Magic: The Gathering Commander (2013 Edition) Release Notes
Compiled by Matt Tabak, with contributions from Laurie Cheers, Carsten Haese, Eli Shiffrin, Zoe Stephenson, and Thijs van Ommen
Document last modified September 26, 2013
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The Magic: The Gathering Commander (2013 Edition) release consists of five different game packs. Each game pack contains a deck with 100 different cards plus three oversized premium commander cards. The five decks are "Evasive Maneuvers," "Eternal Bargain," "Mind Seize," "Power Hungry," and "Nature of the Beast."
Release date: November 1, 2013
Release events will be held November 1–3, 2013. Go to Wizards.com/Locator to find an event or store near you.
New Cards and Format Legality
There are fifty-one cards within the Magic: The Gathering Commander (2013 Edition) decks that are completely new to the Magic game. These cards are legal for play in the Vintage and Legacy formats only. They aren't legal for play in the Standard or Modern formats.
The other cards in this release are legal for play in any format that already allows those cards. That is, appearing in this release doesn't change a card's legality in any format.
For more information about Magic formats, please visit Wizards.com/MagicFormats. For information about the format legality of a specific card, please visit Gatherer.Wizards.com, search for the card, and check the "Sets & Legality" tab.
Created and popularized by fans, the Commander variant is usually played in casual Free-for-All multiplayer games, although two-player games are also popular. Each player starts at 40 life, and each player's deck is headed by a legendary creature designated as that deck's commander. A player's choice of commander determines which other cards can be played in the deck.
A recommended banned list for the Commander format is maintained by the rules committee at MTGCommander.net, not by Wizards of the Coast. On Magic Online, the Commander format follows that banned list.
Commander Deck Construction
- Commander decks are exactly 100 cards, including the deck's commander.
- The deck's commander must be a legendary creature.
- Commander is a "singleton" format. That is, other than basic lands, each card must have a different English name.
- A card can't be included in your deck if any mana symbol in its mana cost or rules text is a color not in your commander's color identity (see below). A card also can't be included in your deck if it has a color indicator defining it to be a color not in your commander's color identity.
- A commander's color identity includes its colors, as defined by its mana cost or color indicator, and also the colors of any colored mana symbols in its rules text.
- Color identity is established before the game begins and doesn't change during the game, even if your commander becomes a different color.
- The colors of colored mana symbols found only in reminder text aren't part of a commander's color identity.
- A land card with one or more basic land types can't be included in your deck if it could produce mana of a color not in your commander's color identity.
- During the game, if mana that isn't a color in your commander's color identity would be added to your mana pool, that much colorless mana is added to your mana pool instead.
Using Your Commander
Commanders play a prominent role in games, often appearing on the battlefield multiple times.
- Your commander begins the game in the command zone, a game area created for the Commander format and now also used for nontraditional Magic cards (including Vanguard, Plane, and Scheme cards) and for emblems created by Planeswalkers. The other ninety-nine cards are shuffled and become your library.
- You may cast your commander from the command zone. Each time you do this, it costs more to cast for each time you previously cast it from the command zone that game.
- If your commander would be put into your graveyard from anywhere or be exiled from anywhere, you may choose to put it into the command zone instead.
In addition to the normal rules regarding winning and losing the game, the Commander format has one other rule: A player who has been dealt 21 or more combat damage by the same commander over the course of the game loses the game.
- Players should keep track of combat damage dealt to them by each commander over the course of the game.
- This rule includes a player's own commander, which can deal combat damage to its owner if the commander is controlled by another player or if combat damage gets redirected to that player.
Alternative Mulligan Rule
The Commander variant uses an alternative mulligan rule: Each time a player takes a mulligan, rather than shuffling his or her entire hand of cards into his or her library, that player exiles any number of cards from his or her hand. Then the player draws a number of cards equal to one less than the number of cards he or she exiled this way. Once a player keeps an opening hand, that player shuffles all cards he or she exiled this way into his or her library.
Leaving the Game
Unlike two-player games, multiplayer games can continue after a player leaves the game (because that player lost the game or conceded).
- When a player leaves the game, all permanents, spells, and other cards owned by that player also leave the game.
- If that player controlled any abilities or copies of spells that were waiting to resolve, they cease to exist.
