Posted in Arcana on November 1, 2012

By Monty Ashley

In Return to Ravnica, the standard way to counter a spell is Cancel.

Cancel | Art by Karl Kopinski

Cancel has been in several sets since it was first introduced in Time Spiral:

Cancel | Art by Mark Poole

When it first appeared, Cancel was naturally compared to the original Counterspell. This wasn't just because it was the same effect for instead of . The wizard in Mark Poole's artwork was making the same arcane gesture as in the very first Counterspell!


After that, it became clear that Cancel was the new standard "Counter target spell" option. It appeared in Tenth Edition and every core set since, and also made periodic appearances in expansion sets. Here it is in Zendikar:

Cancel | Art by Scott Chou

When Cancel appears in an expansion, it usually takes on characteristics appropriate to the setting. The Return to Ravnica version is Azorius, for example. And the Shards of Alara version appears to be from the Bant shard:

Cancel | Art by David Palumbo

There's one more piece of Cancel artwork in the files, but it's not from any expansion or core set.

Cancel | Art by Izzy

That's the art from the textless version of Cancel that was given out by Magic Player Rewards in 2009. Here's what the card looked like:


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