Legendary Cards and Legendary Rule Guide

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Thanks to Commander’s growing popularity, more and more Collecting magic the player is running into the Legendary rule and doesn’t quite understand how it works. While legendary permanent sets can be incredibly powerful and serve as the backbone for many decks, there are some downsides to running them that you need to be aware of.

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But what exactly is the Legend rule, and how do you solve it? Here’s everything you need to know about Legendary cards in Legendary Spells and rules.

What is a legend?

Marisi, Breaker of the Coil by Rudy Siswanto
Marisi, Breaker of the Coil by Rudy Siswanto

On each Spell card, you’ll see a ‘type line’ that determines if the card is an instant, creature, spell, enchantment, land, artifact, etc. You can also sometimes find an extra word in front of it, such as “Basic Land” or “Snow Creature”. These are called ‘Superstyles’ which modify how the rest of the cards work and it’s in this family of supertypes where ‘Legends’ can be found.

Legends serve a number of different roles in Magic. They tend to represent the motion and movement of the Magical multiverse, with Legendary Creatures and Hikers typically representing the main characters of each series. Legendary creatures are also widely used in Command format, in which each deck must be built around a deck of cards.

While many Legendary cards are very powerful, Legends are not originally which means the card is better than the non-Legendary card. In fact, thanks to the Legend rule, sometimes being a Legend can actually be a disadvantage.

In the series released since 2018 Dominaria, you can quickly determine if a card is Legendary by its frame. All printed Legendaries since Dominaria have an ornate crown-like frame at the top of the card, setting them apart from anything else.

What is the rule of legend?

Lazav the Multifarious by Yongjae Choi
Lazav the Multifarious by Yongjae Choi

The Rule of Legends is how Magic balances out the normally strong effects of a permanent Legend. Simply put, you cannot control more than one Eternal Legend (land, creature, spell, artifact or Planeswalker) with the same name at the same time.

If you gain control of any additional legendary fixture with the same name as the one you control, you’ll be forced to select all but one to include in your graveyard. For example, let’s say you control Dina, the Soul Steeper. If you use another Dina, when that second one enters the battlefield, you’ll have the choice of sacrificing the first one or this new one.

In addition, you own Feathers, the redeemed thing, and so does your opponent. Allows multiple players to have control of the same Legend, but if you then use a card like Ask the Prophet to steal their Feathers, you control two of them and the Legend Rule will take effect.

With Legendary creatures, while the Law of Legend does not count as sacrificed creatures, it do count as it is dead. That means anything with a activate death, like Yosei, the Morning Star’s ability to prevent someone from mining will still happen.

Hikers used to have a similar rule, of which there was only one type Planeswalker can be on the battlefield at the same time under anyone’s control (e.g. one of any Ajani Planeswalker card type). However, this rule was dropped with Ixalan, and now the Hiker is bound only to the normal Rule of Legend. This means that an opponent can control an Ajani, a Greathearted, and an Ajani Goldmane, but they cannot control two Ajani the Greathearted at the same time.

What about the legendary magic tools and magicians?

Tergrid, God of Fright by Yongjae Choi
Tergrid, God of Fright by Yongjae Choi

As of January 2022, there are no Legendary Instruments. However, it is assumed that they will follow the same rules as the Legendary Witches, which existed and were introduced in Dominaria.

The Legendary Wizards are not bound by the same Legendary rules as the Eternals because they never enter the battlefield. Instead, you can only cast Legendary magic if you also control a Legendary Planeswalker or legendary creature. This means you can control a Legendary artifact, enchantment, or land, but not a creature or Planeswalker, and find yourself unable to cast Legendary spells.

Avoid the Legendary Rule

Sakashima of a Thousand Faces by Jason Engele
Sakashima of a Thousand Faces by Jason Engele

There are many ways to solve the Rule of Legends.

First, Commander Legends introduced Sakashima of a Thousand Faces, a Legendary creature that simply permanently turns off the rule you control. Likewise, the Artifact Mirror Gallery does the same thing, but for all permanent features, every player takes control.

Some cards create non-Legendary clones of Legendary creatures. Cards like Spark Double, Double Major, and Helm of the Host all make clones of whatever creature you want, while Aeve, Progenitor Ooze make non-Legendary clones of itself.

While it’s a silver border card and is not legal in most formats, Rule Attorney will also let you bypass the Legendary Rule, as it is a state-based action.

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