Category Archives: Casting / playing a spell or ability

How Chain Veil Really Works

The Chain Veil got a lot of speculative discussion after it was spoiled, before the release notes were available. We explain the now-official answer about how it works! Continue reading

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Cone of Flame NEEDS Three Targets

I’m sure many of you ran into at your local Magic 2015 draft. Hopefully, you were on the casting end, and not the receiving end. Today, we’re going talk about targets and . has three targets: a target creature or … Continue reading

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Gargoyle Sentinel can dodge Clear a Path.

Clear a Path needs the target to have defender both when you cast it and when it would resolve. Gargoyle Sentinel can make sure the latter part isn’t true in order to survive! Continue reading

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Casting Ajani’s Pridemate while you have Staff of the Sun Magus – No counter for you!

The Staves all trigger when a spell is cast, so that trigger must resolve before the spell that caused it to trigger can resolve. If you cast Ajani’s Pridemate, you gain the life before it actually enters, so it won’t be around to trigger on that life gain and therefore won’t gain a counter. Continue reading

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Prerelease Week: Returning mechanics – Convoke

We offer a refresher course on how Convoke works. Continue reading

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It’s a conspiracy (week)! Hidden Agendas and Naming

Hey there, gang! Remember way back on Monday when I offhandedly mentioned there were some conspiracies you didn’t reveal right away? Well, now is the day that we’ll actually be talking about those! As we covered earlier in the week, … Continue reading

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Kruphix and Mana Restrictions

is a very powerful card. As a result, many people are using him as their commander in the Commander format. One thing that can be confusing is how he interacts with special lands. Sometimes, permanents can create mana with restrictions. … Continue reading

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Godsend vs. Hexproof or Protection

Godsend is a pretty epic card, and its trigger doesn’t care about hexproof or protection because it doesn’t target. That third ability is a little quirky too, so learn the details inside! Continue reading

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Journey into Nyx Mechanics Week – Constellation and Strive

All right, we’re finally getting to the new mechanics of the set! Let’s dive right in, shall we? Journey into Nyx has only two new mechanics (common for a small third set, since it’s also got returning mechanics from the … Continue reading

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Commander Week: Casting Commanders

Welcome to Commander Week! First off, we discuss some basics of the format and how the “commander tax” works. Continue reading

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