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Do we still want to switch to using Scryfall as the autocard service?

This 2017 post makes some compelling arguments for switching over to Scryfall. But it's 4 years (and a change) out of date. Before we commit to mass-fixing the currentlybroken gatherer links, can we ...
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"How to clone a legendary permanent?" appears to be becoming an unbounded collection. What should we do?

How to clone a Legendary permanent? appears to be becoming an unbounded collection question, with many answers mentioning only a single card that could do the trick. Sorting from oldest, we see the ...
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Are questions regarding historical tournament results of MTG decks on-topic?

There is a question I've been meaning to ask about the history of tournament results of certain Magic: The Gathering decks during a particular standard season, but I am not completely sure whether the ...
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Tag for templating questions

I suggest a new tag, if it doesn't exist already: mtg-templating or alternatively, if there is a meaningful difference between the two: mtg-wording It is meant for all questions that ...
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Naming the tag for questions about legendary cards and the legend rule

We've got a bunch of questions in MTG around navigating the legend rule, and handling various cases involving legendary permanents in circumstances where the legend rule might apply. I've tagged them ...
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Do specific mechanics in MTG need their own tags? [duplicate]

It seems that MTG has a ton of sub-tags that cover very specific categories. Are they really all necessary? I am not referring to alternate formats (as they can be seen as entirely different games), ...
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Are there other ways to reference Magic cards in posts on BoardgamesExchange?

I wanted to write a Magic question here on BoardgamesExchange in which I need to reference some cards. So I wanted to include them in my post, but: I don't know if there are more possibilities than ...
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MTG Format Tags?

With the rampancy of MTG threads on the board & cards, should there not be tags to differentiate between the several formats? MTG-Standard, MTG-Modern, MTG-Commander, MTG-Multiplayer, etc (There ...
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Autocard doesn't find a specific card, Sakashima the Impostor

Title. Sakashima the Impostor returns no search result on the gatherer site for some reason. Autocarding Sakashima or Impostor alone at least takes me to the search function that includes the wanted ...
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Why the recent addition of MTG sub tags?

Recently, the tags: mtg-planeswalkers mtg-regenerate mtg-indestructible have been created. What is the rationale for these creations? Most recently, tags were discussed here, but later here. ...
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Should our magic-the-gathering tag have subcategories?

As has been mentioned before the bulk of our questions are tagged magic-the-gathering. Would there be any value in breaking this down into subcategories? I'm not a MTG player so I'm not the person ...
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Can the Autocard feature be improved (again)?

This used to be an answer. Now it is a feature request. The Autocard feature for Magic: the Gathering was updated in 2016. Since then the community has discovered a couple of bugs. We also found a ...
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Can anyone qualified look into the [mtg:] tag?

In this question, the "mtg:Searing Spear" (Searing Spear) doesn't work for me, and it sometimes doesn't for other cards either. It gets me to Gatherer, but it can't find any result, despite correct ...
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Autocard opens non-scrolling windows

On two different computers I use, both running recent Firefox, this site's Gatherer links open non-scrolling windows. The windows both have no scroll bar and can't be scrolled by arrow keys / mouse ...
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Switch Magic autocard over to a different search engine, Scryfall

So... we've had a history of bugs with the autocard feature linking to Gatherer. Whatever way we try to link to it, there's always new and different arbitrary cards that break for some reason. Today ...
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Weekly email is primarily about Magic: The Gathering

All but one of this week's email was about Magic: The Gathering, and similarly last week. Would it be possible for this to be more diverse or is it algorithmically generated?
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Why are the card links broken?

I've seen here many people use a specific syntax to have a link added automatically: example: Lightning Bolt The problem is that those links, pointing to Wizard's website are broken. Who's in charge ...
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Is there any interest in creating a recurring day for Code-Golf-esque MTG questions?

Topic I would like to discuss the idea to include Code-Golf-esque Magic the Gathering style questions on the B&CG StackExchange. Background Info What is now the Programming Puzzles & Code ...
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Should MTG card links be added to more than the first instance of the card name?

On this question, the question came up what's the recommended practice for linking cards... link only the first instance, and text-only references to the card name for all following mentions link ...
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Are questions about how to Navigate/Use Online MTG retailers considered on-topic?

I came across this question while browsing the magic-the-gathering tag: Can I look up a large list of cards on MagicCardMarket.eu? MagicCardMarket.eu is apparently the go-to store for buying Magic ...
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Should you edit answers to contain the [mtg:Card name] link instead of a direct link to the gatherer?

Currently we have the future to create card links to magic card using the following format[mtg: Card name] and this should be used instead of creating a link to the gatherer yourself, but should we ...
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How to correctly link to Gatherer?

When I create or click on a Magic card link to Gatherer, if the card name has a space, it doesn't resolve (on french context and what ever the browser). For example for Walking Ballista, it results to ...
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How should we be tagging questions about custom Magic cards?

We recently reached agreement that questions about custom cards were OK: Are well-defined theoretical or custom Magic questions on-topic? And we've received a few questions on the topic: How could ...
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Why are questions being downvoted?

This question is -2 This question is 2 I don't see the latter being any more 'valid' of a question.
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How do we feel about questions about leaked Magic cards?

This question asks about a leaked card from Aether Revolt. (In this case it turns out that Wizards has officially published it, so it's not a perfect example anymore.) Obviously, we are not Wizards ...
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Should Magic The Gathering have it's own StackExchange?

