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Ability Word
Introduced Saviors of Kamigawa
Last Used Saviors of Kamigawa
Typical Text Channel — [cost], Discard this card: ...
Statistics 12 cards
{W} 25% {U} 16.7% {B} 16.7% {R} 16.7% {G} 25%
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Channel is an ability word indicating that a card may be discarded for an effect. It was introduced in Saviors of Kamigawa.[1]

Channel was featured only on spirit creatures. Flavorwise, Channel represents spirits gathering all of their energy and using it for a one-time special effect. It has an interaction with Epic and Soulshift; Channel abilities are often similar to real spells, but you may play them after playing an Epic spell. Soulshift allows you to reuse Channeled cards.

The Evoke ability from Lorwyn has a similar flavor and use. Channel was later considered for Throne of Eldraine.[2]

Rulings[edit | edit source]

  • Channel cards have an activated ability that lets you discard them to get a temporary effect that's similar to the creature's normal ability.
  • The ability after "channel" is an activated ability that you can play any time the channel card is in your hand and you have priority.

Examples[edit | edit source]


Arashi, the Sky Asunder {3}{G}{G}
Legendary Creature — Spirit
{X}{G}, {T}: Arashi, the Sky Asunder deals X damage to target creature with flying.
Channel{X}{G}{G}, Discard Arashi: Arashi deals X damage to each creature with flying.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Mark Rosewater (May 23, 2005). "Choosing a Channel". Wizards of the Coast.
  2. Mark Gottlieb (September 12, 2019). "The Adventure Adventure". Wizards of the Coast.