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I have only been playing around two months with a small group of friends and we have been playing to the best of our knowledge and ability with no veteran to guide or explain to us the finer points and rules. So on here I'm going to ask some questions that have recently came up in our group because of one reason or another and hopefully someone will answer for us, thank you in advance.


Question 1. Up until last week for some reason or another we were under the impression that unless othewise stated you could only declare two blockers for each attacking creature, however a freind of ours said you could declare however many blockers you wanted and we were wandering what is the real answer.

Question 2. When you clone or copy a creature with a card such as Phantasmal Image, or pheryexian metamorph how exactly does that work. Our real questoin is say this scenario happend. The other player has prymorial hydra out and it is currently a 12/12 and I bring out phantasmal image and copy it does it copy the 12/12 counters on it or is it just the 0/0 version that the card originally is.

Question 3. When you have a card that lets you take control of an oposing players creature and attack them with it does it keep its counters that the oposing player put on them or when it comes into our control does it lose all of those counters and revert back to its basic form. Also one last thing when that creature goes back into their control do the counters that they put on that creature return or are they lost when they lose conrtrol of that creature?

Once again thank you for your help these questions have been bothering us for some time and we would love to have them answered.
1. You can declare as many blockers as you want unless a card specifically states you cannot.

2.It copies the 0/0.  

3. It keeps anything it might have had under their control. 
1. generally each creature can only block 1 attacker
but there is no limit how many blockers can block an attacker

2. you copy the card "as printed"
which means counters, enchantment, etc. are not copied
the only exception are so called "copy effects", like being an artifact or getting an ability

3. it keeps counters, equipment and enchantments, however you do not get control of those
so for example if you take control of a creature equipped with Sword of Feast and Famine it will get the protections and +2/+2, but when you successfully attack the controller of the sword gets to untap his lands, not you


feel free to post any followups if I haven't explained it thoroughly enough
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I have only been playing around two months with a small group of friends and we have been playing to the best of our knowledge and ability with no veteran to guide or explain to us the finer points and rules. So on here I'm going to ask some questions that have recently came up in our group because of one reason or another and hopefully someone will answer for us, thank you in advance.


Question 1. Up until last week for some reason or another we were under the impression that unless othewise stated you could only declare two blockers for each attacking creature, however a freind of ours said you could declare however many blockers you wanted and we were wandering what is the real answer.

Question 2. When you clone or copy a creature with a card such as Phantasmal Image, or pheryexian metamorph how exactly does that work. Our real questoin is say this scenario happend. The other player has prymorial hydra out and it is currently a 12/12 and I bring out phantasmal image and copy it does it copy the 12/12 counters on it or is it just the 0/0 version that the card originally is.

Question 3. When you have a card that lets you take control of an oposing players creature and attack them with it does it keep its counters that the oposing player put on them or when it comes into our control does it lose all of those counters and revert back to its basic form. Also one last thing when that creature goes back into their control do the counters that they put on that creature return or are they lost when they lose conrtrol of that creature?

Once again thank you for your help these questions have been bothering us for some time and we would love to have them answered.


1) There is no maxium limit to the number of blockers that may be assigned to an attacker.
2) Put simply...Take the card, put it in a copier, and hit 'copy'.  That's what you get.
a3) As long as it doesn't leave the battlefield, A creature remains exactly the same when it switches controllers.
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I have only been playing around two months with a small group of friends and we have been playing to the best of our knowledge and ability with no veteran to guide or explain to us the finer points and rules.

You came to the right place: this Forum is the best place to learn the rules of Magic.

Don't hesitate to come back often, even with simple questions!  

Did you read the Basic Rulebook?

If I steal a hundred dollar from a loot of one thousand, people might notice;

If I steal a hundred dollar from a loot of one million, I might get away with it;

If I wish to steal even more and still go unnoticed, I need to make the loot bigger.

 

Now you know why taxes always go up.

 

Looting: ''the plundering of public assets by corrupt or greedy authorities'' (Wikipedia)

1) Any number of creatures can be declared as blockers against any number of attackers.

You may wish to rephrase this, as it may be misleading.
Each attacker may be blocked by multiple blockers,
but each blocker may only block ONE attacker. 

(under normal circumstances) 

If I steal a hundred dollar from a loot of one thousand, people might notice;

If I steal a hundred dollar from a loot of one million, I might get away with it;

If I wish to steal even more and still go unnoticed, I need to make the loot bigger.

 

Now you know why taxes always go up.

 

Looting: ''the plundering of public assets by corrupt or greedy authorities'' (Wikipedia)

1) Any number of creatures can be declared as blockers against any number of attackers.

You may wish to rephrase this, as it may be misleading.
Each attacker may be blocked by multiple blockers,
but each blocker may only block ONE attacker. 

(under normal circumstances) 



Agreed, it was misleading.  Fixed.  
DCI Level 1 Judge Please autocard: [c]Skithiryx, the Blight Dragon[/c] = Skithiryx, the Blight Dragon [c=Skithiryx, the Blight Dragon]Skittles[/c] = Skittles Cards do what they say they do. No more. No less.
Note that an Aura that can only enchant something "you control" will fall off (and go to the graveyard) if someone other than the person who controls the Aura is controlling the permanent it is enchanting.

For example, if I put Demonic Appetite on one of my creatures, and then you take control of my creature, Demonic Appetite will fall off.

~ Tim   
I am Blue/White Reached DCI Rating 1800 on 28/10/11. :D
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56287226 wrote:
190106923 wrote:
Not bad. But what happens flavor wise when one kamahl kills the other one?
Zis iz a sign uf deep psychological troma, buried in zer subconscious mind. By keelink himzelf, Kamahl iz physically expressink hiz feelinks uf self-disgust ova hiz desire for hiz muzzer. [/GermanPsychologistVoice]
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57799958 wrote:
That makes no sense to me. If they spelled the ability out on the card in full then it would not be allowed in a mono-black Commander deck, but because they used a keyword to save space it is allowed? ~ Tim
Yup, just like you can have Birds of paradise in a mono green deck but not Noble Hierarch. YAY COLOR IDENTITY
56287226 wrote:
56888618 wrote:
Is algebra really that difficult?
Survey says yes.
56883218 wrote:
57799958 wrote:
You want to make a milky drink. You squeeze a cow.
I love this description. Like the cows are sponges filled with milk. I can see it all Nick Parks claymation-style with the cow's eyes bugging out momentarily as a giant farmer squeezes it like a squeaky dog toy, and milk shoots out of it.
56287226 wrote:
56735468 wrote:
And no judge will ever give you a game loss for playing snow covered lands.
I now have a new goal in life. ;)