Category Archives: Casting / playing a spell or ability

You can’t cast Aether Gale without choosing 6 nonland permanents.

If a spell requires 6 targets, you can’t cast it without that many targets to choose! Continue reading

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Casting a god doesn’t trigger prowess (but a bestowed card will).

A god spell will always be a creature, and thus can’t trigger prowess. But a bestow card cast as an aura is indeed a noncreature spell, and can trigger prowess. Continue reading

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Clan combos – Jeskai and Temur: You can use Prowess to “turn on” a spell’s Ferocious effect.

Prowess triggers when you cast a noncreature spell, while the spell you just cast only checks whether Ferocious is true as it resolves. Since the trigger goes on top of the spell and resolves first, this generally works out well for you! Continue reading

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How Trinisphere works against Delve.

Trinisphere and delve are interesting companions. Delve is pretty much the only way to “fool” Trinisphere into letting you cast a spell by paying less than 3 actual mana, because delve lets you pay “exile a card from your graveyard” instead of {1} while making payments! Continue reading

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Eidolon of the Great Revel vs. Delve spells.

Delve doesn’t actually reduce the cost of a spell; it just changes how you can pay the cost. The converted mana cost of the spell will remain whatever is printed in the top right corner no matter what! Continue reading

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Sarkhan, the Dragonspeaker’s +1 vs. Hero’s Downfall

Who knew that when Wizards of the Coast released an alternate-art version of Form of the Dragon in FTV: Dragons, they were foreshadowing one of ’s abilities: TURNING INTO A DRAGON!! And not just any dragon, but a hasty, indestructible … Continue reading

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If Narset dies during combat, you can still cast the exiled cards this turn.

Narset’s triggered ability grants you the permission to cast the exiled cards that turn, so she doesn’t need to stick around for you to cast them after combat. Continue reading

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You can’t see face-down creature spells with Lens of Clarity.

A creature only exists on the battlefield, while a creature spell exists on the stack. As such, Lens of Clarity doesn’t let you see face down spells before you decide whether to respond to them. Continue reading

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Prerelease Primer Week – The Ferocious Temur

Last and certainly not least of the five clans, we have the Temur Frontier. They live in the coldest parts of Tarkir, and revere the savagery of the dragons. Their symbol is a set of dragon’s claws, and their mechanic … Continue reading

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Prerelease Primer Week – Delve with the Sultai

The Sultai brood are an opulent and decadent clan of necromancers, naga, and naga necromancers. They revere the ruthlessness of the long-gone dragons, and their symbol is a single dragon’s fang. Even their dead fuel their war machine, thanks to … Continue reading

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