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The Magic: the Gathering Quiz
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Magic was the first collectible card game, a concept that changed the gaming industry. Whether you're a white, blue, black, red or green mage, test your spellcasting skills with this Magic: the Gathering quiz.

If you want to cast a lot of creatures with Haste and deal damage directly to your opponent, which color should you play?

  • red
  • green
  • black

Who is the creator of Magic: the Gathering?

  • Reiner Knizia
  • Richard Garfield
  • Gary Gygax

How can you tell the difference between the original "Alpha" printing of Magic's first set and the "Beta" reprint of that set?

  • Beta cards were reprinted with white borders instead of black borders.
  • Alpha cards have slightly more rounded corners than Beta cards.
  • Beta cards have a copyright date on the bottom of the card, which Alpha cards lack.

The keyword that causes a creature to kill any other creature it damages, no matter the amount of damage, is called…

  • plaguetouch
  • first strike
  • deathtouch

A creature with protection from white can be killed by a white card that says, "Destroy all creatures."

  • TRUE
  • FALSE

Magic was first released in what year?

  • 1993
  • 1996
  • 2002

Currently, artifact cards have a gray background. What color did artifacts used to be?

  • brown
  • teal
  • yellow

The highest level of Magic: the Gathering competition is the…

  • International Challenge League
  • House Cup
  • Pro Tour

Which tournament legal Magic card has the highest combined casting cost?

  • Authochthon Wurm
  • Emrakul, the Aeons Torn
  • Draco

What set of five artifacts that cost zero mana to play are among the most valuable cards ever printed?

  • the Lotus cycle
  • the Moxes
  • the Elder Dragons

The original Magic rules required players to take what unusual step before beginning the game?

  • draw a card at random that your opponent would then take and keep if he or she won the game
  • place two basic lands on top of each deck to make sure both players had enough land to play with
  • initial your opponent's cards to maintain a documented win-loss record for all players

The "Lorwyn" set was the first time an entirely new type of card was added to Magic. What was it?

  • Planeswalkers
  • Legendary Lands
  • Eldrazi

The keyword Hexproof replaced an older keyword that restricted targeting. What was it?

  • Banding
  • Shroud
  • Circle of Protection

If you're playing an elf deck, what color are you most likely to be playing?

  • black
  • green
  • white

An epic four-year storyline told through several Magic expansions involved a plane-hopping airship called…

  • the Thran Dynamo
  • the Weatherlight
  • Ugin's Victory

Magic's gothic horror themed plane is called…

  • Innistrad
  • Zendikar
  • Mirrodin

When a spell or effect is played, it goes on the [blank], where it waits to resolve until all players have a chance to add other spells or effects.

  • library
  • stack
  • zone

Which Magic set was the first to include cards with multiple colors in their casting costs?

  • "Mirage"
  • "Champions of Kamigawa"
  • "Legends"

How do creatures with Doublestrike deal their damage?

  • They are treated as if they are two separate creatures dealing damage equal to their power during the damage step.
  • They deal twice their power in damage during the damage step.
  • They deal damage equal to their power during the first strike damage step and again during the regular damage step.

What Magic card is commonly known as "Tim," after a wizard from the movie "Monty Python and the Holy Grail?"

  • Bogardan Phoenix
  • Prodigal Sorcerer
  • Autumn Willow

What is the maximum number of a single card, other than basic lands, that can be included in a tournament legal Magic deck?

  • 3
  • 4
  • 5

What color are lands?

  • colorless
  • black
  • white

The rarity levels of Magic cards are common, uncommon, rare and…

  • epic
  • legendary
  • mythic rare

The first Magic set included a cycle of cards that let players gain three of something for one mana. One of these cards was vastly more powerful than the others, allowing the player to draw three cards. What is the name of that card?

  • Dark Ritual
  • Ancestral Recall
  • Wheel of Fortune

The "Ravnica" expansion established that Magic's two-colored pairings were called guilds. What is the name of the blue/black guild?

  • Dimir
  • Orzhov
  • Zemoya

Wizards of the Coast maintains a list of cards they will never reprint. What is the list called?

  • the legacy list
  • the chronicle
  • the reserved list

The "Khans of Tarkir" block of sets focused on what creature type?

  • dragons
  • angels
  • bears

Which card lets you counter an opponent's spell even if you have no mana untapped, by paying one life and discarding another blue card?

  • Mana Drain
  • Force of Will
  • Pact of Negation

If a creature has Shadow, what are the only creatures it can block or be blocked by?

  • other creatures with Shadow
  • walls
  • demons

A popular casual Magic format known as Commander (or Elder Dragon Highlander) uses 100-card decks. What is each player's starting life total in a game of Commander?

  • 10
  • 40
  • 100