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    BobLoblaw is offline Common
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    Default Upkeep

    This may be a dumb question, but exactly when is the 'Beginning of Upkeep' as stated on various cards? Before you untap? After you untap? Before you Draw? First Main?

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    Default Re: Upkeep

    Untap
    Upkeep
    Draw
    First Main Phase
    Combat Phase
    Second Main Phase
    Cleanup

    I think I can't get on WOTC to verify though but you can also use the search function.

    Here is what happens in each step:

    1. Beginning Phase
    a. Untap step
    You untap all your tapped permanents. On the first
    turn of the game, you donít have any permanents, so
    you just skip this step. No one can cast spells or activate
    abilities during this step.
    b. Upkeep step
    This part of the turn is mentioned on a number of
    cards. If something is supposed to happen just once
    per turn, right at the beginning, an ability will trigger
    ďat the beginning of your upkeep.Ē Players can cast
    instants and activate abilities.
    c. Draw step
    You draw a card from your library. (The player who
    goes first skips the draw step on his or her first turn to
    make up for the advantage of going first.) Players can
    then cast instants and activate abilities.
    2. First Main Phase
    You can cast any number of sorceries, instants, creatures,
    artifacts, enchantments, and planeswalkers, and you
    can activate abilities. You can play a land during this
    phase, but remember that you can play only one land
    during your turn. Your opponent can cast instants and
    activate abilities.
    3. Combat Phase
    a. Beginning of combat step
    Players can cast instants and activate abilities.
    b. Declare attackers step
    You decide which, if any, of your untapped creatures
    will attack, and which player or planeswalker they
    will attack, then they do so. This taps the attacking
    creatures. Players can then cast instants and activate
    abilities.
    c. Declare blockers step
    Your opponent decides which, if any, of his or her
    untapped creatures will block your attacking creatures,
    then they do so. If multiple creatures block a single
    attacker, you order the blockers to show which is first
    in line for damage, which is second, and so on. Players
    can then cast instants and activate abilities.
    d. Combat damage step
    Each attacking or blocking creature thatís still on the
    battlefield assigns its combat damage to the defending
    player (if itís attacking that player and wasnít blocked),
    to a planeswalker (if itís attacking that planeswalker and
    wasnít blocked), to the creature or creatures blocking it,
    or to the creature itís blocking. If an attacking creature
    is blocked by multiple creatures, you divide its combat
    damage among them by assigning at least enough
    damage to the first blocking creature in line to destroy
    it before assigning damage to the next one in line, and
    so on. Once players decide how the creatures they
    control will deal their combat damage, the damage is
    all dealt at the same time. Players can then cast instants
    and activate abilities.
    e. End of combat step
    Players can cast instants and activate abilities.
    4. Second Main Phase
    Your second main phase is just like your first main
    phase. You can cast every type of spell and activate
    abilities, but your opponent can only cast instants and
    activate abilities. You can play a land during this phase
    if you didnít during your first main phase.
    5. Ending Phase
    a. End step
    Abilities that trigger ďat the beginning of your end stepĒ
    go on the stack. Players can cast instants and activate
    abilities.
    b. Cleanup step
    If you have more than seven cards in your hand, choose
    and discard cards until you have only seven. Next, all
    damage on creatures is removed and all ďuntil end of
    turnĒ effects end. No one can cast instants or activate
    abilities unless an ability triggers during this step.

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    guyarney is offline Uncommon
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    Default Re: Upkeep

    Quote Originally Posted by BobLoblaw View Post
    This may be a dumb question, but exactly when is the 'Beginning of Upkeep' as stated on various cards? Before you untap? After you untap? Before you Draw? First Main?
    The upkeep step is right after the untap step and right before the draw step so it's:

    Untap, Upkeep, Draw...

 

 

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