So I've been browsing Board & Card Games for a while now, I've used it to ask many questions and try to help when I can. I've noticed that Magic The Gathering is probably around 75% of the content ...
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Is this an "unclear" question?

Full written card lists for sets MTG I think this falls under unclear question. On the surface, it's perfectly clear what OP is asking for, but looking at the guide at https://boardgames....
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Canonical question request: "Can I pay extra costs when casting a spell without paying its mana cost?"

We have a couple of questions that are just variations on the theme of paying additional costs on a spell being cast for free: Hideaway Lands and Additional Costs Can an imprinted spell be kicked ...
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HoverCard, a userscript for MTG card link tooltips

I've created a userscript that shows a tooltip for any links that start with: http://www.wizards.com/magic/autocard.asp http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx http://gatherer.wizards.com/...
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What are the unwritten rules of BCG.SE MtG Questions and Answers? [closed]

Following some comment bits on "If a card is cloned...," I am curious as to any remaining style guidance, or norms, that a new arrival would want to be aware of? At the link, it was noted that it is ...
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So I'm working on a Java library for Magic: the Gathering

...And I wasn't sure what to do about it, because it seems like it would be off-topic here for being about programming, but it would be off-topic at Programmers.SE for being about a card game. ...
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Board Games SE mana symbols: a userscript for auto-conversion of mana symbols to images

Alternate name: a userscript for makin' the fancy pictures happen I've created a userscript that auto-converts MTG's mana and tap symbols to image form. A lot of us have wanted this for a while so I ...
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Markdown mods for Magic the Gathering?

I have seen that there is a special tag supported in the markup for Magic the Gathering [mtg...], but it's not documented in: https://boardgames.stackexchange.com/editing-help 1) What is the full ...
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Can the Magic card auto link feature be improved?

Some Cards Generate Multiple Results If the entire name is contained within the name of another card, then linking the former card will return a result with both cards. An example can be seen with ...
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Would questions about specific MTG draft picks be on topic?

For anyone unfamiliar (just in case) there is a Magic format called "draft" where you sit in a circle, open up a pack, pick a card and pass the rest (3 packs total) then construct your deck from the ...
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Is this question about the same card a duplicate?

Should we consider this question (1) Does the Thorncaster Sliver's ability damage have to be assigned before or after blockers are declared? a duplicate of this one (2) Do Thorncaster Sliver's ...
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Is the focus on Magic a problem? Is there anything to do about it?

Disclaimer - I'm the founder of Draw3Cards, originally a Stack Exchange 1.0 site. I'm not an avid user of Boardgames SE, and have recently stopped paying attention to Draw3Cards as well, in favor of ...
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Are questions about interactions with groups of triggers interacting with the same card acceptable?

A new card has been (or will be) printed in m14, Strionic Resonator, which copies triggered abilities. This has massive potential for confusing people by copying quite complicated triggered abilities ...
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Are questions about tournament play/behaviour on topic?

Specifically I am referring to games like Magic: The Gathering, which have large tournament/competitive play scenes. Are questions not necessarily related to the rules of play, but around the subject ...
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We should implement Magic the Gathering pop-ups on hover

In the comments to the original linking syntax request, ghoppe said: Thanks for the card links. As the guy who whipped up the jsfiddle, I admit I lifted the tooltip function (which is open source)...
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Enough with the MtG Comp Rules

Early on, we decided that the Magic Comprehensive Rules were the preferred authority for rules questions about MtG. I have no complaint about this for questions which are complicated, where the asker ...
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Can we get auto conversion of mana and tap symbols?

For example, convert the text {1}{G}{U}{B}{R}{W}{T} to If we can't use the actual symbols, then maybe just the letter/number on a colored background (preferably a circle)?
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Some autocard names don't execute correctly

[mtg:Grafdigger's Cage] fails to find any cards (Try it: Grafdigger's Cage). I've double-checked it a few times. I think it's something about the ' in the card name. (This is very minor) [mtg:Sun ...
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Please add support for MTG autocard plurals/short names

The current autocard link syntax works great, but it can be a bit awkward to use with plural names. It's easy to change [mtg:Lightning Bolts] to [mtg:Lightning Bolt]s. Getting correct links to cards ...
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MTG AutoCard doesn't show up in previews

The [mtg:cardname] card tags don't show up in (JavaScript?) post previews. All that's visible is the plain text.
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Please add support for the Magic AutoCard window

This was discussed and dismissed previously because no official API was provided, but an API does exist for automatic hover over images and links. The Wizards published API service called AutoCard ...
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B&CG is now the definitive place for Magic: the Gathering questions

Since many of you likely won't have seen this, I'd like to draw your attention to Why is the Magic the Gathering proposal shutting down? It seems an executive decision has been made that a stand-...
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If Magic SE opens, will all Magic questions be migrated from Board and Card Games? [closed]

SE won't migrate questions from Draw3Cards ... but if a proper Magic SE 2.0 opens, will questions be migrated on mass from Board & Card Games to Magic SE? They will definitely be "more on topic" ...
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Would support for Magic: the Gathering rendering make you move site?

A while ago, we had a discussion about the rationale for asking Magic questions on a separate site. Since then, the number of MTG questions here has gone through the roof. It is now the top game, by ...
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Where can I ask questions like this: "Hi there. Tell me your opinion about my deck"

This community calls itself "board and card games" but refuses to answer a simple question like the one in the title so I'm looking for a site where I can ask something like this. Any ideas?
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