- If that player controlled any permanents owned by another player, the effects that gave control of them to the player who left end. If this doesn't give control of them to a different player (perhaps because they entered the battlefield under the control of the player who left), they're exiled.
Rule Change: The "Planeswalker Uniqueness Rule" and the "Legend Rule"
Two rule changes introduced with the Magic 2014 core set impact how cards in this release function.
Under the previous rules, if there were two or more legendary permanents with the same name on the battlefield or two or more Planeswalkers that share a subtype (such as "Jace") on the battlefield, they would all be put into their owners' graveyards as a state-based action. These rules have changed. The new rules are as follows:
704.5j If a player controls two or more Planeswalkers that share a Planeswalker type, that player chooses one of them, and the rest are put into their owners' graveyards. This is called the "Planeswalker uniqueness rule."
704.5k If a player controls two or more legendary permanents with the same name, that player chooses one of them, and the rest are put into their owners' graveyards. This is called the "legend rule."
- Notably, if another player controls a creature that's a copy of your commander, neither that creature nor your commander is affected. They both remain on the battlefield.
Each Magic: The Gathering Commander (2013 Edition) game pack comes with three oversized premium commander cards that correspond to traditional cards in the game pack. Only one of these can be the deck's commander during a given game.
- You must also have the traditional Magic card version of your commander.
- When the commander is in a public zone, such as the command zone or the battlefield, you may substitute the oversized card for the traditional Magic card.
- If your commander is in a hidden zone, such as your library or hand, use the traditional Magic card.
- The oversized cards are only for fun and aren't required for Commander game play.
New Ability Word: Tempting Offer
Tempting offer is an ability word that appears in italics on a cycle of sorceries. These cards have a beneficial effect, then give opponents the option to also enjoy that effect if they allow you to repeat it. (An ability word has no rules meaning.)
Tempt with Glory
Tempting offer—Put a +1/+1 counter on each creature you control. Each opponent may put a +1/+1 counter on each creature he or she controls. For each opponent who does, put a +1/+1 counter on each creature you control.
- Your opponents decide in turn order whether or not they accept the offer, starting with the opponent on your left. Each opponent will know the decisions of previous opponents in turn order when making his or her decision.
- After each opponent has decided, the effect happens simultaneously for each one who accepted the offer. Then, the effect happens again for you a number of times equal to the number of opponents who accepted.
Legendary Creatures with "Mana Rewards" Abilities
Some legendary creatures in this release have an effect that gets bigger the more mana you spent to cast them.
Prossh, Skyraider of Kher
Flying When you cast Prossh, Skyraider of Kher, put X 0/1 red Kobold creature tokens named Kobolds of Kher Keep onto the battlefield, where X is the amount of mana spent to cast Prossh.
Sacrifice another creature: Prossh gets +1/+0 until end of turn.
- The amount of mana you spent to cast the creature is usually equal to its converted mana cost. However, you also include any additional costs you pay, including the cost imposed for casting your commander from the command zone.
- You can't choose to pay extra mana to cast a creature spell unless something instructs you to.
- If the creature enters the battlefield without being cast, no mana was spent to cast it. If the effect includes X, X will be 0.
Introduced in the Innistrad set, Curses are a kind of Aura that enchant a player and have a negative effect. This release includes a cycle of Curses that cause something to happen when the enchanted player is attacked.
Curse of Predation
Enchant player Whenever a creature attacks enchanted player, put a +1/+1 counter on it.
- A Curse spell targets the player it will enchant like any other Aura spell, and a Curse stays on the battlefield like any other Aura. If the enchanted player gains protection from the Curse's color (or any other characteristic the Curse has), the Curse will be put into its owner's graveyard.
- Each of the Curses can be attached to any player, including the player who cast the Curse.
- Curse is an enchantment type, not a creature type (or any other kind of subtype).
- The ability won't trigger when a creature attacks a Planeswalker controlled by the enchanted player.
- The Curse subtype has no inherent rules meaning, but two cards in the Innistrad set (Bitterheart Witch and Witchbane Orb) refer to Curses.
Act of Authority
When Act of Authority enters the battlefield, you may exile target artifact or enchantment.
