1. Is it really a bug?1.1 Missed Effects
Make sure that you observed the in-game situation correctly, and that you didn't overlook something. The game is quite complex - the power / toughness of a card may be influenced by half a dozen of other cards, and it's easy to overlook one. If you see something that looks like a bug, please check that there really isn't a card on the table that explains the behavior you're seeing.Example: I see the AI playing three Relentless Rats. Each of these should have a P/T rating of 4/4 now, but actually they show 5/5. I wonder if this card has a bug, but then I realize that I have "Bad Moon" in my battlefield, which boosts the rats as well.1.2 Misunderstood rules
Due to the complexity of the game, it's very easy to misunderstand some rule detail. Also, the rules of the game are in constant flux. Wagic tries to adhere to the most recent rules. This means that Wagic might include some rules changes that you're not yet aware of, especially if you haven't played the card game for a while.
You can check the current rules on the official rules page
. This page is constantly updated. Another benefit of checking this page is that you can simply copy the rule in question and paste it into your bug report.Example: I tap 10 lands for mana, then I see that I can only use 8 mana. The two remaining mana just expire when the next phase begins. I wonder why I didn't incur mana burn. Then I check the rules and see that mana burn has been abolished.1.3 Misleading card texts
Over the years, many old cards have been updated with new texts, subtypes, or abilities, to reflect rules changes. These updated
texts are the basis for Wagic's implementation of any card. However, if you are playing the game with images of these cards, then these images might show the older, now obsolete text.
There are two places where you can check the card texts:
- In-game, you can press "Triangle" in many screens to switch between the display of images and the card texts as implemented in Wagic (or you can tell Wagic to never load any images at all, in the Options screen.
- Out of the game, there's the Gatherer
. This is the official database for cards, and it always shows the most current rules text ("oracle") in a card's data sheet (note that the card picture
in the Gatherer may still show the old, obsolete text; it's the data sheet / oracle that counts!). Just search the Gatherer for the name of the card that you suspect to be buggy, and check the rules text.
The Gatherer also has additional explanations for some cards' rules, mostly to handle specific cases or common misunderstandings.
Alternatively, you can also check the MagicCards
site. It contains most of the information from the Gatherer, but uses a slightly different structure and may load quicker due to being less script-heavy. However, if the information on MagicCards is in contradiction to the Gatherer, then the Gatherer (as an official source) is assumed to be correct.Example: I see that Wagic updates the Nyxathid's power and toughness each time my opponent draws, discards, or plays cards. I always thought that the card would receive a fixed P/T value when it comes into play, instead of continually tracking the state of the opponent's hand. I check the card's text and the Gatherer page without finding a definitive answer, but on MagicCards I find a detailed explanation, which confirms that Wagic's implementation of the card is correct.