Hapatra and Wither: Who’s Putting These Counters?

Welcome back! Today's topic will be the new card, and how she works. On the surface, pretty simply: Whenever you put some -1/-1 counters on a creature, you get a 1/1 deathtouching Snake as a bonus. That's fairly simple with effects like or , which are effects that you control telling you "Hey, put a counter on that thing". That'll trigger Hapatra and grow your Ophiological family. You also only get one Snake per creature you're shrinking; if you were to put 10 -1/-1 counters on a single creature,

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Threatened Exertion

Welcome back to the Rules Blog! Today we'll be covering the interaction between effects (such as or ) and Exert. As you may know, many creatures in Amokhet can be Exerted as you attack with them, which makes it so they won't untap normally next turn, but in exchange get some kind of boost or effect. But how does that work with Threaten effects, when you steal your opponent's and Exert it? Will it be locked down during their turn? Hilariously, it will not! Formally, what happens when you Exert

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Bomat Courier: No Strength in Numbers!

Welcome back to the Rules Tip Blog! Today we'll be going over a tricky little delivery-robot, . On the surface it's fairly simple; a 1/1 with Haste for 1 mana. Whenever it attacks, you exile the top card of your library face-down. The tricky bit is the third ability: You can pay a red mana, sac the Courier, and ditch your hand to put everything that Courier exiled into their owners' hands (it doesn't just say "YOUR" Hand, because your opponent might have ed it, and you don't get their card!). Basically,

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Deciphering Gonti

And welcome back to our last Rules Tip of the week (don't worry, we'll be back again on Monday)! Today we'll be going over . This Aetherborn Rogue will help you to whatever luxury you want... from the top of your opponent's library, that is. When Gonti enters the battlefield, you get to look at the top four cards of an opponent's library and pick the one you like the best. You'll exile it face-down, then put the other three cards on the bottom of that opponent's library in a random order (so just

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Emrakul and Controlling Another Player

Welcome back! Eldritch Moon gave us a lot of scary colorless cards, the scariest of which is . Emrakul is the newest in the line of cards that let you control another player during their turn (colloquially called "" effects, after the first such card printed in Mirrodin block!). While it hasn't been that long since we had in Standard, it's much more likely that you'll get an Emrakul pointed at you than a Worst Fears, so let's go over what can and can't be done while you're controlling another player. To

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Mirrorwing Dragon And You!

Making spells go wide to hit multiple targets has been used a few times through the history of Red magic, and the most recent addition to that stable comes to us from Eldritch Moon: . ON the surface this seems to function the same as ; when you cast an instant or sorcery that ONLY targets your Dragon, you get a copy for all your other creatures that could legally be targets as well. Using that you can get a lot of value off of your own cards; can draw you a whole new hand of cards, buff spells like

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Kalitas Week! Who Gets The Tokens?

Good morning and welcome to Kalitas Week here at the Rules Tip Blog. We've been noticing an awful lot of questions about the new popping up, so we thought we'd take a whole week to address just questions about Kalitas. Kalitas' has an ability that sets up a replacement effect: it replaces one event (in this case, "a nontoken creature your opponent controls dies") with a different event ("exile it, make a Zombie"). Because of this replacement effect, the 'dies' event flat out does not happen, at

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Commander Week! Merieke and Mangara Tech

Welcome back to Commander Week! How about that card we got to spoil yesterday, huh? I'm already putting my deck together. However, today we're going to be looking into a neat little tactic: Reading your cards! Crazy, right? We'll start with an old favorite of mine, . Mangara is pretty neat- he can exile any permanent you want gone! Need to take out a before you die? Done! Need to take out a troublesome enchantment that's protecting your opponent? Poof! Even a scary land like a that's about to

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Modern Masters Week: Hurkyl’s Recall and Control Changing

Welcome to the final day of Modern Masters week! Today we'll be covering a bit of a corner case interaction, but a fun one. There's a good chunk of artifacts in this set (after all, Metalcraft is a draft archetype), and we also have anti-Robots all star . For the low, low cost of 1U, you can bounce all of target player's artifacts right to their hand! All it takes is 2 artifacts for this to be one heck of a Boomerang effect. But Recall also has a second use: getting your stuff back. There's not a

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Silumgar’s Scorn with a Dragon on the Stack

Hi everyone, and welcome back to another week of rules tips! There's still some Standard situations that come up, so that's what we're going to focus on this week. Today, we kick things off with . You're down to two cards in your hand: a and a . You figure it's time to drop your Dragonlord, so you cast it! However, to your surprise, your opponent casts on it. You cast your Scorn, thinking that you're going to outright counter their , but to your further surprise, you find out that you don't

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