At the beginning of your upkeep, you may exile target artifact or enchantment. If you do, its controller gains control of Act of Authority.
- For either ability, if you are the only player who controls an artifact or enchantment, you must choose one of them as the target. However, you may choose to not exile it when the ability resolves.
- If you choose to not exile a permanent with the second ability, you'll retain control of Act of Authority.
Bane of Progress
When Bane of Progress enters the battlefield, destroy all artifacts and enchantments. Put a +1/+1 counter on Bane of Progress for each permanent destroyed this way.
- Bane of Progress's ability destroys all artifacts and enchantments, including those you control.
- If an artifact or enchantment isn't destroyed (perhaps because it has indestructible or it regenerated), it won't count toward the number of +1/+1 counters put on Bane of Progress. However, if an artifact or enchantment is destroyed but doesn't go to its owner's graveyard due to a replacement effect (like the one Rest in Peace creates), it will count.
Curse of Chaos
Whenever a player attacks enchanted player with one or more creatures, that attacking player may discard a card. If the player does, he or she draws a card.
- Curse of Chaos's ability will trigger only once per attacking player per combat phase, no matter how many creatures that player attacks with.
Curse of Inertia
Whenever a player attacks enchanted player with one or more creatures, that attacking player may tap or untap target permanent of his or her choice.
- Curse of Inertia's ability will trigger only once per attacking player per combat phase, no matter how many creatures that player attacks with.
- Even though the attacking player chooses the target of the ability, the ability is still controlled by the player who controls Curse of Inertia. Notably, a creature with hexproof controlled by the player who controls Curse of Inertia could be chosen, even though another player may be choosing the target.
Enchanted creature is a 0/1 Insect artifact creature with indestructible and loses all other abilities, card types, and creature types.
- Darksteel Mutation has received minor errata to clarify its functionality. The updated Oracle wording appears above.
- Darksteel Mutation overwrites the printed power and toughness of the enchanted creature, as well as any characteristic-defining abilities that define power and/or toughness.
- Darksteel Mutation overwrites any previous effects that set the enchanted creature's power or toughness to a specific value. Any such effects that start to apply after Darksteel Mutation entered the battlefield will work normally.
- However, Darksteel Mutation does not overwrite effects that change the enchanted creature's power or toughness without setting it to a specific value (such as the ones created by Giant Growth or Glorious Anthem). It also won't overwrite the effect of counters.
- The enchanted creature will be only an artifact and a creature, not any other card types. It will be only an Insect, not any other creature types.
- In some rare cases, the creature may have subtypes other than creature types before becoming enchanted with Darksteel Mutation. If it had any other artifact subtypes (such as Equipment), it will retain those. If it had any subtypes other than artifact types and creature types (such as Shrine), it won't retain those.
- The creature will keep any supertypes it previously had. Notably, if Darksteel Mutation is enchanting a legendary creature, that creature will continue to be legendary. Also, if it's enchanting a commander, that creature will continue to be a commander.
- Darksteel Mutation doesn't affect the enchanted creature's colors, if any. It will continue to be whatever color or colors it was before Darksteel Mutation entered the battlefield.
- Darksteel Mutation causes the enchanted creature to lose all abilities except indestructible at the time it becomes enchanted. Any abilities the creature gains after that point will work normally.
Derevi, Empyrial Tactician
Legendary Creature—Bird Wizard
Whenever Derevi, Empyrial Tactician enters the battlefield or a creature you control deals combat damage to a player, you may tap or untap target permanent.
: Put Derevi onto the battlefield from the command zone.
- You can activate Derevi's last ability only when it is in the command zone.
- When you activate Derevi's last ability, you're not casting Derevi as a spell. The ability can't be countered by something that counters only spells. The ability isn't subject to the additional cost of casting commanders from the command zone.
Whenever Diviner Spirit deals combat damage to a player, you and that player each draw that many cards.
- If Diviner Spirit deals combat damage to its controller (perhaps because damage was redirected), that player will draw twice that number of cards.
Djinn of Infinite Deceits
: Exchange control of two target nonlegendary creatures. You can't activate this ability during combat.
- You don't have to control either target.
- If the same player controls both creatures when the ability resolves, nothing happens.
