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Investigate

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Investigate
Introduced: Shadows over Innistrad
Last Used: Shadows over Innistrad
Reminder Text: Investigate (Create a colorless Clue artifact token with "{2}, Sacrifice this artifact: Draw a card.")
Storm Scale: 4[1]
Statistics: 25 cards
{U}40% {G}28% {W}24% {C}8%
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Investigate is a keyword action introduced in Shadows over Innistrad. [2][3][4]

Description[edit | edit source]

To investigate, you put a Clue token onto the battlefield. Clues are colorless artifacts, which have the ability "{2}, Sacrifice this artifact: Draw a card."

Investigate sometimes is triggered when specific things happen. For example, you get to investigate whenever a land enters the battlefield under your control or a nontoken creature you control dies. There is also a number of cards that trigger when a Clue is sacrificed. It makes the decision of when to sacrifice a Clue more interesting. You don't always do it as soon as possible.

Rules[edit | edit source]

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

  • 701.34. Investigate
    • 701.34a “Investigate” means “Create a colorless Clue artifact token with ‘{2}, Sacrifice this artifact: Draw a card.’”

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

Investigate
A keyword action that creates a Clue artifact token. See rule 701.34, “Investigate.”

Clue[edit | edit source]

Main article: Clue

Investigate does create Clue Artifact tokens:

Token Color Type P/T Additional Rules Source Printings
Clue Colorless Artifact — Clue {2}, Sacrifice this artifact: Draw a card.


Example[edit | edit source]

  • Expose Evil - {1}{W}
    Instant
    Tap up to two target creatures.
    Investigate. (Put a colorless Clue artifact token onto the battlefield with "{2}, Sacrifice this artifact: Draw a card.")

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Mark Rosewater. (June 28, 2016.) "I already miss investigate. Storm scale?", Blogatog, Tumblr.
  2. Matt Tabak. (March 7, 2016.) “Shadows over Innistrad Mechanics”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  3. Mark Rosewater. (March 21, 2016.) “Chasing Shadows, Part 2”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  4. Dave Humpherys. (March 21, 2016.) “Developing Shadows over Innistrad”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.