CR 715. Controlling Another Player

  • 715.1 Some cards allow a player to control another player during that player’s next turn. This effect applies to the next turn that the affected player actually takes. The affected player is controlled during the entire turn; the effect doesn’t end until the beginning of the next turn.
    • 715.1a Multiple player-controlling effects that affect the same player overwrite each other. The last one to be created is the one that works.
    • 715.1b If a turn is skipped, any pending player-controlling effects wait until the player who would be affected actually takes a turn.
  • 715.2 One card (Word of Command) allows a player to control another player for a limited duration.
  • 715.3 Only control of the player changes. All objects are controlled by their normal controllers. A player who’s being controlled during their turn is still the active player.
  • 715.4 If information about an object in the game would be visible to the player being controlled, it’s visible to both that player and the controller of the player. If information about cards outside the game would be visible to the player being controlled, it’s visible only to that player, not the controller of the player.
  • 715.5 While controlling another player, a player makes all choices and decisions the controlled player is allowed to make or is told to make by the rules or by any objects. This includes choices and decisions about what to play, and choices and decisions called for by spells and abilities.
    • 715.5a The controller of another player can use only that player’s resources (cards, mana, and so on) to pay costs for that player.
    • 715.5b The controller of another player can’t make choices or decisions for that player that aren’t called for by the rules or by any objects. The controller also can’t make any choices or decisions for the player that would be called for by the tournament rules.
  • 715.6 The controller of another player can’t make that player concede. A player may concede the game at any time, even if they are controlled by another player. See rule 104.3a.
  • 715.7 The effect that gives control of a player to another player may restrict the actions the controlled player is allowed to take or specify actions that the controlled player must take.
  • 715.8 A player who controls another player also continues to make their own choices and decisions.
  • 715.9 A player may gain control of themselves. That player will make his or her own decisions and choices as normal.