- If one of the creatures is an illegal target when the ability resolves, the exchange won't happen. If both creatures are illegal targets, the ability will be countered.
Eye of Doom
When Eye of Doom enters the battlefield, each player chooses a nonland permanent and puts a doom counter on it.
, , Sacrifice Eye of Doom: Destroy each permanent with a doom counter on it.
- The active player chooses a permanent first, followed by each other player in turn order. Each player will know what previous players have chosen when making his or her own choice. Then the doom counters are put on all the chosen permanents simultaneously.
- None of the permanents are targeted. A player can choose a permanent with protection from artifacts, for example.
- If a permanent with a doom counter isn't destroyed by Eye of Doom's last ability (perhaps because it has indestructible or it regenerated), the doom counter will remain on that permanent.
Whenever Fell Shepherd deals combat damage to a player, you may return to your hand all creature cards that were put into your graveyard from the battlefield this turn.
, Sacrifice another creature: Target creature gets -2/-2 until end of turn.
- Creature cards that were put into your graveyard from any zone other than the battlefield, such as a card that was discarded, won't return to your hand. Creatures dealt lethal damage at the same time Fell Shepherd deals combat damage to a player will also be returned to your hand from your graveyard. If Fell Shepherd is such a creature (perhaps because it gained trample, attacked a player, and was blocked), it will be one of the creature cards returned to your hand.
- You can choose a creature as the target of the last ability and sacrifice that same creature to activate the ability.
Hooded Horror can't be blocked if defending player controls the most creatures or is tied for the most.
- The number of creatures each player controls is evaluated only as blocking creatures are declared. If, at that time, the defending player doesn't control the most creatures or isn't tied for the most, Hooded Horror can be blocked.
- Once Hooded Horror is blocked, it doesn't matter if the defending player controls the most creatures. The block won't be undone.
Cast Illusionist's Gambit only during the declare blockers step on an opponent's turn.
Remove all attacking creatures from combat and untap them. After this phase, there is an additional combat phase. Each of those creatures attacks that combat if able. They can't attack you or a Planeswalker you control that combat.>
- Creatures that didn't attack during the combat phase when Illusionist's Gambit resolved aren't required to attack in the additional combat phase, although they may. Those creatures can attack you or a Planeswalker you control.
- If, during a player's declare attackers step, a creature is tapped, is affected by a spell or ability that says it can't attack, or hasn't been under that player's control continuously since the turn began (and doesn't have haste), then it doesn't attack.
- If there's a cost associated with having a creature attack, the player isn't forced to pay that cost, so it doesn't have to attack.
Jeleva, Nephalia's Scourge
Legendary Creature—Vampire Wizard
When Jeleva, Nephalia's Scourge enters the battlefield, each player exiles the top X cards of his or her library, where X is the amount of mana spent to cast Jeleva.
Whenever Jeleva attacks, you may cast an instant or sorcery card exiled with it without paying its mana cost.
- If Jeleva leaves the battlefield, the exiled cards will remain exiled indefinitely. If Jeleva enters the battlefield again, it won't be associated with the cards the "other" Jeleva exiled. The new Jeleva will exile a new set of cards. Only those cards can be cast using Jeleva's last ability.
- If you cast an instant or sorcery card using Jeleva's last ability, you do so while that ability is resolving. If you choose not to (or you can't), you won't get a chance to cast it later unless the ability triggers again.
- When casting an instant or sorcery card this way, ignore all timing restrictions based on the card's type. Other timing restrictions, such as "Cast [this spell] only during combat," must be followed.
- If you cast a card "without paying its mana cost," you can't pay alternative costs such as overload costs. However, you can pay additional costs such as kicker costs. If the card has mandatory additional costs, you must pay those.
- If the card has in its mana cost, you must choose 0 as its value.
- The card is cast before blocking creatures are declared.
Marath, Will of the Wild
Legendary Creature—Elemental Beast
Marath, Will of the Wild enters the battlefield with a number of +1/+1 counters on it equal to the amount of mana spent to cast it. , Remove X +1/+1 counters from Marath: Choose one—Put X +1/+1 counters on target creature; or Marath deals X damage to target creature or player; or put an X/X green Elemental creature token onto the battlefield. X can't be 0.
