Category Archives: Characteristics

Bestow cards are not auras in your library.

When you’re searching your library for an aura card, it has to have aura printed in the type line. A bestow card doesn’t qualify! Continue reading

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Prerelease Week: Returning mechanics – “as long as you control…”

The new core set brings back the creatures that get a bonus from “friendly color” lands. Be sure you know when the game cares about that ability and when it doesn’t! Continue reading

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Prerelease Week: Returning mechanics – Indestructible

Remind yourself about the subtleties of indestructible (including the M14 change), since this keyword ability returns in M15 (alongside Turn to Frog, no less!). Continue reading

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Warp World and Humility (Confusion level: Expert!)

Warp World is weird, and so is Humility. Put them together, and weird things happen with triggers. If you’re less confused after reading this blog entry, I’ll be impressed! Continue reading

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Killing Gray Merchant in response to the ETB ability.

Gray Merchant only checks devotion as its trigger resolves. You’re able to minimize your losses if you can minimize the player’s devotion in response to the trigger! Continue reading

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Responding to evolve by killing the creature that just entered.

If a creature that triggered Evolve is gone by the time the trigger resolves, the trigger just uses the last known information about that creature’s P/T when it died. That means Doom Blade or Bile Blight will give different outcomes when responding to an Evolve trigger! Continue reading

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Drown in Sorrow vs. Mutavault.

Drown in Sorrow only affects things that are creatures at the moment it resolves. Any creatures that appear later in the turn won’t be affected! Continue reading

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Mistcutter Hydra vs. Plasm Capture

Mistcutter Hydra has a lot of abilities and an X in its mana cost… We explain how all that works against Plasm Capture! Continue reading

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Blood Moon doesn’t remove the Artifact type from Darksteel Citadel.

Blood Moon is pretty powerful, but it can’t do everything. While it can make a Darksteel Citadel stop being indestructible, it can’t stop it from being an artifact! Continue reading

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Ruric Thar vs. Gods

GODS CONFUSE RURIC THAR, SO NO SMASH WHEN CAST! Continue reading

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