Curiosity is a slang term used for “when this creature deals damage to an opponent, draw a card”. It is named after Curiosity from Exodus, an Aura that grants this ability. Curiosity is a Saboteur ability.
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Formerly, this ability was called the "Ophidian ability." The slang changed because Ophidian (where the first slang came from) from Weatherlight is technically different in that you have to forego the damage of the creature to draw the card.
The most common variant with this ability is whether or not "combat" is a required hurdle - this allows for ping-granting abilites to draw cards, which are already not common. A rarer variant is to allow the player to draw as many cards as damage dealt - very capable of snowballing. Cold-Eyed Selkie and Glint-Eye Nephilim have this ability innately, while Hunter's Prowess and Hunter's Insight grant it. Diviner Spirit and Xyris, the Writhing Storm have a multiplayer version to allow the damaged player to also draw that many cards.
References[edit | edit source]
- Mark Rosewater (September 21, 2016). "I think you my have spoiled a mechanic called curiosity.". Blogatog. Tumblr.
- Mark Rosewater (September 23, 2016). "Curiosity seems like a great name for a keyword.". Blogatog. Tumblr.
- Mark Rosewater (November 7, 2016). "A Few More Words from R&D". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
- Mark Rosewater (March 05, 2019). "Why don't you make the UR ability be curiosity-type without the saboteur condition?". Blogatog. Tumblr.
- Mark Rosewater (September 21, 2016). "Speaking of curiosity, is any color other than blue allowed to have it?". Blogatog. Tumblr.
- Mark Rosewater (June 5, 2017). "Mechanical Color Pie 2017". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
- Mark Rosewater (January 24, 2005). "A Few Words From R&D". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.