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Color indicator

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The color indicator is a characteristic of an object. It is printed to the left of the type line directly below the illustration. It consists of a circular symbol filled in with one or more colors. A color indicator is usually found on nonland cards without a mana cost.

History[edit | edit source]

The color indicator was introduced with Innistrad to define the colors of the back faces of double-faced cards without resorting to characteristic-defining abilities. [1] With the following Oracle update, some cards (such as Crimson Kobolds and Evermind) received errata, removing a characteristic-defining ability defining the card's color, and receiving a color indicator instead. This produced some functional changes, such as Crimson Kobolds being affected by Muraganda Petroglyphs, and players being unable to splice Evermind onto arcane spells in order to change the original spell's color.

The promotional silver-bordered Grimlock, Ferocious King is the first back face to have an indicator of three colors ({R}{G}{W}).

Rules[edit | edit source]

From the Comprehensive Rules (Ixalan (September 29, 2017))

  • 204. Color Indicator
    • 204.1. The color indicator is printed to the left of the type line directly below the illustration. It consists of a circular symbol filled in with one or more colors. A color indicator is usually found on nonland cards without a mana cost.
    • 204.2. An object with a color indicator is each color denoted by that color indicator.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wizards of the Coast. (August 28, 2011.) “Double-Faced Card Rules”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.