat damage to a player, draw a card.

    * The ability triggers just once each time Scroll Thief deals combat damage to a player, regardless of how much damage it deals.

    * The ability is mandatory. You must draw a card when it resolves.
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    Seismic Stomp
    {1}{R}
    Sorcery
    Creatures without flying can’t block this turn.

    * No creature without flying will be able to block that turn, including creatures that lose flying after Seismic Stomp resolves and creatures without flying that enter the battlefield after Seismic Stomp resolves.
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    Sengir Vampire
    {3}{B}{B}
    Creature — Vampire
    4/4
    Flying
    Whenever a creature dealt damage by Sengir Vampire this turn dies, put a +1/+1 counter on Sengir Vampire.

    * Each time a creature dies, check whether Sengir Vampire had dealt any damage to it at any time during that turn. If so, Sengir Vampire’s ability will trigger. It doesn’t matter who controlled the creature or whose graveyard it was put into.
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    Seraph of the Sword
    {3}{W}
    Creature — Angel
    3/3
    Flying
    Prevent all combat damage that would be dealt to Seraph of the Sword.

    * If Seraph of the Sword blocks a creature with trample, that creature’s controller must assign 3 damage to Seraph of the Sword (assuming it’s blocking no other creatures, there was no damage marked on it, and nothing has changed its toughness). The remainder can be assigned to the defending player or planeswalker.
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    Shadowborn Apostle
    {B}
    Creature — Human Cleric
    1/1
    A deck can have any number of cards named Shadowborn Apostle.
    {B}, Sacrifice six creatures named Shadowborn Apostle: Search your library for a Demon creature card and put it onto the battlefield. Then shuffle your library.

    * Shadowborn Apostle’s first ability lets you ignore only the “four-of” rule. It doesn’t let you ignore format legality.

    * In Commander and other singleton formats, Shadowborn Apostle’s first ability lets you ignore the “one-of” rule.

    * You sacrifice the six creatures when you activate the ability. You can’t respond to that ability by activating the ability of one of the other Shadowborn Apostles you just sacrificed.

    * You don’t have to sacrifice the Shadowborn Apostle whose ability you activated. It can be six other Shadowborn Apostles.
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    Shadowborn Demon
    {3}{B}{B}
    Creature — Demon
    5/6
    Flying
    When Shadowborn Demon enters the battlefield, destroy target non-Demon creature.
    At the beginning of your upkeep, if there are fewer than six creature cards in your graveyard, sacrifice a creature.

    * Shadowborn Demon’s enters-the-battlefield ability is mandatory. If you control the only non-Demon creature, you must choose it as the target.

    * The last ability checks whether you have fewer than six creature cards in your graveyard when it would trigger. If you have six or more, it won’t trigger at all. The ability will check again when it tries to resolve. If at that time you have six or more, the ability won’t do anything.
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    Shiv’s Embrace
    {2}{R}{R}
    Enchantment — Aura
    Enchant creature
    Enchanted creature gets +2/+2 and has flying.
    {R}: Enchanted creature gets +1/+0 until end of turn.

    * Only the controller of Shiv’s Embrace may activate the last ability. This may be a different player than the one who controls the enchanted creature.

    * When the activated ability resolves, the creature Shiv’s Embrace is enchanting at that time will get +1/+0. This may be a different creature than the one Shiv’s Embrace was enchanting when the ability was activated.

    * When the activated ability resolves, if Shiv’s Embrace isn’t on the battlefield, the creature it was enchanting when it left the battlefield gets the bonus.
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    Shrivel
    {1}{B}
    Sorcery
    All creatures get -1/-1 until end of turn.

    * Only creatures on the battlefield as Shrivel resolves are affected.
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    Silence
    {W}
    Instant
    Your opponents can’t cast spells this turn. (Spells cast before this resolves are unaffected.)

    * Silence won’t affect spells that your opponents cast before you cast Silence. (In other words, it can’t be used as a retroactive Cancel.) Silence also won’t stop your opponents from casting spells after you cast Silence but before Silence resolves.

    * The only thing Silence does is prevent your opponents from casting spells. They can still activate abilities, including abilities of cards in their hands (like cycling). Their triggered abilities work as normal, they can still play lands, and so on.
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    Solemn Offering
    {2}{W}
    Sorcery
    Destroy target artifact or enchantment. You gain 4 life.

    * If the targeted permanent is an illegal target when Solemn Offering tries to resolve, it will be countered and none of its effects will happen. You won’t gain any life.
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    Spell Blast
    {X}{U}
    Instant
    Counter target spell with converted mana cost X. (For example, if that spell’s mana cost is {3}{U}{U}, X is 5.)

    * Alternative costs, additional costs, cost increases, and cost reductions don’t affect a spell’s converted mana cost.

    * If the target spell has {X} in its converted mana cost, include the value chosen for that X when determining the value of the {X} in Spell Blast’s mana cost. For example, if you wish to counter Volcanic Geyser (a spell with mana cost {X}{R}{R}) whose X is 7, you’ll need to choose 9 for Spell Blast’s X and pay {9}{U}.
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    Sporemound
    {3}{G}{G}
    Creature — Fungus
    3/3
    Whenever a land enters the battlefield under your control, put a 1/1 green Saproling creature token onto the battlefield.

    * Sporemound’s ability triggers whenever you play a land and also whenever a land enters the battlefield under your control for some other reason, such as the ability of Into the Wilds.
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    Stonehorn Chanter
    {5}{W}
    Creature — Rhino Cleric
    4/4
    {5}{W}: Stonehorn Chanter gains vigilance and lifelink until end of turn. (Attacking doesn’t cause it to tap. Damage dealt by it also causes you to gain that much life.)

    * Multiple instances of vigilance and lifelink are redundant. There’s usually no reason to activate Stonehorn Chanter’s ability more than once in a single turn.
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    Striking Sliver
    {R}
    Creature — Sliver
    1/1
    Sliver creatures you control have first strike. (They deal combat damage before creatures without first strike.)

    * If Striking Sliver leaves the battlefield after Sliver creatures you control have dealt first-strike damage but before regular combat damage, those Slivers won’t deal regular combat damage (unless they have double strike for some reason).
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    Strionic Resonator
    {2}
    Artifact
    {2}, {T}: Copy target triggered ability you control. You may choose new targets for the copy. (A triggered ability uses the words “when,” “whenever,” or “at.”)

    * Strionic Resonator targets a triggered ability that has triggered and is on the stack.

    * The source of the copy is the same as the source of the original ability.

    * If the triggered ability is modal (that is, if it says “Choose one —” or similar), the mode is copied and can’t be changed.

    * If the triggered ability divides damage or distributes counters among a number of targets (for example, the ability of Bogardan Hellkite), the division and number of targets can’t be changed. If you choose new targets, you must choose the same number of targets.

    * Any choices made when the triggered ability resolves won’t have been made yet when it’s copied. Any such choices will be made separately when the copy resolves. If the triggered ability asks you to pay a cost (for example, as the extort ability from the Return to Ravnica block does), you pay that cost for the copy.

    * If a triggered ability is linked to a second ability, copies of that triggered ability are also linked to that second ability. If the second ability refers to “the exiled card,” it refers to all cards exiled by the triggered ability and the copy. For example, if Exclusion Ritual’s enters-the-battlefield ability is copied and two nonland permanents are exiled, players can’t cast spells with the same name as either exiled card.

    * In some cases involving linked abilities, an ability requires information about “the exiled card.” When this happens, the ability gets multiple answers. If these answers are being used to determine the value of a variable, the sum is used. For example, if Elite Arcanist’s enters-the-battlefield ability is copied, two cards are exiled. The value of X in the activation cost of Elite Arcanist’s other ability is the sum of the two cards’ converted mana costs. As the ability resolves, you create copies of both cards and can cast none, one, or both of the copies in any order.
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    Tenacious Dead
    {B}
    Creature — Skeleton Warrior
    1/1
    When Tenacious Dead dies, you may pay {1}{B}. If you do, return it to the battlefield tapped under its owner’s control.

    * You decide whether to pay {1}{B} when the ability resolves. If you choose not to, you won’t get another chance later.

    * If you control a Tenacious Dead owned by another player when it dies, you’ll control the triggered ability. However, if you choose to pay {1}{B}, it will be put onto the battlefield under its owner’s control.
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    Thorncaster Sliver
    {4}{R}
    Creature — Sliver
    2/2
    Sliver creatures you control have “Whenever this creature attacks, it deals 1 damage to target creature or player.”

    * If you control multiple Thorncaster Slivers and a Sliver you control attacks, each ability will trigger separately.
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    Thunder Strike
    {1}{R}
    Instant
    Target creature gets +2/+0 and gains first strike until end of turn. (It deals combat damage before creatures without first strike.)

    * Thunder Strike can target any creature, even one that already has first strike or double strike. (If it affects such a creature, it will, in effect, just give it +2/+0.)

    * If a creature doesn’t have first strike, granting it first strike after combat damage has been dealt in the first-strike combat damage step won’t prevent it from dealing combat damage. It will still assign and deal its combat damage in the second combat damage step.
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    Tidebinder Mage
    {U}{U}
    Creature — Merfolk Wizard
    2/2
    When Tidebinder Mage enters the battlefield, tap target red or green creature an opponent controls. That creature doesn’t untap during its controller’s untap step for as long as you control Tidebinder Mage.

    * If you lose control of Tidebinder Mage between when it entered the battlefield and when the ability resolves, the target creature will become tapped. However, it won’t be affected by the other effect and will untap as normal during its controller’s untap step.

    * If another player gains control of Tidebinder Mage, the creature will no longer be affected by the ability preventing it from untapping, even if you later regain control of Tidebinder Mage.

    * If you gain control of the creature that’s being prevented from untapping, that creature won’t untap during your untap step for as long as you control Tidebinder Mage.

    * The ability can target a tapped creature. If the targeted creature is already tapped when it resolves, that creature just remains tapped and doesn’t untap during its controller’s next untap step.
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    Tome Scour
    {U}
    Sorcery
    Target player puts the top five cards of his or her library into his or her graveyard.

