Assist

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Assist
Keyword Ability
Type Static
Introduced Battlebond
Last Used Battlebond
Reminder Text Assist (Another player can pay up to {X} of this spell's cost.)
Statistics 16 cards
{W} 25% {U} 25% {B} 18.8% {R} 12.5% {G} 12.5% {U/B} 6.3%
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oracle:"Assist"

Assist is a keyword ability introduced in Battlebond that lets other players (normally your teammates) help you to cast creatures.[1][2] The helping player may pay up to the total generic mana part of the casting cost. The Assist mechanic was designed by Gavin Verhey.[3]

Rules[edit | edit source]

From the Comprehensive Rules (May 3, 2019—War of the Spark)

  • 702.131. Assist
    • 702.131a Assist is a static ability that modifies the rules of paying for the spell with assist (see rules 601.2g-h). If the total cost to cast a spell with assist includes a generic mana component, before you activate mana abilities while casting it, you may choose another player. That player has a chance to activate mana abilities. Once that player chooses not to activate any more mana abilities, you have a chance to activate mana abilities. Before you begin to pay the total cost of the spell, the player you chose may pay for any amount of the generic mana in the spell’s total cost.

From the glossary of the Comprehensive Rules (May 3, 2019—War of the Spark)

Assist
A keyword ability that lets another player help you pay for a spell. See rule 702.131, “Assist.”

Rulings[edit | edit source]

  • Players can't help with the colored mana requirements.
  • After you've revealed the card with assist and made all other required choices, including targets, then you can choose the player that will help you. This way the other player will know what they're signing up for.
  • If the chosen player don't want to pay, you can either foot the entire bill yourself, or choose to back up and not cast the spell at all.

Examples[edit | edit source]

Example

Huddle Up {2}{U}
Sorcery
Assist. (Another player can pay up to {2} of this spell's cost.)
Two target players each draw a card.

References[edit | edit source]