Category Archives: Copies

Flamerush Rider copying Mardu Hearpiercer

Flamerush Rider trigger when it attacks, which means any token copy of a creature with a Raid enters-the-battlefield ability will trigger accordingly when the token is created.
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It’s a conspiracy (week)! Hidden Agendas and Naming

Hey there, gang! Remember way back on Monday when I offhandedly mentioned there were some conspiracies you didn’t reveal right away? Well, now is the day that we’ll actually be talking about those! As we covered earlier in the week, …
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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 …
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Cloning/Mimicing your heroic creatures won’t trigger their heroic abilities.

Clones (cards that copy something as they enter the battlefield), such as Progenitor Mimic, 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 …
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Wild Ricochet + Rakdos’s Return

I’m glad to see Wild Ricochet 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 Wild Ricochet against a Primal Command, spinning two lands …
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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 …
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Elite Arcanist and X Spell

You know what sounds fun? Getting rid of the 2 mana restriction on Isochron Scepter, and making it a creature. In Magic 2014, they did that, and gave us Elite Arcanist. Unlike his Scepter predecessor, Arcanist has no limit on …
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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, Eye of the Storm. This is a reader question, asking for some help in some situation, but I figured let’s start …
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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 …
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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 …