Category Archives: Characteristics

Eidolon of the Great Revel vs. Delve spells.

Delve doesn’t actually reduce the cost of a spell; it just changes how you can pay the cost. The converted mana cost of the spell will remain whatever is printed in the top right corner no matter what! Continue reading

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Dragon Throne of Tarkir vs. Blinding Spray

Dragon Throne checks power as the ability resolves, so if you respond to the activation by reducing power below 0, you can actually end up killing the other creatures it was supposed to be pumping! Continue reading

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You can’t see face-down creature spells with Lens of Clarity.

A creature only exists on the battlefield, while a creature spell exists on the stack. As such, Lens of Clarity doesn’t let you see face down spells before you decide whether to respond to them. Continue reading

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Anafenza and tokens (they aren’t “cards”).

A token is never a card, and vice versa. Anafenza’s replacement effect only applies to actual cards, so it doesn’t interfere with tokens hitting the graveyard normally. Continue reading

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Prerelease Primer Week – It’s Morphin’ Time!

This weekend, Magic players from all over the world are going to be cracking open their first packs of Khans of Tarkir, and playing with those brand-new cards for the first time! That’s right, boys and girls, it’s almost Prerelease … Continue reading

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Life’s Legacy: How Many Do You Draw?

Who doesn’t love drawing a bunch of cards? It’s exciting and rewarding- Even if you have to sacrifice a creature to get those draws. But let’s say you have a enchanted by and pumped with a when you cast . … Continue reading

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Rotfeaster Maggot and Seraph of the Masses

This one may have come up for some of you in the past couple of weeks since M15, and it may very well happen to you in the future if it hasn’t! is a common Black creature that eats dead … Continue reading

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Elesh Norn vs. Sakura-Tribe Elder, et. al.

You can only activate abilities when you have priority. If your creature enters the battlefield but dies before you get priority, you’re not going to have a good time! Continue reading

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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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