- Marath, Will of the Wild has received minor errata. The text "X can't be 0" was inadvertently omitted from the card. The correct Oracle wording appears above.
- You announce the value of X as you activate the ability, and all instances of X in the activation cost are equal to the announced value. For example, if you choose 2 as the value of X, then you pay and remove two +1/+1 counters to pay the cost.
When Mystic Barrier enters the battlefield or at the beginning of your upkeep, choose left or right. Each player may attack only the opponent seated nearest him or her in the last chosen direction and Planeswalkers controlled by that player.
- Mystic Barrier affects only what players and Planeswalkers each player may attack with creatures he or she controls. It doesn't affect what players may be targeted by spells or abilities or other interactions.
- Mystic Barrier doesn't affect creatures that enter the battlefield attacking.
- In some formats, you may need to disregard teammates sitting between you and the opponent seated nearest you in the chosen direction. In formats like Emperor, other rules may prohibit you from attacking that player.
- If two Mystic Barriers are on the battlefield with two different chosen directions, you may not attack a player or Planeswalker unless that player or the controller of that Planeswalker is the opponent seated nearest you in both directions. (This happens most often in two-player games.)
When you cast Naya Soulbeast, each player reveals the top card of his or her library. Naya Soulbeast enters the battlefield with X +1/+1 counters on it, where X is the total converted mana cost of all cards revealed this way.
- Naya Soulbeast's last ability triggers while Naya Soulbeast is on the stack. After that ability resolves, players will be able to cast spells and activate abilities knowing how many counters Naya Soulbeast will enter the battlefield with if it resolves.
Oloro, Ageless Ascetic
Legendary Creature—Giant Soldier
At the beginning of your upkeep, you gain 2 life.
Whenever you gain life, you may pay . If you do, draw a card and each opponent loses 1 life. At the beginning of your upkeep, if Oloro, Ageless Ascetic is in the command zone, you gain 2 life.
- Oloro's first ability works only if Oloro is on the battlefield.
- If Oloro is your commander, its last ability will trigger at the beginning of the upkeep step on your first turn.
- Oloro's second ability triggers just once for each life-gaining event, no matter how much life is gained.
- You decide whether to pay as the second ability resolves. If you do, you'll draw a card and each opponent will lose 1 life.
- If two creatures you control with lifelink deal combat damage at the same time, Oloro's ability will trigger twice. However, if a single creature with lifelink deals combat damage to multiple creatures, players, and/or Planeswalkers at the same time (perhaps because it has trample or was blocked by more than one creature), the ability will trigger only once.
- In some unusual cases, you can gain life even though your life total actually decreases. For example, if you are being attacked by two 3/3 creatures and you block one with a 2/2 creature with lifelink, your life total will decrease by 1 even though you've gained 2 life. Oloro's second ability would trigger.
- In a Two-Headed Giant game, lifegained by your teammate won't cause the ability to trigger, even though it causes your team's life total to increase.
: Add to your mana pool.
, : Add to your mana pool one mana of any color in your commander's color identity. If you spend this mana to cast your commander, it enters the battlefield with a number of +1/+1 counters on it equal to the number of times it's been cast from the command zone this game.
- The "number of times it's been cast from the command zone" includes the most recent time. For example, the first time you cast your commander from the command zone in a game, if you spent mana from Opal Palace's last ability to do so, it will enter the battlefield with a +1/+1 counter.
- The color identity of your commander is set before the game begins and doesn't change during the game, even if your commander is in a hidden zone (like the hand or library) or an effect changes your commander's color.
- If your commander is a card like Kozilek, Butcher of Truth, that has no colors in its color identity, Opal Palace's last ability produces no mana.
- In formats other than Commander, Opal Palace's last ability produces no mana.
At the beginning of each upkeep, if you control no Snakes, put a 1/1 black Snake creature token with deathtouch onto the battlefield.
- Ophiomancer's ability checks if you control a Snake at the beginning of each upkeep. If you do, the ability won't trigger.
- If the ability does trigger, but you control a Snake when it tries to resolve, the ability will do nothing. No Snake token will be created.
- Ophiomancer's ability considers any creature you control with the creature type Snake, not just the tokens Ophiomancer creates.
