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A mechanic is a card ability that can be used on multiple cards. The word mechanic has no meaning in the Comprehensive Rules, it's merely a design concept.[1]

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Mechanics can be categorized as:

Parasitic[edit | edit source]

A mechanic is considered parasitic when it only interacts with other things in a particular set rather than the rest of Magic. Examples are horsemanship and splice.[2][3][4]

Linear[edit | edit source]

R&D talks about things being “linear” in that they dictate other cards mechanically.[5][6] Colorless matters is very linear in that it dictates having cards to provide the colorless mana.[7]

  • Anti-linear” means the opposite. The more cards with the same mechanic you have, it gets worse. Examples are atogs, processors, delve and heroic.[8][9]

Modular[edit | edit source]

Modular design elements are not dependent on other design elements.[10][11][12]

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