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Enters the battlefield

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A nontoken permanententers the battlefield” when it’s moved onto the battlefield from another zone. A token “enters the battlefield” when it’s created.

History[edit | edit source]

"Enters the battlefield" effects were first designed as a mechanic designed by Bill Rose for Portal. He liked it so much that it was transferred to Visions.[1] Popular cards with with "enters the battlefield" effects were Nekrataal and Man-o'-War.[2]

Prior to Magic 2010, "enters the battlefield" effects were known as CIP or 187 effects.[3]

Rules[edit | edit source]

From the glossary of the Comprehensive Rules (Guilds of Ravnica (October 5, 2018))

Enters the Battlefield
A nontoken permanent “enters the battlefield” when it’s moved onto the battlefield from another zone. A token “enters the battlefield” when it’s created. See rules 403.3, 603.6a, 603.6d, and 614.12.

From the Comprehensive Rules (Guilds of Ravnica (October 5, 2018))

  • 603.6a Enters-the-battlefield abilities trigger when a permanent enters the battlefield. These are written, “When [this object] enters the battlefield, . . . “ or “Whenever a [type] enters the battlefield, . . .” Each time an event puts one or more permanents onto the battlefield, all permanents on the battlefield (including the newcomers) are checked for any enters-the-battlefield triggers that match the event.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Brady Dommermuth. (June 01, 2009.) “Mechanically Inclined”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  2. Mark Rosewater. (June 5, 2017.) “Mechanical Color Pie 2017”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  3. Aaron Forsythe and Mark L. Gottlieb. (June 10, 2009.) “Magic 2010 Rules Changes”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.