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Arcane is a spell type, a subtype seen exclusively on instants and sorceries. It is like a creature type in that it does not affect the casting of the spell, but there are several cards that interact with Arcane cards, most notably the cards with splice and Spiritcraft. The Arcane spell type was introduced in Kamigawa block and marks spells cast by the numerous spirits of that plane.[1][2] In this sense, Arcane was a precursor to tribal spells.[3]

Since Arcane spells represent the magic woven by kami, the art typically depict mortals getting enlightened or influenced by the spirits.[4]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Mark Rosewater. (September 6, 2004.) “Arcane and Able”,, Wizards of the Coast.
  2. Aaron Forsythe. (June 17, 2005.) “The Cost of Arcane”,, Wizards of the Coast.
  3. Devin Low. (October 12, 2007.) “Surprising Subtypes”,, Wizards of the Coast.
  4. Magic Arcana. (April 13, 2005.) “Arcane Sketches”,, Wizards of the Coast.
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