It is time to go down the rabbit hole and face a Miracle! To do that, we'll take a look at Temporal Mastery.
There are two ways to live: you can live as if othing is a miracle; or you can live as if everything is a miracle.
Yet again, while reviewing a new ability I cannot help getting staggered by how careless the reminder text is composed. Just as with Soulbond, it’s quite erroneous.
Open your textbooks and read the following rule!
702.93a. Miracle is a static ability linked to a triggered ability (see rule 603.10). “Miracle [cost]” means “You may reveal this card from your hand as you draw it if it’s the first card you’ve drawn this turn. When you reveal this card this way, you may cast it by paying [cost] rather than its mana cost.”
What is the difference? At least the fact that triggered events “when you draw it” (bullocks printed on the card) and “when you reveal the card this way” (the real triggered event) are quite a bit different. Let’s just forget what’s printed on the card in italic, and see how it actually works.
Miracle is a static ability, it allows to reveal a Miraculous card (I shall be calling cards with Miracle this way throughout the article) if it is the first one you drew this turn. This action in its turn runs a triggered ability, whose effect gives you an option to cast the revealed card at the alternative Miracle cost.
We are adult people and we should comprehend that miracles don’t happen. Meaning, as you draw a card with Miracle first in the current turn, you don’t get its effect right out. In order to achieve the goal, you’d need to cover several steps, which are:
1. You should draw this card. According to the rules, you may do so at your draw step as a turn-based action, and at any other time when an effects instructs or allows you to draw a card. No other ways to move cards from your library to your hand can help:
Do remember that if replacement effects is applied, the event that gets replaced never happens. If a prohibiting effect is affecting the game or specifically you, you simply cannot perform the action it is prohibiting.
Here is a slightly unexpected remark: when you deal yourself a starting hand, you draw the cards before the turns start, and this process is not drawing cards. The funny card Serum Powder allows to draw cards before the beginning of a game, but since it happens not during a turn (the game hasn’t started yet, its structure doesn’t apply), no Miracles happen.
2. It must be the first card you draw that turn. It doesn’t matter whose turn it is, yours or your opponent’s.
3. As long as the first two conditions are met, you may reveal the Miraculous card. You don’t have to reveal it if you don’t feel like it. Then everything beyond this point doesn’t affect you.
No matter if you choose to reveal it or not, you have drawn it, so any abilities that trigger as you draw a card will go off (get a wink from Niv-Mizzet, the Firemind).
Since you draw a card, it is in your hand. Not just your hand, left or right one, it is in the game zone “hand”. You must reveal the Miraculous card before you mix it up with other cards in your hand. When you play Miraculous cards in your deck, you must develop a habit to not drag cards straight to your hand so that they physically touch the other cards. Those who have played Sylvan Library should be accustomed to that. After you mix up the card with other cards in your hand, you lose the chance to reveal it and cast it. The lamentations about identifying the card, about the opponent having seen which one it was etc. will not help you.
702.93b If a player chooses to reveal a card using its miracle ability, he or she plays with that card revealed until that card leaves his or her hand, that ability resolves, or that ability otherwise leaves the stack.
4. Suppose you decide to reveal your card this way. When a Miraculous card is revealed this way, the triggered ability of Miracle goes off.
First of all, the card must remain revealed until it leaves the hand or the ability resolves or leaves the stack otherwise (it may be countered, the turn may be ended etc.).
Besides, the trigger may go off at any (even most undesirable) time. It only cares about the triggering event, not about the state of the game. Thus, after going off, it will sit and wait for the opportunity to be put onto the stack. Many things may happen, as always, before you put that trigger onto the stack.
5. In order for a Miracle trigger to resolve, it must become the top element of the stack and all players must have passed in turn order. If that happens, the trigger resolves, and you get the chance to cast the Miraculous card at its alternative Miracle cost. You must put it onto the stack, and then the procedure is as usual. I hope you know it all by now. If you need to refresh something here, help yourself to“Casting spells”. We have already discussed alternative costs as well.
You need to keep in mind that if you have multiple alternatives to pay a cost, you may only use any one of them. You must announce which way of paying you are intending to use as you place the spell onto the stack.
And naturally, alternative cost does not influence the mana cost nor the CMC.
The value of X is announced immediately after putting the spell on the stack. The announced number defines the values of all X variables in the mana cost of the spell for as long as it is on the stack. (ref. CR 107.3a).
According to CR 107.3g., the value of X is same for all instances of that variable on a permanent at any given time.
Now we can do something to that spell. For example, copy it. Now’s also the time when it can be countered.
The effect of Miracle trigger does not bind you to cast the Miraculous card. If by the time you may do so you don’t find it advantageous, you may restrain from it. In that case, the card remains in your hand, and you may cast it later for its mana cost. The chance to cast it at Miracle lost is lost though. You only have it as the Miracle trigger resolves.
There are two cases when you cannot play the Miraculous card as the trigger resolves.
- You cannot do so because a rule or effect prevents you from it:
- The Miraculous card leaves your hand before the trigger begins resolving:
6. If you do pass all steps described above and nothing happens to your Miraculous spell, then you get the longed effect at its resolution. Temporal Mastery, for instance, will give you an extra turn after the one in which it has resolved.
If you have read everything and understood it all, you have probably remembered Madness. If you have not, or you do not know what it is, you have a great chance to learn these two peculiar mechanics by comparing them.
- If Temporal Mastery is countered, it’s quite obvious that you don’t exile it. The card hits the graveyard as it always happens in such cases. Exiling it is part of the effect of Temporal Mastery.
- You get the extra turn right after the current one (the one in which Temporal Mastery resolves).
- If you have several extra turns to take (for example, you have also cast Emrakul, the Aeons Torn in the same turn), they are added one by one in the opposite order of getting these effects. The first to apply will be the one that appeared the latest. Same is true if multiple players receive an extra turn in course of the same turn. Ref. rule 500.7.
- In Two-Headed Giant, the team of the player with the effect gets an extra turn. Ref. rule 805.8.
- In a little more exotic Grand Melee format players may perform their turns simultaneously. Ref. rule 807.
- If an effect instructs you to skip your next turn, then that effect and the effect of Temporal Mastery negate each other.
- If you receive an extra turn after the 5 additional turns have been called in a tournament, there will still be 5 total turns. You will just take more than you would normally, unless the turn in which you resolve Temporal Mastery is the last of the called turns.
- ⇑ An illegal way to skip a draw is Gameplay Error — Game Rule Violation.
- ⇑ Be advised that the rules do not prohibit to cast sorcery spells at times different from the main phase of their controller. The rules allow to cast a sorcery spell in your main phase when the stack is empty (307.1). And of course, any effect that allows or instructs to cast a spell allows us to cast a sorcery spell at any other time. For instance, at resolution of the Miracle trigger we cast a sorcery spell without bothering about the stack not being empty (that Miracle trigger is still there resolving at that moment).
Translated by Witas Spasovski