Order of Succession
Choose left or right. Starting with you and proceeding in the chosen direction, each player chooses a creature controlled by the next player in that direction. Each player gains control of the creature he or she chose.
- Order of Succession doesn't target any players or creatures. You can choose and gain control of a creature with protection from blue, for example.
- It doesn't matter whether the next player is a teammate or an opponent.
- All players will gain control of the creatures they chose simultaneously.
- If the next player in the chosen direction controls no creatures, you won't gain control of anything.
Price of Knowledge
Players have no maximum hand size.
At the beginning of each opponent's upkeep, Price of Knowledge deals damage to that player equal to the number of cards in that player's hand.
- Count the number of cards in that opponent's hand when the ability resolves to determine how much damage is dealt.
If one or more tokens would be put onto the battlefield, twice that many of those tokens are put onto the battlefield instead.
If one or more +1/+1 counters would be placed on a creature, twice that many +1/+1 counters are placed on that creature instead.
- It doesn't matter who controls the tokens or the creature that the +1/+1 counters are being placed on.
- Primal Vigor affects permanents that "enter the battlefield with" a certain number of counters. For example, if a creature would normally enter the battlefield with three +1/+1 counters on it, it will enter with six +1/+1 counters.
- If there are two Primal Vigors on the battlefield, the number of tokens or +1/+1 counters is four times the original number. If there are three on the battlefield, the number of tokens or +1/+1 counters is eight times the original number, and so on.
Roon of the Hidden Realm
Legendary Creature—Rhino Soldier
, : Exile another target creature. Return that card to the battlefield under its owner's control at the beginning of the next end step.
- If Roon of the Hidden Realm's ability targets a commander, that card's owner may choose to have it go to the command zone rather than being exiled. The delayed triggered ability will return it to the battlefield no matter which of the two zones it went to, as long as it's still in that zone when that triggered ability resolves.
Whenever Serene Master blocks, exchange its power and the power of target creature it's blocking until end of combat.
- When Serene Master's ability resolves, its power becomes equal to the former power of the target creature. At the same time, that creature's power will become equal to Serene Master's former power.
- Any power-modifying effects, counters, Auras, or Equipment will apply to the creatures' new powers. For example, say Serene Master is enchanted with Lightning Talons, which gives it +3/+0, and it blocks a 5/5 creature. After the exchange, Serene Master would be an 8/2 creature (its power became 5, which was then modified by Lightning Talons), and the other creature would be 3/5.
- The exchange is made only if both Serene Master and the target creature are on the battlefield when the ability resolves.
- If Serene Master blocks multiple creatures, its ability will trigger only once, and it will exchange power with only the target creature. (Note that Serene Master can't block multiple creatures normally.)
Choose a color. Sudden Demise deals X damage to each creature of the chosen color.
- You choose the value for X as you cast Sudden Demise. You don't choose the color until it resolves.
- Sudden Demise will deal damage to a multicolored creature if one of its colors is the chosen color.
, Exile Surveyor's Scope: Search your library for up to X basic land cards, where X is the number of players who control at least two more lands than you. Put those cards onto the battlefield, then shuffle your library.
- You count the number of players who control at least two more lands than you when the ability resolves.
- If no players control at least two more lands than you when the ability resolves, you'll still search and shuffle your library.
Sydri, Galvanic Genius
Legendary Creature—Human Artificer
: Target noncreature artifact becomes an artifact creature with power and toughness each equal to its converted mana cost until end of turn.
: Target artifact creature gains deathtouch and lifelink until end of turn.
- A noncreature permanent that turns into a creature can attack, and its abilities can be activated, only if its controller has continuously controlled that permanent since the beginning of his or her most recent turn. It doesn't matter how long the permanent has been a creature.
- If the noncreature artifact had any other supertypes, types, or subtypes, it will keep those. In most cases, the artifact creature won't have any creature types.
- If an Equipment attached to a creature becomes a creature, it becomes unattached. An Equipment that is also a creature can't equip another creature.
- Multiple instances of deathtouch or lifelink on the same creature are redundant.
Tempt with Immortality
Tempting offer—Return a creature card from your graveyard to the battlefield. Each opponent may return a creature card from his or her graveyard to the battlefield. For each player who does, return a creature card from your graveyard to the battlefield.
