Fateseal

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Fateseal
Keyword Action
Introduced Mirage (mechanic)
Future Sight (keyword)
Last Used Future Sight
Reminder Text Fateseal N (To fateseal N, look at the top N cards of an opponent's library, then put any number of them on the bottom of that player's library and the rest on top in any order.)
Fateseal 1 (To fateseal 1, its controller looks at the top card of an opponent's library, then they may put that card on the bottom of that library.)
Storm Scale 8[1]
Statistics 2 cards
{U} 100%
Scryfall Search
oracle:"Fateseal"

Fateseal is a keyword action similar to scry. The only difference between them is that when you scry, you affect your own library, and when you fateseal, you affect an opponent's library.

History[edit | edit source]

Fateseal was introduced in Future Sight, but was based on the mechanic of the Mirage card Sealed Fate. It has only been printed on two cards so far, Mesmeric Sliver and Spin into Myth. Fateseal is considered to be a very un-fun mechanic by R&D, and is not expected to show up again any time soon.[2]

"Fateseal" has become the most common nickname for the first ability of the planeswalker Jace the Mind Sculptor, though the ability is not exactly the same since it allows you to fateseal your own library.

Rules[edit | edit source]

From the glossary of the Comprehensive Rules (August 23, 2019—Commander 2019)

Fateseal
To manipulate some of the cards on top of an opponent’s library. See rule 701.21, “Fateseal.”

From the Comprehensive Rules (August 23, 2019—Commander 2019)

  • 701.21. Fateseal
    • 701.21a To “fateseal N” means to look at the top N cards of an opponent’s library, then put any number of them on the bottom of that library in any order and the rest on top of that library in any order.

Rulings[edit | edit source]

  • The fateseal action doesn't target. You choose which opponent to affect as part of performing the action.

Examples[edit | edit source]

Example 1

Mesmeric Sliver {3}{U}
Creature — Sliver
2/2
All Slivers have "When this permanent comes into play, fateseal 1." (To fateseal 1, its controller looks at the top card of an opponent's library, then he or she may put that card on the bottom of that library.)

Example 2

Spin into Myth {4}{U}
Instant
Put target creature on top of its owner's library, then fateseal 2. (To fateseal 2, look at the top two cards of an opponent's library, then put any number of them on the bottom of that player's library and the rest on top in any order.)

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Mark Rosewater (2014-02-23). "Where is fateseal on the storm scale?". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  2. Mark Rosewater (May 18, 2015). "Modern Mailbag". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.