    * If there are fewer than five cards in the targeted player’s library, that player puts all the cards from his or her library into his or her graveyard.
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    Trollhide
    {2}{G}
    Enchantment — Aura
    Enchant creature
    Enchanted creature gets +2/+2 and has “{1}{G}: Regenerate this creature.” (The next time the creature would be destroyed this turn, it isn’t. Instead tap it, remove all damage from it, and remove it from combat.)

    * Activating the ability granted to the enchanted creature causes a “regeneration shield” to be created for it. The next time that creature would be destroyed that turn, the regeneration shield is used up instead. This works only if the creature is dealt lethal damage, dealt damage from a source with deathtouch, or affected by a spell or ability that says to “destroy” it. Other effects that cause the creature to be put into the graveyard (such as reducing its toughness to 0 or sacrificing it) don’t destroy it, so regeneration won’t save it. If the regeneration shield isn’t used, it goes away as the turn ends.

    * To work, the regeneration shield must be created before the enchanted creature is destroyed. This usually means activating its ability during the declare blockers step, or in response to a spell or ability that would destroy it.

    * If the enchanted creature is dealt lethal damage and is dealt damage by a source with deathtouch during the same combat damage step, a single regeneration shield will save it.

    * Trollhide needs to be attached to the creature as the ability that creates the regeneration shield is activated, but after that, the regeneration shield will be created and remain in effect even if Trollhide is no longer attached to the creature.
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    Vampire Warlord
    {4}{B}
    Creature — Vampire Warrior
    4/2
    Sacrifice another creature: Regenerate Vampire Warlord. (The next time this creature would be destroyed this turn, it isn’t. Instead tap it, remove all damage from it, and remove it from combat.)

    * Activating Vampire Warlord’s ability causes a “regeneration shield” to be created for it. The next time Vampire Warlord would be destroyed that turn, the regeneration shield is used up instead. This works only if the creature is dealt lethal damage, dealt damage from a source with deathtouch, or affected by a spell or ability that says to “destroy” it. Other effects that cause the creature to be put into the graveyard (such as reducing its toughness to 0 or sacrificing it) don’t destroy it, so regeneration won’t save it. If the regeneration shield isn’t used, it goes away as the turn ends.

    * To work, the regeneration shield must be created before Vampire Warlord is destroyed. This usually means activating its ability during the declare blockers step, or in response to a spell or ability that would destroy it.

    * If Vampire Warlord is dealt lethal damage and is dealt damage by a source with deathtouch during the same combat damage step, a single regeneration shield will save it.
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    Vastwood Hydra
    {X}{G}{G}
    Creature — Hydra
    0/0
    Vastwood Hydra enters the battlefield with X +1/+1 counters on it.
    When Vastwood Hydra dies, you may distribute a number of +1/+1 counters equal to the number of +1/+1 counters on Vastwood Hydra among any number of creatures you control.

    * The ability that triggers when Vastwood Hydra dies doesn’t target any of the creatures. You can choose to put counters on a creature with protection from green, for example.

    * You choose how the counters will be distributed when the ability resolves.

    * In some unusual cases, Vastwood Hydra will have enough -1/-1 counters put on it to make its toughness 0 or less. If this happens, the ability will still distribute a number of +1/+1 counters equal to the number of +1/+1 counters on Vastwood Hydra before the -1/-1 counters were put on it. For example, if Vastwood Hydra has two +1/+1 counters on it and three -1/-1 counters are put on it, two +1/+1 counters will be distributed.
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    Verdant Haven
    {2}{G}
    Enchantment — Aura
    Enchant land
    When Verdant Haven enters the battlefield, you gain 2 life.
    Whenever enchanted land is tapped for mana, its controller adds one mana of any color to his or her mana pool (in addition to the mana the land produces).

    * If the land targeted by Verdant Haven is illegal as Verdant Haven tries to resolve, it will be countered and won’t enter the battlefield. Its ability that causes you to gain 2 life won’t trigger.
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    Vile Rebirth
    {B}
    Instant
    Exile target creature card from a graveyard. Put a 2/2 black Zombie creature token onto the battlefield.

    * If the creature card is an illegal target when Vile Rebirth tries to resolve, it will be countered and none of its effects will happen. You won’t put a Zombie token onto the battlefield.
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    Voracious Wurm
    {1}{G}
    Creature — Wurm
    2/2
    Voracious Wurm enters the battlefield with X +1/+1 counters on it, where X is the amount of life you’ve gained this turn.

    * Voracious Wurm’s ability checks how much life you’ve gained during the turn, not what your life total is compared to what it was when the turn began. For example, if you start the turn at 10 life, gain 6 life during the turn, then lose 6 life later that turn, Voracious Wurm will enter the battlefield with six +1/+1 counters.

    * In a Two-Headed Giant game, life gained by your teammate isn’t considered, even though it causes your team’s life total to increase.
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    Wall of Frost
    {1}{U}{U}
    Creature — Wall
    0/7
    Defender (This creature can’t attack.)
    Whenever Wall of Frost blocks a creature, that creature doesn’t untap during its controller’s next untap step.

    * Wall of Frost’s triggered ability tracks the creature, but not its controller. If the creature changes controllers before its first controller’s next untap step has come around, then it won’t untap during its new controller’s next untap step.
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    Warden of Evos Isle
    {2}{U}
    Creature — Bird Wizard
    2/2
    Flying
    Creature spells with flying you cast cost {1} less to cast.

    * A creature spell that doesn’t have flying won’t cost less even if the creature it will become would have flying once on the battlefield. For example, if you control Galerider Sliver, other Sliver spells won’t cost {1} less even though those Slivers will have flying once they’re on the battlefield.

    * The ability can’t reduce the colored mana requirement of a creature spell with flying.
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    Water Servant
    {2}{U}{U}
    Creature — Elemental
    3/4
    {U}: Water Servant gets +1/-1 until end of turn.
    {U}: Water Servant gets -1/+1 until end of turn.

    * You can activate Water Servant’s second ability even if doing so would cause Water Servant’s power to be less than 0. If Water Servant’s power is less than 0, treat it as 0 for all purposes except for further modifying it, or causing the power of another creature (such as Riptide Mangler) to become equal to it.
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    Wild Guess
    {R}{R}
    Sorcery
    As an additional cost to cast Wild Guess, discard a card.
    Draw two cards.

    * Because discarding a card is an additional cost, you can’t cast Wild Guess if you have no other cards in hand.
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    Wild Ricochet
    {2}{R}{R}
    Instant
    You may choose new targets for target instant or sorcery spell. Then copy that spell. You may choose new targets for the copy.

    * Wild Ricochet can target (and copy) any instant or sorcery spell, not just one with targets. It doesn’t matter who controls it.

    * When Wild Ricochet resolves, it creates a copy of a spell. You control the copy. The controller of the original spell retains control of that spell. The copy is created on the stack, so it’s not “cast.” Abilities that trigger when a player casts a spell won’t trigger. The copy will then resolve like a normal spell, after players get a chance to cast spells and activate abilities. The copy resolves before the original spell.

    * The copy will have the same targets as the spell it’s copying unless you choose new ones. You may change any number of the targets, including all of them or none of them. If, for one of the targets, you can’t choose a new legal target, then it remains unchanged (even if the current target is illegal).

    * If the spell Wild Ricochet copies is modal (that is, it says “Choose one —” or the like), the copy will have the same mode. You can’t choose a different one.

    * If the spell Wild Ricochet copies has an X whose value was determined as it was cast (like Volcanic Geyser does), the copy has the same value of X.

    * You can’t choose to pay any additional costs for the copy. However, effects based on any additional costs that were paid for the original spell are copied as though those same costs were paid for the copy too. For example, if a player sacrifices a 3/3 creature to cast Fling, and you copy it with Wild Ricochet, the copy of Fling will also deal 3 damage to its target.

    * If the copy says that it affects “you,” it affects the controller of the copy, not the controller of the original spell. Similarly, if the copy says that it affects an “opponent,” it affects an opponent of the copy’s controller, not an opponent of the original spell’s controller.
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    Windreader Sphinx
    {5}{U}{U}
    Creature — Sphinx
    3/7
    Flying
    Whenever a creature with flying attacks, you may draw a card.

    * It doesn’t matter who controls the creature with flying or what player or planeswalker that creature is attacking.

    * Windreader Sphinx’s ability will trigger when it itself attacks.

    * The creature must have flying when declared as an attacking creature in order for Windreader Sphinx’s ability to trigger. For example, attacking with Trained Condor (a creature with flying and “Whenever Trained Condor attacks, another target creature you control gains flying until end of turn.”) and a creature without flying will cause the ability to trigger only once.
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    Witchstalker
    {1}{G}{G}
    Creature — Wolf
    3/3
    Hexproof (This creature can’t be the target of spells or abilities your opponents control.)
    Whenever an opponent casts a blue or black spell during your turn, put a +1/+1 counter on Witchstalker.

    * The counter will be put on Witchstalker before the spell cast by an opponent resolves.

    * If an opponent casts a copy of a card that’s blue or black during your turn (as opposed to putting a copy of such a spell directly on the stack), the ability will also trigger. Check for the word “cast” in the effect that creates the copy.
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    Xathrid Necromancer
    {2}{B}
    Creature — Human Wizard
    2/2
    Whenever Xathrid Necromancer or another Human creature you control dies, put a 2/2 black Zombie creature token onto the battlefield tapped.

    * If Xathrid Necromancer dies at the same time as another Human creature you control, its ability will trigger twice.
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    Young Pyromancer
    {1}{R}
    Creature — Human Shaman
    2/1
    Whenever you cast an instant or sorcery spell, put a 1/1 red Elemental creature token onto the battlefield.

    * You’ll put the Elemental token onto the battlefield before the instant or sorcery spell you cast resolves but after any targets of that spell are chosen.
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    Magic 2014 Frequently Asked Questions
    Compiled by Matt Tabak, with contributions from Laurie Cheers, Carsten Haese, Eli Shiffrin, Zoe Stephenson, and Thijs van Ommen
    Document last modified June 5, 2013

    An FAQ is a collection of clarifications and rulings involving the cards in a new Magic: The Gathering set. It’s intended to make playing with these new cards more fun by clearing up the common misconceptions and confusion inevitably caused by new mechanics and interactions. As future sets are released, updates to the Magic rules may cause some of this information to become outdated. If you can’t find the answer you’re looking for here, please contact us at Wizards.com/CustomerService.