- None of the creature cards in graveyards are targeted. The cards are chosen as Tempt with Immortality resolves.
Tempt with Reflections
Tempting offer—Choose target creature you control. Put a token onto the battlefield that's a copy of that creature. Each opponent may put a token onto the battlefield that's a copy of that creature. For each opponent who does, put a token onto the battlefield that's a copy of that creature.
- If the creature you control is an illegal target when Tempt with Reflections tries to resolve, it will be countered and none of its effects will happen. No copies will be created.
- If the target creature has an enters-the-battlefield triggered ability, the abilities of all the copies will trigger as Tempt with Reflections resolves. All of those abilities will be put on the stack after Tempt with Reflections finishes resolving. Abilities controlled by the active player will be put on the stack first (in an order of his or her choice), followed by abilities controlled by each other player in turn order. The last ability to be put on the stack will resolve first, and so on.
- The tokens copy exactly what was printed on the original creature and nothing else (unless that creature is copying something else or is a token; see below). They don't copy whether that creature is tapped or untapped, whether it has any counters on it or Auras and Equipment attached to it, or any non-copy effects that have changed its power, toughness, types, color, or so on.
- If the copied creature has in its mana cost, X is considered to be zero.
- If the copied creature is copying something else (for example, if the copied creature is a Clone), then the tokens enter the battlefield as whatever that creature copied.
- If the copied creature is a token, the tokens created by Tempt with Reflections copy the original characteristics of that token as stated by the effect that put the token onto the battlefield.
- Any "as [this creature] enters the battlefield" or "[this creature] enters the battlefield with" abilities of the copied creature will also work.
Whenever Terra Ravager attacks, it gets +X/+0 until end of turn, where X is the number of lands defending player controls.
- Count the number of lands the defending player controls when the ability resolves to determine the value of X.
As an additional cost to cast Toxic Deluge, pay X life.
All creatures get -X/-X until end of turn.
- The payment of life is an additional cost. You lose the life even if Toxic Deluge is countered.
As True-Name Nemesis enters the battlefield, choose a player.
True-Name Nemesis has protection from the chosen player. (This creature can't be blocked, targeted, dealt damage, or enchanted by anything controlled by that player.)
- Protection from a player is a new variant of the protection ability. It means the following:
- True-Name Nemesis can't be the target of spells or abilities controlled by the chosen player.
- True-Name Nemesis can't be enchanted by Auras or equipped by Equipment controlled by the chosen player. (The same is true for Fortifications controlled by the chosen player, if True-Name Nemesis becomes a land.)
- True-Name Nemesis can't be blocked by creatures controlled by the chosen player.
- All damage that would be dealt to True-Name Nemesis by sources controlled by the chosen player are prevented. (The same is true for sources owned by the chosen player that don't have controllers.)
Put target nonland permanent into its owner's library just beneath the top X cards of that library.
- If there are fewer than X cards in that player's library, put that permanent on the bottom of that library.
- If you choose 0 as the value for X, put that permanent on top of that library.
Whenever a spell or ability causes its controller to shuffle his or her library, that player puts a card from his or her hand on top of his or her library.
- Widespread Panic's ability is put onto the stack after the library is shuffled.
Players can't gain life.
At the beginning of your upkeep, Witch Hunt deals 4 damage to you.
At the beginning of your end step, target opponent chosen at random gains control of Witch Hunt.
- Spells and abilities that would cause a player to gain life still resolve, but the life-gain part has no effect.
- Abilities that trigger whenever a player gains life can't trigger and effects that would replace gaining life with another effect won't apply because it's impossible for players to gain life.
- If an effect sets a player's life total to a specific number and that number is higher than the player's current life total, that part of the effect won't do anything. (If the number is lower than the player's current life total, the effect will work as normal.)
- To choose a target at random, all possible legal targets must have an equal chance of being chosen. There are many ways to do this, including assigning each possible legal target a number and rolling a die.
- The target is chosen at random as you put the last ability on the stack. Players can respond to this ability knowing who the target is.
- If you control Witch Hunt, you are not a legal target. If there are no legal targets available, the ability is removed from the stack and you retain control of Witch Hunt.
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