Negative, Queller, the Graveyard is Full

Anita and Norris are playing in a Standard PPTQ. Anita casts in her first Main phase, discarding two of the five cards in her hand. Norris responds by playing , and exiles her . Anita then destroys with a . She again casts , says “Draw three?” Norris agrees, Anita draws her cards, and passes the turn. Two turn cycles later, on Anita's turn, Norris asks Anita how many cards are in her hand, and she shows him 6 cards. Norris then calls for a judge, and explains that Anita should have two

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The Eldrazi Diet

Arianna and Neff are playing in a Standard PPTQ. Neff controls . Arianna has several cards in her graveyard and 20 cards exiled face-up by Neff's Ulamog. Arianna casts . She grabs her deck and says, “My library is exiled and my graveyard will become my library,” to which Neff responds with a nod. Arianna picks up her graveyard and begins shuffling it. After a moment she picks up her old library and says, “Hold on, wanted to check something first,” and begins to look through it. Neff calls

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Cruising into Blockers

Welcome back to the Knowledge Pool for 2017! We're excited to get back in the swing of things for this year. Enjoy the first scenario for 2017. Andrew and Nate are playing at a Kaladesh sealed PPTQ. Andrew is at 5, and Nate is at 2 and controls five 1/1 Servo tokens and a . Andrew casts , announces and resolves its trigger, and attacks with it. Nate thinks for a second and announces “I'll block with all my creatures.” Andrew then casts , targeting the . Nate then realizes that Andrew never

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Nissa’s Chosen

You’re the Head and only judge of a Standard PPTQ. August is playing against November during the third game of the final match. August controls and has 2 cards in hand. August activates Nissa's +1 ability, looks at the top card of his library for a moment, then puts it into his hand. November is about to stop him, but it's too late. Both players immediately call a judge. August shows you that he has 2 Mountains and a in hand. What do you do? Judges, feel free to discuss this scenario on

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Be Patient, then Dash!

At a PPTQ you're head judging, Art attacks Nin with a Dashed . The players calculate damage, then Art passes the turn. Nin takes her turn, then passes back the turn. Art attacks with the Berserker again on his next turn, pumping it multiple times with its activated ability. With the last of those activations on the stack, Nin calls you over and points out that the Berserker should have been returned to Art's hand at the end of his last turn. When you investigate further, you learn that Art had

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On Second Thought…

Albert is playing against Nora in PPTQ. Albert has lost game 1, and they are moving to game 2. Albert swaps some cards in from his sideboard, presents, then draws his opening 7. There's only one land, so he decides to mulligan. He puts his hand back on top, says "Hmm, actually..." and swaps one more pair of cards from his main deck and sideboard. He then shuffles thoroughly, presents to Nora, and draws 6. At this point, Nora says, "Hold on a minute. I don't think you're allowed to sideboard between

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A Fall from Grace?

You are the only judge in a Modern Masters 2015 Sealed PPTQ. Angus is playing against Neil. Angus swings with his , saying "exalted" as he taps it, and Neil says, "No blocks." Angus takes his pen and says, "So you take 5 damage." He writes this down and continues, "and I gain 5 life." Neil disagrees because Angus didn't announce the lifelink trigger from the Angel when he attacked, and calls you. What do you do? Judges, feel free to discuss this scenario on Judge Apps! As Charles noted,

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Should I stay or should I go?

During a Modern PPTQ, Andy casts . As it resolves, he puts and onto the battlefield and says “Two to your face.” He then puts the other four cards on the bottom of his library. Nolan grabs his pen, and at that point Andy realizes his mistake. “I couldn't have chosen the Redcap. He costs four. Judge!” What do you do? Judges, feel free to discuss this scenario on Judge Apps!

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A pound of the cure

Angela and Nigel are playing in a Modern Masters 2015 sealed PPTQ. Angela taps out to cast with X=5, targeting Nigel's . Nigel says, "Sure." As Nigel is reaching for his Swans, Angela grabs the top five cards of her library and puts them into her hand. Nigel immediately raises his hand, "Woah! Judge!" What do you do? Judges, feel free to discuss this scenario on Judge Apps!

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Rebound swinging

You're the head and only judge at a limited GPT. Amy is playing against Neil, and controls and . As Amy is about to enter her combat phase, Neil casts on her , placing the spell sideways beside his graveyard. Amy thinks for a bit and decides not to attack with her Surrak and passes the turn. Neil draws for his turn and proceeds to attack with his . As Amy is about to block, Neil realizes his is still in exile, and calls you over. What do you do? Judges, feel free to discuss this scenario

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