Category Archives: Characteristics

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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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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