This weekend, thousands upon thousands of Magic players the world over will be playing with Journey into Nyx cards for the first time- that's right, it's Prerelease Time! As we often do with prereleases, the Rules Tip Blog is going to cover the new mechanics (and go over some old ones from the previous sets in the block) so you'll be armed and ready when you crack those packs and sleeve up this weekend. First, we'll start with a refresher- Journey into Nyx contains a lot of the same mechanics
Bile Blight needs its single target to be legal in order to resolve and do anything, so you have the chance to remove that target in response in order to save the rest of your creatures that share a name with it!
One of our valued contributors to the Rules Tip Blog, Paul Baranay, was recently promoted to Level 3! All of us at the Rules Blog wanted to congratulate Paul on this awesome milestone, and we couldn't think of a better way than by saying it here on the blog where he's helped so much! Congrats on L3, Paul, and thanks for all you've done, all you do, and all you'll do in the future for the Judge program and the Rules Tip Blog!
Hello everyone! Today’s tip is a bit different. I’m going to link to an article by our very own Nathan Long because it clearly answers a lot of questions people have about Blood Moon, specifically as it pertains to the Modern format. Enjoy! http://blogs.magicjudges.org/articles/2013/06/18/blood-moon-in-a-modern-environment/
If you cast a creature with tribute, your opponent chooses whether to pay tribute right before that creature enters the battlefield, so evolve abilities will trigger based on your tribute creature's bigger size.
Ruric That may be confused by the gods, but he knows an aura when he sees it. A bestowed card will always trigger Ruric Thar when you cast it!
Untapping BEFORE you draw has become especially important with the inspired mechanic. You'll have to deal with that trigger before you know what you're drawing this turn.
The judges of the Rules Tips Blog have received an official preview card, which we spoil for you today!
Most of the time, casting a spell is pretty straightforward -- you play it from your hand, choose some targets, pay some mana, and presto change-o, you're a wizard, Harry! Sometimes, however, it's important to know exactly what steps you're supposed to follow in order to actually cast that spell. The very first step of casting a spell is announcing it, which involves taking it from wherever it is (usually your hand) and putting it on the stack -- the place where spells hang out until they resolve
Spoiled cards aren't accompanied by spoiled comprehensive rules entries, so it's often little more than guessing when one tries to answer a question about a new mechanic.