    This FAQ has two sections, each of which serves a different purpose.

    The first section (“General Notes”) explains the mechanics and concepts in the set.

    The second section (“Card-Specific Notes”) contains answers to the most important, most common, and most confusing questions players might ask about cards in the set. Items in the “Card-Specific Notes” section include full card text for your reference. Not all cards in the set are listed.
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    GENERAL NOTES

    Release Information

    The Magic 2014 core set contains 249 cards (101 common, 60 uncommon, 53 rare, 15 mythic rare, and 20 basic land).

    Prerelease events: July 13–14, 2013
    Launch Weekend: July 19–21, 2013
    Game Day: August 10–11, 2013

    The Magic 2014 core set becomes legal for sanctioned Constructed play on its official release date: Friday, July 19, 2013. At that time, the following card sets will be permitted in the Standard format: Innistrad, Dark Ascension, Avacyn Restored, Magic 2013, Return to Ravnica, Gatecrash, Dragon’s Maze, and Magic 2014.

    Go to Wizards.com/MagicFormats for a complete list of formats and permitted card sets.

    Go to Wizards.com/Locator to find an event or store near you.
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    Returning Theme: Slivers

    Magic 2014 features the return of creatures with the creature type Sliver. These popular creatures share abilities or power and toughness bonuses with other Slivers you control.

    Galerider Sliver
    {U}
    Creature — Sliver
    1/1
    Sliver creatures you control have flying.

    * Unlike Slivers from previous sets, Slivers in this set affect only Sliver creatures you control. They don’t grant bonuses to your opponents’ Slivers. (Note that previous Sliver cards have not changed.)

    * If you change the creature type of a Sliver you control so it’s no longer a Sliver, it will no longer be affected by its own ability. Its ability will continue to affect other Sliver creatures you control.

    * Abilities that Slivers grant, as well as power/toughness boosts, are cumulative. However, for some abilities, like flying, having more than one instance of the ability doesn’t provide any additional benefit.
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    Cycle: Magus Staffs

    This set also includes a cycle of artifacts, each aligned to a color, that allow you to gain life for casting spells of that color or having basic lands of the type associated with that color enter the battlefield.

    Staff of the Sun Magus
    {3}
    Artifact
    Whenever you cast a white spell or a Plains enters the battlefield under your control, you gain 1 life.

    * Each of these artifacts cares about any land with the appropriate basic land type. For example, Staff of the Sun Magus’s ability triggers when any land with the subtype Plains enters the battlefield under your control, not just lands named Plains.

    * Many nonbasic lands don’t have basic land types, even if they produce colored mana. For example, Azorius Guildgate is neither a Plains nor an Island. Having one enter the battlefield under your control won’t cause Staff of the Sun Magus’s ability to trigger.

    * If you cast a copy of a card that’s a certain color, the appropriate Staff’s ability will trigger. However, if you copy a spell on the stack without casting that copy, it will not.
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    Returning Card Type: Planeswalkers

    A planeswalker is a powerful ally that fights by your side. With the exception of the “planeswalker uniqueness rule” (see the separate section below), the rules for planeswalkers have not changed with this release.

    Jace, Memory Adept
    {3}{U}{U}
    Planeswalker — Jace
    4
    +1: Draw a card. Target player puts the top card of his or her library into his or her graveyard.
    0: Target player puts the top ten cards of his or her library into his or her graveyard.
    -7: Any number of target players each draw twenty cards.

    * Planeswalkers are permanents. You can cast one at the time you could cast a sorcery. When your planeswalker spell resolves, it enters the battlefield under your control.

    * Planeswalkers are not creatures. Spells and abilities that affect creatures won’t affect them.

    * Planeswalkers have loyalty. A planeswalker enters the battlefield with a number of loyalty counters on it equal to the number printed in its lower right corner. Activating one of its abilities may cause it to gain or lose loyalty counters. Damage dealt to a planeswalker causes that many loyalty counters to be removed from it. If it has no loyalty counters on it, it’s put into its owner’s graveyard as a state-based action.

    * Planeswalkers each have a number of activated abilities called “loyalty abilities.” You can activate a loyalty ability of a planeswalker you control only at the time you could cast a sorcery and only if you haven’t activated one of that planeswalker’s loyalty abilities yet that turn.

    * The cost to activate a planeswalker’s loyalty ability is represented by a symbol with a number inside. Up-arrows contain positive numbers, such as “+1”; this means “Put one loyalty counter on this planeswalker.” Down-arrows contain negative numbers, such as “-7”; this means “Remove seven loyalty counters from this planeswalker.” A symbol with a “0” means “Put zero loyalty counters on this planeswalker.”

    * Activating a loyalty ability with a cost of 0 will leave the number of loyalty counters on that planeswalker unchanged.

    * You can’t activate a planeswalker’s ability with a negative loyalty cost unless the planeswalker has at least that many loyalty counters on it.

    * Planeswalkers can’t attack (unless an effect turns the planeswalker into a creature). However, they can be attacked. Each of your attacking creatures can attack your opponent or a planeswalker that player controls. You say which as you declare attackers.

    * If your planeswalkers are being attacked, you can block the attackers as normal.

    * If a creature that’s attacking a planeswalker isn’t blocked, it’ll deal its combat damage to that planeswalker. Damage dealt to a planeswalker causes that many loyalty counters to be removed from it.

    * If a source you control would deal noncombat damage to an opponent, you may have that source deal that damage to a planeswalker that opponent controls instead. For example, although you can’t target a planeswalker with Shock, you can target your opponent with Shock, and then as Shock resolves, choose to have Shock deal its 2 damage to one of your opponent’s planeswalkers. (You can’t split up that damage between different players and/or planeswalkers.) If you have Shock deal its damage to a planeswalker, two loyalty counters are removed from it.
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    Rule Change: The “Planeswalker Uniqueness Rule”

    Previously, if there were two or more planeswalkers that share a subtype (such as “Jace”) on the battlefield, they would all be put into their owners’ graveyards as a state-based action. This rule is changing. The new rule is as follows:

    704.5j If a player controls two or more planeswalkers that share a planeswalker type, that player chooses one of them and the rest are put into their owners’ graveyards. This is called the “planeswalker uniqueness rule.”
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    Rule Change: The “Legend Rule”

    Although there are no legendary permanents in the Magic 2014 core set, the “legend rule” is changing along with this set. Under the previous rule, whenever two or more legendary permanents with the same name were on the battlefield, they were all put into their owners’ graveyards as a state-based action. This rule is changing to the following:

    704.5k If a player controls two or more legendary permanents with the same name, that player chooses one of them and the rest are put into their owners’ graveyards. This is called the “legend rule.”
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    New Keyword: Indestructible

    Indestructible is a new keyword for an existing ability.

    Darksteel Ingot
    {3}
    Artifact
    Indestructible (Effects that say “destroy” don’t destroy this artifact.)
    {T}: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool.

    * In most cases, indestructible becoming a keyword doesn’t represent a functional change. There are two exceptions:

    * Previously, if a permanent was made indestructible by a resolving spell or ability (such as Withstand Death), and then that permanent lost its abilities, it would still be indestructible. This was because indestructible wasn’t an ability; it was just something true about the permanent. Now, the permanent will gain the ability indestructible, and it will lose this ability along with its other abilities.

    * Previously, if a group of permanents were made indestructible by a resolving spell or ability (such as creatures you control being affected by Rootborn Defenses), permanents that joined that group or entered the battlefield after that spell or ability resolved would also be indestructible. This was because the effect making the permanents indestructible wasn’t changing any of those permanents’ characteristics. Now, a permanent that enters the battlefield or comes under your control after the spell or ability resolves won’t have indestructible as it wasn’t under your control at the appropriate time to gain it.
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    CARD-SPECIFIC NOTES

    Academy Raider
    {2}{R}
    Creature — Human Warrior
    1/1
    Intimidate (This creature can’t be blocked except by artifact creatures and/or creatures that share a color with it.)
    Whenever Academy Raider deals combat damage to a player, you may discard a card. If you do, draw a card.

    * The triggered ability triggers just once each time Academy Raider deals combat damage to a player, regardless of how much damage it deals.
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    Act of Treason
    {2}{R}
    Sorcery
    Gain control of target creature until end of turn. Untap that creature. It gains haste until end of turn. (It can attack and {T} this turn.)

    * Act of Treason can target any creature, including one that’s untapped or one you already control.

    * Gaining control of a creature doesn’t cause you to gain control of any Auras or Equipment attached to it.

    * If you control a legendary creature and gain control of another legendary creature with the same name, you’ll choose one to remain on the battlefield and put the other into its owner’s graveyard.
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    Advocate of the Beast
    {2}{G}
    Creature — Elf Shaman
    2/3
    At the beginning of your end step, put a +1/+1 counter on target Beast creature you control.

    * If you don’t control any Beast creatures as your end step begins, the ability will be removed from the stack and will have no effect.
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    Ajani, Caller of the Pride
    {1}{W}{W}
    Planeswalker — Ajani
    4
    +1: Put a +1/+1 counter on up to one target creature.
    -3: Target creature gains flying and double strike until end of turn.
    -8: Put X 2/2 white Cat creature tokens onto the battlefield, where X is your life total.

    * You can activate the first ability without a target. You’ll still put one loyalty counter on Ajani when you activate the ability.

    * The number of Cat tokens you put onto the battlefield is equal to your life total when the third ability resolves.
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    Ajani’s Chosen
    {2}{W}{W}
    Creature — Cat Soldier
    3/3
    Whenever an enchantment enters the battlefield under your control, put a 2/2 white Cat creature token onto the battlefield. If that enchantment is an Aura, you may attach it to the token.

    * The ability doesn’t trigger until the enchantment enters the battlefield. This means that, for example, you can’t cast an Aura with enchant creature if there are no legal targets available, hoping to enchant the Cat token. Ajani’s Chosen itself, however, may be a legal target for the Aura.

    * If you cast an Aura targeting an opponent or a permanent controlled by an opponent, you control that Aura when it enters the battlefield. The ability of Ajani’s Chosen will trigger.

    * You may attach the Aura to the token only if it can legally enchant that token. For example, if the enchantment that entered the battlefield is an Aura with “enchant land,” it won’t move.

