You can “flicker” a creature to save it from a removal spell.

I'm excited for . Partially because it was a house at the prerelease, and partially because is one of my favorite cards. But why are both of these things true? Among other things, it's the fact that they can be used to dodge removal very easily. Let's use for our example. Ronny casts , and targets my with the trigger. In response, I cast Cloudshift targeting Avacyn. My Avacyn stays. But why? It's right there! The answer to that is the fun fact that whenever an object changes zones, it becomes

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What happens when two players control a Mimic Vat.

One of the most common situations regarding simultaneous triggers that comes up is two players controlling s, and who gets to imprint the creature when it dies. When two triggers go on the stack simultaneously, they are often controlled by one player, and it is fairly simple to handle. That player decides the order they go on the stack, and effectively chooses which resolves first. When two triggers go on the stack simultaneously that are controlled by different players, they are placed on

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What targets and what does not.

While technically not a keyword ability or a keyword mechanic, 'target' is definitely a key word in Magic, and one that can confuse players. It is important to know which spells and abilities target because of the interactions with actual keyword mechanics like protection, shroud and hexproof, and for other rules issues like determining if a spell is countered on resolution. In most cases, only those spells and abilities that use the word 'target' actually do target. When reading a Magic card,

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Aegis Angel and effects that are applied to multiple permanents.

has an enters the battlefield ability that will make another targeted permanent indestructible for as long as the Angel remains in play. Indestructible means that this permanent will not be destroyed by effects that say to destroy or if it is a creature by receiving lethal damage. In most cases, what happens is pretty simple; as long as the Angel is in play the permanent that is affected by the Angel's ability will not be destroyed. However some effects will destroy or deal lethal damage to the

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What Hexproof does.

Hexproof is not really a new mechanic, it has just been given a keyword name starting in Magic 2012. It ha been around for year and cards from the past have had their official text changed so they now have hexproof. Hexproof means that the permanent cannot be targeted by spells or abilities that are controlled by the opponent's of the controller of the permanent. For example, cannot be targeted by your opponent's , but it can be targeted by your . While permanents with hexproof cannot be

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What ‘Everything’ in ‘Protection from Everything’ means.

The protection ability is often explained by using the acronym DEBT, which stands for Damage, Enchanting / Equipping, Blocking and Targeting. Protection from : D- Damage from sources of that quality is prevented. E- Enchantments / Equipment of that quality can not enchant / equip the protected permanent. B- The creature with protection can not be blocked by creatures of that quality. T- Spells and abilities of that quality that target can not target the permanent with protection. So far there has

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