In-hand effect

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In-hand effects are card effects which are active while they are in the player's hand, rather than while in the battlefield. In-hand effects are notable for being exceptions to the general game rule that cards do not become active until played or otherwise put into play.

Most cards with in-hand effects have a variable mana cost that changes in response to game conditions, as with  Molten Giant or  Knight of the Wild. Other effects include increasing stats (as with  Bolvar Fordragon or  Blubber Baron), transforming into other cards (as with  Shifter Zerus and  Molten Blade), or directly causing an effect outside of the card itself (as with  Cursed!).

Because mana cost modifications are lost upon being played, the consequences of most in-hand effects exist only while in the hand. Modifications made to the card itself other than mana cost tend to survive into the battlefield, although they will be lost if returned to the hand. Most in-hand effects are calculated on an ongoing basis, depending on certain events within the game; these provide their values regardless of when they were brought into the hand. Others activate at specific times, only recording the number of times the triggering event has taken place while they were in the hand.

In-hand effects are distinguished from on-draw effects, which activate when they are drawn from the deck, but not otherwise while they are in the player's hand. However, since on-draw effects must first be drawn into the player's hand in order to activate, they are in a sense in-hand effects.

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • While some in-hand effects, like those of  Frost Giant or  Arcane Giant, appear to respond to events taking place while the card is still in the player's deck, the effect is in fact not triggered until the card enters the player's hand.[1]

Cards[edit | edit source]

For Wild format listings, see In-hand effect/Wild format.

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TTN 950.png
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UPCOMING 105281.png
TTN 930.png
WW 364.png
DEEP 010.png
CORE NEW1 022.png
ETC 384.png
JAM 028.png
RLK 082.png
TTN 741.png
DEEP 004.png
TTN 841.png
TTN 085.png
TOY 804.png
TTN 831.png
TTN 088.png
CORE OG 028.png
WW 387.png
JAM 016.png
WW 025.png
TTN 954.png
TOY 519.png
UPCOMING 106663.png
WW 336.png
WW 825.png
TTN 462.png
RLK 744.png
UPCOMING 101162.png
CORE EX1 586.png
TOY 883.png
TTN 459.png
CORE EX1 105.png
CORE EX1 620.png
TOY 530.png
WW 373.png
JAM 030.png

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Chadd Nervig on Twitter (X). (2020-07-24).