    * You may attach the Aura to the Cat token only if the Aura and the token are both on the battlefield when the triggered ability resolves. If the Aura leaves the battlefield before the ability resolves, it won’t become attached to the token. If the token leaves the battlefield before the ability resolves, the Aura won’t move.
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    Altar’s Reap
    {1}{B}
    Instant
    As an additional cost to cast Altar’s Reap, sacrifice a creature.
    Draw two cards.

    * You must sacrifice exactly one creature to cast this spell. You can’t cast it without sacrificing a creature, and you can’t sacrifice more than one creature.

    * Players can respond to this spell only after it’s been cast and all its costs paid. This means that no one can try to destroy the creature you sacrificed to stop you from casting this spell.
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    Angelic Accord
    {3}{W}
    Enchantment
    At the beginning of each end step, if you gained 4 or more life this turn, put a 4/4 white Angel creature token with flying onto the battlefield.

    * Angelic Accord’s ability checks how much life you’ve gained during the turn, not what your life total is compared to what it was when the turn began. For example, if you start the turn at 10 life, gain 6 life during the turn, then lose 6 life later that turn, the ability will trigger.

    * If you haven’t gained 4 or more life during the turn when the end step begins, the ability won’t trigger at all. Gaining life during the end step won’t cause the ability to trigger.

    * In a Two-Headed Giant game, life gained by your teammate isn’t considered, even though it causes your team’s life total to increase.
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    Archaeomancer
    {2}{U}{U}
    Creature — Human Wizard
    1/2
    When Archaeomancer enters the battlefield, return target instant or sorcery card from your graveyard to your hand.

    * If an instant or sorcery spell puts Archaeomancer onto the battlefield, you can choose that card as the target and return it to your hand.
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    Archangel of Thune
    {3}{W}{W}
    Creature — Angel
    3/4
    Flying
    Lifelink (Damage dealt by this creature also causes you to gain that much life.)
    Whenever you gain life, put a +1/+1 counter on each creature you control.

    * The ability triggers just once from each life-gaining event, whether it’s 1 life from Soulmender or 5 life from Elixir of Immortality.

    * A creature with lifelink dealing combat damage is a single life-gaining event. For example, if two creatures you control with lifelink deal combat damage at the same time, Archangel of Thune’s ability will trigger twice. However, if a single creature with lifelink deals combat damage to multiple creatures, players, and/or planeswalkers at the same time (perhaps because it has trample or was blocked by more than one creature), the ability will trigger only once.

    * In a Two-Headed Giant game, life gained by your teammate won’t cause the ability to trigger, even though it causes your team’s life total to increase.
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    Artificer’s Hex
    {B}
    Enchantment — Aura
    Enchant Equipment
    At the beginning of your upkeep, if enchanted Equipment is attached to a creature, destroy that creature.

    * The ability checks to see if the enchanted Equipment is attached to a creature as your upkeep begins. If it’s not, the ability won’t trigger at all. If it is, the ability will check again as it tries to resolve. If the enchanted Equipment isn’t attached to a creature at that time, the ability won’t do anything.

    * This ability triggers at the beginning of the upkeep of the controller of Artificer’s Hex, not the upkeep of the controller of the enchanted Equipment or the creature that Equipment is attached to.

    * Players can’t pay an Equipment’s equip cost to unattach that Equipment to stop Artificer’s Hex from destroying a creature.

    * In some rare cases, the creature the enchanted Equipment is attached to as the ability resolves isn’t the same one as the one it was attached to when it triggered. In such a case, the creature the Equipment is attached to when the ability resolves is destroyed.
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    Awaken the Ancient
    {1}{R}{R}{R}
    Enchantment — Aura
    Enchant Mountain
    Enchanted Mountain is a 7/7 red Giant creature with haste. It’s still a land.

    * Awaken the Ancient can enchant any land with the subtype Mountain, not just one named Mountain.

    * The enchanted Mountain retains any other types or subtypes it may have. You can still tap it to add {R} to your mana pool. It can be affected by anything that affects either a land or a creature.

    * This doesn’t count as a creature entering the battlefield. The Mountain was already on the battlefield; it only changed types.

    * If the enchanted Mountain stops being a Mountain for any reason, Awaken the Ancient will be put into its owner’s graveyard as a state-based action.

    * Copies of the enchanted Mountain won’t be 7/7 red Giant creatures with haste. For example, if Awaken the Ancient is enchanting a basic Mountain, a copy of that creature would just be a basic Mountain.
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    Banisher Priest
    {1}{W}{W}
    Creature — Human Cleric
    2/2
    When Banisher Priest enters the battlefield, exile target creature an opponent controls until Banisher Priest leaves the battlefield. (That creature returns under its owner’s control.)

    * Banisher Priest’s ability causes a zone change with a duration, a new style of ability that’s somewhat reminiscent of older cards like Oblivion Ring. However, unlike Oblivion Ring, cards like Banisher Priest have a single ability that creates two one-shot effects: one that exiles the creature when the ability resolves, and another that returns the exiled card to the battlefield immediately after Banisher Priest leaves the battlefield.

    * If Banisher Priest leaves the battlefield before its enters-the-battlefield ability resolves, the target creature won’t be exiled.

    * Auras attached to the exiled creature will be put into their owners’ graveyards. Equipment attached to the exiled creature will become unattached and remain on the battlefield. Any counters on the exiled creature will cease to exist.

    * If a creature token is exiled, it ceases to exist. It won’t be returned to the battlefield.

    * The exiled card returns to the battlefield immediately after Banisher Priest leaves the battlefield. Nothing happens between the two events, including state-based actions. The two creatures aren’t on the battlefield at the same time. For example, if the returning creature is a Clone, it can’t enter the battlefield as a copy of Banisher Priest.

    * In a multiplayer game, if Banisher Priest’s owner leaves the game, the exiled card will return to the battlefield. Because the one-shot effect that returns the card isn’t an ability that goes on the stack, it won’t cease to exist along with the leaving player’s spells and abilities on the stack.
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    Barrage of Expendables
    {R}
    Enchantment
    {R}, Sacrifice a creature: Barrage of Expendables deals 1 damage to target creature or player.

    * Barrage of Expendables deals the damage, not the sacrificed creature. Notably, that creature having deathtouch or lifelink provides no additional benefit.

    * Because targets are chosen before costs are paid, it is possible to choose a creature as the target of the ability and then sacrifice that creature. The ability will be countered when it tries to resolve and no damage will be dealt.
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    Blightcaster
    {3}{B}
    Creature — Human Wizard
    2/3
    Whenever you cast an enchantment spell, you may have target creature get -2/-2 until end of turn.

    * Blightcaster’s ability will resolve before the enchantment spell that caused it to trigger.

    * If you are the only player who controls a creature when Blightcaster’s ability triggers, you must choose one as the target, although you can choose not to give it -2/-2.
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    Blur Sliver
    {2}{R}
    Creature — Sliver
    2/2
    Sliver creatures you control have haste. (They can attack and {T} as soon as they come under your control.)

    * If Blur Sliver leaves the battlefield during combat, any attacking Sliver creatures that came under your control this turn will continue to attack, even though they will no longer have haste.
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    Bogbrew Witch
    {3}{B}
    Creature — Human Wizard
    1/3
    {2}, {T}: Search your library for a card named Festering Newt or Bubbling Cauldron, put it onto the battlefield tapped, then shuffle your library.

    * You don’t have to declare which card you’re searching for when you activate the ability.

    * You put only one card onto the battlefield as the activated ability resolves.
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    Bonescythe Sliver
    {3}{W}
    Creature — Sliver
    2/2
    Sliver creatures you control have double strike. (They deal both first-strike and regular combat damage.)

    * If Bonescythe Sliver leaves the battlefield after other Sliver creatures you control have dealt first-strike damage but before regular combat damage, those Slivers won’t deal regular combat damage (unless they still have double strike for some other reason).
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    Brave the Elements
    {W}
    Instant
    Choose a color. White creatures you control gain protection from the chosen color until end of turn. (They can’t be blocked, targeted, dealt damage, or enchanted by anything of that color.)

    * You choose the color as Brave the Elements resolves. Once the color is chosen, it’s too late for players to respond.

    * Only white creatures you control as Brave the Elements resolves will gain the protection ability. White creatures that come under your control afterward will not.
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    Brindle Boar
    {2}{G}
    Creature — Boar
    2/2
    Sacrifice Brindle Boar: You gain 4 life.

    * If you sacrifice an attacking or blocking Brindle Boar during the declare blockers step, it won’t deal combat damage. If you wait until the combat damage step, but Brindle Boar is dealt lethal damage, it’ll be destroyed before you get a chance to sacrifice it.
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    Burning Earth
    {3}{R}
    Enchantment
    Whenever a player taps a nonbasic land for mana, Burning Earth deals 1 damage to that player.

    * To tap a land for mana is to activate one of that land’s mana abilities that has {T} in its activation cost.

    * The ability will trigger each time a nonbasic land is tapped for mana. Each of these abilities goes on the stack and resolves separately.

    * If any nonbasic lands are tapped for mana while a player is casting a spell or activating an ability, Burning Earth’s ability will trigger that many times and wait. When the player finishes casting that spell or activating that ability, Burning Earth’s triggered abilities are put on the stack on top of it. Burning Earth’s abilities will resolve first.

    * On the other hand, a player can tap nonbasic lands for mana, put the Burning Earth triggered abilities on the stack, and then respond to those abilities by casting an instant spell or activating an ability using that mana. In that case, the instant spell or activated ability will resolve first.
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    Celestial Flare
    {W}{W}
    Instant
    Target player sacrifices an attacking or blocking creature.

    * Celestial Flare targets only a player, not any creature. A creature with hexproof or protection from white can be sacrificed this way.

    * If the player sacrifices a blocking creature, any attacking creature it was blocking remains blocked. Unless that attacking creature has trample or is being blocked by another creature, it won’t assign or deal combat damage.

