|Introduced||Guilds of Ravnica|
|Last Used||Guilds of Ravnica|
Surveil N (Look at the top N cards of your library, then put any number of them into your graveyard and the rest on top of your library in any order.) |
Surveil 1 (Look at the top card of your library. You may put it into your graveyard.)
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Surveil is a keyword action that allows a player to look at a certain number of cards from the top of their library and put them in the graveyard or back on top in any order. It was introduced in Guilds of Ravnica for House Dimir of Ravnica.
Description[edit | edit source]
The instruction to surveil always includes a number, such as surveil 2 on Deadly Visit. Look at that many cards from the top of your library. From those cards, put as many cards as you like back on top of your library in any order. Put the rest into your graveyard. Surveil helps you set up better draws for the future. Even if all the cards you looked at end up in the graveyard, you're that much closer to what you need.
Rules[edit | edit source]
Rulings[edit | edit source]
- Some spells that instruct you to surveil require targets. You can't cast a spell without choosing legal targets. If all of those targets become illegal, the spell doesn't resolve and you won't surveil.
- When you surveil, you may put all the cards you look at back on top of your library, you may put all of those cards into your graveyard, or you may put some of those cards on top and the rest of them into your graveyard.
- You perform the actions stated on a card in sequence. For some spells and abilities, you'll surveil last. For others, you'll surveil and then perform other actions.
- An ability that triggers "whenever you surveil" triggers after you're done surveilling, even if you have fewer cards in your library than the number of cards you're instructed to surveil. It even triggers if you have no cards in your library.
Examples[edit | edit source]
Cards that interact with surveil[edit | edit source]
- Blood Operative
- Darkblade Agent
- Dimir Spybug
- Disinformation Campaign
- Enhanced Surveillance
- Thoughtbound Phantasm
- Whispering Snitch
References[edit | edit source]
- Mark Rosewater. (September 17, 2018.) "Guild to Order, Part 2", magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
- Wizards of the Coast. (September 20, 2018.) "Guilds of Ravnica Release Notes", magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
- Matt Tabak. (September 4, 2018.) "Guilds of Ravnica Mechanics", magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.