Tournament Tuesday: Amonkhet Updates

Welcome back to the Rules Tips Blog! Today we'll be going over some of the changes to policy that go into effect when Amonkhet officially releases this Friday. None of this is in effect right now, but it will be on Friday morning- meaning that this will apply to your FNMs! The biggest change for players to be aware of is the change to the combat shortcut. As you may or may not know, the combat shortcut we're still using now doesn't really mesh too well with beginning of combat triggers like ; current

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Aether Revolt Prerelease Week: Energy Refresher

Welcome back to Aether Revolt Prerelease Week! Today we're going over another returning mechanic from Kaladesh (and boy is it a doozy): Energy. Lots of spells and abilities from this block will grant you Energy counters. These counters are put on you, the player (much like Poison or Experience counters), and can be spent in a variety of ways. And hey, since they're counters, anything that interacts with counters on a player works on Energy (notably they can be Proliferated, and things like ). A lot

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Tournament Tuesday: Foreign and Altered Cards!

Welcome back to the Rules Tip Blog! On today's Tournament Tuesday, we'll be talking about foreign, misprinted, and altered cards; how to play them in an event; and what to do if you encounter them during an event. We'll start with misprints. Usually the QA on Magic cards is pretty great, but sometimes things slip through. If you open a misprinted card during a Limited event, it's best to call a Judge over and ask them how they'd like to handle it. Depending on the severity of the misprint, it

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How naming choices too early for creatures with targeted triggers or copy effects works.

“My Clone targets your Huntmaster.” “I’ll play Wolfir Silverheart soulbonding the token.” “Exile all your creatures with my Angel of Serenity.” Statements like this, technically speaking, aren’t correct. When you cast a creature spell, it doesn’t have a target, even if it has an ability that would require you to make a choice as it enters the battlefield (like Clone) or it has an ability that triggers upon entering (like the Wolfir and Angel). In perfect technical play, you’d

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You can’t show or tell your draft picks during a draft, ever.

All tournaments are governed by the all knowing Magic Tournament Rules, no matter what type of tournament you're in. As long as they are DCI sanctioned, they are bound by the rules laid out there. The 55-page document might be a long one, but if you're into any type of sanctioned Magic (even FNM is sanctioned!), giving this a once-over is not a bad idea. There is a section (7.7 for all interested) that lists out the draft procedures. Stuff such as “remove the token/advertisement card and non-foil

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A spectator’s role at FNM, a PTQ or Grand Prix day 2.

Whether you're at your local FNM, watching a match because you already finished your match, or you're at a Grand Prix watching your friend play, it's not uncommon to see spectators watching matches. So what is expected of a spectator watching a match? First off, you should be a silent observer. You can say some things, like 'hi' or whether you won or lost your last match, but you shouldn't make any comment on any game play decision while they're playing the game. This can be considered outside

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