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Colored artifacts are artifact cards that have colored mana costs. Colored artifacts were widely introduced as Shards of Alara's Esper shard theme; prior to Shards of Alara, Future Sight's Sarcomite Myr and Shadowmoor's Reaper King were earlier forays into this design space. Transguild Courier from Dissension was also a colored artifact. However, unlike the other examples, it did not actually cost colored mana to play. Colored Artifacts returned in New Phyrexia, Theros and Kaladesh.
Rulings[edit | edit source]
The rules for a colored artifacts are consistent with those for artifacts.
- Colored artifacts appear in frames that have elements of both artifact cards and colored cards. Besides the frame, you can tell that the card is colored by checking its mana cost, and you can tell that the card is an artifact by checking its type line.
- The only difference between a colored artifact and a colorless artifact is, obviously, its color. Unlike most artifacts, a colored artifact requires colored mana to play. Also unlike most artifacts, a colored artifact has a color in all zones. It will interact with cards that care about color. Other than that, a colored artifact behaves just like any other artifact. It will interact as normal with any card that cares about artifacts, such as Shatter or Arcbound Ravager.
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- Colored Artifacts was featured as rules card 2 of 5 in the Shards of Alara set.
- Colored artifacts are considered deciduous.
- The biggest difference between colored artifacts and enchantments is flavor and what cards can destroy it.
References[edit | edit source]
- Magic Arcana. (April 25, 2006.) “The Gold Artifact”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
- Mark Rosewater. (April 25, 2011.) “Phyrexian Powers: International Mana Mystery”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
- Sam Stoddard. (September 30, 2016.) “Artifacts and Color Identity”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
- Mark Rosewater. (August 22, 2016.) "Would you consider colored artifacts to be deciduous?", Blogatog, Tumblr.
- Mark Rosewater. (September 11, 2018.) "f colored artifacts really are the future, how are you going to distinguish them from enchantments?", Blogatog, Tumblr.