Dash

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Dash
Type: Static (1st ability)
Static (2nd ability)
Static (3rd ability)
Introduced: Fate Reforged
Last Used: Dragons of Tarkir
Reminder Text: Dash (cost) (You may cast this spell for its dash cost. If you do, it gains haste, and it's returned from the battlefield to its owner's hand at the beginning of the next end step.)
Storm Scale: 3[1]
Statistics: {R} 56 %, {B} 39 % {B/R} 6 %
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Dash is a keyword ability on permanents that allows the player to play the card for an alternative cost. When you pay its dash cost instead of paying its mana cost, the creature will have haste, so it can attack that turn. At the beginning of the next end step, you'll return the creature from the battlefield to its owner's hand. [2]

Description[edit | edit source]

Dash was introduced in Fate Reforged where it replaced Raid from Khans of Tarkir as the mechanic associated with the Mardu Horde. [3] It also features in Dragons of Tarkir, associated with Clan Kolaghan. [4] Without the keyword, the mechanic was featured as early as Visions, on Viashino Sandstalker

Some dash costs are lower than the mana costs of the creature cards they're on. Other cards have dash costs that are the same or higher than their mana costs. Attacking with such a creature right away can be powerful, so you may want to cast such a creature using it dash cost even if you could pay its mana cost.

Rules[edit | edit source]

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

  • 702.108. Dash
    • 702.108a Dash represents three abilities: two static abilities that function while the card with dash is on the stack, one of which may create a delayed triggered ability, and a static ability that functions while the object with dash is on the battlefield. “Dash [cost]” means “You may cast this card by paying [cost] rather than its mana cost,” “If this spell’s dash cost was paid, return the permanent this spell becomes to its owner’s hand at the beginning of the next end step,” and “As long as this permanent’s dash cost was paid, it has haste.” Paying a card’s dash cost follows the rules for paying alternative costs in rules 601.2b and 601.2f–h.

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

Dash
A keyword ability that allows creatures to be especially aggressive. See rule 702.108, “Dash.”

Rulings[edit | edit source]

  • If you choose to pay the dash cost, you're still casting the spell, so it goes on the stack and can be countered.
  • Dash doesn't change when you can cast creature spells — usually only during your main phase.
  • If you cast a creature spell using its dash cost, it will return to your hand only if it's still on the battlefield at the beginning of the next end step. If it leaves the battlefield before that point, it'll just stay wherever it is.
  • You don't have to attack with the creature with dash unless another ability says you do.
  • If a creature enters the battlefield as a copy of or becomes a copy of a creature whose dash cost was paid, the copy won't have haste and won't be returned to its owner's hand.

Example[edit | edit source]

  • Goblin Heelcutter - {3}{R}
    Creature — Goblin Berserker
    3/2
    Dash {2}{R} (You may cast this spell for its dash cost. If you do, it gains haste, and it's returned from the battlefield to its owner's hand at the beginning of the next end step.)

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Mark Rosewater. (February 29, 2016.) “Storm Scale: Khans of Tarkir Block”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  2. Wizards of the Coast. (January 14, 2015 .) “Fate Reforged Release Notes”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  3. Matt Tabak. (December 29, 2014.) “Mechanics of Fate Reforged”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  4. Matt Tabak. (March 2, 2015.) “Mechanics of Dragons of Tarkir”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.