Magic Ruling: Turning your Back on Devotion

February 9, 2018

You control Liliana, Heretical Healer. You then transform her into Liliana, Defiant Necromancer.

If you use the second ability of Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx—selecting the color black—will Liliana contribute to your devotion?


The answer? No, she will not.


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Summer Camps for Gamers Announced for 2018

February 6, 2018

I’m excited to announce our lineup of 2018 Summer Camps!

This June and July, my fellow Barristers and I will host a variety of one-week-long camps for gamers who want to become, well, bigger gamers! We’re excited to bring our …

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Magic Ruling: Blood Sun on the Quarry

January 19, 2018

Let’s look at a really straightforward, but very important ruling this week.

You cast Blood Sun. It resolves.

You play your land for turn: Stone Quarry.

Does Stone Quarry enter the battlefield tapped?


The answer? No!

You have successfully

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Standard Showdown: Overlooked and Underrated

January 17, 2018

One of the most overlooked events in our weekly Magic lineup, Standard Showdown is a weekly opportunity to hone your Standard deck between FNMs—and most players leave with great prize support week in and week out.

So why aren’t players …

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Tribal Highlight: Pirates with Barrister Andy

We’ve only got two days to wait before we celebrate the arrival of Rivals of Ixalan! Before we spend the weekend opening packs and immersing ourselves in the wonders of Ixalan, I wanted to take some time to …

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Magic Ruling: The Secrets of Ascending

January 12, 2018

Let’s discuss the Ascend mechanic and the City’s Blessing designation before we get to play with them at this weekend’s Rivals of Ixalan Prerelease Events!

At the start of your first Main Phase, you control four Plains and five 1/1 …

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My MtG New Years Resolutions For 2018

January 6, 2018

2017 has been a really great year for me when it comes to Magic. Working at Board Game Barrister has given me the chance to meet a ton of fellow players; some of which have become good friends, and even …

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Magic Ruling: Shocking the Crew

January 4, 2018

It’s been a while since we last discussed the Crew keyword ability, so it’s time for a quick refresher.

At the start of your turn, you control Fell Flagship. You have Daring Saboteur in hand.

Your opponent is at 3 …

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Magic Ruling: Death’s Shadow Lingers

December 29, 2017

Your opponent has a life total of 11 and controls Death’s Shadow, which is currently a 2/2 Avatar creature.

You cast Volcanic Fallout.

Does the Death’s Shadow die?


Unfortunately for you, No.

The reason for this is State-Based Actions

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On the Stack Magic Newsletter – December 1, 2017

December 1, 2017

This week’s On the Stack newsletter covers:

  • Legacy Format FNM – now at Bayshore;
  • Draft times for Unstable, releasing next week;
  • A ruling on multiple creatures with Lifelink;
  • Ixalan Store Championships on December 30;
  • And more!

On the …

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