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Ability Word
Introduced Unhinged
Last Used Unhinged
Typical Text Gotcha — Whenever (event), you may say "Gotcha!" If you do, return CARDNAME from your graveyard to your hand.
Statistics 11 cards
{G}27% {W}18% {U}18% {B}18% {R}18%
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Gotcha is an ability word which has only been seen in Unhinged.[1][2]

Description[edit | edit source]

The mechanic groups together abilities on cards which allow recursion from the graveyard when its owner says "Gotcha!" in response to a specific event, normally something an opponent is doing. Unlike other ability words, Gotcha isn't italicized.

Mark Rosewater considers Gotcha a design mistake, because the most efficient way to avoid getting Gotcha'ed is to clam up and not talk or interact. This isn't appropriate for a light, fun, friendly format.[3][4]

Examples[edit | edit source]


Stop That {B}
Target player discards a card.
Gotcha — Whenever an opponent audibly flicks the cards in his or her hand, you may say "Gotcha!" If you do, return Stop That from your graveyard to your hand.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Carnivorous Death-Parrot forces a player to say a sentence that features one word from each card in the “don’t say this word” cycle.[5]

References[edit | edit source]