    * Creatures continue to be attacking or blocking creatures through the end of combat step. It is possible to cast Celestial Flare within combat but after combat damage is dealt (specifically, during the combat damage step or the end of combat step). Only attacking and blocking creatures that survived combat damage can be sacrificed at this time.
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    Chandra, Pyromaster
    {2}{R}{R}
    Planeswalker — Chandra
    4
    +1: Chandra, Pyromaster deals 1 damage to target player and 1 damage to up to one target creature that player controls. That creature can’t block this turn.
    0: Exile the top card of your library. You may play it this turn.
    -7: Exile the top ten cards of your library. Choose an instant or sorcery card exiled this way and copy it three times. You may cast the copies without paying their mana costs.

    * To activate the first ability, you must target a player but you can choose to not target any creatures.

    * If a creature is targeted by the first ability, it won’t be able to block even if the damage is prevented.

    * The card exiled by the second ability is exiled face up. Playing it follows the normal rules for playing that card. You must pay its costs, and you must follow all applicable timing rules. For example, if it’s a creature card, you can cast it only during your main phase while the stack is empty.

    * If you exile a land card using the second ability, you may play that land only if you have any available land plays. Normally, this means you can play the land only if you haven’t played a land yet that turn.

    * In the third ability, “exiled this way” means the cards you just exiled because of that ability resolving. Cards exiled with the second ability or with previous activations of the third ability don’t count.

    * While resolving the third ability, you create the copies of the card in exile and cast them from exile. You can cast zero, one, two, or all three copies. The card itself isn’t cast. It remains exiled.

    * While casting the copies for the third ability, timing restrictions based on the card’s type (such as sorcery) are ignored. Other restrictions, such as “Cast [this spell] only during combat,” are not.

    * Because you’re playing the copies “without paying their mana costs,” you can’t pay any alternative costs for the copies. You can pay additional costs, such as kicker costs. If the copies have any mandatory additional costs, you must pay those.

    * If the copied card has {X} in its mana cost, you must choose 0 as its value when casting the copies.
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    Chandra’s Outrage
    {2}{R}{R}
    Instant
    Chandra’s Outrage deals 4 damage to target creature and 2 damage to that creature’s controller.

    * Chandra’s Outrage targets only the creature. The player dealt damage is the player who controls the target creature at the time Chandra’s Outrage resolves.

    * If the creature is an illegal target as Chandra’s Outrage tries to resolve, it will be countered and none of its effects will happen. No damage will be dealt.
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    Claustrophobia
    {1}{U}{U}
    Enchantment — Aura
    Enchant creature
    When Claustrophobia enters the battlefield, tap enchanted creature.
    Enchanted creature doesn’t untap during its controller’s untap step.

    * The enchanted creature can still be untapped in other ways, such as Act of Treason.
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    Clone
    {3}{U}
    Creature — Shapeshifter
    0/0
    You may have Clone enter the battlefield as a copy of any creature on the battlefield.

    * Clone’s ability doesn’t target the chosen creature.

    * Clone copies exactly what was printed on the original creature and nothing more (unless that creature is copying something else or is a token; see below). It doesn’t copy whether that creature is tapped or untapped, whether it has any counters on it or Auras attached to it, or any non-copy effects that have changed its power, toughness, types, color, or so on.

    * If the chosen creature has {X} in its mana cost (such as Vastwood Hydra), X is 0.

    * If the chosen creature is copying something else (for example, if the chosen creature is another Clone), then Clone enters the battlefield as whatever the chosen creature is copying.

    * If the chosen creature is a token, Clone copies the original characteristics of that token as stated by the effect that put the token onto the battlefield. Clone is not a token, even when copying one.

    * Any enters-the-battlefield abilities of the copied creature will trigger when Clone enters the battlefield. Any “as [this creature] enters the battlefield” or “[this creature] enters the battlefield with” abilities of the chosen creature will also work.

    * If Clone somehow enters the battlefield at the same time as another creature, Clone can’t become a copy of that creature. You may only choose a creature that’s already on the battlefield.

    * You can choose not to copy anything. In that case, Clone enters the battlefield as a 0/0 Shapeshifter creature, and is probably put into the graveyard immediately.
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    Colossal Whale
    {5}{U}{U}
    Creature — Whale
    5/5
    Islandwalk (This creature can’t be blocked as long as defending player controls an Island.)
    Whenever Colossal Whale attacks, you may exile target creature defending player controls until Colossal Whale leaves the battlefield. (That creature returns under its owner’s control.)

    * Colossal Whale’s triggered ability triggers and resolves during the declare attackers step, before blocking creatures are declared.

    * Colossal Whale’s ability causes a zone change with a duration, a new style of ability that’s somewhat reminiscent of older cards like Oblivion Ring. However, unlike Oblivion Ring, cards like Colossal Whale have a single ability that creates two one-shot effects: one that exiles the creature when the ability resolves, and another that returns the exiled card to the battlefield immediately after Colossal Whale leaves the battlefield.

    * If Colossal Whale leaves the battlefield before its triggered ability resolves, the target creature won’t be exiled.

    * Auras attached to the exiled creature will be put into their owners’ graveyards. Equipment attached to the exiled creature will become unattached and remain on the battlefield. Any counters on the exiled creature will cease to exist.

    * If a creature token is exiled, it ceases to exist. It won’t be returned to the battlefield.

    * The exiled card returns to the battlefield immediately after Colossal Whale leaves the battlefield. Nothing happens between the two events, including state-based actions. The two creatures aren’t on the battlefield at the same time. For example, if the returning creature is a Clone, it can’t enter the battlefield as a copy of Colossal Whale.

    * In a multiplayer game, if Colossal Whale’s owner leaves the game, the exiled card will return to the battlefield. Because the one-shot effect that returns the card isn’t an ability that goes on the stack, it won’t cease to exist along with the leaving player’s spells and abilities on the stack.
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    Congregate
    {3}{W}
    Instant
    Target player gains 2 life for each creature on the battlefield.

    * Count the number of creatures on the battlefield as Congregate resolves to determine how much life the player will gain.
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    Corrupt
    {5}{B}
    Sorcery
    Corrupt deals damage equal to the number of Swamps you control to target creature or player. You gain life equal to the damage dealt this way.

    * Count the number of Swamps you control as Corrupt resolves to determine how much damage is dealt.

    * Corrupt counts any land you control with the subtype Swamp, not just ones named Swamp.
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    Cyclops Tyrant
    {5}{R}
    Creature — Cyclops
    3/4
    Intimidate (This creature can’t be blocked except by artifact creatures and/or creatures that share a color with it.)
    Cyclops Tyrant can’t block creatures with power 2 or less.

    * If Cyclops Tyrant blocks a creature with power 3 or greater, and then that creature’s power becomes 2 or less, Cyclops Tyrant continues to block that creature.
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    Dark Favor
    {1}{B}
    Enchantment — Aura
    Enchant creature
    When Dark Favor enters the battlefield, you lose 1 life.
    Enchanted creature gets +3/+1.

    * If the creature targeted by Dark Favor is illegal as Dark Favor tries to resolve, it will be countered and won’t enter the battlefield. Its ability that causes you to lose 1 life won’t trigger.
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    Devout Invocation
    {6}{W}
    Sorcery
    Tap any number of untapped creatures you control. Put a 4/4 white Angel creature token with flying onto the battlefield for each creature tapped this way.

    * You choose the creatures to tap as Devout Invocation resolves. Once it starts resolving, no player can respond to you tapping the creatures.
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    Divine Favor
    {1}{W}
    Enchantment — Aura
    Enchant creature
    When Divine Favor enters the battlefield, you gain 3 life.
    Enchanted creature gets +1/+3.

    * If the creature targeted by Divine Favor is illegal as Divine Favor tries to resolve, it will be countered and won’t enter the battlefield. Its ability that causes you to gain 3 life won’t trigger.
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    Domestication
    {2}{U}{U}
    Enchantment — Aura
    Enchant creature
    You control enchanted creature.
    At the beginning of your end step, if enchanted creature’s power is 4 or greater, sacrifice Domestication.

    * Domestication’s triggered ability checks whether the enchanted creature’s power is 4 or greater as your end step begins. If it’s not, the ability won’t trigger at all. The ability will check again as it tries to resolve. If the creature’s power isn’t 4 or greater at this time, the ability won’t do anything and Domestication won’t be sacrificed.

    * Domestication can target, and can enchant, a creature with power 4 or greater. The enchanted creature’s power is checked only when the triggered ability triggers and resolves.
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    Door of Destinies
    {4}
    Artifact
    As Door of Destinies enters the battlefield, choose a creature type.
    Whenever you cast a spell of the chosen type, put a charge counter on Door of Destinies.
    Creatures you control of the chosen type get +1/+1 for each charge counter on Door of Destinies.

    * Creature types, such as Human or Sliver, appear after the dash on the type line of creatures. Notably, artifact is not a creature type. A creature may have more than one creature type, such as Goblin Warrior. Such a creature would benefit from Door of Destinies if the chosen creature type was Goblin or Warrior.

    * If you cast a creature spell of the chosen type, Door of Destinies will get a charge counter before the creature enters the battlefield. The creature will enter the battlefield with the additional boost to its power and toughness.
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    Elite Arcanist
    {3}{U}
    Creature — Human Wizard
    1/1
    When Elite Arcanist enters the battlefield, you may exile an instant card from your hand.
    {X}, {T}: Copy the exiled card. You may cast the copy without paying its mana cost. X is the converted mana cost of the exiled card.

    * You don’t choose the value of {X} in the activation cost of Elite Arcanist’s ability. It’s defined by the converted mana cost of the exiled instant card.

    * The copy is created in and cast from exile. You must still follow any timing restrictions, such as “Cast [this spell] only during combat.”

    * You can’t pay any alternative costs such as overload costs. You can pay additional costs such as kicker costs. If the spell has any mandatory additional costs, you must pay those.

    * If the copied card has {X} in its mana cost, you must choose 0 as its value when casting the copy. Don’t confuse that {X} with the {X} in the activation cost of Elite Arcanist’s ability.

    * If the exiled card is a split card, then {X} is the sum of the converted mana costs of each half. However, when you cast the copy, you choose only one half to cast. You may cast a different half each time you create and cast a copy.

    * If Elite Arcanist leaves the battlefield, you will no longer be able to copy the exiled card. If it returns to the battlefield, you’ll be able to exile another instant card from your hand, but Elite Arcanist will be a different permanent with no connection to the first exiled card.
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    Elixir of Immortality
    {1}
    Artifact
    {2}, {T}: You gain 5 life. Shuffle Elixir of Immortality and your graveyard into their owner’s library.

