Ask Wizards

Posted in Feature on October 1, 2013

By Wizards of the Coast

Ask Wizards is a weekly feature that allows you to ask us questions! If you'd like to submit your question please email it to We aren't able to answer every question we receive but if your question is good then it might show up in the coming weeks!

Q: With Warden of Evos Isle on the battlefield, can I bestow Celestial Archon for less colorless mana even though I am not casting it as a creature? —Jay

A: Matt Tabak, rules manager:

The short answer is no, Celestial Archon cast with bestow doesn't qualify for the discount.

For the slightly longer answer, we have to look at how spells are cast. You don't calculate how much a spell costs until pretty late in the process. The first thing you do is put the spell on the stack. Then you make choices relevant to the spell such as choosing modes (not very likely), choosing what cards you're splicing onto the spell (even less likely), and choosing what additional or alternative costs you'll be paying (bingo). It's here that we declare our intention to pay the bestow cost. This causes the spell to become an Aura spell with enchant creature. Then we choose a target for the spell. Finally, we calculate the total cost for the spell. At this point, Celestial Archon is not a creature spell, so the Warden of Evos Isle discount doesn't apply. There's a chance to activate mana abilities, and you pay the spell's costs. Voilà! Celestial Archon becomes cast.

Latest Feature Articles


A Closer Look at the Next Three FNM Promos by, Nicholas Wolfram

Blake already announced the Friday Night Magic promos through June back in January, but we felt like you may want a closer look at the new art for the next three promos, so here you go! ...

Learn More


Magic Story Podcast: Mark Winters by, Blake Rasmussen

This week, we're on episode six of six of the Magic Story Podcast, and we're joined by Mark Winters, Magic senior art director and the art director for Aether Revolt. He's here to talk ab...

Learn More



Feature Archive

Consult the archives for more articles!

See All

We use cookies on this site to enhance your user experience. By clicking any link on this page or by clicking Yes, you are giving your consent for us to set cookies. (Learn more about cookies)

No, I want to find out more