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Fading

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Fading
Type: Static (1st ability)
Triggered (2nd ability)
Introduced: Nemesis
Last Used: Nemesis
Reminder Text: Fading N (This creature enters the battlefield with N fade counters on it. At the beginning of your upkeep, remove a fade counter from it. If you can't, sacrifice it.)
Statistics: 18 cards
{G}28% {B}17% {U}17% {W}11% {R}5%
Artifact 22%
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Fading is a keyword ability that limits the number of turns a permanent is in play. During each of its controller's upkeeps, that player removes one fade counter from the permanent. If the player cannot remove a fade counter, he or she must sacrifice the permanent.

Description[edit | edit source]

All tournament-legal cards with Fading were printed in the Nemesis set.

It is unlikely that any new tournament legal cards with fading will be printed. Vanishing is similar to fading. However, it plays much more like suspend does. The card starts out with a number of time counters on it, an ability triggers at the beginning of your upkeep that has you remove a time counter, and an ability triggers when you remove the last time counter that has you do something with that card.

Rules[edit | edit source]

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

  • 702.31. Fading
    • 702.31a Fading is a keyword that represents two abilities. “Fading N” means “This permanent enters the battlefield with N fade counters on it” and “At the beginning of your upkeep, remove a fade counter from this permanent. If you can’t, sacrifice the permanent.”

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

Fading
A keyword ability that limits how long a permanent remains on the battlefield. See rule 702.31, “Fading.”

Examples[edit | edit source]

  • Cloudskate - {1}{U}
    Creature — Illusion
    2/2
    Flying
    Fading 3 (This creature enters the battlefield with three fade counters on it. At the beginning of your upkeep, remove a fade counter from it. If you can't, sacrifice it.)

Artifact that increases Fade counters[edit | edit source]

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