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Loners is the nickname for some black or blue creatures in Avacyn Restored which get better when they're the only creature a player controls.[1] They represent the thematic opposite of the pairs created by Soulbond. The "Loner"-mechanic turned out be unpopular, and didn't return for Shadows over Innistrad. According to Mark Rosewater, it is extremely unlikely to return.[2]

Certain aura enchantments only work for loners:

While other global enchantments requires you to have only one creature to take effect


  1. Magicthegathering.com Staff (April 09, 2012). "Avacyn Restored Mechanics". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  2. Mark Rosewater (March 14, 2016). "Chasing Shadows, Part 1". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.