    * Paying the activation cost of Elixir of Immortality’s ability doesn’t cause it to leave the battlefield. If you have a way to untap it, you can activate the ability multiple times in response to itself.

    * As the ability resolves, you’ll shuffle Elixir of Immortality into its owner’s library directly from the battlefield, if it’s still there.

    * If you gain control of another player’s Elixir of Immortality and activate it, the Elixir of Immortality will be shuffled into its owner’s library and the cards in your graveyard will be shuffled into your library. You are considered to have shuffled each affected library (even if, as a shortcut, each player physically shuffles his or her own library).

    * If Elixir of Immortality is in your graveyard at the time the ability resolves, you’ll still wind up shuffling it into your library because you shuffle your entire graveyard into your library. If it’s anywhere else by that time, including in another player’s graveyard (because that player owns it but you controlled it), it remains where it is and you shuffle just your graveyard into your library.
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    Enlarge
    {3}{G}{G}
    Sorcery
    Target creature gets +7/+7 and gains trample until end of turn. It must be blocked this turn if able. (If a creature with trample would assign enough damage to its blockers to destroy them, you may have it assign the rest of its damage to defending player or planeswalker.)

    * If the creature attacks, the defending player must assign at least one blocker to it during the declare blockers step if that player controls any creatures that could block it.
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    Festering Newt
    {B}
    Creature — Salamander
    1/1
    When Festering Newt dies, target creature an opponent controls gets -1/-1 until end of turn. That creature gets -4/-4 instead if you control a creature named Bogbrew Witch.

    * Whether you control a creature named Bogbrew Witch is checked only as the triggered ability resolves.
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    Fiendslayer Paladin
    {1}{W}{W}
    Creature — Human Knight
    2/2
    First strike (This creature deals combat damage before creatures without first strike.)
    Lifelink (Damage dealt by this creature also causes you to gain that much life.)
    Fiendslayer Paladin can’t be the target of black or red spells your opponents control.

    * Fiendslayer Paladin can be affected by black or red spells that don’t target it. For example, a red spell that “deals 3 damage to each creature” would deal damage to Fiendslayer Paladin.
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    Flames of the Firebrand
    {2}{R}
    Sorcery
    Flames of the Firebrand deals 3 damage divided as you choose among one, two, or three target creatures and/or players.

    * You divide the damage as you cast Flames of the Firebrand, not as it resolves. Each target must be assigned at least 1 damage. (In other words, as you put the spell on the stack, you choose whether to have it deal 3 damage to a single target, 2 damage to one target and 1 damage to another target, or 1 damage to each of three targets.)

    * You can’t deal damage to both a player and a planeswalker controlled by that player with Flames of the Firebrand.
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    Fleshpulper Giant
    {5}{R}{R}
    Creature — Giant
    4/4
    When Fleshpulper Giant enters the battlefield, you may destroy target creature with toughness 2 or less.

    * If there are no legal targets available, the ability is simply removed from the stack. If you control the only creature with toughness 2 or less, you must choose it as the target, though you can choose to not destroy it.

    * If the target creature’s toughness is greater than 2 when the ability tries to resolve, the ability will be countered and the creature won’t be destroyed.
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    Fortify
    {2}{W}
    Instant
    Choose one — Creatures you control get +2/+0 until end of turn; or creatures you control get +0/+2 until end of turn.

    * You choose the mode as you cast Fortify, not as it resolves.

    * Creatures that come under your control after Fortify resolves won’t get the chosen bonus.
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    Frost Breath
    {2}{U}
    Instant
    Tap up to two target creatures. Those creatures don’t untap during their controller’s next untap step.

    * If a creature affected by Frost Breath changes controllers before its old controller’s next untap step, it won’t untap during its new controller’s next untap step.

    * Frost Breath can target tapped creatures. If a target creature is tapped when Frost Breath resolves, that creature stays tapped and won’t untap during its controller’s next untap step.
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    Garruk, Caller of Beasts
    {4}{G}{G}
    Planeswalker — Garruk
    4
    +1: Reveal the top five cards of your library. Put all creature cards revealed this way into your hand and the rest on the bottom of your library in any order.
    -3: You may put a green creature card from your hand onto the battlefield.
    -7: You get an emblem with “Whenever you cast a creature spell, you may search your library for a creature card, put it onto the battlefield, then shuffle your library.”

    * You choose what green creature card to put onto the battlefield, if any, when the second ability resolves.

    * If you have Garruk’s emblem, the creature card you search for will be put onto the battlefield before the creature spell you cast resolves. The creature card you put onto the battlefield isn’t cast, so the ability of the emblem won’t retrigger.
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    Garruk’s Horde
    {5}{G}{G}
    Creature — Beast
    7/7
    Trample
    Play with the top card of your library revealed.
    You may cast the top card of your library if it’s a creature card. (Do this only any time you could cast that creature card. You still pay the spell’s costs.)

    * Normally, Garruk’s Horde allows you to cast the top card of your library if it’s a creature card, it’s your main phase, and the stack is empty. If that creature card has flash, you’ll be able to cast it at the time you could cast an instant, even on an opponent’s turn.

    * You’ll still pay all costs for that spell, including additional costs. You may also pay alternative costs.

    * While playing with the top card of your library revealed, if you draw multiple cards, reveal each one before you draw it.

    * The top card of your library isn’t in your hand, so you can’t suspend it, cycle it, discard it, or activate any of its activated abilities.

    * If the top card of your library changes while you’re casting a spell or activating an ability, the new top card won’t be revealed until you finish casting that spell or activating that ability.
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    Goblin Diplomats
    {1}{R}
    Creature — Goblin
    2/1
    {T}: Each creature attacks this turn if able.

    * The controller of each creature still decides which player or planeswalker that creature attacks.

    * Creatures that enter the battlefield (or noncreature permanents that become creatures) after the ability resolves are affected by the ability and must attack if able.

    * If, during a player’s declare attackers step, a creature is tapped, is affected by a spell or ability that says it can’t attack, or hasn’t been under that player’s control continuously since the turn began (and doesn’t have haste), then it doesn’t attack. If there’s a cost associated with having a creature attack, the player isn’t forced to pay that cost, so it doesn’t have to attack in that case either.
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    Grim Return
    {2}{B}
    Instant
    Choose target creature card in a graveyard that was put there from the battlefield this turn. Put that card onto the battlefield under your control.

    * You can choose a creature card in any player’s graveyard as long as that card was put there from the battlefield during the turn. A creature card that was put into a graveyard from anywhere else, such as a card that was discarded, can’t be chosen as the target.

    * Creature spells that are countered never entered the battlefield, so those cards can’t be chosen as the target of Grim Return.
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    Guardian of the Ages
    {7}
    Artifact Creature — Golem
    7/7
    Defender (This creature can’t attack.)
    When a creature attacks you or a planeswalker you control, if Guardian of the Ages has defender, it loses defender and gains trample.

    * The effect of Guardian of the Ages’s triggered ability doesn’t wear off as the turn ends. Losing defender and gaining trample last indefinitely.

    * Once Guardian of the Ages has lost defender, its triggered ability will no longer trigger when a creature attacks you or a planeswalker you control (unless it has somehow gained defender again).
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    Haunted Plate Mail
    {4}
    Artifact — Equipment
    Equipped creature gets +4/+4.
    {0}: Until end of turn, Haunted Plate Mail becomes a 4/4 Spirit artifact creature that’s no longer an Equipment. Activate this ability only if you control no creatures.
    Equip {4} ({4}: Attach to target creature you control. Equip only as a sorcery.)

    * Although you must control no creatures to activate the “animation” ability, having a creature somehow come under your control in response to that ability won’t stop it from resolving.

    * It’s possible to activate the first activated ability of Haunted Plate Mail in response to activating the first ability of another Haunted Plate Mail and have them both become creatures until end of turn.

    * You can activate the equip ability of Haunted Plate Mail while it isn’t an Equipment, but the ability will have no effect. Haunted Plate Mail won’t become attached to any creature.
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    Howl of the Night Pack
    {6}{G}
    Sorcery
    Put a 2/2 green Wolf creature token onto the battlefield for each Forest you control.

    * The number of Wolves you put onto the battlefield is based on the number of Forests you control when Howl of the Night Pack resolves.

    * Howl of the Night Pack counts any land you control with the subtype Forest, not just ones named Forest.
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    Hunt the Weak
    {3}{G}
    Sorcery
    Put a +1/+1 counter on target creature you control. Then that creature fights target creature you don’t control. (Each deals damage equal to its power to the other.)

    * You can’t cast Hunt the Weak unless you choose both a creature you control and a creature you don’t control as targets.

    * If either target is an illegal target when Hunt the Weak tries to resolve, neither creature will deal or be dealt damage.

    * If the creature you control is an illegal target when Hunt the Weak tries to resolve, you won’t put a +1/+1 counter on it. If that creature is a legal target but the creature you don’t control isn’t, you’ll still put the counter on the creature you control.
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    Illusionary Armor
    {4}{U}
    Enchantment — Aura
    Enchant creature
    Enchanted creature gets +4/+4.
    When enchanted creature becomes the target of a spell or ability, sacrifice Illusionary Armor.

    * Only Illusionary Armor is sacrificed because of its triggered ability; the enchanted creature is not.
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    Indestructibility
    {3}{W}
    Enchantment — Aura
    Enchant permanent
    Enchanted permanent has indestructible. (Effects that say “destroy” don’t destroy that permanent. A creature with indestructible can’t be destroyed by damage.)

    * If the enchanted creature is dealt lethal damage, the creature isn’t destroyed, but the damage remains marked on the creature. If Indestructibility stops enchanting that creature later in the turn, the creature will no longer have indestructible and it will be destroyed.
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    Into the Wilds
    {3}{G}
    Enchantment
    At the beginning of your upkeep, look at the top card of your library. If it’s a land card, you may put it onto the battlefield.

    * Putting a land onto the battlefield this way doesn’t count as playing a land. You’ll still be able to play a land during one of your main phases.

