Category Archives: Copies

Heroic and Cipher Interactions

Cipher is the mechanic associated with House Dimir from the recent Return to Ravnica block: spells with Cipher allow you to ‘encode’ them onto a creature, and cast a copy of the spell for free every time the creature connects … Continue reading

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Cloning/Mimicing your heroic creatures won’t trigger their heroic abilities.

s (cards that copy something as they enter the battlefield), such as , don’t target. No matter how hard you try, when you choose a heroic creature with clones such as these, the heroic trigger’s requirements (1. That it’s a … Continue reading

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Wild Ricochet + Rakdos’s Return

I’m glad to see making a return to Standard; it’s such a fun card, and can lead to hilarious reactions when timed right (A friend of mine once used against a , spinning two lands back to the opponent’s deck … Continue reading

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Chandra, Pyromaster and Modal Spells

Modal spells are always great fun; they let you pick between multiple options when you cast them, making them very versatile and able to deal with lots of situations with fewer cards. But how do modal spells work when you … Continue reading

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Elite Arcanist and X Spell

You know what sounds fun? Getting rid of the 2 mana restriction on , and making it a creature. In Magic 2014, they did that, and gave us . Unlike his Scepter predecessor, Arcanist has no limit on the mana … Continue reading

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All About Eye of the Storm

And here we are, Friday! As I teased yesterday, we’re going to be talking about Commander’s favorite blue enchantment, . This is a reader question, asking for some help in some situation, but I figured let’s start with an overview … Continue reading

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A Progenitor Mimic copying Scion of Vitu-Ghazi will make birds when it enters the battlefield, but not on each upkeep.

Greetings, fellow students of Mat’Selesnya. I am pleased you’ve joined me here in Vitu-Ghazi to further your understanding of the ways of our guild. As future summoners and mages, it is crucial that you understand how to best direct our … Continue reading

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If you copy a creature that’s encoded with a Cipher card, the copy won’t be encoded.

It’s only fitting that the new guild keyword that caused the most confusion upon being released was Cipher, the signature mechanic of House Dimir. And because I most definitely am not a Dimir informant secretly reporting to my shadowy superior … Continue reading

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Cipher and Extort

Two of the new guild keyword abilities in Gatecrash work really well together . No, I’m not talking about battalion and bloodrush, I’m referring to the keywords of two of Esper’s favorite guilds, cipher and extort. Extort triggers off of … Continue reading

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Pack Rat tokens won’t get any counters or P/T boosts the original has.

I control a . Then I target it with 4 s and 4 s. Then I put a +1/+1 counter on it and turn it blue somehow. You know, for good measure. Now I use ’s ability (don’t ask me … Continue reading

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