Category Archives: Characteristics

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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Mind Control and Gods: Not a Great Idea

So your opponent is staring you down with an active , or maybe his is online and giving you the business. Your board is fairly barren, but you’ve got a nice little in your hand, and you’re ready to turn … Continue reading

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How Pack Rat tokens work in combat (it’s tricky!)

Pack Rats can be a bit complicated when it comes to combat and state-based actions, similar to “Lords” that die during combat making your other creatures smaller. Be aware of these subtleties before you throw away a game unknowingly! Continue reading

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If you Whip out an Adephage and get a token, it sticks around.

Whip of Erebos’s “exile that thing” trigger isn’t copiable, so if you get a token copy of a resurrected Giant Adephage, for example, the token has no obligation to go away at end of turn. Value! Continue reading

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Possibility Storm + Bestow

Possibility Storm cares about the “spell” that was exiled, not the card as it exists in exile. A bestowed card will be exiled as an Enchantment-Aura, so you have to dig for an enchantment card to cast. Continue reading

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