    * If the card is not a land card, or you choose not to put it onto the battlefield, it will stay on top of your library. In most cases, you’ll then draw it during your draw step.
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    Jace, Memory Adept
    {3}{U}{U}
    Planeswalker — Jace
    4
    +1: Draw a card. Target player puts the top card of his or her library into his or her graveyard.
    0: Target player puts the top ten cards of his or her library into his or her graveyard.
    -7: Any number of target players each draw twenty cards.

    * If you target yourself with Jace’s first ability, you’ll draw a card first, then put the top card of your library into your graveyard.

    * If you activate Jace’s first ability and the player is an illegal target when the ability tries to resolve, it will be countered and none of its effects will happen. You won’t draw a card.

    * If Jace’s third ability causes a player to draw more cards than are left in his or her library, that player loses the game as a state-based action. If this ability causes all players to do this, the game is a draw.
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    Jace’s Mindseeker
    {4}{U}{U}
    Creature — Fish Illusion
    4/4
    Flying
    When Jace’s Mindseeker enters the battlefield, target opponent puts the top five cards of his or her library into his or her graveyard. You may cast an instant or sorcery card from among them without paying its mana cost.

    * If you cast an instant or sorcery card this way, you do so while the ability of Jace’s Mindseeker is resolving. If you choose not to (or can’t), you won’t get a chance to cast one later.

    * “From among them” means the five cards put into the graveyard, not all cards in that graveyard.

    * When casting an instant or sorcery card this way, ignore timing restrictions based on the card’s type. Other timing restrictions, such as “Cast [this spell] only during combat,” must be followed.

    * If you cast a card “without paying its mana cost,” you can’t pay alternative costs such as overload costs. You can pay additional costs such as kicker costs. If the card has mandatory additional costs, you must pay those.

    * If a card has {X} in its mana cost, you must choose 0 as its value.

    * If the five cards are put into a public zone such as exile instead of a graveyard (perhaps due to the ability of Rest in Peace), you can cast one of those instant or sorcery cards from that zone.
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    Kalonian Hydra
    {3}{G}{G}
    Creature — Hydra
    0/0
    Trample
    Kalonian Hydra enters the battlefield with four +1/+1 counters on it.
    Whenever Kalonian Hydra attacks, double the number of +1/+1 counters on each creature you control.

    * To double the number of +1/+1 counters on a creature, determine how many +1/+1 counters are on the creature and put that many more on it. Effects that interact with counters (such as the one created by Corpsejack Menace’s ability) may change the number of counters ultimately put on the creature.
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    Liliana of the Dark Realms
    {2}{B}{B}
    Planeswalker — Liliana
    3
    +1: Search your library for a Swamp card, reveal it, and put it into your hand. Then shuffle your library.
    -3: Target creature gets +X/+X or -X/-X until end of turn, where X is the number of Swamps you control.
    -6: You get an emblem with “Swamps you control have ‘{T}: Add {B}{B}{B}{B} to your mana pool.’”

    * Each of Liliana’s abilities refers to lands (or land cards) with the subtype Swamp, not just ones named Swamp.

    * You can activate Liliana’s first ability even if your library contains no Swamp cards (or you don’t want to find one). You’ll still search your library and shuffle it.

    * When you activate Liliana’s second ability, you choose only the target creature. You choose whether that creature gets +X/+X or -X/-X when the ability resolves. The value of X is determined by the number of Swamps you control when the ability resolves.

    * Liliana’s emblem doesn’t remove any other abilities of Swamps you control.
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    Liliana’s Reaver
    {2}{B}{B}
    Creature — Zombie
    4/3
    Deathtouch (Any amount of damage this deals to a creature is enough to destroy it.)
    Whenever Liliana’s Reaver deals combat damage to a player, that player discards a card and you put a 2/2 black Zombie creature token onto the battlefield tapped.

    * If the player’s hand is empty when the triggered ability resolves, you’ll still put a Zombie token onto the battlefield.
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    Liturgy of Blood
    {3}{B}{B}
    Sorcery
    Destroy target creature. Add {B}{B}{B} to your mana pool.

    * Liturgy of Blood isn’t a mana ability and uses the stack. Players can respond to it by casting spells and activating abilities.

    * If the target creature is an illegal target when Liturgy of Blood tries to resolve, it will be countered and none of its effects will happen. You won’t add mana to your mana pool.
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    posted a message on Manlands into Basics
    Quote from rpapierski
    What happens when say a mutavault attacks as a 2/2 and an opponent flashes in a 2/3 to block and kill the mutavault. Say I had some way to turn the mutavault into a basic land. Now we have a basic land which as been declared an attacker being blocked by a creature. What is the result of this?


    Turning Mutavault into a basic land, or giving it a basic land type, won't remove the existing effect that makes it into a creature. Mutavault is still a creature, and it will still deal and receive combat damage.
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    posted a message on Library of Leng, revealed top card
    Quote from 2goth4U
    has there been an [O] reversal?

    Not officially, no. Before I posted, I checked my ruling with a member of the rules team. Neither I nor that member of the rules team remembered the existing official ruling, so we went with an interpretation of the rule that makes sense.


    The bolded section seems to say that the characteristics will be undefined in spite of the effects of Melek or Telepathy


    Yes, that's what the official ruling says. If you are ever the Head Judge of a tournament where this question comes up, feel free to use the official ruling instead of the sensible ruling. Both rulings are consistent with the wording of the rule despite being opposites of each other.

    I'm sure the rule will be clarified as soon as a Library of Leng/Chandra Ablaze/Melek deck starts tearing up the Legacy metagame Wink
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    posted a message on Library of Leng, revealed top card
    Quote from Jenesis
    Well, here's the exact rule:
    701.7c If a card is discarded, but an effect causes it to be put into a hidden zone instead of into its owner's graveyard without being revealed, all values of that card's characteristics are considered to be undefined. If a card is discarded this way to pay a cost that specifies a characteristic about the discarded card, that cost payment is illegal; the game returns to the moment before the cost was paid (see rule 717, "Handling Illegal Actions").

    EDIT: RTFC. Because Telepathy/Melek/etc. causes the card to become revealed during the discard event, I believe it would be sufficient for the game to be able to determine the card's characteristics.


    This answer is correct. Since the card ends up being revealed, the rule that states that its characteristics are undefined doesn't apply. Therefore, its characteristics are known.

    Quote from Nukeman
    Nope, and here's why.

    400.2 Hidden zones are zones in which not all players can be expected to see the cards' faces. Library and hand are hidden zones, even if all the cards in one such zone happen to be revealed.

    So even with telepathy and Melek, the cards are still hidden


    The cards reside in a hidden zone, true enough, but they are revealed. Note that the rule that Jenesis quoted talks about cards in hidden zones that are not revealed.
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    posted a message on Controlling another player + Missed Triggers
    Quote from FragileX
    If I read the rules correctly, if I control a player (say with Mindslaver), it's still their responsibility to catch triggered abilities. So, it would be legal for me to attempt to chump-attack their Knight of Glory into my Hill Giant, unless they bring the exalted trigger to my attention. Is this correct?


    Well, it's legal for you to force your opponent to attack with their Knight of Glory. You can hope that they forget about the exalted trigger and block it with your Hill Giant, but if they remember the exalted trigger, your Giant is toast.
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    posted a message on Evolve and Thatchers Revolt
    Quote from torusle
    I have done some google research, but I got contradicting answers to the following scenario:

    What happens exactly:

    * I have a 0/1 Cloudfin Raptor on the battlefield.

    * I play Thatches Revolt and three 1/1 creatures enter the battlefield.

    AFAK these three 1/1 humans enter at once unless countered.

    The way I understand the evolve effect power and toughness get checked at the 'enters the battlefield' point in time, and evolve will - if the test passes - put a 'put an +1/+1 counter' effect onto the stack. Check has already been done.

    So will I end up with a beefy 3/4 raptor because evolve triggers three times, or will I only get a 1/2 raptor because trigger for Thatchers Revolt token 2 and 3 fizzle somehow?


    You'll only get a 1/2. Evolve has an intervening if-clause, which means the condition is checked twice: First when the trigger event happens, and again just before the trigger would resolve. Since the condition is no longer true when triggers 2 and 3 start to resolve, they do nothing.

    603.4. A triggered ability may read "When/Whenever/At [trigger event], if [condition], [effect]." When the trigger event occurs, the ability checks whether the stated condition is true. The ability triggers only if it is; otherwise it does nothing. If the ability triggers, it checks the stated condition again as it resolves. If the condition isn't true at that time, the ability is removed from the stack and does nothing. Note that this mirrors the check for legal targets. This rule is referred to as the "intervening 'if' clause" rule. (The word "if" has only its normal English meaning anywhere else in the text of a card; this rule only applies to an "if" that immediately follows a trigger condition.)

    702.98a Evolve is a triggered ability. "Evolve" means "Whenever a creature enters the battlefield under your control, if that creature's power is greater than this creature's power and/or that creature's toughness is greater than this creature's toughness, put a +1/+1 counter on this creature."

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    posted a message on Announcing Triggers
    Quote from tevesh

    I do believe this sums up my point exactly, it is only not treated as cheating because of the current IPG. Without the IPG this would be cheating as you are trying to gain an advantage by ignoring a game rule.


    Incorrect. There is no game rule stating that the opponent of the trigger's controller is responsible for its correct resolution. The game rule puts that responsibility on the trigger's controller.

    Furthermore, there is no game rule (that I'm aware of) that requires players to point out game rule violations by their opponent. That requirement, and the definition that declares the deliberate failure to meet that requirement to be Cheating (except in cases of missed triggers), comes from the IPG.

    It is your right to be unhappy about the IPG change that shifted triggers from a both-players responsibility to a controller-only responsibility, but the Rulings forum is not the right venue for complaining about this change.

    Thread locked.
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    posted a message on Announcing Triggers
    Quote from tevesh
    Just want to point out that outside of a tournament setting (casual), it is actually impossible to miss a trigger.

    That statement is only true in a fictitious world in which nobody ever makes mistakes. Triggers are supposed to happen automatically, but players need to execute those automatic instructions. Since players are human beings, they occasionally forget to execute those automatic instructions. That's as true in casual play as it is in tournament play.


    [The IPG] allows players to cheat and not be penalized for it.

