Historic

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Historic is a game term introduced in Dominaria.[1] It is a way to collectively refer to artifacts, anything with the legendary supertype, and Sagas.

Description[edit | edit source]

Taking various game (preexisting) components and then connecting them into a larger group with a new word is a feature in Magic, with historic being the first example of this. Mark Rosewater refers to this as "batching".[2] Historic is a mechanic unique to Dominaria, and not meant to be evergreen.[3]

Historic matters[edit | edit source]

Cards can interact in several ways with historic cards:

Rules[edit | edit source]

From the Comprehensive Rules (June 14, 2019—Modern Horizons)

  • 700.6. The term historic refers to an object that has the legendary supertype, the artifact card type, or the Saga subtype.

From the glossary of the Comprehensive Rules (June 14, 2019—Modern Horizons)

Historic
An object is historic if it has the legendary supertype, the artifact card type, or the Saga subtype. See rule 700.6.

Rulings[edit | edit source]

  • A card, spell, or permanent is historic if it has the legendary supertype, the artifact card type, or the Saga subtype. Having two of those qualities doesn't make an object more historic than another or provide an additional bonus — an object either is historic or it isn't.
  • Some abilities trigger "whenever you cast a historic spell." Such an ability resolves before the spell that caused it to trigger. It resolves even if that spell is countered.
  • An ability that triggers "whenever you cast a historic spell" doesn't trigger if a historic card is put onto the battlefield without being cast.
  • Lands are never cast, so abilities that trigger "whenever you cast a historic spell" won't trigger if you play a legendary land. They also won't trigger if a card on the battlefield transforms into a legendary land, as the Ixalan and Rivals of Ixalan double-faced cards do.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Matt Tabak (March 21, 2018). "Dominaria mechanics". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  2. Mark Rosewater (April 9, 2018). "A Historic Story". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  3. Mark Rosewater (March 10, 2018). "Is the "historic" term a new evergreen thing, or just a Dominaria thing?". Blogatog. Tumblr.