Tournament Tip: MOAR BANS and how they work

In case you haven't heard, for the first time in a long time, we have some banned cards in Standard. As of January 20th, , , and are all banned in Standard. What does this mean? It means that you're not allowed to run any copies of those three cards in your Standard deck (main deck or sideboard). But just because they're banned in Standard doesn't mean they're not legal in other formats (unless they're also banned in those formats). For instance, if you're in a Modern tournament, you can still

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Emrakul and End of Round Procedures!

Welcome back to the Post Pro Tour Week! Today we’re going over another bit of : her extra turn creation! Specifically we’ll be going over how it works in the context of the End of Round Procedures at a sanctioned event. As you probably know, sanctioned events usually have timed rounds, and if you’re still playing when time is called, the game goes into Extra Turns. Whoever’s turn it is when time runs out is “Turn 0”. The next turn to be taken is Turn 1, then Turn 2, etc, up until Turn

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Post Pro Tour Week: Emrakul and Protection from Instants!

Welcome to the post Pro Tour week here on the Rules Tips Blog! This week we'll be going over some neat stuff that came up at last weekend's Pro Tour Sydney. To start with, we'll go over one line on : Protection From Instants. What exactly does that mean? Our old friend Emrakul is no stranger to protection- Her original incarnation () had Protection from Colored Spells, which tripped people up a bit because She could get tagged by an . So, we'll break down Protection into four component parts: Protection

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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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