Category Archives: Effects

Deflecting Palm + Dictate of the Twin Gods

Deflecting Palm prevents damage, then it deals damage (not quite the same as redirection!). This means there are two chances for replacement effects to apply to that damage. Read up on the details here! Continue reading

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Sorin’s +1 and creatures entering afterwards.

Sorin’s +1 can be confusing for many people. How exactly do you determine which creatures get the bonus? Well, the creatures that will be affected are locked in at the moment the ability resolves, and that bonus simply lasts on those creatures until Sorin’s controller’s next turn begins. Continue reading

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Deflecting Palm and lethal damage from combat

Deflecting Palm can pretty easily cause a game to become a draw by preventing and dealing some part of combat damage from multiple attacking creatures. 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 – The Ferocious Temur

Last and certainly not least of the five clans, we have the Temur Frontier. They live in the coldest parts of Tarkir, and revere the savagery of the dragons. Their symbol is a set of dragon’s claws, and their mechanic … Continue reading

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Ensoul Artifact – Learn All About It!

Making a 5/5 flyer or 5/5 indestructible creature on turn two brightens my soul. Both options are possible with . works by setting the base power and toughness of any artifact to 5/5 and, if it isn’t already, makes it … Continue reading

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Shield of the Avatar and Multiple Blockers

Wrapping up this week’s tips, we have a fun equipment for creature-heavy decks: . This little toy helps keep your best guy alive by putting a damage-prevention effect around that creature. How much does it prevent? Well, how many buddies … Continue reading

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Notion Thief and Dredge

Notion Thief confuses many people, and dredge isn’t much better… When the two come together, you get this rules tips blog! Continue reading

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You can’t “miss” True-Name Nemesis’s “as this enters…” ability.

True-Name Nemesis doesn’t have a triggered ability, so it’s not possible to simply “miss” the ability. If you think your opponent failed to choose a player, you must mention it. Continue reading

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Resolute Archangel vs. Erebos

Setting your life total to a higher number counts as gaining life. So if you’re unable to gain life, there’s no way for your life total to increase. Continue reading

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