I have questions that revolve around communication in Magic. It's not a rulings question. For example:

When I ask "Declare blockers?", often my opponents do not understand. What can I say in order to clearly communicate to my opponent that I would like to move the the Declare Blockers step?

Obviously the question would be a little more detailed if I actually posted it (I might describe my opponent's reactions and the problems it leads to). If it is purely a communication question, is it on topic here?

There is a real need to avoid ambiguous conversation in Magic, but it could be a topic for another site.

  • I'm curious: why would you have thought this might not be on topic here?
    – David Z
    Commented Dec 5, 2014 at 5:58
  • @DavidZ For two reasons. First, the best way to communicate might be considered subjective. Just looking at the question I posed as an example, can you see how there might be a few "good" answers, but no "correct" ones? Second, the topic is communication. One could argue that communicating clearly isn't really about Magic at all.
    – Rainbolt
    Commented Dec 5, 2014 at 14:44
  • @Rainbolt This kind of thing -- especially in a tournament setting -- is definitely in the scope of Good Subjective though. Commented Dec 7, 2014 at 20:46

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Yes, you can ask it here

This is a question about playing Magic the Gathering, intended for Magic the Gathering players and experts, and thus on topic. It's not a topic about its exact mechanics, but we do accept questions about games that are outside of play, and this is halfway between both.

This is not e.g. a good question for English.SE, because whoever answers it on English.SE would have to also be a Magic the Gathering player who thoroughly understands the context you're asking about.

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    Having spent a small amount of time on English.SE they would have enough experience in MTG be able to answer it, but they wouldn't; they would send it here instead.
    – corsiKa
    Commented Dec 17, 2014 at 0:53

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