    Incorrect. Cheating by deliberately "missing" a trigger will get you disqualified. The "Missed Trigger" rule only applies to cases where players accidentally miss a trigger.
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    posted a message on M14 FAQ & Update bulletin
    The FAQ is posted below. Update bulletin is here: link.

    Magic 2014 has been added to Gatherer, so please use card tags when asking about M14 cards.
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    posted a message on Ajani's Pridemate Vs Lorescale Coatl
    The fact that cards are drawn sequentially is actually immaterial to the question. Hymn to Tourach triggers Megrim twice even though the cards are discarded simultaneously.

    The real answer is that Lorescale Coatl looks for a particular amount of cards, namely one, being drawn, and an instruction to draw three cards matches that trigger condition three times. By contrast, Ajani's Pridemate doesn't trigger on a particular amount of lifegain. Regardless of the amount of life gained, each life gain event triggers the ability once.

    More generally, the trigger condition defines the "granularity" of the event it's triggering on, and depending on what a trigger looks for, a single action can trigger an ability once or multiple times:
    700.1. Anything that happens in a game is an event. Multiple events may take place during the resolution of a spell or ability. The text of triggered abilities and replacement effects defines the event they're looking for. One "happening" may be treated as a single event by one ability and as multiple events by another.
    Example: If an attacking creature is blocked by two creatures, this is one event for a triggered ability that reads "Whenever [this creature] becomes blocked" but two events for a triggered ability that reads "Whenever [this creature] becomes blocked by a creature."

    As far as the follow-up question is concerned, we don't discuss made-up cards.

    Thread locked.
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    posted a message on Is there a way to kill Aetherling?
    Not a rules question. Moved from Rulings to Magic General.
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    posted a message on Help codify Mental Magic rules
    Moved from Rulings to Casual Homebrew and Variants.
    Posted in: Homebrew and Variant Formats
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    posted a message on Cloning a Mimic: Episode 2 - Attack of the Clones
    On that note I think we can safely close this thread.
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    posted a message on Fuse and Extort
    This thread has reached the point of diminishing returns. Locked.
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    posted a message on How to pick targets at random.
    Let's remember that the Rulings forum is for rules questions. Let's not derail the thread into a discussion of whether WotC should ban cards with random effects.

    As far as the question is concerned, most of the time you'll have fewer than 20 eligible targets, so a single D20 (which many Magic players will have on hand anyway) will be sufficient in most cases.

    If you want to discuss the "best" method for randomly choosing a target, the Rulings forum is not the place for that discussion. The rules only care that each possible outcome have the same likelihood of occurring.
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    posted a message on Wild Evocation + Disaster Radius
    Let's not invent rules that don't exist, or stretch existing rules to cover areas they're not intended to cover.

    If the card in question were Harrow, you'd be forced to sacrifice a land to cast it. The only difference between that and Disaster Radius is that in the case of Disaster Radius it can't easily be verified whether the player is able to pay the cost.

    In a tournament setting, you can call a judge to verify. At the kitchen table, either ask an impartial third party or just trust each other.

    Thread closed.
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    posted a message on Unburial Rites flashback meets Counterspell
    Quote from SanctusMessor
    Opponent tries to cast Unburial Rites for the Flashback cost, I hit it with a Negate. Does it go to Exile or Graveyard?


    Exile. Casting Unburial Rites for its flashback cost sets up a replacement effect that exiles the card instead of going anywhere else as it leaves the stack. It doesn't have to resolve to be exiled.
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    posted a message on IPG: Is this Cheating? DQ at FNM?
    Everybody who says this is definitely not cheating is just as incorrect as everybody who says it definitely is cheating. The decision whether it is or isn't cheating can only be made after investigation, and none of us were there to investigate why the player did what he did.

    Depending on the outcome of the investigation, we have either this:
    A player has illegal, insufficient, or another players’ cards in their deck

    Remove any cards that shouldn’t be there and replace any cards that should – or Basic Lands of their choice if
    the deck/sideboard is short. If discovered during a draw effect, have them redraw after fixing and shuffling
    their deck. Additionally, recommend that the players count their deck and sideboard before they start a match.
    or this:
    - Serious Problems -
    There are also certain behaviours that will not be tolerated in any event. Any player engaging in the following
    must be disqualified from your event;
    ● Aggressive, violent or abusive behaviour (physical or verbal)
    ● Cheating, lying or intentionally making illegal game actions or trying to avoid penalties
    ● Influencing Match outcomes (by incentives, coercion or random methods)
    ● Theft (this includes things like replacing a chase rare in a draft with one from their binder)

    If your opponent does something you find questionable, call a judge. The judge will determine based on his or her investigation what needs to be done.

    And that's really all that can be said here.
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    posted a message on Enter the infinite + Life from the Loam
    Quote from SqueesBidding
    If I cast Enter the infinite and dredge the first 3 cards of 40 withLife from the loam, will I lose because I have to draw 40, or do I dredge 3, then draw 37?


    You'll lose the game, but not because you have to draw 40 cards. The first draw was replaced by dredge, so you only have to draw 39 cards, but that's still more than the 37 cards you have left in your library after the dredge.
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    posted a message on Killing a creature to prevent an ability from resolving (?)
    I think this thread has gone on long enough. Ebase131, if you have any additional questions, please feel free to make new threads for them.
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    posted a message on Question regarding Bloodrush during Combat Step
    I think this thread has run its course. Thread locked.
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    posted a message on Question about Mythic Rare's
    Not a rules question. Moved to Magic General.
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    posted a message on interactions with Nightveil Spector
    Quote from Zeke_787
    So my opponent is still very confused on this interpretation.

    The reason why he is confused is because Nightveil Spector dosnt explicitly say that for spells that you actually have to pay the mana cost.

    It doesn't say that because it doesn't have to.


    So is there any where in the comprehensive rules that goes over this or is there any better way to help explain this interpretation.

    The rules say that you have to pay the total cost to cast a spell. Nightveil Specter doesn't say anything to override those rules.

    601.2. To cast a spell is to take it from where it is (usually the hand), put it on the stack, and pay its costs, so that it will eventually resolve and have its effect. Casting a spell follows the steps listed below, in order. If, at any point during the casting of a spell, a player is unable to comply with any of the steps listed below, the casting of the spell is illegal; the game returns to the moment before that spell started to be cast (see rule 717, "Handling Illegal Actions"). Announcements and payments can't be altered after they've been made.
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    posted a message on Another Newb question
    I think we're done here. The bottom-line is that the "summoning sickness" rule applies only to permanents that are creatures at the moment you try to do something with it that's covered by that rule.

    Thread locked.
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    posted a message on Field of Souls question
    Quote from Musicman798
    Here's another question for this deck.


    Next time please make a new thread instead of replying to an existing thread with an unrelated question.
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    posted a message on Question about lazav Dimir
    Quote from MTGNooB52
    So there is only 1 card on battlefield. the Lazav turns into the thragtusk. I'm trying to figure out if that was the only card I had on battlefield would I have 2 blockers or 1


    Lazav doesn't make a copy of Thragtusk. It becomes a copy of Thragtusk. You control exactly one creature, which is a Lazav that looks like a Thragtusk.
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    posted a message on Handicap draft
    As fascinating as it may be to ponder exactly how a draft can become screwed up, it has nothing to do with discussing the rules. Thread locked.
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    posted a message on Handicap draft
    Quote from Mystic-X

    What is the official procedure for such an unlikely, almost inconceivable blunder?

    There isn't one.


    Was I entitled to those extra two cards and should the pack have gone around even after everything else was drafted?

    It's debatable whether you were entitled to those cards. If everybody had followed the procedures spelled out in the Magic Tournament Rules, including you, then you would have gotten two more cards than you did get, but the rules don't say that you're entitled to a certain number of cards. As I said already, there is no official procedure in the rules, so there is no basis for saying that the leftover pack should or should not have been drafted.


    Was omitting the pack from the pod entirely the right call on the judge's part?

    We weren't there to investigate what happened, and there is no official guideline on what to do, so it's impossible to say whether the solution was correct or not. Leaving the situation alone is a possible solution, and since nobody spoke out against it, including yourself, it would have seemed like the best solution to the judge at the time.


    Should the guy who neglected to open a pack (and isn't a new player who didn't know how to draft) have been disqualified or penalized in some way (I was thinking perhaps we should each get to draft a card or two from his pool depending on how many we were missing, and then he keep the unopened pack himself)?

    If the judge determines in an investigation that the player deliberately stole from the draft, the player should be disqualified. Otherwise, there is no penalty at Regular REL for messing up a draft.


    Are players required to count their pools after drafting, and if not, is the onus on the judge to recommend it?

    The Magic Tournament Rules say this: "Players who receive an erroneous number of cards at any time must immediately notify a judge." Reading between the lines, you should actually count the cards you receive with each pass, in addition to counting the total number of cards you have drafted.
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    posted a message on Transmute Artifact sacrificing a Su-Chi
    Any chance the rules will change to better reflect the intended use of the card?


    Even if we knew the answer to this question, which we don't, this question doesn't belong in the Rulings forum. Thread locked.
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    posted a message on regarding progenitus
    Quote from giulioregondi
    why don't people do this then? is it completely cheap?


    Not a rules question. Deckbuilding and strategy advice can be found in other subforums.
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    posted a message on Ciper
    Quote from SumDood
    So when you cast the copy of the encoded card, does the Cipher ability get copied as well? Why or why not?

    example:
    Hand of Binding


    The copy has cipher, but the cipher ability of the copy does nothing:
    702.97a Cipher appears on some instants and sorceries. It represents two static abilities, one that functions while the spell is on the stack and one that functions while the card with cipher is in the exile zone. “Cipher” means “If this spell is represented by a card, you may exile this card encoded on a creature you control” and “As long as this card is encoded on that creature, that creature has ‘Whenever this creature deals combat damage to a player, you may copy this card and you may cast the copy without paying its mana cost.’”
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    posted a message on Blocking with Righteousness + Lifelink?
    Quote from nouseforaname
    Opp attacks with say a 2/2, I chump block with a 1/1 Lifelink creature and target my guy with Righteousness. Do I gain 8 or just the 2 it takes to take out his 2/2, or am I way off in general?


    Your 8/8 neither knows nor cares that 2 damage is enough to kill the attacker. It deals 8 damage, so you gain 8 life.
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