Sylvan Library and Chains of Mephistopheles

To cap things off, we’re going to leave the realm of reasonable and go absolutely crazy. is already a somewhat weird old enchantment involving draws, so what happens when we pair it with everyone’s favorite confusing old enchantment: ? A whole bucket full of weird. Chains seems a lot more complex than it is: If you would draw a card (except the first one you draw for your draw step each turn), one of two things happens. If you have a card in your hand, you have to discard it, and then you get

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When Sylvan Library collides with Competitive tournament Magic

Sylvan Library has been the source of many judge discussion about "what do we do with this card in real life??" And the official policy has changed a few times. The comprehensive rules handle the card just fine, and in an interface that removes human dexterity from the equation, like MTGO, there are no problems. But in real life, there is a basic philosophy that we can't simply rely on trusting the player to make legal choices. With all other cards that require a choice relating to a specific kind

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Sylvan Library, Dredge and Abundance

Hello readers! Today’s tip will be a short but simple one concerning and what happens when you combine it with effects that replace drawing. For example, Dredge, which works any time you would draw a card. This means that with the Library, you can dredge three times in a row if you want (assuming you have 3 cards with Dredge in you graveyard). Then, when you’re asked to put two cards in your hand that you’ve "drawn this turn" on top of your library... you don’t have any. You won’t put

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EMA Spoiler: Sylvan Library!

Hi everyone, and welcome back to another week of rules tips here at the Rules Tip Blog! This is a special week, because we have a special preview card from Eternal Masters! I won't keep you guys in suspense much longer, so here's our preview card: There it is, in all of its glory - ! This week, we'll be going over some of the interesting interactions that might come up with . But today, we'll just go how the card works in general. The Library has a triggered ability that triggers at the

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Best practices for handling Sylvan Library at Competitive REL.

is a card that has been a thorn in the side of judges since it was printed. It has now had 4 different printed wordings (though the latest printing from Commander's Arsenal at least has the current Oracle text), and while it works with the Comprehensive Rules (and with MTGOnline), it’s very difficult to align it with tournament expectations in paper magic! Sylvan Library has a unique effect that looks for “cards drawn this turn.” The problem is this: the game technically knows which cards

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